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Bits and Pieces

This series of shares are inspired by Austin Kleon’s book “Show Your Work”

I am sharing what I am doing and thinking as I go along.

Words

Our language that we learn after birth certainly influences who we are and how we act.

I mention “reading the dictionary” in my Eyauuk Art Twitter profile and am turning that phrase into Instagram posts about single words.

Editing the few text items on the Instagram post about the word effulgent has taken more work than I originally thought. Subtle changes in font size, font color and font make big differences in how the graphic appears.

Since I realize that most eyeballs are viewing Instagram on cell phones and iPads I continue to adjust the graphic for best initial impact.

This is not a one size fits all template. The length of the main word dictates what font size I can use.

I plan to post about words with similar or connected meanings and then expand upon them here.

I see now that this will be an ongoing project to improve the look of the graphic. Waiting to get it absolutely perfect would mean never publishing.

The idea to share regular posts about what is happening in my art life came from Austin Kleons “Share Your Work” book.

 

New Views on Humankind

I always thought based on diagrams I saw of the progression of the human race that us Homo Sapiens  were the only game in town.  Our forefathers were the Neanderthals.

As I started reading  Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, I discovered that we lived at the same time as Neanderthals and other species of Homo. We lived along side multiple species of human beings, just as multiple species of cats all live at the same time. Although this makes common sense, it is not the way I thought about us as humans.

The recent advances in mapping DNA more quickly than in the past seem to be pointing to a revised way of thinking about our human heritage. Harari’s book is a product of the latest research and may lead us all to a better understanding of our heritage.

I feel my art should communicate “from my gut to yours.” I talk about it in the video about why I tweet art work. Sapiens is already clarifying my views on art.

You can find Austin Kleon’s book here Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

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