Sunday, July 9, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am pleased to present square number 86, a wonderful piece created by Esmeralda, another student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



 Paint on canvas paper, 2017.

This image is another great illustration that the care of the earth is a job for all. We do share the same home. The weight and fate of the world is truly on EVERYONE'S shoulders.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.    

Friday, July 7, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am pleased to present square number 85, a beautiful work created by Jonathan, another student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



Paint on canvas paper, 2017.

I love the directness and elegance of this image, along with its message of peace, love and understanding.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.   

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am pleased to present square number 84, a painting created by Sara, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



Paint on canvas paper, 2017.

This piece makes me think of the many participants in the marches that have taken place around the world post the 2016 election - people lending their voices to the causes they support, calling out and protesting the terrible actions of our current leadership, and coming together to show their unity.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Monday, July 3, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am happy to present square number 83, a drawing created by Audreen, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



Marker on paper, 2017.

I posted a similar image back on May 23 and am posting this one today, the day before July Fourth, our country's Independence Day.  As our country's political climate continues to erode, it's more important than ever that we pull together as a united people. What does that mean? It means being responsible for your own actions towards others. How do you demonstrate the good of humanity? How do you set examples that may help and inspire others to do the same?  We truly are in this country and on this earth as one group, all in this together.  Let's act like it.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am very pleased to present square number 82, a collage work created by Lysandru, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


 Collage, drawing on paper, 2017.

The main themes of this work are peace, love and helping hands.  We often see these images in some capacity every week, if not daily, through a variety of sources, and we immediately recognize what they stand for; but what do they mean to us on a personal level? How do we actively demonstrate these ideas in a meaningful way?  How do we set forth these examples to others?

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am happy to present square number 81, an beautiful work created by Allison, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



Hope, pen and marker on paper, 2017 

This lovely graphic work is indicative of the summer season and the beautiful flora and vegetative growth around our city.  I visit my Girl Scout troop's garden plot almost every morning and am always pleasantly surprised by the progress of the seedlings and plants that the girls have sown.  To see a seed germinate and become a flower or a delicious edible is like witnessing a small miracle of nature.  It gives me hope and perspective for the day ahead.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am proud to present square number 80, an strong work created by Peri, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



Look to Hope, paint on canvas, 2017.

With so many events that have happened in such a short time - politically, nationally, internationally, socially, economically, emotionally - it's a wonder most of us have not crawled into a hole, just bracing for the impact of the next happening, the next decree or the next crazy action.

But, like the image above, we peek through our fingers, tentatively, and "Look to Hope" (as the above image is titled.)  

What difference will you make, what action will you take to help your family, friend, neighbor, stranger on the street?

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am proud to present square number 79, an thoughtful work created by Avley, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


 Pencil and paint on paper, 2017.

The realistic portrait and reassuring hand on the older man's shoulder done in pencil along with the abstract colorful paint wash makes a beautiful and moving combination in this work.  I interpret the drips of blue as the man's state of mind - he is not meeting our gaze and is looking downward and out of the picture plane.  The warm wash of the unseen figure behind him seems to suggest hope, support, love.

I find this piece especially poignant as my Girl Scout troop will be visiting a local Senior Center this Saturday to create cards that will go to home bound Meals on Wheels recipients.  If you are in LA and would like to join us, please contact me: sophia.allison@gmail.com

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Indivisible: Valerie Graham Butler workshop

I am happy to present square number 78, a piece created by another participate in the workshop hosted by Los Angeles friend and artist Valerie Graham Butler:



 Mixed Media on paper, 2017.

A striking graphic work with a powerful word: UNITY.  I will keep repeating this message - we need to come together, push change in our own way, small gestures that help each other, help our environment, help our communities.  It's really about common sense, compassion and empathy.  It's not so hard. Start within your family, then your neighbors, then your community.  The grand gestures actually start from small actions.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am proud to present square number 77, an uplifting work created by Ashley, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



Pen, water media on paper, 2017.

A simple concept executed in a beautiful way - hands overlapping, coming together.  I love the delicate line work and washes of paint accompanied by powerful words:  unity, joy peace, love, nature. A gorgeous square.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am happy to present square number 76, an uplifting work created by Amalia, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


 Stand Together Happily, paint on canvas, 2017.

Now here's a concept that is not addressed everyday but should be: Stand Together Happily. I emphasize the "happily," because I am a firm believer that if you willingly volunteer to be a part of an event, task or an organization or just spend time with people you like/love, do it with joy. Mind you, events leading up to certain gatherings may not be joyful, but you have the power to spread the joy, compassion and love to others under any circumstances.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Indivisible: Valerie Graham Butler workshop

I am proud to present square number 75, created by another participate in the workshop hosted by Los Angeles friend and artist Valerie Graham Butler:



Humanity under the same sky, paint on paper, 2017.

We all live under the same sky and on the same planet.  What happens to one of us impacts many of us. Let's treat our fellow humans as human beings.  Let's extend to all the same basic rights, courtesy and respect that we expect for ourselves.  Compassion, mercy - easy to say but sometimes difficult to demonstrate. We must strive to practice them in the face of adversity.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am pleased to present square number 74, a timely work created by Leika, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



All in This Together, mixed media on paper, 2017.

This is a beautiful work and a reminder that we do not need to be alone with all that is happening in our world.  Reach out, be helpful, even in a small way - to your family, to your neighborhood, to your community.  Small kind gestures can mean the world to others.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Friday, May 19, 2017

Indivisible: Girl Scout Troop 7126

I am happy to present square number 73, another lovely work created by a girl from Kim Hiller Connell's Daisy and Brownie Girl Scout troop of Manhattan, KS:



Water media on paper, 2016.

Love Hope Peace!  This square says it all! It thrills me that children grasp these concepts easily and within their social and school groups.  (We adults sometimes make things more complicated than they need to be and don't always stop to see the larger picture of how some of our actions immediately impact others.)

The work was created by using mark-making implements such as straws, cotton swabs, feathers and other non-conventional tools.  No brushes were used. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Indivisible: Sharon Sekhon

I am thrilled to post square number 72, the seventh work created by LA educator, historian and all-around terrific person, Sharon Sekhon:


 
Unity, photograph, 2016.  

In light of everything that has happened and been reported in the news the past week, the call to unite ourselves has not been stronger.  I love this image for a number of reasons - it's peaceful, calming serene landscape that encompasses the entire composition, a macro view of the world we inhabit and not least of all the fact that it is reminds me of my hometown back in beautiful Western North Carolina.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Indivisible: Anne Gagel and Sons

I am proud to present wonderful square number 71 created by Anne Gagel and her sons Eoin and Fintan from Kansas:



Hope, mixed media, 2017.

This lovely work is a family effort that incorporates painting, collage and drawing to present a message of hope. I am showing this work a bit larger than some previous works posted so you can see the details and variety of imagery and how these images interconnect with each other to make a beautiful, single piece.  This interconnection and the message is a reminder to us all.  No matter what happens in the world, in our country, in our politics, we must continue to support each other and actively demonstrate love and compassion.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am pleased to present square number 70, a gorgeous work created by Talia, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



 Water media on paper, 2017.

This work gives a sense of peacefulness and hope.  The paint handling is beautifully done, and I love the engagement of the girl's gaze with the viewer.  When I see this, it reminds me to be in the moment and not worry about the past or the future.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Indivisible: Sharon Sekhon

I am very happy to post square number 69, the sixth work created by LA educator, historian and all-around terrific person, Sharon Sekhon:



Humanity, photograph, 2016.

I enjoy the dichotomies of this well-composed image.  A lovely mountainside holds down the background while the foreground is teeming with human construction - a chain link fence, an old concrete bridge and cracked road, and no less than four traffic signs.  I think it's a pretty wonderful statement to the fact that our time on this earth is fleeting and temporary.  Make the most of it; do something positive for yourself, the environment and those around you.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Indivisible: Valerie Graham Butler workshop

I am pleased to post square number 68, a second work created by Gianna, a child that participated in the workshop hosted by Los Angeles friend and artist Valerie Graham Butler:



Paint on paper, 2017.

This image perfectly captures our current weather here in Los Angeles. We had a run of warm summer-like days and are now back to our May-gray state, over cast with the sun peeking out occasionally.   I think this also captures our current state of mind at times too!

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.    

Monday, May 8, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am pleased to present square number 67, a wonderful work created by Ava, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



Colored pencil on paper, 2017.

This work illustrates a gesture of kindness, one person giving to another person in need.  At elementary school and in our Girl Scout troop, we parents are currently trying to impart this idea to our little people; of course talking about this only goes so far.  The idea is remembered most when we demonstrate it and help our children be a part of the process.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.   

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am pleased to present square number 66, a beautiful piece created by Samantha, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


Watermedia on paper, 2017.

Being close to nature, being in nature, even for a short while, helps to keep a person grounded and can give some perspective and clarity to our lives. As our thoughts tend to run away with us especially during troublesome times, stepping outdoors, talking a walk, being close to the earth can help clear our heads and maintain a focus on what's important and what truly needs our attention.   I love the soft colors and handling of the paint in Samantha's work.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.   


Friday, May 5, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am pleased to present square number 65, a strong work created by Nicole, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:



Hope, marker and ink on paper, 2017.

This black and white work is very timely in the face of a recent vote regarding the healthcare and well-being of the people of our country.  While many of us have been experiencing and continue to experience tumultuous thoughts and emotions around the current political situations,  above all else, there is ALWAYS HOPE.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am pleased to present square number 64, a gorgeous work created by Ana, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


Colored pencil on paper, 2017.

A beautifully executed work of a beautiful concept and image.  Family is family is family - whether created, chosen, adopted, no matter how it comes together. Love, understanding and respect are the glue!  Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  





Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Indivisible: Sharon Sekhon

I am very happy to post square number 63, another beautiful work created by LA educator, historian and all-around terrific person, Sharon Sekhon:


Decency, photograph, 2016.

This image of a praying mantis is very appropriate to post at the moment. We have seen a lot of active wildlife lately, and nature is in full Spring-mode here in Los Angeles.  The birds are mating, the lizards are popping up here and there, and many flowers and trees are blooming.  My Girl Scout troop is currently watching their caterpillars prepare themselves (by eating, sleeping and pooping a lot) to eventually form chrysalises in order to become butterflies.  Truly a beautiful time of the year.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Indivisible: Valerie Graham Butler workshop

I am pleased to post square number 62, a work created by D.Carnighan, another participate in the workshop hosted by Los Angeles friend and artist Valerie Graham Butler:


Photo collage, mixed media on paper, 2017.

Children's hands and adult/parent hands coming together to make something wonderful - a beautiful image.  Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.   

Monday, April 24, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am proud to post square number 61, a great work created by Linelray, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


 Collage and pen on paper, 2017.

Many of you attended the March for Science this past weekend; I thought it would be appropriate to post this great square reflecting the Women's March back in January. It leads with the wonderful quote by Martin Luther King Jr.," There is no noise as powerful as the sound of the marching feet of determined people." So true!

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Indivisible: Valerie Graham Butler workshop

I am proud to present square number 60, a work created by Katri, another participant from the workshop hosted by Los Angeles friend and artist Valerie Graham Butler:



Collage and marker on paper, 2017.

I love that this work encompasses all themes suggested for this project! And yes, we should be practicing these as we are all connected - in our communities, neighborhoods, states, countries and across the world. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am proud to post square number 59, a great work created by Elisa, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:

 Pencil and collage on paper, 2017.

I am showing this image larger than usual because I want you to read the quotes from the AP article (linked here to the Huffington post articles) that Elisa used in her work: "5-Year Old Boy, Jax Gets Same Haircut As His Friend so You Can't Tell Them Apart"..."The story of two 5-year old boys from Kentucky, one white and one black, is teaching people about racial harmony."  The children initially were playing a trick on their teacher, one getting the same haircut as the other, hoping the teacher couldn't tell them apart.  A great story!

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Friday, April 14, 2017

Indivisible: Sharon Sekhon

I am very happy to post square number 58, another great work created by LA educator, historian and all-around terrific person, Sharon Sekhon:


Civility, photograph, 2016.

This beautiful image reflects a common sight around Los Angeles -  the glorious rich-colored leaves or bracts of bougainnvilla taking over man-made structures. The flowers of this plant are very small, white little blossoms inside the bright bracts. Beauty is everywhere, when you are willing to be open and receptive to it.  Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Indivisible: Janne Larsen's 2D students

I am pleased to present square number 57, a wonderful image titeld "Humor," created by Abraham, a high school student in Janne Larsen's 2-D art class at Pilgrim School:



Humor, mixed media on paper, 2016.

Humor can heal!  Especially when we take ourselves so seriously, that we lose track of what's actually important - our connection with others around us.
Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Indivisible: Valerie Graham Butler - art workshop

I am pleased to post square number 56, a work created by Gianna, another child that participated in the workshop hosted by Los Angeles friend and artist Valerie Graham Butler:



Mixed media on paper, 2017.


This piece make me smile - the happy sun, the rainbow within a rainbow and the heart right in the center. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Indivisible: Sarah Krause

I am pleased to present square number 55, another wonderful work created by Sarah Krause of the  New Haven Friends Meeting stitch group:



Pen and marker on paper, 2016. 

I enjoy the formal aspects of this work, the rationality of it (during an irrational period in our country) as well as the reference to artist Piet Mondrian. Mondrian had an interest in the spiritual and philosophical, and he explained his work in a letter written in 1914: "...I construct lines and color combinations on a flat surface, in order to express general beauty with the utmost awareness. Nature (or, that which I see) inspires me, puts me, as with any painter, in an emotional state so that an urge comes about to make something, but I want to come as close as possible to the truth and abstract everything from that, until I reach the foundation (still just an external foundation!) of things…"

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Indivisible: Valerie Graham Butler - art workshop

I am proud to present square number 54 created by Los Angeles friend and artist Valerie Graham Butler's 4-year old daughter, Madeline:



Mixed media on paper, 2017.

Madeline and her twin brother participated in their mom's art workshop alongside other friends and their families.  I was honored that they got together to make work for my project.  They also stopped by my studio to personally deliver their wonderful squares.  The children made more than one, and I will post all of their pieces.  Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am very happy to post square number 53, a great work created by Isabella, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:

 Pen, marker, paint, pencil on paper, 2017.

This strong work sends its message clearly and boldly: "We Will Not Be Divided."  Remember that! As our political situation attempts to further divide us, remind yourself again and again that we are all connected, no matter who we are, where we live or what we believe.  That is our reality.  This is a powerful work.  Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am thrilled to post lovely square number 52, a terrific work created by Harper, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


Paint on canvas, 2017.

This beautiful painting echoes the idea that we must take care of the earth for children's (and everyone's) future. When I look at this piece, I think it is very timely considering what has been in the news recently regarding the current administration's views on environmental protections, climate change and the EPA. It is comforting to know that many states (including California) take climate change seriously and are working hard to continue to provide people with clean air and water. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am excited to post square number 51, another great work created by Alison, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


Mixed media on paper, 2017.


I love this illustration of the tiny knight throwing down his/her sword and offering love to the large multi-headed and multi-limbed dragon.  Beautiful drawing and wonderful sentiment! Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's art students

I am so excited to present square number 50, created by Lismary, a student in Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


American Papers, Mexican Heart, mixed media on paper, 2017.

Yesterday, I had the honor of receiving 39 contributions to the Indivisible Project from high school students at Culver City High School.  I was quite moved by the depth, skill level and variety of issues that these thoughtful young people brought to their work.  I am excited to be showcasing it here, and I want to extend a huge thanks to their teacher Kristine Hatanaka, for encouraging her students to be a part of this project. They are making their voices heard.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Indivisible: Stephanie Fahnestock

I am very pleased to present square number 49 created by Stephanie Fahnestock:



Hope, mixed media on paper, 2017.


This wonderful work is very dynamic; I call it "Hope with Heart." Stephanie created this work at the workshop offered at the home of Los Angeles friend Valerie Butler.  Many terrific works came out of that workshop and from the sounds of it, a fine time was had by all. Nothing like getting together to make art together! Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Indivisible: Valerie Butler

I am proud to present square number 48 created by Los Angeles friend and artist Valerie Butler:



Collage on paper, 2017.

This collage speaks to the actual make-up of our country - many different people from many different places - immigrants immigrating- to create a rich and wonderful collective of nationalities, ethnicities, races, and peoples as well as their traditions, stories and histories they carried to this land.

Valerie organized a wonderful workshop at her home for this project, inviting her friends and their families to create squares.  Adults as well as children participated, and the results are mighty fine. I will be posting all of these works in the weeks to come, so please stay tuned!

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Indivisible: Janne Larsen's 2D students

I am pleased to present square number 47, a beautiful image created by a high school student in Janne Larsen's 2-D art class at Pilgrim School:



Hope, mixed media on paper, 2016.

This intricate work which utilizes repetitive, organic layered shapes borders on abstraction. But if one pulls back from the detailed drawing, the word "Hope" can be seen emerging from the shapes. It's a clever and thoughtful work created by a young person, and I hope to see more of these pieces coming my way. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Indivisible: Maureen Lopes

I am pleased to present square number 46, another wonderful work created by Maureen Lopes of the  New Haven Friends Meeting stitch group:




Mixed media, sewing on fabric, 2016.

The image is another lovely take on the "Dove of Peace" idea. This work is Maureen's second contribution for the project. (Thank you!)  Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Indivisible: Liz and Naomi

I am thrilled to present square number 45, a beautiful piece created by Kansas City-based artist and educator Liz Smith and her 4-year old daughter, Naomi:



Mixed media, collage on paper, 2017.

About the work, Liz writes: "Love above all else!! (But thoughts on morality and finding the positive in today.)"  Indeed! I love this mother-daughter collaboration. It's beautiful.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Indivisible: Sharon Sekhon

I am so pleased to present square number 44, another great work created by LA educator, historian and all-around great human being, Sharon Sekhon:



Morality, photograph, 2016.

I love this beautiful, peaceful image of Nellie Oleson (pictured) resting. It's a nice reminder to slow down, take care of oneself and be in the moment - we should all take Nellie Oleson's example. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Indivisible: Brenda Podemski

So proud to present square number 43 created by LA friend and wonderfully creative individual Brenda Podemski:



Metro, knitting, 2016.

This beautifully knitted work is titled Metro.  The lines represent the various train and subway paths of Los Angeles' Metro system.  Additionally, the work is based on a Celtic knot motif. Celtic knots usually reflect a spiritual unity or an interconnectedness that is unbreakable. I love the layers of meaning in this gorgeous piece. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Indivisible: Lori Martin

I am pleased to post square number 42 created by Lori Martin of the New Haven Friends Meeting stitch group:


 Mixed media on fabric, 2016.

The sewn image in the center of this work can be seen in many references throughout history. One of the most common is as a reference to the dove and olive branch from the Biblical old testament story about Noah and the massive flooding of the earth.  In the story, the dove brings back an olive branch that meant land was nearby and the rains are over - it was a symbol of hope. According to another source, the use of the olive branch goes back to ancient Greece and Rome, in which the olive branch represented peace. This image is often seen as "the Dove of Peace." Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Indivisible: Girl Scout Troop 7126

I am happy to present square number 41, another great piece created by a girl from Kim Hiller Connell's Daisy and Brownie Girl Scout troop of Manhattan, KS:



Water media on paper, 2016.

This works shows a rainbow with hearts, arching over the American flag.  If you look closely, the flag contains the Girl Scout trefoil symbol. The three trefoil leaves represent the three aspects of the Girl Scout promise.

The work was created by using mark-making implements such as straws, cotton swabs, feathers and other non-conventional tools.  No brushes were used. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Indivisible: Julio Panisello

I am very proud to present square number 40 created by terrific friend, artist and art educator Julio Panisello:



Poop Pansy, paint on fabric, 2017.


Julio works in a wide variety of media, but much of his art is rooted in his painting practice. He often takes figures and objects and juxtaposes them in off-kilter compositional arrangements and humorous ways. "Poop Pansy," is a startling reminder that in spite of all of the current political turmoil, good things can grow from the manure. Check out more of Julio's work on his website: http://www.juliopanisello.com/

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Indivisible: Sharon Sekhon

I am so pleased to present square number 39, another wonderful work created by LA-based educator, historian and good friend Sharon Sekhon:



Hope, photograph, 2016.

This beautiful image says it all. Nothing can renew the mind or the spirit like the amazing colors of the sky during a sunrise or a sunset.  During a tumultuous time, it can be quite grounding. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project




Monday, February 20, 2017

Indivisible: Janne Larsen's 2D students

I am happy to present square number 38, a striking image created by a high school student in Janne Larsen's 2-D art class at Pilgrim School:



 Humanity, colored pencil on paper, 2016.

The importance of teaching the arts and having art programs available throughout a child's formal education cannot be overstated. And art truly does save lives! I am so very pleased to have young people participating in this project. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Indivisible: Girl Scout Troop 7126

I am pleased to present square number 37 created by a girl from Kim Hiller Connell's Daisy and Brownie Girl Scout troop of Manhattan, KS:



Water media on paper, 2016.


Such a beautiful work. On a wet, rainy here in Los Angeles, post-Valentine's Day, who doesn't like flowers?  This piece was created by using mark-making implements such as straws, cotton swabs, feathers and other non-conventional tools.  No brushes were used. Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.