Building out another geometric design.

Building out another geometric design.

Building out another geometric design. As usual I’m starting with a flower of life pattern underlay. From that comes metatron’s cube from which all geometries can be constructed. The intersecting triangles which form the Star of David pattern contain the basic four alchemical symbols for the elements and are also the divine intersection of masculine and feminine. The compass and ruler working together are also a marriage of the masculine and feminine energies. If the parallel angled lines of the star are extended out we get the letter “X”. If we contain the edges of the circles into concentric circles within, we get the letter “O”. These letters are also commonly associated with love and sex. Perhaps this is why?

#creativity #creative #drawing #drawings #hornsbycreative #geometry #sacredgeometry

Raising a chilled can in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life.

Raising a chilled can in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life.

Fresh newsletter on tap today. Link in bio.

Raising a chilled can in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life. Let’s honor that with our choices and respect for each other.

The can pattern in this mockup started as a geometric watercolor I did. I then vectorized it and turned it into a pattern. Then I mapped that onto this three dimensional can and superimposed it into a photo I took at Black Balsam. The font used here is Caravan.

#hornsbycreative #mockup #dimensions #memorialdayweekend #memorialday #blackbalsam #can #design #patterndesign #surfacedesign #creative #topcreator #828isgreat #aigaavl

Why I wear a mask.

Why I wear a mask.

Why I wear a mask. My wife is high risk immunocompromised. For her and others like her I wear a mask. My mother has a pulmonary condition. For her and others like her I wear a mask. My cousin is in chemotherapy. For her and for others like her I wear a mask. It shows care and respect for others.

Wearing a mask is not living on a state of fear, or oppression against my liberties. I am sending a signal of compassion. That your increased safety, even if minimal, is more important than my minor inconvenience. Because I want it to be and feel safer for all of us to get back out and about.
Is it true that viruses are smaller than the holes the fabric so they can still get through? Yes. (Fun fact : viruses have no color because they are smaller than the wavelength of visible light.) Is it also true that a cloth mask likely stops *some* of them in aeresol form? Yes. Some, varying on type and layers of fabric. So some protection is better than none. But don’t let it lull you into a false sense of security either.
Wear the mask. But please also presume it won’t fully protect you. Still act like wearing the mask won’t keep you safe, and take the same precautions. Don’t touch your mask. The virus can live on it for 7 days. Make sure it covers your nose. Did you notice the tests for it are nasal swabs? Don’t pull it down to talk, cough or sneeze. And still keep 6 ft from people you don’t share a house with. Wash those hands a lot. I can’t tell you how many guys I’ve seen leave the bathroom without washing their hands. I’ll get outside for sure, but be respectful and responsible as I do.

#hornsbycreative #community #masks #covidlife

Third post in this current series of my sketches of Spain.

Third post in this current series of my sketches of Spain.

Third post in this current series of my sketches of Spain. This one is of children playing in the plaza in Astorga.

You can’t travel there IRL now but you can through the power of art. The children played in the square while we enjoyed café con leche and riscuros with my in laws and new friends Bertrand and Basia. The later own and live in a delightful creative retreat center @floresdelcamino_retreats along the Camino in the neighboring village of Castrillo de Los Polvarez.
That village is preserved in the old 16th century style including the stone road you are not allowed to drive in on unless you live there. $40 for an 11×17 unframed, hand signed print, plus $15 to ship it anywhere in the US. Free local contactless delivery in the 828.

Message me if you want one. Other sizes availible, just ask.

#hornsbycreative #art #artist #artistsoninstagram #arte #instaart #illustration #artoftheday #illustratorsoninstagram #illustrationartists #postbeauty #creativity #creative #drawings #sketch #sketchdaily #ashevillartists #artprints #traveljournal

Spain Sketch Print: Jardin de La Sinagoga in Astorga, Spain

Spain Sketch Print: Jardin de La Sinagoga in Astorga, Spain

This print of my sketch of the Jardin de La Sinagoga in Astorga, Spain is about to go to its new home.

You can’t travel there now IRL but you can through the power of art. This park sits atop a wall that surround the city of Astorga, built by the Roman’s in 14 BC. The city was a primary outpost militarily, as repository for the gold mining operation and one of the first Bishops of the Roman catholic church. It is one of the cities through which one pases if they are a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago.

The light there is different from here. The sky remains a lavender color for a much longer duration than we have here in Asheville and the sunsets such as the one from this moment are much more golden. $40 for an 11×17 unframed, hand signed print, plus $15 to ship it anywhere in the US. Free local contactless delivery in the 828.

Message me if you want one. Other sizes availible, just ask.

#hornsbycreative #art #artist #artistsoninstagram #arte #instaart #illustration #artoftheday #illustratorsoninstagram #illustrationartists #postbeauty #creativity #creative #drawings #sketch #sketchdaily #ashevillartists #artprints #traveljournal

Spain Sketch Print: Saint Isadora’s Basilica

Spain Sketch Print: Saint Isadora’s Basilica

This print of my sketch of St. Isadora’s Basilica in Leon, Spain is getting ready to go to its new home. You may not be able to go there IRL now but you can travel through the magic of art.

This Basilica contains many treasures of antiquity including a striking painted ceiling known as the Sistine chapel of Leon that was sacked by Napoleon. Up in the bell tower they have a little stone chalice claimed to be the holy grail. It has been traced as such by two seperate scholars as recently as 2011. $40 for an 11×17 unframed, hand signed print, plus $15 to ship it anywhere in the US. Free local contactless delivery in the 828.

DM if you want one. Other sizes availible, just ask.

#hornsbycreative #art #artist #artistsoninstagram #arte #instaart #illustration #artoftheday #illustratorsoninstagram #illustrationartists #postbeauty #creativity #creative #drawings #sketch #sketchdaily #ashevillartists #sketchbook #artprints #leon #basilica #traveljournal

WatchStack Report: Playficiency

WatchStack Report: Playficiency

At the last @aigaasheville WatchStack with @brettamccall we watched the @simonegiertz @ted talk Why You Should Make Useless things.

It brought up some interesting conversations around success, enthusiasm and the importance of playfulness in work.

How the balance of play and hard work combine for greater happiness, success and the twin golden calves of capitalism: efficiency and productivity.

How innovation and creative growth can best arise out of doing simply for the sake and joy of the doing. When the pressure of an attatchment to a specific measurable outcome gives way to play, we can achieve a state of “playficiency.” As creatives and designers were uniquely suited to facilitate the tools and space to intentionally foster the failure that breeds success.

Join is for the next one next Tuesday the 26th 5:30-6:30 pm EST.

Link in bio 👆
#watchstackavl #hornsbycreative #community #inspiration #talk

Pandemic Community Survey

Pandemic Community Survey

We’re conducting a pandemic community survey and I would appreciate if you could take a moment to share your thoughts with us. We are also looking to conduct interviews with some of the respondents as a follow up as well. Stay safe, sane and civil out there.

Link in bio 👆

#community #ashevillestrong #ashevillebusiness #aiga #support #communityengagement #communityimpact #communitysupport #communitymatters #hornsbycreative #828isgreat

State of Flow

State of Flow

The ideas are just flowing this morning! Developing content for for five different initiatives before I even got out of bed.

Ruminations so far this morning include :
Favorite variations on meta meditation.
Conventional Wisdom vs. Unconventional Insight. Why I advocate for being a polymathic monotasker vs. a monomathic multitasker.
How to market during Covid 19.
Pros and cons of charging / paying hourly vs value/project based.
Playficiency : play as is a vital tool in cultivating the balance of quality and true efficiency.
Good brain hacking life changing stuff that should go for months of powerful conversations on these topics and more.
The mind can be an amazing accomplice when nurtured in beneficial ways.
#brainstorming #contentstrategy #contentmarketing #hornsbycreative #creativewriting #creativelife #designyourlife #mindonfire #creative #strategy #meditation #play #peakperformance