Added some color to this one. I think a few more black lines may be on order before it’s done. Going to let it sit for a bit and come back to it and see what feels right.
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I started to add more to this piece I started a couple weeks back. Picked up a compass that had a bigger holder so I could use it with microns. It’s a cheap plastic piece of junk, so I’m on the hunt for a more pro one with greater stability. But I managed to get these circles on without pulling out too much of my hair. I think I will add watercolor to it next. Stay tuned.
Seems like a good time for an intro for those who don’t know me. I’m John Hornsby. Tomorrow at noon I’ll be moderating this virtual panel discussion Business as UNusual: Marketing During C19 and Beyond with @aigaasheville.
I’m the Founder and Chief Creative Ninja of Hornsby Creative. Over the course of my 25 year career I’ve served in leadership for various creative companies. I’ve rarely held a traditional job, always finding my way into unique situations whether running a DIY performance space, playing in bands while running the art department for a special events company, driving an RV around the country with my wife @aniliaj or managing signs and graphics companies.
Most recently I served as Co-Creative Director at GIGANTIC! and Center Manager when G! was acquired by Allegra | Image 360 Asheville.
As the effects of Covid 19 began to affect our community and brought values into sharper clarity, I moved on from that role and have refocused back on family, community and our own business. As a founding executive board member of AIGA Asheville, board member emeritus of the Asheville Affiliates and part of the organizing team for Creative Mornings AVL, the intersection of community, story and design is a continued passion of mine.
Though I have deep experience in experiential, environmental design and sign related work, ultimately I’m an artist and designer first, a creative connector and a problem solver who loves creating art and illustrations, logo and branding design, teaching and creative strategy. In between zoom meetings and kids lunches I love getting out on the trail with our family and dog.
Join me and our stellar panelists @bloggeraishaadams
Tomorrow at noon. Link in bio
“Should I say something on social media?” “Should I say something to my clients?” “What do I say to promote my business but not look selfish?” “What if I say the wrong thing?” If you’ve pondered any of these thoughts over the past few months, this event is for you!
With the shift to social distancing, remote working, and self-isolation, COVID-19 has left many business owners wondering if and how they should creatively market their services.
During this Zoom panel discussion, we’ll talk to a group of marketing professionals and local business owners that have addressed marketing in creative ways over the past few months, touching on tactics & approaches businesses can and should use right now.
In the midst of the chaos the creativity continues. These geometric watercolors are becoming a centering meditative practice for me. Exploring pattern giving rise to form and color. Establishing a little order in a corner of my mind as I listen and integrate to what’s going on around me. Deepening my ability to identify the connections. Creating a mental place from which to move back out and engage from a peaceful center of clarity.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.