15- 2 Things...

Greetings and salutations on this 2013 holiday season...

I've put ETSY into vacation mode so that I can edit images for listings and recharge over the holidaze.
I'm hoping to relaunch the ETSY shop on Monday January 6th.

Ulrike Muller's project HERSTORY INVENTORY is officially in book format and your's truly is one of the many talented ladies that is part of the ground breaking project. Here is some info about the project and the book:

Dear Friends,
We’re proud and excited to announce the publication of Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists, forthcoming in early 2014.
Today we are reaching out to you with a special offer. Order NOW and receive the book FRESH OFF THE PRESS in February 2014! If you are one of the first 50, you’ll ALSO receive a special-edition Herstory Inventory tote bag that features Nancy Brooks Brody’s drawing for Herstory Inventory. Please take this opportunity to support this amazing project and forward this email to all your friends and colleagues.
Herstory Inventory originated in 2007, when the artist Ulrike Müller found an inventory list describing a collection of feminist T-shirts in the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn. Ulrike invited 100 artists to retranslate the descriptions into drawings. The result, Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists (2009–2012), is a collaborative rethinking of feminist imagery that reflects a wide range of political desires and representational strategies. We have been working with Ulrike and the designer Tiffany Malakooti to transpose Herstory Inventory onto 272 printed pages. In addition to color reproductions of the full inventory, the book includes a narrative chronology of the project, edited from Ulrike’s email correspondence with the participants. The Herstory Inventory publication will further the life of this this open-ended endeavor.
Gratitude! And very much looking forward to sharing the book with you.
Barbara Schröder and Karen Kelly
Dancing Foxes Press

Participating Artists: A.K. Burns, A.L. Steiner, Adriana Minoliti, Alhena Katsof, Allyson Mitchell, Amy Linton, Amy Sillman, Anni Viinikainen, B. E. Wiest, Barbara Eichhorn, Carola Dertnig, Carrie Yamaoka, Cauleen Smith, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Chitra Ganesh, Chris Castillo, Cristina Gómez Barrio, Dawn Kasper, Dean Daderko, Edie Fake, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Emily Roysdon, Erika Vogt, Faith Wilding, Fiona Rukschcio, Fox Hysen, Gabriela Santiago, Georgia Sydney Lassner, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Dana Bishop-Root, Gregg Bordowitz, Guadalupe Rosales, Hans Scheirl, Iris Andraschek, Jamie Chan, JD Samson, Jennifer Montgomery, Jibz Cameron, Jocelyn Davis, Johanna and Mona Gustavsson, Johanna Kirsch, Jonah Groeneboer, Joy Episalla, Julie Evanoff, K8 Hardy, Kate Huh, Katherine Hubbard, Kathleen Hanna, Keltie Ferris, Kim Kelly, Lee Maida, Lee Relvas, Leidy Churchman, Leigh Ruple, Lily Benson, Linda Bilda, Linda Stillman, Lisa Lenarz, Louise Fishman, Lovett/Codagnone, Lucy Dodd, Malin Arnell, Marget Long, Maria Gafarova, Mariah Garnett, Marie-Thérèse Escribano, Marlene McCarty, Math Bass, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Michaela Mélian, Michele Araujo, Michelle Dizon, Mitra Wakil, Monica/Nico Peck, Moyra Davey, MPA, Myriam Lanau, Nancy Brooks Brody, Nicole Eisenman, Onya Hogan-Finlay, Pam Lins, Patricia Reschenbach, R. H. Quaytman, Ricarda Denzer, Robert Bordo, Robin Hustle, Sadie Benning, Sam Miller, Samara Davis, Shelly Silver, Simone Bader, Sowon Kwon, Tara Mateik, Taylor Davis, Terrilynn, Therese Roth, Travis Boyer, Ulrike Müller, Wolfgang Mayer, Wynne Greenwood, Xylor Jane, and Zoe Leonard. 

Weekly inspirational quotes:

'A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.'- Edmond and Jules De Goncourt.

'It is never too late to become what you MIGHT HAVE BEEN.'- George Eliot

'Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.'- Goethe

'Don't explain why it can't be done. Discover how it can be done.' -Mo Tao


14 Art does the brain good

This article validates so much of my thinking. As my dad used to say 'teach a child to create and he will never learn to destroy'...or something to that effect.

Great article, I had to share :;smile::


'Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it's the only one you have.'- Emilee Chartier

'An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.'- Robert Frost

'An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.' - James MacNeill Whistler.

'I never finish a painting -- I just stop working on it for a while.' - Arshile Gorky.

'Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up.' -Chuck Close


Lucky 13th blog

I stumbled across this gem this evening. I find reason #18 very valid. And I'm well on my way to #16


The inspiration quotes from last week:

'We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.'- Robin S Sharma 

'On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.'- Jackson Pollock

'No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.'- Victor Hugo

'If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever be done.'- Ludwig Wittgenstein


12 - 13 things

I came across this article this evening:

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid.

#11 is a standard in my life ::wink::


and the weekly quotes:

'The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.'-Aristotle

'The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.'-Lucian Freud

'If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.'-Edward Hopper

'What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.'-
Eugene Delacroix

'There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.'- Pablo Picasso


11- 1005 Faces

Yesterday I took part in a great project that my friend Sarah Brooke Lyons is creating. She asked me to be part of this AMAZING project and I happily accepted.
Below are some links to this huge undertaking:

Guess what I chose to write on the white board?

Most people who I correspond with have seen the phrase for the past 10 years :;wink::

and below are the quotes from the past week:

'Creativity and love surely come from the same source, and both have no boundaries. It all depends on how we use them.' Nancy Green.

'There is no must in art because art is free.' Wassily Kandinsky

'The creative urge matters. Stories matter. Images matter. It matters that you were born with a genius, a guiding spirit, a daimon that may know more about your destiny than you do.' Phil Cousineau


10- 11.12.13

Could not have planned this blog better... 10th one on 11.12.13 and it's 9pm CST

I read this and was inspired:

and the past weeks quotes :)
 'For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.'- Georges Rouault

'A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.'- Frank Capra

'Stillness is where creativity and solutions are found.'- Eckhart Tolle

'Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.'- Henry Ward Beecher  

'The emotional mind creates, and the rational mind explains it. Another way of saying this is, your 'heart' perceives it and your 'head' translates it.' Alvaro Castagnet


9- Stealing the Mystic Lamb

I can't get enough of this story...


and it reminds me of this great book Stealing the Mystic Lamb- Noah Charney


Oh and if you missed them, here are the quotes from the past week:

'When I was a kid, a book I read advised young artist to be themselves. That decided it for me. I was a corny kind of guy, so I went in for corn.- -Walt Disney

'While dreams are the language of the soul, creativity is its voice.'- Hap Hagood

'If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.'-Edward Hopper

'Remember some books are meant to be tasted, some books are meant to be chewed and, finally, some books are meant to be swallowed whole.'- Francis Bacon

'Art comes from everywhere. It's your response to your surroundings.'- Damien Hirst


8 Thank you

I would like to thank those who came out to the Angry German oontz Fest event this past Friday at Korova. Had a blast and made some money. Thank you to everyone that bought a piece...stop by here or my website for news on upcoming events!!!!

Thanks again

How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art. Kermit the Frog

To be creative requires willingness to be misunderstood, sometimes for long periods of time, despite conventional wisdom. Peter Sims

To practice art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. Kurt Vonnegut



Prints are signed and matted
Collages pulled
and all the other goodies gathered...

oh and here are the quotes from the past week ::smile::

'Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.'-Salvador Dali

'One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.'- Harvey Mackay

 'We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.' JFK 10.26.63


6- For immediate release...




COVER: $5 Adults, $10 (under 21)

After an 8 month absence from the local music scene; Frank Jakobs aka DJ Hans 242 returns with a Halloween version of his “Angry German Oontz Oontz Fest

In the nearly 8 years of putting on live music and DJ parties; the Oontz Fest concept has taken on a life of its own. Marrying edgy yet danceable local and regional live music acts with DJ Hans 242’s unique Dance mixes where you’re as likely to hear your favorite 80’s and Industrial as you are to hear some Dean Martin!

The Oontz Fest Halloween edition concept also includes DJ Hans 242’s troupe of “Angry German Go-Go dancers” a “spooky Art Show” Body Painting, Horror movies on Korova’s big screen, Halloween Prom Pictures as well as a Costume Contest.

The 3 live music acts on the bill represent 3 very different ends of the musical spectrum all of whom have performed to a great deal of acclaim around the state in 2013.

Razor Doves is a three piece group of seasoned San Antonio musicians, specializing in energetic, original Texas rock and alternative music. They fuse a super-tight rhythm section with melodic guitar and vocal expressions. Catch them live. You won't be disappointed.

Dawn of the Phoenix is an electro-Pop Trio whose “Bowie-esque” sound along with a penchant for showmanship has met with rave reviews from Music fans in the state. The band led by former Emily’s Gone Mad front-man John Brown formed in late 2012 and seems to up the ante each time they perform. Expect to dance!

Souless Affection is here for one purpose; to be a voice for those that have none, or had it taken away. The tight 5 piece unit that has been described as sounding like “Nine Inch Nails in a bad mood” has played to enthusiastic crowds around the state throughout 2013. Their Brutal Live Performances are a perfect fit for the Oontz Oontz Crowd; especially on Halloween.

Frank H Jakobs

Gonna be a fun event.

I'm working on some new collages for event. I'll have 11x14" collages,  8x10" prints from the 'Black and Blue' period and luck boxes...

oh and if you didn't see the daily quotes for the past week, et voila:

'The creative act is not hanging on, but yielding to a new creative movement. Awe is what moves us forward.'- Joseph Campbell

'The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it.'- Twyla Tharp

'All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.'- M. C. Richards 

'Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.'- Bill Moyers

'The function of the creative artist consists of making laws, not in following laws already made.'- Ferruccio Busoni




So my ETSY shop now has 3 sections: Luck Boxes...Canvases...Paper

Luck boxes= my lil luck boxes
Canvases= art on canvas
Paper= art on paper


and if you missed the quotes this past week via Twitter, et voila:

'Creativity is a lifestyle, and ideas are the product and lifeblood of that lifestyle.'- Miles G. Batt

'Small daily improvements over time create stunning results'-  Robin S. Sharma 

'Take the best that exists and make it better. If it doesn't exist, create it.'- Henry Royce

'The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate.'- Agnes de Mille

'Creativity is not a talent; it's a way of operating.'- John Cleese


4 Halloween is coming

Working on some new pieces for this event.

I'll have 8x10 collages matted in 11x14 mats
I'll have 5x7 prints from my Black and Blue period matted in 8x10 mats
Aaaand Halloween and day of the Dead luck boxes

'Artistic creativity is a whirlpool of imagination that swirls in the depths of the mind.'- Robert R Toth

'You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.' Maya Angelou ''

'The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive and more constructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.'- Frank Barron 

'Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.'-Degas

'The essential ingredient for creativity is wasting time.'- Anonymous (of course slackers don't need credit)


3 some inspiration on a Tuesday night

A friend posted this, and I had to share:

Ten Things You Must Give Up To Be Successful


Hope the link works...

and of course the quotes I tweeted and posted this week:

'Art is either plagiarism or revolution.'- Paul Gauguin

'The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.-Francis Bacon

'Art  is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.'-Georges Braque

'The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.'-Lucian Freud

'The painting has a life of its own.'-Jackson Pollock


2 Another batch of Costa Rica photos

Here are a few shots from the Costa Rica 2012 trip:


And here are the quotes from the past week from Twitter and Cabana Boy facey spacey:

'To put your ideas into action is the most difficult thing in the world.'- Goethe

'Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it'- Robert Motherall

'Painting is just another way of keeping a diary'-  Picasso

'The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.'- Hilton Kramer

'I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.'- Frida Kahlo


1-Getting productive

I finally uploaded pics from my trip down to Costa Rica in 2011:


and I added some inspirational goodies to my Cabana Boy facey spacey:

'The cleanest souls are the easiest to soil' Jasper Fforde EYRE AFFAIR

'The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination' Albert Einstein

'You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream' CS Lewis

'No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness' Aristotle


Color of the Blind exhibition

Saturday March 30th from 6-10pm at ZaZa Garden Gallery located at 723 S Flores, I will be partaking in the COLOR OF THE BLIND exhibition.

Here is a little blip from SAHearts website:

As people often times struggle to see ones ideas and visions it is the triumph of an artist that can only convey this idea. Local artists Trina Bacon and collaborator and International artist Katherine Brown brings to you an exhibit called, “The Color of Blind.” This show is to be interactive introducing the sense of smell, touch and taste to offer the BLIND community as well as visual artists a way in which to experience and understand color in art.

In addition, 30 other notable artists are contributing to The Color of Blind. Artists include Steven DaLuz, Kathy Sosa, Joan Frederick, Robert Tatum, James Hetherington and many others. All artists are required to explore what color represents through their selected mediums using touch and scent.

Our sponsors are Humberto Saldana of Saldana and Associates, Channel 4 News WOAI, Starbucks, Chicho Boys Market, Owl Radio (Low Vision Resource Center), Ricos, Freshious Cakes Catering, Rosie Coronado Salazar and Regina Villalobos.

And another lil blip from Nowcast:

While people may struggle to see the artistic ideas and visions of others, it is the triumph of one local artist to share her vision of art and education with the blind and sight seeing communities. The Color of Blind is an interactive art show by Trina Geurra Bacon and Katherine Brown. The show brings together the senses of smell, touch and taste to offer the blind and seeing community a way in which to experience and understand color and art.

In addition, 40 other notable artists are contributing to The Color of Blind. This all takes place with an opening reception on Saturday, March 30, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at ZaZa Garden Gallery located at 723 South Flores Street.

The Color of Blind is considered an abstract concept, but not a new concept. Bacon, local art teacher, ceramist, tactile and 3D artist, says art shows with the same theme have been done before, but not very often. The Color of Blind has been in the planning process for four years, as Bacon found through her pre-school and youth teachings that colors through taste and texture had an impact on youth. The art show itself will take a person through shapes and colors as they walk through sections experiencing blue to green to purple, and so on.

“People who are blind or have low–vision can use other senses to feel color," says Bacon. "Everyone will be able to smell, touch, and taste color through this art show.
"Sight seeing people might not immediately realize it, but they relate color to a taste. For example, pink is connected to bubble gum and cotton candy. I’ve discovered this to be the same with youth whom I have taught.”

Local businesses are also taking part in The Color of Blind by contributing to the sensory aspects of the show. Starbucks, Rico’s Products, Co. and Chicho Boys Fruit Market are all supplying portions of the “taste and scent” sections for each color.

In launching The Color of Blind, Bacon recruited the help of artist and stage IV brain tumor survivor Katherine Brown. Brown has helped to expand the show to include the works and pieces from over 40 notable artists, inlcuding Kathy Sosa, Joan Frederick and James Hetherington. All artists were asked to explore what color represents through their selected mediums using touch and scent. It is with Brown’s expanded vision and expertise that The Color of Blind has become a multi-faceted, interactive show.
"Museums have come a long way to accommodate the disabled," says Brown. "Wheelchair access has improved and many museums offer signing tours for the deaf. But the blind population cannot see, and therefore must rely upon their other senses, such as touch, to experience the world around them.”

The Color of Blind is a labor of love for Bacon, who found art to be an escape for her as a misplaced youth and into adulthood, having experienced many personal challenges. “I feel it is extremely important for everyone to experience art,” says Bacon. “It has had so much impact on my life both therapeutically and by affording me opportunities. Most importantly, it has helped me to be able to teach others.”

Once The Color of Blind is complete, Bacon plans to continue art through education for youth and adults, for both seeing and the visually impaired. “I have already used my sensory colors at pre-schools as well as on 18-month olds up to 5 years old,” says Bacon. “I am almost done expanding this curriculum to approach more learning institutions and learning resources.”
The Color of Blind opens Saturday, March 30 and runs through Friday, April 5 at ZaZa Garden Gallery at 723 South Flores Street. Information about The Color of Blind and/or curriculum information may be found by calling (210) 707-7474 or mosaictrina@gmail.com.

Event SponsorsSaldana & Associates, INC., Starbucks Coffee, Chicho Boys Fruit Market, Rico’s Products Co., Owl Radio (Low Vision Resource Center), Freshious Cakes Catering, and Rosie Coronado-Salazar/Graphic Design.

Participating Artists
Bryson Brooks, Rebecca Coffey, Steven Daluz, Lauren Browning, Cody Vance, James Hetherington, James Raska, Louis Vega Trevino, Antonia Richardson, Russell Stevenson, Kimberly Newsome, Cat Quintanilla (Stone Carver Cat), Katherine Daluz Maple, Ethan Moore, Susan Budge, Joan Frederick, Kathy Sosa, Robert Tatum, Myriam Lanau, Marcy McChesney, Laura Salazar, Susan Oakes, Samantha Ostos, Jenny Smith, Jaqui Kat, Manuel Salazar, Christian Withers, Oscar Saenz, Umberto Saldana, Trina Bacon, Katherine Brown, Paul Karam, Duane Johnson, James Saldivar, Lili Pena-Dyer, Kim Bishop, Andy Benavides, Steven DaLuz, and Sabine Senft. More confirming.

I'm in the process of re-purposing 'blocks' I created/assembled while attending KCAI. This has been a great process thus far and I'm really looking forward to people experiencing the piece.