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honoria in ciberspazio

gallery + reflections

Chicago FluxFest and Art tourism
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Spent great time in Chicago with Seth and Donna. Saw lots of art and participated in FluxFest 2015.
Now I am Tidying up and tossing out.  

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I can't believe I'm watching the superowl.
And listing tax expenses:-) in excel.

Next steaks on the grill...

White Chili Recipe
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Honoria's White Chili

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 onions, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 boneless chicken braes or boneless thighs, chopped, or however much you want

some chicken broth

variety of fresh peppers including poblano, green, red, and however spicy you want it.

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

2 cans great Northern beans

dollop of sour cream

avocado slices on top

chopped or sprigs of fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime

Put the olive oil in a heavy pot and throw in the cut onions, garlic, and peppers and herbs (cumin, oregano, cayenne).  When onions are clear add the broth and beans.  Cook for an hour.  Add the chopped up chicken.

Cook about 1/2 hour or when you feel it is at peak flavor.

Put a blob of sour cream and a couple of slices of  avocado on top.  Put some chopped or sprigs of cilantro on top.

Squeeze lemon or lime over all.

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Prep Time15 minutes

Cook Time15 minutes

Total Time30 minutes

Yield12 servings

The classic spinach and artichoke dip is upgraded into the cheesiest, crustiest French bread ever!


  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

  • 1 (1-pound) French bread loaf, cut in half crosswise

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, combine artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder and onion powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and Parmesan.

  • Place bread, cut-sides up, onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread artichoke mixture evenly over the bread slices; top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

  • Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.


Stephen's Site
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This student site has many advanced gesture drawings.

Austin Alterations
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Johnny Torres.
He's super-fast, CRAZY-cheap, and super-nice. He learned to sew in the armed forces on parachutes, and he's got a bunch of 60's rock posters/records decorating his shop.
His number is
512-431-6724, and his address is 5101 Cloverdale (off E. 51st St.). His tailor shop is in the right-hand side of the duplex, and he lives on the left side.

Joane Rylander is in the hood, and she does a great job:

Triana tailors on Burnett and Hancock has always done great work for me. I've taken jeans and dresses there.

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This is a good intro for Concept Drawing Class

Space Mermaid - Gesture Drawing Game
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One of my students drew her 6-year-old neice as homework.  The neice turned it into a game and demanded that my student guess what she was posing as.  My student guessed wrong and the neice announced that she was posing as a "space mermaid".  When my student told the story in class, it became obvious to our learning community to start playing space mermaid right away.  So when the model did not show up students took turns modeling as a character.  Artist students drew the modeling student, then had to guess what kind of character the model was enacting through their gesture pose.  The missed interpretations made it fun, while at the same time showing that gestures can be interpreted differently.

Last night our lesson was drawing crowds as a unit and the next lesson is on animals.  So the first hour of drawing 3 students took turns being a crowd creating a narrative for everyone to draw.

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The second hour of drawing we played space mermaid and student acted our animals.  The student drew the model in the form of a hybrid animal-human creature.


  1. One or more person poses as a character or animal.

  2. Everyone else draws interpreting the pose to capture BOTH the gesture and the character/animal quality

  3. Drawing students tell their interpretation and show drawing

  4. Model student tells what character/animal/story they were portraying.

We give students 7 minutes to develop a composition of their strongest gestures incorporating more than one drawing.  This time includes the ability to cut out and reconfigure elements on a separate paper.  Students drawing in digital programs do this automatically in class anyway.

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A focus of the class was to create narragive art by using multiple models as a stand-in for a crowd.  I really enjoyed playing "space mermaid" animal edition. I feel like you were able to put story in your drawing... I have a minute at the end to add detail and story.  I feel like this would have been a great class to take before storyboarding.  Aaron B.

I really enjoyed the space mermaid game with animals and crowds.  The animal part made my creative gears really turn.  The crowd part was a challenge for me.  Drawing 3 people in 3 minutes was a challenge.  I really want to work on line quality.  It I can fix it then I can start adding leading edges to my images.  Really thought about relationships more during this session.  You can see it with my Phoenix and Monkey.  Looks like the two know each other or are speaking. Kim B.

I was a lot mor comfortable & seemed to really understand the dimensions to create animals from imagination through the space mermaid technique.  Using complementary colors and light and dark contrast made it easy to distinguish different characters in the group staging drawings.  Doug G.

I really enjoyed making hybrid characters.  Looking at everyone's drawing it seems like no model days have a certain excitement to them, creating a game according to Carnen's story was very successful. Staging is starting to get easier for myself and others in the classroom.  Much improvement in everyone and I feel I have improved on many things using staging props and showing directional force.  Lerma

Wow!  Today was fun!  We all go to be hybrid characters!  Using my very own space mermaid technique we got to become our very own animals and strech our creativity to the limits of all kinds of force.  We also go to interact with drawing crowds whch was very new and exciting.  Carmen N.


One ideal in gesture drawing is spontaneity, however students often get bogged down in self criticism or trying to make their drawing realistic.  I use many tricks to bring action and energy to their drawings, however, nothing tops modeling spontaneity as a teaching tool.  So when a student brought up the story of space mermaid I jumped on it as a class spawned "technique" to incorporate into their practice of gesture drawing.  Turning gesture drawing into a full participatory game worked wonders to loosen up the students.  First they were creative as models, and they became more creative as artists.  The cycle was fun, engaging, and the lessons from the day were integrated into the drawings.

I recommend watching out for opportunity to turn student stories into games and challenging the to integrate their creativity as models as well as artists.  They will be the actors in their animations since the motions they give their characters will be part of their creative futures in media arts and animation and in game art.

Thank you Henry
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Henry Tarin at Big Bertha's Paradise hosted a field trip for my students to style a mannequin with a fully-accessorized look, then take photos to draw from.
Each team started with a different theme and Henry helped make each outfit Wow-worthy!  Here is the class with the resulting photos.  I used the Comic Book app on my iPad to build the Thank You card.

Student Comments

Today I learned that when creating a look you must have a clear concept in mind before you begin to style!  I found it interesting that when styling you really must pay close attention to wht the article of clothing or accessory says to the overall story.  -- Drew B

Today I learned the value of a real world example  It's hard to simply imagine the complexity of clothes in a 3-D space.  - Kit L

Today was a great experience. I learned putting articles of clothing together is a story (Gestalt).  I learned it's OK to be weird and crazy.  I am learning everything is OK.  Seeing the patterns and textures and getting inspired through the drawings was very helpful.  Working in teams and coming to a common ground was all about communication. - Brittany O

Teacher Reflection

Taking the students to a real-word working fashion store helped them to get a real feel for how different textures and combinations of pieces come together to tell a story.  Henry is a master of fashion story-telling and my students all came away with more knowledge than they expected.

Mail Art Invitation - Apollo 11
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I'm a multimedia artist from Poland, associated with gallery of action
( ).
I am having the pleasure to invite you for the participation in a new art
project, called "The Eagle Has Landed: Apollo 11 - 45 Years
Best regards
Wo Rozynski

The Eagle Has Landed: Apollo 11 - 45 Years Later
Forty-five years ago, humankind made a giant leap.
On July 20, 1969, the spaceflight Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and
American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin
became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface.
While Collins remained in the Command Module, Armstrong and Aldrin ventured
onto the surface of the moon. Upon landing, Armstrong radioed in his famous
message: "Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed."
Armstrong and Aldrin spent two-and-a-half hours on the moon, according to, performing experiments and collecting data before returning to
the Command Module, and eventually Earth.
In addition to leaving an American flag, Armstrong and Aldrin left a plaque
that read: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon
— July 1969 A.D. — We came in peace for all mankind." The team
returned to Earth on July 24, 1969.

•       Size: 10 x 15 cm – max A4
•       Free medium – all techniques
•       No return,
•       Documentation: website, CD
•       Deadline: the end of 2014
•       Exhibition: Warsaw, Radom, Podkowa Lesna (Poland)

Please send your envelope & artwork to:

Wo Rozynski
P. O. Box 75
05-825 Grodzisk Mazowiecki

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