I’ve learned a new process in Photoshop: MASKS. I had originally hoped to use my own photographs in this, but I didn’t really have any full length pictures of the buildings there, just ones from a roof.
Concert posters have been on my mind lately, so I’m trying to make some things that veer in that direction.
This was a Christmas gift for my boyfriend. He likes space. It’s what he studies. He doesn’t study the moon, but he said it was his favorite moon, so that’s what I painted for him.
If anyone is interested in what he actually does study, white dwarf stars, you should read this article covering a new discovery he was involved in.
I’m trying some new stuff with Photoshop and trying to learn more about it. I think I finally understand masks! They always seemed spooky and confusing to me, but I think I’ve got it. Efficiency is something I still need to work on though. I feel like there was probably a much easier way to get to this point, using far fewer layers.
I have been extremely busy with school lately, but here is one thing I have managed to do in the last month. In lieu of a 10 page research paper, I was given the option to come up with my own final project for one of my courses, a class covering politically and socially radical Latino/a activists. My idea was to create a wheatpaste of San Antonio labor organizer Emma Tenayuca. Tenayuca was a badass lady, and you can read all about the research I did on her at the blog I created for the class.
Why wheatpaste? I wanted to connect themes from Tenayuca’s life with the piece itself, and since graffiti is so historically relevant with its roots in poverty, political activism, and capitalism, I chose this medium. I would have liked to paint the image myself directly on the wall in the theme of graffiti, but due to time constraints, I chose wheatpaste.
I also wanted to place Tenayuca directly on the wall in a public space instead of containing her inside a border because my goal was to bring her work to light and show its relevance to modern life.
I plan to do more of these. Keep in touch for a whole series. Ultimately, I’d like to do a whole wall of these, each with different signs highlighting continuing labor struggles.
All photos were taken by Katie Cowden.