14 August 2010

A Time For Love

BrianBowes_LovebirdsThank you to everyone who keeps checking back in with the blog. I have to admit that this last month or so has been quite busy. I am happy to say that some of that 'busy' has been creating new works, that will be appearing here on the site soon enough. Oh look here's one now!

The Lovebirds are a response to the the recent overturning of Propostion 8 here in California. (There's a news article, if you'd like to read more, at the end of this post.*) I am happy to see that all marriages will be recognized by my state. I was actually quite surprised when Prop 8 passed back in 2008. I guess that at least as a state, if not as a country, that we'd gotten past all this 'separate but equal' crap. This is the 21st Century after all!

I chose the Lovebirds intentionally. After looking into it a bit, I found out that Lovebirds are a bit difficult to breed because it is hard to tell the male and the female apart. Along with that factoid, I was initially drawn to their almost rainbow coloring. If you are unaware, often times Gay Culture will stand behind a rainbow flag. I think that the metaphor is obvious; all the colors of the rainbow representing all types of people. The text at the bottom reads, "Lovebirds Sing Freely," meaning in part that Love's sweet song is free to us all regardless. I think that's is apart of the best of humanity, the ability to love and love freely.

This piece is a more editorial type of piece than I've been doing in the past. I am putting in an effort to broaden my horizons and to develop a quicker process in hopes of courting some publishing work for not only online sources, but also the traditional sources like newspapers and magazines. So, look for more pieces like this in the near future.

This push towards an editorial style dove tails nicely with the recent 4 Week Challenge** over at Zero2Illo.com. I really enjoyed the 12 Week Challenge, but was unable to finish it, sad to say. In part I fell off the trail at 'build a website' week, along with the pending trips at that time to the IMC followed by ICON. As the saying goes, "Fall down 7 times, get up 8." This is me, picking things back up again, moving forward the best I can.
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Best Wishes,
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*San Francisco Chronicle Article

**The 4 Week Challenge