Free Art Drop Extravaganza

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By now, you may have heard about my One Spark 2014 project called The Dingo Walks in Love. In a nutshell, I will use the power of art, the power of public art, the power of socially engaging public art, and not to mention the power of social media to spread very valuable lessons in love. The star of this new series will be none other than, The Dingo, who will be beautifully demonstrating how to walk in love through various scenarios which include but are not limited to: Love is Patient, Love is Considerate, Love is Environmentally Aware, Love is Community, Love is Sharing the Road, Love is Kind, Love is Humble, etc. These illustrations will be printed and used in my free Art Drops, will be self-published in a book/ebook, will be shared through social media, and last but not least will be used for future public murals.

All this is in an effort to spread lessons in love, be reminders of how to love, be opportunities for teaching moments for the young and old alike. The broader the reach, the broader the impact of this project. To start this impact sooner than later, I will be doing a month long Dingo Walks in Love Free Art Drop Extravaganza with the featured illustration being prints of: Love is Patient. Untitled_artwork-1

There will be 2 free art drops a day for the entire month of March throughout the city of Jacksonville and beyond. Here’s where I need your help:

  • I need your help spreading the word about my project. Whether it be through social media, a personal email to friends and family, or even by word of mouth. Following the project on Facebook & Twitter is a great start because from there you’ll be able to share, tweet, retweet, post, like, etc the project as it develops and you’ll also have a better chance of scoring a free piece of art through the many Art Drops that I’ll be doing related to this project.
  • I need your support. The time and funds required to pull off a month long Art Drop and an opportunity like One Spark 2014 is HUGE! Consider making a financial contribution, purchasing some art from my online Etsy Store, or becoming an official sponsor (contact me no later than Friday Feb. 21, 2014 to arrange sponsorship) of The Dingo Walks in Love Free Art Drop Extravaganza.

We’ve all experienced moments of anger, offense, and hate at some point in our lives, but like the saying goes: Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. Whether we are the ones initiating the love or reacting in love, we can never have too much of it in our world. Help me to use the power of art to spread this message far and wide. Thank you for all your support. Now go out and make this world a better place 🙂

Love,

Yvonne C. Lozano (YCLART)

Email: YCLART@gmail.com Phone: 904-881-0120

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My Delusional Childhood in the 80s

Image to the left: This is How I Wanted to Dress in the 80s.  Image to the right: But, This is How I Really Dressed in the 80s acrylic on canvas 24"x36" (2 panel) ©2011

Image to the left: This is How I Wanted to Dress in the 80s.
Image to the right: But, This is How I Really Dressed in the 80s
acrylic on canvas 24″x36″ (2 panel) ©2011

In the beginning, I thought I was a typical child. I was full of hopes and dreams and I truly felt invincible. And then life happened…

Come to find out, I was an awkward child to say the least. I was taller & skinnier than the average bear for most of my younger years and my thick glasses did not help my cause either. Buying clothes and shoes was always an adventure and it required much compromise on my part & I often had to resort to wearing boys clothing & boys shoes.  I had lots of trouble trying to convince adults that I was not older than I appeared and I would often hear comments like “They shouldn’t let her do this Easter egg hunt with the little ones, it’s just not fair to the other children.” or “Aren’t you too old to be trick or treating?” And who can forget the kids who felt the need to constantly be pointing out what they thought were my “flaws” with colorful imagery & loving phrases like “hey Olive Oil!” “Nice coke bottle glasses!” “Long Legged Grasshopper!” “Where did you get your clown shoes!?” etc., etc., etc.

I experienced a lot of unsolicited ridicule for stuff I had no control over.  It definitely took it’s toll. It caused low self esteem issues, I felt undervalued & that I would never be “good enough”, whatever that meant? This teasing led me to avoid eye contact, I developed a serious problem with slouching so I wouldn’t appear taller than what I was, and I preferred to be a wallflower than be recognized or pointed out along with many, many, many, other repercussions…

But, somewhere along the way I realized, there wasn’t anything wrong with me, I started to embrace my quirks, feel blessed that I could reach stuff on the top shelf without a ladder or chair; grateful that with the advancement of technology I was able to wear comfortable contact lenses; overjoyed with the fact that I could walk long distances with my larger than normal feet; content in knowing that my happiness & self worth belonged to me because regardless of what anyone thought: I was, I am, and I will always be “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) and so is everyone else on this planet. We all have value and worth and it breaks my heart when I hear someone devaluing or dismissing someone else because they are not “hot” or physically “attractive.” It’s amazing that so much more value is put on the beauty of the superficial as opposed to the beauty of the inner heart. A dark heart full of much judgement, ridicule, and hate is way less attractive to me than a few extra pounds, a blemish, crooked tooth, birthmark, or whatever.

When I completed the painting above, it was done with a desire to show that regardless of which type of child I was, a high fashioned trendsetter or a tall quirky kid,  that both versions of me should of been acceptable and not met with unrelenting ridicule by some of my peers. Beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes, but more importantly, it comes from within. Our differences should be embraced and celebrated so that we can be allowed to grow up in a world that empowers us all to be the best person we can be. So smile, life is good, you are beautiful, and never forget to take a deep breath and remember that you are all fearfully & wonderfully made 🙂

 

-Y

 

 

YCL Art Infiltrates the Home & Patio Show

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Pictured above, not only is it a door, but it’s a piece of art too! This piece will be on display and on sale at the show. 30″x80″ painting on a door.

Home & Patio Show & art? Yup, I’ll be peddling my goods & services starting today at the Home & Patio Show at the Prime Osbourne Convention Center. Come out buy a tree, maybe a door, a chandelier, and definitely buy some art 🙂

What: The Home & Patio Show
When: Thur. 2/28/13 from 11am-9pm, Fri 3/1/13 from 11am-9pm, Sat 3/2/13 from 10am-9pm, Sun 3/3/13 from 11am-6pm
Where: Prime Osbourne Convention Center

One Spark meets #IMJAX

So, there’s this little event coming to Jacksonville known as One Spark. Chances are you might of heard about it, and if you haven’t then you may want to consider moving out of your cave because you might just miss out on one of the biggest things to hit Jacksonville. In a nutshell, it’s a festival that invites and encourages entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators alike to showcase their ideas to the masses to connect with a $250,000 crowd-fund plus additional capital investments and individual contributions in the hopes of making their ideas become realities.

And just so you all know, I am officially a One Spark Creator and will be showcasing my idea at the Hemming Plaza Skyway Station. You may be asking yourself, “What is your idea, Yvonne?” In which, I will graciously respond to you, “That is a fantastic question, and thank you for asking. As an extension of my Operation: Bring Art to the People project, without further ado, I present to you: #IMJAX.”

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#IMJAX is a public/social art project that focuses on & celebrates the people who make up Jacksonville. Everyone who lives in northeast Florida can say with confidence “I Am Jacksonville.”

As everyone knows, it’s everyday people who make up a great city and this is an opportunity to highlight those people. My project will entail photographing people throughout our region, taking those photos & transforming them into life size silhouettes, those silhouettes will then be mounted throughout the walls of downtown. Each silhouette figure will have a QR code that when scanned, takes you to a small bio for that specific person. We often complain about how vacant and lonely our downtown is after 5 pm & on weekends, but picture hundreds of these silhouettes covering the walls of various downtown businesses and even throughout the abandoned buildings. With the figures in place, it will give the feel of a busy bustling downtown. In essence, it’ll be a precursor of what our downtown will begin to look like as we continue to grow. With hundreds to thousands of people from all walks of life directly connected to this project, the word of mouth buzz will be infectious, the excitement of seeing yourself in a piece of public art will drive people to bring themselves, friends & family to our urban core. It will re-engage that feeling of pride we had as children when we got to be part of something bigger than us.This project can also be extended to include these figures scattered randomly throughout the city that when scanned, they give an informative glimpse into the full scale project housed in our downtown along with that particular figure’s bio. This project can also incorporate a large scale interactive mural in the center of downtown that will elaborate and give a more in depth illustration of the vision behind the project. It will encourage people from all walks of life to participate, along with local heroes, public officials, and even our beloved pets. Due to the nature of the figures being faceless with little identifying characteristics, it’ll help to spread the message loud and clear that we are ALL important and vital to our city and that individually we can say with confidence: I M JAX 🙂

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