As some of you might know, not only do I make my own art but I also make kids make it too, that was a lot of makes so I hope that makes sense.  That's also probably grammatically incorrect. Anyway, I've been having a hard time sleeping so in the meantime I have been browsing for some new projects to do with my Preschoolers and I have come across some amazing Art and Crafts blogs for children.  Here's some of my favorites.
Fem Manuals
The Crafty Crow: A Children's Art Collective
Art Projects for Kids

Also, I have been bad about updating :(  So here is a list of things to come and also my tentative TDL:
-Upload pictures from many past gallery shows including ones way back when to the recent Living Walls: The City Speaks, FLUX/10, and Bellury Kills @MINT Gallery
-Post some cool show cards for our upcoming events
-Post info about the postcard exchange I did with my Summer students
-Post some cool student artwork
-hmmmm, add some pictures of art work I have been working on

Ok that's all for now!
We love PurgeATL, and we also love Dashboard, but most of all we just love helping people!
Dashboard Co-op put together an awesome and creative fundraising endeavor and it was a success!  Read more about it in Purge's articleRyan James also did an amazing job photographing! Stay on the lookout for Dashboard's own coloring book that will be put together soon. I'll also post pictures of the show in the future!
Randomly stumbled upon this when I was researching Thai funerals since it is something I don't know a lot about: Thai Funerals, I don't know how accurate this all is, but it is very interesting!  I haven't personally experienced this, but it all comes together when my father described it and what my mom has told me about Thai funerals.

This also reminds me of a childhood memory that I just remembered of being in a taxi with my family and looking out at the street stalls and seeing one filled with beautiful, intricate coffins, I just remembered that they glittered and sparkled and were colorful.  A time you regret not having a camera.

I find it also interesting that Thai funerals are also described to be celebrations of the person's life.  This reminds me of the Day of the Dead's events which I'm learning more about.  I haven't been to many American funerals, but I find them much more filled with sadness and a lot of crying.  Actually, now that I think more about it learning about different cultures' takes on death and funerals is pretty inspiring.  So is thinking about how flowers play a part in a lot of funerals.  Burial vs. cremation.  I know people are very picky about where they end up and what container they're in.  I personally have always been an advocate of cremation because if you think about the amount of space burial grounds take up... especially in the US alone because I don't know a lot of people who would get cremated....anyway back to space, I just think it would be better because people die everyday and I'm sure a lot of them are getting gravestones, and rarely does anyone want to build on top of dead people, and that's creepy anyway I mean I'm not really superstitious, but I like to believe that all dead should be respected.

However, my original point was that after hearing about how some cremation services don't do there job, it was a little disturbing.  For example, that one home in GA, and also the snippet in, about how there are so any unclaimed individuals, and the mass cremation, etc..
Anyway, this is getting a little morose, but soon you all will see why I am doing this research.

Ending my notes with the thought that I am on the side of celebrating one's wonderful life, even after it is over.

From Wikipedia: "Traditionally funerals last for a week. Crying is discouraged during the funeral, so as not to worry the spirit of the deceased. Many activities surrounding the funeral are intended to make merit for the deceased. Copies of Buddhist scriptures may be printed and distributed in the name of the deceased, and gifts are usually given to a local temple. Monks are invited to chant prayers that are intended to provide merit for the deceased, as well as to provide protection against the possibility of the dead relative returning as a malicious spirit. A picture of the deceased from his/her best days will often be displayed next to the coffin. Often, a thread is connected to the corpse or coffin which is held by the chanting monks during their recitation; this thread is intended to transfer the merit of the monks' recitation to the deceased. The corpse is cremated, and the urn with the ash is usually kept in a chedi in the local temple. The Chinese minority however bury the deceased."
Ok and This Would Make Most People Crap Their Pants
I got three paintings accepted in the Annual Alumni Show for KSU's Art Department.  Here are some snippets of them, you can also see more under Imagery:Drawing/Painting, and Mixed Media.  Also they have been up at Parkgrounds Atlanta this past month along with a couple other paintings.
Sprout, Disaster Planning, Erin Bassett's Raw and Fearsome, and More....
I had to come out and support my friends!  If you would like to add artist information to any of the works, please send me a comment so I can credit them.

About a year ago I got with some artists on Twitter and joined a mail art/postcard project organized by @Art_News/@markpvenema:
Finally I have taken pictures of the cards I received!  I was glad to be apart of this project, it was fulfilling making some fun pieces and receiving a different card from around the world.  One of the rules was to not cover the card/use envelopes.  A goal was to see how the travel weathered our creations.

You can see the cards I made for the project in my "Mixed Media," section located in "Imagery."
@skysketcher, Dierdre
Leaves From My Street 9/10, Julie Caves
Nili Lerner
Cort Colbert
@knotaway, 'Time Exploding'
Carly Leinheiser, @lipstickcanary
Brandon Dean
'Being Human,' 1/1 Thia Fin
Lisa @feltypants
Sam Thorp
@flocking101, Maz Dixon, who I am lucky to have two pieces from!
Also By Maz Dixon for her own postcard project
It's been a fun filled couple of weeks!  Here are some pictures from music @ the MINT Gallery, Kelly McKernan's Solo @ Beep Beep Gallery,  Eyedrum's Benefit for the Beltline, and "We Are Going to Eat You Too," Eric Weber's second curated show inspired by cult movies @ the MINT.
Also, here are some more pictures from Eric Weber's Flickr:

BTW if you are an artist and I have not captioned your name with your art shoot me a message/comment and I will add you!
I have been researching robots...classic toys to modern machines.  Tatsuya Matsui has some amazing work.
Tatsuya Matui Posy
Tatsuya Matsui
Tatsuya Matsui: The P-Noir interactive Dance Robot