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Where Does Your Inspiration Come From?

Where does your inspiration come from? Chuck Redux thinks this photo of Chuck Jones sitting in the high desert outside of Los Angeles in 1961 on the folded-down convertible top of his Ford Consul painting is inspirational. There's beauty all around us everyday, whether it is the wet pavement on 35th Street in New York City or the dry, parched desert of southern California, and all that's needed is for one of us to stop for just a moment (put down that digital device now!) and look for it. See, it's right there.

Please share with us where you find inspiration to be creative in the comments section!

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Photograph of Chuck Jones courtesy the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

TEDx SAArtistsVillage Examines “EXTRAordinary” at Yost Theater, October 1

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(SANTA ANA, CA) – September 2, 2011 – Creative Orange County presents TEDxSAArtistsVillage, on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 9am – 5pm at the historic Yost Theater in Downtown Santa Ana. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxSAArtistsVillage is an independently organized event licensed by TED. 

Curated and produced by Creative Orange County, TEDxSAArtistsVillage will examine the meaning and interpretation of “EXTRAordinary,” be it unusual, remarkable, common, ordinary, or other. The program will include topical speakers, short film/video (1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the 1st Annual Creative Orange County Short Film/Video Festival), pre-recorded TED Talks and live musical performances.

LIVE speakers and performers scheduled to appear at TEDxSAArtistsVillage include (other guest speakers and musicians still to be announced) – - 

  • Brianna Karp, Author – The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness
  • Lisa Bloom, Trial Lawyer, Author – Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World
  • Mildred Lewis, Co-Owner, The Fox Lewis Project
  • Kelly Smith, Founder – Center for Living Peace
  • Laurie Hassold, Multi Media Artist
  • Gregorio Luke, Impresario- Murals Under the Stars
  • Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board – Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Jeff Lebow, Co-Founder – The Harvest Club
  • Kohl Crecelius, CEO – Krochet Kids International
  • Amber Kandarian, Founder – DocuThesis
  • Lindon A. Crow, Personal Growth Coach

TEDxSAArtistsVillage will coincide with Downtown Santa Ana’s first Saturday Artwalk beginning at 5pm the same evening, providing TEDx guests opportunity to experience extended creativity and culture following the conference.

Tickets for TEDxSAArtistsVillage are on sale and available online at http://www.tedxsaartistsvillage.com. The ticket price is $55 for general admission and will include the complete Saturday conference program including an interactive reception following.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

TED2011, "The Rediscovery of Wonder," was held February 21-25, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California.  Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.  

About Creative Orange County

Creative Orange County is a "think tank @ the intersection of culture, commerce and community".  Vision is to inspire, engage Orange County CA to be a "Creative" Community Showcase via partnerships and collaborations with like minded individuals and organizations.  Visit www.creativeorangecounty.com for more information.

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*This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

Media Contact: Ashley Eckenweiler,The ACE Agency

 949.285.9239, ashley@theaceagency.com

Program Contact: Susan L. Petrella, Creative Orange County

714.975.0284, creativeorangecounty@hotmail.com 

 

 

Chuck Jones and the California Watercolor Movement

We ran across this photograph the other day on our way to something else (as usually happens) and delighted in what it said about Chuck Jones' passion for drawing and painting every day of his life.

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On May 1, 1960 we find Chuck Jones sitting on the back of his 1960 Ford Consul convertible (this car was made in England by Ford Motor Co. and sold in limited release in the U.S.) up in the high desert outside of Los Angeles with his watercolor paints in a tool kit as he contemplates a work-in-progress (or has he completed it?  We're not sure.)  Which put us in mind of two watercolors of the high desert vistas that he did complete: 

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"Joshua Tree," a watercolor on paper (18" x 28") by Chuck Jones was completed around the same time as the photograph.  His classical training really shines through in a work such as this; his facility with the medium is without peer and reminiscent of the California watercolorists such as Phil Dike (who worked at one time for Walt Disney Studios) and Millard Sheets, both of whom taught at Chuck's alma mater, Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts in Valencia.)

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"Storm Clouds" watercolor on paper (20" x 30") by Chuck Jones again indicates his familiarity with the California watercolor movement with its emphasis on color, form and the landscape of the state.  This movement was defined by a large format, expressive brush work and strong colors (you can read more about the movement by clicking here.)  You can see in both works how Jones used the white of the paper as a color and form, another attribute of the movement.  

Special Guests Visit the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

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Craig Kausen (center,) chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity along with Linda Jones Clough (Chuck Jones' daughter) welcome Warner Bros. animation director Matt O'Callaghan (far left,) Katherine Concepcion and art director Alan Bodner (far right) to the offices of the Center in Tustin, California.

O'Callaghan is the director of the most recent Warner Bros. theatrical short cartoons (in 3-D!) "Coyote Falls" and "Fur of Flying" (with a third one in the can and ready to be released with an upcoming Warner Bros. feature!)  If you haven't seen the cartoons yet, they are excellent.  Working within a 3 minute time frame, O'Callaghan and his crew created a modern, yet traditional animated film that was long on laughs and short on, well, it was too short, it was that good!

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Alan Bodner, Matt O'Callaghan and Craig Kausen pause for a photo-op in front of Chuck Jones' custom animation desk at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Orange, California.  (And yes, that's a life-size cut-out of Chuck Jones on the left.)

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Chuck Jones 'draws' Matt O'Callaghan.  "Animation is life." –Chuck Jones

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Alan Bodner takes inspiration from Chuck Jones' animation desk at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  The Center is located at 131 W. Chapman (just a 1/2 block west of the Orange Plaza) in Old Towne Orange, California.  Drop-in & Draw classes are held most Saturday mornings from 9 AM to Noon. Materials charge is $10.00 for children 10 & under and $15.00 for everyone else.  Call 949-660-7793 for more information or email CreativitySeason@ChuckJonesCenter.org.  

Photos courtesy Katherine Concepcion.  

Image of the Day: Manhattan Beach

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Between houses in the early 1940s, Chuck Jones, his wife Dorothy and their young daughter, Linda, lived with Chuck's mother in Manhattan Beach, California for a bit (that's Mabel's house to the right in the background.)  If you live here or if you've ever been to southern California, you probably know that our beach cities are oftentimes shrouded in a morning fog, a fog so thick that absolutely everything is leached of 'color' and it all becomes a matter of grayscale tones.  

Jones, classically trained as an artist, puts that time to good use in "Manhattan Beach" and yet brings his sense of humor to it as well.  His "Study in Gray and Black" (his "Whistler's Mother" in other words) is compositionally adept (an inverted triangle) with its round umbrella shapes mimicking that of the hooded young boy and his half-buried canine companion digging a hole in the sand providing a counterpoint to the lack of colors other than gray, black and white.