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The Sensational Ron Burns Paints Bugs Bunny!

The Chuck Jones Galleries are pleased to announce that art superstar, Ron Burns, he of the neon-colored dogs and cats, is working on new original work utilizing the characters created and developed by Chuck Jones. His first work, a portrait of Bugs Bunny, is on the easel; you'll be able to follow his progress by clicking here

Over 20 years ago,
artist Ron Burns picked up a paint brush for the first time and started
painting as a release from the corporate world where he was running his Los
Angeles based marketing and design studio.  It was only a couple of years
later, in his quest to find what truly inspired him, that he looked down into
the eyes of his newly rescued puppy Rufus that began his fine art career of
painting bright, colorful, loving dogs.

It
wasn't until he sold a few paintings of the family four-legged-kids, that his
wife, Buff, said she could no longer part with the paintings and so, once more,
Ron found himself looking for inspiration.  He found it next, when taking
a trip to the local animal shelter while on vacation in Aspen.  After
painting several of the dogs and selling the paintings, he donated a percentage
back to the shelter beginning what Ron calls, Art is Going to the Dogs.

He might have remained content
painting only shelter dogs, but on September 11, 2001 after taking his morning
run, he turned on the TV to see the world change forever.  As he watched
the events unfold he saw the story of Sirius, the explosive-detection dog that
lost his life in Tower II.  He reached out to David Lim his handler which
lead to the painting of Sirius and then on to meeting pet therapy dogs and
search and rescue dogs involved in the tragedy.

Since
then Ron has painted numerous dogs that have survived insurmountable odds, dogs
that devote their lives through their service to humans as well as continuing
to portray the beauty of rescued dogs and the much loved family member.

His
work has been seen throughout the media world from CNN to Time magazine,
collected around the world and honored by various awards.  It is now fair
to say that he has accomplished what few artists have; and that is an art
movement.  Today artists around the world see his art and are inspired to
paint like Burns.  Who could ever have imagined, that looking down into
his best friend furever's eyes could have changed his life so drastically as
well as the art world.

Don't forget to follow Ron's progress as he paints everyone's favorite cartoon rabbit, Bugs Bunny!

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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.

Artist Mike Kungl at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, a Comic Con Moment

Artist Mike Kungl and his beautiful wife, Dana, made a rare public appearance last night at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, the first night of Comic Con 2012. The gallery displayed the largest collection of original paintings by the artist to have been exhibited in many years. 

The gallery, located at 232 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's notorious Gaslamp Quarter (just one half block north of the Convention Center) was thrilled to premier new original work and the artist's rare and sold-through editions, such as "Illudium Q36". Kungl has been chosen as a Chuck Jones Homage Artist, celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial.

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Mike Kungl (center) poses with a Storm Trooper at last night's reception for the artist. Is this a case of art imitating life or life imitating art? You tell me.

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"Rocket Squad" original mixed media on board by Mike Kungl, 14" x 11" available at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego. 

Mike Kungl participated in this year's Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction, and in this short video talks about his work and the Center.

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"Duck Dodgers–The Quest for Planet X", mixed media on board by Mike Kungl, available at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego. See this and other works by Mike Kungl when you visit the gallery!

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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 

 

 

Surfing the Waves of Inspiration: Artist Bob Elias at Chuck Jones Big Draw

California artist and long-time Orange County resident, Bob Elias, will be a featured artist at the Chuck Jones Big Draw, Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Throughout the day Elias will be working on a new painting of two of Chuck Jones's iconic characters, but who they are will remain between Bob and I until Sunday.  So, start excersizing your drawing arm and come down to SoCo, 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa on Sunday, August 7th for the Chuck Jones Big Draw and see what this noted artist and surfer will be working on!  Help us set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue, register today!

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Artist Bob Elias at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity with his most recent painting that pays homage to an American classic, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons created and directed by Chuck Jones.

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Bob Elias works on a painting inspired by Jones's "Duck, Rabbit, Duck" cartoon of 1953.  He says he always loved cartoons (both Warner Bros. and Disney–he's also a noted painter for the theme parks) and that growing up in the artist community of Carmel-by-the-Sea in the 1950s gave him the inspiration to pursue his calling after a storied career in the hand-painted sign business.  "Those rich, deeply pigmented paints that are used for sign painting inspire my use of color to this day," said Elias. "I had so much fun at the last Chuck Jones Big Draw talking with the children and adults about painting and my technique, that I can hardly wait for this one!"  You can find Bob every so often off the shore at San O (San Onofre Beach just south of San Clemente, California) sitting on his board waiting for the perfect wave and a little bit of inspiration.  

 

The Inspiration Behind the Chuck Jones Big Draw

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be presenting its second Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at SOCO (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  Loads of fun art projects for the whole family — parents don't be shy, we want to inspire your creativity too! — drawing, painting, murals, performance art, collage and sculpture.  Each station will be lovingly nurtured by the Center's teaching artists.  At 2 PM that afternoon we hope to beat the world record of 809 people at an art class led by one instructor all in one location set in 2004 in Germany.  Come help us set a new record.  Ticket information at EventComplete.com.  

Here's Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson, talking about the inspiration behind the Chuck Jones Big Draw:

 

Watch for more about the teaching artists and our generous sponsors in the coming days!  

Coffee, Creativity & Chris

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's very own Chris Scardino (the teaching artist for Saturday's "Drop In & Draw" classes and many other workshops) utilized a common substance and created something we think is very special.  Here's what he had to say about what he drew and painted (the image is below the video):

 

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Image of the Day: Much Ado About Nutting

Another classic silent film (except for the music and sound effects, of course) from Chuck Jones and his amazing team of animators and artists, including Maurice Noble, Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris, Ben Washam and writer Michael Maltese.  Rolling into theaters nationwide on May 23, 1953, "Much Ado About Nutting" pits a little red squirrel against the nut of all nuts.

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Pre-production model sheet (gouache, watercolor and ink on 12 field animation paper) by Chuck Jones.

This cartoon pre-dates Jones's "One Froggy Evening" by two years, but thematically they share much in common: the desire we all have to succeed, the roadblocks we encounter on that path and how hopeful we reman in the face of the increasing difficulties placed in our way.

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Pre-production layout drawing (graphite on 12 field animation paper) by Chuck Jones.

You'll note with what care Jones takes to achieve the verisimilitude of a real squirrel in the above drawing, detailing not only how he chews, but also how he should blink and the timing involved in making this cartoon world come real.  

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Thumbnail background layouts (graphite and colored pencil) by Maurice Noble.

Maurice Noble's contributions to the films directed by Jones cannot be overstated.  Noble's unique ability to at once create an environment in which the actions of the characters may shine are delightfully balanced by their beauty, color and sense of humor.   They never overshadow or dominate, they always are moving the plot forward and yet they maintain their own integrity as works of art.   Watch and learn and laugh!