The Smallest Life colored pencil and graphite on bristol 2017
I finished a new colored pencil drawing, which I call "The Smallest Life." It is going to the framers to get ready to be donated to the annual Art Division art auction this summer. It is a small drawing, about 8 by 10 inches, and to me it has a lingering, wistful atmosphere of dust.
For those who have not heard of Art Division, it is a non-profit program founded and run by the artist Dan McCleary. Its purpose is to make art more available to inner-city young adults in Los Angeles. Dan used to volunteer often at HOLA, a non-profit arts organization serving the youth of Los Angeles. He was saddened by how when the children turned eighteen so much of the support and opportunities HOLA and other non-profits offered dropped away, even though their lives were not any easier than before. Dan started Art Division to fill that gap and give young adults training in order to go on to college or arts-related jobs. I used to work there as a volunteer tutor and as a drawing instructor, and I am proud to continue to support Art Division in any small way that I can, even though I now live far away.