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Art School | Sophie Roach (Austin, TX)

Drawing and painting her way through an imaginative landscape of intricate and visual entanglements is Austin native, Sophie Roach.  Her artwork has endlessly covered  surfaces from– guitars, beer cans, Vans, to entire rooms.  And if that isn’t already insanely rad, her organic approach and laid back attitude make her not only incredibly humble, but also a super awesome collaborator.  While finishing up one mural and starting up new projects, we had the chance to ask Sophie a few questions about her art, her career, and her approach – from finding her voice, attacking a mural, to digging the quietude one might find as a mail person hah!  

Photographs courtesy of the artist. 

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washing dishes:

- Stopping by the kitchen door when he spots you dancing while doing the dishes
- Resting his shoulder on the frame door, his gaze following  the curves of your body with an amused smirk on his lips
- Taking his phone out of his pocket and recording you, trying his best to not make you aware of his presence
- Coming behind you as close as possible, his eyes on the moves of your hips, biting his lips with a smile
- Pressing a quick kiss on your ear before laying his hands on your hips, pressing his body against yours
- Gripping the edge of the sink on each side of your body, blocking you between his body and the sink
- His soft giggle in your ear when you scream surprised, one of his arm wrapping your waist
- Whispering in your neck with a teasing smile “ Sorry, I made you scream. for once it wasn’t my intention …”
- Wrapping his other arm around your body when you push on him with your elbow to make him stop his tease
- Burying his face in your hair to reach your skin, spreading kisses from your neck to the edge of your jaw
- His hands moving along your rib cage until the underside of your arms to slide down and resting his large hands on yours
- Interlacing his long fingers with yours while he tickles you in nibbling on your ear lobe
- His thumbs caressing the back of your wet hands, his hands holding tighter when he hears a sigh escaping your lips
- His voice whispering in your ear “Do you need some help? I can give you a hand.”
- His teeth nibbling gently on the edge of your ear, one of his hand sliding under your shirt
- His wet fingers brushing the skin of your tummy, humming absently when you ask him what he’s doing
- Answering you as innocent as possible with his lips on your cheek “ Just give you a hand Love … ”
- His lips pressing smiling kisses on the top of your cheek when he sees you rolling your eyes amused
- His both hands moving tantalizing slowly above the skin of your tummy, drawing abstract patterns
- Paying  close attention to each one of your reactions, being guided in his touches by the soft moans coming from you
- Tensing your body when he lets the back of his wet fingers running along your rib cage and hips
- Feeling his smirk growing against your skin when you try to catch his hands to stop the tickles making you shivering
- His low voice in the crook of your neck “ Did I just find a new weak spot of yours?”
- Spreading open mouth kisses behind your ear to distract you and make you letting go of his hands
- Pushing a bit more his body against you, your body pressed against the sink,   the bottom part of your shirt becoming soaking wet
- One of his hand cupping your bra, his fingertips sliding slowly over the soft skin of your breast
- Kissing the side of your face when you let your head rest on his shoulder “Your shirt is all wet, you should take it off…”
- Giving you a charming smile before whispering above your lips “ I can also give you a hand for that …”

Hey people! 

Something new! It was so much fun working on this and I’m proud of how it turned out, I feel like this is more my way to do things. And yes, is a bit abstract. I pay so much attention on the composition, palette and rendering - still remaining on stylization, always for me  ahaha - 

I always enjoy trying new things when I’m painting, to capture the moment, the feelings, mood, the impact and all those things; it’s very important to me express through my works what I feel, what I think or of course simply what I like. 

So: She’s an Oni. A manifestation of power and determination, she refuses the condition of natural states, and carries always her favorite katana White Waves with her. She is a brawler, a tomboy but very kind with the people/creatures/demons she cares about. Her tattoos express a more powerful and celestial approach to life and the way to live, and pull away the manners of her past.

AAND for the end the fantastic song that I listened all the time while i’m painting, for the right mood ;) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32fLlRF9pJg - Is a cover of Last Proof by ZAQ. I LOVE IT!!!

AAAHHHH!! AND THEY ARE FANTASTIIIIIIC!!!

Enjoy it :D

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Yes, commissions are open!

- No actual pornography

- Prices are subject to negotiation - complex machinery will net more, simple abstract characters less

- Pay when you like, but at least upon completion

- Traditional and digital mediums are available, or a mix of both

- Detail helps with description!

Right now 4 of 5 slots are available.

Get em while you can!

The complaint that ‘socialism would make us all the same’ is baseless. Marx had no such intention. He was a sworn enemy of uniformity. In fact, he regarded equality as a bourgeois value. He saw it as a reflection in the political sphere of what he called exchange-value, in which one commodity is leveled in value with another. The commodity, he once commented, is ‘realized equality.’ He speaks at one point of a kind of communism that involves a general social leveling, and denounces it in the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts as 'an abstract negation of the entire world of culture and civilization.’ Marx also associated the notion of equality with what he saw as the abstract equality of middle-class democracy, where our formal equality as voters and citizens serves to obscure real inequalities of wealth and class. In the Critique of the Gotha Programme, he also rejected the idea of an equality of income, since people have uniquely different needs: some do more dirty or dangerous work than others, some have more children to feed, and so on.

This is not to say that he dismissed the idea of equality out of hand. Marx was not in the habit of writing off ideas simply because they were of middle-class provenance. Far from contemptuously spurning the ideals of middle-class society, he was a doughty champion of its great revolutionary values of freedom, self-determination, and self-development. Even abstract equality, he considered, was a welcome advance on the hierarchies of feudalism. It was just that he thought that these precious values had no chance of working for everyone as long as capitalism still existed.

In Marx’s view, what was awry with the prevailing notion of equality was that it was too abstract. It did not pay sufficient attention to the individuality of things and people – what Marx called in the economic realm 'use-value.’ It was capitalism that standardized people, not socialism. This is one reason why Marx was rather chary of the notion of rights. 'Right,’ he comments, 'by its very nature can consist only in the application of an equal standard; but unequal individuals (and they would not be different individuals if they were not unequal) are measurable by an equal standard only insofar as they are brought under an equal point of view, are taken from one definite side only, for instance, in the present case, regarded only as workers and nothing more is seen in them, everything else is ignored.’ So much, then, for the Marx who wants to reduce us all to the same dead level. So much also for the Marx who when he looks at people can see nothing but workers. Equality for socialism does not mean that everyone is just the same – an absurd proposition if ever there was one. Even Marx would have noticed that he was more intelligent than the Duke of Wellington. Nor does it mean that everyone will be granted exactly the same amount of wealth or resources.

Genuine equality means not treating everyone the same, but attending equally to everyone’s different needs. And this is the kind of society which Marx looked forward to. Human needs are not all commensurate with one another. You cannot measure them all by the same yardstick. Everyone for Marx was to have an equal right to self-realization, and to participate actively in the shaping of social life. Barriers of inequality would thus be broken down. But the result of this would be as far as possible to allow each person to flourish as the unique individual they were. In the end, equality for Marx exists for the sake of difference. Socialism is not about everyone wearing the same kind of boiler suit. It is consumer capitalism which decks out its citizens in uniforms known as tracksuits and trainers.

In Marx’s view, socialism would thus constitute a far more pluralistic order than the one we have now. In class society, the free self-development of the few is bought at the cost of the shackling of the many, who then come to share much the same monotonous narrative. Communism, precisely because everyone would be encouraged to develop their individual talents, would be a great deal more diffuse, diverse, and unpredictable. It would be more like a modernist novel than a realist one. Critics of Marx may scorn this as a fantasy. But they cannot complain at the same time that Marx’s preferred social order looks much like the one in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

—  Terry Eagleton
Promptly In January - A January 2015 Poetry Challenge

Hey there! 

Do you, like me, like to write poetry, and would like a little motivation to churn out all the good work that we both know is just waiting to pour out of you for the new year? 

You are in luck, friend! My friend amy–li came up with the brilliant idea of doing a poetry challenge in January, complete with one prompt a day if you’re feeling stuck or want to challenge yourself.

(Shout-outs and much thanks to poetryprompts, promptsgalore, and blythebrooklyn [x] for the prompts you’ve all posted in the past that we picked and mixed together here. Very good ideas all - thank you!) 

Those prompts are:

  1. what you make room for
  2. Write a poem that addresses at least one other poem and/or poet by name. You might imitate, parody, disagree with, champion, or generally respond to the other poem and poet.
  3. Write about interpersonal relationships and the games we play to avoid vulnerability.
  4. forgiveness
  5. Write in the voice of a fictional character. Address a real issue, event, or person.
  6. Write for five minutes without stopping, about whatever comes to mind. Then use what you have written to make a blackout poem.
  7. deleted texts
  8. Write a love poem to an inanimate object.
  9. Imagine an archnemesis for yourself. It might be a real person, or an imaginary person, or a particular fear or hindrance personified. How do you engage? Do you fight? Who wins?
  10. space
  11. Personify a place or landscape you really love as a person. What’s your relationship? Their personality? How do they act, what do they do? What do they look like?
  12. Your anima or animus
  13. lies you’ve told
  14. When was the last time you were completely out of control?
  15. Write a poem that serves as commentary on some aspect of popular culture—a movie, a book, a social movement.
  16. a mantra
  17. a rumor
  18. Write about your first encounter with death.
  19. Write a fairy tale.
  20. Write a “Call and Response” Poem.
  21. what you have to offer
  22. An abstract concept: Can you pay tribute to love itself? Write a poem honoring something that can’t be seen or touched: honor, passion, curiosity, or loyalty. Or music.
  23. Write about getting locked out.
  24. Look up some very rare flowers in at least two different countries. Write a poem that incorporates the features of these plants and their many parts.
  25. Write from the perspective of an unreliable narrator.
  26. Write a poem centered around a biome.
  27. Write about coming to terms with your sexual identity.
  28. Write about a city in your country.
  29. Write a list of your five favorite smells, then write a lyric essay that uses sense of smell to tie together seemingly unrelated narratives.
  30. Write a poem which considers the fragility of friendship
  31. Write about reconnecting with someone from your past.

BONUS: Sit outside and write about what you observe.

If anyone would like to join us, feel free - the more the merrier! Just use the tag #Promptly In January (along with your usual poetry tags) so everyone can see your work. 

I look forward to seeing all your work come the 1st!
Happy writing!