A CommuteArtist is an Artist who creates Art while Commuting called CommuteArt

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This post is about the #CommuteArtShow scheduled for May 31st, 2017 at Grandchamps in Brooklyn.


What is CommuteArt or a CommuteArtist? Let’s break it down:
  • Commute [kuh-myoot] is “to travel regularly over some distance, as from a suburb into a city and back.
  • Art [ahrt] is “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.”
  • Artist [ahr-tist] is “a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.”
Therefore Commuteart [kuh-myoot ahrt] is “work produced by an artist who produced work in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria while travelling regularly over some distance, as from a suburb into a city and back” and CommuteArtist [kuh-myoot ahr-tist] “is a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria while traveling regularly over some distance, as from a suburb into a city and back.
I’m The CommuteArtist. Growing up in the Caribbean allowed me to start developing as an artist at a young age (I started circa 5 years old). After drawing for over a decade and publishing a couple books, I stopped because I felt like other goals occupied my time. However, a few years ago, I came to the epiphany that the hours that we spend commuting is truly astonishing if we quantify it. I also realized that since we all have a finite time on earth, I’d prefer to be as productive as possible within my waking hours. Currently, my commute takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour daily to work. I can be extremely productive during that time. I can be occupied by learning something or creating. I chose to be productive with talent that I was blessed with.
Initially, this #commuteart project started when I wanted to fill a sketchbook (I hadn’t successfully filled one prior) so armed with markers, as soon as I found a seat on the train I was drawing. This resulted in 95 pieces of art that I tried to refine into a style. Some months later, I changed my medium to an iPad 2 and a stylus. After I realized that these were my perfect tools, I upgraded to an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil—commuteartist was born. These days I don’t limit my drawing time to just the train (I draw while waiting in line, layovers at airports, a passenger in a car and I’ve even learned how to balance and draw between train stops). Within that time, I’ve also worked on different books that I’ve illustrated. Commuteart has allowed me to mature as an artist. I’m truly fortunate to practice within the digital space and I post my work on Instagram @commuteartist and this blog.

Here are selects for the art show:

Different ethnicities of women in burqas
Many Shades
A woman with freckles wearing a burqa
Freckled Burqa
Curious
Curious
Bantu Knots
Bantu Knots
Woman in Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Frida Kahlo wearing hibiscus flowers in her hair
Hibiscus Frida
Smiling Frida Kahlo
Smiling Frida Kahlo
Model with afro hair
Lena Love Curls
Girl with Hibiscus in her hair
Hibiscus Afro
Frida Kahlo Smiling with Dope Glasses
Dope Frida Kahlo Smiling
Frida Kahlo with Dope Sunglasses
Dope Frida Kahlo
Names of people who got killed by cops
Our Lives Matter
Viola Davis
Viola Davis
Self Portrait
Trippy Self Portrait
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I am a marketing professional, brand specialist, adrenaline seeker, inspirer, Caribbean Islander, Sr. Art Director/Dev, Published Illustrator, Triathlete, Ultramarathoner (furthest 50 miles) and Marathoner (who has completed over 15 distances), 2x Ragnar finisher and 2x Tough Mudders finisher and I blog about my #commuteart here.

Website: http://www.jerlynthomas.com/

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