Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Drawing of the Day
Two wild and crazy guys being all crazy (Me and Cameron).
Drawing of May 25th: He's not a pimp, he's a fairy.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Drawing of the Day
Study for "Student in Suit."
Yesterday's Drawing: Dancing man.

"B" for Boss.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Drawing of the Day
Two more men. Yawn.

Heart and Ecko. Claudio holding a coconut.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Drawing of the Day
"Pants of Power. Power Pants? Pop.pp..."
Graphite, Watercolor, and Permanant Marker on Bleached Cardboard
49.5x30cm

This drawing was actually done around a year ago, but, I forgot to bring my sketchbook to the computer lab this evening. So, this was the best I could do. It is the first piece of the series that includes the drawing, "Judite is a Runt.Whoa...o..Oh.Oh."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Drawing(s) of the Day
"Judite is a Runt.Whoa...o..Oh.Oh."
Graphite and Watercolor on Bleached Cardboard
20x41cm

Two girls in need of hot boyz.
Yesterday's Drawing: Digression.

Birthday Drawings
Me and mitigation. Abusing the pencil under the influence.

The first drawing is the second of a series of drawings I am working on in Massinga. I will upload the first tomorrow. Also, I celebrated my birthday this weekend in Massinga and Maxixe. It was good. Well, I guess I can say it was really good. I got to see Chase, some other good volunteers, and my assistant director, Sergio. Plus, my best bud from Massinga, Edgar, got to hang with us all and we had some inspiring conversations.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Drawing of the Day:Study for "Oracle....S'mo...Bor..Tlk..Have her."

Today's drawing and the similar drawings are studies to be elaborated on cardboard. In the final product, all of the limbs will be proportional and the feet will be drawn more accurately; like the legs and face rather than the upper-body. Also, the shorts will be painted a flat blue.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Drawing(s) of the Day
I had no eraser today. So, I drew these guys.

I wanted to draw the legs accurately but in an inaccurate location.
I don't like how it looks and need to erase them.
If I only had that eraser.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Drawing of the Day
To all the nearly forgotten mothers,
here is a last minute, "Thank you."
You are amazing and have done wonderful things for your children.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Drawing of the Day
Basketball is my favorite sport.
Especially when I play well and embarrass my students.

Welcome to the JOMA Conference 2009.
Photo by Ali P. Gross


In our very own province of Inhambane.
Photo by Jimmy Schneidewind


At Tofo Beach.
Photo by Will Cohen


Mango Beach Lodge.
Photo by Adam Turney


Where we had both sunrises and sunsets.
Photo by Adam Turney


And, we were usually working through them.
Photo by Adam Turney


All to help support Mozambique.
Photo by Will Cohen


My counterpart, Justino, helping facilitate a session.
Photo by Zachary Scott


Me and Hans doodling away.
Photo by Zachary Scott


The JOMA Girls on a crazy, off-road ride through the dunes.


With a daring woman, Ali, on the side of the car.


And, a fearless man, myself, on the other side.
Photo by Ali P. Gross


Hans found the golden egg at the conference.


The future site of our mural in Inhambane City.


Ali and I slaved away to prepare it for our field day.


One white wall.


Drawing out the design.
Photo by Ali P. Gross


My two boys, Genôcio and Eugénio, working together.
Photo by Ali P. Gross


Our team of Artists.
Photo by Ali P. Gross


We had three hours to paint the wall.
Photo by Ali P. Gross

And this is what we came up with.
Photo by Ali P. Gross

Jimmy was thrilled.
Photo by Ali P. Gross

So we wrestled...again.
Photo by Ali P. Gross

Me, Chase, and Cate on our way to Vilankulos.
Photo by Krista Buckley

Beer Olympics 2009 Participants.
Photo by Ali P. Gross

Opening Ceremonies.
Photo by Ali P. Gross

The lighting of the torch.
Photo by Ali P. Gross

Event One: The Duel
Photo by Ali P. Gross

Winners: the Southern Saboteurs.
Photo by Ali P. Gross

Event Two: Post-Apocalyptic Beach Flip-Cup.
Winners: the Northern/Central Heroes Hours 24.
Photo by Ali P. Gross

Event 3: Slosh-Ball (Kickball)
Winners: the Southern Saboteurs.
Photo by Ali P. Gross

Event 4: Dizzy Bat.
Winners: the Northern/Central Heroes Hours 24
Photo by Ali P. Gross

The Trophy.
Winner: the Southern Saboteurs (as the villains, we stole it.)
Photo by Ali P. Gross

Post-Olympic Teaching in English, Portuguese, and Xitswa.

Cameron Cuchulainn and Ali P. Gross.

Krista, Chase, Cate, and Cameron.

Fight!
Photo by Krista Buckley

Stalemate.
Photo by Krista Buckley

Fast dance!
Photo by Krista Buckley

Slow dance.
Photo by Krista Buckley

Solo!
Photo by Krista Buckley

The reason why we came to Vilankulos.
Photo by Krista Buckley

Striking Ostentation.
Photo by Krista Buckley

Rapping with the swagger of Christopher Wallance.
Photo by Krista Buckley

video

Polar Opposite Happenings
Dualities of the Peace Corp Volunteer is an under statement. The first half of the photography today represents Peace Corps Volunteers working their hardest to help train their colleagues and the youth of Mozambique in communication skills and progressive gender theory. We all exhausted ourselves at the conference working from 5am to 12pm, doing anything and everything from moving chairs and painting walls to smoothing out logistics and appeasing the facilitators. At the end of the week, I was voiceless and sick and had a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth (though not from malaria).
The second group of photography,and cinematography, portrays the Peace Corps Volunteer in a rare gathering where work is not involved. Volunteers go for weeks, and sometimes months, with little, or no, contact with other Americans or native English speakers. Usually these works are filled with stressful days of NGO work or screaming at students, poor eating habits, and dealing with all other stress involved with living in the third world. Often, there is little or no opportunity to vent and the most extreme result is this, The Beach Olympics: the Northern/Central Heroes Hours 24 vs. the Southern Saboteurs, an isolated event to celebrate the May birthdays amongst Peace Corps Volunteers and, more importantly, healthy competition. It was an equally exhausting weekend where, again, I went home sick and a bit depressed. However, the event as a whole was a lot of fun, and, it is always great to see old friends from training. Plus, after a disappointing loss for southern Mozambique last year, I was able to grace the Beach Olympics with my inaugural appearance and take home the gold (in a saboteur-appropriate manner).