Bus People

Terry Forman
Summer to Winter 2022

 

I’ve been drawing people on the bus for over ten years. People’s unique characters–their wrinkles, their lives, the colors they wear, what shoes they choose, their diversity–always interest me. It’s fascinating how people multitask in a small space, how they age, and how restless the young are.

I take the bus a lot, sometimes without a destination in mind. There is a culture of its own on the bus. There are acts of kindness. Even when some are only absorbed in their cellphones, many show a real social awareness and help each other out. How people relate to each other or avoid each other interests me, as do people who watch others and try to appear disinterested.My work begins with quick sketches during my bus ride. Later at home I combine and complete images in pen and watercolor pencil into two-page spread formats in my sketchbook. They form a landscape of people. That’s when I really have fun. I don’t go for realism as much as capturing character and motion. The drawings are an interpretation of what I see, but I don’t make things up. You can’t make this stuff up.I will very likely keep drawing bus people. People on the bus continue to surprise and astound me, and I continue to appreciate and respect every single one.

To see more bus people, go to my Instagram: rockyt116.

– Terry Forman


Miriam Goodman: Midcentury MussArt

Extended through Fall 2022

Miriam Goodman is an L.A. native who is inspired by the spirituality of the human experience. She branched off of her favorite medium of oil painting to create this whimsical yet provocative series intended to gently encourage more kindness in the world.

MussArt™ is a playful combination of two practices that are very near and dear to Miriam’s heart – Mussar (see below) and Art. Both of these modalities play very integral roles in her self-growth and act both individually and collectively as catalysts for her self-expression.

Mussar is a Jewish spiritual practice dating back to the 10th century, C.E. The goal is to grow toward becoming a profoundly decent human being by making a practice of interacting with the world in a way that is consistent with the pure soul that one is. This is done through a variety of means, one of which is choosing a particular character trait (i.e. humility, patience, order) and setting to bring that trait into the forefront of one’s focus for a period of time (i.e. a week or two). Using a mantra, phrase or image are helpful tools for keeping one’s practice active and alive. For more information on Mussar, please visit https://mussarinstitute.org.