YOU CAN WEAR MY ART, NOW!


​New announcement here: I have gotten involved with a site called shopvida.com. If you haven’t heard of this unique site here is an explanation. Shopvida.com is a new, online clothing retail company that connects with artists! Yes, listen closer, my fellow artists and those who support the arts. The company provides the products and production and artists have their artwork as the designs on the products! Each artist sells the items via a personal Collections page. The products range through tops, scarves, pocket squares and bags for example. Artists collaborating with clothing producers online may not be a new idea, but Shopvida has a truly refreshing & global way with their shop approach (when you visit their site, you will read & see, through their lovely videos, that they work with people globally; for instance they have production set up in different locations (India and Florida for example). Another important fact that makes Shopvida refreshing is that they provide literacy programs for their makers/production workers! Helping others is always a great thing and enriching! When you support Shopvida and its designers, you pretty much also support workers being provided with these programs.

Positive opportunities are always great and I definitely thank God for an outlet to share my art through a positive site & to also supplement my income. I first became aware of Shopvida through another artist friend (Andre Levine; and you can visit his blog, by that name, on WordPress) who recently set up shop on Shopvida. I use the accomplishments of other’s to motivate myself. I proceeded to set up my shop and have initially used designs that I feel are at once commercial & exciting artistically. I will add more designs as time progresses and as I see how well the shop is doing.

Currently there are two designs on my shop/collection page that are taken from my original artwork. The 1st is an abstract black & red oil painting called “3 Paths”. It is part of a triptych (3-part series) and each piece features shapes that have 3 broad strokes in them; hence the “3 Paths” titling. I posted a piece about the series here on my blog (post titled:“WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 11”). I sold the series some years ago. The series is inspired from the work of Chinese artist Qin Feng. The 2nd artwork I used for my shop pieces is graphic/digital art called “fancydirtythings”. It is action art in digital form. I named it that title because it has elaborate elements (“fancy”), but it has an edgy look, too (“dirty”). So, these two artworks are the first designs on my current shop items. My items right now are two tops, a scarf, a shawl, a pocket square and a satchel. As an enthusiastic artist, I love to explore what I can do with my art and so seeing it on wearable items is exciting! If you would like YOUR art on wearable items, create an account (it’s free) & start uploading!

I hope you will support me in my new endeavor! Please view, browse, feel free to do some happy shopping & share with others! You can click HERE or on the caption below (under image of my page) to go directly to my collection page!! Thank you!!

My collection page. Click HERE to go directly to my page! 


3 Paths, oil on canvas, 2010. This is one of the artworks featured in my designs.

fancydirtythings, digital art, 2010. This is the other artwork that is being used in my designs. The title referes to the fancy elements and the edgy (dirty) elements in it. I was trying to be all creative with the title!

Thank you for reading! 


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UPDATE: my second time with five minutes of artist fame!


Hello! Quick post, here!

On March 19th, I published a post that was about my drawing of Psycho Les from the rap/hip hop group The Beatnuts. Here is the drawing I did in 2002:

Psycho Les Charcoal on paper. 2002.

Psycho Les
Charcoal on paper. 2002.

And here are the two posts about it (both posts are identical) on WordPress and Tumblr.

Well, I shared both the WordPress and Tumblr links with my Twitter timeline and it was Favorited and re-Tweeted (“RT’d” in Twitter speak). I appreciate the Favorites and RTs from everyone, by the way! Well, one of the RT’s was from Psycho Les himself!!!! He re-Tweeted my Tumblr link!! I totally geeked out, too!! It is really cool and nice of him to have liked my post and drawing enough to have shared it to his timeline… When cool stuff like this happens, it’s much less about bragging and more about self-promotion. Here is the evidence below (his Twitter tag is “Psycho Les/Beatnuts!”):

Notification. I was like..."Waaaiiit a minute. Is that????..."

Notification.
I was like…”Waaaiiit a minute. Is that????…” 

This is what the RT (re-Tweet) looks like on his timeline.

This is what the RT (re-Tweet) looks like on his timeline.

This is when I thanked them both for sharing my drawing & post and also when I had my geek out moment. I'm not ashamed! Lol... Famous people are people, too, but it is still cool that this happened.

This is when I thanked them both for sharing my drawing & post and also when I had my geek out moment. I’m not ashamed! Lol… Famous people are people, too, but it is still cool that this happened.

Yep, my sister wanted me to do a shout out to him, so I Tweeted that, too! Then I took a break, lol!

Yep, my sister wanted me to do a shout out to him, so I Tweeted that, too! Then I took a break, lol!

Well, there ya go! My second five minutes of artist fame with a famous person and it is appreciated! My FIRST five minutes of artist fame involved President Obama. You can read about that HERE. A humbling moment (I geeked out profusely, though)!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and feel free to explore around my blog. Thank you! (More posts coming…) 

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I’VE BEEN FEATURED!: my works have been selected for display on RAWZ


"Jacksonville Landing at an Angle". Manipulated photo, 2013.

“Jacksonville Landing at an Angle”. Manipulated photo, 2013.

I am really happy because, in the hard-to-get-noticed world of art, my work has been featured on a site called RAWZ, again! Click HERE for my first post about a RAWZ feature. Any artist knows that any amount or form of recognition is VERY valuable and VERY  appreciated. And in a world big on re-blogging and sharing, this is great for exposure. Things travel fast on the web! I will continue to submit work into RAWZ and check out other artists on their site: it’s AWESOME and INSPIRING!

For those whom are not familiar with RAWZ, it is a site connected to abduzeedo.com, which is a fantastic art and design site I found many moons ago and I even have a link to it here on my tumblr. RAWZ offers people the opportunity to post their art. So my art is alongside the awesome works of other artists!

Below is a RAWZ slogan:

“Share what inspires you or what you have done. We will select the best images for the Daily Inspiration on Abduzeedo.” Thank you people at RAWZ for selecting my work!

Here is the page link:

“Jacksonville Landing at an Angle” on RAWZ 

Also, here is the post I wrote about my work on this photo that I actually shot in 2011 (but re-worked in 2013): CLICK

And please make sure to read my recent post about my first solo art exhibit HERE! Thanks!!

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GO SOLO: my first solo art exhibit


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Me standing in front of “Eternity”, mixed media on deckle paper, 2003.
Deckle is a removable wooden frame or “fence” used in manual papermaking. In a related sense, it can also mean a deckle edge which is a type of rough cut edged paper used in the book trade.-definition from Wikipedia.com

Hello, my precious readers and visitors! This post is about my first solo exhibit on September 8th, 2012, and so it is overdue, but better now than never! The exhibit lasted until October 30th. Following the body of text below, I have posted photos from the event.

I was asked to have a solo exhibit at a South Carolina art gallery my instructor from Claflin University (my alma mater in SC) and his wife own. I’m originally from Connecticut, but moved to SC at 14. My painting instructor in college was Mr. Alvin Staley and his wife is Mrs. Bretta (also an art instructor). They are both extraordinary artists. They also have a daughter, Kizzi (whom is also an art teacher), and a son, Altroy. Both of their children went to Claflin as well. I was extremely grateful to be asked. This presented another opportunity to show my art/skills and an opportunity to re-connect with people I had not seen since graduating & since I moved to FL last year (my Mom-whom I hadn’t seen since July when I moved, college mates, teachers, friends, church members). Preparing for the art exhibit was hectic only because I made it so (I waited kind of late to get material together: foam core to mount my works-foam core is basically stiff board with a foam core-and acetate-acetate is flexible, synthetic material used to protect work…it’s kind of like flexible glass without the glass part). I commend my roommate for being very helpful while I became a wreck preparing! I worked for hours, sitting on the floor, measuring & cutting & mounting & covering & taping…it looked like a Hobby Lobby or some other art supply bomb went off and left art shrapnel all over the floor; bits and scraps of foam core, acetate, tape and supplies EVERYWHERE. But I got it done, thank God! I also had reproductions made of smaller pieces and of graphic art to sell at the exhibit. Because of other concerns, I couldn’t leave for SC until the day of the show (I live in FL, now). So we left early morning for a four hour drive. On the way, we stopped to pick up my Mom (the main supporter of my artistic endeavors since forever; she introduced me to art) & to pick up more art for the show (two 30″ x 40″ pieces; the framed one had to go in the trunk…well not all the way in as it stuck out a LOT!). All seemed to be going well as we headed to the gallery and then about 15 min. before reaching the gallery…….rumble rumble rumble…….the tire went flat! It was TOO monkey, chimpanzee, donkey kong HOT for all that! Good thing I wasn’t trying to meet some dude for a date or something; too sweaty! I was all nervous from that point…just thinking about being late. I kept my cursing in my head because that wasn’t going to help matters, plus my Mom was right there! Well, we had to pull off to the side, take the art that was in the trunk out in order to get to the spare tire. Put that on & then we were off to the gallery, thank God, again! Got there real late. My Mom & my roomie helped me take in my art and then my roommate went to get the tire changed. Mr. Staley, as curator, had me hustle to help him place each piece in particular areas. I was helping to cut pre-made labels for my artworks, but I left my Mom to do that so that I could help situate the art and my reproductions. Mrs. Staley and her son did an awesome job getting the refreshment table ready. Despite the lateness and only an hour to an hour & a half to get things in place, we all got everything together and done by the time people started to come in!! Again, thanking God! It was like light speed level work!

It all paid off and the fruits of that hard work & hustling could be seen with all the people that came to see the show and enjoying the show. I was glad to see every single person! I thank everyone for taking time out of their evening to hang with me and my artwork! I caught up with people, answered questions about my art and laughed a lot. It was great and the background music (jazz & Christian) set off the show very nicely! I didn’t get to eat a whole lot (which goes totally against my very nature), but I did have some food and some Swedish meatballs…I made sure to get at those.

It was a beautiful show & I thank God for yet another opportunity!

Extra note: As part of the exhibit stipulations, I left 5 pieces to be displayed there for a year. After the exhibit finished on Oct. 30, I wanted to go and pick them up at some time, but then I received an invite from the Claflin art department for my works to be featured in a joint art exhibit of art student alumni works. So they remained in SC for that (Nov. 15-Jan. 1). I visited SC to see my Mom for Christmas, but didn’t get to pick up any of my work since the gallery owners were with their family, too, of course. I was just in SC, again, this May to participate in a friend and his mom’s Claflin alumni (Beaufort, SC branch) scholarship luncheon event (my 2nd time being asked to feature & sell art during this event). While in SC, I picked up my artworks that had been returned too the Staley’s gallery (except for the five on display for one year). Visited a dear friend of mine, went to visit with my Mom & other family and then went on down to Beaufort for the even that followed the next day (June 1). The next day at the event was awesome, too. I sold art and two were bid on (profits went toward scholarships). I will write more about that event in another post, though.

Okay, I blabbed on enough! Here are the photos from my first solo exhibit (shot very well by my friend Maurice)! ENJOY and thanks for reading/viewing!!

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The entrance to the gallery with my exhibit poster.

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Visitors signing in!
This is Glover Richberg and his friend. Glover is a fellow Claflinite. He was also an art student and a DYNAMIC one, at that! Awesome artist.

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My artworks are on the free-standing partitions on the floor space.
My artwork was hung on both sides of all of these partitions. The artwork on the walls are on permanent display and are Mr. & Mrs. Staley’s and their daughter Kizzi’s works.

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My artworks are on the free-standing partitions on the floor space.
My artwork was hung on both sides of all of the partitions. The artwork on the walls are on permanent display and are Mr. & Mrs. Staley’s and their daughter Kizzi’s works.

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The first and last pieces in my 8-piece senior visual thesis series. Except the first was hung on the right and the last was hung on the left; Mr. Staley didn’t realize the image order for these two and so it was a minor mistake. I didn’t notice until later! Oh, well! They were in the show & that’s what matters.

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My reproductions were for sale. I did make a profit, too! I also had to price the originals that were on display for the exhibit. Of course those were much higher in price! The framed card is the original card signed by Pres. Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama, in 2010, in appreciation for two prints (of the Obama portrait) that I sent to them in 2009.

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Top: “Watch Out, Dorothy!” Screen print on paper, 2002
(the subject is leaping over buildings wearing red shoes, hence the name “Dorothy” in the title).
Bottom: “The Angel”. Mixed media on paper, 2007 (I created this drawing for my church & a reproduction is now at my church)..

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“The Angel”. Mixed media on paper, 2007.

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Left: “Hoop Self Portrait II”. Oil on canvas, 2006-2010 (the original of “Hoop Self Portrait I” was sold some years ago).
Right: “Ment-ill-ity”. Mixed media on mat board, 2003.

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“My Mother”. Mixed media on paper, 2004.
My Mom really loves this portrait. Only thing is that I drew the nose too long, so I have to fix it still. Can’t have a Scottie Pippen nose!

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“The Realization: Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States”. Mixed media on paper, 2009.

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“St. Kitts in Neutral”. Oil on canvas, 2011.
I used a color photo that I shot while in St. Kitts. I communicated this photo into a black & white painting.

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Top: “Ani.motions”. Mixed media on paper, 2012.
Bottom: “self portrait-legs and arm”. Charcoal, graphite on paper. 2010.

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Top: “Baby Portrait”. Graphite on paper, 2010.
Bottom: “Birthday Portrait”. Charcoal, graphite on paper, 2012.
Both of these works were done for clients & they received the reproductions.

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Top: “Japanese Woman Before Screen”. Mixed media on paper, 2007.
Bottom: “Mary J. Blige”. Charcoal, graphite on paper, 2010.

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“Premature”. Screen print, 2002 (this is a screen print and much smaller version of the mixed media, 30″ x 40″ piece you will see further below in this post).
Bottom: “powpowpow…wow!” Mixed media on paper, 2008 (inspired by graffiti and urban art).

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“So Selfish”. Mixed media on mat board, 2005.
This is a statement about the ugliness & inhumanity of gun violence. As most know, now, art can also be a tool to communicate positives & negatives about society; social art.

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“Survive”. Mixed media & feather on mat board,. 2004.
A statement about God’s gloried triumph through the victories & survival of three different struggles: African/African American, Jewish and indigenous (Native American) peoples.
I used my left hand to model all four hands and just did alterations to each, like enlarging fingers for example.

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“Breaking Pain”. Mixed media on mat board and paper, 2003 or 2004.
Again, I used my left hand as a model for both hands. I just enlarged the fingers & other alterations.

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“Race Relations”. Mixed media on deckle paper, 2006.
This is a visual statement about humans being the same and that the differences are slight. That we are all equal and valuable. The darker peoples of the world are represented (in a very general way) by the map of Africa on the left and the lighter peoples of the world are represented (also in a very general way) by the map of Europe on the right.
Again, I utilized my left hand and arm as a model.
This is the definition for deckle from Wikipedia.com-Deckle is a removable wooden frame or “fence” used in manual papermaking. In a related sense, it can also mean a deckle edge which is a type of rough cut edged paper used in the book trade.

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“grimy self portrait”. Charcoal on paper, 2010.

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“Premature”. Mixed media on deckle paper, 2002.
This is the first in my 8-drawing Advanced Studio (Drawing) senior thesis. My professor was Dr. Terry K. Hunter, an extraordinary artist in his own right. This thesis was based on the journey of birth, life and death (with the figures symbolizing me). All of the artworks are mixed media, were done in 2002-2003 for Advanced Studio (Drawing) & are 40″ x 30″. This piece represents the development, in a supernatural view, of a child before birth (hence the egg, sperm and the cut-out images of three of the mitotic stages. The egg is intentionally under-sized and the child reaches out for the life awaiting it (the theme of which is continued in the earth below: life).
I gave this piece to my Mother after I graduated, she really likes this one.

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“Special Delivery” behind the window.

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“Special Delivery”. Mixed media, red thread & steel wire on deckle paper, 2003.
This is the second in my 8-drawing Advanced Studio (Drawing) senior thesis. This thesis was based on the journey of birth, life and death (with the figures symbolizing me). All of the artworks are mixed media, were done in 2002-2003 for Advanced Studio (Drawing) & are 40″ x 30″. This piece symbolizes birth, using abstract imagery. The child is symbolic, directly, of me & indirectly symbolizes the births of every human. It shows the partial body of a mother in labor; the pain of labor conveyed by the swirling representation of blood. Representations of blood are often shown in this series because it is essential for life; this piece utilizes actual red thread which also represents the child’s lifeline. This lifeline represents God’s presence. The child appears in agony because of the uncertainty of the world she’s being born into (the globe at the left). There is a divine protection of this child, however (the upright hand surrounded by glowing white).

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“Eternity”, mixed media on deckle paper, 2003.
This is the last in my 8-drawing Advanced Studio (Drawing) senior thesis. This thesis was based on the journey of birth, life and death (with the figures symbolizing me). All of the artworks are mixed media, were done in 2002-2003 for Advanced Studio (Drawing) & are 40″ x 30″. This piece represents the spirit, which survives outside of a deceased body, and whether that spirit shall wind up in Heaven or Hell. The coffin has my initials on it. Morbid, but reality.

The following photos are of visitors standing next to the artwork they like the most. I thought it would be fun to request that of them to do!

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My Mother and I with the piece she really loves. Her portrait!
My Mom has been very supportive throughout my journey with art and I thank her for it! She got me started with my love of art, actually. She also creates artworks and they are very good!

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My very good friend Jessica and her husband. This is the piece she really loves.

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Jessica’s niece and nephew standing next to the anti-gun violence artwork.

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My friend from church, Paul, standing next to my Mom’s portrait.

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Angela (the secretary of my Advanced Drawing instructor, Terry K. Hunter) and her daughter standing by “Eternity”.
Mr. Staley (one of the gallery owners & my painting professor in college) said this drawing is also his favorite piece.

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This enthusiastic visitor is standing next to one of my favorites: “darkness”, charcoal and colored pencil on paper, 2007.

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The portrait of my Mom gets another “Like”!
The Staley family’s artworks are on the walls in the background on permanent display. They are fantastic artists, as well.

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An art-loving visitor standing by her favorite: “When It’s Hidden”, mixed media & steel wire on mat board, 2003.
The piece is at once a self portrait (I am on the left, of course; no beard!) and is a personal statement about a relationship.

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Friends from church standing near their favorite piece; my self portrait.

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A wonderful lady I met through an inter-church choir standing by her favorite, which is also my friend Jessica’s fave.
It’s also my Mom’s favorite out of all the 8 drawings in my visual senior thesis.

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I am here explaining the premise of “When It’s Hidden” to a visitor.
It is great when people want insight to your work.

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Glover Richberg and Paul discussing my drawing.
Is Glover pretending to also lift the drawing (because that wood frame does make it VERY heavy)!

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My Mom and friends eating and conversing.
I spent more time with them AND the food later!

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My Mom gesticulating about something!

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My friends Lashon, Jessica and I cheesing it out!

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Friends Glover, Jessica, Lashon and I hugging it out!
Glover had a solo exhibit, here, himself some months later. I hope he goes very far with his work because he is truly an art genius! Like if Einstein were an artist…

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Had to include this! The art of sneaks! Jessica’s niece & nephew have fresh feet…

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BLOGGERS UNITED: i’ve co-authored a blog for first time!


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Hi, precious blog readers!

Just wanted to report something interesting, quickly! I am happy to say I finally co-authored a blog (I opinion that every blogger should do this at least a few times to bring attention to their blog and to even attract more co-authoring opportunities)!

Here is an excerpt from a Hongkiat.com article about co-authoring: “Inviting other bloggers and writers to become co-authors is  one great way to expand one’s blog. Assuming the recruiting of writers part is being taken care of, the next big problem you could be facing is management. Managing multiple authors for a blog is never an easy task. It’s often a challenge to keep co-authors in control, getting them to write quality content on schedule, making sure they did not miss anything before hitting the publish button, etc. Also sometimes you might also want to give different authors different level of accessibility and controls, depending on their performances.”

The author of that blog had a call out to write and I made an offer. It was accepted. I was given a subject to write (based on selling photographs online). My post is featured on a very interesting site focusing on ideas for those needing creative advice and inspiration: CreativeSomething.net. And you can read my post here:  HERE. After reading my post, stick around and check out more of Tanner Christensen’s blog.

I hope that you like the post and I hope I get more opportunities to co-author!

Read more at Hongkiat.com about tips to managing co-authoring/multi-authoring HERE.

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A LITTLE MORE BUZZ FOR MY BLOG: i’m in the technorati blog directory


One quick post, today! Both of my art blogs (WordPress and my Tumblr blog) are now listed in Technorati, one of the best and most useful blog directories. See where this takes me…  : )

Blogs are like books…in fact they are like any product or service: creating them also involves building up attention and a following. NObody wants their creation to go the way of being only seen by them and a tiny circle of loyals (though still appreciated), collecting dust or being seen only by empty space! And, if you have built a following (as I have gratefuly done, so far), it doesn’t hurt to build more.

Blog directories are a great way to build a reader- and viewership traffic for your blog! Word of mouth is useful and sharing your blog and posts with various online sources (like Twitter, Facebook, Stumble Upon, etc.) is even better, but blog directories can help to push all that up another notch: now, you are LISTED online! In a directory! Once you connect with a blog directory (it takes some simple steps, 1st) and are recognized and listed, each time you publish a post (tagging and categorizing each post before hitting the publish button will help immensely because people can find you better; try not to publish a post without FIRST tagging and categorizing), you will be updated in the directory and you will help your blog be searched and found by others. The more you post, you will gradually (for some, it happens quickly) increase traffic! Awesome, huh?

There are many blog directories. Some are free, some require a fee. Some just need you to list your blog, some require that you list your blog and your blog’s RSS (Rich Site Summary-“is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it”-definition from whatisrss.com; RSS is great to set up within your blog and many blogsites provide this feature, it basically alerts RSS subscribers of new postings from blogs and other sites).

Here are some sites that list top blog directories (I’m going to try a few more; the more listings the better):

So put your best foot forward with your blog and try using blog directories to help people make more footsteps to it!!

P.S. Here is my Tumblr blog: http://caloniedoesarttwo.tumblr.com

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2nd TERM ARTWORK: the President Barack Obama portrait


“The Realization: Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States”.©
Mixed media on paper. 2009.

Felt this was appropriate to re-display considering the circumstances…

This was done in 2009, not too long after President Obama was announced president for his 1st term. I mailed two prints to the Obama family in early 2009 and in early 2010, I received a thank you card signed by President & First Lady Obama. I thank God for that opportunity and I thank them for responding!

You can read more about the story behind this drawing & my creation process in the blog post titled: “WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 1″ on this site!

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I’VE BEEN FEATURED II!: my blog has been awarded!


A few days ago, I posted about my work being featured on RAWZ (previous post), an art/design display, inspiration site. It is SUCH an awesome site, too! I have HEARTED (my girly way of saying ‘LOVED’) abduzeedo and RAWZ for sooo long

Then on August 31st, I received another pleasant surprise in my email: I had been alerted that I’d been featured in a site’s blog awards! For me, trying to gain notice and, most of all, trying to make sure my blog is useful and enjoyable and relevant, this is a BIG deal… It’s like winning a BILlion dollars! Mmmm…sort of. But it is still a very big deal because it means my blog is good and that people really do like reading/viewing it!

Hirewordpressexperts.com is, from what I understand, a company that offers SEO, custom themes for web design and more. Here is a statement I copied from their home page: ‘We deliver Professional Data Services an efficient, affordable and cost-effective online data entry with minimum hassle. We create attractive and visitor-friendly websites with quality graphics that load quickly. We offer a variety of services from basic website design to complete e-commerce stores.’
Sounds very neat and tech-y, huh?

Apparently, they also have a Blog Awards and my blog, this WordPress blog RIGHT HERE that you graciously read, has been chosen as one of their selected and worthy blogs! Let me tell you, I am very happy and humbled. Sooo… I want to thank God firstly because any amount of positive progress is through Him. I want to thank all readers, viewers and subscribers and also supporters of my blog and art endeavors. I want to definitely thank Hirewordpressexperts.com for making me one of their choices. THANK YOU!

Please check out the link to the Blog Awards site below and in my blogroll (on the sidebar). By the way, my blog is the Featured Blog, today!
I will continue to do the best I can to have an informative and entertaining blog : )

Blog Awards link: http://hirewordpressexperts.com/blog_awards/index.php?id=1873

NOTE: Good news! I have sold the 3-part (triptych) series of abstract paintings I have been working on. There are posts here and on my tumblr page (caloniedoesarttwo.tumblr.com) about the series. Each painting is titled 3 Paths, 3 Paths II and the third one (still in progress) will be 3 Paths III. The patron, a fellow Claflin University alumnus, claimed the series before they could hit my exhibit this Sat.! So, they will get to the new owner after the exhibit. I thank God for the sale & I thank the patron! Yay!!

Also, I will not be blogging for a little while as I am consumed with getting ready for my art exhibit-two days away, Sept. 8th! So I will miss blogging, but when I get the chance, I will be back on deck at WordPress and tumblr, again! Til then, please keep reading and also feel free to revisit past posts and pages! Thanks!

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I’VE BEEN FEATURED!: my works have been selected for display on RAWZ


“don’t even ask…II”, Graphic art, 2011 This is one of the works featured on RAWZ.

I am really happy because, in the hard-to-get-noticed world of art, my work has been featured on a site called RAWZ. Any artist knows that any amount or form of recognition is VERY valuable and VERY  appreciated. And in a world big on reblogging and sharing, this is great for exposure. Things travel fast on the web!

For those whom are not familiar with RAWZ, it is a site connected to abduzeedo.com, which is a fantastic art and design site I found many moons ago and I even have a link to it here on my tumblr. RAWZ offers people the opportunity to post their art. So my art is alongside the awesome works of other artists! Below is a RAWZ slogan:

“Share what inspires you or what you have done. We will select the best images for the Daily Inspiration on Abduzeedo.”

Thank you people at RAWZ for selecting my work!

Here are the image links:

“don’t even ask…II” on RAWZ

“i spit up colors and prettythings” on RAWZ

“burst” on RAWZ

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: artwork analysis 1


From time to time I will pretend I am back in my college art dept. being critiqued & lovingly cursed at so that I may explain my own work under that crazy, intentionally run together title above. Some have told me & I have read that an artist should not share the enigmatic secrets behind their work. That the viewer should use their own mind. I can sort of see this point. Sometimes things can be more appealing with unanswered questions, but I just have fun explaining!

And no…nobody used “enigmatic” on me when they talked to me, but I am a fool for scholarly words. It makes me feel tremendous and astounding (two scholarly ways to say AWESOME!)

Feel free to comment with any questions you may still have.

“The Realization: President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States”

“The Realization: President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States”

“The Realization: President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States”

WHAT: Duh! And more duh! And not to be rude, but DUH! It’s President Barack Obama! Smooth. Swagger. Calm. Intelligent. Bin Laden-catcher. And a dope ping-ponger.

WHY: I created this piece due to elation (scholar-talk for “excitement”) when he hit the White House. Not just for the fact he is the first African-American Prez, but also because he is relatable in positive ways ( aka “not a jerk”) & is also so intelligent that ya gotta be proud to be an American…as he IS. That last one was for all the Trumps reading. I also created this piece on the suggestion of my pastor, whom admires him. I had in mind to draw him, but not seriously until my pastor mentioned it. The work also displays Psalm 27 (“Wait on the Lord…”)  & a portion of MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Both inspirational resources.

WHEN: Early 2009; I did this drawing shortly after the election.

HOW: With my superlatively (scholar for “enormously”) creative mind. No, seriously, I created this with the usual focus I have with art & the extra EXTREME focus I tend to have with a piece I am really having fun with. I used charcoal & colored pencil (which makes it a mixed media work) on paper. Instead of completing the figure in full, I sorta staggered the image out with smudges (I love some flair) begat from my own fingertips!

Note: The Obamas know what the whorl patterns of my fingertips look like (if they bother to peer THAT closely) since they now have two reproductions. No bragging, here, I just like to mention it! I mailed them the art and early 2010, I received a thank you card from the Obamas! God is really good at doing things like that. At making far-fetched become reality. Or “certainty”. Which is a simple way to also say “reality”.

Extra Note: In 2009, I also sent two prints of this drawing to The White House. I did not think a whole lot on whether I’d get a response back or not (I like to think positive, but I also do not get too far ahead of myself; reality sinks in). A year later (2010), my mother told me I had a letter from The White House… I was like, in silent and calm shock. Sure enough, it was from the president! A thank you card from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; signed! It was neat that, a year later, they even remembered to reply to me! I really thank God (Yahweh) for the opportunity given me and I thank my mother & my pastor for encouraging me to go ahead and do the drawing in the first place. I had wanted to do the drawing, but it only remained a thought until they pushed me to go ahead and do it! Motivation is not a bad thing at all!

Sorry that it is blurry, but this is the card with the envelope. I have both framed, now!

Sorry that it is blurry, but this is the card with the envelope. I have both framed, now!

This is a closer view of the thank you card.

This is a closer & clearer view of the thank you card.

View some of my art at: http://paintingsilove.com/artist/caloniejohnson  Thank You!

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