Time to Create Another Commissioned Piece: Google+ post


Just a quick update on a new work I’ve been commissioned to do. I’ve been gone from WordPress for awhile. Have been busy and also dealing with a profound tragedy involving a loved one (which I may explain more about soon when my emotions can deal with sharing here). I am grateful to God for making it through another year (I also had a birthday this month, too). It was a rough year at times, but there were positive moments, too. I hope everyone is well and that everyone will have a wonderful, joyful Christmas (Jesus is the reason always) and a happy, safe New Year. 

Click here to read my Google+ post: https://plus.google.com/108080298492543433374/posts/VBX2mMf1FLv

Below is a cool, clever drawing I found online. Thought it appropriate to illustrate this short post.

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I’M STILL AROUND: the absent artist


I miss you, WordPress. I am coming back for you.... *weep* *weep*

I miss you, WordPress and Tumblr, too. I am coming back for you….
*weep* *weep*

Hello, my precious blog readers!

I am still alive.

Lol.

I have been gone from WordPress for quite a while due to a variety of circumstances. I haven’t even been blogging on Tumblr, either. Some of the reasons are good, some bad. Some solvable, some difficult. In the meantime, I hope you have been still reading the variety of posts and pages I have here. Like any reading material, blogs can be visited over and over even if the author is not currently active or adding new material. Apparently, people have still been visiting my page because I now have 66 Followers and I am grateful for that! Thank you to all my Followers and to all my visitors!!

Right now, I am having laptop issues, again. I believe the motherboard might have fritzed on me, again. The death of a computer or, at least, a comatose computer, can turn upside-down the world of someone who spends a great deal of time on a computer! Seriously! Yes, life still goes on, but the computer part of my life has been stunted. I have been using my cell phone for a variety of things, but I cannot much use it for blogging (the platform my phone uses will allow me to blog, but I can’t include images with posts and if I dare use my cell to edit existing posts that have images, the images weirdly disappear). I hope to get my laptop fixed, soon (for one thing, a really good friend of mine gifted me with a drawing tablet, thank God!!…so that baby needs to be put to use; right now it is lingering in my room in its box fresh and unspoiled) and I also need to save up for a new one laptop (I love HP; I might try a Mac-the brand that apparently every artist in the world should have). If my laptop was a living object, though, it would be saying to itself, “I like her, but she uses me to within an inch of my tech life! I am glad I do not work right now! I hope she takes a VERY LOOOONG time to fix me because I am on DV Time, right now!!”

DV Time is ‘Device Vacation Time’.

But while I have been on blogging hiatus, I have been working on art here and there, though I shame myself for slowing down on it so much. Aaargh! I need to get back to creating art. I am MAD at myself. While away from blogging, I have also been going to church (I sing on the choir as well), working, spending time with people I am close to, spending time outside enjoying nature (which I might have to withdraw from some, since Fall is already putting a chilly smack-down on us), playing video games (yes, I am a gamer girl and yes……I do rage quit, but without breaking stuff) & various other things. There is also a holiday-themed alumni art exhibit coming up at my alma mater, Claflin University. So, I am now putting myself on a mandatory mission to create 2-3 new works. I have to turn in my works for the show by Nov. 20th, which is not very far off, so I better get to drawing at psycho levels.

Well, I do hope everyone has been well and I do hope that I will be back to blogging regularly, soon! Until then, I am going to re-blog some previous posts and also please feel free to read my blog through and through! THANKS!!

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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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UPDATE: where’s waldo…i mean, calonie?


"don't even ask...II" Graphic art. 2010. One of my favorite graphic works. It was featured on RAWZ (a sit of abduzeedo.com). Here is the link to that feature:

“don’t even ask…II”
Graphic art. 2011.
Yes, “don’t even ask…II” is the title. This is the second of a diptych (two-part piece) I created. I posted about both pieces HERE. One of my favorite graphic works. It was featured on RAWZ (a sit of abduzeedo.com). Here is the link to that feature: RAWZ. And here is my post about the feature: HERE.

Hello, my wonderful and precious blog readers/viewers! How are you?

As for how I am, I am like a phantom! Popping up out of nowhere on my blogs (my other blog is at –> Tumblr). I guess it seemed as though I quit blogging (NOPE) or that I died (NOPE, THANK GOD!)… I am still very much into blogging and very much alive (not to make fun of death, but really…people wonder about that if someone has been away from their page/site/wall, etc. for a long time!!).  I had stopped posting for a time because I just ran into some issues while living in Florida (loooooooooooong story), then moved back to South Carolina (I always tell people I am moving down the line: Connecticut, SC, FL…I guess Caribbean is next), then extended my blogging hiatus while sorting some things out back in SC. I had not even drawn or painted in a while (but I was still photographing). Just two months ago, I returned to getting back into my art-creating. I feel better about that. When artists get lazy, we run emotional guilt-trips on ourselves.

In a few hours, I hope to publish my first REAL post (maybe I will also even do a page) since, like, November! WOW. I’ve only been re-blogging older posts and posting updates.  I owe so many posts because I have some new stuff to show and some new thoughts to share!

Thank you for reading my blog while I was away, thank you for favoriting and Liking my posts while I was away and thanks to my Followers for putting up with my in and out-ness! I have 64 Followers as of now and I appreciate your support. For those I have not followed back, yet, I will check out your blogs and commence to getting back to Following people.

Okay, now you know I have not quit blogging and that I am thankfully still alive (although if I had passed away, I would probably be making a lot more money for my art…hey, nobody ever said being an artist is ordinary and making buttloads of money off your art when you are dead is definitely not ordinary).

Posting soon!!  : )

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UPDATE: a thoughtful, insightful post about three young victims in the works


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Designed by DarknessFallz

(UPDATE (7/31/2013): The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, have created a petition to have the severely flawed Stand Your Ground laws reviewed. You can sign that petition HERE! Thank you!)

 

Hello, everyone! 

This is an update on how I was supposed to be publishing another post about Trayvon Martin, today, and this one was to include information about two other victims of violence: Jordan Davis and Jamiel Shaw (Jordan was killed over the trivialities of “loud music” that the murderer did not like; Michael Dunn shot at him and his friends TEN times and Jamiel was shot, on his way home, by a gang-associated illegal immigrant because his backpack had the red color of the murderer’s rival gang & shooting was also racially driven). I am still going to post it within August. As blogging sometimes goes, things get in the way and you don’t get to the post. The post is going to also take a personal look at these young men as people tend to forget, due to all of the news and media, that the victims were real people.

Even though this is an art blog, I feel some things should really be addressed. I am a human before I am an artist, so I have blogged about tragedies (like Newtown, CT shooting and the Oklahoma tornadoes to name some). The violence against young black men is another topic I feel I want to & should address. I hate tragedies involving anyone (regardless of race) & I do love all races & cultures (I grew up to appreciate all races & my bloodline is like a racial remix), but these three young victims and others similar to their tragedies are part of a continuing problem: racism, obvious hatred, profiling, gun violence and (with two of the cases) misuse of the Stand Your Ground Law. I am sickened because NONE OF THESE KIDS HAD TO DIE. The flawed Stand Your Ground Law (and, despite what some may say, it was used in the Zimmerman case-CLICK HERE) allows criminals to get away with murder regardless of race (because all unjustified violence is wrong). But as a note: statistics DO say when SYG Law is used in a White on Black crime case, the suspect gets off more than Black on White crime cases using SYG Law. CLlCK HERE to read about that. Trayvon Martin was racially profiled (Zimmerman has a history of profiling Blacks in the months leading up to the murder & he even profiled a Black child, under age 10, in 2011). But profiling of any race is also wrong; it does not always add up to what is right. “Profiling” is just one of those cover-up terms and this cover-up term hides its REAL term:  “ASSUMING”. What with 1) the random violence aimed at Blacks (and that is not a “race card”, that is reality; we are used to racial violence & so we recognize the obvious signs of a racial crime, try being Black before assuming someone is playing the “race card”), 2) the looseness of Neighborhood Watch policy (“Zimmerman violated the central tenets of Neighborhood Watch by following Martin, confronting him and carrying a concealed weapon”-from the grio.com), 3) the pitiful Stand Your Ground Law that allows people to make excuses for murder and 4) the insane gun violence (these three cases, Sandy Hook Elementary, the movie theater shootings in Colorado, gun violence-ridden cities like Chicago & on and on), the United States has more issues to deal with.

Looks like the USA is becoming “the land of the free to kill whoever you feel like”.

So I will post the blog about these three young men and of course I will still create art-based posts. My intention is not to alienate readers with off-topic (non-art posts) subjects, but if you feel alienated that is a risk I willingly take to address important matters & to also vent about something that just really, well, pisses me off. I am not ashamed of that. Society (and the United States law & legal systems) should be ashamed of itself. Society needs to face negatives within this country and work past them by understanding each other as being valuable humans who should not be judged by a cover. Who should not be killed on a whim. Who should not be killed over paranoia or fantasies (in Zimmerman’s case, cop fantasies). People yammer on about love, but where is it? Do we really use it?

In the meantime, here is one other post I published that was focused on just Trayvon-CLICK HERE. And if you would like to donate to Trayvon and similar situations, please scroll the side bar on the right side to see information. Thank you.

Signing out till later! 

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UPDATE: new post tomorrow about my solo exhibit


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Image from bobvila.com

 

Hello, everyone! I really hope each of you are well and enjoying your day or night!

Just dropping a quick line that tomorrow, I will be publishing a post about my solo exhibit. It is a post that is overdue! I was supposed to publish it, today, but it is taking longer than expected to finish it up. I have the body of the text done, but the images are taking a while because I have to load quite a bit.

I am actually using Windows Live Writer which actually saves some time & work (preparing a post is easier with Live Writer as far as uploading images goes and is convenient to send a post straight from your laptop to WordPress in order to publish). Images-wise, instead of working directly in WordPress which involves 1) uploading images to the Media center and 2) THEN loading those images to the actual post, working in Live Writer from my laptop involves one step: images are loaded directly from your files or the web and into the post; it is one step less than WordPress. I still love WordPress, of course, and still work directly from it, but I just love using my Live Writer to transfer posts directly to WordPress when I have finished a post & then when it’s been sent to WordPress I just add captions. I use Live Writer when a post includes a lot of images or for a quick post, sometimes (this post was done in Live Writer). If any bloggers are reading, do you use Windows Live Writer & do you find it to be helpful?

Well, look out for my new post about my exhibit, tomorrow!! In the meantime, feel free to explore my blog! Thanks!

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UPDATE: how to photograph how-tos


The first photo of the six.

The first photo of the six.

Hi, readers! Thank you for stopping by and feel free to navigate around this blog!

I have just completed a project for a client. Well, it’s a trial project. I had to shoot images for a wikihow-type article (or maybe the author will actually be doing an article for wikihow). This is not exactly Gordon Parks or Ansel Adams caliber work, but it is a photo project, so it is an opportunity. The how-to subject: how to make sugar goo. Sugar goo is edible stuff you can also play and craft with. It’s made with corn syrup, sugar and water. Sounds like a good way to get dizzy if you eat it. A good way to become a diabetic! Also a good way to get sticky stuff ALL over the place if kids play with it…good luck cleaning that up! But anyway, the project seemed easy enough; I got the ingredients together, took my first shot of all the ingredients together. Then…I had to cook the mixture. I was thinking it would instantly thicken after stirring for a while (taking the necessary photos as I stirred for demonstration sake). NOPE. It became more liquid with the heat. So then I figured it would thicken as it cooled, but since I needed to get a move on to edit and email the images, I put the small pot in the freezer. When I took it out a few minutes later, it was goo alright…MEGA thick! Good! I took a shot of the goo pouring from the spoon. A good goo-pouring-from-spoon-and-into-the-pot-shot.  Then I loaded the images and edited them properly.  Then I emailed them to the client, today. Six images in all.

When one shoots how-tos, as I am learning, it is very direct: shoot only parts of the process that are necessary to shoot, make sure to include images that would clearly illustrate each of the important parts  of the how-to (and only the important, stand-out parts so that you won’t have a slew of photos to edit…too many photos to select the best from would waste time). Make sure the photos are clear and that all objects are visible and easily visually decipherable so that viewers know what they are looking at. When one is finished with taking the photos, they should be cropped (don’t want too much space around the objects) and color-corrected. Wa-la!

This project reminded me of how much I am not a fan of crafts. As a fine artist, I adore everything about the wonder of fine arts. It is a very purposeful thing. I can also say that crafts is also useful in its own way. But the difference between fine arts and crafts is this: fine art is based on individual expression and even though fine arts utilizes the foundations of elements and principles, one can still use those foundations toward a unique self-expressive goal and the end result can vary as there is no real rule; crafts is based on point-by-point steps and self-expression is less pronounced, the end result is often certain and many times does not end how it is planned to end. Case in point: the art of photographing the sugar goo allowed me to photograph in no particular way so long as it helped to illustrate the how-to, but the craft of creating the sugar goo had a certain end that I had to force, by the way, with freezing it. So although crafts has its value, too, I am not a craftsperson by far. It drives me nuts!

I hope the client likes the photos! I am really enjoying this freelance thing…so many projects!

If you are interested in freelance work, check out sites like oDesk, Guru and Freelancer (these sites incl. arts/design, writing, IT and office-type jobs to name a few)! Make sure to read their terms because while some do not, other sites require a fee for upgraded accounts. And here is a freelance site that is strictly focused on vector-based graphic, web & logo projects: Mycroburst.com. I am looking into that one, too. It doesn’t hurt to have a few freelance accounts. Happy freelancing!

This is how it ended up. This is the last image out of six.

This is how it ended up. This is the last image out of six. Not as sharp an image as I was going for, but hope it will pass…

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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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UPDATE: the extracurricular life


Hi, all! I hope all my readers and those passing through and deciding to stop and read my blog are well!

This month, so far, has been one of those months where it is kind of hard to squeeze in blogging thanks to doing other things (extracurricular stuff…apart from my blogging here!) and just being kinda tired and blogging requires MUCH in the way of staying awake. Bloggers are firstly human. But there are still so many things I know I need to be blogging about, so much so that I keep a list on laptop to order what blogs need to be done and when. I am kind of taking a break right now, but every now and again I will post something that does not require a lot of writing and some art polls, but will still keep you entertained and informed. The informed part has been catching, lately, as I have been getting responses from people letting me know my article helped them and that is AWESOME! I like being helpful! Here are the two I’m referring to: HERE and  HERE.

As I have said, I have been doing somewhat extracurricular things away from my blogging. I’ve been tired, generally (not sure if that is so much an extracurricular, but since it is not blogging then maybe), I have started co-blogging creative posts (do not worry, I like doing that as well, but I am NOT leaving my blogs), I have been getting involved in community, I have a friend whom is having a baby boy today (!); I cannot wait to see him! A life entering the world. Wow…another grand example of God in action! I have gotten my sorely missed HP laptop back in commission and in fact I am typing this post on it! It is the 1st post/page I have typed on it since June 2011! I’d been borrowing a very helpful friend’s nice computers (he has 2) since then up until now. You can read about what happened to mine & updates from last couple weeks HERE. I brought it home yesterday and was SO happy (I think I thanked God and the repair guys a BUNCH of times)!! I mean I spent a nice fat dime on this laptop and it is an awesome device; plus I do my graphic work on it and store art and other stuff on it, so I need it!! I had to hack into my own laptop to reset my password; however, because I could NOT remember my password! 6 hours later (about 4am or so), I finally found free (yes, free!) reset software that was not so limited as the other ones I tried and had no success with (free stuff like that are often understandably limited in what they will help you accomplish; you have to buy full software). I had to rearrange my system’s boot order (be very mindful & read any directions before screwing around in your BIOS menu, your boot order and such, you could really mess something up and have MORE problems; if you rearrange it, remember its original order and after fixing issue make sure to arrange it as it was originally) and then I reset my password. Ta-da! I put in new password and my desktop came up upon my newly replaced glossy screen….it was euphoria……………………………… Well, enough of that. I will return to blogging more relevant, art subjects soon. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I know this is an art blog, but sometimes things happen to make you step away from the purpose for a while. There are more pressing issues all over the USA and all over the world. Namely the Boston Marathon bombing that happened on April 15th and the fertilizer plant blast that happened in West, Texas on April 17th.

The bombing in Boston was caused by selfish cruelty; the mind of a weak person allowing evil to stir up the brain. And to add spite to injury, the fool set the bombs to go off at the end of a great, happy day. This person went against God’s Will for us to love each other. But evil did not win and is a big loser because the person or even persons who did this will reap sooner or later. God avenges the innocent. Evil failed because the spirits of those who perished live on. Evil failed because there are survivors and people rallied together to pray, assist, aid, support, comfort and love…acts of God. Acts of love and endurance. Boston is clearly strong! The explosion in Texas was one of those things that no one caused and no one saw coming. It is part of life in this chaotic world: things just happen, sadly so. People perished in this, too, but they are not really gone. Only the body. Please find comfort in this truth. God values life so much, that even our bodies contain a part that leaves the body to live on in a spiritual way. His grace sustained so many in this terrible event, too, and again people came together showing how we should treat each other in even good times.  Texas is known for hardy people, they will endure!

Love, faith and hope. Amen…

God made me and will can me

I will return to post art writings, soon! Please keep visiting my blog. Thank you and smile at somebody today, and any day for that matter. They may need it!   : )

NEW: WAYS TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED IN THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS: CLICK HERE and HERE

AND WAYS TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY THE TEXAS FERTILIZER PLANT EXPLOSION: CLICK HERE

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