WHAT IF THEY REALLY SAID THAT?!? Dialogue Fun with Art…i was bored PART THREE!!


Hello, everyone! Hoping you are all doing well, today, and that you are enduring the remainder of Winter. Spring is almost here; we’re almost there! Soon it will be warm, more flowers will be out, more birds will be flying about, more beach-time will be had and more badly dressed people will be showing too much skin at Walmart. Yay!

Today I have a post on a subject I have not done in a while. It shows a series of artworks and, with captions, I imagine what the subjects could be thinking or saying. It’s something I do just for fun! In the past, I’ve written two earlier posts with the same idea, but using different artworks. 

I admire & respect all of these artists and their artworks, which are dynamic in their own unique ways, yet I like to be humorous about these works…and can do so without being offensive! I hope you enjoy this new post.


A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Édouard Manet, 1882. 

Bartender silently thinking to herself: “I’m really not in the mood to hear any drunk sob stories, today. I don’t want to hear about all the artists you’ve chilled out with. I don’t want to hear about the time your carriage wrecked. I don’t want to hear about that time you were so inebriated that you climbed up the Arc de Triomphe and you don’t know how the hell you even got up there. Just drink down your absinthe and refrain from talking!”



Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.
Vincent thinking: “Yeah……I really hate that Paul Gaugin guy, but I probably should have paid better attention to my razor-wielding skills. Yup. Messed myself up this time. Good thing I don’t need my ear to paint…I’d be so screwed.”

(Van Gogh used a mirror in painting this, so it is his LEFT ear that’s bandaged, not the right. Read more details by clicking HERE.)

Flaming June by Frederic Leighton, 1895. 

Most uncomfortable sleeping position in the history of people having sleeping positions​.


The Kiss by Gustave Klimt, 1907-1908.

The most uncomfortable kissing position in the history of people kissing.

Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol, 1962.

Campbell’s Soup Company says to itself: “Andy Warhol painted our products! We are the COOLEST freakin’ soup on the entire planet.”


Liked this post? Read the first two installments by clicking HERE and HEREThanks!


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SEE ME ON ETSY!: i’ve returned to my etsy shop


Hi, all! If you are reaading this, thank you for visiting my page, again! 

I have so many art posts to publish, but right now I am taking it easy. I will post more in-depth articles, soon! Today, I am posting about my return to my Etsy shop. I’ve re-opened it. This time, I hope to get much more traffic and also buyers of course! I will be adding new works for sale from time to time. These pieces will look fantastic on a wall in your home or in your office. They will look fantastic over a fireplace, as doubles on each side of a French door or hanging anywhere. If you buy a piece, make sure you purchase a frame that is not going to overpower the artowrk itself. You want the art to shine!

How do you like the title of this post, by the way? I couldn;t think of anything else, so I came up with that. Unfortunately my title ideas are not as dynamic as my artistic ideas! 

I hope you will visit my shop! You can visit by CLICKING HERE and also there is a link at the top of this blog page. Thank you!

Above is the screenshot of my Etsy shop as of today. I will be adding more works periodically.

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FACE TIME: new drawing alert!


Hi, readers & viewers! I am trying to post as regularly as I can and as my schedule will allow for. I am also doing other art-focused things like contacting art consultants as I search for representation, going to update my RedBubble account (have not used that in a long while) & re-open my Etsy shop online. I also recently FINALLY got on the “Insta-bus”…I now have an Instagram account! So now, at the bottom of my posts, there will be an Instagram link along with my usual Twitter link (I have so many social accounts, now…becoming some sort of social media guru here). I have included my other links (Coroflot, Etsy, ShopVida & Tumblr) at the top of this WordPress blog. No matter what happens, I do not want to put down art. I stick with it! It is an important part of my life that I love and it is one of the things I do to have joy and to shake off some stress.

Lately, I have been creating new works. I want to experiment, add new work to my portfolio and use these works (along with past works) to market myself more. This post shows one of the new works detailing a face (hence the title of this post). It is a drawing (graphite and pen, so far) on paper. I have a big, fat drawing pad (amongst other drawing pads) to fill and so I am going to make the most of it! I was working on this more last night. I still have to add more features & detailing; also do something to the background. An idea for a background is one of an artist’s terrors. It is also one of those points where artist block tends to happen, too. You want to do something that does not overpower the main focus of the work, but you also want it to work WITH the main focus…you also want it to NOT look terrible. I finally mustered up in my mind what I can do with the background. Some sort of weird (because in art, weird can be good) linear (line) work with a great dash of polygon forms (polygonal design is the “Popular Kid” of the art world, now). Some color will be nice, too. I can’t wait to see my ideas spill from my brain and onto this paper. Fun!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this fairly swift post and I hope you will check me out on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, RedBubble, Etsy and the other 1 billion accounts I have (lol…not really THAT many, but it feels like it)!! Thank you!! 

No title, yet, of course! This shows a couple of the tools I am using! I see I also wrinkled my drawing. Wrinkled, bent paper drives me NUTS! The drawing itself will still finish out great, though!

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INSTA-BUS: i hopped on the instagram bus


I finally started posting stuff on Instagram (since last week)! I’ve had an account for a while, but I never took time to post anything. I’ve so many social accounts that I just wasn’t feeling like posting to Instagram. Well, I decided to finally go ahead and be active with that account. I posted this today. It’s a drawing In working on! 

If you think you can guess who I’m drawing, post a reply! Here’s another hint: the subject’s adventures have FINALLY been scripted for a long awaited film! Gamers, rejoice!

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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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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 15


manga.happy, mixed media, 2013-2014



What: This is a graphite (pencil) drawing of a manga character which I conceptualized. While anime is Japanese animation, manga (漫画) is Japanese comics and cartoons. Through reading about manga, I learned that a mangaka (漫画家) is translated as a comic artist or cartoonist and also refers to the manga author whom is often Japanese. I guess because I am getting more into this art form, then I am a wannabe mangaka!

Why: I am in my 30s and yes…I am a “girl gamer” or more correctly “WOMAN gamer”. Or how about “lady gamer?” Not ashamed! Nope! Video games have come a long way from Mario and Duckhunt (although I did play those & I respect early games for being foundations of the gaming we have now). Games are very visually and technically sophisticated now. Also being that I am an artist, the visuals appeal to me very much (there is a debate on whether video games, visually, can be art and I say “yes”). So I have a PS3 and have gotten quite serious about gaming (I do not destroy TVs or spend every waking hour playing games, though, so not THAT serious). The characters from the Persona games inspired me to get more interested in manga and anime. I’ve had an interest in that already and did a couple of earlier art pieces (which I’ll do posts on eventually), but my interest became more concrete around 5 years ago. Manga’s outlandishly fun and highly creative appearance fascinates me. By the way, I’ve never finished a Persona game! The battles get super hard as you progress! I am currently playing “Mass Effect 3” (the imaginary characters, the missions and exploring so much in the games is fun and challenging), have played many Call of Duty games, Assassin’s Creed games (started 2 or 3 of them, but not finished them…those are unbelievably long games, amirite!?), Remember Me, Shadow of the Colossus (gorgeous game), some of Mirror’s Edge (which simply pissed me off, but it’s still a very cool game), Heavy Rain (which has to be the MOST EPICALLY depressing game of ALL TIME) and others. My favorite is the Uncharted series. The adventure! The interesting characters! The dynamic scenery! I’ve played the 1st three. When the 4th was introduced in PS4, I became sad because I don’t have a PS4!! Cruelty! One day, PS4, one day… I will get it just to be able to play Uncharted 4. By the way, I am glad Mark Wahlberg (whom was to play main character Nathan) dropped out of the Uncharted film production. Mark is a very neat actor and all, but, no…….  Just NO. Mark playing Nate Drake? No all day. Amirite??


When: This drawing was started in 2013 and finished in 2014. So sometimes I’ll date any posting about it as 2014, even though I wrote 2013 on the drawing. 


How: This drawing was achieved using graphite and colored pencil on paper. The drawing is very linear, the main element focus being the line-work (in the contours and detailing). I wanted to base the character on something in order to build. I built upon the emotion of happiness. To relate the work even more to the Asian culture, I used other Asian elements: the Japanese characters (in glowing orange) translate as “happy” (kofuku 幸福) and on her clothing there are clouds; in Chinese culture clouds symbolize happiness. I even used the traditional style these is seen in Chinese drawings and paintings of clouds. The color blue is a calming color, calmness being as emotionally positive as happiness. In the background is, of course, the familiar and bold Japanese representation of the sun and its rays. The sun is also very often representative of happiness, joy, life. All in all, this character is an imaginary figure conveying happy vibes! I plan on doing more manga characters representing other emotions.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I actually published an earlier post while on the early stages of the drawing. You can read that HERE.

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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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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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