WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT: are you going to be angry about it forever or are you going to just live?

Hello, everyone! I have not published an art post in a while, but I will soon! Please keep reading my posts in the meantime and feel free to tell others about my page. Thank you!

Today marked the inauguration of another president (Donald Trump; yep, oddly interesting, huh?), so I am going to do a brief post about that since it is a major event for the country. I thank Barack Obama for the time he spent as president and I hope that Trump will do well as president (maybe being in this highly responsible role will help him to mature as a person). Trump’s speech was actually pretty good. Remember that presidents are still people; they cannot solve all the problems of the world. Only God can solve ALL of the world’s problems (I like to note that thanks to God, things are not as terrible as they could be in this world; He is keeping things from being even worse…as you know throughout history, human beings are really good at stirring up problems). Also, those who are rioting: STOP. You look like an idiot (covering your faces like cowards, too) & you’re selfish. Rioting does not solve anything. It makes things WORSE.

Here are my thoughts below:

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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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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.

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