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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ETCH ABOUT A SKETCH: my sketches 4


Hi, all! Every now and again, I will post sketches I’ve done. Since they are my sketches and not my fine art pieces, they do not see a whole lot of light of day as they are holed up in a notebook, computer/laptop or flash drive. These are some examples of the bare bones of my art. Some are quick sketches, others look more complete. Please enjoy! Thanks!

Psycho Les Charcoal on paper. 2002.

Psycho Les
Charcoal on paper. 2002.

Really, this is not a sketch (since it is a finished piece), but it has a sketchy look. I like the hurried, frantic look of it. 

Remember The Beatnuts? Oldheads (like me…I am in my 30s) will remember. If you are a youngster who only listens to Bieber, Selena Gomez, Drake & so on, might not know The Beatnuts unless you appreciate any music done before 2005 or if you Google. The Beatnuts are a rap/hip hop duo from New York. They were quite big back in the day (1990s-2000s).

The two guys went by the names Psycho Les (Lester Fernandez) and JuJu (Jerry Tineo. Here is a quick drawing I did of Psycho Les. I was visiting family near Atlanta, during the Summer, when I did this. I was trying a new style technique that communicates nearly every detail into exaggerated line-work. Depending on how it is used, line can be very expressive and can communicate a lot of feeling.  

By the way, this post marks my 100th POST on WordPress (and that’s not counting my 16 published pages-pages are my minor publishings, here, while my posts are the main)! Cartwheels are in order!! But I will not attempt to really do cartwheels at home because I might break stuff. So, I will do cartwheels in my mind…  : )

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THE BONE’S OUT OF THE CLOSET: finished this drawing, finally!


Post about one of my most recent works, re-blogged! Click on “Read More” above to, well, read MORE!

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“O, Mortality Mine”. Graphite on paper. 2012-2013.

This work is about the mortality of human life. I completed it on Mar. 19 after stalling on it for so long. The skull obviously is symbolic of the mortality we now have (one day, a better time will come though…no more dying, no more pain). The feathers are fragile and soft; they contrast with the hardness of the skull. I used actual feather and my hand to model the feathers and the hand holding the skull. I also used a real skull…………..FAKED you so HARD! ————->#ObnoxiousAlert  No, I did not use a real skull. I am too paranoid & too much of a germ-a-phobe for that.

I will write an in-depth post on this drawing in another “Analyzing my Own Artworks (with Images)” piece, later. It will feature close-up/detail images. Meanwhile, please do enjoy viewing this and also you can search…

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ETCH ABOUT A SKETCH: my sketches 3


Hi, all! Every now and again, I will post sketches I’ve done. Since they are my sketches and not my fine art pieces, they do not see a whole lot of light of day as they are holed up in a notebook, computer/laptop or flash drive. These are some examples of the bare bones of my art. Some are quick sketches, others look more complete. Please enjoy! Thanks!

Drawing of Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas. Graphite, 2002.

Drawing of Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas. Graphite, 2002.

Technically, this is not a sketch, but a finished drawing. It has a “sketch-y” appearance, though. I didn’t write the date on the front like I do with my art, now. The date is on the back of the drawing. I do not have the drawing at desk with me right now to look at the date, but I think it was done in 2002 because I remember going to Atlanta, for the first time, to spend part of the Summer with my family the day after the funeral of my beloved Grandmother (my Mom’s Mother). 2002 was also the year prior to me graduating university with a BA in Studio Art, cum laude.

I was obsessed with The Black Eyed Peas (I have three of their albums) and obsessed with a linear (line) -heavy and an urban-heavy approach to art. I still am obsessed with urban- and graffiti-style art, but I am not obsessed with The Black Eyed Peas (BEP), anymore because they kind of went TOO mainstream for me. I still like them and realize they still are SUPER talented, but they used to be dope in a more gritty way. Their underground flavor & sound was dope in a more gritty way. Now I just feel like a dope if I listen to them. For my taste, they have not been as musically appealing since after their album “Monkey Business”. After that they went somewhere I did not want to go. Lol. Their albums “Behind the Front” and “Bridging the Gap” are under-rated genius and I think that is one of the reasons (the under-rated part) why they went mainstream, I guess, because musicians still have to pay the bills & also seek to reach for attention! They are super-talented, but their sound is not my style like it used to be. I will sooner listen to the “old” BEP and The Black Keys (I love rock, too) before I listen to new BEP. I think I just wrote a mini music review. I SERIOUSLY digressed!

Anyhow, I drew this in 2002 and I used graphite (pencil; in this case art pencils that come in different grades).  I forget which grade I used with this. It may have been regular HB. I had a thing for playing with line-work in various areas for an abstract, urban look. You may have noticed, from checking out my other art, that I like to add twists to my art. I do not often take a straight conventional or completely conventional approach. I get bored easily and I guess that reflects how I approach my art. I also drew will.i.am of BEP (part of the side of his face is at the right of this image), but it turned out ___________ (fill in the blank with the word that rhymes with “pity”). You get it. It was that bad. I actually cut the paper, cutting him out. Yep. I want to get back into this linear-heavy artwork. I like the look of art spasming out with a sense of control underneath the chaos…

I actually went to a BEP concert in Atlanta, I think it was during my visit (if not, then the next year in 2003, but most likely in 2002). Atlanta has these great FREE Summer concerts. That Summer I saw some lesser known, but awesome, musicians at a couple outdoor concerts. I saw RES (one of her songs is more familiar with people: “They-Say Vision”). The 2nd concert I attended that Summer was The Black Eyed Peas one. This was before Fergie when they had the other singer, Kim Hill ( I actually really liked Kim’s vocals, she was not at this concert, though, as she had left the band in 2000; Fergie joined in 2003). There were two acts before BEP came on stage: a lesser known rock group whose name I sadly forget (they were good) and the more well-known Papa Roach (the lead singer threw up on stage and said, “I think it was the chicken.”) Then BEP came out to perform and they were friggin’, well, DOPE! Awesome! I managed to shoot three photos:

apl.de.ap He's breakdancing here and this is when he had his locs! This dude is legally blind (I am, too, but his is more severe). He has definitely learned to deal with it because you cannot tell. Inspirational for people...

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He’s breakdancing here and this is when he had his locs! This dude is legally blind (I am, too, but his is more severe). He has definitely learned to deal with it because you cannot tell. Inspirational for people…

will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo.

will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo.

Taboo. When he used to wear those hot jumpsuits. Reminder: this was Summer time. But he was still awesome!

Taboo.
When he used to wear those hot jumpsuits. Reminder: this was Summer time. But he was still awesome!

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ETCH ABOUT A SKETCH: my sketches 2


Hi, all! Every now and again, I will post sketches I’ve done. Since they are my sketches and not my fine art pieces, they do not see a whole lot of light of day as they are holed up in a notebook, computer/laptop or flashdrive. These are some examples of the bare bones of my art. Some are quick sketches, others look more complete. Please enjoy! Thanks!

Unfinished drawing of toilet paper. Graphite on paper. 2011.

Unfinished drawing of toilet paper. Graphite on paper. 2011.

Technically, this is not a sketch, but an unfinished drawing  (technically it is a still life) instead. As you can see it is dated 2011. I never got back to it, but I still have it. I hope I can finish one day. This was me trying to stay fresh as far as rendering on-point line work, delicate details and textures, tones/tints; delicate shading. A study of an object and a self-test of my handling. An artist should always stay fresh in their skills.

Somebody may be looking at this & reading this while thinking: “It’s just toilet paper…so how come she can’t just finish?? That should be SO EASY!!” You would think so, but since I am not taking a simplified or minimalistic approach here, but instead I am going very detailed, then it has resulted in me seeing every subtle wrinkle in the tissue. Well, I don’t see EVERY (I am not God after all), but I do see many details. I have always been extremely detailed in my realism and naturalism (yes, they are two different styles of art) works. Because of this, my eyes can see the crisp wrinkles in the lighter parts to the smallest dents in the darker areas. And because of my penchant for near torturous detail, I take a while with my work (but I’m not as bad at timeliness as I used to be). Essentially, I have magnifying glasses for eyes. I love the beauty in details! My Mom has said: “You see EVERYthing!” So if I ever draw or paint a portrait of you, reader (I do produce many portraits), and if you have wrinkles and other areas that are not exactly smooth anymore, I will make my pencil tell the truth…….so be mindful. But since I am an artist, I can bulls*** and cover stuff up if you ask me to. Not being rude, just being honest! Artists are creatives & we can manipulate things!

Anyhow, I do hope to draw my way through all of the tiny spots of wrinkles, creases and dents in the  toilet paper to finally have a finished piece! Of course, since that particular piece of toilet paper in the drawing is long gone (from a bathroom visit-yeah, I am being gross on purpose by saying that-or from a cleaning up of oil paint, I will have to fashion the same positioning out of a new piece of paperMolding & arranging a shape out of thin, wispy toilet paper and then trying to draw it is not too easy. This is because  while near it, I have to try not to breath in & out a whole lot or make sudden movements, otherwise it will flutter this way and that. So I am essentially drawing it with a stifled respiration or calm breathing and restricted movement. Which kind of sucks. Because I kind of really like to breath and move around and all that. By the way, just to throw in some douchebag sarcasm here: be mindful that the toilet paper in the drawing was NOT used. It was clean and fresh like cotton. No worries about me being gross! I only use the CLEANEST, most pristine, most freshy-freshy toilet papers in my works, madams and gents.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and hopefuly I will one day be writing about the finished piece in one of my growing art analyses of completed works. Meanwhile, search in Categories drop down box for “Analyzing My Own Artworks (with Images)” category to find a plethora of my studies on my own completed artworks. Thank you! Now I am going to go to SLEEP for a few hours because I have literally been up all night (must be an artist thing) messing around and working on both my blogs (the other is at Tumblr) while eating cookies & listening to Daft Punk, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Chromatics, deadmau5, Talib Kweli, M83, Martina Topley-Bird, Kris Kross (nostalgia…RIP to Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly…he will be missed) and all manner of music. I am feeling temporarily unhealthy, slightly braindead and profoundly blitzed. ‘Til later!

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ETCH ABOUT A SKETCH: my sketches 1


Hi, all! Every now and again, I will post sketches I’ve done. Since they are my sketches and not my fine art pieces, they do not see a whole lot of light of day as they are holed up in a notebook, computer/laptop or flashdrive. These are some examples of the bare bones of my art. Some are quick sketches, others look more complete. Please enjoy! Thanks!

Sketch of woman with headscarf

Sketch of woman wearing a headscarf. Charcoal, 2001.

I was in my 3rd year of college when I sketched this. As you can tell from my writing, this was done with a charcoal pencil. I think the “24” I wrote at the bottom means the page number as I was numbering my sketch book pages. At the top, you can see writing about 2 projects: 1) finding images to do with clocks (we had to draw 5 fairly large pieces, each week, using key words/a theme in order to challenge our capacity to be creative and 2) I had to soon do a report on two draughtsmen/women. I obviously had a habit of scribbling stuff all around a sketch. That’s the artist way…

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THE BONE’S OUT OF THE CLOSET: finished this drawing, finally!


'O, Mortality Mine'.Graphite on paper. 2012-2013.

‘O, Mortality Mine’.
Graphite on paper. 2012-2013.

“O, Mortality Mine”. Graphite on paper. 2012-2013.

This work is about the mortality of human life. I completed it on Mar. 19 after stalling on it for so long. The skull obviously is symbolic of the mortality we now have (one day, a better time will come though…no more dying, no more pain). The feathers are fragile and soft; they contrast with the hardness of the skull. I used actual feather and my hand to model the feathers and the hand holding the skull. I also used a real skull…………..FAKED you so HARD! ————->#ObnoxiousAlert  No, I did not use a real skull. I am too paranoid & too much of a germ-a-phobe for that.

I will write an in-depth post on this drawing in another “Analyzing my Own Artworks (with Images)” piece, later. It will feature close-up/detail images. Meanwhile, please do enjoy viewing this and also you can search under the category: “Analyzing my Own Artworks (with Images)” to read others I have written on my art! THANKS!

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UPDATE: new drawing being done and old posts to do


Skull and feathers (this is not the title; title is pending). 2012- . Graphite on paper.

Skull and feathers (this is not the title; title is pending). Graphite on paper. 2012-incomplete.

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

Back posting, again! This is just a quick update. Hopefuly, I will do an in-depth post instead of just updates! I’ve been pretty busy, lately, so I do not frequent WordPress or Tumblr with art posts like I used to. I’ve been living, working, handling other important matters, planting flowers (recently got back to that), volunteering (getting back into that), church-ing (that is never a bad thing; helps me to connect to God, Jesus and to deal), eating, sleeping, reading, internet trolling, going out-ing (I made that term up) and also just plain lazing. Everything but drawing and now I feel guilty about that!

I’ve been busy working at my new job as an e-commerce lister (photographing and listing/describing items for an online store), but something crazy and unethical happened at work and so handling business with that has also been taking up some time. I won’t go into detail about what occured at my job, but let’s say the unethical also always reap what they sow…

I also am getting back to working on that drawing you see above; the creepy, macabre piece that might have you thinking to yourself: “Hmmmm….o-kaaaaay.” Nothing evil about it; I just have a fascination with the makings of the human body and with the sad, but yet interesting occurence called death. I also love to draw feathers (despite how much work is involved to try and semi-duplicate the minutest details…I don’t and will never have God’s magnificent and divine vision, of course, but for a human I can get pretty microscopic with how I see things…I am a detail freak). As an artist, many things can become a fascination to translate into a visual statement. Art is eclectic like that. So, I am trying to get back to drawing after a long break. Another project I want to work out are drawings illustrating classic fairy tales, but with a touch of naturalism (which is different from realism, in fact…think Andrew Wyeth-that’s naturalism) and a touch of abstract elements as far as composition.

And as far as the old posts alluded to in my title-I have soooo many posts and pages that are long overdue to add. Including a post about my solo art exhibit back in September! I have a bunch of photos to upload with that post and that is one reason I am bracing myself to finally do the story…alll those photos to upload! The thought just makes me, well, lazy. But I will get to it. Maybe this week. I also want to do more analyses posts on my art (type “analyses” as a tag search to pull up those posts), more interesting pages (like art student owl, art advice, aesthetics pages) and just more, more, more!

I will find the time to get to all of these things in between living. Trust me!  Please keep visiting my blog (even re-reading past posts & pages). Thank you!!   : )

DETAIL. Graphite on paper. 2012-incomplete .

DETAIL. Graphite on paper. 2012-incomplete .

I hope to finish this, soon. I am going to get back to it right after I submit this post, tonight! Just me, music and drawing…

UPDATE (Mar. 20, 2013): I have finished this drawing (completed yesterday) and I will post about 4 images of it on Mar. 22. Yay!! And Happy 1st day of Spring, by the way!! It even rained here in Florida; perfect Spring-y weather for the 1st day…

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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 11


“back off!: the arsenal of a woman’s heart”. Mixed media on paper. 2010-2012. (This is kind of blurry and soon I will replace it with a more clear, crisp image.)

Another in a series of analyses on my art. Kinda belated with this one. It took me a while to complete the drawing to begin with and, now also, to post this analysis, but here it is!

Feel free to comment with questions you may still have.

back off!: the arsenal of a woman’s heart

WHAT:  As you first viewed this piece, without reading the article yet, you probably thought to yourself: We have a psycho in the building!! Don’t worry, I am not psycho. A bit quirky and kinda strange (in a good, artistic and non-creeptastic way that is), yes, but not psycho. This is actually opposite of violent! The image reads violent, the message does not. But more on the meaning below in the “Why” section. For now directly what this is is a heart with a band-aid (I had fun modeling the band-aid using a REAL band-aid…details mean alot to me; I am a realism, naturalism freak…right down to the tiny little holes on the strip) with a radiating field of weaponry and a sort graffiti imagery in the background. I’m not a firearms fan and I haven’t played the game yet, but: This is an NRA-slash-Call of Duty Black Ops DREAM artwork!!

WHY: Why did I want to draw something that causes people to question my mental and emotional health and to scare some observers? Well, 1st of all, being an artist I do not care what people will think when they see it. If you care about scaring people, you will not produce half of things you would like to as an artist. Art is about expressing thoughts and feelings; making a statement (whether personal or societal). The most I’ll say is I try not to be disrespectful while still maintaining being an artist. This drawing is basically a visual and symbolic (not to be taken literally) representation of protection. I (along with countless women) have experienced a few crappy relationships with dudes. And I get that men have had bad experiences with women, but being a woman…I am coming from a female perspective. One very bad, disappointing experience some years back caused me to think about a couple other retarded experiences before that one and so those snowballed into this one piece of art. I have had a better relationship, but with this piece I wanted to focus on the dumpier ones because: a) crappy relationships result in more visually exciting results with artwork and b) I felt like visually venting. So, instead of moping over tirones (‘jerks’ in Spanish!), I put that energy into art. I am not into moping over ingrates. So now I have a cool, awesome-tastic piece of art with guns.

Which leads me to the other part of the ‘Why’. This is where I explain the symbolism. There are some bullets piercing the heart. They symbolize pain that managed to reach the heart. The heart itself represents feelings. The band-aid represents healing. God is the ultimate healer and family, friends also help that along. A woman goes through the motions for a little bit and eventually we’ve gotten over it. Then we’re continuing life’s journey with fun visits to the bar and the beach while the maniquí (‘dummy’ in Spanish!…trying to connect to my Latin side) is a distant memory! You even forget their birthdates-I did! That is the heart having healed. The guns, rifles and knives symbolize protection. If the heart is a battlefield (as some say), then the battlefield needs an arsenal. And so the weapons symbolize a woman putting a wall up against anymore male ridiculousness, untruths, weirdness and those corny lines about taking you out or about love (eyeroll). This work also shows if a man dare to come with that mess, he will get FUDGED UP (you know I don’t mean ‘fudge’, but I gotta keep it clean………..)! All in all, this was not a bitter moment for me to hash out, this was an opportunity to be creative and I had fun doing it. It is exciting & satisfying to see a piece of art go from your mind to reality on a piece of paper, canvas or other medium! And there you have the reason behind the title. And there you also have why this is the opposite of  violence. It is about self-protection. It is purely symbolism and not me wanting to actually shoot a guy. Although I have wanted to punch many a man in the baby-maker.

WHEN: This was begun in 2010. I took a looong break (I lost creative ideas for this for a while) and then, after one or two restarts, finally finished it this year.

HOW: (I wrote on alot of the process in these 2 posts—> ‘Back to Basics: drawing in progress 1’ and ‘Back to Basics: drawing in progress 2′). Charcoal is the main media in this piece. Except for drafting areas and detail (graphite and colored pencil), this is mostly charcoal. This was meant to be a bold piece and so I needed to use bold tones. Charcoal does that. It’s rich and, depending on how hard you go with it, it’s very dark. Menacing. I like menacing. First, I started with the heart and its arteries and veins and all that great detailed stuff, 1st. I isolated some details with color. Including the blood (Get this: my Mom saw the drawing and suggested I add MORE blood to help with the realism of a heart bleeding…wow, Mom! Yikes! Lol… She was right, though. I listened.). I modeled this heart  after the one I ripped out of an ex. Just kidding! Gosh! Some dark, macabre humor for ya, there… Anatomy is fascinating to me and the construction of the body and its organs is, too, and I loved having an excuse to draw the heart, again. As I said above, I modeled the band-aid from an actual one. Just that little detail was fun to render. The bullets and cache of weapons was next and since this was the bulk of the point I wanted to make, I got really into loading the plane (work surface) with a collection worthy of yeeeaaars of jail time. The tonal work and detailing took some time. I did not want any of it to look cheesy. They had to look as menacing and emphatic as possible! The knives were drawn from knives I had in my possession. …that-I-took-from-the-KITCHEN just in case you are thinking: She hoards knives in her room. See?? What’d I tell ya? I told you. Psycho. And the rifles, guns and bullets I modeled from other sources because I don’t possess not one single firearm, let alone a stash that would have me searched quicker than you can say Don’t drop the soap! The last portion of the piece was the background and I wanted it to be gritty, grimy and definitely no flowers or bunnies. I didn’t want a flat, completely black groun, either. That would be too boring and too lazy for such a work. The design of the background, somewhat reminiscent of graffiti, I feel, reflects a few of the shapes in the work and I also went for a somewhat comic-look by outlining some portions with bold contour (outside linework) lines.

Below are more images of this piece:

DETAIL. Upper portion.

DETAIL. Bottom portion.

I am glad that I could finally post this artwork. It took for-EEEEE-VAR. But I did it and I hope you enjoyed reading and learning about it!

Thanks for reading this post and please do view my other posts and also pages in this blog!

view more art at: http://paintingsilove.com/artist/caloniejohnson THANKS!