WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 16


Hey, everyone. I am hoping you are well, safe and enjoying some art or something cultural, lately. Right now as I type, it is April 5th, Wednesday (so when I actually PUBLISH this post it will be Thursday because I want to post it early, right now it is too late on Wednesday; I do not like posting too late). It’s been a while since I’ve done an artwork analysis. Right now it is also raining pretty heavily (and lightning!) which is nice because it seems to make things more relaxing & calm. Great way to get myself in the mood to work on a post! Also, as I type, have my Google Play set to the Santigold station; listening to eclectic stuff from Santigold, M.I.A., La Roux, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Little Dragon, Grimes, etc. I listen to all sorts of music across musical genres. Helps to feed my creativity! Currently, I am also working on a few new drawings (the progress of which was the subject of my last blog post). I was drawing before I stopped to write this post. I hope that you will enjoy the following artwork analysis! 

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“Escaparse (Escape)”, mixed media on paper, 2016.

WHAT: As you can see, this is a woman’s head floating in profile with feathers seemingly growing from her head & face. There are also colored abstract shapes radiating from the side of her face. What if you saw someone with feathers growing out of their head? Would that freak you out? Or would you be silently amazed and still slightly uncomfortable? The closest we can actually get to having feathers coming out of our heads is to wear them in our hair.  ………..I did that in college. Yep. I wanted to express myself and I wanted to connect to the indigenous (Native American) lineage I have, so I placed feathers in my hair. My beloved Grandmother (my Mom’s mother) talked some about her Native lineage. She has passed away, but to look at her you would think she was full-blooded Native American. She was part Afro-American and part Native American (maybe other types of lineage, too).  When I look back at my feathers in hair days, I think, “What was I even doing? Oh, well.”

WHY: This drawing visually expresses the need and want of freedom (hence the title of it; “escaparse” is Spanish for “escape”). The feathers represent the freedom birds have through their ability of flight. People love to be able to take flight and go places, even without the use of feathers/wings. I love to travel when I can. Near or far. I hope to travel more! Travel takes you out of your comfort place and expands your geographical and sensitivity walls. Travel gives you opportunity to see, hear, feel and just simply experience new things. Meet new people. Appreciate the blessing of people & the blessing of this world even more. So the “why” for this drawing comes from an internal love of travel and the desire to be kind of a wanderer. Priorities and money issues get in the way, so often people do not travel as often as they’d like to. If I could, I would be that constant traveler who is often away from home. I’d go with companions at first, but then after a while, I’d probably be that type to be brave and start doing it on my own around the world. I would also not mind being a travel photographer. So if there is anybody in the industry reading this: hire me, please! I take great photographs, too! I thank God for the places I have been able to go, however. Different states I’ve visited. Also during cruises with Princess and with Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, I’ve visited a few gorgeous islands (St. Lucia and Barbados are favorites) & also Mexico. I will always remember those times. I will also always remember that during my first cruise in 2009 (on the Ruby Princess), I was strolling happily around the ships levels and I stopped to listen to a lady playing the piano so beautifully. I got out my camera to record, though, because the bizarre thing is she was playing the theme from “Titanic”!! On a ship! I was like, “What?? No waaaay!” I wonder if she did that to be funny or if it was an irony she did not catch. Lol. It was creepily hilarious. I will ALSO never forget that when we returned from the cruise, a few hours later we went to see the world disaster film “2012” that just came out. To see a movie scene of a sinking ship RIGHT after ending a cruise trip is indeed many insane levels of ironic and highly unforgettable…………

WHEN: I produced this drawing last year! This is my shortest explanation in this post. Lol.

HOW: I produced this with a post-modern art frame of mind; utilizing realism blended with abstract elements. The material I used is paper, of course, worked over with graphite (pencil) for the laying out and the groundwork detailing, charcoal (black and white) and colored pencil. I do not often do a sketch (which I call the “bones” of a piece of art) first and then lay over that with the final workings, instead I most often just go straight into the fleshing out. I also used a real feather to model the grouping of feathers from. I love the beauty and technical, structural genius of feathers. As is said, God is the Original Artist. Indeed! I am fascinated by His works (which include our own bodies) everyday. Intelligent Design from Supremely Intelligent God. 

I hope you have enjoyed my post and there will certainly be more coming; I have ideas for so many! Util then, please visit often; even re-reading posts! Thank you!

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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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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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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 11


3 Paths. Oil on canvas. 2010.

3 Paths. Oil on canvas. 2010.

3 Paths II. Oil on canvas. 2012.

3 Paths II. Oil on canvas. 2012.

3 Paths III. Oil on canvas. 2012.

3 Paths III. Oil on canvas. 2012.

Another in a series of analyses on my art. This one’s late! I’ve done separate posts before on  two of the pieces individually (just click or search the tags ‘oil paint’ or ‘paintings’ and you will see all those posts). Most of the posts have just been to do with my progress, but not on all three together as completed works.

Feel free to comment with questions you may still have.

3 Paths, 3 Paths II and 3 Paths III

WHAT:  These works are oil on canvas pieces and are inspired by the fantastically bold art of Qin Feng. There are a couple links to his work below. They are conceptual (art whose ideas are more important than the traditional aesthetic & material concerns). They are non-objectional abstract (more on that in the next paragraph). All three pieces together form a triptych. Nah, I didn’t make that word up…it’s a real word! Triptych:  (pron.: /ˈtrɪptɪk/TRIP-tik; (from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχοs (“three-fold”), from tri-= “three” + ptysso= “to fold”) is a work of art (usually a panel painting) which is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works. The middle panel is typically the largest and it is flanked by two smaller related works, although there are triptychs of equal-sized panels. The form can also be used for pendant jewelry. – wikipedia

WHY: I wanted to step away from realism and naturalism for a while (realism and naturalism are two different styles of art, but with a similar focus-to capture what subjects really look like) and give a serious stab at what I before only dabbled with from time to time: complete abstract. Many people know that abstract is a very altered rendering of an object and abstract art can also be non-objective (just shapes, lines, form or shape othat are not of any object-people, things, places, etc.; my three pieces are examples of being non-objective and abstract). I highly admire Renaissance art as well. I wanted to try something less detailed and liberating as far as the process; something also, to be honest, that I could create quickly! My detailed artworks are like making a 10-course meal. And although the creation process involved much thought, these 3 paintings were like making a sandwich. So, a BIG difference as far as time. When I saw works by Qin Feng, all gorgeous and pow pow pow in your face, it got my mind going! POW! #ObnoxiousAlert

WHEN: I did these over a span of two years (after starting and stopping). The 1st one was done in 201o. II and III were done in 2012.

HOW: I will explain this pretty quickly so as to get to the point about 3 paintings. First, the ground is prepared. For each work, I wanted the ground colors to be visually appealing, but without being usual colors. The first has a deep red brick color, the 2nd has a loud yellow and the 3rd was to be a dark (with black) greenish color, but it appears mainly black.  The next step was to paint the wide strokes across each work. Expansively free lines was what I was going for. An Asian appearance (beauty of line, varied brush widths and directions and coloring to complement the each ground) was the aim as well. As far as the coloring of the strokes, I got stuck on the 2nd one. I didn’t know what color to use against the yellow ground. Then my roommate suggested that I create the pieces to all include the same colors so that they’d go together more. Great idea! It cut the indecisiveness. See? Besides wondering ‘what the heck is that?’ when they are looking at their artist roommate’s pieces, they can also give advice! My first piece was a BREEZE to do-inspiration was high. # II was indecisive-had to figure out the color scheme. # III was like the anti-art monsters just swallowed my brain and sucked out all of my creative thoughts! I even cursed that painting out…LITERALLY (you can read about it in this post: “FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING!: i cursed out my painting…badly” from October 2012). I changed it 50,000 times (well, almost), but it got done. Things worked out, though! I finished them all and, in fact, while I was painting the 3rd (hell-ish, lol) piece, someone wanted to buy all three paintings! Thank God! You can read about that, too (“UPDATE: wrapped up and sent off with a tear…i miss my paintings” from November 2012). The 3rd piece was mailed separately because one area would NOT dry. I think if a tornado blew over it, it wouldn’t’ve dried! I had to actually rub off some of the oil paint layers. It dried quickly after that. I coulda beat myself with a jumbo sable paintbrush for not getting that earlier. Meh…

I am glad that I could finally post this article. Talk about STALLIN’. But I did it and I hope you enjoyed reading and learning about these works! // SHAMELESS PLUG TIME!!: If you are interested in any works as far as questions and as far as purchases, email me: calonie.ct@gmail.com. Thanks!

View more art at: http://paintingsilove.com/artist/caloniejohnson THANKS! // UPDATE: I just completed a new piece, today. Back on my drawing game after taking a long break due to work, involvements and just plain hiatus. I will post it, soon. I want to next create more religious-based artworks (do not have enough of those and they’re important), Assassin’s Creed fan art (but something gritty and naturalistic…no corny stuff) and fairy tale-based art (but not sappy). I also want to work on a book of my art. A long thought of project that is overdue!

Qin Feng sites:

Official artist site- Click Here

Qin Feng on Artnet- Click Here

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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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!

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 5 (a second look)


  • NOTE: When I was going through my posts, I saw that I had already done an art analysis on this piece!! Go see “Artwork Analyses 5”...that one! Being somewhat of a perfectionist, I became somewhat perturbed and annoyed. Silently so. My roommate even noticed a change in my temperament from cheerful to meh. But then I got over it because stuff like blogging mistakes are not the end of the world or the worst thing in the world. I next figured out what to do & have decided to make this a two-part study (hence me titling this one ‘a second look’. I could have kept it as “Artwork Analyses 10”, but I want #10 to be a completely new work. I have a thing for order, sue me! So , anyway, this is basically the SAME work with a fresh perspective. End of note!

 

Another in a series of analyses on my art. This one’s an abstract one! I am mainly a realism and naturalism artist, but abstract art is growing on me. In my head, Picasso and Mondrian are becoming friends with daVinci and Ingres (two of my big BIG art idols)! Man, imagine if they were really friends? Those would be some awesome chill sessions.

Feel free to comment with questions you may still have.

3 Paths, Oil paint on canvas, 2010.

3 Paths

What:  This is an example of my accumulating interest in abstract art. There are many ways to approach abstract art. It can be blocks. It can be splatters (technically called action art), it can be minimalist strokes… Abstract art is freeing and I guess you could say the liberal side of art. Yet it still adheres to the elements and principles used in every other visual art style. What else this is is also my mind going off on a whimsical tangent; creating while thinking, but not thinking too hard…like The Kardashians. Whoa. Let me take that back. I thought more than that while painting this. I don’t let my brain slip that much! Theirs is a whole other level of cerebral decay…

The other What is within the title itself. 3 Paths. It has to do with the configuration of the strokes. It is not the letter A, by the way!!

Why: I created this painting because I am becoming more appreciative of the simple and yet, complex, beauty and pleasant oddity of abstract art. I wanted to break away from being so detailed and careful with my technique and skills. There are, as I said, so many ways to approach an abstract idea. It is very exciting to work out and watch it form. It can be very unnerving, too, because there are less restrictions it can be easy to slip up and not get the result you want…because despite how free-ing or simplistic (at times) it is, even abstract art is being worked out to result in an appearance pleasing to the artist. Another Why is a need to expand techniques, styles and to progress is something that is natural for most artists to want to do.

Another Why is that I was inspired by the artist Qin Feng, a Chinese-born artist. I was trolling the ‘net (I am a website freak…I have bookmarked tons of sites from art to food to humor to history and more) and came across this wonderful, sublime artist and his dynamic art. His form of abstract really appeals to me for this reason: it is abstract with a mix of classic and bold. The lovely lines of his work are reminiscent of the care daVinci or Ingres put into the contours of their subjects. Just powerful stuff! It really speaks! To me, he is like a graffiti artist eating caviarthat bold and sophisticated at once! There are links at the end of this post about this artist and his work.

When: I painted this two years ago. I wanted this to be part of a triptych (triptychs are basically a series of 3 works alongside each other working or relating as one artwork; there are also diptychs-2 works in a series-wonder if there are quadtychs or cinctychs…okay, I’m being ridiculous now!),but I stalled. But this month I am picking the idea up, again, and have been working on my 2nd painting in the series. You can see it in my post: “HMMMM…WHAT WILL THIS BE 2: after a faulty start, i have figured it out”

How: Did this with broad and repeated strokes of oil paint, going wayward here and there, for a lose and at once boldly defined effect! My, what a way with words. I feel like I’m writing a novel!  I also did this with a hand more accustomed to realism and naturalism, accustomed to controlled and careful and very detailed work and not abstract. I’m more Renaissance than Rauschenberg. I’ve done abstract before; simplification before, but only within classroom situations in high school and college. I knew abstract is an art style and respected the artists (old and new) of the movement, but I did not have the appreciation that I had for realists, naturalists; old and new. But I am growing in that appreciation, so I guess I also created this piece-not only with oil paint and brushes-but also with an open mind and appreciation for the dynamics of abstract art.

Final note: When I was finished with the piece, I was actually sad that I was done because it was so much fun to do! It turned out nicely, to me. What do you think? All black solid paths and wisps against a bed of deep crimson. To me, this painting ended up having a decidedly Asian look to it, which is great as I love Asian art and influences. Makes me think of the long, deep black wispy hair that those scary ghosts have in movies like The Grudge. Except my painting is much less frightening, doesn’t make those creepy throat sounds and won’t have me running out of my house!

Thanks for reading this post and please do view my other posts and also pages in this blog! My next post will be the 11th art analysis and it is a long time coming and will be on a piece of art that was featured in these posts: “BACK TO BASICS: drawing in progress 2” and “BACK TO BASICS: drawing in progress 1”. I finally finished the piece a few months back. Below is a detail of the artwork (I will post full image and more in the next art analysis!!):

DETAIL. This is a sneak peek of Art Analysis 11!

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Definition of abstract art: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_art

Qin Feng (artist that I am a new fan of!): http://qinfeng-art.com/ and http://www.artnet.com/artists/qin%20feng/

A MULTI-TASKING GALLERY: a day at City Art Gallery


When I lived in South Carolina (I moved to FL, this month!), I made an effort to visit this very chill and awesome gallery in Columbia, SC. I call this a multi-tasking gallery because it is 3 things rolled into one: exhibit/gallery space, a place to buy art and a place to buy art supplies. There are even 3 levels: the basement has a MEGA shipload full of art supplies, 1st floor is an exhibit area featuring  current shows and the 2nd floor is an exhibit area for local artists. Classes and discussions/events on art also take place, here. It’s a vibrant scene. Stopping here is always a treat and I hope I can visit again! Here, I have some highlights of my last visit which took place in April.

(Note: The smaller photos were taken with my cell-yes, I doubled up using that & my digital camera-hence their much lighter coloring-I did not adjust the settings, 1st.  Also, I like to credit artworks by other artists, but the labels I photographed featuring the artists’ names turned out blurry…so I hope I don’t get in trouble!!)

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC (this photo is from kathycaseyart.net)

  • This is the front of the building, but the way into the lot makes it look like it is the side. and it is in the same area as restaurants, other art venues and interesting little shops. On this visit, I forgot that there is free parking in their lot and, instead, parked in an area you gotta pay to park. Once I had my duh moment, I re-parked in this lot. Saved me some quarters because I stayed longer!

This is the 1st floor of the gallery. There is a wide space for exhibit space and classes, discussions.

  • As the caption states, this is one view of the 2nd floor. It’s a gorgeous scene and I love the strings of lights, classy piano, gritty brick walls and the natural wood floor and other wood touches. It is about as artful as the actual works featured. This particular floor houses current exhibitons. the exhibit that was up during this period included neat, quirky photography. I strolled around them for quite a while!

Another view. I want a piano! (As mentioned above, this and some others were taken with my mobile, hence the size.)

  • I wonder if I would have played the piano would I have gotten kicked out?……………………………?

A series of photographs depicting night scenes! Makes me want to go out! Lights! Bars! Night time! *sigh*

  • I love the vast perspective in these images and the coloring.

Really?? This was too fun! Photography depicting people sleeping in various places and spaces.

Feel sleepy looking at these people sleeping, aren’t ya?

A triptych of a skyscape. I stared at this for quite some time…

This is really neat, the freeing imagery and the arrange,ment work well together.

This is another room off the 2nd floor space. I felt this was a ragingly perfect photo opp! Reminds me off the Three Graces…

Neat!

Made it to the 2nd floor gallery space which featuresmany local artists. This series of lowcountry scenes are peaceful and light!

A piece by famed artist & SC native Tarleton Blackwell depicts Uncle Sam in the midst of social concern. Read more about Blackwell in the link at the end of this post!

  • When I was in college, Tarleton Blackwell was one of the names our professors mentioned and I took my 1st trip to City Art with my a college art class. I fell in love with the place that day and I saw Blackwell’s work for the first time that day, as well. His work speaks very much on society, racism and politics. His work goads you into thinking and introspection…and into remembering reality.

I really took to the bold industrial paintings of this artist, Joseph Byrne. The details and colors are vivid! Read more about Byrne in the link at the end of this post!

Another dynamic piece by Byrne…

A cavalcade of very unique works by different artists…

  • I trolled this section for quite a long time taking in so much and taking alot of photos!!

 

Like the Great Wall of Charcoal Stuff! *drooooooool*

  • I made it to the basement. I intentionally saved that for last! City Art has more art supply goodies than you can throw a brick at!….I know, that makes no sense. I didn’t know what else to say!! When I was here on that visit, I bought a drawing pad, a compressed sanguine (reddish clay color) charcoal stick, a black charcoal stick and a couple other things. But I think HALF that store would be dry if I coulda gotten all the things I REALLY wanted! But I was glad for what I did get because I needed them!

Paintbrushes and other painting supplies. What I would like to do is position my arm on every shelf in this ENTIRE basement and run my arm down them, knocking every supply in sight down in one fell sweep…right into a HUGE bag. That is what I would like to do.

Canvas. *weep*

And that is IT!! I had a lovely visit and soaked it all into my mind, but I’m glad the post is done. PHEW!! I had to deal with some glitches, but it’s completed. I really hope you enjoyed reading and viewing the photos and there are links below for more info on City Art, Tarleton Blackwell and Joe Byrne!

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 8


"don't even ask..." 2011Digital photography and graphic art

“don’t even ask…”
Digital photography and graphic art. 2011.

"don't even ask...II" 2011Digital photography and graphic art

“don’t even ask…II”
Digital photography and graphic art. 2011.

Another in a series of analyses on my art. This one’s OVERDUE!!: This is my FIRST REAL post since LAST YEAR (The update posts about my smashed laptop screen and other weirdness do not really count as posts…not to me, anyhow)!! Still waiting on that laptop screen replacement, but 3 weeks should finally do it. Thanks to my precious readers & new readers for still reading my blog and being patient for another post!!  : )

UPDATE: I have been asked (by a fellow art student alumnus) to have a solo art exhibit at her parents’ art studio/gallery. Her parents are artists as well. I will have it this Fall! Yippee (Don’t know who says “yippee” anymore, but it is fun all the same)! Also, I have work to do on two logos for a friend’s non-profit. I’ve done a logo for her before & so this project should tie in well with the 1st logo. Thanking God for all the blessings! (I used alot of exclamation marks, huh?)

Feel free to comment with questions you may still have.

DON’T EVEN ASK… & DON’T EVEN ASK…II

What:  Exaaaactly what the titles state (yes, those ARE the titles and not me being a HUGE MEGA douchebag): don’t even ask! Well, you can if you want to (in person or in the comment box), but I would not know what to say because WHAT these pieces are is actually me throwing ideas out of  my brainbox just for the sake of  ideas and visual satisfaction. They are an amalgamation (BIG word usage alert) of more than one object magically joined with Adobe love. Digital marraige. Wow. They are actually architectural structures, but just to be an artsy jerk, I won’t divulge what those structures are. You gotta guess!! Haha! Man. That did sound pretty jerky……..

Why: The new crop of extremely post-post modern art (I wonder how many posts art can have…a great mystery) is a pretty big influence on me, right now. I am in awe of the lengths these artists’ minds go to create beautiful and profoundly imaginative, conceptualized art that make viewers go: “WOW, art is AWESOME!” and that make the artist him/herself go: “What the hell did I just do?…but it’s cool, though.” I also LOVED the architectural structures that I came across on a trip to Florida (adore going there) and went photo crazy! Remember…usually only artists are mentally/emotionally enamored of things like architectural details to the point of  fainting  when we see the potential in it for a drawing, painting or photograph… It’s like a cornucopia of creative possibilities!! So that is the why: The new wave of art, beautiful architecture and the irresistable opportunity to transform those ideas in Photoshop. HEAVEN!!

The other why has to do with me doing two. Simply, I wanted to try two different approaches visually. And you know…it would be cool if put side by side, they would form a diptych (“a work made up of two matching parts”-http://merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diptych). I would display them side by side in my exhibit! The main why would be trying things and progression. It’s important for artists to grow in their artistic experimentation. OR YOU WILL BE LIKE STALE BREAD. Yuck.

When: I produced these two pieces last year. I was Adobe crazy!  When I get my laptop back, I will be going at it, again. Don’t worry…I haven’t forgotten how to draw or paint!

How: The pieces were generated with my imagination, first of all (thanks, brain!) and nextly with digital photography and Adobe. As stated above, they are titled don’t even ask… and don’t even ask…II (the ellipses, the dots, are intentional to indicate pondering; like this…  The works cause much ponderance. I like that word. For some reason, I feel British or like a person from the Victorian age. Anyway, waaay off topic……..). I really do hope viewers find something to like in both pieces! Whether it is the structures (which I still won’t reveal!), the coloring, the textures, the composition or the everything. In both of them, I wanted to mix it up as far as joining the parts; thereby resulting in a labyrinth (really goin’ all out on this wording) of overlapping and intersecting posts and beams and framework. Fun to look at, I feel! I personally favor the 2nd one with its sharp and gritty, raw black and white hitting against the saturated blues and black. The1st one I find a liking toward as well. The popping Pop art red contrasting so sharply with the blue is shocking! Which one do most visually catches YOUR eye? Or do they both? Feel free to comment on that, too!

Thanks for reading this post and please do view my other posts and also pages in this blog! I can’t really convey how glad I am to be posting again, except to say…I love to blog, it’s a gracious outlet and I am soooo glad to be back!! 

view more art HERE. THANKS!

BACK TO BASICS: drawing in progress 2


Remember this from an earlier post on the same drawing? This is how it started out...

Hello, blogreaders and -viewers! This is my first content-focused blog in a long while and I am soooo happy to be posting, again! As you can see from the photo above, this is about a piece I am currently working on. I haven’t decided on a title for the piece, yet, as I am trying to make sure I decide on one that is not BEYOND corny. I think artists (visual, theater, any type of artist) should avoid corny, trying to be hip titles like the Art Title Plague.

The above photo is actually what it DID look like before I progressed adding more detailing and tonal values. I began this drawing last November and got back into it this May. Now, this October, I am finally finishing. This is one of those working-out-the-vision-in-your-head-and-that-is-why-it’s-taking-so-long-to-complete artworks!

This is not an artwork conveying violence, but rather the opposite: protecting the human heart. If you read my earlier post (“Back to Basics: drawing in progress 1”), you can read more what I mean.

Finally finished the detailing & tonal values for the weapons and started the background work.

By now, in the photo above (and this month), I have worked out the weaponry details (making sure the look of matte and gleaming metals is believable), but the heart is just linear (lines) work. I have the blood vessels and aorta & so forth…even a band-aid to cover up a wound. I modeled that off an actual band-aid. Imagine if actual cardiovascular problems could be healed with the help of a band-aid instead of surgery requiring the chest to be opened up like a stuffed chicken? Oh, well. Some things can ONLY exist in ArtVille!

Also in this stage, I have started on the dreaded background. I say dreaded because, just like deciding on a title, deciding on a background to play along with the subjective or foreground work is tricky. Unless it suits the work, if it is overplayed, it could really make the work look overdone, over-sentimental, over-EVERYTHING! Just a BIG, FUGLY mess. And unless it suits the work, if it is underplayed, it can look super boring. Art is about balance &  harmony in many areas of a work. Even more free art that doesn’t appear to have involved alot of work or thinking behind it or just looks thrown together…even THAT art has balance & harmony in it in some way.

I have progressed, here. Fiiinally!

In the photo above, this next stage, I have gotten further with the background design. I, as you can tell, am utilizing some graphite (pencil in the layout and detailing), but mainly charcoal. I love its deep, bold blackness/darkness. It really pops! Though this work is not violent in meaning, I do enjoy the menacing effect charcoal gives and lends along with the weaponry. I am not too much of a flowers, puppies playing in a grassy field artwork type girl (though there is nothing wrong with that…and I do draw & paint sweet things on ocassion). I like in your face-type stuff. Emphatic. With or without weapons.

The loop that morphs out of the black-I wanted some organic shapes, lines to work with the forms (shape and form are different, form has mass) of the weaponry, instead of just a black & flat ground. As you can see, there is a spraypaint or aerosol effect edging the black background. I figured out a way (by chance, accidentally!) to make charcoal residue imitate spray. It was a BEAUTIFUL moment of discovery…*I swoon*

This is what happens when you fool with charcoal. It is gorgeous, but messy as HELL!!!!

Okay. Art is messy (refer: photo above). Never mind those movies that sometimes show a scene with an artist painting or drawing looking all clean and perky. BULLshkit (that is fake cursing, by the way…but I use REAL cursing when I am not getting an artistic result I want, mind you)!! Like I said, I scoff  like an elitist at those unrealistic, clean & perky artist movie scenes.

Perkiness is not a constant. Artists (me, included) have been known to stay up until 4am (or no sleep at all) knowing they need/want sleep, but fixated on achieving something with their piece before they are satisfied enough to quit. Eyes so doused with exhaustion, they feel as if they will slip out of their sockets and rest on your paint-staind cheeks. Or, for graphic work/web work, the eyes are straight MAGNETIZED to the screen. Worn out & LCD-screened to death. I once spent the night in my art department trying to make the grade in print class. I finished my prints & slept on the freakin table. As far as messiness: Oil paint is messy as hell. It’s OY-YUL…OIL-BASED! And if you don’t wash that stuff outta your jeans or whatever with a quickness…that’s your a**. It’s not coming out. And as far as cleaning brushes and skin? You gotta use soap or orange stuff or turpentine up the wahzoo to get clean! So, I come to MY POINT: the photo above shows a charcoal mess all over my hands. Thanks to trying to achieve that dark, menacing, brooding background. I even had the stuff all over my face (thanks to rubbing my face) and arms.

I was gloriously dirtied the hell up. I made Pig Pen jealous. He told me so.

My drawing is nearly finished!! Taking me long enough...

And now we have come to THIS (photo above)!! Charcoal pencils, sticks all askew and strewn. The heart a minimalistic, simplistic presence with its band-aid (my mother once suggested I add more blood for a  a more realistic look, though I was going for a more symbolist look…but I may). The knives, guns & rifles in menacing array, radiating about the heart…protecting it from hurts. The background JUST the way I want it. Not overdone or underdone. Just right to me. A visual cornucopia of objects, details, values and textures. JUST how I like to create my art. Variety and a study in…things. I just have to finish a couple of bullets, but it is basically complete-bullets being such a small task.

I don’t know if anybody, say if I made some reproductions, would buy this piece. I think some would, actually.  It’s a pretty cool piece, I admit. However, it takes an eclectic mind to buy some types of art. The right places and the right people. If they do buy, it’s maybe the very artistically adventurous. People who are weary of safe (though lovely) work involving children playing in a field or flowers hanging from their walls. Someone who doesn’t mind some menacing messiness.

View more art at: http://paintingsilove.com/artist/caloniejohnson

And for a view of some nice, wild abstract art, visit: http://andrelevine.wordpress.com/ !