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.

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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

A TRULY MERRY CHRISTMAS: images of beautiful nativity art (ever-present hope in chaotic times)


The Angel. Mixed media on paper. 2008. One of my drawings, which I did for my home church.

The Angel. Mixed media on paper. 2008. One of my drawings, which I did for my home church.

The Mystical Nativity. Oil on canvas. By Sandro Boticelli. 1500.

The Mystical Nativity. Oil on canvas. By Sandro Boticelli. 1500.

Adoration of the Shepherds. By Agnolo Bronzino. 1535-1540.

Adoration of the Shepherds. By Agnolo Bronzino. 1535-1540.

Christmas!!

This post features Nativity Scene art (like the two that I posted above), whether from fine artists or craft artists. Nativity Scenes are some of the most popular and well known holiday art/pieces in existance. They visually tell of Christmas and of one’s faith/belief. Below, I have featured 12 gorgeous images. As far as I can tell from reading the Bible for years, the only people whom were present after the birth of Jesus were shepherds and then after they left to spread the word of his birth, 3 magi (0r wise men) came to honor and worship him. But many nativity scenes also feature a cavalcade of characters. They are always wonderful to look at and study with the interested eye…

In such times as these (violence all around the world and other devastations), we all need a powerful presence to watch over our obvious vulnerability. Just imagine how much more devastating life could be without God? Oh, He is here. When evil is defeated (from big to small circumstances), it is also called reaping what one sows; that means God does avenge the innocent. Jesus is our line to God. I guess I am being all religi-fied (I know, not a real word) and some reaing this may say why am I posting all of this. It’s because of how crazy the world is right now, that tends to make you draw closer to a Higher Power-God (I even read that many people in Newtown, CT became closer to God or renewed their faith in Him; they know He is the greatest source of comfort & love after such an evil event; an event that happened because evil took control of a weak guy’s mind). And some may say why am I being so biased here about One God. There is One God. And that is Jehovah. The cavalcade of god’s in this world is confusing and not truth. I may risk alienating some dear readers, but if you are going to stand for something, you may as well risk it all the way. Besides, people’s opinions cannot save my soul. People cannot even save themselves…

Some thoughts before the images: Many people (like me) consider this a time to celebrate, with respect & gratefulness, the birth of Jesus. None of us know exactly when the Savior was born, but we acknowledge him for his divine birth and his divinely purposeful presence. God, his Father, pre-destined where he when he would be born, where he would be born and to whom he would be born to. He pre-destined that Jesus, through his perfection, atone for our sins with his death (God pre-destined what Jesus was to do, but it is many-not all-Romans and Jews whom performed the actions that led to his death and that killed him; God did not kill his very own son). God loves us, His creations, so dearly that He gave His son, but He also loves His son so dearly that now Jesus lives forever, never to worry about pain or sorrow again. As long as we accept God Jesus and the Word, also admitting we are sinners, & we repent (ask forgivance & sincerely work on getting rid of sin), we also have a chance to live forever one day. God is giving humankind a chance to be saved, that is on reason why the ‘end’ has not come, yet (the Mayans seem to always be wrong &  just as wrong are the doomsday-sayers whom do things like flee to mountains or hole up in underground dwellings surrounded by a food supply that would make Wal-Mart and Costco jealous).

Christmas is also a time people come together to be with family and friends and to enjoy the light-hearted holiday spirit and get bellies the size of a small hut. Also, many others celebrate Christmas in the stores! I didn’t mind growing up not focusing on the gifts part because we got stuff year round, anyway. Learning & talking about Jesus during Christmas has always been a comfort to me & many. In fact, lastnight I attended a Christmas Eve service at church. Today, I’m visiting my Mom (but I prepared this writing yesterday and then easily posted it today, since I’ll be too busy today to write a holiday post). Another thing to note: Christmas is ‘Christ’ and ‘mass’ (from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass). But some people say/write the abbreviation Xmas (which would be explained as such: …The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as “Christ”. There is a common misconception that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the “Christ” out of “Christmas”.) So, in light of that, a non-believer saying Xmas to take ‘Christ’ out of Christmas is actually saying ‘Christ’, anyway!! A non-believer celebrating a religious-based holiday is self-defeatest of their unbelief. I wonder if they have ever thought on that? If you ae going to celebrate Christmas, may as well go all the way and consider that someone did die for you from deep love for you…MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

Okay, here are more images!:

Nativity Scene 1

Nativity Scene

Adoration of the Shepherds. Oil on wood. By Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.1534-1540.

Adoration of the Shepherds. Oil on wood. By Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.1534-1540.

Nativity Scene4

Nativity Scene 5_olive wood

Nativity Scene. Fresco. By Giotto Di Bondone. 1310.

Nativity Scene. Fresco. By Giotto Di Bondone. 1310.

Nativity Scene 7

A somewhat modern take on the Nativity scene.

A somewhat modern take on the Nativity scene.

Nativity at Night. Oil on oak. By Geertgen tot Sint Jans from a composition by Hugo van der Goes. 1490.

Nativity at Night. Oil on oak. By Geertgen tot Sint Jans from a composition by Hugo van der Goes. 1490.

nativity Scene. Pulpit relief from the Pisa Baptistry. By Nicola Pisano. 1260.

nativity Scene. Pulpit relief from the Pisa Baptistry. By Nicola Pisano. 1260.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS. JESUS IS THE REASON; HE LOVES US!!

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UPDATE: wrapped up and sent off with a tear…i miss my paintings


I would’ve wept and let tears drop (like in the movies) on this mailer, but I was in the post office. I would have looked weird. So I made a sad face over it, instead.

Weeeeeeeeeep!!!! I did it. It had to be done. *sniff*

I mailed two paintings to a buyer (or that other fancy word people who sell their wares like to use: patron) on November 2nd. These two paintings are featured in these posts on this blog: “WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 5″ and “HMMMM…WHAT WILL THIS BE? 2:  after a faulty start, i have figured it out”. As can be expected from an artist (because if you know the true artist personality, we tend to get attached), I miss them very much, but artists have to make that money, too, and so we have to teach ourselves to let go and keep creating. It is a hard lesson everytime. Well, almost everytime because sometimes we produce stuff that just plain sucks or pissed us off somehow. In cases like that, it is EASY to let a piece of art go because we DO NOT like it.

Below are two photos I shot of the artworks a few hours before I went to the post office:

3 Paths. Oil on canvas board. 2010.

3 Paths II. Oil on canvas board. 2012.

Before sending the paintings off, I did the following: took final photos (I have soooo many photos from other shoots, too) and final detail photos, wrote a letter (which incl. care advice and advice on framing and hanging the works) and I went to a copy place to make a few prints from the paintings. When selling original art always make sure to take photos & make prints of your work (for yourself, portfolio and marketing needs). Never sell an original piece without making sure to have visual evidence to keep.

So now my precious pieces are in the abode of another. *sigh* I hope that they will take great care of them, realizing that when you buy a piece of art you are literally buying a piece of that artist along with it. Art really is more than money. It’s soul & thoughts. But I already decided I am going to keep with this Qin Feng-inspired art and produce more. Produce more so that I will feel better again (!), so that I can see if I can push the envelope and produce even BETTER versions and because I just really love this style of abstract art. It’s like Mannerism in abstract form! Very expressive!

I have a third piece within this series (which makes this series a triptych-a series of 3 works that, well, go together…..a diptych would be 2 works that go together…..I wonder what a 7 series is; a septtych??). But there is one area on ‘3 Paths III’ that literally refuses to dry! And I did not even utilize medium (like linseed oil, for ex.) which prolongs drying time. So I am annoyed and mind-boggled. I wanted to mail them altogether, but I will have to mail this one later, after I figure out what to do with it….and after I quit glaring at it. I also talked more about this 3rd one in this post that you can find on my blog: “FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: i cursed out my painting…badly”. Serious. Read it.

Well, gonna sign off on this post, but I am going to do an analysis on the hows and whys of this series (all 3) in another one of my art analyses that I like to write.

I am going to go and take a walk because DAYTIME seems to be a cue card for NOISE for some people. My neighbors on one side are loud (mega bowling match goin’ on, apparently). And my neighbors on BOTH sides are SUPER jerks with a breakdancing (apparently) dog on one side and s***load of puppies on the other side. These dogs are straight buggin’! Connected walls……..the scourge of apartment living.

Have an awesome day and night, readers (I KNOW you will if you do not have dog-owning, bowling neighbors)!

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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/

HMMMM…WHAT WILL THIS BE? 2: after a faulty start, i have figured it out


In the post “HMMMM…WHAT WILL THIS BE?:  new art”, I posted the image below. I was trying to figure out what it should be. I thought I had it all figured out when I began drawing preliminary running figures (coincidentally while it is Olympics season, right now) and then started painting the figures. My plan was to finish painting the figures (3 in different running poses) and then paint in a cool graffiti effect on there. But as I was painting one figure, I messed up!! I ended up overpainting one leg and all of a sudden it looked ugly. And then that affected the entire work for me: it went from ugly to worse—>a plain ole a stupid idea. That is true artist fashion: you go from, “This looks great, I’m inspired to keep at it!” to, “This sucks. I hate it.” Inner artist rage musters. From motivated to demotivated with one mistake. Blah. So…

…I have replaced that with this (below)! Actually, I painted a whole new board yellow because I painted the one above a black-ish green. But then I missed the yellow and rather then wait for the black-ish green board to dry, I painted a new board yellow and have now come up with the image below. The solid grounds of the canvases inpired me to finish where I left off two years ago: completing a triptych (3 relating pieces working together as one) inspired by (not copied from, mind you) the abstract artist Qin Feng. So this is the 2nd piece. I am not too crazy about it, yet. What do YOU think? Feel free to post comments on your thoughts! I, personally,, think I need to refine it and make it more substantial. It seems too weak, somehow and not at all looking like it relates very much to the 1st one, which is much more bold. But as I said, it is the 2nd part in a 3 part series. That means the first one…

…looks like this (look below)! I ended up liking this 1st one more than I thought I would! I am more of a realism, naturalism, classcal ar, daVinci, Ingres type person, but I have been appreciating the simple and dynamic beauty of abstract art more and more, lately! I want the other two I produce to be worthy of being displayed alongside this piece. I will write a “WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis” on this piece within the next couple days. It’s only fitting, now!

3 Paths. Oil on canvas. 2010.

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 5


3 Paths. Oil. 2010.

Another in a series of analyses on my art.

Feel free to comment with questions you may still have.

3 Paths

WHAT: Looks like a cluster of well placed strokes done in a painting frenzy, huh? Or maybe some of you are thinking, “That is the COOLest letter “A” I have ever seen!” I’ll give it some more credit than that, though. Abstract art and simplified art are more complex than what I used to give it credit for. Me, of the devotion to realism, naturalism styles and Renaissance period. Even painting with the more freeing, loose style of the most simple (because there ARE, visually-speaking, more complicated examples of it out there) abstract art that consist of strokes, quick lines or big gong-size circles or squares on canvas…there still is a “method to the madness” (as my painting instructor, Dr. H. I’ll call him, used to say). Even when the work appears to be something that took as much mental effort as it takes to pick your nose, it is more complex than that! Much more. Even the most simple work came with a method and a lot of thinking. The title, “3 Paths”, refers to a visual secret in the paintng itself, a secret that is so obvious you can see it, really.

Here is a theoretical look at what abstract art is:

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Western art had been, from the Renaissance up to the middle of the 19th century, underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. The arts of cultures other than the European had become accessible and showed alternative ways of describing visual experience to the artist. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a new kind of art which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. The sources from which individual artists drew their theoretical arguments were diverse, and reflected the social and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of Western culture at that time.

Abstract art, nonfigurative art, nonobjective art, and nonrepresentational art are loosely related terms. They are similar, although perhaps not of identical meaning. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_art

WHY: I’d been on an art binge! I was drawing and Photoshoping and photographing all over the place…painting was next! I was on creative overdrive at the time…pencils, brushes, charcoals, paint, files flinging everywhere! Art glutton, outta control! It was goodtimes. That’s one reason why I created this piece; it was another creative outlet. Another reason was work I saw by an abstract artist named Qin Feng (check out a link to his site under “Artists” on the sidebar). WOW! I mean, this man is dynamic with the seemingly most serene techniques! If I was gonna get more into abstract art, this was the way to be inspired-visually aggressive, harmonious, beautiful art. Less time-consuming than subjective art, NON-subjective art is so freeing! Like wind in your brush! Kinda…

WHEN: This was done in 2010.

HOW: This was produced with blood (the red ground) and tar (the black strokes). …….. .. … …….I was waiting for you to believe that. You probably did, seeing as how I’m an artist and the fact that artists like to try all sorts of media for expression. So, noooo, it’s not blood and tar, its just simple old, expensive oil paint. Blood would freak people out & make me seem psychotic! Tar would be awesome……..I would try that. So, anyway, it’s OIL paint. I love oil paint. So rich and full of depth! Like 3D with a pigment, oil and a brush! As to how else this was done, I just let my hand go. Seriously! I wasn’t trying to think beyond what I wanted to convey & composition (placement). Beyond that, I did not think because thinking too much would have made it too studied and stiff. I just told my brain, “SHUT UP!” and let my hand have a mind of its own as my brain sulked in the corner.

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