Time to Create Another Commissioned Piece: Google+ post


Just a quick update on a new work I’ve been commissioned to do. I’ve been gone from WordPress for awhile. Have been busy and also dealing with a profound tragedy involving a loved one (which I may explain more about soon when my emotions can deal with sharing here). I am grateful to God for making it through another year (I also had a birthday this month, too). It was a rough year at times, but there were positive moments, too. I hope everyone is well and that everyone will have a wonderful, joyful Christmas (Jesus is the reason always) and a happy, safe New Year. 

Click here to read my Google+ post: https://plus.google.com/108080298492543433374/posts/VBX2mMf1FLv

Below is a cool, clever drawing I found online. Thought it appropriate to illustrate this short post.

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I’M STILL AROUND: the absent artist


I miss you, WordPress. I am coming back for you.... *weep* *weep*

I miss you, WordPress and Tumblr, too. I am coming back for you….
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Hello, my precious blog readers!

I am still alive.

Lol.

I have been gone from WordPress for quite a while due to a variety of circumstances. I haven’t even been blogging on Tumblr, either. Some of the reasons are good, some bad. Some solvable, some difficult. In the meantime, I hope you have been still reading the variety of posts and pages I have here. Like any reading material, blogs can be visited over and over even if the author is not currently active or adding new material. Apparently, people have still been visiting my page because I now have 66 Followers and I am grateful for that! Thank you to all my Followers and to all my visitors!!

Right now, I am having laptop issues, again. I believe the motherboard might have fritzed on me, again. The death of a computer or, at least, a comatose computer, can turn upside-down the world of someone who spends a great deal of time on a computer! Seriously! Yes, life still goes on, but the computer part of my life has been stunted. I have been using my cell phone for a variety of things, but I cannot much use it for blogging (the platform my phone uses will allow me to blog, but I can’t include images with posts and if I dare use my cell to edit existing posts that have images, the images weirdly disappear). I hope to get my laptop fixed, soon (for one thing, a really good friend of mine gifted me with a drawing tablet, thank God!!…so that baby needs to be put to use; right now it is lingering in my room in its box fresh and unspoiled) and I also need to save up for a new one laptop (I love HP; I might try a Mac-the brand that apparently every artist in the world should have). If my laptop was a living object, though, it would be saying to itself, “I like her, but she uses me to within an inch of my tech life! I am glad I do not work right now! I hope she takes a VERY LOOOONG time to fix me because I am on DV Time, right now!!”

DV Time is ‘Device Vacation Time’.

But while I have been on blogging hiatus, I have been working on art here and there, though I shame myself for slowing down on it so much. Aaargh! I need to get back to creating art. I am MAD at myself. While away from blogging, I have also been going to church (I sing on the choir as well), working, spending time with people I am close to, spending time outside enjoying nature (which I might have to withdraw from some, since Fall is already putting a chilly smack-down on us), playing video games (yes, I am a gamer girl and yes……I do rage quit, but without breaking stuff) & various other things. There is also a holiday-themed alumni art exhibit coming up at my alma mater, Claflin University. So, I am now putting myself on a mandatory mission to create 2-3 new works. I have to turn in my works for the show by Nov. 20th, which is not very far off, so I better get to drawing at psycho levels.

Well, I do hope everyone has been well and I do hope that I will be back to blogging regularly, soon! Until then, I am going to re-blog some previous posts and also please feel free to read my blog through and through! THANKS!!

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UPDATE: where’s waldo…i mean, calonie?


"don't even ask...II" Graphic art. 2010. One of my favorite graphic works. It was featured on RAWZ (a sit of abduzeedo.com). Here is the link to that feature:

“don’t even ask…II”
Graphic art. 2011.
Yes, “don’t even ask…II” is the title. This is the second of a diptych (two-part piece) I created. I posted about both pieces HERE. One of my favorite graphic works. It was featured on RAWZ (a sit of abduzeedo.com). Here is the link to that feature: RAWZ. And here is my post about the feature: HERE.

Hello, my wonderful and precious blog readers/viewers! How are you?

As for how I am, I am like a phantom! Popping up out of nowhere on my blogs (my other blog is at –> Tumblr). I guess it seemed as though I quit blogging (NOPE) or that I died (NOPE, THANK GOD!)… I am still very much into blogging and very much alive (not to make fun of death, but really…people wonder about that if someone has been away from their page/site/wall, etc. for a long time!!).  I had stopped posting for a time because I just ran into some issues while living in Florida (loooooooooooong story), then moved back to South Carolina (I always tell people I am moving down the line: Connecticut, SC, FL…I guess Caribbean is next), then extended my blogging hiatus while sorting some things out back in SC. I had not even drawn or painted in a while (but I was still photographing). Just two months ago, I returned to getting back into my art-creating. I feel better about that. When artists get lazy, we run emotional guilt-trips on ourselves.

In a few hours, I hope to publish my first REAL post (maybe I will also even do a page) since, like, November! WOW. I’ve only been re-blogging older posts and posting updates.  I owe so many posts because I have some new stuff to show and some new thoughts to share!

Thank you for reading my blog while I was away, thank you for favoriting and Liking my posts while I was away and thanks to my Followers for putting up with my in and out-ness! I have 64 Followers as of now and I appreciate your support. For those I have not followed back, yet, I will check out your blogs and commence to getting back to Following people.

Okay, now you know I have not quit blogging and that I am thankfully still alive (although if I had passed away, I would probably be making a lot more money for my art…hey, nobody ever said being an artist is ordinary and making buttloads of money off your art when you are dead is definitely not ordinary).

Posting soon!!  : )

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UPDATE: new post tomorrow about my solo exhibit


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Image from bobvila.com

 

Hello, everyone! I really hope each of you are well and enjoying your day or night!

Just dropping a quick line that tomorrow, I will be publishing a post about my solo exhibit. It is a post that is overdue! I was supposed to publish it, today, but it is taking longer than expected to finish it up. I have the body of the text done, but the images are taking a while because I have to load quite a bit.

I am actually using Windows Live Writer which actually saves some time & work (preparing a post is easier with Live Writer as far as uploading images goes and is convenient to send a post straight from your laptop to WordPress in order to publish). Images-wise, instead of working directly in WordPress which involves 1) uploading images to the Media center and 2) THEN loading those images to the actual post, working in Live Writer from my laptop involves one step: images are loaded directly from your files or the web and into the post; it is one step less than WordPress. I still love WordPress, of course, and still work directly from it, but I just love using my Live Writer to transfer posts directly to WordPress when I have finished a post & then when it’s been sent to WordPress I just add captions. I use Live Writer when a post includes a lot of images or for a quick post, sometimes (this post was done in Live Writer). If any bloggers are reading, do you use Windows Live Writer & do you find it to be helpful?

Well, look out for my new post about my exhibit, tomorrow!! In the meantime, feel free to explore my blog! Thanks!

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CORRECTION: Moore, Oklahoma death toll


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Hello, readers.

Yesterday, I posted an article of encouragement and various ways to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma. You can read it here: CLICK.

The issue at hand in this Correction post is that, in the post, I mistakenly listed the death toll as being 91. I, of course, was way off. My apologies for this error. I was looking for the correct number in my online research. Some sorces said 24 (that is what I was going to post), other sources said 51 and even 91. I figured 91 was correct because it seemed, then, that the death toll had risen. But that is so far from the actual count. Any death toll, even 1 person, is a sad number so 24 is still just as heart-wrenching as 91. I have corrected that count in my post from yesterday.

That being said, 24 people (10 of them were children) are deceased. That number is as of the most recent count. Prayerfuly that number will not rise. The bodies have gone on, but we all have a spirit. Spirits do not die.

Families remember Oklahoma tornado victims; incl. a list of the victims: CLICK

  • It will obviously take people time and a lot of patience to get through this aftermath, but there is light at the end of any tunnel. Here are two awesome articles of this truth:

A child is born in the midst of a hospital falling apart: CLICK

A family’s positivity despite the tornado: CLICK

Final Note:

I always feel it is important to talk of God and positives in times like this to hopefuly help people gain a calming perspective. This perspective isn’t just mine, it’s truth. Thank God for resilience. Nobody is going to forget what happened and it will obviously take time to pick up the pieces and gain some semblance of normalcy back, but being negative and sad constantly will do nothing but crumble you and you end up defeating yourself. God didn’t cause this. It’s a natural disaster in an obviously chaotic world, but God uses this situation to strengthen people and concrete their resolve. The people of Oklahoma are so very strong. These people are so very strong to smile and work through this as best they can. Happiness never goes out of style and the tornado did not take that. I hope those effected all the best! Amen!

UPDATE: the extracurricular life


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

This month, so far, has been one of those months where it is kind of hard to squeeze in blogging thanks to doing other things (extracurricular stuff…apart from my blogging here!) and just being kinda tired and blogging requires MUCH in the way of staying awake. Bloggers are firstly human. But there are still so many things I know I need to be blogging about, so much so that I keep a list on laptop to order what blogs need to be done and when. I am kind of taking a break right now, but every now and again I will post something that does not require a lot of writing and some art polls, but will still keep you entertained and informed. The informed part has been catching, lately, as I have been getting responses from people letting me know my article helped them and that is AWESOME! I like being helpful! Here are the two I’m referring to: HERE and  HERE.

As I have said, I have been doing somewhat extracurricular things away from my blogging. I’ve been tired, generally (not sure if that is so much an extracurricular, but since it is not blogging then maybe), I have started co-blogging creative posts (do not worry, I like doing that as well, but I am NOT leaving my blogs), I have been getting involved in community, I have a friend whom is having a baby boy today (!); I cannot wait to see him! A life entering the world. Wow…another grand example of God in action! I have gotten my sorely missed HP laptop back in commission and in fact I am typing this post on it! It is the 1st post/page I have typed on it since June 2011! I’d been borrowing a very helpful friend’s nice computers (he has 2) since then up until now. You can read about what happened to mine & updates from last couple weeks HERE. I brought it home yesterday and was SO happy (I think I thanked God and the repair guys a BUNCH of times)!! I mean I spent a nice fat dime on this laptop and it is an awesome device; plus I do my graphic work on it and store art and other stuff on it, so I need it!! I had to hack into my own laptop to reset my password; however, because I could NOT remember my password! 6 hours later (about 4am or so), I finally found free (yes, free!) reset software that was not so limited as the other ones I tried and had no success with (free stuff like that are often understandably limited in what they will help you accomplish; you have to buy full software). I had to rearrange my system’s boot order (be very mindful & read any directions before screwing around in your BIOS menu, your boot order and such, you could really mess something up and have MORE problems; if you rearrange it, remember its original order and after fixing issue make sure to arrange it as it was originally) and then I reset my password. Ta-da! I put in new password and my desktop came up upon my newly replaced glossy screen….it was euphoria……………………………… Well, enough of that. I will return to blogging more relevant, art subjects soon. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I know this is an art blog, but sometimes things happen to make you step away from the purpose for a while. There are more pressing issues all over the USA and all over the world. Namely the Boston Marathon bombing that happened on April 15th and the fertilizer plant blast that happened in West, Texas on April 17th.

The bombing in Boston was caused by selfish cruelty; the mind of a weak person allowing evil to stir up the brain. And to add spite to injury, the fool set the bombs to go off at the end of a great, happy day. This person went against God’s Will for us to love each other. But evil did not win and is a big loser because the person or even persons who did this will reap sooner or later. God avenges the innocent. Evil failed because the spirits of those who perished live on. Evil failed because there are survivors and people rallied together to pray, assist, aid, support, comfort and love…acts of God. Acts of love and endurance. Boston is clearly strong! The explosion in Texas was one of those things that no one caused and no one saw coming. It is part of life in this chaotic world: things just happen, sadly so. People perished in this, too, but they are not really gone. Only the body. Please find comfort in this truth. God values life so much, that even our bodies contain a part that leaves the body to live on in a spiritual way. His grace sustained so many in this terrible event, too, and again people came together showing how we should treat each other in even good times.  Texas is known for hardy people, they will endure!

Love, faith and hope. Amen…

God made me and will can me

I will return to post art writings, soon! Please keep visiting my blog. Thank you and smile at somebody today, and any day for that matter. They may need it!   : )

NEW: WAYS TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED IN THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS: CLICK HERE and HERE

AND WAYS TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY THE TEXAS FERTILIZER PLANT EXPLOSION: CLICK HERE

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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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DISAPPEARING ACT: i haven’t left, just taking a break


I have done this before while creating art. I should try this during my art/blog hiatus. I’m STILL trying to beat the last colossus in Shadow of the Colossus. I HATE that guy!

Hi, blog world and blog readers! I hope everyone is enjoying their last 8-EIGHT-days of Summer! I know, right? Sad. Go ahead and cry, sniffle. I know I am. On the inside. I will miss you Summer!! Let’s all try to enjoy this one week and one day of bliss…

As for me, I am enjoying the Summer—> I live in a new state (I’m now a part of the multi-state club: born/raised in CT, lived in SC, moved to FL!), I am selling art, I have another art exhibit coming up (a joint exhibit with fellow art dept. alumni from my alma mater) and just finished my 1st solo exhibit last Saturday ( I will definitely post images of that!)

The art exhibit I just had is the main reason for my hiatus from blogging. I just simply need to take a break. It was alot to prepare for (and what made it more taxing was the fact I didn’t get paid until the DAY BEFORE the show, which I am not blaming anyone for, but I ended up crunching for time to buy stuff and prepare everything…so I was awake from 11am Friday morning until 12am Sunday morning, two hours after the exhibit ended…which means I was hitting zombie mode & about to eat people). Also, I’d been blogging so much for a while. I just need to chill for a bit.

Art supplies are EXPENSIVE (you can make the $$, but they are still expensive), which is why I had to wait until I had the dough to go nearly broke buying stuff to prepare my exhibit. I’m more shallow-pocketed, but it was worth it. And I have INCONCEIVABLE amounts of foam core left-over…

I will be back blogging, soon, because there are a PROFUSE amount of subjects I need to post on that are waiting for posting! And……I want to start another blog with WordPress. Something entirely different from art. Blogging is so much fun and so rewarding, satisfying in many ways! I love it! Until then, I hope that you will continue to read and re-visit posts and pages, here! Thank you!

Feel free to visit my art page: http://www.paintingsilove.com/artist/caloniejohnson

and tumblr: http://caloniedoesarttwo.tumblr.com   Thanks!

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