Thursday, December 24, 2009

Time

I swear year after year it seems like the time just moves faster and faster. 
Could it be because I'm getting older? It's not because I'm having all this fun that's for sure.

I mean from week to week the days seem to run together. Me being a hairstylist my weekend begins when I get off on Saturday and I blink and it seems like Saturday again. I kinda feel like I'm in this weird trance and if I'm not careful I'm going to miss out.


You know the tricky thing about time is you can fool yourself into thinking you have more but in actuality its the one thing no amount of money can buy you more of. 
I even make these silly promises to myself that I'm going to do more the next weekend, of course the next weekend has come and gone. My last blog was all about an optimistic journey to a brand new day. I really want that to be the case. Really....


I feel optimistic yet anxious at the same time. I know that God willing one day I'll look up and my kids will be grown and I'll be older and more time will have came and gone. I just hope and pray I will have accomplished some things I had hope to accomplished.


The only problem is how do the successful people stay focused? I certainly have ADD or so it feels. lol I wanna lose weight, go out more, paint daily, network more, travel more, have a gallery showing, fall in love again, take my kids on a really nice vacation and just live out loud instead of from the side lines. 


Today I realized that tomorrow is Christmas and since funds have been very tight I kinda haven't been all that excited about it. I'm just being honest.....but what I have been looking forward too is the time off. Then there's the new year lol... as if miraculously all of my issues would disappear.


I'm looking forward to this change but scared that I won't follow through or be consistent. 


Agghhhhh crap to heck with all this mumbo jumbo about nothing blah blah blah!





I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From me, my daughter (who looks like my twin) and my son.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A BRAND NEW DAY is here right now...

These days it seems like time is moving at warp speed. I sit and try to figure out when did time started flying this way. I often wonder is it because at this current moment in my life I feel like I have to hurry up and accomplish the things I want. 


Some people say as long as we are living we are going to constantly want more out of life. I somewhat agree with that. Some would say to always want more sounds as though you aren't ever going to be satisfied. I disagree I think its healthy to never stop settings new goals. Even if your goal is to just remain free of the stresses of the daily grind you found yourself in prior to retirement. (As I'm thinking of someone in particular.)  However I think getting to a certain place of satisfaction, where you can sit back and relax sort of speak depends entirely on the individual. After all there are business Moguls out there who are in their late 70's early 80's still buying up companies and wheeling and dealing.
Are they never satisfied???


I'm definitely in search of my own satisfaction. I know I have a dream of being a working self sustaining full time artist. I know that in a few weeks the end of the year will be here. 2010 has to be a year of fearlessness. Having no fear or self doubt even when the nay sayers will try and dump their garbage on your lawn. 2010 has to be about dreaming bigger and crazier than ever and then going for it with all your heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears. 


If people aren't saying how crazy or insane your dreams sound then you aren't dreaming big enough!


In this photo is the word "WISH" and around it is my paint stuff, a picture of my kids when they were little and basically my work space in disorder.
As I examined they photo further I realized it reflects my life. The big wish is what I wish my life was or how I'm constantly wishing to turn back time. Wishing things had stayed the same blah blah blah. The layers of paint on my make shift palette represent the layers of bad habits and bad ways of thinking and mistakes of my past. The paint tubes represent the ideas yet tried...the new possibilities and experiences yet to unfold. The picture of my children represents me always living in the past being so caught up in the if only or missing out on some of the most important moments in my life. The troll doll and pony represent the want and need to still cling to the happier sillier things in life. And last but not least the cluttered workspace represents the chaos surrounding me. The negative self loathing I inflict on myself on a day to day basis and the fact that I do feel like time is of the essence. The fact that I can't stay focused and the crazy mood swings. The mess I have made because of my choices. 


In this photo is the sunrise or dawn of a new day. A day to relish the small things in the here and now, and to look towards the future. The person has their arms raised and spread out as though they are embracing this fearlessness of change and all that it has too offer. 
After all the great Charlie Chapman said "Nothing is permanent is this world... not even our troubles"



So 2010 is the beginning of not only a new year but a new decade. The start of a brand new day is here starting now this very next second or minute. Hell every next second, minute, hour, day, week, and year that we are still here alive and breathing it's never to late to Dream and run as if your life depended on it towards those dreams.


The Thrill of Life Isn't In How You Land, But In How You Fly!!!!
    



Monday, December 14, 2009

2010 Calendar is finally here!

   

Beautiful, happy, whimsical, colorful!
Happy doodling series
12 8.5x11 magazine finished sheets.
I'm so excited! I just can't hide it! So I'm telling everyone about it! Also stay tuned for my postcards too. Whew this was a big project and not having all the exact software made it tough.
I sure can't wait to start shipping these puppies out. Sooo support the arts and buy handmade. Not to mention you get to enjoy the new year with an affordable collection of RichAnt art. Also 25% 0f each sale goes towards www.feedthechildren.org






Friday, December 4, 2009

I finally started a new series...



Okay so like a few blogs ago I was ranting about how "I" am the one stopping me from having whatever my heart desires. Especially little things like a series of avant garde' hair/ make-up fashion editorial paintings. Well I finally got around to braving myself to do something a little more complicated than whimsy trees. The first in the series is a deep brown African American girl with dramatic yet artfully done make-up. She is painted on collaged editorial ripped pieces of paper.

How many do I planned to do who knows at this moment. Are they all going to be black mmm no not all of them however there will be several in different shades of color. So whom ever you can identify with...you can certainly claim them to be you. (did you understand that<<<<<???)


I took the first one to work with me in hopes it would inspire some or one of my colleges to purchase one or request one since after all they are Hairstylist. They loved it and of course gave many opinions on what I can do differently on the next one. Some said the background should have been a bit shaded some say she should have been more transparent as to see the editorials. Hmmm I'm learning and experimenting as I go. Each one will definitely be uniquely different from the others. Each one hopefully gettting more and more fascinating than before. 
I did a time-lapsed speed painting on this painting as well. I'm not sure if I'm going to do all of them that way because the process is so tidious and then on top of all the editing that goes along with it, ughhh.


I haven't named her yet. So many things come to my mind when looking at her. Like "Shake  it senorita with the flower in her hair". I remember that was a little song us girls sang as kids, sort of like "ring around the roses" but different. Then I thought about "Black Coffee" you know without the cream. I don't know.... still thinking but "Black Coffee" is a strong contender. 


Tell me what you think of her honestly... and what do you think a good title for her should be????



Monday, November 30, 2009

Updates and stuff..

Okay I have been on this social media network like crazy! My eyes are red and I need to get some freaking sleep. Why on earth does my brain like to turn on at night!
Okay as you can see >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I have been updating my sidebar. I have always had these accounts but never really had them all neatly displayed together. However my Artfire account is new. Like over the weekend new. I opened it to see if not having potential buyers have to sign up for an account would make it more user friendly and make folks more apt to spend.


I added my youtube tab as well and a tab for a few of my favorite etsyians as well.


I THINK I WANT TO DO ANOTHER GIVEAWAY AND POST IT ON YOUTUBE. I LIKE GIVING AWAY ALMOST AS MUCH AS I LOVE SELLING LOL.


BTW don't you just love my imaginary room...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I'm thankful for...

I have so much to be thankful for. Even in my bouts of moodiness I do realize I am so blessed. I love my family and am so happy to have them all still with me. I am relatively healthy and most of the stuff I don't like I do possess the power somewhere to change them. lol

So with that being said I thought I do my quirky little what I'm thankful for spill.

1. My babies although they are 12 and 14 now but they are my sunshine and they are really cool kids.

2. My talent in my hands for making and creating beautiful things and people. I say I would have rather been a vocal artist with pipes like so many of my favorite female vocalist. However then you would never shut me up. lol

3. The color purple need I say more...

4. Pretty tchotchkes everywhere!

5. My new color printer for my prints on sale now in my shop.

6. BPA free aluminum pretty purple re-usable water bottle. Yay!

7. My Rocketdogs & ever so comfy Uggs


8. Coffee energy drinks mmm it just makes sense!

9. My silly playfulness remember troll dolls and my pretty ponies?

10.
Last but not least my go to craft store! I can spend hours in this place!




Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lately I've been feeling like I need a new direction or voice for my art. I know I'm relatively new in my pursuit at a career as a full time artist. I understand the importance of finding a style and medium I am comfortable with and can master being good at. I know it takes time to build a fan base... Yet now I find myself just being pulled to do something with a greater meaning. Almost as if God himself is telling me something.
Now don't get me wrong...I love what I paint but I am feeling the urge to do much more challenging work. Some stuff that really tells a story. In a surreal dreamlike sort of way. I keep hearing certain inspirational songs in my head whenever I start sketching some the things my imagination comes up with.
There are even songs that have nothing to do with praise and worship that just sound awesome because of the instruments being used that linger in my head and bring about this new urge to draw. The strange thing is I draw figuratively much better (IMHO) than I paint.
Another strong desire I have is to start drawing from some of my inspiration as a hairstylist. I really want to do a series on fantasy hair art.

I find myself being somewhat intimidated by the degree of difficulty that some of my visions have when I think of how I am to interpret them onto canvas.

Now some may be wondering so whats stopping you?...
Than answer is simply me.
I stop me from doing so many things.
Change is not as easy as it is said... trying and doing actually require strength and courage in the face of adversity. These are things that are required because obstacles are going to be thrown on the road of the journey.
Being proactive is not for the faint at heart. Most times it takes being faced with the idea that your time is about to run out before most of us finally decide to start living.

The crazy thing is... this just about my challenges as an artist but the very same issues have made themselves right at home in every aspect of my life. Be it art, losing weight, doing hair, seeking God, being a good mother, daughter, grand daughter etc. etc.

I keep thinking I just need a get away of some sort. Like a 30 day sabbatical or something but there are people who have over come hurdles far greater than mine yet they didn't go away somewhere to do it.
Besides I've learned that the one thing I can't escape no matter how far I drive or fly away.
That which is me.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Twitter addict


Okay so its official I have lost my mind. I can't stop checking my twitter updates. I do it in the car, in the bathroom, while servicing my clients, in the grocery store, while having lunch with a friend, in the bed, as soon as I come home I turn on my tweetdeck. I am on twitter more than facebook.

Who do I follow? Mmmm mostly artist but 80% of the time I follow back everybody. I just have my favorites grouped together so their tweets don't get lost in all the info links and news tweets. Not that I don't love info because I have a group for them too and then the ones that aren't in a group don't show up in any of my feed but I will see their updated notification pop up and if I glance and it looks interesting than I click on it. However for the most part its pretty simple to organize and it is a information highway and an excellent tool for your business.

Like anything else I use it mainly to network with other artist and to sell my art.

This week I've been busy making hand painted greeting cards again and I have tried to photograph them in several different ways and to no avail have I had any success. Its the one thing I dread about listing my artwork is the picture taking aspect of it. Below are just a few but I've made tons. They will be available on my shop momentarily.

I have also been working on another tree with a collaged background. I don't know why its taking me so long to finish but oh well.

Ughh hmm lets see what else has been on my mind. Well since I've decided to be true to myself and blog or paint they way I deem fit me for my pleasure... her are a few things I want to rant about.

1. It kills me how everyone wants to be an expert on how I should live my life yet all the while their life is nothing I'd ever deem greener on the other side. Some folks you can see their yellow grass a mile away humph.

2. Hair salon clients who abuse the privilege of having my mobile number calling me and texting me like I'm their man on child. geshhh! I'm not open 24/7 stop harassing me! I got the first text message and your voice mail wtf. I will respond when I'm ready.

3. All the time your basement was empty you most likely very seldom went down in it. Why must you come down now that I stay in it. Why must you move my things around.

4. Is it wrong to want to buy stuff for your house you don't have yet?
(I know the answer to this question but I don't like it)

5. Can I buy a spice or a different brand of tea or any grocery item that isn't generic or on sale and not be chastised for it.?

6. It annoys me that guy from Project runway gets credit for coining "Hot Mess" its so old and its something in the fashion and hair world where flamboyant gay men have been saying it for eons.

7. America has dubbed the real term "pound" for "Fist bump"and makes me wanna pull my hair out but what really blows me is the black community has allowed it to happen. lol it just sounds so corny that way ughh


Okay enough ranting for one day. I must go and find a box large enough for my three gallery wrapped canvases to fit in that I sold. BTW I'm still having a 50% off sale until Dec16th on all Original paintings with free USA shipping.

Monday, November 16, 2009

and the winner is...

Through random.org the winner is Krista Hasson. Yay!
Email me your info at richant1015@gmail.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"I want it!" Part II

Give-Away!
give-away giveaway
celebration celebration celebration

Okay folks I've reached my 200th follower on Twitter and I'm happy about this milestone so I'm doing a give away to show my appreciation.

You can win this original painting on wood panel and 2 secret gifts.
How? You ask...
Simple just leave a comment below "I want it!" and that automatically enters your name into the give away list.
click on image for full view.

Giveaway ends Sunday @midnight
Winner revealed Monday evening.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I did some drawings..

These last two days were spent home taking care of my sick son. Both of my kids slept in my bed with me for the past two nights. For some reason I can't paint with them in my space because all they do is demand my attention. Not to mention two big giant teen and pre-teen and a grown woman in a queen size bed was a recipe for disaster.

So instead of painting I pulled out the sketch book and worked on drawing faces and improving my value. Next will be my perception. So for now nothing that deviates from frontal poses if I happen to draw a full length person.

I watched a few youtube videos on how-to's when I get stuck feeling like there should be more.

Please feel free to comment and add any suggestions.




Okay now on to other things...I have been up the last two nights 'til 5am.
Which isn't very good for weight lost I keep eating late and sleeping in even later. I went to weight watchers close to my house and they weren't open yet they were supposed to be. I mean gesh! I'm tired of being fat and my dang knees hurt. So I went online and gathered some cooking light recipes from their website. I printed them out. Now I just need to get to the store.

The other thing is I'm addicted to twitter and the rest of the internet. I'd rather be packaging prints or original art and shipping out. LOL I love my free social media its has allowed me to have this lovely blog. The funny thing about this blog is it started out being all about art then it got way too personal. Now to me it lacks that personal touch. I think its because I don't want to be negative and share the darkness that I find myself being stuck in. But then I came upon a blog article I read by Don Dodge, Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team titled: Blogging has gone commercial - where are the individual voices? In the post he stated:

“Blogs used to be like online diaries for individual people to share their thoughts and observations, but that big media guys and corporate PR machines are using blogs in a big way; which has created an ideology about blogs where posts have become plugs to products, have some type of marketed branded approach or direction. Whatever happened to blogs that evoked emotion, thought, and theories that created engagement?”

Any thoughts about this?





Monday, November 9, 2009

Huge Sale 50% off



I'm having a huge 50% of all items in my etsy store
click on the collage

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

To do list....

Okay I have a list of things to do.

1. Make more greeting art cards.

2. Make more prints

3. Make more hand painted pendants

4. list them in etsy

5. Do holiday banner for etsy lots of items on SALE soon

6. blog about it, tweet about it, you tube about.

and then do a give away when I reach 200 hundred followers on Twitter.

I finished another original 18x24 painting.

I even did a time-lapse video of it


Thursday, October 29, 2009

What's her name?

I spent all night working on paintings and the ever so fun editing and uploading time lapse painting video. I had fun though. Of course the fun ends when you've stayed up all night 3:48am to be exact and you have to wake up 6:40am and walk your daughter to the door to make sure she gets to her bus stop safely. Its still dark so she is afraid.I'm feeling my new PC with windows 7 its just a few minor details that I had to work out. Like finding a download for movie maker, and I'm still looking for a windows7 download driver for my printer. The funny thing is I have been so used to deleting large files and closing windows before opening new ones and making sure I back up my files every five seconds. This new PC with windows7 is nice. I still want a MAC but for now I'm happy.

I am putting on hold my circle paintings until I can buy some more canvases. For now I've gone back to my signature tree paintings I'm doing on 18x24 canvas. The first one is of course one that represents Autumn with beautiful leaves falling from the tree. Below is a quick mobile pic of my progress with this piece. Keep in mind my cell phone doesn't take the best pictures. My camera battery is on the charger.



I also added my video of "her" she doesn't have a name yet can you guys help me please...



Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I love this season...

Today was a nice rainy day. It wasn't dark just cloudy and rainy. The leaves seem to really look vibrant since they were wet.
Coming through my neighborhood all nestle amongst mature trees and foliage its looked so picture perfect. I imagined pumpkin or apple pie in the oven and crackling of logs burning in the fire place. Family's in their cable knit sweaters, resting on the big comfy chenille couch. Yeah right folks were probably sitting in traffic on I395.

I love this time of the year the most. They (seas0ns) all are nice but this is my favorite. And I promise it's not because I was born in the fall. Last year I was so feeling the autumn weather I bought pumpkin and apple scented candles. Then painted a lovely painting of some pumpkins. Its on my website. I also painted this piece awhile back because I was inspired by the rich vivid colors of nature in the Fall.
Both pieces I still own. I haven't had the heart to sell them. I sold a painting at a summer festival that I loved and to me it was in tune with the season.
I miss it. I keep saying I'll paint another one. I'll get around to it soon. However I think I'll do it on a larger canvas. This one I sold was a small 12x16 traditional wrapped. I think when I do, it will be on a gallery wrapped 22x28.

Anyway I'm rambling... I saw the Paranormal Activity today and to say the least it was...but it wasn't scary. It really played on your imagination more than anything.
Now enough chit chat I have some painting to do. Oh yeah the "Pervert" piece I posted about yesterday is now available as limited edition prints in my etsy store.
Peace and Blessings.
P.S comments are really appreciated xoxo.
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