Monday, February 28, 2011

Alexis Bee

Alexis Bee
Mixed Media 48x24 birch wood panel

I did an acrylic wash mixed with iridescent medium then sketched her in with graphite. I used acrylics, oil pastels, charcoal, watercolors, ink, and color pencils. The brightness in her hair on the right side is from my lamp as it was raining so I took the picture inside lol.

YAY! She is all done after a month.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

To enroll or not enroll


In todays vast online information era I have had the opportunity to learn so much about my craft. Even the night before last I went online to learn how to do an invisible part closer for a client I had to service the next day. But thats my hair business and because thats where the majority of my income steams from I am always furthering my education through various workshops, seminars, and symposiums.
Although doing hair came natural as far as the styling process. Cutting, coloring, weaving, and product knowledge was something I had to learn from professionals.

Now here is where the dilemma comes in... Art was also something that came naturally to me and if you have been someone who has followed my journey you can certainly see the growth in my work. I am always online looking for new techniques and online workshops. However most of what I have learned has been through trial and error. I also have learned that in the age of digital technology art has this whole new medium in which artist can express themselves. I want to incorporate those new advancements in my own work. 
Then there is the whole sharing process which I do know a lot of artist and non artist appreciate. Sharing has become part of the art as well. I have been told by some of my collectors, they love the fact that they can tune in and watch the process of their original artwork being created. Some have even shared the process with friends who admire their art collection.

I say all this to say although I am growing and sharing I can only imagine what I could do if I had the proper training. Lets say for example the sharing process. Some say any basic video editing software will get the job done. And it has thus far... However being the creative that I am I want to take my sharing process to a whole other artistic level of cinematography. That takes more than just your basic video sharing software. Lately I have been trouble shooting my issues with lighting and getting a clear crisp video. Not to mention different angles and shots. 
Then I also thought it would be pretty cool to incorporate snips of my vlog and day to day life in the painting process. Kind of like a biography sort of speak. The filming and editing have to be done right.

I know realistically I can't do it all myself. Yet being who I am makes me kind of alone. My friends are all hairstylist. I live in the suburbs and my studio is here in my room. How can I learn more and collaborate when I am physically not surrounded by other artist???? Online has been working however the energy of being in the same room with creative artistic minds is a whole other dynamic.
One so great it has me wondering should I enroll in art school. I know the debate of self taught vs art degree blah blah blah. However a degree is not my main aspiration but the knowledge and camaraderie are. 
I see the things my girlfriends daughter has learned in school in such a short period of time. Things that took me a few years to accomplish she did in weeks or months. Ideas are also there being toss around and manipulated. I don't know??? Perhaps its her youthfulness & curiosity is what I see... Either way I want to keep growing and making great art and making the sharing process an expression of my art as well.

Now I just have to figure out the best way to achieve that.
I am open to ideas and feedback.... 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Standing in a puddle of tears and inspiration...

A post I felt compelled to create after listening this playlist while chatting and painting in LMM...

Hey Guys its been a minute since I did an actual blog here on LMM. Just keeping up with TheRichAnt.com blog is a handful at times.
Anywhoodle....Lately I have been painting while in silence because I need that quite time to think and have a talk with my maker. However today I went in the arsenal of playlist I have in various online venues and even on my own computer.
I consider myself to be a old head when it comes too music. I love my moms oldies the same as I love my own. I guess that's what happens when you grow up in a house hold that has always had music playing out loud. My mom is a designer and when me and my sister were kids she mainly designed clothing. So there were always fashion show rehearsals at the house. She designed for Washington DC's most elite and high ranking back in the late 70's and throughout the 80's.
Now that I've set the stage let me get to the puddle of tears.... Music has a way of sending you on a time travel. Which isn't hard for a ruminator like myself. Often times I find it hard to just enjoy the here and now because I spend so much time reflecting, turning, and replaying my past. I had such a great childhood and I miss those good ole days. Playing Barbie's on the front porch at either my house or my childhood bestie. Playing kickball with the entire neighborhood. The family cookouts. Going bike riding and exploring in the woods. Hanging out at Hains Point when you could drive through it (u have to be from this area to understand that one) My teenage years were good too. Although back then you thought a heartbreak would literally kill you. Only to learn you do survive and fall in love again. I have also been blessed with a family full of good people. Some are now passed on and I miss them terribly. They are a reminder of how life truly does go on. Yet you miss the past when they were in it.
All this makes me cry while I stand here at my easel this morning. Tears of joy and of sorrow. Sometimes I want to go back in time. Sometimes for a do over to fix mistakes, or just to revisit good times and love ones. That's what good music does for me. It inspires me, moves me, fills me, makes me smile, makes me cry, makes me dance, and ultimately makes me wanna paint. So I stand here in my puddle full of tears and inspiration at my easel.

So I invite you to come and take a jump in that puddle with me, get a little wet and get a whole lot inspired.

Happy creating...

The making of the BeeShe wearable art

Custom wearable art available now in my shop

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Music Monday #5

Hello my friends its music Monday again. Some of you may have already heard of this Monday's musical artist. However for those of you who need a formal introduction into the goodness of this amazing artist, let me be the first to introduce you to the ever so lovely...

Adele

Adele was born in London. She began singing at age four and asserts that she became obsessed with voices. Adele would impersonate the Spice Girls at dinner parties and, as a preteen, she sang Destiny's Child songs at her school. To make her look like the singer Gabrielle, her mother made an eye patch with sequins, which Adele said was embarrassing. Adele went through a phase where she wore Slipknot clothing and a studded dog collar. Adele then claimed she was influenced by the music of Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald in her teens by accident, as she stumbled on the artists' CDs at a local HMV store while looking for a new hairstyle. She only got to listen to those songs for the first time as she was cleaning her room. Adele wrote her first record, "Hometown Glory" when she was 16 years old.     
At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele won awards in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance she was also nominated for in the categories of Record of the Year and Song of the Year. 
    
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Her voice is so powerful and mature. Hearing it gives me chills. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Single Story...

The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete they... make one story become the only story.


I found this video via http://aminatacamara.tumblr.com/ Aminata Camara is a very expressive passionate crochet artist. That I have had the pleasure of making this necklace for. 
Aminata - The crochet artist.
I love it. It allows for the me time I need every day to go within. To be able to envision something and make it come to life makes me tingle every time I pick up a crochet hook. Thankful for the talent. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to use my passion for profit. 

Shop Afrochet 


Photographer: Don AulderGraphics: Derek Carroll @ Beyond Graphx Jewelry: MisSoulaneous by Michela WariebiRomper: Afrochet

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Second time around

New and improved "Ami" 
The first pendant that I created was beautiful but there were some imperfections. However practice makes perfect. Not to mention the ideas just keep coming. I even have a few request from people who have seen them to have earrings and or their own pendant done.
2x3 inch wood, prisma color pencils, acrylics, ink, resin, and jewelry accessories.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Tiny commission

A friend of mines did a great job shooting my art show I had to do him a solid one back. He has a girlfriend he is truly feeling and she just so happens to love my art.
So here is her new RichAnt Bee/She pendant.
She is named after her. 
"Ami"



3x2inches and she will be resined. Hanging on a bail chain and velvet necklace.
Prisma color pencils, acrylic, and ink. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Random silliness and coolness

Too funny
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I can't even remember how I found this artist but here is the perfect example of lowbrow pop surrealism. Whimsical macabre at its finest.
Charlie Immer

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