Monday, December 3, 2012

Humanity's Grace

I finished up my Angel and it was the most beautiful journey to be on. I enjoyed working on her so very much. So much that I slowed down because I didn't want the ride to end. 
However there will be more journeys like that one so I'm good.

24x48 oil and graphite on birch wood
she is now up in my store along with prints as well. I am creating several pieces like to go with her for an up and coming show.

For the holidays I decided Humanity's Grace would make a great Holiday Art Greeting Card
The set consist of 8 cards and 8 envelopes beautifully packaged.
I've already used several of my own inventory to mail out cards to friends and family and have gotten orders off that alone. 

I'm also proud to announce my first calender ever! 2013 art calenders are now up in the store as well.
12 beautiful pages of art you can crop and frame once the month is over.


In other news FREE SHIPPING FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!!! YAY!
Stay tuned also for registration to art and healing workshops coming soon!!!

Peace and blessings to you all!!!
xoxo RichAnt

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

An angel

Have your ever felt like you were in a situation where it wasn't nothing but an Angel sent from above that protected you.
Perhaps you needed comforting and for some reason you all of a sudden felt a since of calmness come over you. 

This piece is my version of what I have experienced all through out my adult life. Now I just know and have clarity as to what is truly going on. This particular Angel is praying for Gods people in hopes that they are ready and preparing for a time when this system of things will no longer be in place and the righteous and unrighteous are put in very uncomfortable positions to survive. 

This piece of wood has been sitting on my easel for at least three months maybe. Now that I try to create from a place that is being led by the God in me my visions or inspirations are a bit ethereal. So I have to be in a head space that is ripe for creating that type of work. Its actually a bit frustrating since I have a need to create daily. 

Anyway I did the color wash on the wood about a month ago. However out of the blue a few days ago came this image and I started sketching it straight onto the wood. Something I almost never do because its hard to remove eraser marks off the wood. But I just used a light handed touch and when I was done I went over the details with darker graphite and a heavier hand. I'm choosing to do a finished drawing because I want some of the graphite to be showcased underneath the oil paint.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My Instagram profile


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Monday, November 5, 2012

So much has been going on. I started back doing the fall markets and I have been having quite the success. I created a few new pieces on wood and paper as well. But more importantly I have been really focusing on my relationship with God. I have been spending a lot of time in prayer and reading my bible. I see the world so different now. I notice the systematic way of things and how it all is way bigger than you or I. I'm now learning how to have some balance between it all. How to not have hope differed. To still enjoy my life yet stay aware and proactive about the revelations that God has been showing me. 

All of these new spiritual experiences have also shaped how I create. I am attracted to and drawn to feminine art with surreal undertones mixed realism. So I try to convey the same in my own art. Its what I am most enthused to paint. However for some reason as of lately I feel led to go a little deeper. To explore a more spiritual aspect of my journey. I haven't painted much as a result. Though I have been drawing much more except I still tend to draw what I already know and am comfortable with. Lol. 

These are some drawings I did with color pencils and oils. I did them on 8x8 scrapbook papers. 
Winter, Spring (SOLD), Summer and Autumn. They are available in my online store. 
Here is how Spring was framed she was sold to a client whom she looked a lot like.

These are some oils I did on wood panels measuring 5x6.
I plan to do more because they were apart of a series called The Matrix but I'm thinking this particular series needs to be done on a larger scale.
Ignorance and Aware 
All of these were the start of very detailed drawings that I then decided to paint or color. Yet I haven't sat in front of my easel in about two months.

This piece was done on scrap matting left over from framing. They make good mediums to create on. 11x14 Prisma color pencils and markers on matting.

Also part of all that has been going on is "Love" I have been on a journey with a special someone since 2010 a long slow walk around a big beautiful city block sort of speak. The seasons have changed, the sun has set and risen, clouds have formed, stormy and sunny days. We are establishing a beautiful bond and friendship. One that I hope one day is a great foundation for a solid marriage. God is teaching me a lot of patience though. Nothing good comes easy and without a little hard work. He is also teaching me to rely on him, keep him at the center. I tend to take the wheel while he is driving but I will crash every time lol. So I'm learning how to fully trust in him. We as humans can tend to put way to much focus on ourselves, work, relationships, material things, bills etc.etc. Keeping him at the center helps balance out everything and not just when things are bad but always. In good times and bad. 

I'm so grateful for this talent. I am now coming to a place in my life where I truly want my work to be used to reflect the goodness of God. Not to say it hasn't but just delving a little deeper. I hope you all will continue to enjoy my artistic expressions and continue to walk this journey with me by seeing the world through my eyes on canvas. 
Peace and Blessings

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Meet Fancy and Goldie

Hello art friends and collectors. Hope all is wonderful. As of lately I have been having a little fun with collage. I did my canvases like I used to do when I was using pages from a certain book. Except I was still in the mood from when I did the family of owls for my sister. I used some scrapbook papers I had been saving for just the right art piece.
The second pic was actually my first collage and I had no clue what I wanted to paint on but I knew I wanted some oddities in there like mushrooms, pine cones and leaves. In both pieces the image came as an after thought but I good one :) 
Fancy 11x14 oil on collaged canvas framed

Goldie 16x20 oil on collaged canvas

Oil painting has been one of the most satisfying mediums I have have used so far. I love the way it stays workable and how when layering it makes your colors so much more rich and deep. I even love the smell of oil paint and the linseed lol. I still love my acrylics. I use them to do much of the under painting because it eliminates long dry periods. I also love the different things you can do with acrylics for special effects. Working on these two pieces simultaneously has shown me a way to keep moving. Because for some reason whenever I finish a piece it takes me sometimes a month to start a new piece. So having multiple pieces going on at once will prevent that from happening. Like now that that they are both done I am trying to get the mojo to start the next two pieces I have already laid backgrounds for.

Also wanted to let everyone know Fancy and Goldie are in my Bigcartel store along with...

Along Came A Spider 12x24 oil on wood framed and

Dhoe' 16x20 oil on wood framed

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Tentacle Liza

One day I was sitting in my room with the urge to create something. It had been awhile because it always takes me awhile to start a new pieces after I complete a new pieces. 
Well anyway I was staring at a 24x36 blank piece of birch wood. I randomly grabbed some painters tape and started taping off what I envisioned to be soft sun rays. I used an acrylic wash to fill in the spaces and added some circles at the base.
view from the bed.

It wasn't until after I got done that I actually got inspired to sketch what I envisioned being the focal point and main subject matter.

Instead of using transfer paper or my projector I just free hand drew it with a chalk pencil. It insured I would keep moving on the piece while I was energetic and inspired.

First layer of acrylic under painting which resulted in several layers of acrylic under paintings. 

Here is the last layer before I added oil paint to finish the rest of the details.

First layer of oil paint on her skin and tentacles.

close up details on her face

Her all done sitting on the easel drying.

Tentacle Liza all finished and photographed outside on a sunny day.
24x36 acrylic and oils on birch wood panel.


This journey was so much fun I can't wait to go on my next one.


 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hello Blogger friends and readers. The cool thing about being away for awhile is there is so much to talk about when you return. 
New art and events...
I created another birthday gift for my sister this time and it was a painting that represents her family.


I also did an event that showcased artist and it was hosted by several DC female bloggers.
 They were all so cute. All of the ladies and gents came out looking so fabulous and fashion forward. Great hair, clothes and accessories.
 There was a jewelry vendor that made hancrafted earrings, pendants and etc.
click to enlarge pic
Great designer Tee's by DefyDc.com 
And since I have serious shoe envy because I can't wear heels do to bad knees and a bad ankle. I just take pics of ladies in cute shoes.
click to enlarge pic

I had a great time showcasing my art and networking. I can't wait for the next outing/event.
 
This current gouache and graphite on paper is different from my usual Colored Study girls because I'm making the colors and the face the center focus. Yet more so the colors.
I had started this piece and set it aside because I wasn't sure if I wanted to add a face. However after watching discovery shows about babies being born with a parasitic conjoined twin it inspired me.

I often feel like I have a parasitic twin sucking the life from out of me. Creatively, spiritually, physically and emotionally. The twin that's alive and vibrant that wants a rich and fulfilling life is myself but I'm also part of this parasite conjoined to my mental, physical and emotional environment.

There are so many parasites we allow to leach off us if we aren't careful. Self doubt can kill you if you keep nursing those negative thoughts that pop up in your head. Fear is the biggest of them all. It paralyzes you. Then there is comfort. If your situation is not uncomfortable enough you won't change it.



Thursday, August 9, 2012

New art stuff

Hello art lovers! Like I have said before I am full off ideas!. I have been a busy little bee. 

First there is the morphed women that are half animal half woman that I have been working on and plan to do more of because I'm hoping to perhaps do a book or something. However for now they will be available as prints in two sizes in my Bigcartel Store. I did a last minute painting as a birthday gift for my cousin. Then there was the Forbidden Fruit commission I completed for a fan. Prints of her are also up in my store.


Ms. Ligerness

Ms. Steeraffe'

Ms. Zeborse'                                                 
                                                                   
20x32 inch framed diptych acrylic on canvas
Birthday Commission for my cousin it was a surprise and boy oh boy was her reaction awesome.
     
All done were on vellum paper with a pilot pen and Prisma color pencils.  I plan to do more in between other projects I have planned.

Forbidden Fruit
11x14 oil on canvas

Okay guys I'm off and running there is a whole world out there I'm off to explore. As much as I don't like bugs in my creative space or my home period I have a odd fascination with them. Along with nature in general. I checked out some cool books on bugs, trees and mushrooms etc. etc. Hoping to incorporate them in my work some how.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Having so much fun

For someone who was supposedly putting art on the back burner I have been full of creativity as of lately. Maybe its the absence of frustration because I'm not trying to sell. Or the fact that I am vehemently seeking alignment with God and his will for my life. All I know is the proliferation is steady. Ideas come faster than I can get them out.
I finished one piece now I am looking for the perfect frame for the perfect price. Oh and the perfect funds to buy said perfect frame. This was one of those unplanned loosen up paintings and If I don't say so myself I love the way it turned out. I'm am glad I didn't rush the hair because that was the part that held me up a bit.
I have also completed a giraffe morphology study drawing that will eventually lead to more study drawings of other animals and women. All of which become paintings for my next solo show.
Blogging from my Galaxy Note has one minor downfall. I can't seem to figure out how to place my photos underneath the paragraphs and then subtitle them along with descriptions.
However I'm quite sure you will know which is which.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Why women??? Why naked???

At first I started my art journey experimenting with eclectic backgrounds and landscapes that made my paintings come to life.
However with appreciation for fine detail and beauty my inclinations toward nature and the female spirit began to merge. I am trying to fully encompass the elegance, strengths, and vulnerabilities of both femininity and nature.
My work is alluring and has a hint of whimsy. It delves into the fascination of women, in both our conscious and subconscious ideals of the female role in society. Often times black women are depicted as this hyper sexualized video vixen.
I am constantly trying to submerse myself in the subject matter that is ingrained and full of culture, strength and power. Removing the material pocessions shows her strength comes from the natural beauty of the skin she is in. My work is infused with a variety of cultural, environmental, sociological, dreamscapes and sometimes slight political references. My influences serve as an amalgamation bringing my world and the dream world to life through deliberate references and reverent imagery, with the finished work deriving strength and beauty from the the strong women who raised me. My playfulness in my brush stroke is a constant struggle with the reality and dreamland itself.
Forbidden Fruit
Is a drawing that came to me while thinking about a painting I did called 'Flesh of my flesh'. Also thinking about how sin was born. I will delve a little deeper after I create the painting.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Vintage Erotica

Awhile ago a friend on YouTube sent me images of vintage erotica. It all happened because one day I was feeling extra extra generous and did a give away. All one had to do was send me images of feminine art that they loved and would like enter to win my version of it in my style. Well low and behold she was the only one who entered therefore making her the winner.

These were the images I used for inspiration with my quick sketch rendering in the center. 

Here a full image of the sketch before I finished it.

This was the sketch when I finished it.

Here are the progress shots of the painting,
under painting and layer one after coffee staining the paper. I chose paper instead of canvas because I wanted to frame the piece and I don't have any ornate frames in a small size. This way will allow me to go to a big box store like Michael's and get one for like 75% off.

Here you can see she is not as pink as before. I struggled with her coloring because I wanted her to have a pale porcelain color and make it a little like an old vintage photograph as well.

And at last here she is completed I matted her to give the picture more size. So now I need to find a 11x14 frame that has classic details.

I am really happy with the way she turned out, I love the gold details that are accentuated by the gold matting.

As for an update on the art behind the fifth image its coming along quite nicely just can't decide where to go with her hair at the moment.

That will be hopefully finished up by the weekend.

peace and blessings.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New beginnings


As I was about to type my new blog post a friend of mines sent me an email. she said it was part of something that was sent to her and now I am passing it on. This is what it said...

Promise yourself to be strong, that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.  Look at the good side of everything and make optimism come true.  Think of only the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.  Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.  Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

And

They say when you reach a crossroad or a turning point in life, it really doesn't matter how we get there, but what we do next after we get there. Usually we arrive there by adversity, and then it is only then, that we find out who we truly are and what we're truly made of. It's a process, a gift and a journey. And if we can travel it alone, although the road may be rough at the beginning, you find an ability to walk it, a way to start fresh again. It's neither a downfall nor a failure, but a new beginning!!!!!!!! 
I worked on some art and I love how it began but now I just find myself paralyzed by what to do next.
My cousin told me

Explore the possibilities. Accept the outcome. Enjoy

the accomplishment. 

So I guess whenever I have the time to get back to it
I will do just that. As for now I have been busy meditating on Gods word daily and re-branding myself as RichAnt the hairstylist/artist. 




Monday, July 2, 2012

Rethinking my position as an artist.

This art biz has been one heck of a roller coaster ride. Sales have been up and down but either way never enough to live off of. I am bit frustrated with trying to figure out what formula works. I see some of my artist friends sell enough to earn a good living that sustains them.
I have done all the social networking and art shows and markets and live painting. I even support other artist. But I'm thinking now its just time to paint because I love to paint and it brings me peace and joy. Not for the public to buy it. I think shifting my focus on the continued love and sharpening of my craft will equate to happiness and peace. I will continue to post my works and sell prints of all my work. But originals will not be available once the sell ends.

Today I am taking a hiatus from the art biz. I will only paint as a way to exscape, relax, and enjoy quite time with my father. Although I feel like hair won't let me quit it. I have never loved it. The work itself has always came easy but the money is why I do it. Since I have discovered my undying passion and love for visual art. My hair business has suffered. I wanted to paint as a means to earn a living but so far that may not be why God has blessed me with my talent. It has always been in me but the gift didn't shine until I needed an organic way of dealing with the stress of financial losses, heartache and death. It has been and still is a beautiful intimate spiritual experience with my father and for that I am forever grateful even if I never sell another painting. So 40% OFF MY ENTIRE STORE RichAnt.bigcartel.com use promocode BYEFORNOW when checking out. Thanks guys I will still post work just not selling originals for awhile.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Tee shirts

Popular  demand for t-shirts. I have finally found a company that offers exceptional prices. The first batch will be pre-ordered USA only then I will have enough seed capitol to order the enter line in bulk and offer them international as well. 

Mens Tee small-3X
Rainbow City

Womens in Bella and Hanes brands 0-22
Colored Study Dreams

Womens in Bella and Hanes brands 0-22
Delta Sigma Theta

Womens in Bella and Hanes brands 0-22
Alpha Kappa Alpha
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