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.

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