Saturday, January 31, 2015

Affordable art

Two years ago a friend gave me a ton of canvases for Christmas. Two packs of 8x10 and two packs of 11x14. However I had been really hooked on wood so they sat on a shelf until now.
I was thinking of a away to create affordable art and sell out of it at the same time. So I came up with making 12 sassy, trendy images of women of color particularly in the natural hair community. The art I love to collect often times doesn't have the faces I identify with as a black woman. I love quirky, urban, lowbrow, pop surrealism, portraiture, tattoo style art but very seldom do I see myself. Although it doesn't stop me from collecting from some of my beloved favorite artist. It does inspire me to create what I would love to see.
It has it's challenges unfortunately. If it's too surreal, often times my predominately black fan base thinks its too weird some would even say "dark". There in lies the struggle to create art other people will love and that I love as well. After all I'd rather my art hang in someone else's home than accumulate in my basement.

Anyway here I have created something I feel good about and the fans love. Eventually they will be available as t-shirts, tote bags, prints and other merchandise. Some of the images will be available for licensing as well.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Recent work

I have been doing a horrible job maintaining my blog. I guess because of a lot of personal issues both good and bad. But I decided instead of loading one blogpost at a time it's just easier to list as many images this device would allow at one time.

Collaboration with she is a Texas based photographer and she sent me this photo on canvas that she manipulated in photoshop putting together multiple images creating the perfect abstract yet organic backdrop. I painted the tree and face. I titled it Weathered. 

This piece was originally a sketch I drew after George Zimmerman got off for killing Trayvon Martin. Then fast forward to Mike Brown and the more obvious Eric Garner, John Crawford and Tamir Rice where there was actual video footage. I really began to believe justice truly is blind so I decided to do a spin on the personification of Lady Justice. Lady justice is depicted blindfolded to imply objectivity regardless of race, wealth, education etc. She also holds scales that she uses to measure the strength of the case. She also has a double edge sword which means the case can go either way. I replaced with the sword with a noose around her neck because these cases are more like modern day strange fruit never even seeing the inside of a courtroom. 

Another collaboration with Greece artist Melania Kosmopoulou she did the background and texture. I painted the checkerboard and face.
They had sight, but no insight. They exercised the power of observation, but had no imagination. Alive and dead all at the same time. Falling for the status quo. Brainwashed by mass media. Beautiful and superficial with no depth.  The matrix.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Woodland commission portraits

24x24 goauche, color pencils and markers on cradled birch wood panel.

Dawkins commission portrait

24x24 oil on wood and custom made frame. Beautiful family and a joy to capture. Sometimes some portraits are a struggle and some just flow easy. This one of the easy ones

Celestial Blu

24x36 oil on canvas.
I had fun on the details of her dress. I cant wait to paint more lace. She was completed in September. I realize that the past summer was spent more so enjoying the company of my Jay a beautiful soul of a man. I hope the winter months of long nights and cold temperatures will bring about inspiration for a spring collection of new art. Especially when inspired by the fun and romance I had over the summer and fall. 

She Dreams In Color

This was a birch wood cradled panel custom made for me by my Jay. He is the best carpenter ever.
30x40 oil on wood
I compled this in October.  However it's been sitting in my room I may add to it more gold elements....
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