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Monday, December 20, 2010

.Presynaptic Potential | MOCA GA (panoramic view). by Micah Stansell

Presynaptic Potential | MOCA GA (panoramic view) from micah stansell on Vimeo.

I really want to understand whats going on in this video

 so I will be watching it a few times.

My former teacher, Mrs. Whitney Stansell from High School directed me to her husband Micah Stansell's website.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

.Lomography. has caught my eye

Recently I have been looking at many photographs and just bought a picture on a canvas frame from Urban Outfitters in Black and White so I did a little more research on the subject.  I wanted a vintage feel, something that makes me really grasp the memories of my surroundings.

I came up with LOMOGRAPHY

I want to invest in a Diana+ camera, so Christmas just might be extra special this year and I want to really add to my portfolio.  Why not right?

I also want to see if I can take a class or 2 on photography over the summer, broaden my horizons as an artist and individual as well as bring something a little more out of my element.

We will see how this goes

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Over the past few months I have been really contemplating Buddhism.  One of the most important pieces of wisdom that I have received from research on the lifestyle is that...

Time with your self every day is most important.

As far as art goes, I've just really been inspired by the world recently, just I'm losing my mind because I want to produce work but I dont know what to pull from or where to start.  It will come though.

Until then, I am timeless...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

.Finding Out.

Just a quick question.

I think its very funny how quickly perceptions formulate as soon as 2 individuals come into contact with one another.  By contact I mean verbal, physical, and even just mental awareness that the other is there. The other day I was sitting with my girlfriend when she let me know that a certain young lady did not like me, not even 24 hours after meeting her.

She said that I was "trying her" and was apparently ready to "square up" (in my words to the young lady)

Needless to say I had no clue. In my efforts to open the door to someone who I had never met, I unleashed a few harmless jokes that led to the girl not liking me.

In the conversation that followed with my girlfriend, I was told that the people in my local environment generally do not take well to that kind of approach because I "came on too strong".  My question is...

What is it about these people "in my local environment" (school)
What makes them tick?

I feel like Leaking a Little

I really like this flyer design, I did it myself.
As far as the title goes
..........when the time comes..........

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Swizz Beatz Giving back in a Major Way

"“Swizz Beatz’ amazing track record as an artist and producer, coupled with his commitment to education, makes him the ideal role model for our students,” said Jeffrey Rabhan, chair, The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music.  “We consider it a great honor to have him involved with this unique program.” (click to read further)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pure Genius!!!

Going SOLO, but not SOLO!!!

Currently I am planning my SOLO exhibition at the Chill Bar and Louge here in Albany, GA.  I've got the support of a modeling group known as Phreshlife here at school, and I just talked today to Sonique O'Neal, creative up and coming handbag designer of BellaDonna Handbags here at school.  I'm both inspired and motivated by those who surround me, my show, my works, and my summer internship at the Lowe Gallery.  It only gets better from here!!!


Bright Idea: Haim Steinbach on Shelving His Art at Louis Vuitton

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

In Depth of the "Ni-Ni" Series

I was told once before that people just don't live by a code of ethics and morals anymore and you shouldn't expect everyones motives to be genuine and wholesome.  This statement was the inspiration behind the "Ni-Ni" series.  Over the past few weeks I have certainly dealt with many trying situations, even to the point of showing my ass in front of a long line of people, pulling my girlfriend out of the club because of the lies of other disrespectful men who I thought at one point I could trust.  After many hours of mental breakdown and careful deliberation, I came to the conclusion that people are not born with evil intention, nor do they initially harbor them upon first approach.  I have realized that people allow themselves to be corrupted by their environment, their own selfish greed, and the disloyalty of other.  In essence, my view is that we live in a world of chaos and temptation, and many people are weak enough to feed into their own selfish hunger to be better than the rest, and will pull anyone back down if need be.  Prime example of the "crabs in a barrel" theory.  For me, I have been told that my wishful optimism of the world and all its flaws carry me into a very disillusioned state of mind and practice, singling myself out and making myself the "weakest link" among the mass monstrosity of the parasitic and the disdainful.  In short, I hope for the good in man when there is none left.  This theory weighed heavy enough on my heart that I was affected by the one person in my current environment who I still believe is upstanding, despite all flaws: my girlfriend.  I believe it is safe to say that sometimes she is very naive to certain aspect of people, and innocent in her current situation.  Thus, this inspired the "Ni-Ni" series.  I asked myself, how exactly is one individual, so innocent, naive, young, and beautiful corrupted by those things that surround them and are most common to their nature.  Individuals are corruted through gluttony, sexuality, and lust.  These three elements trigger the thirst for the things unattainable in life.  They drive men and women to do things that disregard respect, love, and emotion just to do what is right.  WE as human beings all suffer from one of these elements.  The question is, do you CARE to prevail?
The figures are white to symbolize purity, along with the image of a ballerina; a fluid, natural, free flowing figure that is known for youth a naive consciousness to the world around them.  As an answer to the question stated before, you use those three elements to corrupt the figure.  The outline of a tight, red dress and stiletto heels to clothe an innocent body with the chaos of the world around it.  This has been the most emotionally relevant series of works that I have done thus far.  I feel like I am really grasping the issues that I am posed with in my everyday life and that are relevant to the rest of the world.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The "Ni-Ni" Series

"Ni-Ni 1"
D.Lamar 2010
Acrylic with Charcoal

"Ni-Ni 2"
D.Lamar 2010
Acrylic with Charcoal

"Ni-Ni 3"
D.Lamar 2010
Acrylic on Canvas

"Ni-Ni 4 (Ni-Ni's Dress)
D.Lamar 2010
Acrylic on Canvas

I've really found an explanation for my question about human temptation and morality through working on these paintings.  I've found definition in what I know to be right and wrong, and for the longest time I felt like there was no more good in man.  Instead, I've learned that my "good-guy syndrome" is not to be forsaken because others chose not to live by a code of ethics and chivalry.  This series was inspired by my girlfriend Tanisha, nicknamed Ni Ni.  Interaction with her and our relationship thus far has shown me that "life is a trip so sometimes we gon stumble" (Jay-Z, "Power Remix") and I've stumbled one time too many.  I'm inspired by my growth as not only an individual, but as an artist.  I'm starting to see life for what it really is in the present time and day.  Further explanation will be posted.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Man in a slump

Here's the first 2 projects of the semester, although I have really not shown anything really moving or stimulating in these pieces, maybe its me, but I'm feeling a slump. Anyways I know myself, so I'm being highly critical.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I feel it coming...Monday

Monday is the official start of my classes and I'm really getting to my grind and pushing work out. My teacher saw many of my new works and allowed me the freedom to continue in the same path from this summer in Special Problems in Painting..otherwise known as Painting 3. Its pretty much an independent study class and I'm creating my own curriculum pretty much. I think I'm gonna love this semester.

In the mean time....

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Back to the Yard

I have not posted anything recently simply because....I just don't have anything to post. I just got back to school and look forward to getting back in the grind of working and creating. I had to take a little break and clear my mind, and ready myself for new ideas and activites. So here's to a good school year in ART...CHEERS!!

*I've also been watching the Bravo TV Series "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist", man that show is truly amazing.

Friday, August 6, 2010

I am at Ease!!!

This is the Reworked original of "Red Sister" 2010..take a look back a few posts ago, MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Friday, July 30, 2010

His Epiphany of Me

My father came to me and told me today that (in short), he is not seeing my creativity.  I'm basically becoming a human photographer. *dwell on it*.......that is all for today

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I just hope that you miss me a little when I'm gone...

So I said that I was NOT going to paint until I really corrected some technical anatomical issues, but I was sitting watching entourage today and something came over me to just find the right photo from my camera files and just go for's the finished product. 

"Red Sister" 2010

**I'm being lazy and not posting some more figure studies I drew a few days ago.  They will be up soon**

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Taking a step...BACK

For the past couple of days I have been really working hard....a little too hard.  I been really trying to push and push to get new works done and not taking the time to solve problems.  I was there this past Tuesday at the Studio Clout meetup and got some good drawing time in.  With that came the answer to my problems, and it was not I who figured it out...I need to refine my drawing skills and techniques.  I need to restudy human anatomy and learn to sketch the figure that I see...not what I think.  Today I just started a very insightful book entitled, "The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci" by Jean Paul Richter.  With this I'm planning on relearning my hand and really getting down into anatomical studies as well as other elements the Da Vinci writes about.  One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "THAT A PAINTER IS NOT ADMIRABLE UNLESS HE IS UNIVERSAL" coming from the section The Practice of Painting.  All in all I realized that I need to capitalize on the fundamentals before I mess up any more paintings.  So here are the sketches from last Tuesday and tonight!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Drawings: First Night at the MeetUp

Fortunately for YOU, YOU'RE only going to see ONE of Three...but she was a good model though!

"1987" 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010


I did not go to the black arts festival.  Instead, I went to another opening this past Saturday.  Quite frankly, I left....not because the work was bad.  I was very impressed with that, but for the simple fact that I got my hopes up to meet the artist, not to ask him about his work, but to gain insight on what more could I do.  You never know until you ask right?  Yeah well lets just say some people aren't the most social creatures on the planet.  I get the feeling some artists really just choose not to work well with other artists.  Whatever I just won't post on that...honestly I got a little discouraged so again, I just walked out the gallery.
Well on another note, I did attend PULSE at the Bill Lowe Gallery and was highly impressed with artist Kimber Berry's works, especially the newest ones that I had not seen before.  She was a very vibrant and kind lady who was very inviting when Bill introduced me to her.  Along with all the Ciroc Red Berry that I had consumed, her works along with other artists were intoxicating and engaging.  Her "Liquid Landscape" Installation definitely left an impact, especially after she explained the ideas and concepts behind them.

I "Extra Larged" the picture just to emphasize how impressed I was...damn, why couldn't I be there to help install that show!?!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wishful Optimism

I just received an email from a family friend in regards to my art and I stated on my Facebook:

"All I know is this emergence entails a WHOLE LOTTA HOPE AND OPTIMISM!!! Meanwhile, I'm in Gatlinburg, TN enjoying my stay but also gathering content! check me out when I get back home!"

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New Drawings Will Be Posted soon....

To keep the ball moving, I think it is a good idea to display my sketches and drawings.  I have paintings but its good to have a foundation in the understanding of fundamentals.  Drawing starts before I will be postings drawings and works in other media.

I'm feelings like a new painting will be in progress today also...probably in black and white.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Recap on Studio Clout artist openings....

Quite frankly I drove down to Walker St. ATL looking for a crowd....a very large crowd at that.  Instead, I found a large space, minimal attendants, but a first floor at the Studio Clout Fine Art gallery that was content with very strategically placed figurative sculptures of Brent Harris.  In my personal opinion, the room was very well attended.  I was very impressed with the bronze figures, and they took a strong favor to the works of Alberto Giacometti; both having very exaggerated features, especially in the arms and legs and facial features.  He had that whole, "signs of the artist hand" thing that I really like going on....

Now, going upstairs to the gallery of Meshu Mokitimi, I had the privilege of seeing has drawings and paintings, mainly oil, charcoal, pencil, and COLOR PENCIL (something I haven't seen in a while).  Lets cut to the chase, some good, some not so favored, but experienced in his craft nonetheless.  Mokitimi is from Lesotho, Africa and is a very prominant historical figure of his native country.  He is a visual artist of course but also a political activist in South Africa.  Thats all fine and dandy, but I felt like some of his works could have shown a little more expression and it would have sealed the deal for me.  The African vibe was captured excellently, and many of the works, hell ALL of the works were handled very delicately and skillfully, but there was still some information that I per se was not getting.  All in all, it doesn't matter what I say, DENZEL and BILL CLINTON got enough information from the work to buy it..enough said!

Eventful day for artists in Castleberry Hill Art District/ Murakami in Versailles

OK OK OK..I've been hearing the hype, I've been reading the blog updates, REALLY getting the tweets, so of course you know I am going to go to the gallery openings of both artists Meshu Mokitimi and Brent Harris at Studio Clout Fine Art Gallery.  Now if I am not mistaken, these artists are both very well known in not just Atlanta, but nationally and internationally, with Mokitimi work being collected by the American Gangster himself, Denzel Washington.  So forget the hype, whats good with the show! I'll find out myself....YEZZIR!

Now, I may be a little late on this, but I forgot to post this earlier this week.  The great anime/manga inspired contemporary artist (whos works reach prices I don't think I can count to) Takashi Murakami will have a number of works displayed in the great city of VERSAILLES!!  Yes, you know that place that was built real elaborate, a lot of artsy type work, a lot of gold, this party happy family of King Louis XIV, stuff like that..anyways check it out...

If you need a quick example of Murakami works and you can afford the big stuff, just go buy a copy of Kanye West Graduation album at you local CD store, or itunes.  No you can't download it; that defeats the purpose of looking at the album ART.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Prints Available!!

My works will soon be available in PRINTS from $12.99 to $29.99 on Artist Rising!! Come Check them out along with the other original works and prints of other artists!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

You've seen it before...just not in Black and White

My newest work completed today,
"Ebony Throne"
D.Lamar 2010

PULSE at the Lowe Gallery ATL

I hate that I will be out of town the week before this event, I'm supposed to be helping to set up for it, but I will try to be in attendance for the show if possible.

The office...s

During the first week of my internship at the Bill Lowe Gallery, I had to make a delivery of the works of Hyunmee Lee to an office building space there.  I had never seen so much quality in one abstract piece as I did hers, but the colors, shapes, and forms are all cohesive and simple.  Reading about the artists works of course gave me further insight about the artistic process that not only her, but I feel like most artists go through while producing.

The gallery has done very well from this artist as is visa versa from what I understand, but this is my motivation to really conquer a work and push to really engage the viewer.  

Blah with No Feelings

I just feel like nothing is really pulling my to work...I have a work in progress but I'm getting the feeling I've left it to the wolves...better go save it!!!

The Happening on the Beltline...Again

In Public Art News, the LBGT art installation on BeltLine vandalized...again.  Read in Creative Loafing and Project Q reports,

"For the second time since Art on the BeltLine pieces premiered back in May, some little bastards have vandalized Larry Jens Anderson's installation "Locked Out". This time, the damage is bad.
The piece, which is located on a part of the BeltLine in Midtown above North Avenue near City Hall East, is composed of five white doors, each labeled with child, mother, father or friend of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The piece also incorporates parts of the Declaration of Independence."
Further explaination of the piece can be found within the article, but that was the only piece damaged in the area....Homie got a Hater!!! 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Popped Up on the Pop-Up Art Show

On the 26th of June I attended the Pop Up Art show at the B Complex in the West End.  The attendance was a little low, but I must say the experience and closeness of the community was EXCELLENT! It was the first real show I was able to fully experience but I must admit...all of us emerging artists were a little...anxious!  I just forgot to have a business card...FAIL!  But the link to the pic is posted HERE.

Of course, I'm gonna do a little preview of my own...


Along with good work came popcorn and a few fish..


*theres rumor that theres a big 4 ft. catfish at the bottom of that KOI Pond*

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Beginning of Work Reinvention

"Rest In Red" 2010
Acrylic on Canvas 24"x36"

"My Red Blanket" 2010
Acrylic on Canvas 36"x24"

"Light Under Cover" 2010
Acrylic on Canvas 

"Ebony Throne" 2010
Acrylic on Canvas

I titled this post "The Beginning..." because due to previous works this year, I came home and was looking for a solution to a few working issues in my painting process.  Leaving the spring semester of my sophomore year in undergrad, I though that what I was doing was the right thing.  It was almost enlightening thinking that this new technique that I discovered was gaining some good review.  I placed in an emerging artist showcase in painting and got a 4.0 in my classes, but something was still missing.  The QUALITY was not there but the work ethic was.  Using clay (slip) mixed with acrylic was just not here is to Reinvention, something that every artist [I believe] must face.