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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.