Grandma 2

Oh I’m learning how to drive :S only stalled twice  today :D. Anyway today for some reason I really felt the need to go back to the stage of painting my grandma; fueled by my monochromatic phase I wanted this piece to be in grayscale. From my last post I explained the situation my family faced the past two years. The painting is of my grandma at the memorial of both her husband and son, so she was in an emotional state. She doesn’t like showing her emotions but according to my mother who was present on the day she couldn’t control herself. The painting is of the final moments of the memorial, and it is evident that she was all cried out. The image was quiet haunting at first but it’s funny how our minds are unable to process human suffering for a long time unless you’ve been in that situation; resulting to empathy for the subject. Yes I lost my uncle and granddad but I cannot imagine the pain it caused my grandma.

The painting is in acrylic with a thinner on an A2 canvas, I love the control the thinner allows me to have with acrylic.

Back to Black

You know there is something wrong when you paint all night until you hear the birds sing -_O” So I’ve been working on this study with my camera obscura thinking oh thank you Jesus for this brilliant cheat; until I noticed the shadows in the image made up 50% of the entire composition -_- When an image is like this I prefer working from dark to light. Meaning I had to paint the whole canvas black….. meaning I would have to draw the whole of the composition by eye… so I basically wasted 45 minutes tracing something that was going to be covered up. I’m tired ok. So I spent 4 hours having to draw the rock formation by eye on a canvas I blacked out (fix it Jesus!). But the fun part is yet to come, as I get to play around with my oil paints; which I haven’t done in a while. I blacked out the canvas with a mixture of black and blue, not only does this create the illusion of depth; it is also going to help with the colour composition as the rock formation does have traces of orange moss. I love painting in my room. Studio space is cool and all, but there’s nothing like getting out of bed and picking up a brush.

Black Canvas

GOOD AFTERNOON!

HI! remember business Tinkhani? Just showing you what I got up to this morning. Now I’ve told you so many times that if you wanted help all you have to do is ask, well I’ll introduce you to the gospel according to the apostle Sn. SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND! KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND IT SHALL OPEN AMEN! I tried telling you the truth in it’s blunt form but like Jesus told me you prefer parables so prepare yourselves! Now like your masters before you; know that everything is done in stages. I tried explaining this to you but you didn’t want to listen. So here’s my first example of the pieces I told you IS NOT FINISHED!!!!!!! I started adding the last touches at 10:30 and finished just in time for 13:00. No joke as I promised my Lord and Savior (ghetto black voice) I shan’t tell a lie MHMMM! *snap snap* (the visual is enough I used to do this a lot but not so much this time) BUT REMEMBER Thou shall not STEAL!!! (from the living anyway)

Image

20″ x 16″ Acrylic on canvas

Lion O_O”

As an artist you are always looking around for the next best thing and you just know when you have found it. Emmanuel Awuni (a good friend) is an up and coming artist, what he doesn’t realise is the principle of the creative act ( I LOVE MARCEL DUCHAMP O_O ). Now he thinks he’s not good enough simply because of the difference in our styles of painting. But he doesn’t realise that his art SPEAKS FOR ITSELF! So I’m going to show you one of his pieces and I know you will all see what I see!

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I’m not too sure of the dimensions of this painting. Knowing Mani this is probably acrylic.

This Little Light of Mine :D

Haha well I’m adding more paintings to my work in progress, this painting is of a good friend of mine. We took a series of photos only relying on his lighter as the light source; I chose my favorite one and well painted it 😛 I just used black for this (and a bit of white for the highlights) as I relayed on the canvas for the other tones. Poor guy suffered a burn for the sake of my art, who says art doesn’t come at a cost >:) This will be a series of paintings I feel as I hope to end with the use of colour. I skipped the imprimatura stage as I liked the white of the canvas purely for its tonal value.

A2 Acrylic on canvas

Brotherhood

HEY I’m back! Well I came back on the 29th June, just had nothing to post. Got bored so decided to paint again :D. This time it was for a little youth group I help lead on Sundays. We decided to call ourselves the Brotherhood probably because the group is mainly composed of us negroes so I had to paint something simple to reflect what we stood for. Thanks to google I stumbled upon a bible verse to inspire me, 1 Peter 2:17

‘Honour all mankind. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.’

Nice little verse and this is what I got from it, well and the fact that I’ve always been inspired by Frank Shepard Fairey’s style of vector art illustrations :D.

I’m still a bit rusty but I hope to improve my vector style, I LOVE VECTOR ART!!!

I’ll also find some time to post pictures from my holiday that inspire me creatively.

FINAL EXHIBITION :D

It’s been long-awaited but everything has gone to plan so far and I’m really happy with the way everything looks, I will miss UCA with a PASSION I’ve made friends that I know I will be life long; still it’s onwards and upwards from now on. My final exhibition consists of the various pieces of my faith journey incorporating most of my latest work to reflect my thinking process as it is now. As usual, being my perfectionist self, I had to find an order to put up my work up, which took some trial and error but in the end thanks to the help of those around me my final set up is a follows.

My blogging rate will slow down as I no longer have to work on a deadline however I will be producing work that I feel necessary to my current thought process. Our exhibition is currently at the UCA Canterbury Foundation Studios opened to the public on 21st, 22nd & 24th May 10am-5pm 😀

Joseph Stalin

I thought I ended my dictator series but in my monochromatic stage I couldn’t help myself once I glanced at the image of Stalin in exile. Now there’s definately an innocence in this portrait; which is funny as he did disguise himself at this stage. Bit worried yet flattered at the comments I’ve recieved over this painting, lets just say if Stalin was alive today he would have a massive female following -_-“.