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.
Oh Ollie the Geist was so right. I should be careful how I communicate. See I fall victim to my memories. Who remembers In The House starring the one and only LL Cool J. Like I said I loved watching 90s TV. There was one particular episode that I remember so well because someone came in all guns blazing without a care in the world. As a kid I was like who is she? But with age comes great wisdom. I laugh about it now especially when I remember the episode. See LL Cool J would look at Ru and smile because they are good friends, It’s funny because a certain world would look at the friendship and start quoting familiar scriptures because they think I have forgotten who I stand by. See I don’t stand at all, I’m so broken that the Geist often carries me wherever I go. And the message he speaks of is one of love. So I care for all my friends knowing that they do the same. So I declare this piece FINISHED! With my quest to get things right I never stop working even if it means no sleep. PSHHH Nu Huh It is worth it so Imma Work It! (Missy Elliot rushes in and grabs the mic). This piece was a challenge and the days kept rolling, I thought I’d be done in 3 days but hey another two didn’t hurt. So expect this to be delivered round Easter time 😀
40 x 50 cm Oil on Canvas
I heard your plea ages ago. I will stop messing with your mind, just promise to be a good friend because that’s all a brotha needs. I asked for plenty drama on DA CANVAS and boy does it take over. BUT LIKE I SAID SLEEP IS THE ENEMY! I REBUKE IT IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS, pshh I’ll just crash and burn on the days I feel the lowest. So OLLIE! This is taking longer than I thought, I told myself 2 days but hey I’ll be done tomorrow (well today) after my tutorial where there will be plenty SEARCH FOR MY TONGUE -_- OH I love the privileges my race has sometimes, I get to be put into a category that fits the stereotype but it’s all good this negro will run tings soon, and best believe those close to him will benefit in ways they thought would be impossible but in the words of BEYONCE (DIVA screaming into the microphone to show just how well she can control her voice) It’s the little glimpse of LIGHT that makes the DIAMOND REALLY SHINE and u already is a star BUT unless ur FLAWLESS Then ur dynasty ain’t complete without a CHIEF LIKE ME!!!!! All you need is a crazy person with a great understanding of the gospel. 😉 So LEMMI UPGRADE YOU!
More is to be done on the face but you get the idea 😀
I like how I feel like I have to prove how hard I work by showing a finished piece. My friends know that I put in the work behind the scenes. So here’s a project I’m currently working on, I LOVE IT WHEN CREATIVE MINDS COLLIDE. This is a good childhood friend of mine Ollie, to put it nicely he knows how to make an entrance. See from a young age I knew not to judge people based on what other people think, being the black kid with a creative flair the same judgement would fall upon me BUT I REALLY DIDN’T CARE!!!! and still DON’T See I’m still looking for my Beyonce coz remember NO PASSENGERS ON MY PLANE! (ghetto high maintenance chick) I AIN’T WORKIN FOR NO NYIKA TO EAT FO FREE NU UH! I work hard because I know (In GEIST I TRUST!) I’ll make it one day. SO AS PROOF OF MY HARD WORK! here’s a snippet of what I’m up to. This is a challenge; I asked for plenty drama on DA CANVAS and I got it! But you can’t defeat me I work all hours! and early too because I KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT MY MATERIALS O_O” oil paint takes weeks to dry so paint now and get paid later (HEYYY!) I’m incredibly patient I don’t wait for money MONEY WAITS FOR ME! *Snap Snap*
So as you should know we Christians LOVE EACH OTHER!!! So I have plenty Mums in the church back home. Mumma S has been feeling low and for good reasons too, see I like to use art as a tool to aid spiritual recovery. The Geist told me to, I hope you like it mum 😀 This took me a good 2 days worth of painting (don’t ask me the times just know that I AM ALWAYS TIRED!!!!). See art is a gift and a curse, you produce work that has a spiritual resonance at the cost of your body suffering in the process. But it’s all good (LSP) these lumps of flesh have been well trained! So best believe when my BODY’S TELLIN ME NO……..MY MIND MY MIND IS TELLIN ME YEEEEEESSSS! that’s right I can fight temptation like the best of them (Gospel choir leader in overalls with matching gold sash and shoes) MHMMM DAT’S RIGHT PRAISE JESUS! I was going to do this earlier but work+fear of meeting with deadlines (even though they are all the way in MAY mumma G SEE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE) had me leaving this to last minute but I’m coming home for Easter (I love Oxford but NA UH this negro’s smarts can be exhausted too) and to ensure safe delivery I will give this to you mumma S (God Bless the Royal mail but some things are best posted by hand). 😀
40 x 50 cm Oil on Canvas
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
So I bought a Wacom Intuos 5 and fell in love with the pad before I could even do anything on it, it’s so CUTE!!!! 😀 Any who, my sister wanted to see my work and I promised I’d do some kinda portrait. Of course it had to be centered on the old master flow I’m on now for some reason. So I did a sketch, taking my inspiration from Da Vinci’s anatomical sketches. I then used gimp (as I’m saving up for Photoshop and Corel painter 😥 ) to edit the portrait the way i wanted and for a 2 hours mess around I’m pretty happy with the results 😀 Can’t wait to do more stuff on my wacom tablet 😀 😀 O_O”
Felt nocturnal today so I decided to draw another portrait. Normally nurses do not get too emotionally attached to patients but my mum couldn’t help herself this time. This lady (of course I can’t mention names for patient confidential reasons then again I don’t even know her name 😛 ) is now in her late 80s currently fighting a critical illness. Doctors are fearing the worst yet she still has a smile on her face, helps that she’s Christian too. Her faith is probably the reason why my mum and her get on so well; Long story short she gave my mum and I a beautiful Rosary and blessed us both so I had to do something in return. Her daughter showed my mum a certain image of her in her early years and it’s as if my mum FINALLY GETS WHAT IMAGES I LIKE 😀 Now I think this must have been taken either in the 40s or 50s, I SWEAR EVERYONE THEN HAD STYLE!!!!!!!!!
A4 Graphite – 4 hrs
I drew this the same time as I did Tanya’s portrait; have no idea why it took me this long to post it. I didn’t take pics in between as I had to get it done quickly. Didn’t want to ruin the surprise 😛 The initial image had a low resolution which sucks for me as I’m crap at being creative and adding shadows were I feel fit, another thing I need to practice on, but once again for 5 hours I think it’s not bad 😀