If you’ve ever been in a critique, chances are you probably fall into one of the following categories:
1. The Defensive Back: Like a 250lb All American, the DB has a comeback for everything and is not letting anything through that tough exterior– not even valuable feedback. Not to worry; we still love you– after the critique.
2. The Ghost: Also-known-as “Casper,” this person has a strange way of always disappearing right before that 2 hour critique. “Hey?! Wasn’t so-and-so just here a second ago?” “They’ll be back–they left their keys.”
3. The Fat Lady: Before you get upset about the category title, remember the expression, “it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings”? Well, these guys are still slapping on paint on the way to the front of the room. They always manage to keep things interesting.
4. The Quiet Genius: They let the work speak for itself. Deep down, we all envy them.
There are probably a lot more categories that are missing and should be added to the list. Either way just remember, it’s not you we’re critiquing– it’s the work!
Huntington Beach, CA artist, Gregory Lee Davis, shares his oceanside views through his paintings– enjoy.
Gregory Lee Davis is an artist from Huntington Beach, CA. He draws much of his inspiration from the ocean where he has spent a great deal of time. The style in which his paintings are done are expressive in nature which is based in technique and can be at times impulsive in his process. In his work lives a vibrant color and spirit.
23 year old artist, Twan Kaikpo, tells her story. She said she is a struggling artist ( well, not exactly) and wanted to share her art, spirituality, and words– enjoy.
As an artist I try to translate my spirituality and my strange imagination into images.
I believe my artwork is unique because it’s a bit corky, jovial, spiritual, colorful, and almost childlike. It’s definitely not “fine art” but I think it still conveys a message.
I paint because it has a healing effect on me. I could be upset or just really angry all day, but as soon as I pick up a paint brush, all of those feelings are released and I feel happy again.
I hope I don’t sound like a lunatic when I say this but I believe that God puts all of the images I’ve painted so far in my head. I say that because I usually get ideas for paintings after having a daydream while meditating or from dreams.
I haven’t been on the art scene long. I recently started to believe I could actually have a career in art so I haven’t explored different types of mediums yet. So far I’ve only used acrylic paint & water colors on canvas. I think the more comfortable I get, the more I will experiment.
One of my best friends is also a painter and she was the one that inspired me to get into painting. She is probably my favorite artist. Her work is a bit corky, symbolic, spiritual, and abstract like mine. She showed me that art is art. Your style is your style. You don’t need to try to be like anyone else in order to be an artist. You just have to believe in your talent and your work will speak for itself.
When people see my artwork I want them to feel the joy I felt while painting it. I want each and every color to pop off of the canvas and have a healing effect on people (you can be healed through color therapy). I want to inspire any young person out there that wants to be an artist but doesn’t think that they’re good enough. I want to show them that they don’t have to be a Picasso to have “talent”.
Art is whatever you have in your heart that you want to translate with your paint brush (or however you want to express it).
To learn more about Twan and her artwork, visit her blog, find her on Twitter, or follow her on IG.
Artist and entrepreneur, Kacey Atreyu Lee Running Bear (also-known-as RNDM: pronounced, “random”) shares his art, his life, and his hustle.
My name is Kacey Atreyu Lee Running Bear; I grew up in most of South Central Los Angeles, but my home town is Hawthorne California–home of The Beach Boys, good vibes, and south bay area culture.
Being a youth from a bay city, I immersed myself heavily into skate culture and the underground music scene, acquiring a taste for spoken word, indie rock, punk, and rap music myself. It was this, that sparked my recording under the moniker, “Deadbeat, The Heretic”.
Some of my projects included talented minds like Jack Mushroom of Odd Future. We had a few friends in common, and he asked me to do some artwork for him. He was a fan of my art page, and had followed my art for some time. He asked me to use his love for his stuffed elephant, demonic-like subculture, and Odd Future association, as inspiration for the piece–and what transpired, was something truly magical.
I also hope to spread my love of art with the world. And hopefully this gives a little insight as to who I am, what I’m about, and provides a stimulating story, in which you could maybe gather a little inspiration from. And maybe see a point of view, from a struggling artist’s perspective.
– K.A Running Bear
To learn more about Kacey Atreyu Lee Running Bear, download his full biography and visit his Facebook fan page.
Writer/Artist, C.C. (Charles) Long gave us two options for a bio– might as well go for the long version.
All morning I’ve been working on a portrait of a friend’s daughter– it’s a complete failure.
Currently, I am being published in serial form by JukePop Serials on-line, The Archer’s Arrows; an urban-noir novel and a collection of editorials written for Flux Magazine, a British Arts Magazine; Our Man In Manhattan, is available on Amazon.
I had a poem published in Words Fly Away, published by the University of California about the tragedy at Fukushima. I have to paint three birds that I’ve sold, but haven’t painted yet.
I have two screenplays that are in pre-production with Chesapeake Films: Poe, and Future King. And I’m writing scripts for the Apple App: The Can Do Network. Recently, I wrote the column for Chin Magazine, Onion Soup. I painted ashtrays, some good– some were not.
Have had short stories published in many literary magazines. I am painting a six foot by eight foot sunflower and failing miserably. Plays: Actors Studio produced The Monastery, for the Performing Arts, and Santa Fe, by Jon Christopher Bua off-off Broadway. Poems published in Manna, Driftwood Review, and The Breadbasket. Have a letter from Andy Warhol telling me he loved my work. As an artist, I have shown in over 100 one man and group shows worldwide.
While writing this I have suddenly forgot how to write, paint and maybe walk, I’m too afraid to stand-up.
Hope All Is Well,
For more information on C.C. Long, his art, and his stories; visit his website, read his screenplay, and view his books on Amazon.
Portland artist, Alan Scally, shares his bio, work and infectious personality–Enjoy.
My bio, or more properly my bio-hazard goes something like this:
62 year old, 1st generation American, in fact first of my family born here. Roots are in the Occupied Territories of Ireland. I grew up near Portland in Gresham and Beaverton. I have lived a lot of places such as Chicago, Belfast, Toronto and elsewhere.
I have been seriously working on my art since about 2006. Major influences are Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, the Impressionists, and The Undertaker.
I earned a J.D. in 2003 but have never practiced law. 4 marriages which I vaguely recall.
I’ve had plays produced and/or given staged readings, have published fiction/poetry/journalism.
I’m a part of the local sports car and motorcycle road racing community. This is why I’m recovering from 2 cracked lower back vertebrae, 3 cracked ribs and some deep soft tissue damage on the lower right side.
I hope that’s enough–I was altar boy of the year in the Portland Archdiocese in 1965.
All the best–Alan
If you want to see more of Alan’s work, visit his humble website.