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A Struggling Artist’s Perspective: The Story of Running Bear

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A stream of consciousness from writer/artist, C.C. Long

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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,

-C.C. Long

For more information on C.C. Long, his art, and his stories; visit his website, read his screenplay, and view his books on Amazon.

Special thanks to Charles for sharing.

 

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Trouble finding your passion? Here’s a little Monday Motivation

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“If you don’t have an obvious passion, follow your curiosity.”– Elizabeth Gilbert

Remember, it’s okay not to know what your one true passion is right this second. Take some time to follow your curiosity– it may just lead you to your passion.

Listen to author Elizabeth Gilbert’s story on creativity and passion on TED Radio Hour.

Happy Monday.

The Bio(hazard) of Painter, Alan Scally

Portland artist, Alan Scally, shares his bio, work and infectious personality–Enjoy.

My bio, or more properly my bio-hazard goes something like this:

Darkness Inevitable
Darkness Inevitable

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.

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Melting Piano

I have been seriously working on my art since about 2006. Major influences are Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, the Impressionists, and The Undertaker.

Identity Crisis
Identity Crisis

I earned a J.D. in 2003 but have never practiced law. 4 marriages which I vaguely recall.

Diogenes
Diogenes

I’ve had plays produced and/or given staged readings, have published fiction/poetry/journalism.

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Drip Drip Drip

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.

Music and the Beast
Music and the Beast

I hope that’s enough–I was altar boy of the year in the Portland Archdiocese in 1965.

Visionaries
Visionaries

All the best–Alan

If you want to see more of  Alan’s work, visit his humble website.

Special thanks to Alan for sharing.

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3 Producers Come Together For A New Sound You Won’t Forget [Listen]

L.A. based producers, Grim Collective, share with us their “drippy” music.

We are Los Angeles based, Bay area raised. We are a collective of producers delivering you trillwave. –Grim Collective

If you want to hear more from  Grim Collective, visit their soundcloud, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and IG.

Special thanks to Grim Collective for sharing.

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Portland Paints: Pop Artist, FreshGhost’s, “Freshest” Work

Self-taught Portland artist, FreshGhost, finished this painting of Hunter S Thompson on Sunday, guys. Talk about “fresh”.

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And of course,  there’s more “fresh” (as in cool, dope, hella dope, 🔥— you get the picture) work where that came from…

 

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FreshGhost is a self-taught artist currently living in Portland, Oregon USA. His paintings are done with acrylic paint on stretched canvas. Much of his work up until late 2013 had been a progression of geometrical improvised art done freehand with the occasional use of a compass for circles. More recently he has also been experimenting with stencils made from photographs and painting in a minimalist pop art style. The paintings are numbered rather than titled as a way to leave them open for interpretation. 
 

For more information on FreshGhost and his art; visit his website, follow him on Twitter, and like him on Facebook.

Thanks again to FreshGhost for sharing.

 

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