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Need a break? Checkout these 4 Paintings Inspired by the Ocean

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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.

Melting Piano
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.

Drip Drip Drip
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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A ___ About Nothing: The “Unorthodox Genius” Cameraman

Anyone snapping pics with The Godfather of Soul (even as a kid) has a story worth listening to. Therefore, I’ll let (the now grown) photographer/filmmaker, Marceau Lewis, tell you the rest.

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My name is Marceau (Marso) Lewis. I just moved to Los Angeles 4 months ago…

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more specifically Long Beach.

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And all I want to do is film and photograph.

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I’m 24 years old, 25 in December, and I’ve been a cameraman for about 4 years now.

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I film and photograph anything, and have yet to make a full time career out of it.

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My brand is Unorthodox Genius. I have the best ideas and views about things in the most unusual or “unorthodox” ways.

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I can bring the best out of anyone with or without a camera, but at least with it, I can let the world see it. -Marceau

Here’s the first of his growing film series that inspired the name of this post, ” A Video About Nothing.”

If you want to see more  of Marceau and his Unorthodox Genius work, check out his website, stalk his Facebook, add him on IG, or follow him on Twitter. He says you’ll like his twitter– “Most people say they’ve never seen anything like it before.” -Marceau

Special thanks to Marceau “Unorthodox Genius” for sharing.

 
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The New Dirty South: Meet Hip-Hop’s NiGE HOOD

Got a message from the dirty-dirty (do they still call it that?) from Charlotte, NC hip-hop artist, NiGE HOOD. He shares with us his latest music video, “A-Train”, featuring fellow emcee, Tim Stacks. Together they bring it back to 1996, teaming up on a slick cover to Jay Z classic, “Bring It On.”  Here’s his story.

North Cackalacky, stand up!

Shot by Tyler Coxxx of Sky Box Visuals , “A-Train” journeys through Charlotte, NC’s old neighborhoods, bringing nostalgia alive in this modern classic by NiGE HOOD and Tim Stacks.

NiGE HOOD’s Art Wall

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If you want to learn more about  NiGE HOOD, check out his website, find him on Facebook, or follow the man on Twitter. Oh, and IG.

Special thanks to NiGE HOOD for sharing.

 

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Art Of The World: Peek Inside The Studio of Argentine Artist, Estela Cuadro

I received a surprise message from Argentine artist, Estela Cuadro, who wanted to share with us her day in the studio. So let’s talk art, music, and inspiration from Buenos Aires–her words, her story.

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Alucinógeno 1

When I start my day in my studio, I want to listen to some music… It nourishes my imagination, it motivates me.

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Alucinogeno 2
Chamanismo
Chamanismo

…I feel pleasure in that.  I feel like I never want to stop doing this. It´s part of my life.

Cómplices
Cómplices
Constelaciones
Constelaciones
Copete
Copete

When I begin a new artwork I used to use a special cardboard that allows the pigments and water to react in a special way; giving textures, shapes, deformations and then letting my imagination act freely.

El Banquete
El Banquete
Eminencia
Eminencia

I used lots of techniques, like pencil, small coal and oil. Especially when I was young.  Nowadays I like to use more than one technique at the same time, and make different results.

Encantamiento
Encantamiento
Encuentro Desencuentro
Encuentro Desencuentro
Entre Perros y Gatos
Entre Perros y Gatos

I use India ink with salt, and I let them act freely on the support. I use other things to generate texture, and I use oil painting, pencils and pens to realize details.

Giran Soles
Giran Soles
Levitando
Levitando

If I had to pick a style for my art,  it would be quite difficult. Perhaps I associate my work with surreal art.  My characters and their environment have nothing to do with reality.

Los Años No Vienen Solos
Los Años No Vienen Solos
Magnético
Magnético
Nevado
Nevado

The distorted reality is part of my inspiration, my contacts and my experiences. My artwork is based on the unconscious – all associated with my dreams, relationships & with life itself.

Saltando en El Ocaso
Saltando en El Ocaso
Serie Mujeres Coquetas
Serie Mujeres Coquetas

I don´t try to tell stories in my artwork. My work isn’t the realization of an illustration for a story, book or magazine (with a text behind the artwork).

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Serie Mujeres Coquetas

There are always ideas or suggestions (of a story) but it’s not a literal sort of story. I take fun in other people’s freedom in interpretation.

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Serie Otra Mujer Coqueta

I feel that it is important to feel total freedom without restriction and without much precise meaning. I like to leave the interpretation of each piece to each person, you can get carried away like I do in every piece of art. 

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Supergalactico

I think each work has something special, they are part of my “games”, my pleasures. 

Suprahumano
Suprahumano

When I talk about a “game” in relation to my work as an artist, I mean that’s the way that I have fun with the characters, animals and plants when my playfulness arise. You’re letting it flow! So you have to let go of the restrictions and really play with everything that is created, generating a new and unique artwork.

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I would say that the (core) passion about art, is to feel free, to have your mind open to all the things new that can appear.

Thanks,

ESTELA CUADRO

For more information on Estela Cuadro and her art, visit her Tumblr page and follow her on Facebook.

Thanks again to Estela for sharing her story.

 

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