July 26, 2011 § 3 Comments
badjonesrising has moved. follow blog there…so long wordpress!
I actually have some really sad news though. I hate wordpress. I made the decision to move and while I have been working on a layout, new links, and photos for new posts I haven’t been updating. I apologize for no updates. I was moving each post last night, and started to realize that my wordpress archive was half empty! I was able to move all the posts, but not all the photos. There are 16 posts are missing! Thanks wordpress, and just to think I was defending this blogging platform all this time…I will keep the remaining archive up, but the majority is now at badjonesrising, the blog
Anyway, I made the move and it is such a great feeling. If you follow me here please follow me on tumblr. If you don’t have a tumblr account that is ok! You can bookmark my sight and you can still comment via disqus. If you don’t have one of them, comment as a guest!
Thank you for everything, loyalty, comments, and inspiration. Please be a part of my art life via tumblr!
July 16, 2011 § 5 Comments
I was hard at work the last two days drawing, drawing, drawing! I did at least four new pages in the sketchbook, which means I am getting down to the nitty-gritty. I am so excited to finish it! I can’t believe that I actually completed it up to this point. I’ll post the new video as soon as I am done. I also did some work on the side…
I had a craving for some graphite on my hands so I brought out some old techniques. I was having a discussion about classic tattoo art and the possibilities that it can bring for an artist. I have never tattooed anyone in my life, but I am sure that I could design a tattoo. I wrote a similar post back in May about it. Since I have been in New York, that’s all I see. I have also been interested in them, wanted them, and thought about how many amazing tattoos exist.
I tried to put my own little spin on them, with my graffiti/edgy style. Classic with a touch of modern and young. I am not sure what is missing but I feel like the project isn’t complete. Maybe some classic colors? Or sailor mermaids and “mom” written in a bleeding heart! More research, more work, and more motivation will get this where I need it to be.
And by the way, I had over 40 views yesterday about my blog moving and only four comments. Does that mean that I shouldn’t move because I had so many people reading yesterday? Or does it mean that 40 people read but doesn’t care enough to put their two cents in? I just don’t know…
July 15, 2011 § 9 Comments
I was reading my stats and info on my wordpress dashboard earlier, and this is my 59th post. It has only been about 5 months since I started this blog, and it seems like I have been doing it forever. I take so much pride in my posts, my followers, my feedback. Recently, I have been struggling with where to go from here. If you are interested and haven’t read my Goals page, please check it out. To sum things up, I would really like to use my blog to meet other artists, art lovers, interact with them, and ultimately create a teaching/learning community. It would be a perk to sell some of my artwork and maybe open an online shop, but that is a longtime goal. I love wordpress, but it has a lot of limitations. I have been running two blogs since the spring, for two very different reasons. My tumblr, is used for quick updates on my sketchbook, the art I like, beer notes, and personal inspiration. I get triple the views on tumblr, and an enormous amount of feedback. The difference between the two blogs is frustrating and I have been thinking about moving Bad Jones Rising to the tumblr platform.
If you don’t know much about tumblr, definitely check it out. It seems trendy and hip at first glance, but all for good reason. The tumblr platform is literally the most customizable and easy-to-use blogging site I have ever used. Oh, and it’s completely free. I made a quick list about the pros and cons, hoping and praying for some insight.
- Tumblr lets me choose from thousands of layouts, or completely customize an original one. It is the easiest and most interesting/fun process. I have been working on a layout that is completely original, and I have been itching to use it.
- Tumblr has an amazing dashboard that is easy to navigate, and the phone app is great too. I use my phone to upload photos most of the time and wordpress always gives me the most problems. Tumble also allows video, music, and multiple photo uploading!
- I already have a lot of followers, curious about my art. I would hope that they would continue to read and comment about my artwork and share (reblog) my posts.
- I honestly think I would update more. Right now I am updating wordpress every 3 or 4 days. I update my tumblr every single day, sometimes more than once. I want all of my wordpress readers to be a part of that.
- Tumblr is getting bigger every single day, and adding new features. This only means good things for badjonesrising.
Like I said, I haven’t made any decisions yet…just thinking about it constantly. Right now I blog on tumblr part-time…thinking about being over there full-time. Tell me what you think, I can’t wait to here from you guys.
July 12, 2011 § 5 Comments
All those photos are so crazy right?! I went to the Under the Influence opening reception last night at powerHouse Books. If you remember I was just there for Julia Rothman’s Drawn In book opening. I wrote a post about it a bit ago. The event last night was a book signing and exhibtion for Jamal Shabazz. He is a photographer whose work chronicled some of the best years of hip hop and graffiti. It was one event of many in the Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.
The store was empty at first. The music was loud though, and eventually people swarmed in, hungry for art, music, and beer. The event was sponsored by Brookyln Brewery, but the beer wasn’t free. I am starting to realize the word “sponsor” isn’t what it used to be. I left early, but not without some great pics. I was really into everything on the walls. I can relate to stuff like this, it being mixed media and all. I saw artwork done in collage, typography, acrylic, oil, spray paint, etching, (even collagraph!), airbrush, emulsion, and shellac! I like all of it so much, and the bookstore did a nice job curating it. It really inspired me to get back into my graffiti days and add some text to my work. It was a unique way to get all my urges out onto canvas, I think I might start up again. Dumbo always does a good job of pushing your artistic and musical talents. Everytime I go there, I leave with new knowledge to make me a better artist.
I was talking to a friend last night about traveling and the effect it has on artwork. I know from experience that going on vacation, visiting new places, even sketching in a new place, can really change your artwork. If I can’t leave the state I am in, I find a new park bench or a tiny coffee shop to draw in. She told me I was brave for being this way and pushing my limits with creating. I was flattered at first, who doesn’t want to be brave? Honestly, I don’t feel like it’s an act of bravery. I look at it more of a challenge for myself, and an honor to let myself be inspired. You have to be open minded these days. There are so many things in the world that can bring you down, make you worried and stressed. When I feel like I can’t be comfortable or creative anymore, I change what I am doing. I don’t want to get sucked into a lifestyle that I don’t believe in, especially if it will hinder my creativity.
July 4, 2011 § 3 Comments
“Where the hell is Roni’s portfolio page?” I know you’ve probably looked at the page list there to the left, and asked yourself that question at least once. Well, guess what? It’s there now! Original Work was added tonight after a lot of stressful and unsuccessful attempts. I haven’t made all the albums completely public, but you can view four of them, with the provided Picasa link. I still have to include photography and sketchbook, but of course you can view sketchbook updates here on the blog! Click here to view paintings, drawings, collages, and art journal pages. I disabled comments on all pages so if you want to leave some love or questions, just comment here. Thanks and enjoy! [and Happy 4th!]
July 2, 2011 § 3 Comments
Julia Rothman runs one of my favorite websites of all time, Book By Its Cover. I have been reading it for so long and hoping and wishing I could participate in some of the many events she offers. Of course, since I recently moved to NY, I finally got to attend something. Julia Rothman has a new book out called Drawn In and it is full of inspiring photos and interviews of artists that keep regular sketchbooks.
I am always inspired when I go to Dumbo, it is full of art and music, everywhere. As soon as I got there all I wanted to do was take pictures and pick up things to collage with and sketch until my fingers fell off. I did finally make it to the Powerhouse Bookstore and was pleasantly surprised. It is a neat bookstore, with publishing offices on the second floor. They were playing Radiohead, I got to drink delicious wine, and look at some really great sketchbooks. There were a lot but I think I had a few favorites. Ana Benaroya, Ben Finer, and Jen Corace really stood out. I have seen Jen Corace’s work in Philly. I love sketchbooks, as you know. I think more art shows should be like Julia’s. Lots of neat people, willing to talk and ask questions, music, wine, and plenty of good vibes. I felt like I fit in and I can’t wait to get the book. Of course, if you haven’t ever visited Book By Its Cover, get on it and tell me what you think!
July 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
If you watch TV, read the paper, or spend more than 4 hours of your day online learning about art, then you should know about the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. It’s probably the most popular and full-of-hype galleries in Chelsea, NY. I have only been there one time before this and that was to see Jeff Soto. The show last night was a bit disappointing. I was expecting a lot more work overall, but the work that was there was so great. I had never seen Brett Armory’s work in person before and it was very impressive. I don’t really understand his process or technique, but the end result is appealing. I feel like the “younger”, “hip” crowd were gearing towards him being the star of the show. I will say I was drawn more to Dan Witz and all he had to offer. He seemed like a nice guy and was very interactive. His work was so strong, it was hard not to look at it more than once.
The Jonathan LeVine Gallery just seems so smothering. It is all white and metal and on the 9th floor. I feel like it has amazing work to show but the vibe is just not for me. I did have fun walking around in Chelsea though, as always, and always find new things. The gallery is booked until 2013 so if you are interested in hype and silent interaction about artwork that has been published in shiny magazines, you should check it out. ha! But no worries, because I went to another show last night, in Dumbo. Julia Rothman had her Drawn In book reception and mini-sketchbook show at the Powerhouse Bookstore. I just had to write another post for that one…