Sketchbook pages, and a new gangsta video!

July 18, 2011 § 6 Comments

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20110718-071805.jpgI really like this spread. I am going to turn this into a painting I think. Two or in a series.

20110718-071811.jpgThis is the result of the second time lapse video I made, it needs the other side to be complete…

This blogging thing is starting to consume my brain. I sleep, drink Kool-Aid and Blue Moons, make artwork, and continuously think about this blog. I have become a sea of ideas, waves crashing over each other, the ebb and flow of creation…I have spent the last couple of days watching nothing but art videos on vimeo and have been so inspired. Two leading ladies have really opened my eyes to making art videos. The joyful Jenny from Starting Over Studio and the amazing Amanda from Ahhh-Design. Jenny has a couple of examples of “vlogs” and I watched them, feeling a sense of comfort and friendship with her that I have never felt. Seeing her face, listening to her voice, really made me connect with her blog posts more than I ever had before. I wanted to give that to my readers, send them the most personal message I can. Amanda is new to my daily blog visits, and I am so thankful for it. I spent all day Sunday reading almost every single one of her posts, all the way back into the winter months. She is one of the best collage artists I have ever came across, and her videos on vimeo are top-notch. I just knew that this is something I wanted, needed to do.

I decided to sit down yesterday and put all the inspiration onto paper. I used some techniques that I saw Amanda use, tried to think along lines of Jenny, and put out some pretty neat stuff. I want to show you all the collages but I have to upload the video first. I will give you the second video because it is shorter and a lot of fun to watch. I will say that making art videos in general is a challenge for me. I am naturally a shy person, at least when it comes to presenting ideas and art. It’s crazy, because I am an artist and I am outgoing…but when it comes to putting my work on the internet and being front and center is a big step. I figured this is a good way to gradually get into all that tutorial stuff that I have been meaning to do, starting with my hands moving a mile a minute!

I hope you enjoy the vimeo videos, and I hope that you will give me some feedback. Be easy though, because I was up late, tossing and turning over this blog post. I put some crazy gangsta music on it, and faded it out like all the cool kids are doing! LOL…and remember, bravery is a big part of blogging. If you learn one thing from me, please let it be the art of bravery.

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Bad Jones Rising moving?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Ugly art

July 9, 2011 § 4 Comments

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what’s he staring at? Or who is staring at him?

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up close and personal

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this is the result of boredom

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so ugly, it’s cute

People sometimes keep the kind of art that they do when they are bored. It’s usually tucked away in the old sketchbook, on loose leaf paper, in envelopes, maybe even the fridge. I keep mine, for the first time ever, because I must be crazy. I used to throw it all away, but now I keep it so I can cut it up and use later. Those two ugly guys you see above are the result of boredom.

The first one is a two-page spread that isn’t quite complete. I’m not sure how to clean it up, or if I should just leave it. I had originally drew the little bighead on watercolor paper but the colors got muddy, so I cut him up and glued him up nice and neat. He fits well enough, but maybe some words for company? The second ugly guy, is of the spiky sort and inside of a flowerpot. This is something I have drawn before but a little neater.

The point of this post is to tell you that art is good, even when it’s bad. Honestly. If you hate it, keep it. Someone might like it, you could cut it up or alter it later. You could use it for reference or just to laugh at. I know I sound bonkers but it’s all true. I made a resolution that I was going to keep my bad art, and I have only gotten good things out of it.

Pencil punks

July 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

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big nose, feelers, and a halo

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big brother program, everybody needs a mentor

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“Am I not turtle enough for the turtle club?”

Black moon rising

July 4, 2011 § 3 Comments

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20110703-041301.jpgrock cities are never-ending

20110703-041307.jpgtriangles and mountains and volcanoes erupting

20110703-041313.jpganti and some brain matter

20110703-041319.jpgthis was colorful, maybe a neat painting?

20110703-041329.jpgall my ideas and sketches and moods can be summed up by this page. The blackout poetry reads: “dark and anonymous people have spiritual memories and transient moments”

Forgive me art world, for I have sinned. I have a confession to make…
I have always worked diligently and enthusiastically when it comes to art. I am mostly self taught, except for what I learned in high school and a bit a art college. I try to find new art, new artists, and new ideas and techniques every, single, day. The problem comes when I can’t execute them correctly, or in an appealing manner. If you are an artist or not you know that life’s worry and stress can sometimes get in the way. When I get to this point I seem fold in my feathers, tuck in my wings, and waddle backwards!

I confess that sometimes I create artwork just to create. Granted, pulling out all my art supplies and doodling is somewhat “brainstorming” but is that really a way to create? I have this bad habit of drawing the same thing over 30 different ways, or just spilling paint into my sketchbook with no direction. I paint this way and it’s usually always successful. But when it comes to sketchbooks, it’s a whole different story.

The point is I have been tossing and turning lately. I haven’t been sleeping well, and even had some strange dreams. I’m not really stressed, just working on a lot of stuff. I have to make stencils, do some silkscreening, finish some large scale drawings, and work on my blog. Plus, deal with crazy, New York! Ahh, the pressure. I feel like there really is a black moon rising, and the eclipse might bring some awesome artwork. Are these pages a sign of what’s to come? Ominous and foreboding, or a sneak peek to some dark art done in my edgy style?

Finally! Favorite blogs list

June 29, 2011 § 5 Comments

It has taken me months to decide on how I want this list to be presented. I have arranged my daily blog reads in random order, with my favorite photo and my own two cents to get you started. I feel like this list is important because I am inspired by these people every single day. If you love me, and value my opinion please visit some of these blogs. All links are included and clicking on the picture leads to the blog homepage. Thanks and enjoy. This list has a permanent home on the left hand side of my blog, in the Pages Area. (I have another list in the works, listing just websites and portfolios, so keep an eye out.)


20110628-075652.jpgApollo Kids Live is one of the most thought-provoking blogs I have come across in a long time. It is updated daily, sometimes more than once, with profound quotes and really inspiring photos. I am a fan of the renegade, rebellious, anarchist vibe it has. Oh, and they love astronauts, music, and craft beer.

20110628-075701.jpgJohn Casey is my art hero. I have never been so inspired (and quite envious) of an artist before. His subject matter, technique, craftmanship, and compassion for his craft is astounding. Check out his blog for gallery info and art event info. He is such a nice guy and he knows a lot about good beer.

20110628-075718.jpgWeja is one of the most spunky, kooky, quirky, off-the-wall people I can think of. Her artwork is incredible and worthy of your attention. Everything screams with color and wonder. Her tumblr is also worth a glance. It’s full of neat fauna, mushrooms, and enchanting magical places.

20110629-114009.jpgPeirce, the one and only, is a graphic designer by day, ninja by night. She has a great sense of humor and stays true to the things she believes in. If you want a laugh, reality check, and some inspiration check out her blog.

20110628-075816.jpgBen Isaiah is the best damn blacksmith, metal worker, glass blower, and jewelry maker I know. I have never seen such beautiful work. He is always putting out new work and updates and you should definitely take some time out of your day and check out his work.

20110628-075731.jpgJenny, from Starting Over Studio is my best blogging friend (if this is an actual term of endearment). She runs a very up close and personal blog about making art and creating part of her new and improved life. She has plenty of great insight on people, places, and being true to what you desire. She always updates and is unpredictable when it comes to her art journals, and scrapbooking.

20110628-075754.jpgLeslie is my mentor that I never met. I have learned a lot of new things from this lady. I love her blog because she is so one-on-one with her readers. If you have a question, she is bound to answer it with all her heart. She always updates and her watercolors are amazing. Oh, and she leaves wonderful comments.

20110628-075809.jpgLinda is one of those gals I found and wish my blog was like hers. Her wordpress is full of updates, tutorials, personal stories, and great photos. Everything is so organized and she is also good at leaving great comments to keep you motivated.

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Sophie is a blogging buttercup from the other side of the world. She runs an updated blog, strictly of collage art. She is my go-to source for collage inspiration. She welcomes original work and submissions/links. Definitely check her blog out for refreshing posts. Oh, and she listens to good music.

20110629-115718.jpgEmily, from Looking West is one smart cookie, with great taste in art. I am a huge fan of her poetry and art posts. Her blog is so inspiring, it’s easy to read it a couple of times a day. Her archive is heaven in html form.

20110629-114602.jpgPJ runs one of my most favorite blogs. She does one hell of a job when it comes to folk art, and knows how to present it in a way that keeps you coming back for more. Colorful, organized, updated, personal, and always with a laugh, she is hands down worth a visit.

20110628-075800.jpgChongolio is new to my daily blog reads, but I am so glad I added him to my list. He updates on his art journals, which I am a big fan of. He has such crazy art journal pages and I just love his style. His laid-back, “everything is gonna be alright” attitude is contagious. He is always in a good mood and I always feel so cheered up after visiting his blog or tumblr.


Nicholas Di Genova is a name you might have heard, and if you haven’t then you are missing out on one the the best artists out there. This guys sense of work ethic, determination, and endurance is incredible. He is hands down one the the best artists that I don’t know. He’s a pretty nice guy with a ton of talent. He draws thousands of everything.

Megan is also rather new to my blog list but it’s one good read. I love her blog because she is always posting great wildlife stories about crows and trees and things. She has a great sense of humor and her mini illustrations are quite unique. She has some photography, painting, and stories. Variety is key to good blogging if you ask me.

Erin, from Art-is-try is also new to my frequent reading list, but for good reason. She makes homemade books! I love sketchbooks, handmade/bound journals, and book arts. Her sense of color and craftsmanship is noteworthy. She is always posting something new and personal and you should definitely check her out if you are into that kind of thing.

Anastasia is currently residing in Spain, sending me a note or two every now and then of the amazing things she sees. She runs a street art and graffiti site and it’s my favorite. I am biased when it comes to graffiti, I am a fan of the original 80’s train work, and anything from Australia, Brazil, and Spain. She takes just her and her camera on daily walks and documents the amazing work she sees. The awesome thing about her blog is that she actually knows a lot about art, and will tell you exactly what you need to know.

Dreamcatchers, jellyfish, and worry washers

June 25, 2011 § 7 Comments

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Why do I love watercolor so much? Why are watercolor pencils, pen, and ink the best media in the world? The answer is above. You can do almost anything and everything with water soluble media. I bought some watercolor paper so I could make some cards for some friends, but I needed a break. I got the idea from a sketch in my book, and figured to run with a series. I had a great time doing this because it’s as close as I can get to actual “painting” with having canvas, foamcore, wood, acrylic, oils, turpentine, etc. If you want to know my painting style, this is it. Until I post my old paintings on the blog, this is the best idea of the way I work. It should speak for itself, I hope.

The first photo is of the first piece I completed. The colors are odd, and were kind of a mistake. I reworked it yesterday and came out with a neat piece. I cut it up and overlapped some places. The second one was a brave decision. I wanted it brighter and bolder. This was my favorite until I started the last piece. I think this one has less of a jellyfish vibe, and more of a dreamcatcher effect. I cut out pieces of this too, to break up color.

Each one is about 4 x 7, and I think they look nice in a row but I might do some more, to create a textile/quilt thingamajig. I don’t know…I was practicing my old techniques from my younger days. It relieved some worries on my mind and it always feels good to get some work done. I think this may be the best art I’ve done since I’ve been NY. Whaddya think?

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