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?”

Finally, a gallery, or something like it…

July 4, 2011 § 3 Comments

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“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!]

Credit should be given to Apollo Kids Live for helpful hints and Megan Seagren for the Picasa portfolio idea.

Black moon rising

July 4, 2011 § 3 Comments

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20110703-041307.jpgtriangles and mountains and volcanoes erupting

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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?

Julia Rothman’s Drawn In Release Party

July 2, 2011 § 3 Comments

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this was the best picture I took in Chelsea, before I went to Dumbo

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graffiti on an italian bread truck

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huge, rainbow mural on Water St., Dumbo

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view from under the bridge, sunset

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sketchbook table with event staff and guests

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a lot of people showed up

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click this picture! it’s a neat 360 view, frame by frame

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!

Brett Armory & Dan Witz, Jonathan LeVine Gallery

July 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

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this was my favorite painting of his, and it was the smallest!

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these two pieces were huge, overwhelming a bit

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the amazing Dan Witz, talking to a guest about his painting

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the two bondage paintings were so well executed, bet they are sold

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he is so good at human expression…

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this is incredible subject matter

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…

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?