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.

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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.

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.

Finally, New York

June 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

20110602-090009.jpg42nd St. is for the tourists. I won’t be down here much, not really my pint of beer. The stores are too crowded, the signs are too big, the streets are too loud

20110602-090025.jpgbright lights, street lights, cop lights, flash lights

20110602-090057.jpghad to take a picture of the scrapers of the sky

20110602-090114.jpgthe one cool thing about NY subways are the mosaic murals, this one reminds me of roy lichtenstein every time I see it

20110602-090128.jpguptown, Harlem. brownstones, where the real people live

NEW YORK. I really don’t know what to say or how to put in words the feelings that are burning in my soul. I have been to NY plenty of times since I fell in love but never have I felt so free! I arrived yesterday and was very tired so the mister and I ordered chinese and slept, slept, slept. Today, I woke up late and got dressed for the most beautiful weather. The first order of business was to buy a sketchbook. There is a great two-story Dick Blick on Bond St. I bought a new sketchbook (with multi-media paper), 3 Visions (some of my favorite sketching pens), and a binder with clear covers. The binder was on sale for $2.17! Great buy! I haven’t had a sketchbook for at least 3 months now (shameful, I know) so all of my sketches have been on loose-leaf paper. I also have all of the recent beer labels I have been saving and I picked up plenty of NY art brochures, and postcards. The point is, lots of uh-mazing artwork is coming your way! New York, New York, New York. “Give my regards to Broadway”, I have got art to do!

Country girl, city dreams

May 29, 2011 § 3 Comments

20110528-044750.jpgstrawberries, classic green basket.

20110528-044833.jpgLepidoptera, on the porch every night

20110528-045451.jpgCollette, silver medal winner last year. Craft beer is so amazing in the spring and summer.

20110528-045425.jpgEastern field and ditch in back of the house.

20110528-045519.jpgMy favorite picture from the spring so far…Eastern field, glorious afternoon

20110528-044949.jpgThe sky as the sun is going down in the southwestern field and forest.

Even though it is still the spring season, it has only felt like summer for the last week. Early in the week it ran up to 90 degrees, even at the shore! It’s time to sleep all day, watch movies, and hope for rain. Of course, when evening comes we have to hide from the bugs buzzing around the porch light. Then, after relaxing all day long, night brings adventure and mischief. Oh! What warm weather wonders!

All of these pictures were taken over the course of a couple of days, each with no intent on posting them. As I was looking through them earlier today, I thought they summed up my last days here in the I left the beach last weekend, and started to pack for New York. I am trying to enjoy the nature and all it has to offer before I am surrounded by the concrete, metal, and asphalt of the Big Apple. New York summers are treacherous yet trendy. Stay in the air conditioner all day and party all night. I plan on going down an amazing list of galleries I have gathered and drinking craft beers I have never had.

The amount of art I have been producing has been limited, because of moving and staying cool in the heat. I am actually working on a queue for my art blog on tumblr and a new page on my wordpress. I have two greeting cards in the works so I will post the progress on them shortly. I also found some really great photos of my old paintings and I will post them as soon as I get a chance. New York is always such a good time when I go. Living there though, will really change the way I look at life and art. I am so excited to see the art, graffiti, fashion, people, skyscrapers! Oh, I could just go on forever about what I want and what I am dreaming about! Oh, how my mind wanders and wonders….

What a Wednesday!

May 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

HEY! I know it has been some time since the last post but let me tell you something! I am one busy little buzzing bee by the beach! I received some pretty awesome news today, news like none other.

My friend told me there is a neat store on the boardwalk that is having a show at the end of May and I was terribly curious about it. I found the ad in the paper and called them up today. The guy said that he had some people drop out of the show (why? crazy.) and that he had some openings. I told him that I painted monsters and did some graffiti and he said he would be willing to look at my work. So, I have to send some pictures of my sketchbook or some paintings and hopefully he likes what he sees! The neat thing about the show is all the artwork must be done on blank skate decks! How awesome is that? I love when the art surface is limited in size or even style, because I have to fit all my passion and good good lovin’ in a different way! So yeah, there’s that.

AAAAAANNNNDDD! Even more exciting…..drum roll please!!!!
My good buddy John Casey has invited me to be part of an art collaboration with him! He has some really great things going on and I really look up to him as far as art is concerned. He has been showing a lot lately, and he is working on a collab with several other artists. I will tell you more about it as soon as I find out. I may be in a show, maybe even a book! AHHH, just to work with him is enough! Wish me luck! If you have the time, definitely stop by his website and look at his work. His blog is even better…

Funny faces

May 7, 2011 § 6 Comments

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A devil for my parent’s fridge

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A gift for John Casey

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A birthday card for my Pop

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This is a detail of an art journal page from summer of ’09

I was going through some pics on my phone and realized I have tons of sketches of great faces. I sketch monsters and strange people with big noses all the time. Most of them are done in ink or graphite, never finished products. I found these four and thought they would be a great example of my style. I usually work in ink and watercolor when I do actually ink in a piece. Finished products are rare and most of them go into my portfolio. The photos above are not part of the final pieces but gifts for people.

Big noses, droopy eyes, teeth, and unusual color schemes are probably the best way I can describe them. Things always change but after looking over old sketchbooks and new pictures of current work, this is pretty standard for me. Most of these funny looking guys go on birthday, Mother’s day, or Get Well Soon cards. My mother, bless her heart, wants me to go into the greeting card business. She thinks I have the best birthday cards in the world. What she doesn’t know is that I do not want to really work for Hallmark. If the opportunity arose to build my own card business, I might consider it…

Which one is your favorite? Do you like them better than my graphite sketches? Are they Hallmark quality images? Would you buy one? Let me know…Hope you are having a great weekend.

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