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[01 Aug 2005|01:04am]

[ mood | amused ]

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this is a picture i like to call "the british are coming" or "mutha fucka." (you'll probably recognize it from my icon, but i'm just egotistical enough to put the real thing up too, just so you can see my face in all it's extreme closeup glory.) anyway, i took it on a digital camera after chris's brithday whiffleball game. i was feeling pretty hardcore that day, since i had just discovered during the game that i kick ass at whiffleball.

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[31 Jul 2005|12:15pm]


so. since i started this community, i figure its about time to actually post some art.

so. here are my first three ap art summer assignments.

This was my first one. its all on newspaper, and the background is watercolor with acrylic medium rather than water.  On top of it is pastel.  its hard to tell, but the background of all of the bookcase is comic strips.  The guitar strings are real, and there are beads and some yearn on it, as well as paperclips and a guitar pic.  incase it isnt clear, its my bookcase with my bass in front of it.

Here is my self portrait. Im supposed to be surprised, or curious, or something like that. Its in pastel. and i have no idea why there are killers lyrics, but there are.

Lastly, here is a picasso style picture, again in pastel. Its a drawing from a picture i took of lizzi. for some reason the other picture got in the photo. sorry. anyway. thats it. one assignment to go.

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[20 Jul 2005|09:48am]

[ mood | artistic like 4 months ago. ]

Besides being incredibly jealous of Lizzi and Duncan, and reading harry potter and baking cookies till my ears fall off, i finally got round to scanning (or having someone scan) the drawings i did like, back in march. they're really crappy, taken from pictures of lana and jeff (i wanted to do the whole group but i never got round to it) that i had on my computer. they're freehand sketches with a regular pencil in a small journal i had (hence the yellow paper).
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i did this one first, so sorry lana, your head is a little lopsided. anyway, i think the shading and getting the little whispies of your hair was the hardest part.

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i think i feel a little more confident on jeff's, because it was second, and i also didn't have to do eyes. doing the reflection in the glasses was fun! his hair was hard though.

ok so maybe some day i'll get round to doing the rest of the sketches of everyone. until then, there are the dows. hehe.

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[14 Jul 2005|11:49pm]

i haven't really put anything up in awhile. actually, i guess i've put up more than anyone else recently. but whatevs. here's some more stuff! (sketches...in case you couldn't tell by looking at them)

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[15 Jul 2005|12:17am]


Item A:


Item B: A close tie between Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, but Dali wins by an inch or two because of his incredible perceptions of human ways. (Not that Picassso lacked that perception, but..) And a piece I love? By Dali, it would have to be "Sleep" circa 1937. By Picasso, it would be "The Old Guitarist". But one of my all-time favorites is "Composition of Red, Blue, and Yellow Squares" by Piet Mondrian. I'm a minimalist. Can't help it.

Item C: Medium? Wow... In 2-D it would be color chalk pastel or perhaps oil. I'm indecisive on that. But I prefer 3-D at this point, and I love clay. Handbuilding, mind you, not the wheel. I've used too much profanity on the wheel, damn it. As for why I love art, well... here goes:

In my everyday life, things happen spontaneously. A careless statement may slip out unnoticed, but because of it, a friend may slip out as well. A test I take may be answered with little or no thought about the question, but simply programmed memorization. But when I have time to let my mind think, I discover that I do have intelligent things to say, I just have trouble voicing them. I notice that I do have a deeper answer to a question, or perhaps a question for a given answer. These ideas form feelings, or opinions, or queries, and I have no better way to resolve and release them than through my art. An author runs for his pen, an orator runs for his soapbox, and I, an artist, run for my canvas. Each release from my mind forms an artwork, and whether it is appealing, controversial, or indiscernible, it is my outlet. I pursue this outlet to pursue my future, but the fuel for this pursuit is still my simple and innate love of the expression of art. I have a love for the feel of a brush in my hand. I have a fondness for the sound of a pencil on paper, and an obsession with the smell of fresh clay. I need to feel the grit of charcoal in my fingers and the click of the shutter from my camera. I have fallen so sincerely in love with this aspect of my life that to factor it out would leave me unraveled.

Yes, I wrote that. It was part of an essay I wrote for my application into my current school, Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Some of you have heard of it, I think.

Item D: Pirates, of course. Simply because pirates are the rough, dirty, bad guys that still exist in cleaner, more illegal, form today. When's the last time you saw a ninja on the news? Oho....

Item E: "It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself." - Salvador Dali. The man is a genius, let's face it.

Item F:

"Chuck". A photography piece I did. Dry-mounted B/W's of my Chuck Taylors. I presented them in the form of a shoe box. High school, I know. But I love the shoes. And photography. A winning combo.

"Bright Lights, Dim-Witting". An oil painting of Times Square. It has some other things thrown in; beads, paper, etc. So mixed media, I guess.

"Nervous Habit". A self-portrait done in graphite. I'm biting my lip. That would be the habit.

Just a still life I threw together. I got some new pastels and needed to put them to the test.


"Warrior". It's me as a baby. Done in pastel, of course. The drawing is on the left, it is a lot longer (I'm not cut off at both ends) in actuality, but my camera and I had a conflict about that. To the right is the photograph I worked from.

Well, that's it for now. Criticism and critique is highly welcomed. My name is Joy, by the way.

 That would be me, currently.

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[05 Jul 2005|01:19pm]

ummmmmmm im really slow and retarded.. sooo that self portrait yeah it might be a day or so. THORWWY
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Photos [29 Jun 2005|12:28am]

Pictures from the Grand Canyon, Santa Fe and the road on our vacation.

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sweet portrait [13 Jun 2005|09:45pm]

[ mood | blah ]

i figured i'd put this up because i was going to put it up last time but then i realized the portrait was supposed to be doen in paint. then i got really enthusiastic about my purple hair and forgot all about it. so yeah. first post(ish).

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[12 Jun 2005|09:09pm]

a. so i had this really cool image up here. but then i looked at the rules and what everyone else had done and it said "your computer's paint program" which i guess does not mean photoshop or paintshop pro...? so here's a picture of me from MS Paint:
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maybe i'll put up the other picture later. eh.

b. I love Justin Bua. and i looked everywhere to find the name of my favorite painting, because i saw it on abi's wall and so i don't know what it's called. but it's by Donald Hamilton Fraser and i'll describe it: it's this kind of abstracty dancer leaning against a wall and she's wearing pointe shoes and her hair is kind of hanging over her face and she's really skinny and she looks really tired. and in terms of music (because i don't really know much about art art and mostly i'm a music kind of artist) i love Debussy's Claire De Lune and Gershwin's Prelude II.

c. my favorite medium is sketching in black and white pencil. i love art because...i dunno. i like to create things. i like being able to create something and then step back from it and look at it and be like "hey. i made that." then you can look back it a year later when you've gotten much better and be like "hey...that sucks."

d. pirates. strait up, hands down. they are...gnarly and rough and they have the street smarts. no cushy cushy rich ninja jobs for the pirates. they can be sneaky when they want to and they can be loud when they want to and they know how to party and even when they're incredibly drunk, they can still fight. plus they can fight both on land and at sea. annnnd they can hold their liquor. and they have johnny depp and orlando on their side. and they have excellent clothes.

e. "Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches."
-Andy Warhol
(ok, so it's not really about art, but it's a quote by an artist.

f. i am PREPARED!
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okie dokie [26 May 2005|10:33am]


here's some of my old photography and a crappy sketch that all happened to be laying around on the computer.

(scanned into photoshop and altered a bit)

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[25 May 2005|10:41pm]


#9- I actually painted this one before I painted #8. I used all acrylic as opposed for spray paint for the background in #8. I think using the primer spraypaint was more successful, because if you see this one in real life, the background is really distractingly(is that a word?) shiny. But for the shapes, I mostly used crumpled use newspaper to spread it, and it sort of made some cool textured, especially since the acrylic background left some texture too. I think this one is simple too but because it has such few shapes, I think the different textures make it a little more interesting than #8 in that regard.

#10- This painting was really fun. It actually started out as a tester to see how spraypaint would drip and I really liked the lines it drew so after a while, I kept going with it. I used latex-based paint, spray paint, and the black is acrylic. I think if I was to do it over again, I would continue the blue diaganol lines more and maybe added more diaganol lines to balance it out. I also think the middle is sort of too contrasty almost with the black in between everything, I think it could have done better with more variation.

#11- This is for sure one of my favorite paintins I did this year. It was one of the first ones where I just let go. It was actually really refreshing. I think I actually might have posted this one before....Anyway, its latex-paint, spray paint, and acrylic again on butcher paper. It was kinda hard to finish because I started with the big drippy pieces and I sort of felt like I was working backwards, doing the boldest, foreground if you will, first. One thing that bothers me about this one though is the left hand side wher I tried to mix the black in with the drippy red part, and the red was already mostly dry so it just made this sort of chunky wrinkly part, which you cant really see. But whenever I see it, that's probably my least favorite part. Sarah and I were thinking about cropping about the whole left side of if for a while, but Ms. Marks said it would off balance it. So here it is.

#12- This is another one of my favorite paintings I did this year. This is spray paint, latex-based paint, and a tinny bit of acrylic on plywood. Its about 3 feet tall. This is my final concentration piece so I tried to bring in all the square structural parts of my paintings along with my new found-love for dripping paint. First I sprayed the background with white, black, and grey primer, so it wouldn't be shiny. Then I sort of worked my way from the bottom up. And almost by accident, I dripped spraypaint and then dripped the "same" color (they're different colors, but I mean like the same like they are both red) in latex paint over it. I liked how it almost gave it like shading and depth in a really abstract way. I had a lot of trouble with the black and gray shape because I realized that primer paint isn't as thin as regular enamel and so I had to go over it a little with acrylic to smooth it out. I think if I did this over again, I'd even out the read dots more towards the bottom instead of just the middle.

Thanks, and I heart comments.

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salutations [25 May 2005|11:39am]


b. Man Ray interests me, and i really like caravagio, van gogh, and georgia o'keefe. I think trent reznor is my favorite musical artist and my current favorite work of his is "with teeth."

c. I like many mediums, mostly because im still experimenting with my artistic vision. I love photography and chalks and paints. I love art. It is a way of life for me. It's like breathing. Its imperative. 

d. definitely ninjas. Ninjas are less likely to be missing a limb. Also, pirates are smellier. ew. Plus ninjas are all super-stealth-like.

e. "Some people are afraid of what they might find if they try to analyze themselves too much, but you have to crawl into your wounds to discover where your fears are. Once the bleeding starts, the cleansing can begin." ~Tori Amos
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." ~Georgia O'Keeffe

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[01 May 2005|12:14pm]


#5- This is another photo montage of one of the playgrounds at Ramsey. The picture is kinda bad and crooked, but on the original piece there is no extra black on the sides. But yah, I felt that this montage was more successful than the othere one because it flows a tad bit more. The most difficult part about this one was that I didn't have like any pictures of just sky, I actually had to look through old rolls to find some and some of the blue tones are really different becuase of it. Its really distracting, but that's all I had. O well.

#6-This is an abstract design of a slide that I did a while ago and then turned it into a painting with the same color scheme as the rest of my concentration. It seems a little off balance, like I could have moved the whole thing a little to the left. After I was done with it, I was kinda wondering if people could tell if it was a slide or not, and then Becky pointed out that the white and red shaded parts kind give it that wrap around slide flow, which is cool because I didn't even plan that. But the last one of those parts, in the lower right hand corner kinda bothers me because the shading seems too abrupt. And the blacks look blacker in this pic.

#7- This piece took me like years. I almost gave up on it actually. But when I finished it I was happy with it, and I still think its one of my better paintings from this year. One shape that bothers me though is the one on the right edge about half way up. Its tone doesn't really match with anything else and its solid too, which makes it stand out even more. I also think the pole thingy on the right could have uses a bit more solid red. And the shading on the top red/white shape is crooked and it slightly throws me off.

#8-This idea came from the painting after this one, and in the ordering, we actually reversed the order. I wanted to get a sence of how the many parts of a playground fit together, as it were like a model or legos or tetris. So one this one I used spray paint for the background and acrylic for the other stuff. I kinda like it. i think that white column one the bottom left is throws off the balance and that I should have filled the top more. But over all, there's something about it that makes it sort of.....boring, maybe? I'm not quite sure.

Okay, next four later. Off to calc. Comments are very much so appreciated. Even if I don't really know you, you can tell me it sucks. Thanks.

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[30 Apr 2005|11:21pm]

[ mood | I have the hiccups. ]

Ok, sorry....

My Concentration part of my portfolio=

#1-This is a picture from my first attempt at a photo montage. I actually really don't like it. Mostly for the color scheme. And I guess I just think its kinda boring. I do like how black the tire is though and the highlight on it at the top. O yah, by the way, my concentration is on playgrounds.

#2- This print is of the monkey bars at the playground along Freedom. I think its called Scott's park. I like this one better. I like the color scheme a lot better and againg the black and the highlights on the black (*I'm obsessed with black). I know the composition is kinda cliche, I wish I could have gotten  more of the top bar. But yah...

#3-This is a black and white print painted over in oils. The picture's kinda blurry. I  underexposed the film and then overdeveloped it to make the negatives more contrasty, ( I can't remember if its called push or pull...) but I like the way the print came out with a lot of sharp details. The composition isn't the best, but its okay. Then to sort of try things out I guess, I went at it with oils. I actually started out with the top right one being green but later changed it to match the color scheme of the rest of my concentration. Close up it blotchy, but in this I kinda like it. O, and the idea to color the tires in the first place came from that primary colors/childhood sort of thing. And I also wanted my protfolio to go in an abstract direction.

#4- This was my first attempt at a playgroud photo montage. I only took 24, and not very well, so its not the best. I think that one lighter print is sort of distracting. The whole piece doesn't really flow well. O well. But can you find my first print in there? Hint: I cropped the original image.

Okay, I will put up the next 8 later. Right now sleepy-by. Thank you all. And this community rocks, even if I've been neglecting it. Comments are greatly appreciated.

Have a good day.

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[04 Apr 2005|09:14pm]


I am not sure that i like this one better, but i made some adjustments.... they were kind of needed, and i just don't want to do my homework. yeah... but i will put up real work sometime soon. enjoy.

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[04 Apr 2005|04:46pm]

[ mood | funny ]

So my cat fell in the toliet today... it was really funny, so i thought that i would share.... and show you some of my skills on paint for real. but yeah, i should stick up something real sometime...  lalala! creativity or an artist! hehe.

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[02 Apr 2005|04:22pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

a. Wow. This really makes me love Photoshop...Paint sucks. I look rediculous...no, I don't look like me.
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b. I hate that I'm copying Amy, but Pollack and Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. So you know what? I love Bosch, and a piece of work I love is Pollack's Claire. :D

c. Photoshop. Because I'm a computer nerd. I'm starting to love photography though...even if I'm not as good as...some other people.

d. You know, I've never really chosen a side. I guess I would have to say pirates though...because they really are better.

e. Oh man. One of my favorite quotes ever. "May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine." I just love my Frank Sinatra too much. He was an artist!

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[28 Mar 2005|11:09pm]

[ mood | talking to thomas ]

A.  Some might think that I cheated, but the rule was just to use paint... I did just use paint.... i tried three other self-portaits, but i liked this way and one the best.

B. Lana Dow; Cruciform, by Neo

C. Photography! Chalk pastels, Acrilic paint, pencil... i don't know i can't decide. i love art just because. i love being involved in expression. i like being concentrated. i like giving people something to look at. i don't know. i just love it and always have.

D. pirates... as i join the crowd. because i always played a pirate when me and my sisters were little and played silly games that i still love today.

E. "preparing food in the nude
       why should i care about what i wear

       all clothes do is weigh me down
       me me feel like im gunna drown
       make me look like a clown

       i walk around with no pants on
      there for everyone to look upon
      as im walking down the street
      people think im incomplete

      but i know its nice
     when people look twice
      but i never want their advice

     I want to rock out
     with my cock out
     i want to dance
     without my pants" Thomas Martone

F. i am prepared.

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ah yes.... [28 Mar 2005|09:04am]

right, so the picture i drew myself from is my icon. that was fun.
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and then my favorite artist is pollock. and my favorite piece is garden of earthly delights

favorite medium= photography tied with conte crayons, they are just oodles of fun.

i love art, because ive been brainwashed by my parents to love it.

pirates, hands down are more attractive than ninjas.

quote- diane arbus,another lady i am a HUGE fan of...

"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know."

thanks to all for their participation in the community.
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hurrah, first post! [27 Mar 2005|09:30pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

okay so i don't get banned! yay!

so this is the pic i used for my portrait:
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and this is my portrait:
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i really like calder, when i was in 6th grade i saw a special exhibit of his wire mobiles at MOMA in SF. then i got wire and wire cutters/pliers so i could do it to, and even did a report on him. he was pretty cool.

a favorite art piece? well i remember going to the cabrillo art professor's show with amy, and there was this one piece that really stood out. it was these news articles on a shooting in the middle east, and this extremist soldier with a gun, and he shot these 7 young schoolgirls. really sad, but the art was really...it grabbed me.
cause from far away it looks happy, it's just like paintings of people and then there are these words painted on, from the articles, and it's just haunting.

my favorite medium is...CRAYONS! no, just kidding. i mean I LOVE crayons a lot, but i like working with just plain pencil a lot, cause i like detail. and sometimes i don't like my work as much once i color it in. i love art because it makes me feel happy. before i wanted to be an actress, i wanted to be an artist who lived on a farm. haha this was like kindergarden. i just like getting really into a project and then coming out of it HOURS later, but having had the time of my life. it's a great pasttime.

pirates. why? because i was raised pirate. i'm the american daughter of a british emo pirate communist. yar!!!

favorite quote? well i'd say this one by oscar wilde, after all he IS an artist, just writing form: he said this on his deathbed "either these curtains go or i do." ahahahaha what a comedian. but i'll add one from a painter so that amy doesn't ban me : "Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it." -Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

pics asap, okley dokely!

love, toni

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