FAMILY PORTRAIT

Many call me talented, gifted and so on (very flattering till I see another artist’s work), which I do appreciate a lot. In my spare time, I do try to teach other aspiring artists but they get discouraged each time they hear of the time frame it takes to complete a standard artwork, talk less a masterpiece. (Not even days, months).

If not for some current setbacks (Team Nigeria with her ridiculously expensive data plan and epileptic power supply, I love my country though). I would have created my very own YouTube channel, where I’ll be posting my step by step tutorial videos. But it’ll happen someday, when it comes to the business of art, one can’t actually predict the season of the surge of customers, I got this job some days ago to make a family portrait,(the stress was well worth the pay, heehaw). Consisted of a straight (ahem) couple plus two beautiful daughters, took me a week to accomplish. The process was regular still. A3 format cartridge paper but I used white pelican paper for the couples, used a grid system with my trusty mechanical 2b lead pencil, and then combined 8b, 4b, 8h, hb, 2b and 4b pencils for the whole shading. Used a tissue paper for blending (never ever use your fingers). I plan on kick starting my painting career soon, the materials are off the roof expensive unless one wants to purchase mediocre student quality materials (yuck) and yes, I’m a huge fan of acrylics for two major reasons;
→Fast drying ability
→None toxic smell
When I get my money right, I’ll buy all the necessary materials and self-teach even if it takes a decade, I’ll eventually get there, life is a competition between just two people, you and yourself, stop getting depressed by what your friends are currently achieving or have achieved, as long as you got your hustle on and not idling with prayers, you’ll hit the jackpot someday. (Never said you shouldn’t pray though).  

ART REVIEW OF AKIANE KRAMARIK


Prodigy Akiane Kramarik was born on July 9, 1994; she is an American poet and artist. She was known as a child prodigy and had begun drawing at the age of four. Her best known painting is the Prince of Peace, which was completed at the age of eight.
She is a self-taught painter. She states that God spoke to her when she was four years old, encouraging her to draw and paint her visions. Her parents were atheists at the time (they later converted to Christianity because of Kramarik’s painting and visions). She began to draw at the age of four, advanced to painting at six, and began to write poetry at seven. Her first completed self-portrait sold for US$10,000. Kramarik donates a portion of the revenue from art sales to charities.
Her paintings are often allegorical as well as spiritual, involving likenesses of Jesus, children and animals, as well as self-portraits. She often draws inspiration from magazine pictures.
At the age of 10, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, at the age 12, on CNN. By the age of 12, she had completed sixty large paintings. Some of her works have been purchased by the US Embassy in Singapore. Overall, she has completed over 200 art works and 800 literary works and has published two best-selling books.
Quite talented she is, I’m almost in love myself (hehehe), totally self-taught?! A shocker and her parents supported her, support is a lot of things, and it gives one hope and inspiration. Still going to study for a course but will definitely go to an art school to fulfill all potentials.

ART LATE BLOOMERS

It hasn’t been easy these past weeks (virtually all Nigerians can relate to this, one word, four letters, so much pain, stress and anger…. “FUEL”). Electricity has been epileptic as always, transportation fare is a major pain in the butt (In moments like these, I wish I had a magical broomstick) not to couple it up with the NYSC final clearance for Batch A youth corpers.
So much stress for such a young generation, atimes I wonder if we have a president (we do actually and he travels a lot!) oh well, I still have faith in his administration. The fact that I do not know who I may be inspiring via this simple art blog is the sole reason why I strive to continue posting even if not regularly.

All the time, I imagine if I was born in another realm whereby the belief that only through academics can one be truly successful doesn’t hold water.., I imagine the heights I would have attained, investing years into art and not into something I never really liked nor understood all in the name of making parents happy. Do I feel sad? Yeah. But do I have regrets? Nope.
Studying science has broadened my mind in so many indescribable ways, what I can do and undo these days is unlimited. If one doesn’t achieve success early, does that mean you are a failure? I don’t think so. Although this generation has so many early bloomers than I can count, making one feel so damn jealous. But my dear, you knoweth not of God’s plan, too many human beings think the chance to gain ultimate wealth ends in their 20s, meanwhile studies show that majority of billionaires (except those who inherit it) stumbled upon wealth at a later age. (30s, 40s, 50s).
I’m not in any hurry to be great, it’s something that will happen eventually, patience is what people lack, here are two examples of late bloomers that had a massive impact in art world;
Grandma Moses

She worked on a farm most of her life. She only started painting in her late seventies after retirement from farming duties. She entered some of her paintings into her local county fair, but didn’t win any prizes. Her work was discovered by art collector, Louis Caldor. Grandma Moses later enjoyed over twenty years of painting success and became folk art sensation. She painted up until her death at 101 years old.
Bill Traylor

He was broke and homeless at 85years old. To pass the time, he started drawing and displaying his work on the streets of Montgomery, Alabama. A fellow artist Charles Shannon noticed Traylor’s talent and brought him better tools. Bill Traylor made well over a 1,000 pieces of art in his lifetime, many of which are still displayed and celebrated today.
A creative life has its ups and downs, you can’t have it good forever neither can you have it bad forever, there must be a balance, ying and yang, night and day. And always remember to never ever give up.