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Archive for May, 2012

Digital Paintings: Electric Garden and Veiled Florals

A few days ago, I scratched the creative itch and decided to come up with a couple of digital paintings.  I kept experimenting with different textures, brushes, andbackgrounds in Photoshop.  These two were the outcome of my imagination.  I really love them and hope to create more soon.  A series possibly?  Hmmm…

What do you all think?

Electric Garden

Veiled Florals

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SAVNAC MURAL DESIGNS: Art by Carlleena Person

‘My art is about fragmented beauty. I can draw but choose to allow you to create the story you see when looking at the lines and colors I intuitively create. Life is Art and Art is Life and one cannot exist without the other.” – Carlleena Person

A few days ago, I was talking to an artist/photographer who I admire, CHD:WCK!.  He told me of a wonderfully multi-faceted artist by the name of Carlleena Person of SAVNAC MURAL DESIGNS.  I went to her artist’s Facebook page and I was immediately floored by her genius.  Incredibly vibrant, rich hues along with bold shapes, curves, lines make her art stand out.  Her exceptional artistry reminded me so much of Jean-Michel Basquiat. From buildings to human canvases, her mural designs clearly have a distinct voice beyond her city of Charlotte, NC.

As I admired her extraordinary portfolio, CHD:WCK! mentioned that she was no longer with us.  I found out that she passed away on May 20th, according to the Creative Loafing article I read.  May 24th, in fact, was the day of her memorial and would have been her 33rd birthday.  He spoke lovingly of a close friend and mentor who motivated and inspired others in every way.  I told him that I felt like I truly missed out on a phenomenal human being.  It actually brought me to tears knowing how short life really is and we must live each day to the fullest.  I grabbed my two year-old son to hug him, even though he gave me the “Mommy, what was that for?” look.  Between CHD:WCK!, and the people’s lives Carlleena has touched, her spirit and legacy will carry on.

Carlleena had a lot of fantastic things going on before her passing.  She had an exhibition coming up, TAO of SAVNAC, on June 1st to showcase her artwork.  She also had news that her art will be featured in a gallery in California.  You could feel her vibrant energy and positivity through her posts.

Life = Art and Art = Life.  I feel you, sis.

Thank you, CHD:WCK! for the introduction.  She will never be forgotten.

This post is dedicated to the memory of Carlleena Person (1979-2012).

Carlleena at work. Unknown photographer.

“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”  -Carlleena Person


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Shine

Shine

I submitted earlier today a photo for Broken Light Collective, a blog dedicated to supporting photographer who are or have been affected by mental illness.  I decided to share my photo and brief story about depression.  I was very surprised and excited to know that my submission was selected and shared with the BLC community and beyond.  I hope that others will gain inspiration from both my words and image.  Check out http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/ .


Artwork by Leon PhotoWerks

Today I was very surprised by a beautiful rendering from NY-based photographer/illustrator Leon PhotoWerks.  I met Leon through Model Mayhem when I first tried to get my break in maternity modeling a few years ago.  I’ve been in touch with him ever since.   I just couldn’t get over the details.  He’s very gifted both behind the lens and on paper.  This really makes me want to pick up my pencils and sketch book to draw again.  I’m so grateful to know a fabulous talent such as him and hopefully we’ll get to collaborate on a photo shoot soon.  Thank you, Leon!

Artwork by Leon PhotoWerks


FLOR- Inspired Modular Floorcovering

I think I love FLOR.  Seriously.  I really love this company.  This was a website I stumbled upon trying to search for a discussion topic for my last class.  Since someone already wrote a post on this company’s eco-friendly carpeted tiles, I decided to take peek.  I ended up filling out a form online to get the catalog sent to me.  I love the variety of incredible textures and colors.   Traditional, vintage, contemporary, or eclectic, there is a floorcovering for any theme.  Also, the fact that you can mix and match them to create a one-of-a-kind design of any size that will compliment any area of your home is wonderful.  They have predesigned FLORplans for those who don’t want the hassle of creating their very own from scratch.  To put them together is extremely easy.  You won’t need to sacrifice ruining your floors or carpet to install the tiles!  It’s also encouraged to purchase a few extra carpet tiles in case one or more are ruined.  The website has great YouTube videos that show how to install your FLOR design.  I personally would love to have my own in my living room, preferably one that’s very kid-friendly since I have a 2 and a 6 year-old.

The other day I received the catalog for Summer 2012.  There are some great designs for the home and office.  I found out that you can even order a sample of three 6 x 6 tiles for $5.00 with free shipping.  This is a great way to see the quality of the material, texture, color, and if it’s right for either your home or the office.

Take a peek at the gallery of some of the rooms decorated using the FLOR floorcovering system.


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Blossoming Manifestation

Blossoming Manifestation


Tribute to my mom

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I know that this post really has nothing to do with design, but I have to get it off my chest.

Mother’s Day is possibly one of the most difficult days of the year.  Well, really…more bittersweet.  Since I’m a mother of two boys, I love their sweet little gifts that they give me along with the hugs, kisses, and tons of “I love you, Mommy’s”.  However, I miss my mother, Naomi B. Mitchell, something terrible.

Sixteen years ago on March 26, 1996, I lost my mom due to respiratory arrest from multiple sclerosis after being comatose for two weeks.  She went from being a hard-working administrative sergeant for a sheriff’s office, who hardly ever missed a day of work, to a Hospice patient who couldn’t talk, eat, bathe, or dress herself within 18 months.  To say that her illness and death devastated my family is an understatement.

Let me try to sum up my mom.  She was the oldest of four girls from Pittsburgh.  She never cared for getting her picture taken.  She had a boyfriend in college who let her drive his motorcycle only to fall off of it.  My mom had the biggest crushes on Billy Dee Williams and Calvin Lockhart.  Richard Pryor cracked her up.  Mom was deathly afraid of snakes.  The movie, Imitation of Life, was one of her all time favorite movies.  She enjoyed fishing during her spare time and watching movies with us (I’m the middle child of three kids.).  It broke my heart when she told me she was picked on as a child for her rich mocha brown complexion.  Hooks, from the Police Academy movies, reminds me of her, especially when she gets pissed off.  Her macaroni and cheese was the absolute best and I almost have her recipe down to the last ingredient.  She had the desire to go back to college to major in Psychology.

Most of all, I know that she loved me.  I never got my chance to tell her how much she meant to me before she died.  The day that she left us, I still remember it like yesterday.

My Mother’s Day wish is for the ones who still have their mother is to make everyday with them like Mother’s Day.  Take the time to say, “I love you”.  Send her flowers from time to time.  Give her a hug and kiss just because.  Cherish every moment with the first lady in your life.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I had to post this video by Boyz II Men, Mama.  I cried when I first heard this…still do.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there.