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2012 Artist

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, Magic, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2012 by artlovemagic

2012-headerAhhhh…. Another year comes to a close. 2012 was beautiful. And in its honor, we once again have invited some of our favorite DFW artists to contribute to a collection of standout works created in the last 365 days.

A variety of artists answered the call, from many different mediums. There’s been no effort here to order them into any categories. What follows is a mash up of Dallas area artists from illustrators, to painters, photographers, and even sculptors.  Also included are a few former Dallas-ites who’ve now moved around the world and still have a connection to artlovemagic.

Enjoy!

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Kari Sams
“Playing”

This painting was a “happy accident.” I was using left over colors that I had mixed together from another painting that I had just finished, and was trying to get it done for an art show. I did not even think about what I was painting, so really, I was just playing with the colors. I usually do abstract color fields with a few forms/lines that are not really defined.  Sometimes my color fields give a feeling of one of the elements coming through (Earth, Fire, Water, Air). This is the most colorful abstract I have ever done and it looks like everything at once (all colors, all elements). I usually just stick to a few colors when I do this, sometimes even monochromatic , and I rarely use black. I like how the black turned out in this though. I see my color fields as an expression of spirit coming through. They communicate a feeling or an essence and are better experienced in person. They are open to interpretation by the viewer. Everyone sees it or feels it through whatever their perception or state of mind is at that moment in time.
To see more of Kari’s work, visit her on facebook:

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Brad Albright
“Texindigenous”

In total contrast to the suburban sprawl and retail conveniences surrounding us today, as an illustrator in Texas I’m inspired by the mythology of the Old West and the idea that the state was once a brutal wasteland.  In developing ‘Texindigenous’ I challenged myself with exhaustively researched at the Fort Worth Zoo and Historic Stockyards, and the final illustration was carefully drawn with ink and etched on clay-coated masonite.  This image will appear in 3D for those with red/blue glasses!

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Jonathan Davis
“La Lumiere d’Aline”

13 x 20 in. / December 2012
mix medium on cotton paper
model: Aline Allen”The Light of Aline”, is distinctive of my style and my subject matter. It is a mixture of watercolor, acrylics, indian ink, colored pencil and glitter. I leave this year, with this painting being one of my most enjoyable. The first in a series of a new muse, Aline Allen.
facebook.com/jonathanmichealdavis

http://davismichealjonathan.wix.com/seventhswan

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Paul Hammerquist
“Water & Balls: Stillframe”

This is a still frame from one of my 3D Animations Water & Balls. It was created using Blender a free (Open Source) 3D modeling program. The animation took 1 week to render a 45 second animation.

https://www.facebook.com/DeepEllumHammer/photos

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Samax Amen
“Andre”

Here’s a look at one of the pieces I did for the Undead Celebrities issue of GhettoManga Quarterly. When I started the call for “Undead Celebrities” submissions, I was hoping somebody would choose to draw iconic wrestling star Andre the Giant. Since no one did, I had to do it myself!
I did three pieces for that issue, but this one is my favorite, because it feels so light and whimsical. I don’t do whimsical nearly as much as I’d like.
Peep more of my work at Ziontific.com

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Harmony Witte
“Recycle Revolution Mural”

March 2012
Acrylic on cinderblock

This is an approximately 18 foot tall mural I did on the side of the Recycle Revolution warehouse at the corner of Chestnut and Davis in Deep Ellum. This project really stands out to me because it was a huge stretch to accomplish. I had never tackled anything so large and I didn’t have the first idea about graffiti! It turned out as something that makes me proud and was recently used as a backdrop for a HGTV commercial! I began working on it during the Occupy movement and it felt so appropriate to be painting the word “revolution” on the side of a building. It really amazed me how many people from the neighborhood would approach me and talk while I worked. People love to talk about the art they have made or seen that has been stamped on their soul. They would stand and watch me work for hours. I hope that each of them sees this sometimes and feels like a little piece of them is in the wall–I know I do.

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Patricia Rodriguez
“The Path of Intuition”

24″ x 24″

acrylic/krylon on canvas
I completed this piece in 2012 and it’s the second in a series I’m working on called “The Path Of”. My pieces are like meditation for me and I approach each piece with no sketch or plan in mind. Sometimes dream images are the inspiration but I paint spontaneously and let the symbols, colors and images just pop into my brain and canvas at the same time. This piece is about following your Intuition and finding the fruits even though you’re blind.
For more work please visit:

http://www.tigerbeearts.com
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Lawwrence Alexander
“Captain America”

Prisma Pencils and black Ink

This piece done and donated at the Dallas Comic Con for The Wounded Warrior Project. Lawrence was one among many local and profession comis artists that donated and perform at the event. The piece was then auctioned off to the final bid of $1025.
To see more of Lawrence’s work, visit: http://www.lawrence-alexander.com/fineart.html

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JC Barbara
“Anatomy Studies”

There was once a time when understanding human anatomy, hierarchy, structure, perspective and design where essential practices for the artist to master. In the 21st century this philosophy seems to continue to dissipate. For this reason I find myself trying to rediscover the spirit that drove the old masters. My focus in this piece centers on the beauty of the back. Studying how the forms stretch and compress depending on which major muscles or bones are pulling or contracting, gives the human back a near infinite reservoir of appealing poses to observe and admire.

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Alexandria Quinn
“Lament for the Nations”

36″ x 24″(plus installation of cascading paper flowers on floor below), February 2012.

Lament for the Nations came about as I was seeking to further surrender my artistic talents to the Lord. Last year as I studied the book of Acts I was moved by how willing the first missionaries were to give everything for their Father, MY Father. I learned about Gladys Aylward, who left everything she had known to pursue the Lords will. I also read the words of Susan Bergman who once wrote: “How to draw close to them?” speaking of those who are suffering in Christ. My heart was grieved, how could I connect with those living with persecution and oppression? As I contemplated this prayerfully many scriptures came to mind including these words of Paul: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26-27) We are ONE WITH THEM. We share in our sufferings and rejoice in the hope of Jesus Christ, who saves us all from our sins and redeems us to the Father. This piece of art is my prayer, my lament over all the nations to mourn over those that are still lost, but also bring attention to those that have given their life for our Lord. There may be much persecution, but even in that our hope, our love, our faith and God’s kingdom is ever multiplying.

http://calledtobeanartist.blogspot.com/

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Jose Ramirez
“A girl smoking a cigarette in space.”

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Khalid Robertson
“Attack the Block”

One of my favorite movies that I saw this year was Attack the Block. It was epic! I made posters to sell for people, hoping a lot of folk would get it, when I sold them at shows. Alas, all I got was “hey he has a sword!”. The iconic scene in tho movie was when Moses, the kid with the sword, was running from a stack of furry black alien dogs. They made those aliens dark like ink. So I figured, it would be cool to make a piece where that black tone integrated with the letterbox frame and played with the negative space. I dig it, but like all things I see changes I can make.”

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Kevin Obregon
“Mus(i)ca Domestica”

“This 22” long sculpture, “Mus(i)ca Domestica”, was a prized auction item for Art Conspiracy 8’s SEED event, and has an embedded digital music player/amplifier built into it’s body, along with a pair of 2″ speakers, which can be found behind the “compound” eyes. The idea came to me when I first heard the selected artists were going to be given speakers as a common thread or theme for this year’s event. The house fly, which oddly enough has the latin name “Musca Domestica”, seemed beautifully serendipitous when it came time to naming it. The piece was auctioned off at $950.”
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Kathryn Petroff
“Just Passin’ Through”

Mixed Media on Panel, 30″x48″,
For Sale

The painting I am most proud of this year is “Just Passin’ Through”.  It
is the first painting in a new series I began in 2012, with many more to
follow.  I believe this piece has allowed me to find my voice as an artist
and has awakened a drive and creativity I have never felt so intensely
before in my artworks.  Each of the trinkets she carries has a real
personal story from my friends and family.  The pocket watch belonged to
my grandfather.    The thimble on a string belongs to a friend of mine and
is one of the few items found in her family home after Hurricane Katrina.
I love the idea of “collecting” memories and thinking of the stories these
trinkets carry with them.  I am currently working an a second painting of
this woman, on a new part of her journey.  Many people have asked about
her, and I wanted to know as well.

Visit my website, www.klpfineart.com,
for more portfolio images and to see progress on this new series.
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Eddie Walker
“Kaitlin: Dia De Los Muertos”

I really enjoyed doing this piece for the last ArtLoveMagic Art & Coffee I participated in for the 2012 year, held first Friday of November, where the theme was Dia De Los Muertos. The face started out as a white in keeping with the face painting agenda that was the celebration. I didn’t actually know what kind of design to  go for. After looking at several examples, I just decided to wing it. So much fun. The face belongs to Kaitlin Epperson. The design is all mine.
View more of my art at

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Carolyn Collins
“Rewind To A New Moment”

In order to appreciate where we are going, what we are capable of, and the possibilities our future holds… we must take into account where we have been, what we have learned, and what we have experienced in our past. Every component of our past is waiting to be rearranged into a new and exciting field of discovery… of all that surrounds us and all that lies within us. I love to collaborate, especially when it’s for a great cause! Borrowing some old watch & clock parts from a friend, I felt like an imaginative & curious child, as I carefully built this temporary sculpture… solely for the purpose of shooting this photograph. 50% of the proceeds from ANY item featuring the Rewind To A New Moment image (including boutique gift items) will go directly to ArtLoveMagic’s Kids Music and Art Workshops. Why? Because KIDS NEED THE ARTS!

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Cal Slayton
“Gotham Girls”

I’m very grateful that I got to a lot of illustrations this year. This piece is probably my favorite. I wanted to create an 11 x 17 print I could sell at conventions and decided on doing a Gotham Girls illustration. I also knew I wanted to do a limited color palette. I sketched it out by hand, scanned it and then recreated it using Adobe Illustrator. It took forever to do, but I finally finished it and am really happy with how it turned out.

http://calslayton.deviantart.com/
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That’s it! May 2013 produce amazing local art as well.
This blog was put together by Michael Lagocki for artlovemagic.
To see last year’s collection of 2011 art, click here.
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Just.Us.League Gala – photos by Thomas Garza & William Neal

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, Magic, PR, Shows, Workshops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2012 by artlovemagic

A few weeks ago we posted pictures from the Just.Us.League/ArtLoveMagic gala by photographer Quoc Cong Qc. This event (which benefited our Creative Kids Workshop program) was held at the Anatole Hilton in a neon lit, jaw dropping atrium. So we were thrilled to find that two other local photographers were in the crowd who caught the night beautifully as well. From the art, to the room, to the flash mob dancers (yes, really), it’s all here.

The following color photos are from the lens of Thomas Garza, the black and whites are from William Neal.

Many thanks to both of these photographers for their beautiful work.

You can learn more about Thomas Garza at http://www.facebook.com/ThomasGarzaPhotography

You can learn more about William Neal at http://www.facebook.com/wjnphoto

Special thanks to The Just.Us.League, Abstract Method Marketing, and the Hilton Anatole for this event.

2011 Artist

Posted in Artists, Magic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2011 by artlovemagic

As a year ends, it’s good to reflect on the creative work you’ve done. We sent out an invitation to a few dozen artists to share a piece of visual art they created it 2011 and tell us a bit about it. Specifically we asked them to choose a piece they were proud of.

A variety of artists answered the call, from many different mediums. There’s been no effort here to order them into any categories. What follows is a mash up of Dallas area artists from illustrators, to painters, photographers, and even sculptors.  Also included are a few former Dallas-ites who’ve now moved around the world and still have a connection to artlovemagic.

You can click on each image to see it a bit larger, or follow the link after to see more of the artist’s work. Enjoy.

Jonathan Davis

“Medusa”
mixed mediums on cotton paper, October 2011
18.5 x 12.75 inches

Medusa was once a beautiful, lovely woman. She was so beautiful and desired, a god took her innocence by force, raped her, and left her all alone. When Medusa came to Athena for help, Athena took the side of the god who raped her, since he was a god as well, and Medusa was simply a human that was as beautiful, if not more, than Athena. She then cursed her to be alone, deformed and never to know love. Athena turned such beauty into such horror, and left her at the end of the world. Later on she was be-headed by Perseus. I just wanted her to be remembered, not as a monster, but a beautiful woman who never had a chance. She symbolizes to me in many ways, what women have been dealing with since the beginning. This is a tribute to Medusa, the most beautiful woman that ever walked the planet.

www.facebook.com/jonathanmichealdavis

Lawrence Alexander

I created this piece entirely in Adobe Illustrator. I treated it sort of as an optical illusion meshing his cloths with the background, bringing out the man himself. I used blending and meshing techniques that I have never used before, and I feel it is pretty unique to a lot of art that is out there. It was an open door to more styles of art.
http://www.lawrence-alexander.com/fineart.html

Sherry Smith Muldoon

I have had more mixed emotions this year than any other.  On September 17th, my son was born.   I have never experienced so much pain and joy all at the same time.  It’s really confusing in a way.  Like every other mom with a camera, he has become my biggest muse. This is my favorite image of 2011.  Most newborn photographers do the sleeping baby shots.  But, for Gabriel, I like to see his eyes open.  He has been called an old soul a few times with his incredibly deep eyes.  This image is important because, I have had to do a lot of trusting in God this year.  Gabriel was actually on an incline and I had to be really quick to make this happen.  I was so nervous that the basket would tip over and than I would really label myself a bad mother.  However, when I got the shot back, it was clear that the angels were holding him in place.  I’m pretty sure that you can see it in the photograph, if you really look.
http://www.dreamfocusstudio.com

Joshua Boulet

The reason I chose this as the best drawing of 2011 is because of what it represents. An empty Zuccotti Park. Where the Occupy Wall Street revolution began and where I stood as I drew this. My New York struggles and adventure.

www.joshuaboulet.com

Brandon Douglas

The ideas I have for my art come from various conversations I have with my close friends. All of which are creative types. I am very fortunate for that. One conversation we had revolved around perceived value and beauty in people and things. Our talk focused around the treatment of beautiful women. My conclusion from the conversation was that I felt a little sad that most people look at beautiful women just as they would look at a rare object. Never connecting with them on a human level but rather only superficially. Days later as I was waking up I had a vision of a transparent woman blending in with the background and looking away from me. She was content with her position in life but her presence was cold. The title for this piece is “Disconnected”

https://www.facebook.com/B.DougArt

Snow White

The Calatrava Bridge at sunset.

www.therealsnowwhite.com

Cori Berg

This piece was a commission gifted to a friend this year leaving one successful creative career and opening herself up to a new journey of unknown experiences.  Having gone through this myself in the last several years leaving my career in education and administration to pursue my art full time, I was really drawn to this piece.  Many, many people people are going through this  midway or even at the end of their working careers these days, with very unique challenges and struggles.  Immediately, one can struggle with a loss of identity, having lived so much with your job as that piece which people connect to.  There can be feelings of grief over loss of “job relationships,” as well as grief over the tasks that once brought you joy.  One is met with being a novice again, middleaged amongst younger people who may not recognize your skills and value.  But, if one is willing to face this experience with authenticity, courage, and hope, one can find new skills emerge and new sources of joy.  Thus, the image of the bird changing direction mid-flight, wings still spread, still in motion.

www.coriberg.blogspot.com

Sally Torres

My name is Arazeli Torres and the piece I am most proud of that I’ve done in 2011 is my first metal sculpture I created using scrap metals, computer parts, and clay. The piece is called “Programmed Life” and it represents how some parents don’t allow their kids to follow their dreams. Sometimes you want to become a singer, artist, musician, writer, etc. and your parents don’t allow you to become what you want to be in life.  Many have endured a life of being controlled, led, directed, and programmed into following an occupation or life they are not happy with. Parents need to give their kids confidence and courage to follow their own dreams and show them support.

https://www.facebook.com/torresarts

Hatziel Flores

” Beauty ( inside-out )”
Oil/ Acrylic
36×48 Woodpanel

A inside look at the true beauty that lies inside of us even when in-times it seems to almost fell truly lost, is also second chance or an opportunity to share a side that the close person has missed or not seen before.

Hatziel.com

Jasna Boudard

“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.”
www.jasna-boudard.com

Anthony Harris

A watercolor portrait of my grandfather in his workshop constructing a fishing rod.

www.municipaljabberings.blogspot.com

Dee Hill

This is an image of a room in an old hotel built in the 1880’s
in a small town in East Texas,
Many things in the rooms have pretty much been left most likely
just as they were at least 20 years prior to the day I photographed it.
It’s a beautiful vintage building in need of restoration.
The hotel is also “home” to three known ghosts.
Reported sightings include a woman in a long dress,
a young female child and a gambler often carrying a deck of cards.

www.flickr.com/photos/genevive33

Chris and Hallie Garcia

One of my favorite pieces of 2011 was the “family” portrait my husband Chris and I did together. How this happened was purely sparked through ALM. We were asked to be a part ALM’s section of Deep Ellum Arts Fest and Deborah specifically asked us to team up as husband and wife and work on something together. Chris and I hadn’t really done that before but decided it could be fun. Months earlier I had rescued a huge 4’x6′ canvas that was sitting with some neighbor’s trash, and we settled on using that since Deborah asked us to create ‘BIG!” and it was free….so if we messed it up it wasn’t a big loss. Since it was our first true collaborative painting together, the subject matter seemed to be an easy choice! A key to working on this together was using an improv game called The Yes Game. When one player says a statement, the other has to respond with “yes” followed by a statement that only builds the conversation up. So when we went to paint this, we decided to say yes to each others ideas, and follow up with ways we could enhance and see those ideas through. It was a great experience for the both of us and we ended up with a fantastic piece of art we are both proud of and LOVE!  Since we’ve completed this piece, we were commissioned to do other family portraits and have discovered we really love working together on art!

Brandy Collins

I painted this after a strong desire to express my thankfulness and love for the privilege of nursing as a profession. My acrylic version of the original photo. “Staged Kiss.”

Brandycollinsart.com

Eddie Walker

This is a portrait of Jazna Boudard, photographer, as I’ve seen her on several occasions.
All I had to work from at the time was an iPhone image, but it was great
because the image just flowed onto the canvas… one of those rare occasions.
This was painted live at an event held by Unified Arts at Club Dada.
www.EddieWalkerArt.com


Cal Slayton

Cloak and Dagger
In a year (luckily) filled with tons of commissions, this was a piece I did for fun. Just for me, just because I wanted to. Cloak and Dagger as such cool characters and there are a lot of cool images of them out there.  It made me realize that in all my years (and that ain’t no small amount of years) of drawing, I’ve only done them a couple of times at the most.  So I thought I’d tackle them and I was pleased with the results.  Pencil, ink, markers, color pencil on this sorta chip board / card stock paper.

http://calslayton.deviantart.com/

Will Klein

“City Life” is a painting that was inspired directly from graffiti and street art.  Art work on the street brings a certain liveliness to the environment. The unavoidability of this art accompanied by its inherent, humanistic qualities reminded me of a unstoppable vine or weed. In this painting, the paint is transforming an otherwise gray wall into an alive scenery. In essence, artwork on the street takes on an entity all its own and brings life to the city.

Robert James Luedke

I’m very proud of this image because it was created using a number of mediums, including: Soft Pastels, colored pencils and markers.  In addition, it was created for a very good cause, the live charity art auction benefiting Heroes for Heroes, sponsored by Art/Love/Magic .

http://www.bobtheartist.com

Kathryn Petroff

I am extremely proud of this mural I painted in 2011. Landscape is not at all in my style. In fact, this was my first landscape to ever paint. If you know my work, I specialize in murals and portraits of people and have a much more edgy look to my gallery works. The reason this painting sticks out as my most important work this year is that it wasn’t painted for money, but with love for my son. I worked on this mural throughout most of my pregnancy for our nursery. It felt like it took forever because of the body aches and having to wear a respirator for safety…the progress photos of me working are hysterical! In the end, it was completely worth it. Being a full time artist, it is easy to measure the importance of my works by the amount of money I made or people who will see it. This time it is a mural painted off the clock, for my own little family that has a special place in my heart.

www.klpfineart.com

Patricia Rodriguez

This piece is titled “Adrift”, I made it especially for the Cool Waters show I participated in this year. I drew some inspiration from Hokusai and was really shooting for a piece that showed movement and stillness all at once. The branches appear to be caught and suspended in the flow which wants to pull them away with it’s natural force. It is a snapshot of a moment in between currents. This piece is acrylic on canvas and is the flip side of what I do when I’m not painting on vinyl records.

http://www.tigerbeearts.com

Glenda Williams

The title is “Pippa”, and it’s a portrait of my daughter’s pug. For the past year or so, I’ve been experimenting with acrylics and mixed media, and doing a lot of watercolor pencil drawings. But for “Pippa”, I went back to the medium that feels most natural to me: oil bars. It was interesting to see how my technique had evolved after taking a long break from my preferred medium. I am laying colors down faster and with more confidence, now. I feel that my creativity is flowing more freely than it has in a long time, and that’s the main reason I’m proud of this particular piece from 2011.
http://www.gw-art.com/

Ixchel Aguilar

The Acrylic Painting “Breath of Life” was created in late March of 2011. It is the dawning of new era, the maturity of spring. She is the Goddesshead breathing out the elements in all directions. The fire that purifies, warms, and lights the night. The Water that cleanses and gives us all life. New energy coming into us and the earth the mystic energies charge in preparation for a new dawn.

www.ixchelart.net

Jason Kinney

This is my pencil drawing of William Bouguereau’s painting entitled ‘Innocence’. It was certainly a challenge to recreate another artist’s masterpiece, but it lead me on a journey that culminated in my ultimate gratitude to God for giving me the extraordinary gift of art. This is particularly significant to me right now because I am soon to take a leap of faith by pursuing art full time. I gave this drawing to my in laws in gratitude for the support they have given me. I am also truly thankful for ArtLoveMagic, as they have played such a large role in my development as a successful artist.

www.jasonkinneyart.com

Luis Torres

My name is Luis Torres and this is one of my favorite pieces of 2011. It’s a metal sculpture called “Balance” made out of mechanical parts, metal circles, scraps from a C&C machines, and a hard molded plastic hand. I called it “Balance” because it represents our need for balance in our lives. There are times in our lives where we find ourselves out of balance and things seem to always go wrong. Through all our struggles and obstacles that come our way we must overcome them and regain the balance in our lives. It is necessary for our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-beings.

http://www.facebook.com/4arts

Kevin Obregon

“Unhinged”
Acrylic on Canvas
36″ x 48″
(fyi: this piece is available for purchase. $1800)
“This piece, titled “Unhinged”, like all of my fractured paintings began as blind contour drawings of subjects taken from real life, sometimes a person seated near me who has distinctive features or might be positioned in an interesting way. I started drawing these particular types of images in 1999 and began putting them to paint in 2006. Essentially, once the initial drawing is complete (usually taking anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute), I then place myself into a musical trance state, morphing my hand into a seismograph needle, making short chopped and repetitive lines according according to the rhythmic pulses of the music I choose to listen to, and longer, meandering lines according to bass lines and melodies while being mindful of light and shadow, positive and negative space.  Being a percussionist, I tend to listen to tribal music – elements that are conducive to polyrhythmic stanzas, often resulting in a frenetic realignment of sheet music.”

www.sites.google.com/site/kevinobregon

Carolyn Collins

“The Pianist”
We all have unspoken truths about ourselves (or feelings for someone) that we wish others could understand. Some of us are too humble or too proud to share these truths. Others remain silent in fear of rejection. Still others simply cannot find the words to express their deepest feelings, thoughts, dreams or fears. In February, 2011, I began a photographic journey in conceptual portraiture. Initially using models, I began to reveal hidden truths of my own past, present and future… like love letters bottled and tossed into the sea (see “The Sofa”, “Lost”, “Found” and others on my website). This proved to be a cathartic experience for me as an artist, as a woman, and as a human. Shortly after, I began capturing ‘love letters’ through my lens for clients. “The Pianist” is one such client commission I created for Ocie Powell. I already knew of his love for travel, antiques, photography and the avant garde. When I inquired about his dreams, hopes, regrets, etc., I discovered an even more beautiful spirit in this man. Ocie wishes he had the means to travel the world and shoot legendary photographs to share the beauty of other cultures, and he misses his dear friend whom he lost. He also wishes he could have been a character actor in a Felini film… or a famous classical concert pianist (he’s never learned how to play the piano)… and he hates the cold. As I do with every conceptual shoot, I selected clothing/accessories from his own wardrobe, staged the set design with just the right props/lighting, and directed my client much as a film director might address an actor. Ocie asked me to cast his ‘love letter’ out for all to see. The unforeseen blessing for me in creating conceptual portraits… is that each person has told me that the very process (from start to finish) was a form of healing or self-expression they needed or desired. If you could send one final love letter to a loved one (or even a stranger, as Ocie did), what would those unspoken words look like? Music is my drug, photography is my passion, building bridges between people is my mission. Peace and smiles.
www.carolyncollinsphotography.com

Bianca Elise

“Secretly about YOU (KING) ” (c)2011. Over the last year my focus as an artist has been not just to paint a pretty picture, but to connect with the viewer on an emotional level, particularly concerning self and relationships. The meaning behind the piece is basically, as women we will follow what we Truly Believe in wholeheartedly and blindly. Whatever that Grand belief is becomes our “KING”. This piece is somewhat about dedication, and passion!
www.BiancaEliseArt.com
Thank you to all the participating artists. Please check out their work and share this post with people you know who love art.
This post was produced by Michael Lagocki for ArtLoveMagic.

The artistry and music of the 2011 Deep Ellum Arts Festival

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by artlovemagic

words by Michael Lagocki
photography by Kelsey Paine (unless noted)

It’s a pretty safe bet that you’re always going to see something amazing at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. DE knows art & music and this is the event that brings EVERYONE out. ArtLoveMagic was once again proud to contribute a unique area of the festival packed with live artists and performers. 100% local talent (like Lawrence Alexander, pictured above).

Our live acoustic stage hosted a lineup of more than a dozen talented musicians from all over DFW. Many of them were veterans to the artlovemagic scene, but a few were new faces to our collective that we were proud to feature as well, like acclaimed songwriter Daniel Katsuk.

We rotated the artist platforms a total of 6 times to give the maximum number of artists opportunity to show their work – and so that the crowd could see a wide reflection of Dallas arts.  We were even blessed by having the Davies Brothers in our section throughout the festival!  Becky Taylor gave folks a behind the scene look at how she makes jewelry (above).

Local cartoonist Samax Amen painted live and talked to fans of his magazine and blog- www.ghettomanga.com.  Samax has the gift of gab and loves to get into conversations with aspiring artists about how to approach both the business and creative side of a freelance career.

We were particularly proud of our musicians, who each took their sets seriously and brought a little something extra. Like this moment during the song “Dear Father” where Goat and Jackrabbit bowed down while Elle sang solo. Both jumped up on the exact beat and came back into the song.  It was timed perfectly and gave the crowd a moment to cheer.

Speaking of… this was the three’s last performance together in Dallas. The popular trio has performed together over 100 times, but with Elle relocating in the next few weeks, this set served as a finale. We’re proud to have worked with them so many times, and we wish Elle unprecedented success wherever she goes.

ArtLoveMagic founders Michael Lagocki and David Rodriguez both got into the mix and painted live as well. Above Michael works on a collab piece with his ghostwerks brethren. Ghostwerks is an independent comic publisher that Michael and four others formed prior to artlovemagic.

Dallas photographer Jen Shu set up a photobooth on Sunday where festival attendees (like this little guy) could get their portrait snapped. If you were among the hundreds that did, you can swing by her site here to see your images or order a print.

Kids need art! As more and more school art programs are shrinking and disappearing, we think it’s even more important for us to provide interactive art experiences that audiences of all ages can participate in. All festival long we had a section devoted to audience made art.

And as we were cleaning up this section, we found some future artisan had left us this awesome piece.
Photo by Deb Driscoll

We just dig watching Sarah Zamora paint. She always sets up gorgeous displays of her work and always creates large colorful paintings live on scene.

Graffiti painter Joe Skilz knows how to recycle his empty spray paint cans… make them into another piece of art.

When night fell on Saturday, guitarist Matt Barron took our stage and absolutely shredded a performance that had a huge crowd going crazy.  It was wonderful to see him get such a well deserved response.Photo by Michael Lagocki.

Sculpture was part of the act to. Luis Torres brought out the heavy metal and even did some live welding for fans.

A diversity of artforms is the key to making stuff like this REALLY work. Charles Harrison does his body painting with an airbrush gun. And works with photographer Travis Lilley so that as soon as his models are complete, they go right into a professional photo shoot with a model photographer.

Sarah Gillmore romanced our audience with her beautiful songwriting. She was the only musician in our lineup who actually played two sets for us, playing both the opening and closing days of the festival.

Of course everything you’re seeing in these shots was only one small section of the event. Outside of ArtLoveMagic alley there will hundreds of other artists, musicians, attractions, and street foods to enjoy.

To find out more about The Deep Ellum Arts Festival and other festivals thrown by MEI, visit their website here.

Heroic & Villainous Art

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, music, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2011 by artlovemagic

words by Michael Lagocki
color photos by Kelsey Paine
black and whites by William Neal

The Comicpalooza event was really something else. We gathered more than a dozen artists to create live art to benefit the hero initiative, a very worthy charity. We also filled the room (Arnetic in Deep Ellum) with killer local DJs, comic and art books for sale, and rare collectibles- all to benefit the charity.

The art was amazing. Packed house, good people, great time.

Here’s some pics of the night and a few quick facts:

1- every piece created Saturday night sold.

2- most buyers walked away with real bargains. A James O’Barr original for $300, that gorgeous painting by David for $200, and many beautiful pieces between $50-$100? Steals. The artists were happy to sell their work at these prices as it allowed fans to walk home with work and the charity to walk home with $$$.

3- Great sounds from the DJs. Each DJ donated their time for the night to inspire the crowd and artists. DJ Dean Dillinger, Viz, Hologram Dagger: Thank you!

4- This was a COMMUNITY EFFORT. CompleteNerdom.com, Titan Comics, our buddy Tom Martin, The Comicpalooza Convention, and all kinds of other people contributed.

5- One artist, Samax Amen wrote up his own experience of the event at his blog. You can check that out here.

6- The buy-it-now table of rare collectibles was a definite experiment that worked out great. Artists and contributors donated their old toys, comics, and drawings and the crowd snatched ’em up. That money went to the Hero Initiative too.

7- Many requests for more events like this. People dig the comic artists. Nothing’s on the calendar yet, but you can be sure this isn’t the last time we’ll do something this heroic!

Comicpalooza – a live art benefit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2011 by artlovemagic

ArtLoveMagic has some good roots in comics. Founders Michael Lagocki and David Rodriguez have both been fans and active participants in the Dallas comics scene for many years prior to artlove. So it’s with no small amount of enthusiasm that we approach this new event on January 22nd that will raise money for veterans of the comics industry facing serious needs.

 

Samax Amen - creating live

Comicpalooza, a very cool Houston based show, reached out to artlovemagic because of our ties to the local art community and asked us to be involved. They are coordinating a multi-city live art event to raise funds for the Hero Initiative, an organization that protects veteran comic book creators in medical or financial crisis. This is a wide spread problem among golden and silver age comic creators who worked before fair contracts and royalties came to comics.

 

James O'Barr - creating live

The early response from artists has been fantastic. Already involved are an impressive collection of artist who will create comic themed work live:

David Rodriguez - creating live

Live artists include
James O’Barr (the Crow)
Samax Amen (ghettomanga.com & magazine)
Khalid Robertson (Champion of Children)
David Rodriguez (renowned Dallas painter)
Jerod Alexander (graffiti artist)
Isaac Davies (graffiti artist)
Bob Luedke (Eye Witness)
Michael Lagocki (ghostwerks, artlovemagic)
Trayce Cochran (street artist)
Lawrence Alexander (painter)
Cal Slayton (Shades of Blue)
Christopher Garcia (Marvel/WildStorm/CrossGen colorist)
Joe Skilz (graffiti artist)

All artists will be creating work that will be auctioned off night of the show for the Hero Initiative. (Auction starts at 11pm). Doors will be open as early as 8. We’ll be rolling full steam by 9. Music will be handled by an awesome host of Dallas DJs including Hologram Dagger, and DJ Dean Dillenger.

18 and up.
Only 3 bucks to get in.

Bob Luedke will be there creating live.

Come be a part of a special night that benefits the people who created the characters that shaped our lives. Incredible music, mind blowing live art, and rare comic collectibles for sale to benefit the charity.

Saturday, January 22 at 9:00pm

at Arnetic (Deep Ellum)

2826 Elm Street

Dallas, TX

Want the face book page?
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178387758858842

You can also help us spread the word, by sharing this page or using this flyer image:

Have access to photocopies? Here’s a two-sided print version/ with our big UNDERGROUND show. Click the image. Print out on both sides of the same paper and cut in half. It makes 2 sheets with each event on one side.

If you want to help with this event, here’s the best things you can do:

1- Got a rare comic collectible you want to contribute to our buy it now table? Email mike@artlovemagic.com

2- Help us spread the word and bring a crowd!

3- We’re still looking for one or two more sponsors at the $100 level to help pay for art supplies. Contact mike@artlovemagic.com if you or your business is interested.

the beauty of the night: artlovemagic’s 2010 Holiday show

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2010 by artlovemagic

photos by Kelsey Paine
text by Michael Lagocki

I wanted to share some more photographs from the Holiday party. It was a truly special night (even in an organization that has many special nights). If you missed it, I wanted to give you a chance to see more of what it was like…

The first thing you have to understand is the decorations. Producer Mario Cauley and his team went to new levels, hanging thousands of lights and and transforming, Life in Deep Ellum, a venue we are all familiar with after so many shows, into something that felt fresh and uniquely made as a gift to us. With huge snowflakes hanging, presents wrapped, and a sea of white lights, it really felt like a wonderland.

The lounge microphone hosted a series of local musicians who performed both traditional holiday songs and originals of their own. Mario invited some of his favorite musicians from the shows, including Elle (above) to share the seasonal love.

Artists like Lawrence Alexander, Sarah Zamora, Khalid Robertson, and Samax Amen brought that live artist energy to the evening. There were also interactive art supplies (including handmade playdough) so that everyone could be an artist.

It was the little touches that created the environment where all this happened. Co-producers Curtis Fesser and Marissa Colomo paid attention to every detail from table settings, to giant snowflakes, to color coordination in every room. It was really amazing and we’re already talking about taking some of what this team built and applying it to other artlovemagic events. 

Of course there were plenty of sweets to hype of the kids. An invitation to attendees to bring desserts yielded a sweets bar that was filled with all kinds of delicious. Plus Don Yemington and crew cooked a meal fit for kings and queens. We all ate well.

You gotta mix it up a bit, so halfway through the night we all went outside to see fire painter Josh Dryk light up the dark sky. (it was too cold to do this for long!)Photographers Jen Shu and Sherry Muldoon brought a festival setup out and took free portraits of attendees and their families. See the next 2 posts below for those images (or go to Jen’s site to see all 400+ and order prints).

It was a blessed evening. While tons of time went into set up, tear down, selecting the performers, their preparation and everything else it took to put this event together… the truth is that what the night ended up being about the most was just simple interactions. People sitting down and talking with fellow artists or performers they hadn’t seen in a while. Old friends getting together, families being introduced.
We loved the whole experience and congratulate the production team. Thank you to everyone involved.