Category: Art & Photography


I just added tons of magnets to my Etsy Shop. These are all handmade by me, using original photos and drawings. Check them out!

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Richmond Architecture

I haven’t had time to do any blogging in the past month. I am missing it. I just bought my own laptop, so I might have more time to do such. Sunday nights are probably my only time to really relax and say f-it to all the things I could possibly be doing that I should do. I work my ass off all week and need a little time to unwind. Since I have been back at VCU I have found myself taking tons of photos of the architecture around Richmond. I have always love the buildings there, but this is the 1st time I have gotten to really photograph them. Although I have just been taking photos with my phone, I still love how they turn out. I thought I would take some time, before the last episode of Breaking Bad comes on, to post a blog with some of my favs. Hope you enjoy! Until next time!

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Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

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Cathedral of the Sacred Heat Front

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Cathedral of Sacred Heart Front II

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Cathedral of Sacred Heart Close-up

I love this building! When you walk through Monroe Park into the Fan area, you come out through the trees and this majestic beast of a building greats you. If the morning light is shining just right it is easy to see why people would be so drawn to such a holy place.

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Holy Trinity I

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Holy Trinity II

This church is right next door to Sacred Heart. It’s greatness is over shadowed by what is next door, but it none the less a beautiful building.

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Landmark Theater

This building is right next to Holy Trinity. All three of these buildings on the same street is a bit much, a little overwhelming. This use to be called The Mosque, because of it’s Islamic inspired architecture. It is currently being renovated. I had my senior prom here and I also saw Marilyn Manson perform. It’s even more beautiful inside.

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A residents hall for VCU. A hugely tall building with lovely architecture.

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One of the many amazing building on Franklin Street that were once private homes and are now used by VCU to house different offices. They are all unique and beautiful. It is lovely to be able to walk this street everyday of the week.

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This apparently was a city terminal. It is just on the East side of Shockoe Bottom on your way toward Varina. The James River is just one the other side. It is a strange building as it has a street that runs underneath it. The street being open to the river side and front and back, but the top is the underside of this building. I always found it strange.

I have tons more photos, but I am running out of time. Can’t wait for Breaking Bad! Although I am super sad it’s over. I will post more of these photos another time. Hope everyone is well!

Last year when I was still a part of the Killeen Civic Art Guild we had a live model sketch night. My friend Alex dressed up and modeled for us. This painting started as a sketch that night. It is done with acrylic. I just finished it yesterday. Her hand was giving me a fit. I ended up taking some fingers off and now I am much happier with it. ūüôā

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Dragonflies

I have always loved dragonflies. At some point my Mom and I started buying each other things with dragonflies on them. Whenever I see one now it reminds me of her. I know they always will, even when she is no longer in this realm with me and that gives me comfort. These are photographs I have taken over the past years, with the oldest being from 2009, plus some fun quotes. Enjoy!

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Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly. Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky. ~Dante Gabriel Rossett

 

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I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into the wing and then into the air, till I’m just soul on a sunbeam.¬† ~Richard Bach

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Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers.  ~Titus Maccius Plautus

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You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? ~Rumi

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Those who gave away their wings are sad not to see them fly.  ~Antonio Porchia

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The fairies break their dances
And leave the printed lawn.
~A.E. Housman

What remains when the body decays? How is it that the bones can be left in a pile? So clean and white? Nature takes care of all, the living and the dead.

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Like I promised I made some more magnets. I created the design in Photoshop, used only black ink and a little acyclic paint for color. Image transfers are pretty fun, you never really know how they are going to turn out. These three are for sale in my Etsy Shop, along with many other goodies.

I have been wanting to do photo transfers FOREVER! I finally made some on a sheet of flat magnet that a friend gave me. Only 3 out of 8 turned out, but they look pretty sweet. Going to make more. For now check these out. They are also for sale in my Etsy Shop!

 

 

 

 

Services for Sale!

I am offering two services for sale on Etsy:

Black and White Graphite Drawings:

I have been making and studying art since the age of 12. One of the things I am best at drawing are faces. I enjoy drawing portraits from photographs and real life. Let me draw one for you! Each drawing will be 9″x12″, black and white, done with graphite on high quality drawing paper. I take my time and do my best.

Email me or send me a photograph or you or a loved one, preferably from the waist or shoulders up. Make sure that it is of decent quality and size; the better the original photo the better the drawing. If you send me a photograph I will be sure to return it with your drawing. Allow me up to one month to complete your drawing. The original drawing will be mailed to you with a certificate of authenticity. Have one done of you, for a loved one or to remember those who have passed on. I do ask that you allow me to use the image of your drawing in my portfolio. Thanks!

To see examples or purchase this service please visit this link.

One of a Kind Digital Art Portraits:

One of my favorite things to do is create digital portraits using photographs. I have been doing these since 2006. Now I want to make them for others! Email me a photograph of you, a friend or family member. Try to use a photo that is decent quality and size, the better the orginial photo the better the portrait will be. Send me some info about the person: favorite colors, interests, hobbies, anything that would be useful in creating your one of a kind portrait. If you have an idea already, share it with me. I cannot promise that it will be the same visual idea that you have, but I can promise that it will be made with care and passion.They can be abstract, surreal and definitely artsy. ¬†Please allow 2 weeks for a return email with your finished product. Use them as your Facebook photo, your Twitter image, have one made for a special someone, print one out and give it as a gift. Once it is emailed it is your’s to do with as you please, just give me credit as the artist and help spread the word. The only thing I ask in return is that you allow me to use it in my portfolio. Thanks!

 

To see examples or purchase this service please visit this link.

If you like my blogs…

If you like my blogs check out my facebook page, my devaintART, or my Etsy shop! Tons more art, photography and crafts!

I have some one of a kind, hand-made postcards for sale in my Etsy Shop. They would make a great Valentine for your Valentine or just a nice note for someone special. They feature a unique design of two abstract birds facing each that create a heart, in various colors.