Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Morning Music: The Tramps

The first thought I had this morning was "Burn baby burn!" Followed by a quick shake of my hip bones and a snap of my fingers. Probably due to the fact that I listen to this song right before I fell asleep last night. This looks like one of the first music videos made back in 1976. I love it none the less for its old-timey feel! Lets not forget the music. I love disco, and have always wanted to go to Baby Loves Disco. I might plan a trip to go boogie here for my 23rd birthday!

A la prochaine!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Project 365: Day 24

Seen while waiting for the train at 23rd street after a short day at work and a long walk afterwards (from 59th to 23rd). It was cold but I was feeling great about all the new things happening for me this year!
So I was staring at the image and it hit me what's wrong with it. I think it should read "When you see this: Remember me." When I read it I read it the correct way. Which is why I almost never catch my own mistakes when I write. You guys have no idea how many times I've posted an update here just to have to edit it again, and again!

A la prochaine!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Project 365: Days 20 + 21

Day 20: I got a new job, and was running around getting the necessary paper work done. I took my Ipod out of my pocket and it slipped out of my hand on to the ground. I don't think I've had the thing for more then 3 months yet. It still works I'm going to continue to use it until the glass splits my finger open. =/
Day 21: Views from my window.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Currently Reading:

"Those who don't know any better come into our neighboorhood scared. they think we're dangerous. They think we will attack them with knifes. They are stupid. They are stupid people who are lost and got here by mistake."
"...All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a neighboorhood of another color and our knees go shakity-shake.."
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Project 365: Day 17

Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulder!
One of my goals this year is to take every chance I get to do something new. I was invited to go rock climbing with the teens I worked with past summer(and a couple of summers ago too) from the Brooklyn Children's museum. It was amazingly awesome. Not only because I got to see these guys, but because I got to do something I had never done before. I loved it, and hopefully will get to do this again, and again, and again! A new hobbie in the making!

A la prochaine!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Project 365: Day 15

A baby shower for my friend from high school on Saturday. She had the baby on Monday at 7am. She wasn't actually due for at least 9 more days. I guess the baby shower was just in time!
A la prochaine!

Project 365: Day 14

Oh Vermont you sure are pretty!
I've been apart of the Postcrossing community for only a little while. I'm totally hooked though! I love receiving postcards from around the world. It's nice to see what other peoples homes look like since I can't actually visit them right now. I think I might start framing my favorite ones. Like ones where I plan on visiting asap (i.e. France)!
Become apart of the Postcrossing community today! You won't regret it.
A la prochaine!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Project 365: Day 13

Day 13: I woke up to great hair! And then some how managed to capture a great photo of myself! Something that doesn't happen alot, and something that I couldn't repeat right after I changed into my clothes.
Great hair made for an even greater day! Everything was just grrrreat!
A la prochaine!

In case you weren't convinced..

A couple of my favorite songs from The Stuyvesants. Oh you haven't downloaded The Stuyvesants yet?

Click away.

Time to Work

I've been sick since Wensday. Blah! I'm on the mend though and this morning I remembered all the things I let slip in the days I've been in bed. I missed a couple of Sunday Morning Music post. I haven't been looking for any art openings to go too. And I haven't posted any photographys from my Project 365. Day 15: a baby shower. Day 17: Rock Climbing! I've been so out of it.

Don't be alarmed. I'm getting back on track starting today! This post is just a quick hello, and saty tuned request.

A la prochaine!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Project 365: Why wait until the last minute? Take action now!

There are 16 days left to raise the money that I need to do this project. For past couple of days I've been trying to figure out how to say: "Yo guys don't wait to the last minute become one of my backers now!", or "Hey looking at the email I sent you at the beginning of the month isn't really showing me support", or "Really you can't give $5 to a support a project you've said is a great idea?", in a nice way. In a way that would make you go right away to my Kickstarter page and make a donation in any size amount. Instead of saying to yourselves "Oh yeah, I'll do that later", and then forgetting.

I haven't had any such luck. I'm not the best with my words. So how's this: Why wait to the last minute? Go, right now, to my Kickstarter page and make a donation to help support a me in my quest to better my art. Don't wait until the last minute because by then it might be to last. Any size donation will me alot to me!

A la prochaine!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Project 365: Day 10

This year I decided that I was going to make my lunch for school and work. I love good food, but eating at Wholefoods everyday is expensive! There are a couple of dishes that when I make them there awesome every time! I want to be able to vary what I bring so that I don't get bored to often and spend like crazy!
This is my first failed attempt to make spinach rolls. I brought pizza dough, frozen spinach, feta, shredded mozzarella, and "beef" crumble from Wholefoods and came home ready to play chief. Not! Have no worries I won't give up. A part-time closet chief I will become!
A la prochaine!

Project 365: Day 4

Walking in Soho I found this enlightening wall.
I'm not the street photography type. I find it very hard to capture the story of someone you don't know as there passing you by. My favorite things to capture are walls like this one. Walls were someone has decided to leave a message for the people passing by.
A la prochaine!
Taken 1/4/2011 in New York, NY

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thoughts on my Bike by Andrea Dofman

One of my goals for 2011 is to start bike riding in the warm months. There's now way I'm riding a bike in the cold weather. With MTA fares continuously rising as soon as it gets warm enough, and only when there's no rain in the forecast, I'll be moving around on two wheels!

My mother brought this bike off a man looking for a drink for $5 years ago! It's an ugly pink bike with two flat tires. I think the brakes are bad too. I'm going to get in fixed up nice and pretty like ASAP!

A la prochaine!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Dumbo Pt. 2

Taken Dec 17, 2010 in Brooklyn, NY.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dumbo Pt. 1

I went to Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo back in the last month of 2010. It was awesome, but I'm never going there again by myself at night with out pepper spray or some kind of weapon of mass destruction! Dumbo is filled with old warehouses turned new business(all of which where closed). The street are very small and sometimes the difference between where I'm supposed to walk and where the cars drive isn't always clear. But I love Dumbo all the same.
There were two exhibits on view that night. Humankind and Katsu and DestroyRebuild. For more information about the exhibits click here. I enjoyed both exhibits equally. I think there on view until January 20th. I will post the rest of the images I took in the week.
A la prochaine!

Project 365: Backers and Rewards.

First I wanted to say thank you to the people that have already became one of my backers on Kickstarter! Thanks you and remember to tell a friend about my project to help get it funded. There are 22 days left!!

This update is for my potential backers. The people that have never used or heard of Kickstarter before. I wanted to tell you guys how Kickstarter works. When you become one of my backers and you make a pledge to give $10(for example) your saying that if this project reaches its goal of $1000 your going to give $10. You’re not actually paying anything right away though they do ask for your information. If the goal is met then your charged the $10 you pledge. If not you get charged nothing!

If you have any more questions you can refer to this link.

Now lets talk about the rewards. I have never sold or even gave away any of my prints. I hardly even print out my work. I was reluctant to give my prints away as rewards, but now I'm very excited about it! This may lead to me opening up a online shop and selling some of my prints in the future, but that's a different post. The prints that I'm offering have never been sold or given to anyone and the will never will be again. So I think that makes them limited edition! Just think people if you support me now your getting a collectors item for when I become a famous dead person, like Picasso. Each reward that comes with a print there will have a different image. So really I'm offering three different limited edition prints.

I'm keeping the three images a secret for a little while longer. By the end of the week I will have them up! Click here to become one of my backers, and remember spread the word!!!!

A la prochaine!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Stuyvesants on a Sunday Morning

The Stuyvesants is a collaborative between music producer Allan Cole, and record collector Darien Victor Birks. Dedicated to the there current home the Bedford-Stuyvesant area in Brooklyn, NY. I downloaded the album yesterday after a couple of fruit-less attempts. Damn my slow Internet connection, but I digress. I have been listening to the 25 instrumental tracks nonstop.
A la prochaine!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Artist Talk: Chad Cartwright/ CHD:WCK!

Photo © Armando Bellmas, 2010

chad cartwright/CHD:WCK!

Where are you from?
i come from clarence and brenda cartwright. i was planted and cultivated in east orange, nj. harvested in charlotte, nc.

What do you call yourself (writer, rapper, photographer, etc)?
i am a visual artist. i tend to focus on photography and mixed media, though i love music.i don’t make music, but when i talk about art(ists), i usually end up talking about music(ians).

How do you create (your inspiration)?
my art is all about my perspective. so inspiration comes from everywhere.i’m still not sure how i create, but i think the answer just lies in doing it more.

Why do you do it?
it’s very satisfying to create something you enjoy looking at.

i’m not passionate about much else. most of the other things i care about, i don’t have enough control to be effective at it. i would love for art to pave the way for me to teach, reach out to youth, and travel and experience other cultures.

art is a great way to connect with people. when people respond to something i create, we get past a bunch of meaningless introductions, small talk, and chatter, and things that we don’t have it common. we get to the heart of what we do have in common and can possibly build from there.

Are you currently working on anything?
i realize that my best art comes from life lessons and the beauty i see experiencing life. so currently, i’m working on living life more fully - making better decisions, having more experiences, being open to learn more, and making sure to make time to create. i want to take different art classes to add some more tools to my toolbox. but overall, by spring 2011, i hope to have a small body of work to share.

Any advice you would give someone in your position?
1. the best advice i’ve ever received is “stop thinking and do it” - shoot more. paint more. create more. (and if i had the resources, i’d hire someone just to remind me daily)

2. there are no formulas. do you. in my eyes, the most successful artists are people who “make the art they want to see/hear”. when you stay in your own lane, the road never gets crowded.

3. keep learning. keep growing. honor your craft. i believe any future successes will continue to be a reflection of how much work i put into growing as a person, learning about art and expression, and sharing my perspective, life lessons, and view of beauty with others. i don’t know if this is good advice, but it’s how i try to go about things.

I plan on traveling out side of NYC twice this year. Would you recommend Charlotte, NC as a place I should visit?
sure, but only if you have a knowledgeable tour guide.

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