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More Quick Paintings

i still love clowns. ♥

well, i finally got in the habit of treating canvases like a sketchbook. i’m a little nervous about developing a mature thesis out of all these experiments. i’ve finally found a process where i combine my energy in drawing and love for painting. maybe i’ll update a walkthrough just for fun.

oh, i’m also making changes on this blog. no need to keep everything on view. hopefully, after senior year, i’ll have a website with a consistent portfolio. i’ll still make updates here though.

-aKino

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like the title suggests, i’ve been crafting. first, i’ve finally made what i’ve always wanted, a Sheela-na-gig necklace made out of Sculpey clay. Sheela is the ancient goddess of birth and creation, who particularly became popular during the Goddess phase of the feminist art movement. i find her to be strangely charming. now that’s a statement piece!

 

next, i decided to play around with plaster. it is such a fun material! i could’ve made this mask out of papier-mache, but i wanted the bumpy texture. this structure is only the base of the look. once i get a bottle of glue, flour, toilet paper, spirit gum, and cheap face paint, my monster transformation is complete! monster because the jaw is too inaccurate for it be a zombie. i wanted to go crazy with the teeth, which by the way were made with Sculpey.

ok, now i pass out.

-aKino

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i meant to update this the day after the last post, but crazy schedule always gets in the way. this one’s 11″x14″. i hope to do at least one or two more  (ideally three just ’cause i like the number) of these paintings. oh, i also changed “Seeing Yellow-White” to “Split Beings”.

-aKino

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Experimenting with charcoal pencil and oil. It’s definitely working for these smaller paintings! I think I’ll go from small (these are only 9″x12″) to big gradually. The abrupt change in size can make the series look inconsistent. I think I’m finally treating the canvas like a sketchbook for fresh, innovative ideas. Lately, I’ve been into Francis Bacon’s colors. Bright colors seem freaky when they’re dirtied up. I read an essay anthology saying pink is particularly a vulnerable color. In Japan, it can both mean joy because it’s the color of cherry blossoms, but also sorrow when cherry blossoms wilt and perish. People say “桜散る” (“Sakura chiru”; ”Cherry blossoms fall”) when someone didn’t get accepted to college, or so my mother told me.

-aKino

Bonus Shot:

 

my remarkably depressing studio space.

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“Bathing” painting

temporary photo (library lighting sucks) for the painting, “Bathing” I was working on in the previous post. i swear, the actual painting is a whole lot better than this photographic reproduction. yes, i’ve changed a few details here and there. the floating lady heads made the concept and the mood much more convincing. lessons learned from this painting: 1) not all colors of the rainbow has to be visible in a painting 2) glazing brings out wonderful nuances. god, i really, really hate this photo 3) a painting never has to be the same from start to finish. hopefully, I’ll have a better picture up soon. lesson learned from photographing paintings: interior lighting SUCKS. 

-aKino

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Hey-hey-hey,

two installation photos by Lauren Niezbitowski. all i need to do is tweak some details hopefully within the next three days and we’re officially done till the closing reception!

me and the boyfriend; apparently, i'm too short to reach the ceiling... even with a chair.

my half of the wall. i've made some changes to "Bathing" if anyone noticed.

-aKino

p.s. my illustration won the “Dead by Daybreak” album cover contest! also, i’m goin’ to Miami, FL for the next internship. self-esteem boosted by a lot!

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chyeah!

ok, the flyer is a typographic mess, but that’s not the point. me and my friends are having a show! nothing serious or formal, I was bored and hospitalized one day and felt like planning something productive. I have so many talented artist friends but I chose this group because they simply want to have fun, in other words, they’re not picky. me, I wanted to experience what’s it like to curate a show with my friends. I kind of cheated though. I taught a workshop at the Simsbury Public Library, so negotiating a plan to use the space was pretty easy since I already knew who I was working with. Writing proposals is gonna be such a pain. Thankfully, I’m currently interning at  a place where they handle those portfolios from around the world, so I’m getting a better look at how the system works.

anyways, I’m curating a show with my friends, w00~

-aKino

btw, the library came up with the name of the show, not us.

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