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Here I have four new as I call them Portraits on Portraits, 3 of these will be in two different shows, I will have more information as it closer to the shows. Also you can find these on my website under “Drawings”, I consider them drawing with thread, thats basically what embroidery is. 🙂 Anyway enjoy, I’m currently working on finishing up the “Recovery Room” painting of myself as Margot Tenenbaum (again) today, just putting in the background details.

http://www.johannafalzone.com/

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So I had an amazing trip to California, drove the Pacific Coast Highway from San Diego to San Francisco and of course made stops in all the places I have wanted to see and spent a couple of days in each. Anyway this journey was not only to see California, but to see if this is where I would like to relocate myself, and yes its definitley on the top of the list. I also traveled to Chicago to visit family and get a feel for the area again although it’s the same as I remembered it 6 or 7 years ago, and it’s still my second home, so of course Chicago is on my list for relocation. While staying in Chicago my cousin and I made a trip up to Milwaukee for the Melvins 30th Anniversary tour, and mainly because Mudhoney was going to be playing with them, and if you don’t know, you know now, I am a HUGE Mudhoney fan. I like the Melvins, but Mudhoney, man, they are insanely good, and their set was amazing, Mark Arm’s voice has not changed at all, still got the chops!

Now that I have been back from that long month of traveling I have been working on new paintings and continuing my Female Protagonists in Film series. The newest paintings i have done are two 5″x5″, called Me + Gwen Stefani and Me + Debbie Harry. Also, I made the decision to go completely organic with my food, after a long time of knowing how bad non-organic food is for your body I have decided to bite the bullet and just pay extra for the food that’s not genetically altered with hormones and pesticides.

Also while in Milwaukee, I went to their art museum which is FANTASTIC, they have the best and largest Contemporary Art Collection I have ever seen in a museum, its was great, and when I say Contemporary I mean work made after 2000. They had an exhibit called 30 Americans which showcased the work of African-Americans, and OMG it was breathtaking. A bunch of Nice Cave’s work was there and he’s amazing, and finally I got to see one of my absolute favorite painters work in the flesh for the first time, Kahinde Wiley. They were godly, perfect, just absolutely unbelievable, and the best part is, it’s not as photo realistic as we think, and I appreciate that in an artist. He captures the sense of reality without losing the brushstrokes, and his wallpaper is probably the most realistic and detailed part of his work and that’s what brings these works to life. He’s the bomb. They had three large works of his, although everything he does is large! I was very pleased with that museum, they do a great job not only on special exhibits, but the permanent ones too. Same goes for Art Institute of Chicago, their Fashion and Impressionism exhibit was gorgeous, they had garments from that time period to accompany many great works, including early Monet’s are which before the age of impressionism really took power, meaning they are done in realism, and they are beautiful.

Handmade Books

I have completed three handmade books of which are blank, so you can fill them with whatever you want. They are for sale on my etsy store, http://www.etsy.com/shop/JohannaFalzone

I’m really proud of these books, I think they are my best work yet in terms of craft and I am so happy to be able to sell them and finally allow other s to enjoy handmade books. I’ve had a lot of requests to start making them for people to buy, so here they are! There will be more to come!

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Heads Up

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Top left: Penny I found on Sunday, Bottom Left: Penny I found on Monday, Top Right: Penny I found on Graduation Day

I decided to talk about this, I guess phenomenon? is that a good word for this? that has been prevalent in my life since this past April. At the end of my senior year as an Art Student I was going through many emotions, I was confused and had a lot of things to figure out concerning my future and what my next steps in the art world would be. I feel like most artists don’t really talk about these transitional points which I will be honest are absolutely dreadful at times.

My last semester I decided that I want to attend Graduate School. Getting my MFA is the next step in taking my art to the next level and I’m ready for that challenge. Due to this, I chose to take a year off, live and work in my favorite city and just focus on applications, submissions to galleries, and saving money.

Anyway the final three weeks of school I was basically worried about my future and having to go back to my hometown and make a plan to move back to St.Augustine and get a job/s. I also had other personal obligations needing to be addressed and felt stressed out, while at the same time so extremely happy about getting my BFA and having my final Portfolio show.

Feeling overwhelmed I just wanted a sign that the direction and decisions I was making were the right ones. That’s when I started finding pennies heads up on the ground. For the last weeks at college I found a total of six pennies heads up, which to me is abnormal to keep finding pennies heads up, that just doesn’t happen. I took it as a sign that I was going in the right direction with my life and felt contented about my decisions. I wasn’t worried about outcomes because I knew and still know that life would fall into place and take care of itself, I believe there is a very good plan for me that I am not aware of, but have just started the journey for.

After I had been home for over a month I felt unfulfilled. I wanted to hang out with friends, but traveling solo is not an option at the moment unless it was for an interview. So to get back into the spirit of art I started watching David Keeps “The Scenic Route”, The Art of Russia, and other Art related programs on OvationTV, it gave me the push to get off my butt to start my new collection of Female Protagonists in Film paintings.

This past Memorial Weekend, my parents and I drove up to St.Augustine to visit my brother and so I could see my friends, basically have a breath of fresh air after being suffocated for a long while. On this trip I was reminded how much I need to be in the city because of its sense of community. I applied for jobs in Jax a couple of weeks prior to try to solidify something and no word. So all this was weighing on my shoulders along with a possible trip to California. In the midst of all this it happened again, Sunday I found a penny heads up on the ground with the year 1973, which was hilarious because my Dad kept joking I was the class of 73′, but that’s actually his college graduation year. Then, Monday I found another penny heads up outside of the Hyppo Cafe, go figure this only happens in St.Augustine, but I take it as a reminder that things will work out. With this trip to California hanging over my head, I’m pretty sure I’m just going to Carpe Diem and go to a place I’ve waited my whole life to go to, who knows, this may be my home for the next couple of years…

In other news I have been working on a 8 pack of cyclops notecards which will feature original drawings by me and will be sold in my etsy store along with 3 folio journals I am making. One journal is watercolor paper and the other two are bristol. I have three fabric choices so far for the covers and Im excited to use them up!

Also I was notified last night that my submission to this awesome painting blog, Vivianite was published! Here are to links to my painting on the blog, http://www.vivianite.net/    http://www.vivianite.net/post/51620199783/johanna-falzone

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So the first painting in my series of Female Protagonists in Film is complete, it is titled Green Line Bus where I am posed as Margot Tenenbaum from the Wes Anderson film, The Royal Tenenbaums. This painting was taken of course from the screenshot scene of Margot walking off the Green Line Bus in NYC meeting Richie, also this is my favorite scene in the entire film, so it makes sense as to why I chose it.

Anyway, I wanted to pay homage to the green line, so that is why the background is made up of green lines and I chose a particular stripe pattern for the lines that mimic Margot’s dresses she is seen wearing throughout the film. Items featured in the painting of my own are altered of which are the coat that’s actually suede with a fur collar and the barrette which is modeled after my white and gold heart-shaped Hole barrette. The shirt underneath the coat was taken from my striped tank top.

Alright that was a lot of explaining, but there’s more. As you can see I am staring the viewer straight in the eye, whereas in the film Margot is looking in the direction I call Stage Left, I changed this because I always want the viewer to be confronted, I want you to know that she is looking at you and be able to have a mental conversation with her or try to interpret what this painting means to you, if that makes sense. I mean I know what it means to me and the whole of the collection, but I believe each person out there will have a unique experience with each work and whatever that is, I am completely interested in knowing and allowing it to happen.

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So I have finished creating all 100 cyclops’ and the process of scanning them into the computer will now start. I will be turning this into what I call a mini-book because its going to be pocket-sized. My projected goal is to have a first edition of 100 books and a second edition of 200 books, which ever works better because I want to submit these to be sold in a really awesome book store I found in New York, its badass and their logo is pink.

Anyway I finished putting together my new and first real easel with my Dad this week and my projector also came, so it will be put to the test tonight with the first painting of this new collection I am working on. I don’t want to say anything about the work just yet, but I can tell you the theme of which is Female Protagonists in Film that I relate to. It’s really awesome and I have 10 paintings, two of which are the same person, but one is going to a be a smaller study, and these canvases are all square so far, I’m feeling the square lately after doing the Hear, Speak, and See No Evil paintings.

Anyway, we will see how far I get this summer in progression its a weird time, I’m supposed to be driving (ugh) up to Chicago in July????? and then recently my Dad brought home two travel books on Southern California (I’ve begged to go since I could speak, but he never wanted to, I’m very confused, but thats cool), but also there is this possibility of getting a full-time/part-time job and moving, so really traveling only happens if I am completely content somewhere and have the time. So as far as I know, I’m painting and possibly doing interviews and a lot of driving.

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Clare Elsaesser, Ring of Roses, Acrylic on Watercolor Paper, 8.5″x9″, 2012.

So while I have been waiting for a big bundle of brand new studio supplies, I have had much time to clean out and organize things while also staring at really cool art on the internet. Here are a few links of my current favorites,

http://aleksandraniepsuj.blogspot.com/

http://www.simoncheadle.com/

http://www.thokamaer.com/

http://www.markelfinearts.com/artist/Yolanda_Sanchez

http://paginademaria.wordpress.com/

http://www.candacecouse.net/embroidery.html

http://www.gagosian.com/artists/cecily-brown

http://www.blankproject.co.uk/artwork

http://www.davidadey.com/

http://clareelsaesser.com/