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After finishing the Miss America Deconstructed paintings, I was pretty much burnt out. I knew where I wanted to go next, but was not sure how to get there. I decided to go back to drawing/illustrating with a focus on people in natural states of sleeping and lounging. Of course I stayed true to my self-portrait nature. I participated in the 5.4 Million and Counting project put together by Chi Nguyen, which is an amazing effort constructing a tallied quilt by women all around the nation to show support for women’s reproductive rights. To see the whole quilt and learn more about it, visit the website, http://5point4million.tumblr.com I also have been returning back to Timmy the Cyclops. Back in June, I included Weezer into the world and had them passed off to the guys by their tour manager at the show I attended. Hopefully those little guys brought some laughs because that’s what the cyclops world traditionally does!

Recently, drawing has been on pause for a special project I have been working on. I am so excited to share it with everyone, but I cannot reveal anything until its finished! But, I can hint that the creation is beyond adorable and hilarious!

This past weekend I hung out in Downtown St.Pete and pretty much ate my way through and photographed. I was looking for new inspiration for the next half of the drawing series I have been working on. I want to incorporate vintage chairs with unique design and textiles to illustrate. Pretty much every antique shop on Central Avenue was visited to find unique chairs for me to photograph, luckily, I got some great shots to work with.

Some who are friends with me or have recently visited my website, may have spotted something new on the Bio page, Los Angeles. Yes, I will be moving out to the Los Angeles area. It’s been a tough process, I’ve been looking at apartments and applying for about five months now. It’s not easy when you are coming from out of state. Hopefully something will come through this month or next, the move has to be made ASAP. So, please keep your fingers crossed for me! This is the perfect time to make this change!

Also, some of you know I am a HUGE Bernie Sanders supporter, still am and I support his decision to back Hillary Clinton. I will be voting for Hillary. We don’t have room for bigotry, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia etc. in this country. I am extremely disgusted by what has come out of the wood work this election year. Now, I knew these people existed, I’m from the South, I’ve lived my life around people who are grossly racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist, and just plain ignorant. These people found their puppet and it’s scary. Some of you are probably disgruntled because Sanders did not make it, I’m upset too, but as Bernie said, “No one is more upset than me.” The thing is, do not give up on the political revolution, giving up is being a traitor to what Sanders started. People need to get involved with Government if they want to change it. Voting Third Party in this election is going to increase chances of us having a Hitleresque Dictator for President, so I caution everyone, be careful, keep in mind the severity of this election. While I support Third Party normally, I cannot condone it in this current election. The good thing is, Third Party is going to now be seen as a normal option and the next elections to come, I can guarantee we will see an increased amount of Third Party elected politicians.

Enjoy some images of my recent work below, I’ll post again when the project I am working on is finished! To see all of the work and my process, please follow me on Instagram at doll_legs on Facebook, or my website, www.johannafalzone.com

-Johanna

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I have not been idle in creating art, just very busy with finishing out a year of teaching, celebrating my Mom's long awaited retirement (43 years in the workforce), delivering my brother his new car, and of course enjoying a night of Weezer among many other events. In that time I had been creating these very special cyclops' of Weezer aka Weezer Clops. They turned out way better than I had imagined and are a great addition to the Timmy the Cyclops world. I gave these to the band the day of the show in Tampa, I hope they liked them. This one is of Rivers Cuomo (Rivers Cuomo Clops), approx size is 3"x4" on drawing paper with pen and ink, 2016. @rivers_cuomo #riverscuomo #weezer @weezer #cyclops #music #guitar #fineart #illustration #drawing #johannafalzone #artistoninstagram

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My Stitch In square. 12 rows represent the 12 decades of the 20th and 21st century and what we have accomplished for women's reproductive rights during that time and currently. The light pink to dark red color gradation represents women young to old and how every generation is affected and needs to keep working together to ensure we continue to have our rights. Thanks @palmetto_darlin for inviting me to the Stitch In, I could not be there, but it brought to my attention this awesome project and it's great to be a part of it! 😊 It is now on its way to Brooklyn. #stitchin #reproductiverights #feminism #womensrights #pink #red #12decades #johannafalzone @reprorights @textileartscenter @whatchidid

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Sam and Papa Nieme Sleeping, Pen and Ink on Drawing Paper, (drawn on 9"x12", exact size tbd), 2016. By: Johanna Falzone – For those of you that don't know, this is my 91 year old grandpa who passed away early this past summer. My Dad took this picture of my brother and him as they fell asleep watching football at my cousin Felicia's old house on Thanksgiving last year as in 2014. I really liked this photo, it was perfect with where I am going with these drawings and I think Papa Nieme would be very happy to know he is part of my art now, he was always very encouraging of my talent! #johannafalzone #drawing #illustration #lounging #robe #pink #color #highchroma #penandink #figuredrawing #artistsoninstagram #sam #papanieme #sleeping #couch #green #bigbrother #grandpa #family

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Tomorrow, September 5th is the official opening of the Emerging Artist show at the Plum Art Gallery in St.Augustine, FL. 5-9pm. The show runs from the 5th-27th of Sept. I am so excited to be showing at the gallery, my comparison paintings will be on display and for sale.

If you cannot make it to the gallery, but are interested in purchasing any work please contact the gallery at, 904-825-0069 This is a link to their website, http://www.plumartgallery.com/

You can view all of the comparison paintings on my website in the painting sections for 2013 and 2014.

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I will be present at the show, so come by and say Hi!

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I have four new paintings up on my website, they are comparison paintings of myself with Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, and Courtney Love. These paintings go alongside the ones with Debbie Harry and Gwen Stefani. There will be 5 more added next week that I am currently working on.

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Also, I have completed a 3.5 year long video art piece that recalls my memory of Kurt Cobain’s death. It’s a long story, but here is the video. If you go onto my vimeo page there is an explanation of the video, which I high recommend reading because it really gives you some insight into what this means to me and what all of the imagery represents.

https://vimeo.com/91046239

Finally, I have been updating Underexposed, my blog for emerging artists every couple of weeks. Yesterday I posted about Kurt Cobain as a Visual Artist. It’s great, I’m really proud of it, so check it out!!!

http://underexposedart.wordpress.com/

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Recovery Room (Self-Portrait as Margot Tenenbaum) painting is finished, also there was an article written up about my work on Dashburst!

Here is the link to the article, http://dashburst.com/pic/self-portraits-kurt-cobain-courtney-love/

I will be planning out my next character painting, it’s going to be on a smaller canvas, so I’m having trouble picking in my mind, so I’m going to look through my reference photos, not sure why I try to mentally figure things out when I can just go through all my files and make decisions.

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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.

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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 below a slideshow from the BFA show and HQ images of my paintings from the collection, “In The Garden of Life and Death”.

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Also I am now registered on Nurture Art’s Registry for Artists and Curators which is an artist space and collective based out of Brooklyn, NY. I recommend this to any artist out there, its like submitting to a gallery only a registry of artists. Nurture Art uses this registry to pick artists for exhibitions in their gallery space.

This is a link to my profile, http://nurtureart.org/registry/index.php?option=com_nurturedetails&tab=portfolios&friend=1840&details=3057&art=20418&order=1#1

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