by Chelsea Johansen

Body Paintings-Fingers Pt. 2 March 30, 2013

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the fingers painting is all finished!

seeing it completed makes me wish i had stopped sooner than i did

because the circle is looking a little wonky now.

and that bothers me since i’m a perfectionist.

so i’ll probably make some more.

add color.

we’ll see where it goes.


next, however,

is a painting with my feet!

i’ll be starting that next week and talk about it more then.

have a great weekend and a happy easter everyone!!


cell phone art? October 7, 2012

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(google images)

on this beautiful fall sunday my boyfriend and i walked around town

while we waited for a table to open up at a little breakfast place.

we stopped in at a small art gallery that i have been wanting to go to.

the exhibit was great.

paintings, mixed media, video,

the works.

until i stopped to look at a photograph.

my eyes widened and my mouth dropped open.

in this photo i could see the faint reflection of the photographer.

and. her. iphone.

i was shocked and quite frankly pissed to see her using her cell phone

to take these photos that hung in a nice fine art gallery.

i have learned over the last four years of taking art history classes

that art can be anything you call art.

it can be a single line on a piece of paper,

it can look like something a kindergartner made.

as long as you label it as art,

it is just that.

but as an aspiring photographer,

i could not help but be sincerely ticked off.

why am i bothering to learn all of the tricks of the trade

if i can just use my cell phone!

let alone spend my money on expensive equipment!

the reason i wanted to write about this is because

i want to know if anyone else feels the same way as me.

if you don’t, tell me why.


the finished product September 12, 2012

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it was critique day in my painting class.

it felt like judgement day

standing up there vulnerable to everyone’s opinions.

after explaining my process and thoughts behind the work,

i was surprised to find that people actually liked my piece.

one student even said she loved it and wouldn’t change a thing!

that reassurance calmed my nerves.

i recall writing in my first post about this painting that i didn’t care whether people liked it or not.

that is true,

but it felt great knowing that someone liked something i felt so hesitant about.

suggestions were made,

mostly about how to display it

or even take the aggression of it a step further.

i’m not sure if i am totally done with it

or if i should keep painting or ripping at it.

what do you think?

(i promise i’ll get a better photo soon; it’s hard to see all of the colors & tones right now)