NAWFAL JOHNSON

MARBAS, EDIT B Fire Portrait

Title : MARBAS, EDIT B.

Creation Date:  8 June 2017

“Fire Portraits” Series.

Year:  2017.

Influence:  “To Reign in Hell” novel by Steven Brust.

Art Photographs:  Photography of fire shaped into Portrait-like imagery, of the characters, angels, in “To Reign in Hell”, written by Steven Brust.

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Note  1:  After doing the first art photo, I said to myself, “I’m seeing some faces from Brust’s novel in this image, and I need to investigate, and work this out further to see what develops.”  Note 2:  One very interesting aspect of Brust’s story is that all of the angels were essentially good until a conflict and deception arose among the angels.  On top of that, the three “evil” angels in the story ( evil according to many ‘modernised’ views…modern being several thousand years for Satan/Lucifer/Devil, and hundreds for Mephisto ) — Satan and Lucifer are the same entity,  and Mephistopheles is the name invented for the historical Johann Georg Faust (c. 1480–c. 1540), and in demonology, Mephistopheles was “one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust”.  Nevertheless, in Brust’s story, Satan and Lucifer are “First-Borns”, and Mephistopheles is an archangel, not devils or demons. Note 3:  My Brust angels are a contradiction because they are made of fire.  Angels of fire, I think is a contradiction.  

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Note 4: “MARBAS” is a fallen angel that takes the form of a lion.  Marbas is not a character in the Brust story but there are many angels in the story, and not all are mentioned by name.

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STRING THEORY, NUMBER 5, EDIT D

Title: "STRING THEORY, Number 5, EDIT D". Creation Date:  13 OCTOBER 2014. Series:  STRING THEORY. Series Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going). Genre:  ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY. Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia. No Unauthorized Use!

Title: “STRING THEORY, Number 5, EDIT D”.
Creation Date: 13 OCTOBER 2014.
Series: STRING THEORY.
Series Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going).
Genre: ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
No Unauthorized Use!

PURPLE-GREEN-BROWN COLOUR FIELD, EDIT E, 14 SEPT 14

Title: "PURPLE-GREEN-BROWN COLOUR FIELD, EDIT E 14 SEPT 14". Creation Date: 14 Sept 2014. Collection: MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY Collection Years: 2010 to Present (On-Going). Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: “PURPLE-GREEN-BROWN COLOUR FIELD, EDIT E, 14 SEPT 14”.
Creation Date: 14 Sept 2014.
Collection: MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY
Collection Years: 2010 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

My Print and Canvas Sales’ URL for this Photographic-Art is: http://www.imagekind.com/PURPLEGREENBROWN-COLOUR-FIELD-EDIT-E_art?IMID=c239c7f1-371d-4fb8-8ac3-bf0f7c03d5b5

TREE OF CHAOS, Number One by Nawfal Johnson

Description Title: 'TREE OF CHAOS, Number One'.  Creation Date: 14 Sept 2014. Collection: MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY Collection Years: 2010 to Present (On-Going).  Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Description Title: ‘TREE OF CHAOS, Number One’. Creation Date: 14 Sept 2014. Collection: MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY Collection Years: 2010 to Present (On-Going). Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

DEMON and FLOWERS, Number 1, Edit C by Nawfal Johnson

Title: DEMON and FLOWERS, Number 1, Edit C. Creation Date: 6 September 2014. Collection: MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY Collection Years: 2010 to Present (On-Going). Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia. WEB: https://smokephotographist.wordpress.com  "MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY" is a collection of colour and Black & White, abstract images that are designed with a mirrored effect.  Sometimes the mirrored image is an exact opposite-duplicate for both sides.  However, in some cases, one half is ALMOST a mirrored duplicate - with a few compositional differences. At times, my final artwork will resemble what seem mysterious forms and ominous images, even scary, or evil representations. Nevertheless, the viewer of my portfolio can decide for themselves what they see in these MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY images.

Title: DEMON and FLOWERS, Number 1, Edit C.
Creation Date: 6 September 2014.
Collection: MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY
Collection Years: 2010 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
WEB: https://smokephotographist.wordpress.com
“MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY” is a collection of colour and Black & White, abstract images that are designed with a mirrored effect. Sometimes the mirrored image is an exact opposite-duplicate for both sides. However, in some cases, one half is ALMOST a mirrored duplicate – with a few compositional differences. At times, my final artwork will resemble what seem mysterious forms and ominous images, even scary, or evil representations. Nevertheless, the viewer of my portfolio can decide for themselves what they see in these MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY images.

This is my ‘Dark Period’.
These are dark times….
The sun is engulfed by gloom.
A gloom that is a bottomless pit.
Anyone who has never been to this place will never understand it.
Anyone who has been there, will surely sympathize, because they will understand the demons that haunt and the blackness that spreads with every cell division in your body.
And it feels like you are alone – no one gives a flying shit about you or the pain you face; they care neither about your physically caused pain, nor the mental struggles that keep you locked up like a prisoner in your own shell of a skin. 
You feel like shouting at the world, but your shouts come out with only silence because there are none who care…none who give a damn. 
Joy…What is Joy?  Joy has abandoned me – you too will understand this if you have lived through this hell:  Depression  is a bottomless pit of gloom, misery, a soul-energy-wasting demon that never sleeps.  Evil is busy – it never sleeps….it never sleeps.

~ Nawfal Johnson ~

People tell and advise you never to expose negative thoughts and feelings about yourself, for God sakes never do that, or possible clients and employers will see it and they will shun you like you are Typhoid-Mary!  Probably true.  Well, F’that!  I am just an expressive artist who is having the worst shit of a time in my entire life, at 49, and nothing I do seems to be working or helping. 

However, when did art not become an expressive way of expressing yourself?  When did poetry or writing NOT become a personal expression of life, your life as it is today when you write it? 

If I had a theme song in my life right now, that I could just put on repeat, it would be Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.”  But they would need to change it to “Un-Comfortably Numb” to fit better.

 

 

SHOCKWAVE, EDIT C by Nawfal Johnson

Title: "SHOCKWAVE, EDIT C." Creation Year: 2014. Genres: Abstract Expressionism; Cubism. Medium(s): Art Marker; Studio Colour Pencil; Graphic Stick. Materials: 190gsm textured acid-free fine art paper. Influences: Paul Klee. Collection: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. Collection Years: 2012 to Present (On-Going). Fine Art Print Sales Gallery Link:  Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: “SHOCKWAVE, EDIT C.”
Creation Year: 2014.
Genres: Abstract Expressionism; Cubism.
Medium(s): Art Marker; Studio Colour Pencil; Graphic Stick.
Materials: 190gsm textured acid-free fine art paper.
Influences: Paul Klee.
Collection: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Collection Years: 2012 to Present (On-Going).
Fine Art Print Sales Gallery Link:
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

P on THE ORANGE LINE by Nawfal Johnson

Title:  "P on THE ORANGE LINE, EDIT B," is one of those shots that can have radical different meanings  - that is,if you mind is open to the lunacy of things you see in the world.    Well, someone actually "P"'ed on the Orange line!  I find these types of scenes very hilarious when you think about what-else the story could tell the viewer.  Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.  All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: “P on THE ORANGE LINE, EDIT B,” is one of those shots that can have radical different meanings – that is,if your mind is open to the lunacy of things you see in the world.
Well, someone actually “P”‘ed on the Orange line!
I find these types of scenes very hilarious when you think about what-else the story could tell the viewer.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

9103, #6, Edit B, by Nawfal Johnson

9103, #6, Edit B, by Nawfal Johnson

Title: “9103, #6, Edit B.”
Creation Month & Year: May 2014.
Series Name: 9103.
Series Year: 2014.
Collection Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Collection Years: 2014.
Genres: Abstract Expressionism; All-Over Painting; Action-Painting; Macro-Abstract Expressionism.
Mediums: Enamel Paint, and Oil Pastels, and 6B Graphite Stick, and Acrylic Paint.
Material: Acid-Free Acrylic Art Paper, 360gsm.
Dimension: (W) 9.5″ x (H) 12″ x (D) .016 of an Inch.
Major Influence: Jackson Pollock.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

9103, #3, Edit B, by Nawfal Johnson

9103, #3, Edit B, by Nawfal Johnson

Title: 9103, #3, Edit B.
Creation Month and Year: April, 2014.
Series Name: “9103”.
Series Year: 2014.
Collection Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART COLLECTION.
Mediums: Enamel Paint and Oil Pastel .
Influence: Jackson Pollock.
Material: Acid-Free Acrylic Art Paper, 360gsm.
Dimension: (W) 9.5″ x (H) 12″ x (D) .016 of an Inch.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

9103, #2, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson

9103, #2, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson

Title: 9103, #2, Edit C.
Creation Month and Year: April, 2014.
Series Name: “9103”.
Series Year: 2014.
Collection Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART COLLECTION.
Mediums: Enamel Paint.
Influence: Jackson Pollock.
Material: Acid-Free Acrylic Art Paper, 360gsm.
Dimension: (W) 9.5″ x (H) 12″ x (D) .016 of an Inch.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

9103, #1 by Nawfal Johnson

9103, #1 by Nawfal Johnson

Title: 9103, #1.
Creation Month and Year: April, 2014.
Series Name: “9103”.
Series Year: 2014.
Collection Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART COLLECTION.
Mediums: Enamel Paint.
Material: Acid-Free Acrylic Art Paper, 360gsm.
Dimension: (W) 9.5″ x (H) 12″ x (D) .016 of an Inch.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Never ask “What Next?”

Never, ever, never ask “What Next?”

If you follow my blog, you will remember that I was afraid of ‘what next’!

And, yesterday, while washing the kitchen sink, loaded with dishes and scrubbing vigorously:  I tend to do dishes with much GUSTO!  I think a lot while doing the dishes, so I don’t mind doing them.

HOWEVER, while scrubbing the sink, I broke a glass plate, and cut…well, peeled back the skin on my hand, above my left ring finger.  It was bloody!

When I moved my finger down, I could see something ‘White’ poking out from under the redness of the bloody skin-flap.

I was wondering ‘What the HELL is that?” 

At first, I thought it was my bone sticking out of my hand. My initial reaction was, well, besides, “What the Hell is that?“, was, “Good One, Smooth move Ex-lax!” “You really did it this time – “AND OF ALL HANDS, MY LEFT HAND – MY MAIN HAND!”

Being that I don’t have transport right now, I waited for someone to come get me to go to the E.R.

It turned out that the ultra-white (that is the first clue) body part ‘thing’ sticking out from the skin, was the tendon that runs over the top of that finger bone.  Lovely!

Well, the next step was to get an impression from the Orthopedic Surgeon.  The Ortho Surgeon came down to the E.R., looked at ‘it’, and said, it looked like the tendon was not sliced, so he told the E.R. doctor to stitch it up.

‘It’ hurts like hell.  And, ‘it’ bled a lot.

After getting my hand stitched up, and about an hour after the lidocaine wore off (used to numb the hand for stitching) my whole hand hurt like a ‘som’bitch’ – and also still today, this morning.  That area of my hand is swollen and I can’t close my hand – not for now.

What’s more – I’M LEFT-HANDED!  LOVELY!  Well, alright, who gives a damn, it’s not going to stop me from doing more art later, nor work on new photographs this morning – or type.

I took my Tramadol and Gabapentine this morning, so that may help a little.

As long as I don’t rip the stitching work of the E.R. Doctor, and put some ice on the swelling hand, I should be OK.

So, NEVER EVER, ask, “So, What the Hell Else is going to f’up my life?”  Never ask that question – not a good idea, because you will probably receive your answer quickly and it won’t be to your liking.  🙂

Trapped in a Dark Room and Looking Out at a Better Life

Trapped in a Dark Room and Looking Out at a Better Life

Title: “Trapped in a Dark Room and Looking Out at a Better Life.”
Creation Date: 27 April 2014.
Medium: Oil Pastels.
Collection: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Collection Year: 2014.
Genres: Abstract Expressionism; ‘Multi-Forms’ transforming into Impressionism of the moments of my thoughts.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.

*Notes: I thought I was reaping good…good-will…hard-work…suffering arthritis for 35-years, but still falling on my face and moving forward while attempting to help others before myself; asking for fewer trials and tribulations from the power of the Universe; asking for guidance and relief. Well, I’m not sure, but the answer I got was more disaster and more problems, more headaches, so stressed out I sleep at 2AM and my sleep is so f’ed up, I just get up at 3:30AM, or 4AM, if I’m lucky, because sleep is useless. If Earl Nightingale is correct, and we become what we think about most of the time; then WOW, maybe he is RIGHT! Thanks Earl! I painted this mysterious, gloomy, abstract painting, two days before (today), and receiving more horrific work news from another contract I’ve had for 15-years! I think that IF there were an asteroid the size of a marble that survived entry through our outer levels of atmosphere, it would probably hit me in the head and pulverize me in a blazing inferno, and then I’d turn to dust like Daffy Duck does when he gets ‘blown to smithereens’ in so many episodes of the cartoons. Well, thanks so much once again to my awesome luck! (Being and feeling VERY Sarcastic at the moment). I won’t even suggest, “So, what the F’ Next?” Because, I don’t think I can take much more of this!