About portfoliolongo.com

ARTIST'S STATEMENT: I want my artwork to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. I want it to shed light and call attention to beauty, coherence, and unity; and, I want it to cast doubt on falsehoods, oversimplifications, and absurdities. I’d like to be instrumental in deepening our awareness and appreciation of the fullness of life, including its complexities, ambiguities, and paradoxes. I draw and paint on an iPad with an Apple Pencil or my fingers using a variety of drawing/painting apps; although, I still work in wood and clay as well. iPads are portable and versatile, require little set up, and there’s no clean up. They’re the perfect medium for what I do. I can quickly convert ideas into illustrations and share them or time-lapse videos of them on social media. I can also prepare the images for printing on metal, paper, and canvas surfaces in a variety of sizes. BIOGRAPHY: Paul Longo has lived a relatively unconventional life. In his youth, he plowed through dyslexia (before teachers had ever heard of it) and learned that there is, indeed, more than meets the eye. In college, he read Don Quijote in Spanish for the first time and discovered an interest in anthropology. He went on to complete 3 graduate degrees and has lived and worked in 7 countries and 9 states since then. Paul has taught anthropology, education, Spanish, research and evaluation methods, and ESL at 6 different universities. These days he teaches digital art to adults with developmental disabilities and workplace ESL to nonprofessional university employees. Paul was also a Benedictine monk and lived in a monastery for nearly 8 years, until he met and married his wife. Together they were survivors of Hurricane Katrina as residents of New Orleans. But it was not until 2013, while living in a downtown loft in Des Moines, Iowa, that Paul complained to his wife, a CIO in higher education, about not having either a basement or a garage in which to make art. A few days later she gave Paul her old iPad with an installed drawing app and said, “here’s a studio for your lap.” Since then, not only have iPads become larger and more powerful, but the number of drawing and painting apps has increased and each one offers a unique set of features to create original artwork. Nowadays, Paul takes his "studio” everywhere he goes. Throughout his eclectic journey, Paul has created and shared his art to make sense of the world, to give voice to new identities and experiences, and to engage more intentionally with others. To view more of Paul Longo’s works, digital and otherwise, visit his social media sites: www.portfoliolongo.com, twitter, YouTube, Instagram: @plongeaux, Facebook: Paul J. Longo

Little Visiting Artists at Merced Art Hop (Oct. 20, 2018)

I’ve added a few posts about Merced Art Hop in the last few years; check out the PHOTO GALLERY for sure to get a feel for this quarterly, downtown Merced, CA event. Saturday, October 20, 2018 was Art Hop’s 10 Anniversary. The October Art Hop is always fun. It’s cool enough for kids to show up in costumes, get their faces painted, and engage in some hands-on activities.

I brought my iPad and a projector and invited a few local artists to share their talents with everyone at Bob Hart Square that evening.

Karl Malden’s Nose

About a week ago, a mobile/digital art friend of mine, click here to meet her, posted an evocative photo of a succulent, bulbous tomato on Instagram:

The image reminded me of Karl Malden’s nose; and so for several days I walked around, semi-entranced, with that image on my cognitive back burner…until last night:

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Reference photo (stock, Google images)

Technical: I drew this freehand in Sketch Club on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. Mas o menos, eh? Sketch Club produces a cool statistical summary of the images you create. You can see in this summary that I played around for about an hour. The summary doesn’t show how I used iColorama to slightly darken and sharpen the image, which only took a couple of minutes.

Studying the G Street Revolution

Lately, I’ve been enjoying the sounds of G Street Revolution whenever I have a chance. A few of the musicians are colleagues of my wife at UC Merced. Check’em Out on Facebook or here.

At the Merced County Fairgrounds:

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At Vista Ranch and Cellars:

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Just a snippet at Five Ten Bistro:

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Pretty sure all these were done in Sketch Club and iColorama.

Visiting South Africa: July 2018

This past July (2018) Annyth and I spent a week at Zulu Nyala, a private game reserve near Hluhluwe Kwazulu Natal. We were lucky; we managed to see all five of Africa’s big five game animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros (black and white), elephant, and the African buffalo. We saw plenty of others as well – up close! Beforehand, we spent a week and a half first in Cape Town and then in Johannesburg, where we toured with an old friend, Ruth, whom we hadn’t seen for 25 years.

Annyth, Ruth, and I met in 1989 in Washington, DC at American University, where the three of us were graduate students in anthropology. Ruth is from Johannesburg and still lives in Johannesburg. Learn more about Ruth here. With the exception of a few emails and maybe a Skype call several years ago, we had no contact with Ruth, but we somehow always regarded her as a dear friend. So it wasn’t a surprise that, after a quarter of a century, our time with Ruth was spectacularly awesome. We got to meet her partner, Toni; her colleague, Meryl; her brother, Jonathan and his family; others as well; plus, we got to see Cape Town and Johannesburg through Ruth’s eyes to a large extent. It turns out that our friendship had quietly grown over the years, and now because of our reunion, it’ll continue to grow for years to come.

Here’s the image I sent Ruth a week or so before Annyth and I showed up in South Africa: {Please click on all images to enlarge.}

They didn’t really put this sign up…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, iColorama (click on image to enlarge)

Getting there by air…(practice/play time with my iPad Pro and mainly the Sketch Club drawing/painting ap:

On the runway…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama (click on image to enlarge)

Still waiting…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama (click on image to enlarge)

Some guy in Atlanta also going on our 13 hour flight…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama (click on image to enlarge)

Started wondering…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama (click on image to enlarge)

Cape Town, Robben Island:

Rainbow Ruth in Muizenberg…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama (click on image to enlarge)

South African penguins: iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama (click on the rest of these images to enlarge, ok?)

Our guide at Robben Island Museum, a former political prisoner himself…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama

Short hop to Richards Bay from Johannesburg:

Short Hop from Joburg to Richards Bay

Zulu Nyala:

Giraffes…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama

Impala…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama

Zebra…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama

The noble warthog…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama

Hippo…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama

Elephant…(She co-stared in the video below) iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama

You just have to see this:

ok, back to my iPad drawing:

Rhino (white)…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama

Lion…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama

Our tent…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, Procreate, and iColorama

Our excellent guide, Chris (senior)…iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, and iColorama

Thanks for visiting!! Comment below, if you’re so inclined.

The Bible: Crystal Ball or Mirror?

I know a little bit about the bible. I have an M.Div. for Christ’s sake; it’s one of three graduate degrees for Pete’s sake! I may no longer be an ordained Benedictine monk, but I sure as Hell sat through my share of biblical studies, theology, even Greek courses. Most of them were fascinating. I had a brilliant seminary professor, one of several like that, in fact, who approached the study of sacred scriptures from a literary-criticism perspective, steeped in critical hermeneutics, semiology, and philology…right up my alley. He planted the following image in my mind (I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.):

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