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 non-credit ESL to adults at a local community college. 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

Willy! Another new friend.

Annyth and I are celebrating the Christmas holidays outside Columbus, OH with family. All of the people, young and old, are creative, generous, intelligent, and talented; but there’s one who stands out above the rest: Willy, a magnificent Portuguese Water Dog.
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Another Annual Christmas Letter!

The entire team here at portfoliolongo.com wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a prosperous New Year. This year Annyth, a Senior Advisor, came up with the letter, inspired by well over 2,500 interstate miles. The letter was read aloud to the team members and their spouses/partners at the Holiday Party.

Note: More to come as our eastern migration materializes.

Purchase that cool map, without our route, here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/144529251165?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=7QePaf-sRbm&sssrc=2349624&ssuid=&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=SMS

A new friend, Alani

Alani’s one of four beautiful dogs, including Caula, a Miniature Dachshund; as well as Shiloh and Nova, Toy Labradoodles, who are sisters. There’s a cat too, Hula, a loyal Tabby. Now back to Alani, AKA Lani, Alonzo, A-Lonzo, who spent a lot of time on my lap. She’s a Mini Labradoodle offspring of a Rare Red Labrador and a Poodle.

My interpretation of Alani on an iPad using Sketch Club.

Here’s the rest of the cast:

Caula

Nova

Shiloh

Hula

The photo reference for Alani

By the way, Annyth and I are stopping off in Tucson, AZ to visit family, pictured below. Lilia, on the left, and Tracy (my niece), on the right, along with about 60 other un-pictured people, were celebrating the 18th birthday of their daughter, Makena.

Lilia, Makena, and Tracy

Oh, one more action shot of Alani:

Alani, expecting…

What a wonderful visit. Annyth and I love you guys!!

Digital Renderings: My Entry in Emergence, A CHAA Art Exhibit

Art Shows:

Emergence, Art ExhibitContemporary and Humanistic Artists Association (CHAA), November 30, 2022 to January 8, 2023, Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, CA.
Digital Renderings: This 4 minute 37 second video consists of series of digital images, animations, and time-lapse videos that I have created on an iPad while living in Merced, CA from 2014 to 2022. Displayed in this video is a collection of digital-art expressions whose meaning requires motion for its significance to emerge. These expressions include: Miss the Basket; Hannah Arendt; Turquoise; Love Letter; Owl’s Wide Open; Jorma; Paint Swatches; Strategic Vision; Outhouse Bird; Abelike; Heavy Heart; Birdie Wine; Barber Pole; Pucker Danny; Old Man Face; Sí, se puede; Beginnings; Gyro; Lead Guitar; Bald Mitt; Bernie; Sphere Spade; Sniff Sniff; The Pundant; Whirling Skeleton; Hydrospurt; and Selfie.

Demographic Quicksand


18 minutes in Sketch Club.

Speaking of quicksand, take a look at this 1967 performance by comedian Jackie Vernon. Some of you will be old enough to remember Jackie Vernon and his use of state of the art technology in his deadpan stand-up act, which in this case revolves around quicksand.

The Sunshine State?

This outrageous stunt!

Oh, and shit like this, too, constantly!

It must be miserable for those who embrace pluralism to live among those who support these hollowed-out, shit-for-brains, walking carcasses.

Sketch Club app, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, iColorama

Labor Day Get Away, Cayucos, CA

We left Merced, CA at 9 am, and by 12:30 we were seated at the Fish Gaucho bar in Paso Robles, CA for lunch. Within an hour we were seated on our balcony at the Shoreline Inn in Cayucos, CA. Annyth snapped this photo just as I said, I wonder if there is a drone-delivery margarita service; see the video below.