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

Trumpeffect, GOP, Reload, Overload: A Feeble Update

There’re more below, but let’s start with this image conceived at breakfasttime just minutes ago:

If you have a cognitive periscope, and if it’s sticking up above the surface, then you know this is an endurance test, and we’re over our heads in it! Take the latest mass shooting, for example, and all of the prayers and inactivity associated with it:

Ok, the shit’s been hitting the fan for so long, inspiring “cartoonery,” (wait is that even a word?) on my part so often, that I’ve gotten into the habit of simply posting images on Instagram rather than posting on this illustroblog. So, this post is a collection of images that reflects my take on the last few days of this colossal assault on our country by the barely elected clown and all those who look the other way for one reason or another.

So, then there’s this from a few days again:

While I’m at it, here’s one from early January that was rejected by the New Yorker, my first and only attempt so far. Incidentally, I can understand why it wasn’t accepted; I’ve done better. Still, I have an account, and I’ll give it a try again soon. At any rate, here’s what I had submitted; it accentuates how Trump is caught in the past and incapable of facing the reality that lies before the rest of us, and not just the 30 some percent of the eligible voters who he calls his base, whose view of reality is irreversibly subverted. Ok, the image:

I just want you to know that my first Trump-related post was from way back in December of 2015! The image highlights what we’re only now beginning to comprehend, namely, that Trump is only tip of the iceberg, that behind him is a gaggle of despicable cowards; check it out: https://portfoliolongo.com/2015/12/14/when-you-see-one-on-the-kitchen-floor/

Here’s pretty much how I feel about all this:

What’s this PENCIL thing?

You may have noticed a Pencil theme on this illustroblog, as I have illustroblogged on and on about this remarkable tool. There are some 20 odd posts about the Pencil here at portfoliolongo.com; click here to see them before checking out the following YouTube video that my wife shared with me this morning, prompting this pencilographic post.

PS There’s even a Pencil Gallery on the home page, second gallery down.

Croz Retweeted My Photo-Mash-Up

I follow David Crosby on Twitter @thedavidcrosby. I love his voice, his music, and his viewpoints. He’s quite interactive with his many fans, incidentally.
You may recall that I’ve illustroblogged about David Crosby on these very portfoliolongo.com pages, click here for two examples, three now.
After following him on Twitter for a while, I found out that, in addition to everything else I had expected, he’s a good sport. So when I tweeted him the following photo-mash-up, he retweeted it, and for weeks I was receiving notification after notification from Twitter that his fans were liking it, retweeting it, and even commenting on it. I’ll share the mash-up, the tweet’s stats as of today, and one funny comment below:
Mash-Up

Stats (as of 1/18/8):

Funny comment:
Hey David, if you ever wanna do an endorsement deal they could call them “Croz-oats: The breakfast of Hippies”

Water Tower Down There Again

Several times a day I see that Water Tower Down There Again and again. It’s the same water tower I’ve rendered over and over, please click here to see the other renderings. I usually see it while I’m walking Cowboy, and since it’s located between us and the sunrise to the east, the views are generally more dramatic on our morning walks. I cherish that water tower in ways that encapsulate and set me free.

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iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Sketch Club, iColorama, and Procreate

Torre del Veguer

In the Spring of 2016 Annyth and I spent a week with a group of 17 people at a villa (Can Pares) on the outskirts of Sitges in the Penedès wine and cava region in Catalonia, celebrating the 60th birthday of a friend. Located next door was a winery in a former castle, Torre del Veguer, which I featured in another post on this illustroblog.
Here’s a digital painting of Torre del Veguer, which I had printed on canvas as a gift of gratitude for our friend, Marjorie, the birthday girl.

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Procreate, iColorama, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil
Partial progress video: