New Art in February: “February Joy” to “Burning Desire”

Happy last day of February!

At the beginning of this month, I presented a piece of art titled February Joy, which was extremely well-received (the piece even fetched a couple purchase offers – will it sell?). Designed after pieces titled Moondust, I’ll Keep Loving You and Falling (see those pieces – and more – here), February Joy was supposed to represent my return to bright, bold and my oft-described style of “happy art.”

I present again, February Joy:

February Joy. (c) 2015. Bobby James.

February Joy. (c) 2015. Bobby James.

Yet, I found myself compelled to create a series of art inspired by song lyrics. I combined my simplistic and sure-handed style with meaningful lyrics (or slogans) to create a [still growing] collection about love and emotion. I broke from the series to create Voodoo Monkey - and I’m ending this month with my new piece titled Burning Desire.

Burning Desire is described as follows:

“Sometimes the darkest places will ignite a fire. Burn bright.”  -Me, Feb. 27, 2015

Designed to be a darker entry into my artistic collection, I couldn’t help but add my twist of positivity and hope. Hope drives all of my creativity – and Burning Desire is a reflection of that. This piece has also made me question my ability to create dark and visceral – even ugly – art. Not ugly in the typical use of the word – but in an emotional way, born from feelings of discomfort or difficulty.

Burning Desire features a black horse with a mane of fire and a burning heart. The horse itself is a symbol of power, beauty and strength. Its color represents the unknown – mystery, wildness, night and death. The fire (and its color) is representative of illumination and destruction – symbolic of the old passing and the entrance of something new.

I hope you love this piece as much as I. Here’s Burning Desire:

Sometimes the darkest places ignite a fire. Burn bright! "Burning Desire." Bobby James. (c) 2015.

Sometimes the darkest places ignite a fire. Burn bright! “Burning Desire.” Bobby James. (c) 2015.

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New Art & Poetry: February Joy and Morning Glory

It’s February…

Last month (and this year) began in the most cinematic way possible – a way that inspired joyous art and life. Then, clouds moved in to rest before the sun – and that shadow was cast into my work. From there, the rain stopped and a fire was sparked, its flame slowly began to grow – and bold, vibrant color – and a desire to live and to love emerged. In life, I want to take chances and to feel, constantly – no longer do I want to live aloof, numb to the world around me. It’s easy to become numb and complacent. I crave excitement and vulnerability.

The art will show you:

You noticed the change.

That change was the result of vulnerability, and despite the darker tone, the results are beautiful, I believe. I’ve felt in my writing as well. On January 18, I composed my poem “Morning Glory” while walking at a park. I had a lot on my mind and ventured out for some clarity.

Morning Glory

(c) 2015. Bobby James.

The river flowed beside me, and other people passed me by.

A brisk breeze fell upon my cheeks and wind chilled tears form to line the bottom of my eyes.

My mind wandered to a nearing, not so distant future – and anxiousness crept while birds sang their morning songs.

Bird songs. They underscored a tiny tapping sound. A woodpecker – the smallest I’d ever seen. She climbed the tree – then tap, tap, tap – before flitting down. She’d repeat the cycle – in search of what, I don’t quite think I know.

Transfixed, I watched – lost in admiration, ’til an excited pup passed me by. There was a squirrel rustling in the leaves. At least for that I know the why.

My gaze then shifted to floating clouds. I squinted in the sun. My course changed.

A fork appeared before me. I took the left, over shattered ice – this path became more lonely.

There were dogs on leashes – commanded to heel. For a moment, tails stopped wagging – and passing cars and cracking sticks were all I’d hear.

I moved beyond these commands and took a breath of crisp, fresh air. With my lungs full, I walked on – my face now directed to this story. For an hour, I was lost – in life and morning glory.

Spark. (c) 2015. Bobby James.

Spark. (c) 2015. Bobby James.

In addition to “Morning Glory,” I’ve written several introspective letters to myself (which shall remain sealed, unavailable to all). In the matter of one month, my eyes have been opened – and from a cold, desperate and isolated place, I’m emerging again. That “Spark” was shown yesterday with a quick doodle – and now, I’ll unveil the burning flame and my intentions moving forward:

February Joy

February Joy. (c) 2015. Bobby James.

February Joy. (c) 2015. Bobby James.

Thank you for taking this journey with me. My heart is in every piece you’ve seen and all that you’ve just read. February Joy is alive – and its going to be one of the most defining piece I create this year (I have a feeling). So I hope you enjoy it as much as I – and most of all, I hope it makes you smile and feel warm and happy.

I hadn’t set any “resolutions” for this year – and I don’t think I will. I’m gonna wing it…

- Bobby

A Very Bobby Christmas. Vol. 1.

ChristmasWell, it’s been a while since we’ve last spoken – or since you’ve last had something to read (from me anyway). Now, the holidays are upon us – and if you’re like me, you’ve been bitten by the Christmas spirit. I’m excited! I can’t wait! I’m ready for Christmas lights, hot chocolate, holiday parties and warm nights by the fire while snow falls just outside the window.

That means I need a lot of Christmas music in my life – so I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite holiday songs by some of my favorite artists. You’ll notice that I wanted to combine powerful instrumentals with beautiful vocals, drama with fun – and most importantly, I wanted the compilation to flow – to quite literally be music to your ears.

I’ve carefully selected each track and artist and arranged them in a way that should leave you feeling all kinds of warm and fuzzy – just in time for Christmas cheer. The playlist has been anchored with Lea Michele (“O’ Holy Night”), Celine Dion (“Ave Maria”) and Josh Groban (“Chestnuts Roasting”). It begins heavily with the unique sound of a capella group Pentatonix and ends with a fun influence. You may also notice, my love for movies and television is sprinkled throughout!

If you like what you see, build this list and burn it for yourself (or get in good with me and I’ll burn it for you!)! Happy holidays and happy listening!

Here’s the 25 song track listing of “A Very Bobby Christmas. Vol. 1″:

1. Vuelie – Frode Fjellheim and Christophe Beck ft. Cantus – from Frozen 

2. White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix

3. What Child Is This? – The Canadian Tenors

4. Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix

5. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Pentatonix

6. Believe – Josh Groban – from The Polar Express 

7. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People – Jonathan Groff – from Frozen 

8. Where Are You Christmas? – Faith Hill – from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry

10. The First Noel – Connie Francis

11. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland

12. O’ Holy Night – Lea Michele – from GLEE 

13. Ave Maria – Celine Dion

14. Chestnuts Roasting – Josh Groban

15. You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft – from How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

16. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

17. Carol of the Bells – Celtic Women

18. Frosty the Snowman – Ella Fitzgerald

19. Text Me Merry Christmas – Straight No Chaser ft. Kristen Bell

20. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley

21. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Idina Menzel ft. Michael Buble

22. Let It Be Christmas – Alan Jackson

23. What’s This? – Danny Elfman – from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 

24. Deck the Rooftop – GLEE Cast – from GLEE 

25. Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael Buble

BONUS! Here’s the lyric video for Straight No Chaser and Kristen Bell’s new song, “Text Me Merry Christmas.”

New Art: Endanger Cancer, not Elephants

I created this piece, Endanger Cancer, not Elephants, because I love and am passionate about saving elephants – and because I know several breast cancer survivors. I want this to be a symbol of hope for them. On the surface, elephant poaching and cancer may seem like vastly different issues – and you’d be right to say they are, but there exists a commonality between the two: Poaching, like cancer, steals the lives of thousands – and affects many more – each year. Mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, wives and companions die in great numbers – but they don’t have to. At least in an ideal future they don’t.

So, I hope.

I hope for a day when the group of women I know – a group comprised of family, friends and public figures I admire – doesn’t have to live in fear, or with the constant reminders of an aggressive disease. I hope for the healing of their emotional scars – and for their joy in life. With some of these women, I’ve created lasting memories that cannot be destroyed by cancer, or death. But, these are women, and stories, I could miss every day there isn’t a cure.

So, I cling to hope.

Statistics estimate that breast cancer will steal the lives of approximately 40,000 women in the United States (per year). Similarly, in the past four years, over 100,000 elephants have been victims of poaching. Their ivory was stolen. Elephants, a keystone species, are a necessity to their ecosystem – and it’s entirely possible that their ecosystem houses the cure for cancer. The reality is, we’ve identified [some] causes, we’ve evaluated the emotional and monetary impacts and we still work to end these devastating losses – but we don’t know the cure.

But still, I hope.

I hope you view this piece as a symbol and bridge between two very devastating issues. Yes, the face value of what I’m proposing may be a reach, but we can’t afford to stand idly by while a species and ecosystem vanishes. Our inaction could see the disappearance of a cure before it’s even discovered. So I’m taking a step to “Endanger Cancer, not Elephants,” by making equal donations to Susan G. Komen – in honor of those I know – and to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – for elephants.

I invite you to join me and use the hashtag – #EndangerCancerNotElephants – to say you will. This is my hope. Now, I present:

Endanger Cancer, not Elephants

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(c) 2014. Bobby James.

(c) 2014. Bobby James.

Bobby James enters the “Freak Show”

I’ve spent the morning working on an illustration for my children’s book The Story of Piph. During my creative process, I reviewed tutorials on how to create and fade layers. I thought, “Why not have a little fun?”

When Ryan Murphy announced that American Horror Story: Freak Show would feature the most sinister clown ever recorded, I figured it was time to face my fear. I decided to tackle evil clowns head-on. As a result, I created a collection of art pieces featuring (seemy posts Clownin’ Around and Enter the Circus) those who were vilified by “Pennywise” from Stephen King’s It.

I took a screen cap from the most recent trailer for Freak Show and overlaid my piece titled “Circus Freak.” Enjoy.

Circus Freak meets Freak Show. 2014.

Circus Freak meets Freak Show. 2014.

Blog Feature at “Darden Digest;” link to “Eluxe Magazine”

Elephants - Nat. Geo.

As many of you know, during the week of August 10, I was fundraising and advocating for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, National Geographic’s Cause An Uproar and Save The Elephants. On social media (facebook and twitter), I announced I’d be donating 100% of my earnings (Aug. 13) to elephant conservation, to celebrate World Elephant Day and my birthday (Aug. 12).  The Olive Garden took notice and I was contacted by Darden’s corporate office to compose a “Sustainability” blog for Darden Digest.

Here’s a link to the blog: Fostering Rorogoi

Late last week, I also received a notification that my post “Sincerely, thank you! We raised…” had been linked by Eluxe Magazine, a digital and print publication based in London and Paris! My post accompanies a video titled “Why the Ivory Trade Must Stop. Now.”

The graphic video epitomizes why I’m taking action in an effort secure a future for elephants and other endangered species.  Take a look, and if you’re as moved as I was when it’s finished – join me.  Extinction is a very real threat for many species like elephants, but it doesn’t have to be.  Together, through our actions and voices, we can protect the cohabitants of our planet and secure their future beside our own.