Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Only Human

Last night,
While arguing with my ex over nothing important,
And losing my temper,
Over something that didn't matter,
As I felt my emotions fluctuate between affection and distaste,
I was reminded of my vulnerability.

This morning,
While halving strawberries in an absent minded manner,
Preparing fruit for my father,
I pricked my forefinger with the pointed tip of the sharp knife,
And squeezing my eyes shut,
Anticipating pain,
I was reminded of my mortality.

This evening,
As I forced a hot iron through the tangled mess of my dark knotted curls,
The iron slipped,
Burning away the flesh from one of the darker brown lines between my knuckle,
And I was reminded of my fragility.

Tonight,
Snuggling between my cold sheets and my thick duvet,
Finger healed, burn oiled, hair braided,
I shut my eyes and whisper a silent prayer of gratitude for life,
And another for protection from hurt,
As I meditate on my humanity.

I am only human.

Copyright ©2009 Chinwe Arinze

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I'm on a roll!

So I'm trying my hand at illustration..
Giving the fashion drawing a breather for a sec...
I did this in my sketch pad with pencil, and then black ink....
Then I uploaded it on to my computer, and edited it with paint brush and photoshop..
Not bad if I may say so myself....

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Competing for Attention...

So I love Art...
I am ABSOLUTELY AND COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH ART...
My only problem is when I get inspired.. I get inspired in all areas of my artistic life...
Music, fashion, photography, fine art, writing....
I can't do it ALL at once :(
And I don't know which medium to express my creativity with!!!

I took this when I was supposed to be gardening...
My backyard looks like something from a fairytale
Don't the tree stumps look like fairy stools? :)

Being a goofball..



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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My latest obsession!

So.. I'm thinking of starting a clothing line...
Basic designs... crazy color... fun to wear...
Hoodies.. tanks... Tee's...
Shall I?





You do interesting things when you're in bed with a cold :)
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Glowing Colors

I have fallen in love... with a photoshop effect.
These are two of my sketches and a photo I edited with photoshop.... luv em!



Saturday, September 12, 2009

Memories...

So my friends and I had a rap battle a long time ago..
Yes I used to attempt to rap *cringe*...
But I recently found our old raps from the battle and I couldn't stop laughing... lol
*sigh*

Boy 1
Ahem! Mic check 1, 2, 1 ,2
Think its time 2 take dis ting 2 level 2
Slay a sucker MC das wat im bout 2 do
Drop an atomic bomb on ya wreck ya whole crew

Rockets aimed, programmed 2 seek and destroy
Blast thru ur armour, be it metal, teflon or alloy
Gutter tactics, developed in da ghetto iz what i employ

But Ussee is here 2 bring u back 2 reality
Come against me u must b praying 4 a calamity wiv alacrity
This is not a battle of equality, lyrically we hav no similarity
My name's like microsoft, hear it and remember it as a symbol of quality

Rapping hatin rapper wannabeez
I feel u swarming around me lyk beez
Got no mercy 4 my enemiez
Swat u wiv an iron fist wiv eaze
The General is here! SALUTE!
At Ease...

Chin
Yeh I know I’m the master, my job is to teach,
Jus lyk ur church pastor, I came here to preach,
Can I get a hallelujah, this is a revival,
Rap was dead, but it arose wiv my arrival,

My ying is ur yang, I’m at my zen,
Un-phased I’m chillin lyk a lioness in her den,
Say when, lemmi know if you had enough,
Cuz I won’t stop, lyk genuine leather I’m tough,

Saleem if rap knowledge was oxygen, you’d suffocate,
Be begging for alms lyk a beggar at the gate,
Ain’t no hate, so I’ll spare u some change,
But I’ll leave u with a warning, next time stay within ur range,

My flow is sick, classic, lyk the renaissance,
I come harder every tym, leave niggas in a trance,
And yeh I see you, flipping thru ur dictionary,
Wait my bad, you're still playin pictionary,

But picture this, lyk buddha I came to give enlightenment,
Steadily raising standards while you’re on steady decent,
My game so slick, I’m lyk a talented thief,
So Usse ur the general? Meet the commander in chief!

Peace ;)

May {my sister}
Hey hey bros wetin u dey do,
Gon sidon abeg before I finish you,
Wait, what, u open mouth come dey talk?
U sabi run ur mouth but u no fit do the walk,
Abeg bros u dey try too hard,

You don disqualify, con take ur red card.

My people come see this oyinbo pikin,
With his flows wey resemble handicap chicken,
If I were u my brother I go my lock my door dey pray,
“Make she no embarrass me with the tin wey she go say”

Infact I go take pity, make I leave u alone,
Bcuz u fit destroy urself on ur own,
I don trample u, u dey lyk gum wey I chew,
Da problem now na to remove u from my shoe.

Chin
Back with a new rap for the poetically inclined,
Check ur mirrors, strap in, this is rap undefined,
Can’t help but wonder why you still want more,
You say ur a disease? Well I brought the cure,

I know why you’re so moody, your rap is on menopause,
I would be touchy if I couldn’t use a phrase or a clause,
Cut! Stop! Rewind, did I leave you behind?
You will find though my skill has no class and no kind,

My rap is lyk medicare, urz is on welfare,
I do this on a daily basis, my rap is your oasis,
Been wandering in the desert, come here nd wash ur faces,
Leave you refreshed cuz u was dying of thirst,
No need to say thank you, I know u needed the rest,

You about to get digested, your flow is like food,
No wait, I meant trash, thrown out cuz its no good,
Like your favourite channel you know I keep you glued,
Unless you ain’t got cable, then I leave you confused,
I keep it hot like fire, flames keep rising higher,
Like a stipper in full attire, I’ma strip you of rap desire,
Checked CNN lately? There’s been some breaking news,
“ChinChin bringing the spark back to Usse’s broken fuse”

Congress just passed a new bill on rap abuse,
Sawi Saleem, ryt now I’d hate to be in your shoes,
Your skill is lyk old nikes, dirty and used,
Useless, like a bomb that’s been diffused,

Your rap is like a shape that lacks geometry,
Like a molecule without complexity,
A poor composition that’s void of harmony,
Chemical X without acidity,
You’re still VHS and I’m DVD!

This ain’t a battlefield no more, it’s a cemetery,
My rap ‘the artillery’, your rap ‘the casualty’,
So bad boi’s I’ve got a question, watchu gonna do?
Best take cover when I come through,

I’m on a constant high, you best catch the craze,
Cuz unlike you this is my life, not just a phase,
The only way you can stop it is to kill it,
And even that won’t work cuz u’ll still feel it like a spirit,

Like a court case, I’ma let the jury decide,
Although they’re still in awe at how my case has been designed,
“We the jury think the defendant is unopposed,
To the plaintiff, we have no choice but to render this case closed!”


Monday, September 7, 2009

The Cutest Thing

Look see what I found at AC Moore!

Doll size canvas and an easel!

I can't wait to paint on it and put it on the table in the entry, next to the big yellow vase! :)

The glass bottles with glass beads inside were done by my younger sister after she took an interior design class, I love them!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Watercolor... with color!

Except I cheated and finished it with photoshop.. hehe...


My dad keeps asking why she has to cry, lol...
And my brothers won't stop pointing out that it's half a face...
I do draw a ton of half faces though, it started out as laziness and turned into a habit..
But I like her, half face, full face, I don't discriminate... :)

Simply Amazing

His work is fantastic...
I wonder what software he uses, I'm sure if I search his blog he mentions it somewhere...

Watercolor... with no color?

So I've decided to try my hand at painting with watercolor...
Can I just say that I am terrified of color, so this is a huge step for me :)
My hestaition to color anything might explain why my watercolor painting is colorless, lol...
But it's one step at a time.. right?