art: alfie ljuljdjuraj

sometimes things are like a thoreau book, i am ok with it all being like walden for now

sorry for the lack of updates.  i can’t post what I’ve been working on for london on the internet until next year.  i will post some sketches and unrelated works soon.



I’ve been busy lately working on paintings that I’m going to be exhibiting in london, that is occupying my entire existence at the moment.  i don’t have more details at the moment but I’m excited to be a part of the balkan artists guild.  i should maybe worry about how much i enjoy my own company.  

ill update with sketches soon!

andthanksforreading asked:
Hello Elle, this is rather crude I realize, I hope you forgive me. I saw you took some gorgeous photographs of yourself and Patrick Cleandenim. Do you have anyway of getting in touch with him as I have been trying to for a few years now. If you need to acquire his permission then please do, and I would be deeply indebted to you. Adam.

hey this is not ellens tumblr I’m her friend alfie ellen took those pictures of me though.  I’m sure if you just google ellen or patrick you’ll be able to find them

you are my allergy 
acrylic on canvas
alfie ljuljdjuraj 2014
Anonymous asked:
ello! love your work i got into art school.... do you have any advice? ;-)

well thank you! and i guess i might not be the best person to ask but ill just tell you what helped me.  the old saying “fake it til you make it”  i made myself be confident when i did something i was proud of, even if i didn’t feel that way.  eventually i did start actually being confident in my work and knowledge, this rubs people the wrong way.  it is much more common to exhibit a kind of fake sincerity.   that i can not stand.  i do not know why it is taboo to be confident in something you dedicate your life to.  its not blind arrogance.  oh i always welcomed criticism for my work  even if it wasn’t positive, sometimes you learn a lot from negative opinions.  take them at face value and apply them to your work if they make sense to you.

other advice i can give you is be better friends with your professors then most of the students there.  do more than what your professor assigns.  always have personal work going on at the same time.  remember that art is hard and if you decide to become a full time artist it makes sense to be working a lot of the time.  also art school isn’t enough.  make sure you work almost everyday if thats the path you feel you want to go.   do not compete with your peers only compete with yourself.   

try to surround yourself with positive, creative like minded people.  you will make some friends at art school, chose the ones that would rather hangout and paint together then the ones who just want to party and be not sober.  

just take everything in and focus 

well i do not know if that will help but i hope it does.

i do not post about other people usually but I’m excited that one of my friends husband did a ted talk! perparim rama is a genius designer check out his talk!

I’m still happy I’m single. 

in a few months i will be affiliated with the balkan artists guild  based out of london.  i am excited to be part of such an interesting group of people.

old mono print

if someone is not treating me with the same kindness and love i treat them with i demand better. I’m not going to settle for fair-weather friends and sub par lovers. and I’m not going to regret my decisions to remove these people from my life.  i think everyone should demand better.

the people you left behind haunt you
acrylic on stretched canvas
new york
alfie ljuljdjuraj
he wanted whatever she had
monoprint on bristol
new york
alfie ljuljdjuraj