#Recovery (My Gallery Exhibit)

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December 18, 2014

Day 30 of #Recovery: #Detroit #Love. As cliché as the statement “if you can make it out of here, you can make it anywhere” sounds, it feels like it was a phrase custom made for #Detroiters. There’s NO PLACE like Detroit. I wouldn’t have wanted to be raised anywhere else on the planet. Although there’s a lot of #depression there, there’s even more to be proud of. I love watching and hearing about all of the new developments in my city, it’s an ongoing hope like none other. From the #Music, to the #Art, to the #Historical Neighborhoods, to the people, it’s a great city. Maybe it’s not as big of a host to #Celebrities, #Money, and #Entertainment as a lot of other cities, but that’s part of it’s greatness; it’s a city that breeds #Hustlers & #GoGetters. So, this one is my dedication to my city… a self-portrait of my city and me. I hope you enjoy.

December 16, 2014

Day 28 of #Recovery: #Loyalty & #Love Not a long story at all. Just what was on my mind at the moment. I grabbed my #SketchPad, doodled some little images as they came, scanned them into illustrator, traced them, added a #PaintBucket that I found, reworked and gave some threshold value to, threw the #ROSESandDAFFODILS color swatches on there, scribbled a background, and Boom, #FIN. Thank you all for coming, #GodBlessYou / #GoodNight.

December 11, 2014

Day 23 of #Recovery: Aye, it’s everyone’s favorite game, #Monotony. A dedication to all of the #Followers, thank you for not being #Leaders, it guarantees my spot in this world. There are so many people in the world who are complacent with the way things are, change isn’t even an idea. It becomes Monkey See, Monkey Do, which is a very sad way to live “your” life. The key word in that last sentence is “your”… It’s yours, so give it your own theme, your own platform, your own meaning. There are presets and templates for life; I refuse to use any of them. I paint my own canvas, and the colors are a custom mix. Create your own colors, or remain monotonous, doesn’t matter either way to me, #clones can be happy too (I guess). I won’t go too deep into this piece… From here, it kinda speaks for itself. Enjoy.

December 7, 2014

Day 19 of #Recovery: #Mercy, Mercy Me… Things ain’t what they used to be. This piece doesn’t have much to do with anything in particular. The lyrics were just playing in my head. #MarvinGaye has always been one of my favorite singers. He projected so much #care in his music. A true to heart artist, who wanted to provide change. There’s not much more to go into this description. I just felt like doing this piece, just because. I hope you all enjoy. 

 

December 4, 2014

Day 16 of #Recovery: #JayWalk #ColorOutsideTheLines. Today’s piece sort of has a double meaning as to why I did it. I wanted to do something with shapes and that’s kind of outside of my character as an artist. I believe as an artist, there shouldn’t be any lines. So if I want to do something very in depth one day, and something extremely simple the next, it should be ok… I’m allowed to. We all are allowed to do what we want, to do what we feel. Our only restriction is our own doubt or fear. The other meaning kind of revolves around what’s going on in #America (aka #Amerikkka) today. I kind of feel less and less like abiding by the “systems” rules. I feel like #JayWalking… without the risk of being #shot, #choked, or #beat for it. I feel more and more like having my rights. My rights to be a #human, to be #equal, to be #free, to #express myself… and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. P.S. My surgery incision is healing pretty well.  

 

December 3, 2014

Day 15 of #Recovery: #Respect Yourself, #Invest in Yourself. This doesn't mean go out buy new outfits & shoes everyday.... Invest in your mind and spirit. Having nice things is always good, though lately I've been trying to think smarter. I could go out and buy a nice new shirt, or I could stay home design a nice new shirt for someone else to buy from me. I'm a full-blooded creative being... I'm constantly thinking about what I could do to enhance myself creatively. Whether it is new equipment, learning new software and #techniques, working on practice pieces, etc. I've never been too big on trends, extensive/expensive fashion, or much of anything outside of #creating. Most of the time, I feel like whatever's out there in the world isn't anything that I couldn't produce on my own. I'm not against supporting brands, I support them often; I'm just more into developing myself into all that I can be. How do you think all of those brands & companies that people support got to where they are? #SelfFocus #Invest 

November 29, 2014

Day 12 of #Recovery: TRY TO #CARE. We live in a very #careless world, which is the number one cause of all negative things that surround us. #Caring isn't a difficult effort, in fact, it's a natural instinct that we were all born with. To not care is to consciously resist that instinct (in most cases). In other cases, amazingly, there are really a lot of #Heartless people on this #Earth. Today, I'm just thinking of everything that goes on in this world, and a lot of it is a result of #Carelessness. I just put in my request to #God for more #Care, #Love, and #Support. We need it. 

November 29, 2014

Day 11 of #Recovery: #MyFather, Winston David Butterfield was the best man ever invented. He passed on July 1st, 2014... He's now my #GuardianAngel, I feel him everyday. His spirit was with me during my surgery, just to keep and eye on everything and make sure they did everything right. He takes every step and every turn with me. For him, I will be more than ALL I can be, I will be #Magnificent! Daddy, I love you sooo much!!! I wear your necklace everyday, I keep you with me 24/7. You have always been my #Hero, I'm happy that it was you and mom who raised me, Y'all did the most perfect job. #iMissYou #iLoveYou #MyTeacher #MyHero #MyDaddy #Dad #Father

November 27, 2014

 

Day 10 of #Recovery: #HappyThanksgiving!!! I'll leave out the stories of #Squanto, slaves, lynching, etc. And focus on the important meaning that our modern world goes by. Today is a day to reflect on things that you're thankful for. The number one thing on my list will always be #God. No matter how tough life gets, I look back and remind myself, at least I have life, and a healthy one at that. There are so many people in this world who are fighting to survive, whether it be on actual life support, or sleeping on a bench in these cold winter days. We have so much to be #thankful for, and I believe that it starts with #Life & #God. 

 

November 27, 2014

Day 9 of #Recovery: Today I went for my surgery follow up... the doctor say's I'm doing pretty good. My recovery is going well, my spirits are a little less than that, seeing all that's going on with the publication's of our kids being shot and killed. There has to be some kind of #Change that is possible to put in action. #MarvinGaye said it best in one of his lines fom #InnerCItyBlues... "Crime is increasing / Trigger happy policing / Panic is spreading / God knows where, where we're heading" This is the world we live in. #TheyDontCareAboutUs #ItsNothingNew #RacismLives #NoJustice #SadButTrue

 

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