#Recovery (My Gallery Exhibit)

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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 14, 2014

Day 26 of #Recovery: #LaurynHill is the personification of #Talent. I was listening to #TheFugees #Vocab remix. It always takes me back to the first time I heard it. The content and styles that she contributed to the group is most of what made them #Legendary. She had a line on there where she said “I pay the toll fighting for my own soul / 'Cause the bourgeoisie type of mental sucks like a flat comb”… this was back when it was ok to include messages in a #HipHop song. The thing about her being a female emcee was cool… but that fact that she was better than mostly every other emcee in the industry in her era was the impressive part, and on top of that, she could sing… well. She’s also ranks #2 for most #Grammy nominations in one night. I could go on, and on, and on, but what’s the use? From what I see on #YouTube, she’s still performing here and there, dope! Lauryn is definitely one of those people on my #MustSee perform live list. I’m just taking today’s piece to acknowledge talent. Raw Talent. L. Boogie, Thank you.

December 13, 2014

Day 25 of #Recovery: #ChallengeYourself. Today has been a little bit of a challenge for me. I try to keep myself reminded that #God wont give me more than I can handle. Life is unknown, except for the present moment that you’re in… which you have TOTAL control over, don’t ever believe otherwise. This journey comes fully equipped with non-stop loops, turns, bumps, and falls. Sometimes, these obstacles make life seem hard, but you know the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemon Italian ice (or something like that)”… this is the challenge. Challenge your #beliefs, your #faith, your #love, your #ambition, your #skills, your knowing that God is always walking with you. So many things are made to make us feel like this life is hard, don’t believe that. Our life is a gift; embrace it, with all of its goods and bads. The unique part about challenging yourself is, it’s a win/win situation… so why not go for it? I hope you enjoy.

December 12, 2014

Day 24 of #Recovery: #CMYK #WOLF (Way Of Life Forever). I can’t really explain this one that well… but it’s how I feel. I love to #draw, I love #photography, I love #painting, I love #FashionDesign, but I’m a #DigitalArtist. It’s what I know the most. It’s what comes easiest to me. #Simple. I hope you enjoy.

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 10, 2014

Day 22 of #Recovery: #HappyBirthday #ReddFoxx. Today is the birthday of a legend. He has made all of us laugh. His comedy was so country, raw, and #IDGAF like. I used to love watching #SanfordAndSon just to hear classic lines like “I'm callin' you ugly, I could stick yo face in some dough and make some gorilla cookies.” So today’s piece is a birthday dedication, to the late/great Redd Foxx. If you’re not familiar with any of his material, you owe yourself some research. 

December 7, 2014

Day 20 of #Recovery: #UnHappyHolidays… these days haven’t been too happy. This is the first holiday season that I’ll spend without #MyFather. I know he’s sad about what’s happening down here. #TheUnitedStatesOfAmerica have been showing us their true colors lately. The lack of #justice being displayed has been a continuous thought since the murder trial of #MikeBrown. It’s like that started a chain reaction of televised “throw it in our face” #injustice. I told myself that I wasn’t going to keep doing pieces about this topic; however, I also said that this series would be daily installments of whatever is on my mind. My thought’s about cops in America is what it always has been, just a little more extreme now. If cops are going to continue to harass, beat, shoot, and kill us for no reason, then we might as well #ShootBack, it’s a “better safe than sorry” situation now. This is our lives, and just because you wear a badge, doesn’t make your life more important than ours. And even more important, it doesn’t give you authorization to take ours. Now most law abiding citizens can’t even #ChristmasShop without having to wonder if they’ll be stopped by an officer to ask, “what’s in the bag?” And before they even get the opportunity to show that it’s a train track for their child, #BANG… they’re shot and killed. #StopKillingUs #BlackLivesMatter #iCantBreathe   

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 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 

December 2, 2014

Day 14 of #Recovery: I'm still not 100%, however I have been given the release from my surgeon to go back to #work (my #dayjob). It felt good to go back, it felt good to be #able to go back to work. Today was day one of work & recovery project in the same day, along with all the other little tasks that I take on. I think this piece is pretty cool... it's #simple, it delivers the #message, and that's it. Oh yeah, I think it's cool how the slant of the keyboard gives the #illusion of the frame being crooked. I hope that the post isn't too small to read. Thanks again for all of your support. 

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