Hey! Long time…

Wow! It’s been a long time since I made a blog post. I’ve been all over the place. I’ve started a new brand customizing trimmers called Artisan Bladez, working on a new solo show in May, and still cutting hair (which has been so demanding). Oh! I almost forgot to mention that I still work a 9-5. I recently had a baby boy….he’ll be 2 months in 10 days. He’s such a handsome kid, and he’s so alert. The first night I brought him home he actually scanned the bedroom to seek approval of his new home. It was like he’d been here before. Does anyone believe in reincarnation? I’m not quite sure if I believe in reincarnation, since I was raised to believe in another philosophy. However, I’ve been doing research and opening my spectrum of understanding by keeping an open mind.

In May, I plan to have an exhibition at NYCH Art Gallery. This will be my 3rd solo exhibition there. The concept is a bit vague, but I’m on the path to making clarifications. Sometimes I either make the concept too simple or it becomes to vast. That’s where I tend to over think an idea and that places my brain on “overload”. However, the concept is formed around the beauty and essence of AFROPUNK, but with a twist. So look out for that on May 12th.

Which brings me to explain the long hiatus on my blog. The other day one of my colleagues and I was chatting a bit and we somehow came across my blog. I stated that I was looking for someone to aid me with my blog. Because I felt I didn’t have the time to write or get more content. He addressed to me that my blog was no longer a blog, but just a website collecting spam. At first I was surprise and a bit offended that he said such words, but then it struck a fire in me. I mean, I’ve created Soulful Artistry with compassion and great enthusiasm in the beginning, but I haven’t written anything in a year…or two (What Happened!?!). He also stated that I should reflect on more forms of artistry, and not just visual art. NOW! When he said that. I started thinking I could incorporate and describe what I’m doing in my other brands as well. That got me more motivated to start writing again and bring back Soulful Artistry. I guess I need to hear some words like that to get me off my feet.  Gotta stay consistent and stay focused on the reward.

This is going to be another great journey.

Also, if you haven’t been able to capture the Farewell 44 Exhibit which is being displayed at NYCH Art Gallery, at 643 W. 18th st. You still got time. It’s showing from NOW until April.

Beyond Color Exhibit at the HARLEM FINE ARTS SHOW in Chicago

The Beyond Color Exhibit & Soulful Artistry will be at the HARLEM FINE ARTS SHOW in Chicago

Beyond Color
October 29 – November 1
The Harlem Fine Arts Show – Chicago
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago IL 60654

“I never had an occasion to question color.  Therefore, I only saw myself as what I was – a human being.” ~ Sidney Portier

Chicago is a beautifully diverse city, and possibly the most segregated in the United States.  Galleryna19 invited artists of AllUsWe + Collaborative Mavericks, Inc. – Art Collectives to create works of art looking beyond race and color to tell stories in bold black, white, and grey tones.  The Beyond Color exhibit displays a figurative, literal, and thematic inspiration of transcending color.  Beyond Color is beyond NOW, ushering in an era of artists who challenge everything!

The message is clear, contemporary and fresh.  This presentation features original expressive artistic interpretations of 27 artists living and working in a city of neighborhoods.  The artists reveal light, shadows, and changing tones.  Beyond Color tells the story of common ground, culture and heritage.  It is a visual representation of the wonder and complexity of the ­human experience.

Can you see beyond color?

Featured Artists
Brian Dovie Golden
Dana Todd Pope
Darren Pollard
David Anthony Geary
Dayo Laoye
Fanta Celah
Fred Bridges
Janice Bond
James Nelson
Jen Furlong
Kudzai B. Mutasa
Martha A. Wade
Max Sansing
Minnie Watkins
Oscar Lester
Preston Thomas
Pearlie Taylor
Paul Branton
Phillip Scott
Reisha
Reynaldo Ferdinand
Rhonda Grey
Robert Lewis Clark
Roger Carter
Tia Etu
Walter Lobyn Hamilton
Yemonja Smalls

Exhibit Curators
David Anthony Geary
Martha A. Wade
Reisha Williams

Artist Outreach
Dana Todd Pope

HARLEM FINE ARTS SHOW AGENDA

Thursday, October 29th
6PM – 10PM Opening Night Cocktail Reception benefiting North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links Incorporated
Live Jazz will be provided

Friday October 29th
9AM – Art Exhibition Opens
9AM – 3PM Youth Empowerment Day (Closed to the Public)
6PM – 10PM HFAS Salutes African American Business Leaders
Live Jazz will be provided

Saturday 10AM – 10PM
10AM – Until Close Art Exhibition Opens
1PM – 4PM Author’s Pavilion
2PM – 4PM Art Lecture Series
4PM – 6PM Discussion on the “Lake” – Panel discussion on Social Justice and Race in America
7p – Until Close Masquerade Ball Steppin’ Show competition

Sunday 12PM – 6PM
12PM – 6PM HFAS Sale and Exhibition with A Gospel and JazzBrunch

PURCHASETICKETS HERE:
TICKETS: http://www.hfas.org/new-page | #HFASCHI

MISSION
To create a platform for artists of all genres as well as non-artists to empower themselves through culture, ideas, and the arts around the world.

VISION
A future where the arts and sciences are equally valued and professionals in both fields are given the necessary resources to succeed.

HISTORY
The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) is the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States. Since its inception in 2009, HFAS has had over 60,000+ visitors, traveled to 10+ cities as well as showcased 100+ artists and galleries.

As the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States, HFAS prides itself on its uncanny ability to bring people of all different backgrounds together to celebrate fine arts of the African Diaspora. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, HFAS provides a platform for African Diasporic visionaries as well as American visual artists to exhibit and sell their artwork. The Harlem Fine Arts Show has also created economic empowerment, educational opportunities, and professional recognition within the multicultural community.

As the Harlem Fine Arts Show honors its past and embraces the history of now, HFAS will continue to impact communities and shape the future of the fine art world.

TICKETS: http://www.hfas.org/new-page | #HFASCHI

 

Art NXT Level: Sergio and Yanina Gomez

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This excellent program offers professional development courses for artists at all levels in their art career. From learning effective strategies to maintaining a successful studio practice to creating killer exhibition proposals to move your art forward. Art NXT (Next) Level courses will help you design a practical and well balanced plan to grow your art practice efficiently. Here, you will also find marketing ideas, coaching, strategic sessions and practical advice to live a healthier and fulfilling lifestyle. Taking Your Art Career to the Next Level offers tools, resources, business strategies, marketing ideas, coaching, and practical advice to help contemporary artists manage and advance their art careers. It consists of webinars, podcasts, on-site workshops, speaking engagements, technology applications, online resources, eBooks, blogs, and affiliate programs.

These webinars and podcast has been tremendously useful and enlightening. You get to hear other artist and their experiences related to becoming a successful artist. I personally love this program and Sergio and Yanina has done a great job capturing what artist need in becoming a successful artist entrepreneur.

http://www.theartistnextlevel.com/

 

Artist Month Continues…

OCTOBER 9, 2015

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ARTISAN SERIES

The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series is a national search to find the next big name in visual arts. Created in partnership with Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the Artisan Series offers underrepresented artists a national platform to showcase their work. During the search, thousands submit their artwork, and some will go on to exhibit at local galleries during the regional finals. Ultimately, twelve artists are chosen to showcase at the grand finale event during SCOPE Miami Beach, but just one will receive a grand prize solo exhibit at SCOPE NYC. The top three winning artists from the finale will receive a stipend to help create a mural in their hometown and give back to their communities. Last year’s top three artists from the grand finale are creating murals in their hometowns this summer, visit the calender to learn more.

Join Us for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Chicago Regional Semifinalist Exhibition at Gallery Guichard. Friday, October 9, 2015 7 to 9 PM Exhibition Runs Through November 1, 2015. RSVP required at artisanseriesevents.com. Must be 21 and over to attend.

45th Annual Pilsen East Artists’ Open House

NYCH ART GALLERY

“ORIGAMI” by P.Scott

Friday, October 9th, 2015 from 6-10pm
Saturday, October 10th, 2015 from 11am-7pm

Artist Statement
The subtly twisting geometric shapes and evocative colors conveyed in Phillip Scott’s paintings are inspired by the ancient Japanese art of origami. Sharp lines and nostalgic folds reminiscent of paper airplanes and writing in fortunetellers provide a glimpse into P. Scott’s childhood craft. The images are playful in their seeming ability to contract, expand, and bend. They are also highly and inherently structural designs that blend iconic origami forms with urban street art and graffiti. Scott’s youthful occupation with the paper folding form began with instructional books that detailed folds and revealed the secrets of origami. His paintings incorporate some of these early instructional impressions and imagery. They also move beyond the conventional form of origami and explore a freedom of structure that exists outside the folds of paper.

Biography
Born April 1, 1976 as a Rochester New York Native, Phillip Scott Sinclair also known as P.Scott takes art and entrepreneurship to another level. A man constantly seeking a canvas for his artistic expression, with multi talents in the arts such as visual art, graphic, fashion, and sculptural design, Scott considers himself a Visual Art Designer. Influenced by artist such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dali and his mothers love and desire for fashion, and interior design. With his art which he likes to call urban contemporary expressionism Scott plans to stay on the forefront of the art scene by always pushing the envelope, always finding a unique canvas, and by being creative with mind-blowing concepts that make you think beyond the surface.

Open for public viewing: October 9th – November 8th, 2015

NYCH Art Gallery
643 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60616
www.nychgallery.com

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UFAT

1833 S Halsted, Chicago, Illinois 60608

By Melodye and Harmony Royals

UFAT PRESENTS This Friday and Saturday!!! Free and Open To The Public. Please Join Mother and Daughter, Melodye and Harmonia Rosales present their new works!

As mother daughter, we share more than a special bond… but as artists we are forever boundless creatively, especially living in the color of every moment.

Who would have known that little girl would sit under my drafting table jumping up from underneath every time my pencils would drop, “Here Mommy!, I’m helping, right Mommy” would turn out to become be the person whose creative talents inspire my own. How I flourish each time I watch her capture a life moment through the portal of paint, and I realize how we’ve come full circle and find myself answering those same questions years later.

“Yes, you’ve helped Mommy. With every brush stroke, you gave me life… and a reason to paint the world anew.

CERMAK ART STUDIO OPEN HOUSE

Cermak Art Center Open Studio
Chicago Artist Month
Group Exhibition

Sam Kirk, Rahmaan Statik, Karla Olvera, Andy Bellemo, Terrence Byas, Bunny XLV, and Sandra Antongiorgi.

Live performances by: Pugs Atoms, Werm One, Sandra Antonglorgi and Band
Friday October 9th

Kirk Statik Studio
629 w Cermak, studio 407
Chicago 60616
Doors open at 6pm

OCTOBER 10, 2015

DIASPORAL RHYTHMS 

Collectors’ Home Tour: @ Check in: Logan Center for the Arts

Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tours start at 9:00a.m. and 1:00p.m. from the Logan Center for the Arts.

All Guests must check in at the registration desk located in the lobby of the Logan Center for the Arts; 915 East 60th St., Chicago 60637

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BEST KEPT SECRETS 2015

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A group exhibition celebrating the creative and impressive artwork of emerging or unknown artists throughout the Chicago land area!

Created by Angie Redmond Artist

Opening Reception is…
Saturday October 10th, 2015
6pm – 9pm
One Stop Productions
340 North Ogden Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60607
(on the corner of Ogden and Carroll)

Chicago Artist Month

CAM Every year throughout October, you are invited to meet hundreds of Chicago visual artists at exhibitions, workshops, open studios, tours, and neighborhood art walks at venues throughout the city. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with more than 200 program partners, Chicago Artists Month aims to showcase the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago’s art community.

Also, discover art and artists while you explore the Chicago neighborhoods where they live, work and exhibit. Visit private studios and see a range of artwork in galleries, storefronts and businesses.

I guarantee you if you’re searching for inspiration or you want to enjoy the art scene of Chicago. Visit the Chicagoartistmonth.org for more information and locations of the different neighborhoods that’s participating in the art walk.

www.chicagoartistmonth.org

Migrations In Black And White

Calao 22 Space Art and Interiors
2320 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 6064

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Artists Talk: Sunday, November 1, 2015,
Noon until 3:00 PM
Closing Reception: November 6, 2015,
6:00 PM until 10:00 PM

Featured Collaborative Mavericks Artists Include:

Marcus Sterling Alleyne, Lindsey E. Bates, Janice Bond, Paul Branton, Michael Burton, Fanta Celah, Robert Lewis Clark, Reynaldo Ferdinand, David Anthony Geary, Rhonda Gray, Liz LaRue, Makeba Kedem-DuBose, N. Masani Landfair, Oscar Lester, James Nelson, Dana Tod,  Pope, Adrienne Powers, Cheryl Toles, Max Sansing, Yemonjah Smalls, Patricia A. Stewart, Martha A. Wade, Minnie R. Watkins

From 1910 to 1970 an estimated six million Black Americans ventured from the southern regions of the US to cities like New York, Detroit and Chicago. They wanted to escape the social and economic deficiencies of a slave system that once ended, was replaced with the deplorable racial caste of Jim Crow.

The exhibition Migrations in Black and White takes its cue in part from that movement and specifically speaks to the lack of visibility South side Chicago-based Black artists have in the northern stretch of the city. The establishment of the Calao 22 Space art gallery in Bucktown freely crosses that divide. The brainchild of artist, curator and (now) third time gallerist Makeba Kedem-DuBose, the space fits into the algorithm of a community that’s referred to as Chicago’s ìcreative epicenter.î

Migrations In Black And White, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition flips the script on the racial and artistic implications of the term black and white. Its usage in the show’s title is not a reference to race, but a description of the graphic appearance of the works: black and white are the only colors in the pictorial (or structural) plain.

The exhibition features the work of 22 Black artists selected out of 110 total members, uniformly known as Collaborative Mavericks. Collaborative Mavericks was named by Makeba Kedem-DuBose, and is the creation of co-founders, artists Makeba Kedem-DuBose and Dana Todd Pope. The artists collective formed as a result of a group of visual artists who bonded during the Farragosto Beach Umbrella projectHOSTED by Lacuna Artists Lofts, and Peroni Beer of Italy in 2013. The artists painted umbrellas were subsequently featured at a VIP attended reception at Chicago’s Oak Street Beach, though ironically, most artists in the group maintain a studio practice in communities pretty much under-the-radar of Chicago art denizens.

Surprisingly, Migrations in Black and White is not a show about race. It’s an appropriate assumption given the fact that it showcases black artists who live in black communities of Chicago, a city with an ugly racial past. Migrations transcends that past by focusing on a broad spectrum of aesthetic and compositional concerns.

More information can be found at Migrations to Black and White Event

Night of Illumination: Opening Celebration

6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago Il 60649

Please join us to celebrate the opening of the Stony Island Arts
Bank.

On October 3, 2015, we open our doors in celebration of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial and our first exhibition,
an installation by Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga.

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a new kind of cultural amenity, a repository of African American culture and history, and a laboratory for the next generation of artists and cultural leaders. Free and open to the public; please RSVP at http://night-of-illumination.eventbrite.com/  Please note that an RSVP on eventbrite or facebook will not guarantee access if the building has reached capacity

Dangerous Lullabies – 1st Friday Opening Night

Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
401 Country Club Rd, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

Dangerous Lullabies is a group fine art exhibition that explores the curious allure of things that frighten us. Artists from across the country have conspired to fill a historic mansion with paintings, sculptures and fine art creations which examine the beauty found in the ashes of terror and the magnetic pull things of that are disturbing, on-edge or dark.

The exhibit will be in Crystal Lake’s Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, in the Dole Mansion, an intricately detailed 1800’s building and is rumored to be haunted by previous owner, Eliza, widow of the circus magnate, Al Ringling.

The exhibition is open October 2 – 29.
Opening night for the show will be Friday, October 2, 5:00 -8:00 pm
Admission is free, but any donations to the Arts Park are appreciated.
Complimentary food will be served and a cash bar will be available to purchase drinks.

This show is curated by J + K Isacson in partnership with the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park. Find out details about the Dangerous Lullabies show and other exhibitions at: http://xculturearts.com/

Unfolding Matter

Fulton Street Collective Gallery at
1821 W. Hubbard St Lofts, 3rd Fl., Chicago, IL 60642

Tanya Gill
Gunjan Kumar
Marzena Ziejka

Events:
Opening – October 2nd at 6pm

Music to Unfolding Matter – October 10th at 7:00pm
by Cameron Pfiffner, Joshua Abrams, Tim Mulvenna

Artist Q&A / Closing – October 14th at 6:30 pm

Unfolding Matter brings together three independent voices united through their interests. Each artist touches on the idea of matter through their material use, imagery or both. What has emerged is a body of works inspired by essential elements – primarily earth, soil and water. With materials such as crushed earth minerals, plant extracts, soil and Landsat satellite images, these artists explore their vastly diverse artistic practices rooted in age-old knowledge. The artists work independently and produce a deeply personal yet integrating voice. Each artist strives to achieve simplicity and a quiet balance between self and nature through their practice. Their sensibility, backgrounds, experiences and research create a diverse but converging body of work.

In addition, we are honored to announce a collaborative event by Cameron Pfiffner with bassist Joshua Abrams and percussionist Tim Mulvenna on October 10th at 7pm. Piffner will play an improvisational score in response to the works in “Unfolding Matter”.

“Escape” – the City as Studio – Cydney M. Lewis & Sara Dehghan

Elephant Room, Inc.
704 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60605

In conjunction with Chicago Artist’s Month, Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present “Escape” with artists Cydney M. Lewis and Sara Dehghan. “Escape” embraces the theme of “The City as Studio” as these artists repurpose found materials in order to create inspiring, sculptural works. The opening reception is on Friday, October 2nd from 6pm to 9pm and runs through November 7th.

For this exhibition, the gallery is transformed into a new environment through the abstract repurposing of the discarded. By plumbing the city for material and inspiration, Lewis & Dehghan change our experience of the everyday, giving the mundane a new reality. “Escape” is a reflection on the condition of waste: physical, social and emotional, we are asked to reconsider beauty in what is often ignored. Through the evolution of materials, the artists create a new environment, an imaginary place of hope.

“The materials used inhabit our streets as waste and are man made and contradictory. Useful, yet difficult to replace. Harmful, flexible, durable, and destructible, yet difficult to destroy. I want my work to help people think and reflect on their relationships with themselves, each other, the environment and their attitudes toward waste.” – Cydney M. Lewis

Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Hours are Saturdays 11am to 5pm or by appointment. More information can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.

3rd Annual International Shortcut 100 Film Festival 2015 (The Red Carpet)

Shortcut 100 Screening Room, 1629 N Halsted, Chicago, IL

Third time is a charm. Shortcut 100’s partners (Nebula Creatives, Key Concept, Lure Izakaya, and Macku Sushi) invite everyone to join us at this year’s festival reception (conveniently located right above Strings Ramen Shop in Lincoln Park) with COMPLIMENTARY Japanese tasting menu, wine and beer. The selected films have been announced.

The Program:
3 – 4pm : Red Carpet Reception with Tasting Menu and Wine
4:15 – 5:15pm : Film Screenings Part 1
Frankie (US/Italy) by Francesco Mazza
Lamby’s Day Out (US) by Jon Silver
Summer Triangle (Hong Kong) by Ng Mei Yu
The Two Rickies (US) by Juan Remirez
Comic Potential (IRELAND) by Ross Carey

5:15 – 5:30pm : Break

5:30 – 6:30pm : Film Screenings Part 2
Rabbitland (Serbia) by Ana Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak Jr.
Behind the Veil (Italy) by Niccolò Scavo
Nowhere (US) by I-Cheng Lee
The Stranger (Hong Kong) by Wong Ka-Ki
1440 and Counting (US) by Tony Gapastione

7 – 9pm : After party at LURE Izakaya (2925 N HALSTED)

Suggested Attire: Dress To Impress
Space is limited so please RSVP by email shortcut100FF@gmail.com

CAM Kickoff and Open House

Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center
6433 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60626

As part of Chicago Artists Month schedule of events, the Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center willHOST the Rogers Park Arts Alliance Art Round Trip Kickoff Party and Open House!

The afternoon will feature artist talks by members of the Chicago Sculpture International, demonstrations in our Metalworking, Woodworking, Casting, and Technology Departments, live music by The New Switcheroo, and the Opening Reception to our Members Gallery exhibit, Architecture: Form and Feature, featuring works by Janet Austin, David Curry, Victoria Fuller, Emily McCormick, and Victor Nelson.

 

BLVCKXGOLD Art Exhibit

BLVCKXGOLD Art Exhibition was a great experience and success.  I have not had the opportunity to update my blog due to receiving commissions, participating in events, etc. Nevertheless, being occupied with doing art is what I live for and desire. There are a few things I wished I’ve done better in this exhibition, but I’m always so critical of myself. There’s always a next time and I’m making notes to self.

The exhibition captures two powerful colors which are perceived as possessing monetary value and value to humanity. BLVCKXGOLD presents two complimentary and conflicting elements within the same space, causing separation, disruption and chaos; but seeking balance, connectivity and power.

The juxtaposition of black and gold creates an interactive field in which both the inherent value of humanity and the distractions of material wealth play out over grayscale depictions of experiences common to modern African-American and Hip-Hop cultural experiences. As gold is taken from the black earth to feed the artificial needs of our capitalist economy, humanity’s ability to understand and appreciate our inner value diminishes. The gold of the human spirit is left untouched while the gold of the Earth is worshiped. In this state, we will remain stagnant and will never unlock or reach our potential to a higher level of consciousness. The greater value is presented within oneself, thus becoming the greater commodity.

BLVCKXGOLD explores that dichotomy, ultimately declaring the true value of the gold of the soul to be far above the value of the gold of the earth.

ELLE VARNER at the SHRINE

 

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Last Thursday at the Shrine (@theshrinechi) I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the lovely Elle Varner (@ellevarner). I must say that this woman can sing, a performer and is truly some eye candy. Her voice is raspy, silvery,  smoky, but  also hitting those high pitches that we love.  I caught her doing a few sexy salsa moves on the stage. She opened with “Cold Case” from her sophomore album and performed her hit single “Refill”, “F#@$ It All”, “Don’t Really Want to Dance”, and also “I Only Want to Give it  to You”. I loved how she mentioned that she “love folks that are weird, Chicago is weird, and that she’s weird”. I must say that many individuals have told me on many occasions that I’m weird, strange, quarky, and awkward. The moment that she was having issues with the sound, and talking to her guitar was priceless. I cherished that moment because it was relatively familiar in acts that I do.

Meeting Elle for the first time was nerve reckoning, I felt like I had a frog in my throat which seems to make me talk even lower. I’m pretty sure she probably heard maybe two or three words come from my mouth.  Anyways, I painted a portrait of her, that I knew she would love However, if you look at the image closely. I had a few minor adjustments that needed to be done. While doing this painting everyone looked at it and said “Oh it looks great. It looks just like her”. I knew there were a few issues with this painting. Also this picture was captured and use as reference from her video “Don’t Really Want To Dance” featuring A$AP Ferg. Check it out…

 

Also, here’s a small video of her performance on Friday night…

So,  I was able to get a picture with her, and the painting… she was all smiles. Her new album 4 Letter Word is expected to be released this fall.

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THE POWER to OVERCOME

Hello All,

This morning I’m in my o1597494_622268121203560_674203880_nffice sitting behind a desk staring at a Dell monitor, typing and wondering…Why? Why am I sitting here? Again! While I am sitting here I perform a list of task such as accumulating staff time, conducting payroll, monitoring budgets,  filing, implementing and running an employment program for a wonderful agency. This agency has an amazing staff…and they work hard. They deserve more…working in the non for profit sector you work for the greater good of your community. You make a difference in individuals lives.

However, I’m viewing my greater purpose and potential. I know that I should be picking up a paint brush, stroking a canvas with bright, vibrant colors that will bring life and influence the next individual to want to create. I will create a valuable piece of artwork that will connect to not just hundreds of people, but thousands and maybe even millions. My art(creations) will be my way of connecting to source, the world, and the people that in it.

Therefore you have Power to Overcomethe power to overcome your situation that holding you captive. Do not blame your circumstances, instead implement a strategic plan, fight, and battle through these obstacles that keep you from true happiness.  Muhammad Ali battled through hate, segregation, prejudices, and discrimination. He became the World Heavyweight Champion. Just imagine what you can become overlooking your obstacles and crowning your achievements and goals. Speak the power of affirmations…YOU ARE A CHAMPION! YOU ARE VICTORIOUS!

 

My point is work hard for the greatest investment of your career…YOUR HAPPINESS.

SOCIAL MEDIA…A HUGE DISTRACTION?

Hello everyone, it’s been sometime since I posted in my blog and I apologize. There’s so many things that has happened in 2013. First, I started this blog, second I began my career as an artist, and I had my first born son. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I was featured in The Chicago Citizens Newspaper.

1468688_10152085665192460_1141409100_nThe year 2013 was fantastic. It showed me that there so much more that I can accomplish this year….and I will. Plans will be implemented and manifested.  There will be several and many updates in the new year. By the way HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2014 is here with more possibilities headed our way.

Let’s FOCUS and discuss Social Media. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Youtube (the list goes on) are social media websites. Social Media defined by Wikipedia is an interactive platform that gives people the ability to create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. That sounds about right. Social Media definitely has it’s pros and cons. Do you find yourself logging into your Facebook page after you’ve logged into your computer at work?  Are you tweeting while driving, or even looking through images on Instagram. I know I do. 

Let’s check out one of the PROS of Social Media and how it can benefit you:

If you’re establishing a brand, business, or website you can engage with viewers, generate an audience and develop traffic. In doing this you have promoted and exposed your brand, business, or website to the thousands to earn and generate revenue.  Which is GREAT!

What’s one of the CONS:

According to ProCon. Org one of the Cons to Social networking sites is enticing people to waste time. ProCon.org states that 40% of 8 to 18 year olds spend 54 minutes a day on social media sites.  When alerted to a new social networking site activity, like a new tweet or Facebook message, users take 20 to 25 minutes on average to return to the original task. In 30% of cases, it took two hours to fully return attention to the original task. Some of us spend more time “wasting time” being entertained by social media. Believe me I know.

So is it a major distraction or is it beneficial? Sure we may use it because it’s a source of entertainment, or we may utilize it to develop business relations. Fact is it can be good or bad depending upon how we utilize our precious time with Social Media.

The image displayed is a piece that I’ve created titled ” Social Suicide” . This was piece derived from a phrase and theme of the show titled  “Bread and Circus” which comes from the Roman term “Give them Bread and Circus” that a collective  group of artist called ALLUSWE developed as an artist showcase. Which turned out great. The belief in this phrase is that a well-fed and entertained society is incapable of an effective revolt; thus enabling the government to exploit the populous without a potential uprising. Is Social Media playing a major part in this global distraction?