Posted on June 3, 2017
Alright, alright.. this may not be so new, in case you’ve been paying attention.. but let me explain.
This piece was recently showcased in The Color Scenes: An all Alpha Female Experience, and I finally got around to taking better pictures of it. Before I even finished it, a fellow beauty by Michelle fell in love with it and insisted on purchasing it. I think you guys all know how much I love when my pieces go to good homes, there was no way I was going to say no.
Once it made it’s debut at the show, it was time to ship the canvas all the way to Florida. When I tell you I struggled, I’m telling you I struuuuugggleeeed to find a box. Evetrything was too small, the wrong shape. I was feeling defeated. It came to the point that a month passed and I had the eyes of the girl on the canvas staring at me.. grilling me… telling me I sucked. I’ve been on the hunt for a mini fridge in my room, and when I finally ordered and it arrived it felt like a stroke of genius hit me. Hello, Milli, get your shit together.
I padded the hell out of that box, I spent way too much on that postage and blew the majority of the profit on just shipping charges, but at this point I didn’t care. I overnight-ed the box, and tracked the hell out of that package. When I received the text message that the package was delivered, I called Michelle up, eye boogers, bad breath and all ( I had just woken up) and told her to check outside her door.
She was also so excited, (and just waking up..or should I say I woke her up). Having her reaction being so elated over something that I created was the best feeling ever. I’m extremely grateful with her patience, and am more appreciative that my piece gets to be admired by someone so sweet and thoughtful.
Many, many thank you’s Michelle!
Posted on October 26, 2015
Sometimes I forget to post new work, so irresponsible of me, I know.
This piece titled ” Without a Voice” was something I actually did fairly quickly. She was something simple, demure and showed enough emotion without exaggeration. When I was done painting her, I noticed she looked asian, which I was pretty happy with and had no intent on doing. I’ve painted many latinas and women of color. This time I had something new to add to the mix, and this is just the beginning.
If you would like to purchase this painting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: No Voice
Posted on September 11, 2015
I started this piece some time ago, and just left it hanging in my room…unfinished, just staring at me with those evil eyes of hers.
This wooden panel was an experiment on my part, I wanted to dilute my acrylic paints and did so with water, and it worked out pretty great on her skin tone. On the next batch of red, I added a bit less of water, giving me the perfect hue to contour her cheek bones and nose.
What girl isn’t all about contour these days?
The split on top of the canvas was actually already there, which came to play when deciding on what to actual paint. Talk about making things work the way you want it to!\
This baby is for sale… even though I kind of don’t want to let her go. I named her after Socrates’s wife, Xanthippe. Such a gorgeous name, for such a furious spirit.
If you’re interested in this piece, please contact me at email@example.com with the subject line: Xan
Posted on June 1, 2015
This month of June is all about easy living, keeping it simple and being effortlessly amazing. Sometimes you just want to throw something on and just head out the door, that’s why I’ve been craving over one piece clothing. I saw these cute olive green overalls online and was wishing I had them in my closet. I could throw those on with a t and some chucks and boom, I’m done. I could even pair them with heels if I want to spice it up a bit.
That yellow gown has me in awe… but really, where would I ever wear that thing?
My main focus right now is growing my beautiful curls. I want them to be longer, so I don’t always look like I just came out of the disco era with my fro. Once they start going a little past my shoulders I think I’ll be good money, I’ve been using a lot of coconut and castor oil, and I think it’s making a huge difference. My hair looks so much healthier, and I’ve also noticed that my roots have been growing at a faster speed. Yes, the maintenance to keep the blond going strong is annoying, but at least I’m seeing results. I actually decided to take step 1 into being a grown up and bought vitamins this week. Omega 3’s and coconut oil pills. Let’s hope they work for the better!
I’m constantly thinking about how I should switch up my room, something I also do because I tend to get bored so quickly. I’ve only been at my apartment for 2 years and half and I promise you, I have ran out of options. My bed has made it to every single wall in my bedroom. I’ve been trying to keep things neat, but let’s face it, I’m a pig. Aren’t artists usually messy anyway? These little cute storage boxes seem like something I’m definitely going to invest in. Maybe they’ll at least keep all of my bobby pins in order.
Posted on May 2, 2015
My boy Soel had his first solo art show and the crew couldn’t be prouder of him. Yes, it’s been a while since most of us have been in the same room together, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not there for each other when it really matters.
I met up with Chris and had a few beers and some mac n cheese with bacon at some tiny bar that looked like it was homed in the south. Their cornbread was pretty delicious as well.
We stopped by a deli and picked up more beers, this time I stuffed them in my purse, for you know :cough cough: “easy access”.We walked into Greenpoint Gallery and the walls were filled with Soel’s pieces. Graffiti inspired everything. Some inspired by the late Cheech Wizard. I fell in love with a water tower piece that I regret not paying for sooner.
While roaming the other floor (that had different artists) Chris and I missed our chance on two different pieces that we wanted to go home with.
When we got back to his floor, we ended up purchasing 2 items, that are now hung up and living beautifully at Chris’s.
Catching up with the fellas is always great, after the show we headed to a bar in Williamsburg to get some more drinks. The guys are hilarious, especially when it came to their freestlye rap battles.
Posted on August 6, 2014
It’s been quite a while since I have posted New Artwork that was on canvas. Let’s face it, painting beautiful women on beautiful women is usually faster and much more entertaining. I promised myself I had to get back to canvas work. And I happened to do just that. Long time friend Shanicka (and when I say long time, I mean all the way back to 7th grade) recently found me online. I was not only happy to hear from her, but I also blushed when she said she was happy to know that art was still a huge part of my life.
When I was a kid, I used to draw peoples names on a a piece of paper and sell them for a dollar!
haha, don’t laugh!
But I guess it goes to show, how some things never change and better yet, some things just get better in time, Sometimes when you truly have a passion in life, it just follows you everywhere you go, and I for one, am glad that my work has grown so much over the years.
Ok, ok. . . .back to the canvas.This commission had a few rules, as she was giving me as much artist freedom as I wanted. Which I always love when people give me full control. Her rules:
1. Involve purple 2. Not too scandalously dressed & 3. In a classroom environment.
Boom! That seemed simple enough. After she picked her size, I got to work immediately since I already had an idea on my mind of what I wanted it to look like. I know I wanted to add some gold tones in there, which you can see on my infamous checkerboard floors and on the globe. I originally started the chalkboard in the background as an actual real chalkboard. I wanted her to be able to write on the artwork as well. When almost done, I decided that wasn’t the best idea, since I wanted to add varnish to seal the paint, and let’s face it, chalk dust is the worst.
I will say this, I loved how the purple and splatters of orange stand out in the background, giving it a galaxy feeling. Because you know, Learn a little, you just might discover the possibilities in the universe.
My corniness escaped, excuse me. 🙂
It took some time to actually finish this piece, because let’s face it, I got a little lazy, and kind of lost my train of thought in the middle. But I’m so glad, I got to finish this piece. Like I said in a previous post…back on my hustle!
Plus, it helped that Shanicka loved it just as much! ♥
Now, what do you guys think?
Ps. If you would like your own personalized piece, I am currently open for commission requests. Please emai me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or please visit my F.A.Q page.
Posted on October 29, 2012