Another Chapter with Ashley

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I love, love, love me some Ashley. She’s like my soul sister, and love talking to her about everything and anything.
Since we are no longer dating those brothers, we don’t get to see each other as much as we used to on a daily basis. We lived fairly closed to each other and used to make wine and drawing dates, but now that I moved, and we all have our own lives to live.. it get’s a little tougher… but not impossible.
We finally made time for each other, and before even finding each other in person.. we we’re 4 blocks away talking to each other until we saw a glance of each other, and started laughing, giving each other hugs and kisses.

Before I go off sharing photographs, (which will be in the next post) Enjoy these from our taco spot date in DUMBO. We stopped by Pedro’s Mexican restaurantwhere we ordered a drink each, she got some banging empanadas, and I devoured some tacos.
The waiter was sweet, and started conversation about the new baby I just purchased. A new lens 10-18mm. Oh man, the wide angle on this thing, beautiful for landscape. I can’t wait until I start playing with it some more. Mind you, this wasn’t even the one I wanted to get when I walked into the store.

Moving on…

And that’s just what we’re both trying and doing… moving on. We’ve both shared war stories, feelings, ugh, the drama… but we also had the chance to share how great things have been going. We’ve both been focusing more time and effort into our crafts. So much painting, being productive, and simply, growing. We’re creating, with full clarity that we come first. It’s comforting, and beautiful.

Hanging out with Ash is always cheerful. Stay tuned for the next post…

See more of Ashley and her work on her instagram or go visit her website. 

You’re Invited: An All Alpha Female Experience Exhibit


Hello my lovelies.

Remember when I said I will be showcasing my work at an all women art installation? No!?
Well, ok, I’m telling you now.
You are all formally invited to present your beautiful souls at The All Alpha Female Experience. I will be presenting new pieces alongside other talented women. And what better way to celebrate women’s month, than by supporting women!

The gallery is located at 1009 Broadway, Brooklyn NY 11221, and  is closest to the M, J & Z lines on the Myrtle, Broadway stop. The show will start at 8pm and run until 1 in the morning. So no excuses!
There’s a small $10 fee at entry, which is suffice for the free wine and appetizers you’ll be able to gulp down.

I can’t wait to meet you all.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to visit the Facebook page for the event or contact me below and I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Besos!

The Evolution at The Bronx Museum

Boy, it has been a long time since I’ve picked up a brush. Let alone paint on a body. Something that I’m pretty known for. An old friend from highs school, Ruben, hit me up, saying he recommended me to a friend who was throwing together a showcase and was looking for a body painter. I said ” well, yes I’m interested, of course!” Even though secretly I know I’m rusty as hell.

I spoke to the curator, Nestor, who was such a sweetheart by the way, and confirmed all the details. It was a last minute thing, and my main focus was getting a model. Thank goodness my ride r die model Tina was down. Saving my ass, since my first model had to cancel.  Tina was already asking me what she should wear,  and was more than ready. I owed her a huge hug once I saw her.
Nestor had created a showcase that never left you bored. His theme, was showing how the hard work of barbers is also an art form. And how you do  make the public realize this? By exhibiting them at at work and mixing in art of course.

As soon as  I arrived, the place was packed, drinks were being served, appetizers were being offered, many different vendors were set up around the room, live art and a battle between 4 women barbers was going down on stage.  The crowd was cheering and everyone had an opinion on who the winner was.

Bumping into Marthalica, was such a pleasant surprise, I haven’t seen her sine the last Artist Process, she’s so damn talented.  I think I would always love her work, especially the details when painting hands. Something I’m horrid at. I was greeted by Nestor in open arms, he was looking spiffy and re-assured me that I would go on stage after the male barbers battled it out on stage. Since  I was a last minute add on to the show, I was basically going to be the ending surprise of the show. Sweet!

I spotted Ruben, and gave a hug that probably made up for the last 7 or so years that I hadn’t seen his face. Though we weren’t always close, he was always  magnetizing to be around. A huge smile on his face and a light care free spirit that seemed to be contagious.
It was my call to go on stage, I was given the mic, and quickly after I traded it for a paintbrush. Tina was ready, I started removing the pasties while  I painted her nips. No need to give the audience more than they’re already seeing. One of the guys that was getting a haircut on stage kept looking up, even though the barber kept pushing his head down. What are you supposed to do when you have a half naked woman slightly dancing in front of you? You’re going to look!

I had my trusty photographer for the night, thanks boo, who kept going back and forth every time I picked up a new color,making sure he grabbed plenty of shots of me painting. he did pretty damn well for someone who doesn’t know his way around a camera.
There was a live performance, dancers who just absolutely looked graceful. I need to pick up some damn dance classes after that teaser.

One of my surprised of the night was my parents showing up. if i’m not mistaken, this is the first they have attended, maybe not a show, but most certainly the first time they get to witness me painting someone nude live. Hey, they seemed pretty chill about it. The Barber factory’s event; The Evolution was a huge success. I’m so grateful for  having the chance to be involved in a movement that’s so mind- altering. I never stopped to think  how art could evolve into something more personal, like hair. Especially for men. As women, we’re used to the  different cuts , colors , hair is a reflection of our personalities. Now I can say men have the same opportunity us ladies have.

There were so many wonderful artist in attendance, and they all  killed it!

I wish you guys  all the best, may your hands and talent be forever blessed.Go on and click on a few links to get better acquainted with some of the astonishing skills of the night.

The Barber Factory:

Instagram – @TheBarberFactory

Facebook – The Barber Factory

Phone:(347) 326-5555
Marthalicia Matarrita : 
Instagram- @Marhalicia
Ruben Blades :
Instagram – @RubenBlades
(718)913-4811

New Artwork| Without a Voice

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 2minxinx@gmail.com with the subject: No Voice

You Are Officially Invited to This Is Our Art Show

AAAAhhh!

It’s finally time to get to work. I have so much painting to do, and it’s been a little while, let’s be honest.

I’m picking up my paintbrushes for good.

I am officially inviting you all to my next group art show:

I’ll be showcasing my work with a set of amazing artists:

Horatio Gomez

Asgo the Robot

Yoki

RT Morgan

Sarle’ Jeffries

and myself, Minxinx

I can’t wait to see you see you guys there, okay okay…enough writing, time to paint!

Science Project at Sweet Science

2minxinx2minxinx2minxinx2minxinx2minxinx2minxinxWhen I say something, I get it done. i told you guys I was going to start going to more artshows and that’s exactly what I’m doing. I decided to drag Chris with me, on a last minute notice, after a few beers. We headed to Sweet Science where I got to see the works of longtime friend Yes One, the infamous Shiro, and a lovely artist by Vik NYC that I haven’t seen in years. Last time was about almost 8 years ago, so it was nice to touch base and catch up quickly. It’s crazy how fast time goes by, and that only made me realize how long it has been since I started my love for attending art galleries. I love to network with artists and just be surrounded by those with a creative eye, or even those who appreciate it.

I got to meet the sweetest event manager by Nikki, and if all goes well, maybe we’ll work together in the future (fingers crossed). After Chris ordered us some beers, Yes One and I caught up, roamed the lounge to see all the works, which were fabulous by the way, I got into action as well.

When bumping in to OldNYC76, Crooklyn and Millie, it was jokes all around, and it didn’t take me long to get in on the drawing action. I started hitting blackbooks, model trains and maps in no time. Damn, I sure missed that!

Links:   Sweet Science  |  Yes One  |  Shiro  |  Vik NYC  |  Oldnyc76  |  Crooklyn   | Millie  |

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Black Capital Coalition Presents: Rap For Life

3bd4257b905d5d09e28d51cc267e56f692The other day Misha and I met up to head to an art event, like that’s news to you guys!

I don’t know if I ever explained to you guys why I like attending events like this. Not only is is great for networking purposes but you get to meet the most rarest people. And you never know, one of these gems may be a future hit, and what’s better than being there and supporting other artist follow their dreams from the beginning.
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This event wasn’t like the usual events I attend. Though there were many works displayed in the background, this as more of a social. The opportunity to actually speak face to face and discuss issues at hand.

The artists/rappers we got to meet, were not only insightful, but hilarious as well.

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1. Gentrification:

When “urban renewal” of lower class neighborhoods with condos attracts yuppie tenants, driving up rents and driving out long time, lower income residents. It often begins with influxes of local artists looking for a cheap place to live, giving the neighborhood a bohemian flair. This hip reputation attracts yuppies who want to live in such an atmosphere, driving out the lower income artists and lower income residents, often ethnic/racial minorities, changing the social character of the neighborhood.

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I know Misha and I had a great time. Especially since it’s so rare to actually have a decent conversation with others now a days. Everything is online, from twitter, to facebook and instagram, the internet has taken over.

When we arrived rapper Sincere Davinci had the floor to himself, no matter how many people were in the room. He just had that personality that drew you to him. The whole vibe was very inviting and conversations, both about the topic at hand and others were an ear opener.6

The Topic was gentrification and I for one thing was ready to listen. I never really stopped to think about something like this. And it was refreshing to see so many people around my age, have a thought and say in any matter that has to do with our communities, no matter where we live, you or me.

7There was discussion of hip hop, style, the artists explain who others perceive them and how they started and what they are trying to accomplish.

8I have to admit, I walked in there blind. I have never heard any of their music, lyrics, versus, anything before. So listening to them speak before hand made me want to do my homework more. I was not disappointed.

I of course have my favorite, which I would fail to mention, but they all have such distinct styles.

9I also got to meet Jose Castillo, who’s the owner and Creative Director of 3rd Eye Sol, that’s the name of the gallery/location, in case you guys haven’t picked that up yet.

I have passed this place many times on my commute back home, which goes to show you guys, I’m not that far from the gallery. 🙂

Jose was an absolutely sweetheart, who Misha introduced me to, since she had the chance to interview him for an upcoming project for Atomicus Films Studio. Which I’m sure you guys will see if you follow Misha on her website.10I have to say these mannequins were awesome and I was kind of jealous, because I’ve been trying to get my hands on a few for the longest time and have always failed.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t really put my one hundred percent into it.

Boooooo, I suck I know.13Well, I hope you guys enjoy the pics and the videos.

I know the vids are a little long, but the conversations couldn’t go unnoticed and I’m glad I took the time out to put them up.11I had a great time, and I hope, since I’m not that far and all, this won’t be the last time.

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See you guys next time, and please, don’t be shy, click on some links and make some new friends, you never know who’s talent you will like unless you give them them a try.
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Duk Duk Goose – @dukgoose

Chaz Vanqueen – @chazvanquuen

Yafreici Peralta@yafreici

Sincere Davinci@sinceredavinci

Rap for life was presented and organized by the Black Capital Coalition.  If you would like to know more about the origin of Rap For Life, please free to click on their website above. There are and will be many more discussions to be presented by Black Capital Coalition.