Posted on May 24, 2016
Mami recently told me she had a project for me. Uh Oh. I had no idea what she was going to ask for, and usually in the past when I showed my mother any of my artwork, she would say it was nice… but really quickly would find something wrong and not be afraid to mention it.
This time, a washing machine was on the fritz, so when the tech guys came to replace the tumbler inside of it, the old one was going straight to the trash. Mami wanted to re-purpose this hug metal cylinder and I was the one for the job. All that info that I really received was this it was going to be used as a planter, and that I could paint whatever I wanted on it. Well, you know, except for boobs, because we all know who I am. So okay, no pressure!
I had no idea what I wanted to paint on this thing, but I knew I wanted it to be a pattern. Something simple but a little intricate to show off some actual work went into it. And trust me, it did.
We took a trip to home depot, stacked up on some spray paint, and some oil based black exterior paint and I was ready to go.
Since I’m only ever truly around the parent’s on weekends, This project was going to have to work in sessions, because I possibly couldn’t do it all in one sitting. Spray painting the base a nice cobalt blue was the easy part, once it dried I added some hunter green swirls and some yellow triangles to give it some shape…(see what I did there)
Once that dried, the tedious part came about. I don’t know who in the hell told me to do this, and at the point of starting I was regretting it, but the first swirl had been made., so I had to finish it. And the struggle was well worth it, because I just love how it came out. You may not be able to see it, but within all the swirls are all of my family members names hidden just enough for a little personalization.
Now that the last clear base was sprayed for protection form rain and such, this piece is living right in front, where everyone can see. And yes, my mother liked it!
What have you guys recycled and made in to something beautiful?
Posted on November 27, 2013
First Stop:featuring works from Where do I even begin? Today was a mess, a good mess. A nice, ended up tipsy at the end of it all, laughing mess. I was all over Brooklyn. I got out of work, as I usually do. (Ugh, I’m such an adult)
I met up with long time friend, and barely see each other, since we both have separate lives, and met while we were in an adult education continuing course, but haven’t seen each other in about a year or so, but kept in contact through social media and it’s been long over due for a girly date Teshory, better known as Tess. That wasn’t too long was it?How cute is she?
First stop was at Urban Folk Art© Studios at 101 Smith Street where both VFresh also known to graffiti writers as VFR and writer Trike were both displaying work and we were gonna be there for the Opening Reception.
This was the first show of the bunch, so we tried not to stay too long. The thing about art events is, they usually run around the same time frame 6pm and on, so after soaking in some well known graffiti and oohing and aaahing, especially from this piece ↓. Yes, it may look much simpler than the others, but I appreciated the effect of shutter gates it made.
It looked like someone removed a piece of the streets and decided to bring it indoors. We hurried along to the F train and headed towards Marcy Ave. Second Stop:Featuring works from at Bottleneck Gallery on 60 Broadway to be exact. The gallery was a nice and clean. White walls, made you really look into the work, and they were all displayed so nicely. Not just thrown any where like I see many places do. There was wine being served by O live, though I didn’t really get to try it. Which I regret a bit, since I never say no to wine. ( I vow to slowly but surely learn all there is to know about wine, in due time of course).
“Traffacking Lights” by Pahnl was simple and adorable, I loved this trio. “Ice Queen” by Swoon screen print, hand painting, coffee stains on mylar, nailed to wood with blockprint paper.“And I Held My Breath” by Faile
“Cry Of The Tiger” by Nicholas Forker Phetus is legendary for his characters and love of creatures and painted this canvas using acrylics titled “Bluetiful Monsters” “After The Storm” by David Welker This was one of Tess’s favorites titled “Fall in Love” by an unknown artist Qb1cA
She mentioned it reminded her of her mother and her love of tulips.This brick has to be one of the cutest things ever painted by Rabea Senftenberg.
Imagine a whole house made by individualized bricks? Every brick would have their own story. That would be amazing!
“Blue Bunny” by Adam Dare “Dakini Wopreinderland: Sophia” by Kimyon Huggins was the eye catcher for this show. It was strategically placed so it’s the first piece of art once you walked inside, and why wouldn’t you see it, it was 84 inches tall. This piece by Priest was pretty damn dope, and only until I finally zoomed in on my camera was that I noticed what was going on in the front seat of this squad car.
No wonder this piece was titled “Blown Cover” “Napoleon” a collaboration by Dot Dot Dot and Martin Whatson using both stencil and spray paint. “I Was A Widow” by Judith Supine
“Little Wing, Pink and Blue” by Lacy Barry
♥ ♥ ♥”The Cage: A Woman of a Thousand Faces” by Sandra Chevrier was one of my favorites!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ Do you see all the super heroines on her body?
Third Stop:Presenting Work from Graffiti artist
Long time friend and very talented Ozbe was having an event of his own at small restaurant by the name of Burger it Up on 146 Knickerbocker Ave . We decided this would be our last stop of the night, since we knew almost everyone there and this was where the party was at.After getting off on Myrtle Ave, we walked, walked and walked in the cold. I have no idea how Oz even found this place. It looked like we were headed nowhere but abandoned factories.We decided it was time for some drinks and stopped at a liquor store to get a bottle of vodka and hit the store for some orange juice. Us and our ratchet little ways. We mixed while walking and felt warmer and funnier all at once.
Check out his Wutang canvas ♥His Rustoleum inspired piece This piece looked like those mini puzzles I used to get in goody bags when I was a little kid.
Supposedly that was our last stop for the night, but we decided to take a walk for some fresh air.Fourth Stop:Presenting Work fromWe bumped into this tiny hole in the wall shop, named Vinyl Fantasy on 194 Knickerbocker Ave, you guessed it, that sold vinyl records.
Though we weren’t the best customers due to our giggles and slurs. We loved the art that was displayed by Jo Rigol. Her skeleton beauties were so goth like, yet girly all at the same time with their huge puckered lips.This was just my style and I wouldn’t mind having them posted up in my apartment. Finally, some pics of us right?
♥ We had a great night and ended up having a sleepover at my place.
Once we woke up, we ended up staying in bed, stuffing our faces, being lazy and watching chick flicks until like 6pm. One which was one of my favorites, Penelope.
I love girly dates, talking about boys, laughing ad in our case, farts. hahhaha yes.
I’m so glad I got to spend this crazy day with Tess, dragging her around Brooklyn.
I hope you all enjoyed the art, as I know I did.
And to all the artist, Congratulations on your one step closer to success, wish you all the best… which reminds me, it’s been a while since I have painted. It’s time to pick up a paintbrush and get to work.Until the next adventure my lovelies,
Posted on July 26, 2013
A documentary and a public family event hosted by Marthalicia.
Throughout the summer of 2013, cameras followed four New York City artists as they joined others at 5 Pointz,
a well-known quarter in Queens, NY, where artists from all over come out to create art and celebrate freedom of expression by showcasing their art across building walls.
The artists took to the famed brick canvas to paint the phrase “The Artist Process” captured it all on film.
Acclaimed New York City “live art performer”
“We all live in NYC, so we all have a rhythm…These are just
layers, you can say, of all the art that has been expressed here…
I hope this event can show and tell people there is a lot of love
for the creating and hopefully this love can equal positive energy.”
The Artist Process,
*The mission for this documentary, is to help non visual artist and artist alike to share their skills to the public.
*The mission of the mural is to work collectively with others, with the sounds provided by the musical performers and poets, as the b-boys and b-girls dance to the rhythm of both the spoken and harmony of the sounds/beats.
Hopefully the public can witness the love we have for what we do, and in return appreciate the struggles of the artist to help understand our need to keep the arts thriving and living, if not for our life time, but for our children’s life time.
“The Artist Process”is a documentary in the lives of New York City artist. The purpose of creating these documentaries or such event is to educate those that are unaware and unfamiliar to the many artist that we have present in our life time, that are utilizing their talents for the betterment of today’s youth. Those that participated in the 2009 summer “T.A.P.”that was held in 5 POINTZ, Queens, can tell you how of a great impact it was for them and others to unite together and perform to the public.This time around, a new twist and idea came about to better help bring a closer view to how the artist see themselves and their art.Meet the ARTIST for the 2013 visual Showcase:
1. T = Host
2. H = Jorge Matarrita
3. E = Anthony T. Morton
4. A = Carlos Javier Gemelo Ramos
5. R = Crystal Clarity
6. T= Paulie Nassar
7. I = Giannina Gutierrez
8. S = Siende
9. T = Andre Trenier
10. P = Ralph Serrano
11. R = Rico Tomas < Mas Paz >
12. O = RIMX
13. C = Christian Cortes
14. E= MINX
15. S = Sek 3
16. S = Antonio KEL
My Mr.Minx dropped me off in Queens and hurried along to work, trying not to be late.
The heat was unbearable and I know I wasn’t the only one feeling it.
I dressed as comfy as I possibly could, knowing I was gonna stain all my clothes anyway.
I decided to work with spray paint and acrylic.
My main focus most of the time was the hair….
oh maaaaan, it took me fooooorever!
Everyone was so nice, networking and cracking jokes.
This Artist Process was part 3, and my second to date. I attended and painted on the first one and not the second one. You can see that post here.
There was so many little kids running around, dancing, breaking, painting and “borrowing” our supplies.
Cortes had the letter C, in blue and grey skulls, with red ones in the background… he made it look so simple and finished it so quickly, 1-2-3.
His shadows and highlights were great.
Sek 3 was pretty damn dope and broke out in a very patriotic piece in red and blue with stars and polka dots….
oooooo…..polka dots ♥
He was pretty good to, I was impressed.
Since I was so busy painting,I knew I wasn’t going to have to much time to get all the shots of this event like I wanted to.
The bestfriend Misha came through and I know she was pretty upset she forgot her SD memory card at home and wasn’t able to take any pics at all.
After everyone was done painting, and yes.. I was one of the last ones to actually finish painting, due to the fact that I was working with brushes.
It’s funny though, because we were all required to submit in a sketch for the respective letter that was given to us, and yes I submitted mine in..
A few steps away the music was blasting and many were dancing.
There was a Bboy, Bgirl competition hosted by Chief 69 going on, and everyone was going in .
On the side there was ArtistNameLong getting his juices flowing and painting the mural DURING the time it’s actually getting painted.
That must be so difficult.
Not only painting what’s not finished, blocked by everyone in the way, but have to duplicate everyone’s work in the process.
I can’t wait to see the end result!
(He’ll be mailing me the end result, so you guys better stay tuned for that)
After all the commotion, Philartiste, Misha, Randy and I went to a diner to catch up and talk silliness.
We walked back to 5 ptz, since the sun went down and was actually better weather… ( so much for that storm that was supposed to happen)
and went inside to see an exhibit, a very sexual exhibit might I add.
The canvases, prints and displays all were incorporated with sex.
The female and male body.
the list goes on and on…..
It was actually pretty cool.
The day was great.
Posted on March 29, 2013
It was a long day. I had just left work which is shy about 20 minutes from Coney Island, hopped on the train and headed to the other side of the MTA map.
Gunhill in the Bronx to be exact.
I asked my loverboy Q to join me and watch, especially since he’s never really had the chance to observe me paint.
Let alone something that wasn’t a canvas.
I’m sure you all know who Misha is, ( especially if you keep up with my blog ) Misha is my bestfriend and photographer, and lately her current projects have included working with Derrick Clarke in making music videos. Now, she’s currently working on something a little different with video director Steve.
I haven’t painted , excuse me spray painted inthe longest time. It was actually when I painted next to Jasmine’s mural. Almost two years in June.
Not only was I excited, I was a little nervous.
Like this one for instance, I told him to get all the way on the floor and capture the shot with the cans peeking through.
He got it just right.
J and I
Q and I
Of course I had to get a shot of her sleeve. I added an old school ribbon with Jasmine’s name.
I hope you guys stay tuned to what’s coming ahead this summer.
Thank you Misha.
Posted on February 24, 2012
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