Tuesday, December 7, 2010

25 years in Acrylic. Dont Bug Edition

2010 is a hell of a year. Geeze. So much has went down and this pretty much sums up what it feels like. Ever had a moment/day/week/month/year like this?

Happy Birthday Adia

I celebrated a good friend's birthday last week while painting live at her party. I had a great time. She's a professional dancer who's kind of awesome at it. This piece was only appropriate for Harlem's finest.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Birth of the Candy Lady

So remember the Chocolate Wonderland series? Welp, my friend requested candy land version- she got a major sweet tooth. Thanks to years of candy consumption and an awesome model, I whipped up the following. Diabetics pace yourself...

Thank You Stacey

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mirage Inc. Talent Showcase in Newark!

Keep sleeping on Jersey if you want to. There's a whole lot of talent and inspiration out there and I'm glad to be a part of it. My girls at Mirage Inc. orchestrated an awesome night of art and music at Mirror Lounge in Newark, NJ. Congrats ladies!

Happy Birthday MiMi!

Some friends are family and you love them for it. I was glad to do a live portrait of one of the sweetest people I know, my girl Michelle!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Showing at Macy's

On Nov. 13th Latosha Thomas, Farida Aliyu, and I had the opportunity to display our work at the Tyson's Corner Macy's in Virginia. Funny, right? I painted live, sipped some warm cider, and vibed to the tunes of DJ Adrian Loving. Photos by Angel Novello.

It's Friday...

A comrade of mine, Matt Williams, hosted a great evening of readings and poetry at his crib in Bedstuy. The featured poet was Janis Nicole (NicTowns.com). I did an installation in his hallway. Its always a blessing when people incorporate my art into their homes. I tried a different style and it came out fresh. Gonna be doing more like it.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kicken it w/ 9th Wonder

9th Wonder is one of my favorite producers of all time. Imagine my excitement when I saw him on The Yard during Howard Homecoming. Imagine the surprise when they featured my work in Big Remo's video 'Hey Ladies.' Check it below.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Howard Univ. Homecoming 2010

So Homecoming was a blur. A bit of my soul is still recovering from the week I spent in DC celebrating w/ my fellow Bison. Nevertheless I still went hard in the paint. Check it

Spoke to my sister's 6th grade class in NE DC. Did a live piece and some acrylic tattoos.

Piece I submitted for auction at CR8 Space Gallery.
Proceeds go to young Black males college fund.

On the yard. Gettin loose.

Live painting at HU Book Store

Live painting at Boys and Girls Club Charity/ Fundraiser coliseumapparel.com

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Window Seats- The Harlem Pop Mural

So I had an awesome opportunity to do my first mural in Harlem at Harlem Pop, located on 126th and 5th avenue. I entitled the piece 'Window Seats' as if this were a scene you could catch riding in a taxi through Harlem. The video was shot and edited by Theo Hollingsworth. Please, share it and let me know what you think.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Heart Gallery- Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Heart Gallery was awesome Sunday Night. Aside from painting and chillen with kool people, I got to hear Trezure Empire perform before she goes to Japan. She's a dope singer, who captures beautiful energy and emotions in her music. Also peep the painting and let me know what you think. It's for sale!

Rock Star. For Sale. 24x36 in. acrylic

Warming of the House. A Painting for Flo.

I paint live at all events. I just want to be around good people and fun times while doing it. Thanks Flo for having me a part of your house warming in BK and feeling my fridge with food to take home.

Contact me for all events. I'll be happy to come paint.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Live Painting at Love Jones NYC- Art of the Rock Star

As usual had a great night of entertainment, food, and love for J. Harris' monthly event Love Jones NYC. The painting went with the theme of the night, "Art of the Rock Star."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Brooklyn Bridge Project

I was able to collab with the homie Quawee of Life.Love.Lenses Productions on this dope project we did on the Brooklyn Bridge. Check me painting on the bridge and speaking about my past year as an artist and the lessons i've learned.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Nzinga the Back Tat, aka Poison

Shout out to the homie for giving me this challenging tasks of interpreting her tattoo. There's a lot going on with it. A lot of room for interpretation and inspiration. But I'll leave you with these beloved words by three gentlemen from Baltimore:

"It's driving me out of my mind
That's why it's hard for me to find
Can't get it outta my head
Miss her, kiss her, love her, wrong move you're dead

That girl is poison
Never trust a big butt and smile
That girl is poison poison..."
-Bel Biv Devoe

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oh My Goddess

My favorite paintings to do come from original ideas and concepts, many of which aren't my own. I like to make pieces personal to my "clients" so that they will make it part of their lives and share it with their loved ones.

My homegirl Al (who is a real dope photographer) gave me a challenging and exciting concept. She wanted the goddess Lakshmi, depicted as a black woman with locks. So thats what I did, all while incorporating objects that are important to Al.

To see the process of how this painting was created click here

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Leo Project

The Lion- Brave, courageous, and all that other stuff. Basically explains my homegirl Alisha who.... well... is a leo. She's also a lion.

The Heart Gallery, September edition

Something special is happening in Montclair, NJ and I'm just happy to be a part of it. The last Sunday of every month the Heart Gallery hosts a night of live music, poetry, art, wine tasting and everything in between.

Here's a piece entitled "the seed." Its about establishing relationships to build community.

24x36, acrylic, for sale

Ehvonnae Boutique- The Guardian

Got a chance to put a piece in the newly opened accessories boutique Ehvonnae (145 Front St. Brooklyn, NY). Had some fun with this one. She's the guardian of the store so dont try anything slick.

Air Tight's Revenge Listening Party

In the middle of the September I had the chance to paint at a listening party for Bilal. It was awesome. His new album "Air Tight's Revenge" is in stores now. Check out this dope interview to hear more about the album.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Love ones NYC- Live Painting

As you can assume from the name, Love Jones NYC is about bringing love to the city. So how appropriate that my inspiration for the night came from the homie, Toyosi. Love is this girl's philosophy and it pours out of here wherever she goes. 3 cheers for love!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Art Whino was dizzzzzzope! Big thanks to Shane at Art Whino and the Beautiful Nightmare crew for plugging me with this great opportunity to build with the DC creative community. Got two pieces completed on Saturday. Peep below.

colored kisses 24x36

Moment in Time, 24x36, acrylic

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labor Day Weekend- Gettin Busy

Had a great time in DC this weekend. I was able to paint for Johnnie Walker's Raw Listening party for the 'Evol Genius' EP. Also was able to paint for my sister's new crib- had to give a proper house warming gift. Now back to staying busy as usual.

The Evol Genius (live painting), 24x36

House Warming, 24x36
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