every time i stray from the path of creation, i am swiftly reminded as to why i made visual art my passion. i love drawing, it’s almost a romantic relationship that nothing else can compare to.
above is my latest illustration
micron pen on card stock paper
it’s the beginning of the new year and i have walked into a gallery on Julia st. in New Orleans. i glanced at the writing on the walls upon entry and noticed “LEEAUX” cut onto vinyl. that alone scares me. it’s setting in how real this is. in December my art was also on www.gonola.com- i’m finally officially making my way into the art scene. it hasn’t been a year yet and i’m starting to rank in these art shows- none of it has been easy. at all. i often ask myself “how badly do you want this?” shortly after i’m hit with a reminder go big or go home and that’s always caused confusion. i’m finally warming up to a select few as well. i often find myself more introverted and to myself but that’s totally okay.
deep inside my mind i find myself-
this late December and early January has been pandemonium.
i have a feeling everything will be coming back on track shortly.
this weekend i was able to visit the town that i grew up in, -Shreveport. six or more hours north of New Orleans, this city rests my past life- a place that my visions and goals spawned from. a place that i affected and created memories inside the minds of others- a scene i participated in off and on to draw a path towards a self accomplished success story. my own rags to riches.
i entered the scene and spent time reconnecting with my friend Loren. my team is steady plotting on advancing what we have been working on and building together since day one. i have been working on my @Portculture brand for quite some time, expect to see a lot more of my entries becoming official, a lot more inclusive activities- etc. a new wave hitting 2017.
Loren housed me up, it was beautiful. caught back up with my passion for playing YuGiOh, it felt so great to jam with that card game again. i went to see this fire Star Wars Rogue movie too with him, and then met up with some of my close friends who were visiting in town as well.
my traveling pals Wendy and Jake. Wendy has been my friend since around 2010. we just grew together as people. figuring out ourselves and what we really want out of this life- reconnecting really struck a nerve in me. i even encountered the art scene folk who i was affiliated with before moving. even they were glad to see me. i kind of surprised everyone, my pals Danny and Trey too. some of my weekend warriors.
as it was just getting good, spending time with my bestie Brandon, we had to road trip back to nola.
i don’t know where my mind is at, i’m coming to a deep rooted understanding though… of where i’ve come with life choices that have been made since 18 and even two years ago in 2014. significant points in life-kind of like check points. major choices, chasing a dream, chasing my art.
it’s do or die right now
the one thing i enjoy about New Orleans is how mystical this place really is. it has a way of helping the right people cross paths at the right time. if you remain a float in your mental bubble of joy you will be surprised what that attracts into your life being here. i set out to get a chai in Midcity and i ended up in the French Quarter somehow. it’s actually to my surprise not only did i find a great chai but i ended up meeting a new soul-
believe it or not his name is Bob, isn’t he a handsome guy? he is a writer, lyricist, and drummer/musician. i happened upon him in cafe Envie and we kind of had this rad psychic connection going on. it was so refreshing to read his work about cosmic oneness, law of attraction, and being aware. we set out and enjoyed the first half of the day walking around the quarter. we stopped and said hello to the ladies at Where Y’Art. got a not your fathers root beer and talked about our dreams and goals.
hm we are going to Poboy Fest Sunday, you might see us if the stars align for it to be so.
the surreal sensations of magic and mystery blanketed over me as i opened the art submitted by Matthew Castellano for MAGIC BOX this morning. i entered the Rook Cafe in hopes of this brilliant mind’s works being there. it was like a treat for getting up early, having a peace of mind, and taking on the day with such relentless optimism.
Matthew Castellano is a minimalist fantasy painter and illustrator. his works really play into the cerebral parts of your mind that are somewhat “eerie”. (originally from Florida) this Little Rock based artist is portraying emotion through a stream of thought provoking characters who seem to often lack clothing, spherical heads, and are decorated with rituals, ironic symbolism, and much more.
our paths crossed when i was living in Little Rock, Arkansas for about five months. we became friends through friends who wanted to help me get connected with the art scene. i have been blessed to have a pal like him, i wanted to be his friend since i met him because of his artwork. i was a fan immediately. we clicked and he allowed me to join in on a group art show at Gallery 360 called ICEBOX. i think it was one of the first group art showings i have participated in aside from school showings! (i’ll fact check later)
MAGIC BOX is set for the entire month of November. Our reception is on 11.11.16 – at the Rook Cafe. Please come and be consumed.