that is awesome too- and i really value these interactions. you all have no idea how much this means to me.
everything feels as if it’s been coming in waves. i’ve been running around New Orleans figuring out what i should accomplish next- all while balancing my mind and the tasks at hand. i’m trying to keep growing as an artist and as a young professional. everything seems as if it’s showing me moderation is key- to take it as it is- remain focus- rinse- repeat-.
no one is really going to spell anything out for me- it’s just been my inner circle: John, Jordan, Austin- mainly those three are who i’m discussing any type of advancements with my art career. it’s an interesting relationship between those guys. i have my vision set and we kind of play off one another- we inspire one another.
i’m finding myself more and more everyday. i’m writing out some of the most personal moments of my life for the public to view and be apart of. honestly, i don’t know why i do it- it’s been something i’ve found interest in since i was fascinated with building a brand.
earlier last week i was able to get a new shirt order i was waiting on for @cvltaesthetics – my art + clothing brand
i’m really happy with these new shirts, they are all printed on American Apparel fabric and have a custom label that has WWW.CVLTAESTHETICS.COM written in it. which is super cool and my first time with custom labels. i’m trying to keep this up actually, so the support i’ve been given lately with these shirts has been really taken to heart. truly thanks, i want a store front one day or something like that. maybe. if you would like to order one click this sentence.
i’m entering the new year with full determination with my craft, my projects, and my health. i’m building for my future. i’m building so my mind is set, there isn’t anything else that i would rather do- just to grow.
thank you for reading this if you are,
the art show that i organized is going to come together this weekend at the Rook. i am so happy to see this take place. this will be the first art curated event strictly for visual arts that i’ve put together. it’s an art show! #MAGICBOXNOLA will probably happen seasonally for certain,
speaking of seasons, i have taken my switch to painting,
i’m still going to be creating illustrations with pen and everything- be on the lookout for my paintings though!
this is a work in progress
i’m floating among cosmic pipe dreams of success. i’m able to live and share my artwork in a city where it’s being taken seriously. i have to say that it’s a blessing to have come this far.
to my readers who are keeping track of this, you make this story interesting. i’m constantly aiming to accomplish some outlandish task every month.
yesterday was POBOY FEST and it was a really wonderful time. i got to enjoy my day just wandering through Oak Street. it was great seeing a new version of this street. totally amazed at how festivals come together here.
i’m also amazed at my friends in Goofy Froot, who reached their mark for their Kick Starter the very same day. props to them. i’m watching their story grow and unfold and that really makes me happy. success is all around us.
success is eating a “Hot Shrimp” PoBoy from Mellow Mushroom and engaging in the crowd of festival goers
success is working your hardest to get what exists in your mind into the physical world we live and tread in
success is taking your craft seriously and allowing for those who are able to help you to help you go further than you imagine
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.
i have been turning water into wine. sometimes it works with the aid of Heather from Where Y’Art. a lot of my focus lately has been perfecting the pen. my illustrations have no limit lately. as some of you are aware, i’m trying to become one of the greatest pen illustrators. i believe in being challenged.
im learning to not allow the mood and opinion of others trouble my mental health. the mind is where i create from, it deserves to be protected.
all of November i’m going to be curating my first art show in New Orleans called MAGIC BOX at the Rook Cafe. it’s a collaborative art show that has art representing the occult, mystery, and folk lore of life. we have the pleasure of various artist takes on it. please if you are reading this join the fuss we would love to have you at the reception at 11.11.16 –
it’s kind of funny because i need to find some frames for my works.
always lacking something right.
i’m always lacking a great chai as well, still trying to find the best chai in town that isn’t over priced and local. i’m probably going to have to bike to the Bywater today.
i’ve been typing this post, contemplating my color pallet for my latest work and thinking that sometimes i get too upset worried about “messing up” or being embarrassed in the eyes of some individuals. those emotions hinder so much progress and i want to take steps into dissolving them.