here are some photos i took and edited while exploring Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
in this photo above you see Mike Volpe aka Clams Casino completely vibing out at the first [adult swim] festival. also featured is Clams wearing my Lotus Oni Rez button i gave to him while we looked at my artwork with his wife and friends in his artist’s trailer. for parts of me this photo sings victory.. i finally was able to meet the creator of the music that influences so much of my mood while drawing/existing. i’ve been enjoying his music for over what feels like five years. his beats carried and inspired me while i drifted around making and selling art in the gulf-coast.
the moment was honestly surreal. every step i took getting closer to this moment i spent thinking and tracing the steps that my artwork led for me.
this is the story of the road less traveled. i don’t come from a wealthy family or a family of money at all. only thing i was gifted with was knowledge and the ability to create/manifest.
two years ago Clams Casino liked and reposted an illustration i made for him. shortly after he followed me and we began connecting with one another. i was able to send him that very same illustration and now it hangs in his studio in NJ. when we finally met i was able to gift another piece of art to him. it was a painting i created earlier this year called “floral minor“.
this is my story that i want to share with who ever is reading. thank you for believing enough in my work to support it. my art is truly appreciated by so many beautiful souls and this is something in this life-time i couldn’t be more grateful for.
a major thanks to the Volpe family for collecting & supporting my work. special thanks to Clams’ father for actually reaching out and buying something from the cvlt aesthetics shop to help me get to LA. again, these moments i never would have possibly thought would exist years ago.
in this recent journey, i deserve to be happy. i deserve to feel surges of joy and contempt. i know that this is never going to end and i should continue to press forward to strive and collect more accomplishments.
now… i am pushing to make my way to continue life in California.. my New Orleans chapter isn’t entirely complete but i feel guided to pursue what feels like a greater calling for my artwork. the Portculture art exhibitions are still continuing with the creative team who collaborated to help bring it to life along with the family at Urban South Brewery.
ps. i started using the cvlt aesthetics newsletter to share a ton of artwork i discover online & discount codes for our gear. please join this cvlt letter.
cc: photographs taken of Clams Casino are by LA based photographer the1point8
i don’t want people forgetting i’m an illustrator – more to come.
the objects that were gifted to me that help me: my cell phone, my laptop, my backpack.
there are a number of other objects that i’ve purchased which help me as well but not nearly as much. with those listed above i’m able to run the projects i have been working years on. i am thankful each day to be able to sign in and push our organization a bit further. it’s daily- i can’t even explain to you how these tools have shaped my reality so much. not just mine but have helped my peers too.
faith without works is death and it’s also said that actions speak louder than words.
i do this for Portculture. this is for the arts community that’s helped me to this very day.
my biggest dream is that we are all thriving from our craft. i know this kind of dream comes with consistent hard work. which is why i lug my backpack around almost everywhere i go.
i have a gift of art. what ever blessed me with this ability to see the beauty in nearly everything produced has been helping guide my existence as well. with my gift i shape the aesthetics of our organization, the plotting of a stage, the curation of an event, the placement of just about anything. what i know is that i am blessed.
hopefully i channel this energy well enough to make sure my mom doesn’t have to stress anymore. i’d like to make my family proud. i know that’s something i shouldn’t have to stress about as a human- but it’s pretty nice to be able to take care of those who have helped you. which is why when i eat i want everyone to eat.
we went to the movies today for the first time ever. it was pretty cool. i felt a humbling sense of normality- not having to rush, not able to take calls, just the nostalgic feeling of enjoying something with the friends i work with. i guess it’s a typical saturday spent with the pleasures of the earth.
i have art for sale on my webstore– it was featured on a global art website called Ello- you can put one on your wall at anytime.
stay sober and keep good people around you..
the best part about life right now is i have the pleasure of saying i work with my closest friends and we are building something so unique and impacting to the community around us. all with pure passion. the culture of the world is shifting and arts basically becoming a religion. that’s what it feels like to me. creativity is our savior. only true pioneers and innovative thinkers will make it. while we have many eyes on us, we’re still not stressed about how we are going to take it to the next level with @portculture – i have a lot going on right now and it’s never getting easier or lighting up,
in this life you get what you ask for, just be patient.
if you’re just now joining me here, i am making a switch the way i use the web. i’ve reprioritized the sites i use.
i’m starting with this page to keep my friend’s in the loop.
then my story is being shared on my ello – www.ello.co/leeaux
next is twitter
then after is instagram..
i’m making it a focus to use facebook less. the content i want to see isn’t really available anymore.
all the art is on ello.
my friend’s and i will change the culture around us.
we are the arts renaissance of the gulf-coast promoting a unifying experience on many levels.
thank you for your time, energy, and undying support for us and the artists we love.