before. get to hang out with this pile of dirt and shovel today. wasn't on the list of things to do but my bro needed help with the pool he's building and he had to work so couldn't leave him hanging. I got your back and here's your early bday and xmas gift! Ha ha.
Last night was LIT! I think that's the term all the baby hoodrats are using these days. Haha. Hope everyone had a safe burn free fourth. ✊🏽💂🏼
27th annual neighborhood parade. Put on by the community and ROXIES sandwich shop. The fire truck zig zags through as kids follow behind. behind them are a trail of classic cars that lead to the park where free hot dogs and hamburgers a magic show and bounce house awaits them. Oh yea a bad ass car show too! Didn't know this type of thing went on here in SF but Lucky to have found this place and call it home.
I was lucky enough to carve out some time to go back to Fresno (what was once home) and spend quality time with my family. This was much needed with all of the travel and projects going on lately. But I will be taking a break from IG for the next week due to all of the chaos that is being shown. I don't watch TV for this reason and call me stupid or blind but I choose to live in a bubble where I'm surrounded with social interaction and conversations with my community and friends which I feel is necessary in this time especially when raising my kids to understand personal communication. My heart goes out to all of you effected by this current state and please read the signs and think first. ✊🏽💂🏼
we all have a drive that motivates us to achieve our goals. one of the main reasons I decided to ever take an art class in high school was to pick up where my mom left off. she created this mosaic piece in at art class she took in highschool (Roosevelt High in Fresno). Shorty after she would lose both of her parents and have work to take care of her younger siblings and miss out on attending college. She always told me she wanted to go back one day and take more art classes but never had the opportunity due to working to provide for us. now she is retired and finally getting back into the groove (restoring furniture and projects with her grandchildren) but I will never forget the impact this little piece had on me as a youth. Thank you mom.
doesn't look like much but here's a little piece of what I helped my brother with today. it's been close to 20 years since I have done this type of work and the last time was helping my dad work on the house we lived in. those of you who known me and my art personally know that this type of work helped build the foundation (literally) and confidence to create today. as a child and going through art school my parents didn't know how provide me with plans or tips on where my work could take me. but they did show me how to build just about anything I wanted. granted we created out of necessity and not for aesthetic purposes which is why it was hard for them to see how people would create out of pure enjoyment. I was mad at my parents for not teaching me Spanish (another conversation) and then I was mad at them for doubting ( doubting might not be the right word) me to pursue a career as an artist but I know know why and am just happy to say I love them for everything they have done for my brother and I. I'm sure many of you have had similar situations being the first in the family to peruse a dream that was fueled by wanting to prove your family right. Keep up the hard work y'all! ✊🏽💂🏼
day 2 (thought I was only helping one). Haha. This is how we say I love you in our family. Seriously.
next in line.
honored that my "always something" print was included in @brlsq show "ten years of artwork" If you are in Minneapolis swing by @coexhibitions to check out this massive collection of prints. ✊🏽💂🏼
did this really happen? thank you to the whole @lbmaorg staff, @notteresa @busybirdy for the assist on this I seriously couldn't have pulled this off without all of your support. ✊🏽💂🏼✊🏽💂🏼✊🏽💂🏼