Deirdre is in New American Paintings!!

Okay, Okay, OKAY!  I have to just take a moment to brag on my  friend/fellow artist/accountability partner Deirdre Fox who has been featured in " New American Paintings" Midwest #101 Issue! This is pretty big deal since New American Paintings, is a very large and important competition. YAY! So excited for her!

You can order a copy and check out more about New American Paintings here or next time your in the local bookstore take a peek at pages 54-57.

I love when my friends work gets recognized, I'm like a proud mom!!

Check out more work from Deirdre Fox here



While hanging in Vegas the other week documenting my trip wit the usual, general snaps one would snap as they enjoyed vacation , and then...well what can I say the drinks were flowing, music was pumping and I became INSPIRED!!! At that moment "#randomblackkidcamera" was born.

Fun project filled with randomness as I ran up and down the strip, in and out of clubs, having the time of my life, striking up randoms convos, dancing with random people I just started asking people to pose with me..  and there you have it "#randomblackkidcamera" !!

At this point I honestly dont know what is to become of this project, I would like to keep it going but you know as of lately my iPhone hasnt been holding a great charge and its been dying on me during some really great times a #random____camera project could get started which is really annoying but I will figure it out. Until then I had a great time just playing around :)

Have you ever had a spontaneous project kick off when you least expect it?Tell me all about it in the comments?

Clarion Call for Fun! I Went to Vegas Baby!

Work Hard, Play Hard, that’s the way the saying goes right? We’ve said it, all have lived it attempted to live it, but let me tell you something!! It's so true! I suggest you make this your  life’s’ motto. Its definitely one of mine!

I'm making the following a mandate, a clarion call, a affirmation, ready, repeat after me:

Listen, I don’t want to tell you what to do and don’t get me wrong ,I love what I do, as I am sure you love what you do. However, I equally love hitting the dance floor, throwing back a brewski or two and having fun (fun meaning involving myself and whomever else in my party in pure foolishness)! It’s so important to take time for YOURSELF, in fact I consider it VITAL to ensure that you have a sustainable creative practice and business.

For the past few days I have been doing just that, celebrating one my best friends Danielle’s 30th birthday in no other than…Las Vegas!!!
This was my second time visiting the “Sin City” (the first time was a lot more mild than this time) and I love this city!
The locals are happy and us tourists are there to kick back, drink, eat, and spend our money! BAM!  If you have never been to Vegas I would suggest you add it on your list of places to go, its just that fun! Especially if you like to party as much as I do!  I really had a blast, and I could go on and on with the foolishness, my girlfriends Lee and Danielle got into but you know how it goes… what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

So the moral of this post if you haven’t scheduled a vacation for yourself do so right away. You deserve it!

Hey, I would love to hear about ways that you recharge, where do you vacation? How do you renew your energy? Share with me! I want to know!

Thanks for reading

top left to right: Rain night club, Gallery night club, my besties Lee and Danielle
bottom left to right: plane ride, me w/Lee, and me w/Danielle

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