Keep growing. The walls will always be there in your way. Keep growing. You will climb them, conquer them and get on with your day. Keep growing. Don’t stop if it gets too rough. Keep growing. Give all you heart and all your soul, don’t just give enough. Keep growing.
Hey what’s up? I haven’t seen ya in a while. Yeah, I know I’ve been busy taking pictures. Pictures? Yeah pictures. Do they even like pictures? I don’t know. I think they’re more into the handmade stuff, stuff I’ve created ya know. Paintings ‘n’ drawings ‘n’ stuff like that? Yeah. Well why don’t ya give ’em what they want? I will, I just got one more photo from the Tybee Island trip to post tomorrow. Okay, I’ll be looking for the good stuff next week. Don’t worry, I’ve got a few pieces that I think will touch some souls. Wow, that’s deep, do you think I look good in gold?
Good bye green, it was nice to know ya. Good bye green, I wish I could have told ya. Good bye green, we’ll meet again someday. Good bye green, now go on your way. You had everything in the palm of your hand. You left it all for the sun and the sand. Now the memory of you is fading away. Oh how I wish, how I wish you stayed. What you had in you just wasn’t enough. Now the green that was there is turning to rust. Good bye green…
Hey buddy! Get me outta here! What the… who said that? Hey man! Can ya help me out? Okay, who is talking and where are you? Down here! I thought I was dreaming. We were walking around in Savannah and I heard this voice. I couldn’t be, could it? In the wall? A cry for help to be set free. The wall goblin called out to me. What did he do to get in there? What would he do if he got out? I left him there in the wall. I think the world is a safer place that way.
They waited. They were the lookout crew and they waited. They were to make sure that there were no interferences and they waited. Some other boats came around, but nothing serious. They were doing their part and would be paid handsomely when their mates brought up the treasure. So they waited and waited and waited…
I am fascinated with worn out paint and rusting metal. I find the colors and textures that are left behind over time to be so beautiful. One time I spent the day walking around Hartford taking these kinds of pictures. So, when we were down in Tybee, GA it was only natural that I found the bottoms of these boats to be just the shot I was searching for that day.
I am humbled. No fancy show, no high praise, no galleries calling. I am humbled. A few nice events, few great articles, 183 pieces of art. I am humbled. I knew going into this that it would be a challenge. I knew it would eat up most of my free time. I knew it would be worth it. I didn’t realize how worth it it would be. This first 6 months have been some of the most rewarding in life. I have met new people, received great response and been more creative than I could ever imagine. I have been given donations by the cart-full, for which I am very thankful. I have sent a piece across the country to a fan (who won it by naming it) and it now hangs in his living room. I have read numerous emails inquiring about pricing, lessons and commissions. I… I… I… this project has started to become less about me as it has gone on. It has become the start of people’s days. It has become something to look forward to. Something to share. Something to invest in. Something to be thankful for.
Thank you to my beautiful wife, Nicole, for supporting me during this adventure. You are my backbone and without you none of this would be possible. To my cousin Liz who has been there from day one on the site and FB page, has donated materials and who has been patient in waiting for a promised painting that I have yet to make (I didn’t forget). To K-Lee who has shared this with so many friends and been there to give the not so obvious comments. To Mark Bodley for pumping up my ego with his four page texts and hour long phone conversations that are filled with ideas and dreams. To the Enfield Square for letting me use the center of the mall to put on a one day show for people to see and for donating a boatload of paint to the project. To my work peeps for letting me “steal” materials and helping with the site. To everyone on FB who were my PR team, hit the LIKE button, hit the SHARE button and that have kept coming back to see more. To my parents for putting in the time way back in the day to create me, I love you both. To my unborn child, you are the inspiration that will carry me to see this project to the end. You are now a part of this and you don’t even know it. You are a masterpiece in the works and will be more than this project will ever be. I thought this project and my work would be my legacy left to this planet, but you will be the best creation I will ever be a part of, will ever see and will ever love.
Walk by my side, not ahead, not behind. Stand in love with me forever and I promise I’ll do the same. We were brought together by the universe for a reason. With fires lit to brighten each other’s paths. You are the one I’ve found in the past, have found in this present and will find again in the future. Our life cycles will always meet and our love will live forever. We will create the most beautiful fire that time has ever known.
Biff. A great name for a bully. Who can forget the movie Back to the Future and the character Biff Tannen? He was the classic bully and was brought to life by actor Thomas F. Wilson. There’s a piece of movie trivia for ya. He also played Griff Tannen in Back to the Future II and Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen in Back to the Future III. This isn’t a drawing of him, but he sure looks like a Biff to me.
I did’t know who she was or where she was from. I couldn’t tell if those were henna designs or tattoos on here skin. Maybe I was just dreaming. Maybe there was never anyone there. But I know I’ve seen you somewhere before. Maybe just not in this life.
I was sitting and relaxing in the hotel room in Asheville, NC after filming a wedding and staring at this picture on the wall from across the room. I knew it was a picture of flowers, but from where I was sitting I saw something much different. I saw a monkey. So, I start sketching him out. The petals were his ear & leg and the space between the petals were his eyes & body. I still see him in the flowers every time I look.
Life is a gift. These words are hidden in the face of this drawing. The words “If you know what life is worth, you will look for yours on earth” are also hidden in this drawing. Can you see them? Here they are.I am very thankful for everything I have been blessed with in my life. Being able to enjoy my family and friends. Having the skills to create art. Taking the time to travel and see other parts of the world. Everything in life has its purpose and finds its reason. I have no regrets. Thank you all for the continued support. <3 mijumi