My self-portraits portray my own personal phases of what my mental and emotional thoughts consist of. For my piece entitled In A Sentimental Mood, I went through a very sentimental, deep thought phase thinking about how everything is not what I think it to be and how I can get over moody situations. After I completed that piece, I felt as if everything became clearer to my head. Most of my self-portraits also consists of a similar concept and background of my spiritual journey. For my self portrait entitled Cupid, I was intensely emotion and in my feelings; situations were not adding up, my head going into different directions which eventually led to rage and anger. But the other side of my head is overpowering. It has the upper hand and never allows me to hold a grudge against difficult matters. My intuition enables me to become stronger in love and forgiveness. Fighting Demons is a continuation of Cupid and is also a portrait based off of my growth. It's a symbol for myself that shows that I am worthy of anything that I give out and receive which is reciprocity. The Breakout self portrait is a reflection of myself overcoming the great obstacles of 2019, as it was a true test and combination of conceptions throughout the year. I've got to come to face myself and reflect on the heartbreaks, grudges, and hardships which are over powered by the greatness that is in my life. It is a definite transition to the next chapter!
These Drawings and Paintings show my love for the talented and beautiful musical artists also in which I specifically look up to for beautiful messages. Marvin Gaye is a very relatable artist to me. He made music that truly brought an uplifting feel. He had his own unique signature sound that gives his songs that spark of bliss. His songs aren't just about his love, but his love for the world, love for God, and love for life. Because of this, he truly is an Original, Unsung singer. For the love of jazz music, I did a Miles Davis project with an abstract path background derived from listening to his renditions of the song In A Silent Way. The paths lead to his soul in which I have captured. Billie Holiday's portrait is quite an exquisite one. I have used a gestural technique to give her body and skin a texture pleasing to the eye and created a gold abstract background to give off a soulful and sacred vibe. Towards the end of 2019, a had the great opportunity to work with greatness and that is the Daughters Of Legacy who are the daughters of some of the greatest musicians and artists that have ever caressed a microphone. It truly brought me out of my comfort zone and the rewards that came from it were endless! I explored deep within my passion for music and expressed my all for these icons.
This category shows my appreciation for the great work and branch of artistry that icons have worked for and are continuing to strive for. I have not only included political and social figures in their work but also actors and actresses; they also inspire me in this category because of how expressive their performances are on-screen and/or on-stage, and otherwise their own sense of motivation and gratitude they show off-stage. I have also had the ultimate pleasure of reaching out to a few of my greatest inspirations! This category, along with the others, also show the beauty and grace in which these souls endure, such as the striking face of model Pat Evans and the graceful strut of First Lady Michelle Obama. Their drive and beauty alone are apart of what this very earth has in store to explore.
For my abstractions, I wanted to aim for a sacred, ancient, and reflective type of feel to it. The lines and designs create paths in which may make your eyes wander and you will see that eventually it puts together an image. Within my abstraction entitled Heart, the designs form to create a heart just within the center of the piece as the red background represents the blood and life force of the project. My piece entitled intimate is based off of a piece created by Miles Davis. It shows two lovers, two flames dancing in essence.
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