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Need a break? Checkout these 4 Paintings Inspired by the Ocean

Huntington Beach, CA artist, Gregory Lee Davis, shares his oceanside views through his paintings– enjoy.

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Gregory Lee Davis is an artist from Huntington Beach, CA. He draws much of his inspiration from the ocean where he has spent a great deal of time. The style in which his paintings are done are expressive in nature which is based in technique and can be at times impulsive in his process. In his work lives a vibrant color and spirit.

To see more of Gregory Lee Davis’ work,  visit his website, like him on Facebook, or get your own prints and originals by emailling gdavis635@gmail.com.

Special thanks to Gregory for sharing.

 

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“Believe in your talent and your work will speak for itself”

 23 year old artist, Twan Kaikpo, tells her story. She said she is a struggling artist ( well, not exactly) and wanted to share her art, spirituality, and words– enjoy.

 

As an artist I try to translate my spirituality and my strange imagination into images.

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I believe my artwork is unique because it’s a bit corky, jovial, spiritual, colorful, and almost childlike. It’s definitely not “fine art” but I think it still conveys a message.

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I paint because it has a healing effect on me. I could be upset or just really angry all day, but as soon as I pick up a paint brush, all of those feelings are released and I feel happy again.

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I hope I don’t sound like a lunatic when I say this but I believe that God puts all of the images I’ve painted so far in my head. I say that because I usually get ideas for paintings after having a daydream while meditating or from dreams.

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I haven’t been on the art scene long. I recently started to believe I could actually have a career in art so I haven’t explored different types of mediums yet. So far I’ve only used acrylic paint & water colors on canvas. I think the more comfortable I get, the more I will experiment.

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One of my best friends is also a painter and she was the one that inspired me to get into painting. She is probably my favorite artist. Her work is a bit corky, symbolic, spiritual, and abstract like mine. She showed me that art is art. Your style is your style. You don’t need to try to be like anyone else in order to be an artist. You just have to believe in your talent and your work will speak for itself.

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When people see my artwork I want them to feel the joy I felt while painting it. I want each and every color to pop off of the canvas and have a healing effect on people (you can be healed through color therapy). I want to inspire any young person out there that wants to be an artist but doesn’t think that they’re good enough. I want to show them that they don’t have to be a Picasso to have “talent”.

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Art is whatever you have in your heart that you want to translate with your paint brush (or however you want to express it).

-Twan Kaikpo

 To learn more about Twan and her artwork, visit her blog, find her on Twitter, or follow her on IG.

 

Special thanks to Twan for sharing.

 

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Goldilocks and The Three Bears of Business

You get the anticipated callback and that’s when the questions come firing in; “So, why are you applying for this position? You seem too___.”

Yep, it’s the corporate version of Goldilocks and The Three Bears– this one’s too senior, this one’s too junior, this one’s just right (if you’re lucky).

You would think someone overqualified would go in there like a badass and do an extra damn good job, right? But, HR probably figures you’ll leave once a “higher calling” comes a-callin’– which is most likely true.

Flip the script– now you’re “too junior” (code for, “this person ain’t worked a day in their life”– at least, not at this level).  In this case you would think someone junior would go in bright eyed, energized, and eager to learn, right? Not to mention flexin’ their innate knack for social media (because that’s what we do). But, HR probably sees it as too risky; we rather go with what we know– better safe than sorry!

Now, this time you’re that sweet spot in the middle– not too senior, not too junior– juuust right.

The end.

Wait a minute– there’s a part II. And in this chapter, you’re the Goldilocks making all the decisions around here (well, kinda). We have the responsibility of also choosing which company/employer is the right fit for us. Too stuffy? Stuff it. Too snobby? Slash it. Too geeky? Well, if that’s what you like– then go for it Goldilocks.

Fin.

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A Struggling Artist’s Perspective: The Story of Running Bear

Artist and entrepreneur, Kacey Atreyu Lee Running Bear (also-known-as RNDM: pronounced, “random”) shares his art, his life, and his hustle.

My name is Kacey Atreyu Lee Running Bear; I grew up in most of South Central Los Angeles, but my home town is Hawthorne California–home of The Beach Boys, good vibes, and south bay area culture.

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Being a youth from a bay city, I immersed myself heavily into skate culture and the underground music scene, acquiring a taste for spoken word, indie rock, punk, and rap music myself. It was this, that sparked my recording under the moniker, “Deadbeat, The Heretic”.

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Some of my projects included talented minds like Jack Mushroom of Odd Future. We had a few friends in common, and he asked me to do some artwork for him. He was a fan of my art page, and had followed my art for some time. He asked me to use his love for his stuffed elephant, demonic-like subculture, and Odd Future association, as inspiration for the piece–and what transpired, was something truly magical.

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I also hope to spread my love of art with the world. And hopefully this gives a little insight as to who I am, what I’m about, and provides a stimulating story, in which you could maybe gather a little inspiration from. And maybe see a point of view, from a struggling artist’s perspective.

– K.A Running Bear

To learn more about Kacey Atreyu Lee Running Bear,  download his full biography and visit his Facebook fan page.

Special thanks to Kacey for sharing.

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A stream of consciousness from writer/artist, C.C. Long

Writer/Artist, C.C. (Charles) Long  gave us two options for a bio– might as well go for the long version.

All morning I’ve been working on a portrait of a friend’s daughter– it’s a complete failure. 

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Currently, I am being published in serial form by JukePop Serials on-line, The Archer’s Arrows; an urban-noir novel and a collection of editorials written for Flux Magazine, a British Arts Magazine; Our Man In Manhattan, is available on Amazon.

I had a poem published in Words Fly Away, published by the University of California about the tragedy at Fukushima. I have to paint three birds that I’ve sold, but haven’t painted yet.

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I have two screenplays that are in pre-production with Chesapeake Films: Poe, and Future King. And I’m writing scripts for the Apple App: The Can Do Network. Recently, I wrote the column for Chin Magazine, Onion Soup. I painted ashtrays, some good– some were not.

Have had short stories published in many literary magazines. I am painting a six foot by eight foot sunflower and failing miserably. Plays: Actors Studio produced The Monastery, for the Performing Arts, and Santa Fe, by Jon Christopher Bua off-off Broadway. Poems published in Manna, Driftwood Review, and The Breadbasket. Have a letter from Andy Warhol telling me he loved my work. As an artist, I have shown in over 100 one man and group shows worldwide.

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While writing this I have suddenly forgot how to write, paint and maybe walk, I’m too afraid to stand-up.

Hope All Is Well,

-C.C. Long

For more information on C.C. Long, his art, and his stories; visit his website, read his screenplay, and view his books on Amazon.

Special thanks to Charles for sharing.

The BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers may be over, but the battle’s just begun

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The thing about the west coast– we’re just now seeing the #HipHopAwards and all my ppl on the east already shared what happened lol.

As I sit here watching the Hip Hop Awards I get a message from North Carolina and OH MY GOD, BRANDY, QUEEN LATIFA,  YO YO, AND MC LYTE ARE PERFORMING, “I WANNA BE DOWN“!!! (excuse my outburst). Here’s North Carolina’s contributions to the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. Artists Yung Blaza, Nige Hood, Chaz and Rakeem put some of their most epic lines over East Flatbush Project’s Tried by 12

 

Video produced by Fame Photography’s Orlando Davis.

Life’s Not About A Job– It’s About Purpose

Have you ever really sat down to think about your life, your purpose, your “element”, and then realize that frankly, your job or career path is not in-line with any of them? Maybe it’s okay to step back and re-evaluate your current situation. Where else can life take you if you realize that we’re more than just a fancy position title and puffed resume– we’re beings, with a purpose.