It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, baseball on television, sandals on, sipping lemonade on the front porch… kicking my feet up, and I’m listening to a few records. Going through my vinyl collection, something bubbles up and I just want to play it over and over again… what bubbles up most notably today is “Stepping Into Tomorrow”, by Donald Byrd.. makes me reflect on things.
What does it truly mean to step into tomorrow?…
“Stepping Into Tomorrow, my destiny is found”
I spent the greater part of the month of may on a creative binge of sorts. My third book was released, I traveled overseas for the first time in my life, and I created a number of important pieces of art in the studio. So a quick recap:
GRAFF COLOR WORKBOOK IS RELEASED!
This is my third book effort. I am so blessed to be in the position to even discuss a third book, I am humbled to be able to do this! This book was designed to allow people to focus on color patterns and styles and not to worry about letter forms or characters. There are ideas, studies, and coloring concepts to push anyone forward with their graffiti art coloring styles. A must have for students of the game, art educators, and just simply fans who like to draw and color. Make sure you get your copy here!
“Stepping Into Tomorrow, i’ve got both feet on the ground”
Scape Martinez Paints in Brighton, England!
In early early May, I had the chance to travel to Brighton, England to paint live for the Brighton Fringe Festival. That festival attracts thousands upon thousands of spectators and festival goers to the area. It was a great joy both to interact with the locals, as well as to simply be acknowledged and recognized for your talents and what you bring to the table. As one local stated “Mate, you sure paint a wee bit different than most.”.. ya don’t say?… can’t wait to see where I go again just to do my thing.
Spending Great Time in the Art Studio!
Sometimes I get so busy “doing my thing”, that I actually forget what my thing is… meaning that I forget what actually brought me to the party. Painting!. I have been able to spend some more time in the studio and begin to create a new body of work. So in the future, you will be able to own a little bit of Scape Martinez and hang it in your home, office, or anyplace else!
The image above is a caption of two panels of the highly anticipated Morgan Hill Public Library mural project. I’m looking forward to it’s completion, as it will be a landmark art piece both personally as well as professionally. I feel that it will transform the space, and change how public art can engage youth.
The above caption shows a portion of a greater piece I am working on. It’s an assemblage of 4 canvas panels that are pieced together to create the whole composition. It is a mix of spray paint and acrylics, some layering techniques that I’ve been cooking up for the last few years. It is a great joy to walk in the unknown, that’s what I do when I go into the studio and just paint… just create… not knowing explicitly what or where it’s going to go. I let the colors talk to me, and my actions are my way of communicating back… as weird as that may sound. And as the bystander, it seems that this interaction, also allows you, as a spectator, to kinda “listen in” to that conversation. Interesting.. hmmm…
So the lemonade runs out, and the Giants beat the Cubs. I didn’t know I liked baseball so much. I sit here wondering, how or why, when I engage in the most mundane activities, is when the epiphanies come around in my mind. I guess that is fuel for another blog posting. In the meantime, I will continue to “step into tomorrow, my destiny is found”…