#moleskine morning piece. Brush pen and #gouache paint and some gold acrylic.

5 hours ago on 09/19/14 at 10:15am

Where Are They Now? by Steve Cutts

1 day ago on 09/18/14 at 07:09am

Wolf #drawing on a #sketchcard sent out with an order to Australia. A little something personal sent with each order.
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2 days ago on 09/17/14 at 11:41am

Black artist problems

blaxsheep:

I used to be embarrassed that I only drew black people, but then I realized that if I don’t draw them, who will?

(via knowledgeequalsblackpower)

Behind every painting is about ten smaller paintings, most start out as sketches then grow into larger works. This sketchbook (which is my 40th book) is a collection of all gouache work with a  movie theme. It took about a month to complete, two of the illustrations started a few months ago for other projects but once I made the decision to fill a book with gouache paintings it took about a month to finish. For me each of my notebooks/sketchbooks serves as a challenge and must have a specific purpose otherwise what’s the point if not to learn something new.The cover was carved out with an exacto blade and repainted. Try and guess the movies used as reference.

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2 weeks ago on 09/01/14 at 10:28pm

@TKinTheAM interview w/ Lost Voices member in #Ferguson ›

I listened to this interview live on TK in The AM this morning, reminded me of what I’ve read about for decades. A movement started out of necessity, by the people for the people. On top of everything mentioned, it was started by the youth. Listen and enjoy.

3 weeks ago on 08/27/14 at 07:53pm

They hate on you and steal your style. They call you ugly and imitate your looks and all you do. They laugh at your curves but wonder men flock to you. Be strong, be weird, be you. You’re beautiful.

J. Smalls

"All Reds" acrylic on canvas 2013.

3 weeks ago on 08/25/14 at 10:30pm
This is the first of several in a video series explaining a little bit about my history and my path as an artist. Often people think that my most recent project is my first project. However each project or painting is just another step closer to that masterpiece. So if you ever had question about why I paint the way I do or why I choose to work with certain color palettes or even the subject matter I choose, watch this video and the others to follow and it will provide some insight about my art process. Peace.

This is the first of several in a video series explaining a little bit about my history and my path as an artist. Often people think that my most recent project is my first project. However each project or painting is just another step closer to that masterpiece. So if you ever had question about why I paint the way I do or why I choose to work with certain color palettes or even the subject matter I choose, watch this video and the others to follow and it will provide some insight about my art process.
Peace.

http://johnsmalls.com

3 weeks ago on 08/25/14 at 06:52am

The bad part about this is not how names are included but the fact that the list continues to grow.

4 weeks ago on 08/21/14 at 03:00am

I refused to mark myself by asking “Am I Next?” I’m not going to walk around with my hands up either. Find something else to do in solidarity. #silence

msnbc:

"From 2006 to 2012, a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week in this country." - MHP

Melissa Harris-Perry gives a heart-wrenching tribute to the deaths of black men that have occurred at the hands of police in the past decade.

(via knowledgeequalsblackpower)

ggariba:

On another note.

More people mourn a death of a stranger than the murders of innocent youth.

1 month ago on 08/11/14 at 07:59pm

coolvintagesoul:

I hope this sinks in your hearts.

(via chrisvisions)

iareconscious:

#saynotofakenews the people must be the media…

stele3:

Ferguson Police have dogs and shotguns. The unarmed crowd is raising their hands.

For anyone not following the Mike Brown story on Twitter: a 17 year old black boy named Mike Brown, who was supposed to start college tomorrow, was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri by police while jaywalking. He was unarmed. He was shot 9 times.

Initial media reports claimed that an 18 year old black man had been shot and killed while fleeing police after shoplifting.

People in the neighborhood, including members of Mike Brown’s family, came out of their homes and began to protest, shouting “no justice, no peace,” and keeping their hands in the air.

Media reports claimed that a violent mob quickly formed around the shooting location shouting “kill the police.”

Spread this. Tell the truth about what happened to this boy. Tell the truth about what is happening NOW. The police and the mainstream media is painting him as a criminal, and his community as a violent mob.

SPREAD THIS. Don’t let them lie.