Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hi. Happy, Happier Holidays...

Hey faithful few... I hope your holiday went well. Mines was ok. I got a little rest and topped it off with a 10 hour shift today. OH JOY!! 

I started working on a "not so random" random short for you guys this past week. I'm not quite finished with it yet and that's why I didn't post it this week. Hopefully I get it done this week for you guys. Keep your fingers crossed. That's it for me this week guys.

Until next week...


Saturday, December 19, 2015

This Christmas...

I failed to get my ideas done this week. I have a few off days coming up in a row that hopefully... Hopefully, I get them done. I also am playing around with some small video pieces. Just have to get them clipped together and edited.

Also this might be the last time I blog for you guys before Christmas so I hope you guys have a happy holiday.

Until next week...


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Make it happen, yo!

I have been kicking some slogans and designs in my head recently. Some are based on stuff I've seen and read and some have been based on things I've heard, both in the past and present.

I don't know where it's going though. I've been writing and sketching little things on post-its. I have quite a few of them. This is probably the most creative I've been in weeks. I've been trying to make sure I jot them down as they come to me so I can really try and build on them. The next couple of weeks I'll try to pull something more from them and share them with you guys. That's all I have for you guys this weekend.

Until next week...


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Happy Saturday Folks!

I've had a pretty long week this week. I almost forgot today was Saturday. I haven't had much time to do anything the past week as I have been working since the day after Thanksgiving.

I'm really feeling like I need some me time or some time away. I have some vacation time coming up in a few months and I definitely want to get away for a couple of days. I really really really need a break. But I just gotta keep on grinding. Got get back on track in my life... You know... Well, this was just a random rambling post this week. When I opened up Blogger, this is what poured out of "me ol'noggin". That's all for now....oh yeah! I almost forgot. I started studying French a little bit this weekend. I had it for 3 years in middle school and I retained very little. I'm trying to get some of it back. Enrich myself if you will.

Until next week...


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Glue... Why hast thou eludeth me??

So for the past 2 weeks, I have been trying to buy some glue. Yes I said 2 weeks and glue. I have been to stores quite a few times with the intention of buying glue only to get sidetracked. Yesterday was the craziest instance.

I went in to the store. Picked up some of the stuff I needed and started towards the aisle with the glue and said, I'll grab it on the way out... Mind you I was really tired from work and just wanted to go home. I got what I needed and left. I did not realize until I was almost home, that I forgot the GLUE!!!  That was my main reason for going. Crazy... Hashtag AmIRite? #hashtag (Lol... a little weird, dorky me thing.)

Well that's all I have for you guys this week. I just wanted to share this funny little story with you guys.

Until next week...


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Happy Beginning of the Holidays...

Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving  to everyone. I will be back to my regular sporadic, random posts probably next weekend or the following week.

I gotta get back on my "A" game for you guys.

Until next week...


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Still not quite there...

Hey folks! I'm still not quite 75%. Next week I should be back to regularly scheduled programming 😉

Saturday, November 7, 2015


I've been really sick lately. I'll get back to you guys next week. Hopefully I'm better. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

All Hallows' Eve

Happy Halloween Everyone.

See you next weekend...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

No Mistakes...No Regrets...

There are sometimes that I wish I could seize the moment and ride it to infinity.

...times I wish I could get a "do-over"

...times I wish I would have "leaped before I looked"

...times I wish I would have said "no instead of yes"

...times I wish I would have "let go instead of holding on"

But I didn't and have no regrets. Every decision that I have made in my life, I have made for a reason and I am glad that I did...


Saturday, October 17, 2015


I have officially lost focus. I need to get back on track. I have things in the process of being finished...things in the process of being started and things in the process of being a process. 

I need to find something to get me out of this rut that I have been in for so long. I try to work through things but I always end up still having no real motivation. And I know it's clearly a mental thing...I can talk about it and write about it but somewhere along the exchange from my brain to my hands, it gets lost. 

Maybe this next 4 days off from work will be the refresher that I need. Who knows...I definitely need it though. 


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Another week...

I have yet to finish writing up my piece that I wanted to post this week. It's going to probably be a long post so I have been taking my time with it. Maybe I'll finish it in the next couple of days. 

Until then...


Saturday, October 3, 2015

I am not going to even lie...

I got nothing this weekend.

I did have an adventure last week though. I was so sick Sunday that I had a trip to the ER in the back of an AMBO. I'm feeling a whole lot better this weekend so there's that...

Anyway, I'll be back next week with something for you guys. I might post earlier in the week, haven't decide yet.

Until next week sometime...


Saturday, September 26, 2015

New Work IN Progress . .

Hello faithful is a quick snapshot of what I am working on right now. I am trying to achieve some sort of mastery with these digital sketch apps.

The few times I have used these apps, I have been amazed at how much you can actually do with them. The sketch that I posted I am working on with an app called ArtFlow. I have a couple of other apps that I am trying to get into on my iPad. I'm using ArtFlow on my phone. So I love the fact that I have it so readily accessible whenever I have a spare moment. And it's a plus that it works with the S-pen and is pressure sensitive. So you can achieve hard and soft lines.

I might do a review of the apps I'm trying at a later date. Well that's all I have for you guys this week.

Until next week...


Saturday, September 19, 2015


Powerful STRONG.
Obsession assertion INTENSITY.
Success NIRVANA.

Friday, September 11, 2015

In Remembrance Of...

To those who died on 9/11 and those who die protecting our freedoms...

Saturday, September 5, 2015

A trip to the Art Store...

So today I went to the art store and I felt overwhelmed...more like a kid in a candy store a pocketful of change or in a toy store with an endless supply of money. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I had a lot of money but I found it hard to decide what to buy. I WANTED IT ALL!

There were times when I was in an aisle and I was just staring off into "artmosphere". It was just so hard to choose exactly what I wanted. I ended up getting a couple canvas panels and 6"X6" wood panels. I also picked up a couple of secret items that I can't share right now because it will spoil a surprise

Today was the first day of my long weekend and I did a little creating and also messed around a bit in photoshop. It's been a minute since I've actually used photoshop so Ive been trying to get used to using it again. Next week I will have some images to show you guys but that's all for now.

Until next week...


Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Little Update...

I think in the coming weeks I am going to finally overhaul my blog like I mentioned a while ago. I definitely probably transition my blog from Blogspot to Wordpress.

I also will be posting more random drawings and images that I have been messing around with. I really need to get back to blogging the content the way I used to when I first started this blog. Well that's all I have for you guys this week. Just a little update.

Until next week...


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Nothing this week

I don't have anything for you guys this weekend but I do have some things in the works. Sorry for this weeks short post. 

Until next time...


Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Couple of Images...

Well, as you can see faithful few I have been quite productive by my standards this week.

The pencil sketch is a study for the Darth Maul that I started in the other image. The digital image I've started in an app called Infinite Painter on my Samsung Note 3. So far I've worked on it for a little over 4 hours. I'm going to work on it some more on my phone and then probably import it into Photoshop to finish it off. And as usual, I will definitely share with you guys. That's all I have for you guys this week.

Until next week...


Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Weeks' Ahead...

In the coming weeks, I plan on trying to get as much writing and art done as I possibly can. I have so many ideas and thoughts locked away in my head that just seems to be going to waste.

I have so many sketches and rough drafts in various stages of completion that I need to make sure that I get them done. There is no excuse for my procrastination. I've been trying to make sure that I stay motivated and focused. I'm going to get back to working in my sketchbook everyday. I occasionally do doodles and sketches at work that I've put in my sketchbook but I don't carry my sketchbook as often as I used to do. That's going to change. Well that's it for this weekend. Not too much going on as of yet.

 Until next week...


Saturday, August 1, 2015

New...the need to be loved and "Scoping"

So. Have you guys tried this new social site linked to Twitter? It's called Periscope. It's a pretty good social tool. It allows you to connect to others all round the world via a streaming video broadcast. I have done a few myself. (Every time I do one though, I feel like such a noob!) 

I've been finding out more and more about this site the last couple of days. One thing Periscope allows you to do is give the broadcasters ❤️. The hearts is like the same system of favoriting a tweet or "liking" a post on Facebook except that I just found out the more hearts you get the higher you rate and get featured on the front page. 

To me so far, the biggest draw is the voyeuristic nature of Periscope. You can hope around all over the world and view people's "Scopes" as they call them. It's that almost immediate connection with a total stranger which draws you in. You can also interact with the broadcasters. A lot of people also grow their list of followers by scoping everyday and often. People hold church, webinars, tutorials and they even livestream performances and shows. 

I think you guys should check it out. But be  wary, it can be quite addictive. If you follow me on Twitter, you can get notified when I do a Scope @ArtstarV9 is my Twitter handle. See you there. 

That's all for this week. Until next time...


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sketch and Doodle...

Just thought I'd post a couple of quick sketches that I did the other day for you guys. 

Until next week...


Saturday, July 18, 2015 ain't easy...

I sometimes wonder if I take the easy way out of things.

Your like, "That's a weird way to start a post..."

But follow along with me for a few...

I have been blogging for years but lately sometimes I have found myself reposting blogs/writings across services. In a way its not that strange that I would do something like that. Not everything I post here or on other sites get seen by the same audiences. So by reposting, I get it to reach a little farther.

I used the term "easy" earlier not necessarily to point out something bad but to point out that I been kind of taking shortcuts in doing certain this instances blogging. I've started using the site Medium recently and as I was deciding what I was going to write next for my page on there...I was like, I'll just repost whatever I write there this week here. I noticed this made it harder for me to focus on something at least a little cohesive. What that did though was give me the topic for this post. Brainstorming and contemplating works in mysterious ways.

I glad I could have this discussion with you guys this weekend. That's all I have this weekend faithful few.

Until next week...


Saturday, July 11, 2015


Hello faithful few, this week I decided to share a post that I wrote in response to a post that I saw on the website Medium the early part of the week. It was the wee hours of the morning and that post touched me and I just had to respond. It was also my first article or post that I did on Medium.

I encourage you guys to poke around the site as well. Click the link and you'll be magically transported to my post and if you click under "In response to...", you'll be taken to the original article I read. Hope you enjoy.

My Article

Until next week...


Saturday, July 4, 2015

I have decided...

So I have finally decided that starting either Monday or Wednesday, that for the rest of the month; I plan on going Vegan. I also found out the exact date that I became a Vegetarian and it was 5 years this past Thursday that I gave up meat. Wow! Crazy right?

Some of you are probably going, 5 years without even a piece of chicken?? That seems like a long time right? But as you guys know, time flies when you are having fun😊.

I wonder how devoted I can to adopting a vegan diet because I definitely know I won't be really living the lifestyle. I can't see me not buying items made with leather or animal products. I mean I'm going to do my best not to eat any dairy or eggs but as far as anything else, right now I can't wrap my mind around not having or using. That's all I have for you guys this weekend. I know these is my 3rd straight post about these topic but hopefully next weeks will be different...😉

Until next week...


Saturday, June 27, 2015


I have decided that I want to try and be vegan for a bit. Maybe a 21 or 30 day challenge.

I've been thinking about it for quite a while now. Next month will be my Vegetarian anniversary and I was thinking that I would do it then. I just have to decide if I want to start on the 1st or the middle of the month. I don't think it will be to big of a challenge though. In any event, whatever I decide to do I will share with you guys.

That's all for this week.

Until next week...


Saturday, June 20, 2015


This is a repost of a post that I posted on my Vegetarian blog this past week. Hope you guys enjoy.


It’s been a while since I wrote here…I have returned.

I have for the past few weeks contemplating a run at being vegan for a month. Just to see how I do with it…you know? I am coming up on my vegetarian anniversary and I was thinking that now would be the perfect time.

I don’t think it will be too hard. The real struggle probably be giving up cheese. One day I’m sure someone will come up with a good non-dairy cheese. Right now all the vegan cheeses I have tried, taste pretty horrible.

Well in any case, I’ll let you guys know what I decide.

That's all I have for you guys this week.

Until next week...


Saturday, June 13, 2015

The "Author" or something like it...

I need to blog more on my other blogs. I have them right at my fingertips just like this one so there should be no excuse. I don't see a reason as to why I haven't considering all I'd have to write about are things that describe me or that I use everyday in my life.

I think going forward I think I shall endeavor to write more. Plus writing really helps me to focus and keeps the wheel turning in my mind. Write... Write...write...write...

Until next week...


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bleh...Blah...Tired...Out of sorts...

I got nothing this week. Absolutely nothing. Mentally, I'm a little burnt out. Hopefully a day off tomorrow will lead to a recharge. 


Saturday, May 30, 2015

New Stuff...

This is just a little something I have been testing out. Thought I'd share a few quick images with you guys.

Until next week...


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mushin no shin...

My mind runs wild with thoughts of enlightenment.
My mind runs wild with thoughts of what I can not touch

My mind is constantly running.
I can not stop it.
I am the controller of my mind.
My mind is the controller of me.

My mind reaches for enlightenment...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Quick post...

I've decided to try some new things artistically faithful few.

Next week, hopefully, I'll have some results for you guys.

Until next week...


Saturday, May 9, 2015

My City...Heartbreak

On the last Monday of last month (April 2015), I watched a part of my city burn. It seemed really surreal. Especially since most of the places that were front and center was in places that I frequently passed through in my youth, early adulthood and before I left Baltimore; most of the time for work.

As I watched coverage on a national media conglomerate, I couldn’t quite place the feeling I was feeling. Didn’t know if it was empathy, fear, shock or sadness…It wasn’t until the next day when I read a quote from a young lady who lived in one of the neighborhoods that I figured out what it was…Heartbreak.

I’ve always said over the last few years living in Baltimore, that the youth of today have become reckless.  Most of them are coming from broken homes and also are subjected to a school system that is really bad when it comes to education. Some of them were raised by children themselves so they have no sense of respect for themselves or others. No sense of right or wrong…no moral compass…no moral ambiguity if you will.

Whenever I travel anywhere and strike up a convo with anyone and I tell them I’m from Baltimore, those familiar with Baltimore go, “The Wire made the city look like its bad and dangerous…” My response has always been Baltimore is way worse than what you see on The Wire. Now the world as a whole knows it too.

Baltimore is one of the many cities in America that we need to fix at the grassroots level. We can’t wait until we send them to our poor school systems to try and nurture them…we need to get to them before they leave the home. Show them that with hard work and motivation things can be better. We need to show them that there is more to life and this world other than what you see outside of your window. We need to show them how to dream again…


Saturday, May 2, 2015

This Week...

Hello faithful few. I have been watching the happenings in my hometown of Baltimore this past week and let's just saw WOW...

I have an essay that I started this week but I didn't get it finished in time for this week's post because of my hectic work schedule. I will try to get it finished and posted for next week by Thursday. I'm not making any promises but that's my goal.

Until next week...


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Oh Happy Day...

Hey now faithful few, I hope you guys had a great week and an even amazing weekend. I finally got a day off today and I did much of nothing today.

I promise I plan on getting back on my grind soon. I have have been sketching a little so I'm staying creative even while working extremely hard. I will show you guys soon what I have been working on, so I haven't forgot about you guys. That's all I have for you guys this week.

Until next week...


Saturday, April 18, 2015


I really need to do better. I have been so busy at work and trying to make sure I get my rest that last week I didn't even get a chance to work on my sketch at all.

I'm hoping I can get some work done on it in the next couple of weeks. I know I promised you guys that I would have something to share with you guys this week but alas...I have nothing.

Until next week....


Saturday, April 11, 2015


Here is a piece that I started working on this past week. It's a little rough, gotta work on the lines some and then I'm going to manipulate the image a whole hell of a lot digitally. Probably in photoshop. I show you guys the finished piece in a week or so... Hopefully😊

That's all for this week.

Until next week...


Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Weekend Post...

I don't really have anything for you guys this week but I definitely will have something for you guys next week and the following.

Until next week...


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Rhetorical or Sometimes you feel like a Reeses'

I want to get back in to creating mixed media pieces. Some small assemblage pieces. I have been accumulating little small found pieces and objects lately that I feel fit together quite well. I really want to get back in to the habit of creating art on a regular basis again. I have kind of gotten too comfortable in this lackadaisical way of living, I mean now and then I will doodle or draw a little something but I haven’t done anywhere near a significant body of work in almost 2 years! That’s no way for an artist to live. I mean sure I have faced some hardships and uncertainties but that’s no excuse. Artists are supposed to thrive during adversity. So why haven’t I? That’s a rhetorical question. It was meant to invoke thought in to my head as I type this post.

I tend to get too stuck in a rut or worried up creating the perfect image or crank out the best possible image that I almost entirely forget about the artistic processes. I forget that ugly line or ugly section eventually turns in to something you can use or not. Either way, you go right back to the drawing board (pun, intended) and work on the next thing.

It really all boils down to having confidence in your work. It’s so easy to see other artist out there cranking out work and thinking to yourself, what am I doing wrong or what am I not doing right?? The question should be why am I, not doing PERIOD!!!

I went from consistently coming up with ideas to consistently getting caught up in the idea of not being able to come up with any good ideas. How do you resolve those types of issues in your head when you have other issues going on in your head?

Well that’s all I have for you guys this weekend.

Until next week…


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Super random, not so randomness...

I hate when I don't go with my gut. Epic Failures abound...

Next week folks...


Saturday, March 14, 2015

314 or I like Pi too.

I thought I'd share a bit of my new artist statement with you guys. So without further ado...

My work through the years has evolved, devolved and evolved again. Everything I have done so far in my work has been a culmination of experiences, research, pain, love, growth, and maturation.

The focus of my work always gas an underlying theme of mood. That is to say, that no matter the subject or subject matter; my work will always reflect my mood. It won't just reflect my mood because of my style but my mood as a whole. Similar images/subjects may be drawn or painted in the same style but the weight of the line or stroke will be different depending on my mood.

That's all I have written so far. Hopefully I'll finish it in the next few days and I also have forgotten that I have a couple of post that I need to write that I want to share with you guys.

Until next week...


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Oh where does the time go...

I started working on this post earlier today but when I got home I was so tired that I forgot to actually finish it. I guess the good news is that I will have it for you guys next week.

Until then...


Saturday, February 28, 2015


Hey faithful few, I don't have anything to talk about this week other than to tell you guys that I had a really tough week at work this week. I will get back to you guys next week.

Until then...


Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Artist is here...

Last few days I have been feeling really motivated. I have some ideas that I will be committing to pencil and paper. They really kind of hit me all of a sudden. I don't know if it was because of the new mental space that I am in or because it was it's time to come out. Nonetheless, I am really excited about the direction my creative process is taking me.

I feel like I have gotten back a little piece of my artistic soul. I guess it's the upside of being in a good place.

I'm going to start back sharing images with you guys. Might even do some video as well. I am so encouraged right now... It's amazing. That's all I have for you guys this week though.

Until next week...


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Weekend update

Still working out somethings and I hope you guys are being patient with me, you the faithful few.

In the next few weeks I will share everything that's been going on.

Until then...


Saturday, February 7, 2015


New things are happening for me faithful few. I'm not going to talk about them just yet but know that they are coming.

I know this is a really quick post this weekend but I promise that pretty soon the post will be back to normal, long-winded format 😊

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Last day of January...

It is already the end of January. In a few short hours it will be February. And for me it looks like the turnover of the calendar is like a new page turning.

I am feeling really optimistic about the coming months. Getting back on track and regaining a sense of control seems within reach. I feel a tinge of excitement brewing within me. I can't wait to share with you guys, mostly everything... Somethings I still want to hold in to for a while.

Until next week...


Saturday, January 24, 2015

This Week...

Today I went out for a walk... A sort of walkabout if you will. I didn't have any 70s or 80s music playing as I was doing it but I did snap a few photogs. Some landscapes and some scenic or not so scenic nature scenes. I'm going to go through them over the next few days and see which ones I feel are worthy of posting.

I will definitely share them with you guys. I also have been keeping up with sketching/journaling in my sketchbook everyday. It's been just a little bit over 3 weeks. I am darn right proud of myself.

I just wanted to let you guys know what I have been up to the past week. That's all I have for you guys this weekend.

Until next week...


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blogging, the keys to awesomeness...

I was going through my WordPress app the other day and I realized that I haven't posted anything on either of my blogs there. On my tech blog I even have a draff that I started called "Why I switched back to Android from the iPhone?" that I need to finish and post even though it's been almost 2 years!

I think my life has been so hectic over the past year or so that I have only been focusing on this main blog. I think I get so caught up in thinking that I have to create long posts that that's probably why I don't blog as much on my other two. Maybe I try to do a better job of posting just small things or things that interest me in them. Like if I read an article or find a recipe or something. I could link to it or just mention it it a quick post.

What I should do is create a habit for it in my habit app to alert me to post in them weekly as well or maybe bi-weekly. I have to decide what I want to do with them. I also think I need to maybe add a blogroll to my page so I can add them here. I'll get it done soon. That's it for now faithful few.

Until next week...


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Greatness has to be continually cultivated...

I have been working in my sketchbook everyday this year so far. I have really gotten into the habit of just pulling it out and working in it.

I have told myself that I need to treat it more like a creative journal. So the days that I don't sketch in it, I just put down my thoughts or I brainstorm. It's a pretty good feeling to start something and stick with it. Now if I can get the rest of my life to go this good. The Struggle is real. That's it for now folks. I will get up with you guys next week. Also on a big note, I'll be a year older then.

Until next week...


Saturday, January 3, 2015

So its a new year...

So I started using this app called HabitBull this week. It's an app that is supposed to help you stay on track. You input habits that you want to keep up with and then for optimum effectiveness; you set a notification alert for it. The app keeps a log of each event as you do them and check them off. It monitors you success and helps you to see just how well that you are keeping up with sticking to your habits or goals. So far I have been 100% successful with the 3 goals I've added. At some point, I'll add other habits that I either need to break or like to keep up with.

Next week I might have some New Years' resolutions for you guys.

Until next week...