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I painted this on KC Live

// February 18th, 2014 // No Comments » // Art Shows

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Got an opportunity to live-paint on KC’s biggest morning talk show for their “Friday Art Attack” and on Valentine’s Day no less… so I decided to pack the monsters, fear, and angst away for one day and chose to focus on positive energy and exploring my “Jungle Leaves” series. I only had 45 min tops to slay this 24″x30″ canvas and then talk about it, and then donate to charity. What a whirlwind, but I had a blast and really felt relaxed the whole time.

I chose Mattie Rhodes Art Center as my charity to donate this piece to, and they are having a huge fundraiser this Spring where my piece will be auctioned off to support underprivileged little vatos further their artistic growth.

Here is the finished piece.

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Visual Aids art benefit

// January 21st, 2014 // No Comments » // Art Shows

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Join Visual AIDS for our most popular event on the year! Postcards From The Edge is an exhibition and benefit sale of over 1300 original, postcard-sized works of art by internationally renowned and emerging artists. It is the most exciting and affordable way to add to your art collection.

All artwork is only $85 each! What’s the catch? Each piece is exhibited anonymously, and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. Whether you walk away with a piece by a famous artist, or someone making their debut, you are sure to find something you love!

SEE FULL ARTIST LIST ON WEBSITE!

VISUAL AIDS
526 W. 26th St. # 510
New York, NY 10001

Postcards from the Edge
BENEFIT SALE

Saturday January 25 from 10am – 6pm
$85 each. Buy 4 & get the 5th as our THANK YOU
Sunday January 26 from 12pm to 4pm
$85 each. Buy 2 & get the 3rd as our THANK YOU

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Custom piece for art benefit

// November 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Art Shows

This past weekend I was honored to donate a custom piece for a great cause for SAVE, Inc. an organization focusing on providing housing solutions to socially and medically disadvantaged people.

I was 1 of 4 artists chosen to live-paint on the morning of October 25th while on set for Kansas City’s main morning talk show KC LIVE and had 52 minutes to complete it. Thankfully we were able to take these home and I spiffed it up to what you see here… a 24″x30″ canvas.

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Paint The Town benefit auction

// September 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // Art Shows

Paint The Town flyer

See some of Kansas City’s most flourishing artists create and perform before your eyes, including our city’s best musicians. Five visual artists will be creating throughout the night, and you will be treated to three amazing bands covering Bossa Nova, Brazilian jazz and Samba. Prepare to dance all night! There will be multiple performances from Brazil Academy, including Samba dancers and capoeira performers. See photos of our last four sold-out events on our Paint The Town Facebook page.

September 21, 2013 ~ 6-11 p.m.
Poolside at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
401 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112

Savor a delicious Brazilian themed menu designed by our Executive Chef, complete with a premium bar. You can expect to see gauchos carving Brazilian meat “Churrasco,” and partake in scrumptious dishes like pão de queijo, coxinha, feijoada, moqueca and brigadeiros. Of course this wouldn’t be complete without the traditional Brazilian drink, the caipirinha.

While Paint the Town is an event infused with artists, we honor the art of healing and compassion found within Saint Luke’s Hospital. This year’s event celebrates the 50th anniversary of Saint Luke’s Foundation and its history of supporting the hospital’s unique role as a not-for-profit academic medical center. Proceeds will support medical education, research, and patient programs at Saint Luke’s.

Want to Paint the Town? Learn how you can become a sponsor or feel free to email Christina Eldridge or call 816-932-6923.

Was honored to be a part of this event and enjoyed challenging myself to create a “calmer” work of art than usual.

Art for Arthritis benefit auction

// September 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // Art Shows

Art for Arthritis flyer

Most people don’t think about children having arthritis but more than 3,000 children in the Kansas City Metro area have some form of this painful disease. Our Art for Arthritis event teams as many as 20 local children affected by juvenile arthritis with area artists to spend a summer together creating unique pieces of artwork. The art is then auctioned off at the Art for Arthritis event in order to raise money for nationwide arthritis research, as well as local programs and services.

This event, however, is much more than a fundraiser. It affords local children with arthritis an introduction to the arts and teaches them to utilize art as an alternative method of self-expression free from the restrictions their disease. To learn more please visit Art for Arthritis and learn how to you can help.

Was honored to be a part of this event and enjoyed challenging myself to create a “calmer” work of art than usual.

Featured cover artist for KC Magazine!

// August 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Art Shows

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Ok so, i’ve made the cover in the Fall Arts Edition for KC Magazine, and am featured amongst some good friends and feel highly honored to be in this position!

This magazine can be found at Barnes & Noble all thru out Kansas City, and i’ve seen it all thru the metro stands, so show ur boy sum love and pick up a copy for $4.50 or at least flip to page 63 and read my write up! Soon i’ll do a post about “behind-da-scenes” peeks and how this project came about.

I did a decent job in my write up, but i just wanted to make clear to say “THANK YOU” to all my many fans who energize me more than they know! There are plenty of late night’s painting and pushing way past tired, trying to get ur hustle on whatever motivation it takes! And it feels good that my efforts are appreciated. At times I just wanna pass out, sometimes I do and drool myself into oblivion. Ha, but seriously. No matter what, I try to keep surprising myself, and as long as that occurs… then it is all good!

Sincerely,
-ROB

Slayed this last nite live-painting!

// April 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Art Shows

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Thank you to everyone who came out to see my friend’s and I get down live-painting for Amnesty International. We each had about 4 hours, and i slayed mine in just over 2hrs… 24″x36″ on wood. Had a blast performing as always!

Collaborative live-painting tonight!

// April 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Art Shows

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Getting down tonight @ The Next Space gallery located at 512 E 18th Street here in Kansas City. I am collaborative live-painting with four good friends for a good cause… Chico San, Hector Casanova, Tyson Schroeder, and Patrick Sullivan for Amnesty KC charity event.

We each have a 2′x3′ wood surface to solo on and a big 5′x7′ surface group collaboration to mob on. So excited to slay this soon tonight! Each piece will sell in a live silent auction.

What i slayed last night while Rakim spit

// March 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Art Shows

Live painting has always been a savage affair which suits my temperament just fine, last night was no different. I am lucky to get any room to do my thing at all. So i posted up in the only seat in the house, with a half glimpse of the stage and started to sketch in preparation for the one and only “god MC” Rakim. I was practically spazzin to do this!

This is the result of my night listening to one of the best to ever touch the mic. Decided to go with immediacy and travel light, using watercolors and watercolor paper for the first time ever in a live painting event, then did line work with paint markers with brush tips. Overall piece is 15″x20″ on 240lb paper. My goal was to capture Rakim’s essence and overall emotive qualities and not so much an exact portrait.

I’ve gotten several requests for a copy of this, please drop me a message and tell me if you want one!

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Live painting for Rakim tonight!

// March 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Art Shows

So very excited to be live painting tonight for RAKIM at the Riot Room. As far as I know this is the first time he’s come thru Kansas City.

This is the sample quick sketch i did last week in preparation for this event. Tonight i will slay it for real… spazzin hardcore!

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