(www.ligel.com) I have been a fan of the artist Justin Bua for a long time now and he has been an artistic hero of mine since I was introduced to him his work way back in high school. In the winter of 2009, I met Mr. Bua for the first time at a major Art Expo in New York City, New York. In the summer of 2010, I was honored to have been able to attend one of his amazing drawing classes in his studio located in Los Angeles, California. That was just a precursor for the short story that I'm about to share regarding this piece presented in front of you. In 2006, while attending Armstrong Atlantic State University, as a nontraditional student, 25 years old, fresh out of the United States Marines, and doing my best to finish my undergraduates degree, I was experimenting with fauvism, expressionism and musical themed art. Justin Bua was an inspiration to me in creating this work. (Even though it would years before I would be able to meet him in person.) I associate the spray-can with his work because some of his works have an urban, surrealist and graffiti juxtaposition. #2006#justinbua#grafitti#spaycan#tryingtomakeit#undergrad#perserverence#25yearsold#painting#acrylicpainting#art#artistsoninstagram#lifeasanartist#fauvism#lesfauves
TRANSFORMATION THURSDAY!!! 🐛🦋 Aye this NEVER gets easier 🙈😟 I seriously could not be MORE EMBARRASSED by the pic of me on the left 🤢 😔 butttt I have the courage to post it anyway 🦁 bc if it helps just 1 person- it was worth it to me 👭💫 The pic of me on the left was taken the beginning of Jan this year when I recognized that I was super unhappy/unhealthy/uncomfortable but wasn't quite sure what to do about it 😥
I was in the "contemplation" stage of change (5 stages of change is a real thing, sorry the counselor in me is coming out today 💁♀️🛋) and scared yet excited for my journey to get the kick start I needed 👟👟 All you need to get started is a spark 💥 and a desire 💖 and once you get linked up with like-minded people who support and encourage you along the way 👭💜👭💜 you will be AMAZED at how far you will go 😲🌠 I feel like I have been slaying my health and fitness journey this year 🔥🔥🔥(look at me just after 6 months of dedication to MYSELF!!!👏) and can't wait to see what's to come 🌈
If you felt like I used to and don't know where to start 🤔🙁, lemme know 👇💌 and we'll chat 💋
W h a t’ s i n a s e l f i e ?
It’s national selfie day which obviously is of great importance so I must celebrate it. Here I am eating avocado toast. Yesterday I was at a monthly nutrition group I teach for a substance abuse treatment center. Each month it’s usually a different crowd. I never wear a name tag but usually people know I am the RD leading the group. Yesterday however it was a bigger crowd and I was asked by one of the clients at the treatment center if I was a new client. I responded “Nope—I’m the RD leading group today.” The group and I thought it was funny and snickered about it, but when I really ponder it it’s not a strange question. Just like eating disorders don’t discriminate and you can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder by looking at them—You also can’t tell who struggles with substance abuse by looking at them. Both conditions transcend gender identity, sociodemographics, religion, education, and definitely transcend appearance or how someone presents themselves. Now that I look back at that experience, how great is it—and how fair an assessment—that someone thought I was a client at the substance abuse treatment center. I could be. Because you can’t tell by looking at someone.
Appreciation post/psa/another cringe post/a cute cheesy message, whatever you want to call it... here it is, and I think everyone should know it. Gavin, I’m so proud of you, for getting out of bed every morning and working as much as you do you are such a hard working man and no body tells you that enough so here I am saying
I’m so happy for you. Even if it’s not the shop it could be little things on the truck that you fix it makes me happy to see you happy that you have completed a new task and you feel good. I want you to feel like that everyday after work no matter how unrealistic it sounds, I want you to go home and be able to sleep knowing you feel good about yourself for everything you did today❤️
I have never met anyone like you, in a good way. The best way possible!! You aren’t an “asshole” it’s you speaking your mind and opinion. You aren’t “ isolated” you’re taking time for you because you deserve it, and you have such a big heart weather you want to admit it or not, somedays 😉
You make me feel loved and wanted and you give me confidence that I can do anything I put my mind to and I want to give you all that and more in return... fuck, I would give you the world if I could. I WOULD BRING BACK LIL PEEP.
But anyways like I was saying...
Thank you for everything you do and I’m so proud of you for everything you go through everyday. Work, home, going for a ride whatever it may be sometimes it isn’t easy but you sure make it look like it. I love you Gav, I can’t wait for many more memories with you.