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Guiding Star And Butterfly Warrior

We have been busy in the studio and have some awesome pieces that we want to share with you. Enjoy!


Rustic Sterling Silver Compass Necklace

Rustic Sterling Silver Compass Necklace

This piece for me is all about keeping a “guiding star” talisman close to heart. Something that reminds us of our true north. Whether that’s a person, place, belief, goal, or anything that keeps us growing and moving forward on our individual journeys, it’s meant to be a small reminder of that. I personally like to wear jewelry that helps me stay focused on what’s important to me and what’s true for me.

I wanted it to have a very rustic old world feeling about it, as though it’s a piece of bullion or an ancient compass artifact. I felt it was important to acknowledge the human history of journey and self discovery, and I also wanted it, for the wearer, to feel as though it was always there with them and always would be there, as a steady and steadfast companion. -Klee

Butterfly Warrior Original Painting Art By Artist Rafi Perez Mixed Medium on Canvas 18X24

Butterfly Warrior

This piece symbolizes the two sides of empowerment. The fierce and tender nature of someone who takes fate and destiny into their own hands. The butterfly symbolizes cause and effect. The sword symbolizes the knowledge that she can overcome any obstacle that is in her way.

In my mind it is important to maintain that balance. To know that you are truly powerful, you understand that it is all about giving. One who has true power, will always defend and show love. Powerlessness and insecurity is where displays of power come in. -Rafi

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Feeling Powerful In Three Steps

I created the “EMPOWERMENT” series based on self empowerment, as a tool to be used as a daily reminder. This is my social commentary on the way that people talk to themselves or the way they see themselves. I believe we all have the ability to feel confident and strong, but for the most part we have made it a habit to talk to ourselves in a way that makes us feel powerless.

Believe By Rafi Perez

In reality, personal empowerment is not something we feel, it’s something we do. Our sense of empowerment is a reflection of the increased personal value and self-worth that comes out of our experience of having real influence in our lives.

Empowering ourselves and creating change, which ultimately leads to the increased sense of personal value and self-worth we call the “feeling” of empowerment, involves some very specific steps.

Bonafide By Rafi Perez
  1. Stop comparing yourself to others. Start improving yourself

People tend to compare themselves to others because at times it will make them feel better about their lives or something they are trying to do. For example I know a lot of artists that feel better about their ability to create art because they compare their art to stuff they consider inferior. This is a double edged blade, because they will also compare their work to other work that they consider vastly superior. When they do this it leads to a devastating realization that their work isn’t that great. The truth is, nothing is better or worse than anything else, it’s just our perspective which can change.

Life By Rafi Perez

When you resist comparing yourself, you will be less engaged in judgement, and self-judgement, YOU WILL focus instead on your work – this alone will be empowering.

Belief By Rafi Perez
  • Take responsibility.

Taking responsibility means simply to be responsible for the way you respond to a situation. Most importantly, no matter how much you want to blame someone else for the way you feel, it’s important to remember that no matter what anyone does, you are ultimately responsible for how you respond to the given situation.

There are many small opportunities throughout the day to take responsibility for your emotions, play around with the concept. This will put the power back in your hands and no longer let your emotions fluctuate depending on the people around you.

Create By Rafi Perez
  • Do Something. Take Action!

One of the best things you can do to feel empowered is take action. Think about all those things you wish you did or that you want to do, but maybe you feel lazy or unmotivated. Whenever you don’t take action on it, it can have a devastating effect on your self esteem. Make it a habit to just take action and stop thinking about doing it.

Golden Glow By Rafi Perez

Taking action means remembering to have fun, at least that’s what it means to me. Have fun!

There are lots of ways to empower yourself and create positive change in your life. These are just a few things I try to keep in mind daily, or remind myself if ever I’m feeling less than empowered. Above all, remember that you are a beautiful luminous being, and go out and rock this life thing!

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Phoenix Reborn

It shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone that my favorite concept and mystical beast is the phoenix. The symbolic meaning of the phoenix is about renewal. The phoenix is about overcoming darkness and rising to the challenge to become powerful and succeed over adversity.

Blue Phoenix By Rafi Perez

It’s a symbolism that I have used a few times, but never like this piece that beautifully displays the body language of both anguish and freedom.

I wanted to create a piece that showed the transitional moment of someone taking a leap of faith into the unknown. This leap is taken with complete abandon and freedom.

Blue Phoenix By Rafi Perez

Several years ago I took a leap of faith that was terrifying. I remember thinking that I had to forget everything I thought I knew, because all those thoughts were telling me I was crazy. I was essentially burning the bridge to my old life, a life that was all I knew for 30 years. It wasn’t the most happy life I could live, which is why I decided to change it. This required me to hop in my car and leave all security and certainty behind… which was absolutely terrifying, yet was such a pattern interrupt in my monotonous life that I needed.

Blue Phoenix By Rafi Perez

Essentially, from the ashes of my old life which had completely self destructed, I rose and felt stronger than I ever had.

The thing is, I could have stayed in my old life… there is always a way to keep things going, but I had made a decision that I wanted things to change.

Blue Phoenix By Rafi Perez

I feel like the Phoenix is a powerful reminder that no matter what, you can always be reborn from the ashes of your old life.

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New Art And Jewelry By Rafi And Klee 1-24-2019

Well, it looks like we are putting one of our 2019 resolutions into effect.

“Smile a lot and share your art as much as possible… especially with your email subscribers” and hey! that’s you!!

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Once a week I’ll be sending you a new post with our creations for the week, with an inspiring quote or something, I haven’t really decided yet… but it’ll be great.

So let’s do this! ” Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Addair

New Jewelry By Klee Angelie This Week

New Jewelry By Klee Angelie 1-24-2019

New Art By Rafi Perez This Week

New Art By Rafi Perez 1-24-19

New T-Shirts This Week

New Tee Shirt Designs By Rafi 1-24-2019

New Posters Designed By Rafi This Week

New Posters By Rafi Perez 1-24-19

If you click on the images above it’ll take you to our store and you can read more information about the items.

Have an amazing week you guys!

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Be The Light For Empowering Minds

I talk a lot about ways to empower yourself and investigate some of the patterns we play out in our minds that may cause us to feel like victims. To determine whether or not I am feeling powerful, I ask myself whether a situation, circumstance, or person makes me feel like a victim, or do I feel empowered.

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Anything that causes you to feel like you don’t have control over your emotions is a sense of victimhood. I don’t mean expressing those emotions, you can sit down to have a good cry because you know it will make you feel better, that’s empowered crying.

A good way to feel empowered and happy is to spread it like a contagion into the world. I do it through art, but I also have a few weapons in my arsenal against feeling like a victim.

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1. Smile at people.

It’s amazing to me how powerful a smile can be.

2. Be positive.

Be conscious about your words and actions so that you can be a positive force, rather than, you know, a drag.

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3. Give genuine compliments.

I’m a firm believer in saying what you mean, when you want to say it. That means being genuine. What is interesting is that a lot of people assume that being genuine means being mean, but I find that when you are truly genuine with yourself and others, everything is infused with love.

4. Encourage creation.

Themed movie nights, to adventure walks, to art parties. Encourage yourself and others to have creative fun.

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5. Live outside your comfort zone.

It’s contagious.

6. LOVE real big. QUESTION everything.

In every given moment there is an opportunity to fear, judge, or love. We sometimes have to seriously question our own beliefs and where they came from in order to get to love. The thing is, the more you love yourself, the more you can love the world… So start by questioning beliefs about yourself.

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Being an agent of positive change in this world is a label that I’ve proudly given myself. I ask that you also wear it wisely and wear it well. It takes real determination and commitment, but it brings color and wonder back into the world.

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Featured Artist At Jaco’s! You Are Invited!

Each month Jaco’s features a new artist whose work will hang on the walls of the restaurant for that month. The night of the reception they also have free wine tasting of that months featured wines.

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So, we have featured art, a featured artist (me), and featured wine (not me, but still awesome) at the same event, sitting right on the water… and YOU are invited!

Wednesday, December 6th from 5pm – 7pm at Jaco’s – 997 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502

I’m really excited about the pieces that I created for this particular show. I created a series in groupings of 2 or 3, each with it’s own message and story, it is 14 pieces all together.

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I spent a few months planning and creating for the show.

The show will run at Jaco’s until January 3rd. I hope to see you all at the reception and share a wine tasting with you.

Here is a quick preview of some of the works for the show:

Amber Sunflower (1)
Golden Sunflower Series – 30X30 mixed medium and gold leafing on gallery wrapped canvas.

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On A Limb Series – 30X30 mixed medium on gallery wrapped canvas.

Dreams Of A Butterfly (1)
Dreaming Metamorphosis – 18X24 mixed medium on gallery wrapped canvas.

Blue Sky Horizon (1)
Horizon Series – 30X30 mixed medium on gallery wrapped canvas.

Left Of The Wishing Tree (1)
Magic Tree – 30X30 mixed medium on gallery wrapped canvas.

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UDATE: 2018 Calendars Shipping Soon!

I want to start this by saying “thank you” to everyone that has pre-ordered a calendar thus far, you guys have made it possible for me. Your love and belief in me, expressed in your excitement for these calendars, has been a driving force in their creation.

Some of you may be thinking “Rafi, it’s just a calendar, get over it.”

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I have thought about releasing calendars for the last four years, and somehow managed to talk myself out of it every year. I’m pretty sure deep down it had to do with fear of rejection or something silly like that.

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Luckily, this year I decided it was better to try and fail, than to not try at all… and the rest is happening as we speak… So, THANK YOU!

You have been patiently (and impatiently) reading updates and waiting for the release date.

2018 Rafi Calendars
As some of you know, I looked at some proofs recently from a local publisher and almost cried, because they looked so vivid and amazing. I’ve gone with the best company. (http://www.kquarlesgs.com/  or http://po10tialmag.com/

The final count down to order calendars is November 15th, 2018 by midnight. Then I will remove calendars from the site. I will be shipping out calendars incrementally after the deadline. Expect to receive your calendars before December 1st.

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I know a lot of people are asking me if I’ll have calendars at the Palafox Market after the deadline, and to be honest with you, I don’t think so, we’ll have to see. As for now they are only available on line.

This was a huge learning experience for me, one that I am proud and thankful for. I can honestly say, I’ve got next year on lock down.

If you are still interested in a 2018 Rafi Calendar please order before the November 15th Deadline. Thank you!!!!

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Important Dates:

Deadline To Order Calendars: November 15th, 2017 at 11:59PM

SHIPPING: Will ship after deadline, you will receive your calendar before December 1st.  

 

 

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Due To Popular Demand, It’s Here…

I just released a series of calendars that I am happy to say, made a big hit… But they didn’t make a big splash. I have had several request for a “Rafi Marine Art” Calendar… Like… a lot of requests. My plan was to release it next year, because… franky, designing calendars is not really the funnest thing in the world to do. But, I love you guys and want you to have it this year.

So, here it is!

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2018 Marine Creatures Art Calendar has a collection of my colorful and bold water animals that I work on when inspired. The idea with this calendar was to bring a little of that calm and beauty to any space. This calendar has no suggested nudity.

Then, as I was going through the multitude of images that I have, I ran across a series that I wanted as a calendar for myself… Although, I’ll probably buy them all.

I am excited to bring you the adorable Love IS Series.

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2018 Love IS… Art Calendar has a collection of my colorful and happy little characters that only have one purpose in life, to inspire and bring you joy. The idea with this calendar was to bring a little bit of color, fun, and happiness into any space. This calendar has no suggested nudity.

And that’s it… These five calendars are it for 2018. 🙂

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Art By Rafi This Week #1

I decided to start showing off some of my art on a weekly basis. As some of you know, I spend a lot of time in my art studio creating. In fact, I spend so much time in my studio, that I’m pretty sure I’m what is called a hermit. Luckily, my lack of social interaction is the reason I am constantly working on art, thus have pieces to share with you almost weekly. Enjoy! Click on any of the pieces below to find out more information.

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Nature Of Passion By Rafi Perez 24X30

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No Strings Attached – Original Painting By Artist Rafi Perez Mixed Medium on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 18X24

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Original Painting Woman Tree Wall Art By Artist Rafi Perez Mixed Medium on Canvas 18X24

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Sea Turtle Original Large Painting by Artist Rafi Perez Mixed Medium on Canvas 40X46

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Sunflower Painting Textured Original Six Sunflowers Painting by artist Rafi Perez on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 18X24

Hope you enjoyed my art! Let me know if you enjoyed this.

Love you guys!

 

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You Are Invited To p-ART-y With Us

As I sit here looking at my schedule for this weekend, I can’t help but think “Wow, this is pretty awesome!”

Ok, so let’s get right into it, This Friday, it’s all about Gallery Night, graffiti, and a pop up gallery. This Saturday, it’s about a leisurely stroll through a beautiful downtown market. Sunday it’s all about wine, art, and a boardwalk on the water.

What do all these things have in common? Us… Klee and I will be attending and being a part of all three. So, I am inviting you to join us in the fun.

FIRST UP:

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WHAT: Art at the Annex: Graffiti/Street Art PopUp

WHEN: Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 4 PM – 8 PM

WHERE: 13 Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola

HOW MUCH: FREE

WHY: Because it’s awesome, duh.

Leader Art Consultants and cowork annex have partnered to bring an exciting new series of monthly PopUp exhibits to downtown Pensacola’s Gallery Night.

The October @rt at the @nnex PopUp is a celebration of urban contemporary art by local graffiti and street artists. 27 original works by 14 local artists – including a 20 ft. collaborative locker mural by artists Nate Lyle and Brandon Barnhart. Works include everything from graffiti on canvas and found objects to street art inspired abstracts, photographs and video projection.

Featured Artists:
Nate Lyle | Cheese Rawsteen | Presto St. | Andrew Grasty | Dumb Person | Angelita Poindexter | Rafi Perez | Rachael Pongetti | Cassidy Seibert | Alec Garcia | Lucky Girl | Brandon Barnhart | Sam Earley, Christopher Mills

NEXT UP:

Palafox Market Rafi Perez

WHAT: The Palafox Market

WHEN: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at 9 AM – 2 PM

WHERE: N. Palafox St., in Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, between Wright St. and Chase St.

HOW MUCH: FREE

WHY: Because it’s awesome, again…

Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art, and antiques are just a few of the items offered by all of us at the Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art for sale. There is no buy/sell items, they are all awesome and real.

AND FINALLY:

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WHAT: Art and Wine Festival

WHEN: Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 11 AM – 4 PM

WHERE: Pensacola Beach Boardwalk

HOW MUCH: FREE/ Wine Tasting prices above.

WHY: Because… Wine, Art, and did I mention wine?