I’m so excited to introduce a series that has been a long time waiting. These pieces are the first of a series that I have planned out for the next few months, keep an eye out. These use a special pigment that holds a charge for several hours and is non toxic. Coming soon. Watch the video for more information.
It’s been quite wet outside, and although it is not great weather for finishing the mural that I’m working on, it is good for a moment of contemplation.
So I leave with this food for thought:
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith
So, as far as the mural is concerned, I have updated my schedule to playing it by ear… only a couple of days worth of painting left, now it’s just a matter of timing!
Wine Tasting And Live Painting April 28th 6-9pmWhat goes better with wine than a delicious pairing of live art. Join me on Thursday April 28th from 6-9pm at Beyond The Grape at Cordova Mall, right across from Red Robin. I’ll be doing a live painting, displaying some of my work, and hanging out with you tasting wine… It doesn’t get much better.There will be complimentary wine tasting and a special 15% discount on bottles purchases that night. Munch on light hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a fun evening of Wine, Art and Food!Beyond The Grape will host a wine tasting with their range of specialty Florida fruit and infused wines as well as thier monthly selections of the best traditional varietals from around the world. Enjoy a glass of wine at the antique tasting bar, or Pensacola’s favorite Wine Smoothies.When: Thursday April 28th from 6-9pmWhat: Wine Tasting and Live Painting By Rafi PerezWhere: 5100 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, FLWhy: Because it’s gonna be awesome!Visit http://pensacolafruitwinery.com/ to find out more about Beyond The Grape
Friday, May 27 at 8 PM at Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, FL.
Rafi Was Here Studios and Dinosaur Daze is teaming up again to bring a musical beat down to Downtown Pensacola that will break the shackles of the typical Friday night! This year they are joined by the awesome Youth Creatures, Locochino, and Luckily, I’m The Hunter.
You would be insane to miss a night of amazing music by some of the top bands in the region, and an incredible live painting performance by Rafi Perez. His mind blowing techniques, unconventional style and monster of a spinning easel is guaranteed to leave you with an unforgettable visual experience.
His unique style is performed as an improvisational process inspired by the musical genius of the stupendous line up that will be rocking your eardrums… and your face!
The Be Nimble series is all about superstition. I wanted to create something that had a familiar concept to everyone who saw it, but still held a little mystery. I’m sure you know “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the candlestick.” But do you know why Jack jumps over the candlestick?
Back in the day, people would take turns jumping over a candlestick at a wedding ceremonies. Who ever blew out the candle could expect a year of bad luck… So basically, if you had been “celebrating” for a while, chances were that your drunk butt would get burned.
In my painting Jack is dramatically jumping over the candlestick to mock some of the weird superstitions we have in every day life. I know I have quite a few. Things like, knocking on wood or saying bread and avoiding the path of a black cat is just a couple of my superstitious quirks.
As a kid, I remember sitting on the beach and staring out at the sky and water. The calm, the massive energy, the sounds, the colors… I was in a different world. I’ve been asked if I do ocean scenes because I currently live on the coast… I don’t, but I do create the feeling of being in that serene world.
I remember the night that I saw something amazing. I was walking along the river walk in Chicago one lonely night and paused to look out at the water. I saw some fish spawning and among the dark shadows of fish I saw a flash of gold. Looking closer, I saw a giant golden fish in the dark river. It was quite amazing.