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.
Hope you enjoyed my art! Let me know if you enjoyed this.
I recently sold a piece of art that symbolized a very special story. When I posted it on social media I captioned it with:
Life can be a thrilling ride, or a terrifying one. It’s just a matter of perspective. It’s not always easy to remind yourself that you are on fire for life, but it is necessary if you want to ignite yourself, and blaze your own trail.
This piece symbolizes what I think all of us have inside, a flame that burns and refuses to be snuffed out, no matter how hard we might try.
When I look at my life, I can see a very clear separation between the person who buried their ambitions and dreams behind a wall of fear, and the crazy risk taking weirdo that I am today. I’d be lying if I said that I am completely devoid of fear, but it is worlds away from the old version of me.
The thing is, that if you ignore that flame, that passion that burns within you, it doesn’t go away, you are just constantly reminded of the things you are suppressing.
We are all such beautiful creatures, with amazing potential. I feel that we all know that to some level or another, but might be too scared to express it.
But the flame within you doesn’t go away.
We are brilliant in our uniqueness. In the history of the world there has never been anyone like you, there is no one like you, and there will never be anyone like you… soak that in for a moment. Yet, we tend to compare ourselves and put ourselves down.
But the flame within you doesn’t go away.
It is simply a matter of perspective… The flame within you, is that part of you that sees your beauty, ability, potential, brilliance, your worth, and uniqueness. It see’s what you really are…
I had the honor of meeting with a wonderful person who wanted a statement piece for her new digs. Her story was inspiring, and right up my alley for the kind of commission I love to work on. I love it when people jump out of their comfort zone… It’s awesome.
She had reached out to me after a good friend recommended that she should own a “Rafi” piece in her new abode.
After a fantastic phone conversation where we talked about everything from having a positive mindset, to pushing past comfort zones, and I scheduled an appointment to meet in person.
I like meeting with someone, whenever possible, to get a feel for who they are. I have a series of questions that give me a little insight to who they are, and what they want.
After a great conversation, taking measurements, and staring at the space (I’m sure it looks weird as I attempt to visualize the piece and how it will interact with the other objects and colors in the room) I had what I needed to get started.
My notes are usually very simple, I use single words to evoke the conversation we had, the colors that mean something to the person, and my own intuition.
This is what I wrote:
Purple (Different Shades)
In tune with touch (Massage)
Create a piece that will be a magical and constant reminder of self development and self empowerment.
The end result was amazing, and the mermaid just came to life in the space, and in the energy of its new home.
I am very proud of this piece, and honored that I was given the opportunity to create her.
This has been a monumentally busy week for me, which is good. Here’s what I’ve done, where I’ll be, and some cool pieces I’ve created. If you are out and about this weekend in Pensacola, Florida come by and check it all out.
First off, if you are in Pensacola tonight, I am doing a live painting for Gallery Night 10/21/16. I’ll be out in Front of Marty Campbell Gallery, 114 Palafox Place, Downtown Pensacola from 4-8pm.
Then, on Saturday, October 22 I’ll be at the Palafox Market from 9am-2pm with all my wares… Paintings actually, not wares. We are located right across the street from Sole Inn and Suites.
On Sunday, October 23rd from 11am-4pm we will be at the Art and Wine Festival on the Portofino Boardwalk in Pensacola Beach.
Should make for a fun weekend!
Also, I have works up at Artel Gallery, The Pensacola Interstate Fair Fine Art Exhibit, and I am entering my Day of the dead piece for First City Arts Center and Foo Foo Fest Celebration on November 3rd – more info on that later.
I’m sure I’m forgetting something that’s going on in the future, but this is where I’ll be for this weekend.
If you are a creative person, chances are you’ve asked this question.
I find that if you feel joy constantly as you are refining and tweaking your ideas of what you want to accomplish, then you’re on the right track of inspiration. It is so important for you to get everybody else out of the equation. Just remember that they’ve got their own thing going on; they cannot possibly fully understand your vision. Let them off the hook; stop asking them what they think. Start paying attention to how you feel. Just create what you want to create… A lack of inspiration is nothing more that your focus being on what other people might think of your creation.
This piece is inspired by the freedom of allowing yourself to dream with no inhibitions.
Dreamlike In The Garden Nude Painting By Rafi Perez
ABOUT THIS PAINTING
The nude is laying at a dreamlike perspective. Thick brushstrokes and different signature layering techniques, create a prestigious, three-dimensional appearance. layers of paint, in the proper lighting, provide a beautiful shadow on her body and background and seemingly change dimensions. This is a work of art that has partially gotten its inspiration from the old masters in nude portraiture, with a contemporary edge.
I wanted to create something beautiful and stunning, yet peaceful.
What if, for just a moment, you imagined that life is all happening right now?
Even when it’s happening Right now, you are experiencing it in you mind.
You may be told that you are not being realistic, or that you need to think about tomorrow. The truth is, the only moment we really have is right now, this very moment when you are reading this. Look around you, hear the sounds, look at the colors, feel the temperature and breath… This is happening.
Tomorrow is a figment of your imagination, as is yesterday. Experience this moment now, change it if you don’t like it or milk it for all it’s worth if you do. Right now is your only guarantee so you might as well be here.
Just a thought.
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