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Artist Block

Posted: July 16, 2013 in Articles
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I have never seen my father besides a photo so when it comes to my father I always have this image of him that’s never finished. I only seen one picture of him and that’s when he was 17 and in this picture he has this certain posture and candid position he’s standing in. I haven’t seen the photo in so long that I never can remember his face clearly, like an out of focused camera, I see him but it’s blurred. So I take all these stories about his appearance from my family to my moms and start to create his face. Every time I put it together I never like what I’m picturing in my mind so I throw it away like a artist with creative block. Then I always end up starting over. I guess the moral of this story is maybe my picture will be painted perfect the day I see him.

Creative Shields Presents Colored Only- A workshop and art exhibit for The Hip Hop Coloring Book

The Hip Hop Coloring Book was created to educate and promote creativity through the medium of Hip Hop Culture. To celebrate the books release, Shields is hosting a coloring workshop and art exhibit that will allow you to experience the rich history, imagination and creativity of the Hip Hop movement through the pages of this book.

His medium of choice: paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, and watercolors.

Experience creativity outside the lines in the debut of this groundbreaking contribution to imagination, education, and Hip Hop.

“Hip Hop Coloring Book Art Class”
This afternoon class is the perfect weekend activity for families. RSVP at

“Art Show & Book Signing”
This Art Show is for both art and Hip Hop enthusiasts. Thirty of the Artist’s pieces will be on display. RSVP at

This event is open to the public.
A limited edition version of The Hip Hop Coloring Book will be made available for purchase at this events. Crayons not included.

Music by DJ Ezrakh
Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery

About a week or two ago I had the pleasure of interviewing a striving artist in Brooklyn, New York. My experience with James Shields gave me a tidbit of his world. His use of vibrant colors in his paintings can best be described by him as “Energy busting out.” The mixture of his personal experiences with his love of hip-hop is shown vividly through his work. The passion he has in his work is so strong that he decided to make it a career and that is decision I tip my hat off to. To see a person put his all into something he believes in, even to the point of making a decision that most people couldn’t; that is motivation at it’s best. I want to thank James Shields for helping me get a little bit closer to my work. He has shown me that being artist takes hard work and sometimes sacrifice. I guess in this case it’s no pain no gain. I’m just glad he gave me the encouragement to embrace a decision like the one he made, should I ever cross that bridge. Keep that good art coming James Shields, you have a fan in me.


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Twitter: @Creativeshields

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Artist: James Shields

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