What is a “mixed kid”? To me, it is a person who comes from a background with mixed heritage. They can be Black and White, Latin@ and Asian, Indigenous and American, Caribbean and Australian, so many combinations of people are in the world and we all have an interesting story to tell about who we are and where are families come from. There are mixtures of heritage within one ethnicity or skin color, and there are people whose family are from various racial backgrounds. This is for all of you. Me personally I am African American, Korean, Mexican, and Apache and this phrase means something to me.
Here’s a new painting I made for fun. It’s a way to show pride in being a mixed kid. What is a mixed kid? Well for me, it means someone who comes from multiple ethnic backgrounds or nationality. But it could also mean a mixture of experiences, countries, beliefs, families, or religions. Take it how you will. If it resonates with you, great!
This is a square print of an original acrylic painting. It comes in two sizes and is inspired by my own multiethnic / multiracial heritage. That’s also why it has many colors.
Had a chance to speak with journalist Roberto Santiago this past month about an online magazine he writes for called Latino Dad. We had a great conversation about fatherhood, being mixed kids, and my book. Please check it out and follow them.
For all the fathers out there this is a book for you and its about a relationship between father and son. If you could please share this trailer with your local librarian or professional who had an office with a waiting room.
So here is the third collage of children’s portraits. I started painting these about 5 years ago. My goal is to hit 100 portraits and I’m almost half way there. I took a short break while working on picture books, but some of these have been in my files that I wanted to share. If you can do me a favor and share this that would be great. Share with parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles, or guardians that would be interested in commissioning a painting of a child.
I don’t know this young man personally but this was one of the portraits commissioned awhile ago for a kickstarte campaign I ran. This and a copy of my book was a gift for the contribution. If I recall though, this little one is both Chicano (dad) and African American (mom). His name? I’m glad you asked! He was named after the Zulu Nation (Hip hop community started in the BX, now world wide) and the legendary Shaka Zulu.
If you or someone you know is interested in commissioning a portrait of a child, please tell them to email me at email@example.com or check out my Etsy page for rates.
Want to see the previous Children’s Portrait of Lucy? Click HERE
This is Lucy! She’s about 5 or 6 I think and she’s a hapa baby. Dad is from Germany and mom is Chinese American. She loves orange, yellow, and red and some symbols of her heritage are in the fabric of her shirt. She has a beautiful smile, no?
If you or someone you know is interested in having their child painted; or you want a painting of a child please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Etsy page and purchase a painting.
Want to see the previous Children’s Portrait of Ezra? Click HERE
This is little L’Leon, just finished this portrait for his momma Lady Soul Fly, and I cannot remember how old he is now, but I know he’s African American and Puerto Rican. Check out some process shots below. If you are interested in a portrait of a little one in your life, please click HERE.