About the sketchbook: A scrapbook type of memoir of the end of Dec. 2017 and beginning of 2018. The name of the sketchbook, "Blue Pearls of Delft" I borrowed directly from the most recent tourist brochure created by various shops and restaurants. The sketchbook includes: LUCY 3D-style graffiti sketches, two hairs from the weird light-colored streak in the back of my head for DNA purposes (in case future generations need artists and can clone me), fancy gold decorative stickers native to the Netherlands, my snowy photographs which were printed in the local paper during this time frame, a 3D Vermeer postcard from the Vermeer Centrum, wrapping paper from a souvenir shop, map/titles/letters cut from tourist brochures, handmade sticker on postage label and almost everything from the wondrous city of Delft, Netherlands.
Lucky Lucy van Delft is an extension of the name, “Lucky Lucy” I choose for myself in the winter of 2006, a year after I started writing graffiti. It started in Pueblo, CO on a road trip, when I picked up my first can to discover my handwriting was the same with a can as a pencil. It felt totally doable. I was hooked and went back to Hollywood, CA with a new mission in life: To be the best that I can at something and have some fantastic art projects to show for myself before I die, whenever that may be.
Graffiti is the ultimate life goal for a creative overachiever person with a lot of energy, enthusiasm and the will to succeed; every wall needing to be better than the last. Graffiti has a foundation based on letters, color, style, background, creativity and pure level of mastery. Studies have been done to make a strong case for it taking ten years and/or 10,000 hours to become an expert. 2015 was that benchmark and expert is a rather lofty word, but doesn’t detract from the fact I really have accomplished a lot and come very far from the first spray.
“Van Delft” recently made it’s way into existence in 2015, with the realization that this wandering soul has finally found the place that truly feels like home in Delft, Netherlands. I moved to Delft on September 1, 2013 to a tiny one room studio in the middle of the city center, around the corner from where famous Dutch master Vermeer had his studio. It took a year and two months to achieve this goal after moving back from the USA to Europe in June 2012, but a lifetime actually to realize the victory. Life for me is meant to be experienced as a Dutch painter, because I've always been Dutch.
Thanks to Crystal for buying this for me for Christmas 2017. Best present ever as this was quite fun to create.
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