Raheem Nelson

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  1. Havana Buick

    Date 27 Mar 2018
    One of the things I enjoyed most about Havana were all of the old cars. Primarily they were taxis that would attract plenty of tourists. They came in all colors of the rainbow. I took the reference photo for this painting on Avenue del Puerto which was close to wear…

  2. Classic

    Date 26 Mar 2018
    One of the things I was looking forward to most about Cuba were the classic cars. I was not disappointed whatsoever. It felt like I was on a movie set with so many cars from the 50s and 60s whizzing by me. For the most part they were unofficial taxi…

  3. Nelson

    Date 22 Mar 2018
    One of my main goals during my visit to Cuba was to interact with locals. Due to restrictions on travel it was one of my pre-requisites. I went to Havana for photography and journalistic purposes. I wanted to make sure I documented everything I was doing just in case I…

  4. Callejon de Hamel

    Date 19 Mar 2018
    About halfway in my Cuba trip I ran into a schoolteacher named Rafael. He told me about the Afro Cuban Religion in Havana. This place was in Centro Habana and was called Callejon de Hamel. We took a crowded bus outside of Old Havana and ended up there in about…

  5. Merced

    Date 18 Mar 2018
    Instead of trying to recount why I created this painting I’m just going share a part of one of my journals from Cuba. This is from my second day in Old Havana.  I moved on to walk through Merced. (The street where I’m staying.) I definitely felt comfortable now. I

  6. Market

    Date 16 Mar 2018
    There were a lot of various marketplaces in Old Havana. I appreciated how vibrant the buildings were as I explored the neighborhood. This painting is part of a storefront I noticed while heading to lunch. I painted this while referring to photo reference and I decided to crop to make…

  7. Hot Pink

    Date 11 Mar 2018
    When I went to Cuba I decided to leave my iPad behind. I was fearful that it would be taken by officials when I was just trying to create a painting. The trip was primarily about photography and journalism. Art was created while I was in Havana but it was…

  8. Online Shop

    Date 25 Jan 2018
    My online shop has been revamped and is open for business! I’ll be selling prints from my series of iPad Paintings on London, Paris, Barcelona, New York and New Haven. The print sizes range from 5x7, 8x10, and 11x14. Simply visit the home page and click Store to get started…

  9. Suit Series Illustration

    Date 23 Jan 2018
    I rarely do self portraits. Usually I would rather illustrate another subject and it’s a little eerie to see myself emerge from my digital canvas. Still, I knew I was overdue for a new portrait. I have illustrated myself in a realistic digital oil painting style so it seemed natural to…

  10. Tapas and Chips

    Date 14 Jan 2018
    During a hot summer day I ventured to Barcelonaleta Beach via the metro. Many other tourists had the same idea so it was like a gigantic pilgrimage to see waves and sand. I could see the W Hotel in the distance so I just walked in that general direction. The…

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