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    RALEIGH HUSTLES HARD - WYATT CANTRELL ARTWORK

    RALEIGH HUSTLES HARD - WYATT CANTRELL ARTWORK

    The first time I met Wyatt Cantrell, I immediately knew there was something special about him. He was so self-confident and sure of his surroundings while being completely curious and enthusiastic about life. We met Wyatt in early spring of 2016 at Sola Pop-Up Market. He was set up a few booths down from us selling artwork accompanied by his mother Meredith and father Ian, so we figured it was their show and he was just along for the ride. We would soon come to find that these interesting multi layered paintings were all made by a six year old. We could hardly see him behind the booth but he came around smiling, full of energy and introduced us to his work. Over the next few months we got to know him and his family, and we decided to sit down with this young hustler and entrepreneur for our latest installment of Raleigh Hustles Hard.

    Wyatt, who turns seven on Friday, has been a hustler since birth. He grew up watching his mother run a small business, and has always idolized Raleigh artists and entrepreneurs, like Adam Peele. When he was four, he had his eyes set on a $300+ Ewok Village Lego Set, so his first thought was to start a business. He began with an idea to make refurbished toys and masks from salvaged items, which proved too labor-intensive. After spotting a Star Wars decal on the back of a car one day, he and his mom decided stenciling and painting might be the best way to bring his ideas to life. At 4 years old, Wyatt taught himself how to paint. After his mother Meredith creates and cuts stencils, Wyatt goes to work painting and layering the piece with an array of colors, textures, and patterns. When I asked how he learned his skills, his answer was refreshingly simple. "Well, this was the job I chose so I just started painting." An answer only a six year old with no concept of failure or doubt could provide. Wyatt started gaining traction at local markets and events, and 100 paintings later, the Ewok Village belonged to him.

    Wyatt estimates that he’s sold close to 1,000 paintings. At first glance, that number seems high for such a young kid, but if you catch him in action, you’ll become a believer. Wyatt is full of positivity, interest, and passion. His infectious attitude and energy radiate across the booth and is visible in each customer. It’s rare to see them leave empty handed. He operates with a blind confidence. He's clear in his goals, and for now that's hustling art to buy toys. His business is fully functional and self funded. He purchases all of his own equipment and supplies exclusively from Jerry's Artarama.  He loves that store.

    Wyatt’s process is intense. He batches a few paintings at a time, working on the porch because of the mess. He uses acrylic and then draws using a paint marker or oil pastel.  Then he repeatedly layers spray and splatter paints, then stencil.  He and his mom have spent the last two years experimenting with this system of layering, the basis being the stencil ideas Wyatt comes up with like “Storm Trooper Eating a Popsicle” or “Hedgehog Riding A Skate Board”. Wyatt hustles hard and you can find him working almost every weekend around the triangle. He’s commissioned pieces for countless individuals and locals businesses like Citizen Pops and Gringo A Go Go.

    It’s easy to forget that he’s currently an elementary school student. I jokingly asked if he was in the 4th grade, and he answered, "If I was in 4th grade I probably wouldn't be doing this because I'd have all the money.” He quickly checks himself and adds, "Well, no I probably still will do it when I'm in 4th grade." True wisdom and hustle. Wyatt loves to toy hunt at the Flea Market and especially at the Lego store. "I have 102 Lego sets at home." Meredith nods behind him with a smiling sigh. What’s even better than the Lego’s is that much like myself and most 80’s babies, he absolutely loves He-Man. I’m talking favorite movie, TV show, and toy. "I like He-Man so much I have a He-Man Skeletor,” he said leaning forward, eyes bulging. We talked about the Skeletor toy for the next four minutes straight. Much like Porch Fly's own Jay Blevins, you'll rarely find Wyatt anywhere without at least one toy. When I ask Wyatt what other essentials he keeps on him at all times, he said “I like to make sure I bring at least 4 quarters with me just in case I run into a quarter machine.” God, I miss being 6...

    Obviously, at such a young age no amount of talent and drive equals success without support. Wyatt’s parents, Meredith and Ian not only make it possible, but work hard to encourage and provide an environment for the entrepreneurial spirit to grow. While they are fully supportive of his endeavors, Meredith stresses that his path remains his own. “It's better to learn tough business lessons now when he's a little guy and has the largest safety net of all than to learn them when he's grown and the net is much smaller. It could be great, a disaster, or simply fade away, but he'll be the one that determines all of that.” I have a feeling Wyatt is just getting started.

    Learn more about Wyatt and where to find his art as well as a few of his favorite places to visit in the area:

    Wyatt is done with events for 2016, but you can keep up with his future shows and view his currently available pieces at his Facebook Page HERE

    To order artwork, email: wyattcantrellart@gmail.com

    Thanks for stopping by the porch!

    - Joshua

    How To Safely Burn and Maintain PF Candles

    How To Safely Burn and Maintain PF Candles

    You can relax, the hard part is over. You've already purchased and brought the candle home. First, find a cozy new spot for the candle. Bathroom? Living Room? Bedside? Fortunately, there is no wrong answer.

    Now that we've found the candles proper home, let's make sure you know how to properly burn and care for the candle to ensure the best (and longest) possible experience.

    Step 1:

    Light the wood wick evenly, spreading the flame across the top from side to side until properly and evenly lit.

    Step 2: 

    Burn for at least two hours to start. This helps the wick and wax get into rhythm.

    Step 3: 

    After each burn, clip the ash off the top of the wick to ensure a proper burn the next time.

    That's it! Check out more important tips and warnings below!

     

    TIPS & WARNINGS

    • Always burn on an even and heat resistant surface
    • Keep flame away from flammable objects
    • Keep candle out of extreme heat, cold, or light
    • Never leave a candle unattended for extended periods
    • Do not touch burning candle or pooled wax
    • Keep the wax pool free of trimmings, dirt, and debris
    • Keep out of reach of children and pets
    • Do not burn for longer than 4 hours at a time 

    Now that you're a candle expert, pick up your newest scent HERE. Thanks for stopping by the porch!

     

     

    The Official Porch Fly Holiday Movie List

    It's the "Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"! Well, at least according to Andy Williams on every radio station imaginable. The holidays have a different meaning for everyone. For some it's about giving, for others it's about receiving. And for others, it's about Chinese food and a movie. No matter who you are or what you're doing over the holidays, there is always time to get comfortable with friends and family, grab a hot (bourbon) drink and watch a Christmas classic. Here's our 5 favorite holiday flicks to get you through the season. Enjoy!

    5. DIE HARD (1988)

    It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah.


     



    Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
    Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
    Directed By:
    Written By: Chris Columbus
    In Theaters:
    On DVD: Jun 22, 1999
    Runtime:

     

    Our Consensus: This movie is absolutely ridiculous. But let's be clear, if you didn't open up your biggest gift each year hoping just a little bit that it was a Mogwai, then we straight up don't trust you.

     

    3. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995)

    Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her home in Chicago to her parent's place in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, she is more apprehensive than usual. Claudia has just lost her job, she's not feeling at all well, and her teenage daughter, Kitt (Claire Danes), who is staying behind, informs Claudia on the way to the airport that she plans to use the weekend to lose her virginity with her boyfriend.


    Rating: PG-13
    Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
    Directed By:
    Written By: W.D. Richter
    In Theaters:
    On DVD: Nov 9, 2004
    Runtime:

     

    Our Consensus: If you're a living person with a family, this hits home. Has there ever been a more accurate portrayal of the stress and frustration of a family holiday? From the second that Claudia arrives home, the movie plays out like every son or daughters worst holiday nightmare. Most importantly...the infamous turkey scene. Everyone has wanted this to happen to at least one relative at one point or another. A realistic, instant classic.

     

    2. HOME ALONE (1990)

    Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they've left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood.


    Rating: PG
    Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
    Directed By:
    Written By: John Hughes
    In Theaters:
    On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
    Runtime:

     

    Our Consensus: This movie is every kids dream. Who hasn't dreamed of ditching (or being ditched by) your family for a weekend of a little "King of The Castle". Of course, a PG Pesci makes this movie even more amazing, but it's a pre-heroin Macauly Caulkin's performance that makes this a bonafide childhood favorite. Now keep reading, ya dirty rascal!

     

    1. RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER (1964)

    This stop-motion animagic version of the classic Christmas tale adds a bit of a twist when Rudolph encounters an abominable snowman. This was made for TV and features Burl Ives as the narrator.

    WE LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH, WE'VE PROVIDED THE FULL LENGTH FILM BELOW


    Rating: Unrated
    Genre: Television, Animation, Kids & Family, Classics
    Directed By: , ,, , , ,, , , , , ,
    Written By: Romeo Muller
    In Theaters:
    On DVD: Oct 17, 2000
    Runtime:

     

    Our Consensus: Yeah, we're serious. We love everything about this from the insane re-imagination of the plot line to the grainy and awkward stop-motion animation. We can't really explain how important this movie was to us growing up. Burl Ives was like our jolly, round, cigar smoking grandfather. This classic immediately brings you back to a simpler time in your life. You might even want to slip on an adult onesie for this one..it just feels right.

     

    Check out these honorable mentions!

    6. BAD SANTA (2003)

    7. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990)

    8. A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1938)

    9. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)

    10. THE REF (1994)

     

    Happy Holidays from the Porch Fly Family!