South St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc Spending A Year Creating A Painting A Day Dealing With Being A Dad
ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)— Being a dad is a full time job. South City artist Cbabi Bayoc has an ambitious plan to inspire dad's everywhere. Bayoc is taking on a test of his artistic endurance. He's painting a new image of fatherhood for every day of 2012. His project is called 365 Days With Dad.
"A lot of them become personal. People send in photographs, using those for inspiration, and then some of those are from my own personal head I sketched up." said Cbabi Bayoc.
Every evening, the images are posted on his facebook page. The first to bid takes home his portrayals of parenting. Bayoc's inpiration comes from college when a professor said no one would purchase his paintings with the male perspective.
"Because black women don't buy images of fatherhood cause of their own experiences of dad not being around." said Cbabi Bayoc.
But this patriarch with a paintbrush leads by example. In fact, he wears his mantra like a shield on his left forearm with a tatoo that reads 'Dads Don't Babysit.'
He'll be around, making a painting a day, for the remaining 357 days left in 2012. But he won't let his passion get in the way of his parenting.
"So I am trying to squeeze in some that aren't as hard so I an have a weeks worth ahead of time. Because every summer we have a weeks family vacation and I don't want to mess up function at home. Trying to think ahead." said Cbabi Bayoc.
See, there's a method to his man-ness. Leading by example and changing lives with the stroke of a brush.