42 and the progression of the beard.

Beard and background layer of '42'. Tribute painting to Herman Wallace.

Beard and background layer of ’42’. Tribute painting to Herman Wallace.

Well the background is set for my painting called ’42’, which is a tribute to Herman Wallace. Painting is huge. Eager to continue, but oil paintings take forever to dry…Seriously FOREVER!

On a side note: Beard is getting thick. Just in time for the impending winter:)

Gettin those ‘mommy look at him’ looks.

Oh and buy a copy of my BOOK! lol



What do you think? Please critique.

quick sample of '42' by Ade Craig

quick sample of ’42’ by Ade Craig. 10.17.2013

This is just a quick sketch of how the painting ’42’ will look. Please don’t criticize the detail, it’s just a quick sketch.


Birds- represent flying away, freedom. Returning home after a long, hard life. New beginnings and a new life. Chance.

Broken Chain- represents freedom and withstanding pain. 42 years of having the same chain wrapped around your body.

Dark- represents alone. Solitary confinement.

Man in the dark- represents regret and time. Time to think. Time to reflect on the past. All the time in the world when you are in prison.

Bars- represent prison

Colored fist- represents the struggle which Herman Wallace was. Black Panthers.

The fist will be the only part of my painting that has dominant colors. The fist should be in color to signify that his struggle lives on. Everything else will be in black, white and a very light pearl. This will be an oil painting.

Could you do it?

not the actual painting. simply a tribute poster.

not the actual painting. simply a tribute poster. created Ade Craig


is the name of my new painting that I am working on.

This painting is a tribute to Herman Wallace and the 42 grueling years that he spent locked up alone. Herman Wallace was sent to solitary confinement for the murder of a 23 year old prison guard some 42 years ago. He was a member of the ‘Black Panther’ party and was serving out a 50 year armed robbery sentence when the murder occurred.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge had ordered Wallace released from prison after granting him a new trial. Jackson ruled women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the stabbing death of the 23-year-old guard, Brent Miller. Herman Wallace died 3 days after his release to liver cancer.

We all do some horrific things in our life that if given the opportunity we would do over. Maybe our regrets aren’t as severe as Herman’s were. However, could you spend 23 hours a day locked up inside a 6×6 cell cut off from any other human life? How about living out that routine for 42 years ?

I sure as hell couldn’t…