Reflections: A Look Back

February 27, 2015                                                                           Langston Hughes, Lois Mailou Jones, Aaron Douglas, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Kerry James Marshall, Nikki Giovanni, Alice Walker, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Enjoy the rest of your Friday, be blessed!   featured image: soul summer celebrates black history month 2010, courtesy of www. soulsummer.com and http://www.desktopwallpaper.com images courtesy of famouspeople.com, svcaa.unl.edu, sites.google.com, en.wikipedia.org, http://www.barnesandnoble.com, blogs.indiewire.com, http://www.newyorklivearts.org, … Continue reading Reflections: A Look Back

Artscene Newsletter: Northwest Watercolor Society Gala, Painting in France, & a Workshop

February 25, 2015 Good Afternoon! Hump Day! The final Wednesday for February and this is just a kind of short newsletter so I’ll get straight to the point. NORTHWEST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY (NWWS) 75TH DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, CONVENTION AND GALA July … Continue reading Artscene Newsletter: Northwest Watercolor Society Gala, Painting in France, & a Workshop

Art Close-Up: Fighting & Expressing Racism Through Art

February 23, 2015 Good Afternoon. Last week of February and have things lined up for the week. Let’s look at this month’s Art Close-Up. I really wanted readers to know how I feel about the subject of racism. Let’s face it. It’s the 21st century and racism still exists. It’s a sad and very frustrating problem. I was watching a little bit of The Book of Negros on BET last week. This program and several films about slavery are hard to watch. Mainly because it tells the hard, cold truth of how slavery was for our ancestors. Taken away from … Continue reading Art Close-Up: Fighting & Expressing Racism Through Art

Black History Feature: Robert Hayden’s The Ballad of Nat Turner

February 21, 2015 Hello again….Today’s Black History Feature is The Ballad of Nat Turner by Robert Hayden. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed. image courtesy of bahaiteachings.org The Ballad of Nat Turner BY ROBERT HAYDEN Then fled, O brethren, the wicked juba        and wandered wandered far from curfew joys in the Dismal’s night.        Fool of St. Elmo’s fire In scary night I wandered, praying,        Lord God my harshener, speak to me now or let me die;        speak, Lord, to this mourner. And came at length to livid trees        where Ibo warriors hung shadowless, … Continue reading Black History Feature: Robert Hayden’s The Ballad of Nat Turner

At the Museum: African American Museum in Philadelphia

February 20, 2015 Happy Friday! We’re out to Philadelphia (not really, but it would be nice) to take a look at the African American Museum in, of course Philadelphia.   From their website: Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day. The museum is committed to telling … Continue reading At the Museum: African American Museum in Philadelphia

Artscene Newsletter: The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition

February 18, 2015 Morning dears! Another Wednesday and another newsletter. I’ve posted this with the Shadowbox Wix site, but I’m bring it here for you guys to see. Want to see your work in the Artist’s Magazine? Well here’s your chance!   THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE’S ANNUAL ART COMPETITION Compete & Win in 5 Categories: Abstract/Experimental Animal/Wildlife Landscape Portrait/Figure Still Life/Interior From the Artist’s Magazine: ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to artists anywhere in the world working in traditional media. Only two-dimensional, original artwork, conceived and created by the entrant, will be considered. Two-dimensional means that a mixed media cannot exceed an … Continue reading Artscene Newsletter: The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2014 Hello again and Happy Valentine’s Day! As promised, I’ve decided to post a poem and some artwork to go along. I hope you are planning something nice for your loved one!   If I Could Write A Poem I want to write a poem to tell you that I care, And I’d write that poem to you, if only I would dare. But poem writing scares me, so the outlook is quite bleak; So to tell you of my feelings another outlet I must seek. If I could write a poem, my problems would be solved. I’d know … Continue reading Happy Valentines Day!