I fixed the image into a frame at my mother’s home. Cropped. Slightly elongated. I wanted to see how the colors would compliment her interior space. Not sure yet if this work is meant for her space. She loves it, so that’s a good start.
Two important things I learned from this project, which will be repeated again later. #1 Paint down, gravity is your friend with paint pens. #2 Don’t forget to wait until the paint dries.
NEW Look! NEW videos, at Art & All Tings Love Channel. I will be releasing a tutorial on how to trace images from your computer screen.
I enjoyed this story so much that during college I almost got a tattoo of "poetic justice" in Arabic on my lower back. You know the kind and please don't ask me why? Why not? And Arabic? It was a phase and the written language so lovely. And I still don't have any tattoos but that's not what this is about!
Every Woman by Monica Stewart
At the time I didn't know who the artist was but my first thought was....now this makes sense. It was that moment of wow! This is an art piece I would love to see up close.
While working on this painting it became very clear to me that "proportion" is definitely not my strongest skillset. As you can see in this video my three year old son has turned into a teenager in the painting.
Pac-man has ghost in it, that's Halloween-ish and why not paint it in Candy Corn colors? So I did.
It's so hard for me to just stop and rest. Even now I'm writing this blog, but you know what I mean, right? At least I hope so.
After I finished this exercise I sent it to him. But the I thought. Wait, what will happen if I do this again in a few months? It looks good to me now but in a few months it may not.
I forgot to update you guys about this but that art package I sent to my grandmother arrived!
Speed Painting of Lipstick & My thoughts and experience with filming my work. Learning to let go, enjoy the process and PAINT....because that’s what it’s really about.
Packaging a 16 inch by 20 inch canvas sounds easy to say but with two small children, a husband and working overnights, what should have been a seemingly small task to complete turned into....something much more time consuming and I'm so glad I did some test shipping.
Last spring, the arts and crafts store Michaels had a sale on large level three canvases so purchased a few. I've never painted on such large canvases before so I was excited about the experience. For whatever reason in my mind, I didn't think there would be much of a difference working on a large surface. I don't know why I thought this.
Here is one of the upcycled large canvases I added to our living room. Before the beach scene, the canvas was an abstract art piece. I was exploring colors and shapes. See the next images. I was completely filled with joy that I was able to create such a large art work. And I became…
Upcycling, repainting and starting over with my old art works. This is a new project of mine and I’m so happy to reuse these canvases and turn them into new works for my home.
Richard J. Powell is John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History at Duke University, where he has taught since 1989. He studied at Morehouse College and Howard University before earning his doctorate in art history at Yale University. Along with teaching courses in American art, the arts of the African Diaspora, and contemporary visual studies, he has written extensively on topics ranging from primitivism to postmodernism, including such titles as Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson (1991), Black Art: A Cultural History (1997 & 2002), and Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture (2008).
It was even discovered that Neptune Thurston taught artist, Gilbert Stuart how to paint heads and faces.**
"Art is strange-looking stuff and most people don’t understand art. Most people don’t understand my art, the art of the Negroes, because most people don’t understand me, don’t understand the Negroes at all. If everybody understand one another, wouldn’t nobody make art. Art is something to open your eyes. Art is for understanding." ~Thornton Dial 
I think I’ve fallen in love with this art piece. Excerpt from Nasher, Motley was 70 years old when he painted the oil on canvas, Hot Rhythm, in 1961. This painting explores one of Motley’s favorite subjects, the jazz age. The artist loved to walk the streets of Bronzeville, a once-thriving neighborhood in Chicago’s South…
"Untitled" New Orleans Series by Gwendolyn Knight, 1941
Clementine Hunter is celebrated for her use of bold colors and shapes to narrate plantation life in 19th and 20th century Louisiana as an African American. Clementine Hunter is Louisiana’s most famous female artist, and she is one of the most important folk artists of all time.
Her work can be seen in the Smithsonian Institute, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Museum of American Folk Art in New York, the High Museum of Atlanta, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the New York Historical Association, the Oprah Winfrey Collection in Chicago and many other museums and private collections across the country.
Since the early 1960s, Faith Ringgold has been known for her story quilts, politically charged paintings and prints, and illustrated children’s books. She has eloquently articulated a critical perspective on American identity through the lenses of the feminist and civil rights movements.***
Samella Lewis, the first African American to earn a PHD in Fine Art and Art History, in creating published works about African American artists.
She is my inspiration and one of many people who inspire me.
I am an Oakland based visual artist, focusing in watercolor and acrylic painting. I am also an aspiring digital photographer and ukulele player. I was born in Europe, raised in Louisiana, and shaped by the places I've called home since, including Alabama, Mississippi, New Zealand, California, and the Fiji Islands. I earned my Bachelor degree in Studio Art and Geography from the University of Alabama in 2010. My work is inspired by my activism and my belief that all living beings deserve the right to live, love and be free. I use color and organic shapes to explore these ideas and relationships within overlapping cultures.
A nude woman stands in profile against a warm red background. At first it seemed like all the brush strokes were expressive and quickly applied as some of the red background is brushed against the head, arm and legs of the woman. However, the artist mentions that a palette knife is used, as he notes in the hashtags of the post. Using a palette knife on “its edge creates effects like reflections… that add texture and detail.”* You can see this effect where the light is applied to areas along the figures body that makes my eyes move from the figures mouth and neck area to her breast to her gluteal and thigh then I am drawn back to the figures mouth again. The light on the figure’s body is not dramatic I would describe it as more of an impressionistic style perhaps this is the artist way of working out the balance of colors within the entire composition. This type of sgraffito application help to blend the red background with the brown skin of the woman.
The art of Zaha Hadid. The boundary, the precision and the precise intentionality of calligraphic detail is harmonic.
Teacher by Day. Illustrator by Night. Introduction to the works of Cindy Nzeakor Part Three: Self Portrait
In the September 6th post I introduced you to the art works of Cindy Nzeakor and over the course of a little over a month I’ve briefly explored illustration to help broaden my understanding of the art form and to explore the artists’ references.
As a child, my family would go out to this popular local buffet. There was always at least a 45 minute wait. I didn't mind because in the waiting area there were framed prints of Norman Rockwell's art lining the walls.