My art mirrors my life. With that said, this painting of my daughter was painted to the song “Sweet” by “Daveed”, played over and over. I call it “The Reinvention of Laurie Ann”. The concept is that it places the idea of choice, or our ability to place life squarely in our owns hands. We have the tools to be, do or live however we feel is best for us. If the life you have now isn’t working for you…stop what your doing….and go reinvent yourself and you’ll find yourself to be a greater person by far, than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
A painting inspired by an heirloom recently given to me that belonged to my Great Grandmother. “Bessie’s Treasure” was accepted into the FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS Abstract Show running from March 24-April6, 2015. The Federation Gallery is located on Vancouver’s beautiful Granville Island, 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver B.C.
In commemoration of Black History Month, Scarborough Arts presents Commemorate!, a series of free and open-to-all events that encourage the remembrance and honouring of the significant contributions of Black Canadians and of the African Diaspora to our city, country, and to the rest of the world. Happening on several Tuesdays throughout the month of February, these events will feature evocative artists and their works, plus great conversations and great food.
I experimented with pastels and acrylic together to sketch out this figure. As I use the side of the pastel it helps me “feel” the contours of the figure, therefore I am able to achieve a more correct likeness. Many of my paintings start out this way because I like the texture that results from the mixing of the two mediums. I’m at about the half way mark of a 40 day yoga challenge and the name “Sahasrara” is Sanskrit referring to Crown Chalkra (violet)
Being in a 40 day yoga practice, its fitting I call this painting “Journey” The aim of yoga is to “Restrain the activity in the mind”, so as to experience the bliss within and divine Union. The second sutra of Patanjali (The compiler of yoga, not the creator, as this information was only revealed and is eternal) state that the postures should be steady and comfortable. Maintaining my practice every day is clearly empowering not only to my physical self, but more importantly my mind or self realization….which only further serves to enhance me in my painting and creativity.
In honour of Black History month and my friend, the late Honourable Lincoln Alexander (Linc) I”m happy to say my painting called “Fields of Hope” was accepted into Scarborough Arts exhibition called “Commemorate.” Bluffs Gallery invited members and non-members to submit visual art pieces that commemorate and honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present, the African Diaspora, and its culture and traditions. Lincoln was a Canadian politician and statesman who not only served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, but the first Black Canadian MP. Later he went on to serve as the federal Minister of Labour and later as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, from 1985 to 1991. Not only do I get to create art but also the opportunity to be able to help keep his memory alive by honouring and celebrating his life through my work as an artist. Nobody would have been more proud than Linc and I hope to serve his memory well by being part of this very special exhibition.
Exhibition Dates: February 6 to March 4, 2015
Exhibition Location: The Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Road
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6 to 8 pm at the Bluffs Gallery
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My Landscape painting called “No. 1 Sideroad” was one of many chosen out of over 200 submissions, into the Federation of Canadian Artists landscape show which runs from February 17- March 6, 2015. The Federation Gallery is located in Vancouver’s beautiful Granville Island area and will be open during the trendy tourist event called Winteruption.