Sugar Shack

Good Evening! I hope to find each of you doing well this Sunday. I was reading an article not too long ago about a famous painting by an unlikely famous artist. Now that I have a little down time, I wanted to share it on my blog.

I love, love, love art and I have a strong fondness for African American art. Not only because I am African American, but because of the uniqueness and depth of African American art. Millions of people agree so I’m not alone in making such a bold statement.

The Los Angeles Times published a piece on the late Ernie Barnes’ Sugar Shack painting on August 28th and I just about flipped. I have admired this painting after seeing it for the first time on the show Good Times.

Sugar Shack is such a beautiful and enamoring piece amongst the majority of African Americans because many of us share same or similar stories of how our grandparents and great grandparents boogied down in a Sugar Shack. I know in my family, such places were also called juke joints, barrel houses or a hole in a wall.

I was not surprised when The Los Angeles Times reported how many people lined up to take a look at this painting up close and in person. I would too because it’s such a powerful painting that captures a major part of the Black experience.

Ernie Barnes, a professional football player, author and painter, was known for his unique style of painting. His artwork is just as unique as his back story. I invite you to read a little more on Ernie Barnes when you get a chance. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’ll be inspired.

To read more from The Los Angeles Times on Ernie Barnes’ Sugar Shack, click here.

Man, I would love to own an original piece of Ernie Barnes’ artwork. A woman can dream, right?

Until next time…

Elizabeth Catlett

Good Evening good people! If you are into art, you are really going to like this next Black History month post.

Elizabeth Catlett was an African American artist whose work centered around the Black experience, race, racism and civil rights. Her main purpose for creating such wonderful pieces of art was to represent Black people in a strong and positive light. Elizabeth was known to create pieces that touched on the struggles and triumphs of Black people.

Elizabeth was a visionary artist who poured everything she had into her sculptures, drawings and paintings. I can remember seeing a few of her pieces in several museums and I loved everyone one that I saw. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has some great pieces of her work on display. As an art lover, I can spend hours in a museum admiring paintings, drawings and my tip top favorite, sculptures!

Good meaningful art has a unique way of touching our souls and making us think.

If you have never seen Elizabeth Catlett’s art up close and personal, you are really missing out. The next time you are in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, D.C. or Chicago, check out one of their museums because some of her art is displayed there. The Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans is a good place to start.

Her drawings and paintings are absolutely amazing!

Until next time…

Nothing To It 

For all you writers and bloggers out there, what’s your pen game? We all have our different ways of expressing our creativity in writing and if you ask me, I think that’s absolutely wonderful! What may work for one writer might not work for the next one. Regardless of your pen game, your writing is a form of art. 

When it comes to my pen game, I’ll think of a story I want to write, the names of my characters and once I have all that, I’ll grab my laptop and start typing. Writing it all out and then turning around to type it all up just doesn’t work for me. I’m one of those writers where I can type a few chapters in one sitting. I’m not too concerned about spelling until I’ve typed up my first draft. That’s when some serious editing and formatting takes place.

If I get a little writer’s block, I’ll step away for a while to give my mind a little rest. I don’t like to force it because that will just agitate me. Whatever it is that gets your pen game going, I say keep at it until you hone your craft. Make that story of yours great!

Until next time, keep your pen game strong! 

Mary Edmonia Lewis 

Have you ever heard of Mary Edmonia Lewis? You haven’t? Well, let me tell you a little about her. Mary Edmonia Lewis was the first woman of African American and Native American descent to achieve international fame and recognition as a sculptor in the world of fine arts. Edmonia’s father was Afro-Haitian and her mother was of Mississauga Ojibwe and African-American descent. Her artwork is known for incorporating cultural themes relating to Black and Indigenous people. What I liked the most about Edmonia Mary Lewis was her level of humility despite her widespread fame. Seeing how I appreciate fine art in addition to writing, I thought I’d share a little bit about her tonight. 

When you get a chance, check out some of her sculptures. They are amazing! 

Until next time…