In my last post I mentioned that there is now a Palm Trees and Loyalties Daily Writing and Drawing Journal on Amazon.
I’ve been thinking about putting one together for a few years and I finally did it guys! Let me tell you, it isn’t the simplest thing to do. There is so much information on how to make KDP journals for Amazon! I weeded through and found one that I liked. As much as I’d love to tell you that I put my journal together all on my own, I can’t lie. I found a lovely video on YouTube. that helped me through the step by step process. And of course I used Canva and my original artwork for the cover.
Well here we are already halfway through Black history month 2023. The Canadian theme this year is: “Ours to tell.”
“This theme represents both an opportunity to engage in open dialogue and a commitment to learning more about the stories Black communities in Canada have to tell about their histories, successes, sacrifices and triumphs.”
Also, there’s a link to noteworthy figures of interest. The links on the page all lead to each individual’s biography. Each person helped shape Canadian heritage and identity. Two people included are Angela James, Women’s World Hockey Champion and Doctor Clement Courtenay Ligoure, Halifax’s first Black doctor to name a few. This list of noteworthy figures is lengthy, going from playwrights, revolutionists, storytellers and a lot of people on the Human Rights Commission.
If you’d like some resources, use this link to get to the Black History Digital Toolkit where you’ll find colouring books, virtual backgrounds for video conferencing, cover photos, content and visuals for social media.
Now back to my love of art. I could tell you all that as a teen I was totally into doing research. But I wasn’t, the amount of information we were told about black female artists was limited to zero. I even remember wondering, “where are the black females artists?” which lead to “where are the black females in the abstract art world?”
In the spirit of Black history month and thanks to the internet I have all kinds of information at my fingertips. Research doesn’t involve me being kicked out of a library at (closing time) just when the search is getting good! Drumroll please… I would like to introduce you all to Alma Woodsey Thomas (22 septembre 1891 – 24 février 1978). The link leads to an ARTnews article titled, How Alma Thomas’s Radiant Paintings Plotted a New Course for Abstraction. She was born in Columbus Georgia, and always worked towards becoming a full time artist. It was her artwork that was created as a retired school teacher of 35 years that really took off. She explored colour and form in her art and met many barriers but still continued to paint.
Take a look at Alma Thomas, Red Sunset, Old Pond Concerto, 1972, acrylic on canvas, I love the shade of red she chose and the colours beneath that seape through as if they are vying for the viewers attention. Looking at this artwork on my computer underneath the reds, I see navy blues, pale teals, greens, yellows and beiges. Definitely a painting I want to see in person…Goals!
“Alma Thomas began to paint seriously in 1960, when she retired from her thirty-eight year career as an art teacher in the public schools of Washington, D.C. In the years that followed she would come to be regarded as a major painter of the Washington Color Field School.”
“Within the last years of her life she achieved national recognition as a major woman artist devoted to abstract painting.”
I got an email the other day, letting me know my artwork Savvy was chosen by one of Artrepreneur’s curators and is now in the Curated Section of the browse artwork page! Additionally, a Curated Badge was added to my Artwork Detail page.
What does curated mean?
Well, it means is that it was selected, organized and presented using professional or expert knowledge.” Immediately, I headed over to the website to check it out. The steps to check out my curated artwork are below, along with some more exciting news!
Step 1. If you’d like to take a look here’s the link to the Curated Section of Artrepreneur. Follow the rest of the steps below. Or if you’re short on time, this link goes straight to Savvy instead. Don’t click it yet though! If you do you won’t get to read the rest of my exciting news!
Step 2. Choose Category – select Painting.
Step 3. Then Subcategory – select Abstract.
Step 4. Final step, on the far right hit text search and type in Savvy.
And there it is! To the right of the image, in orange – CURATED!
I noticed that quite a few of the artists on Artrepreneur have multiple paintings on the curator’s choice page. New goal for me is to have more artworks added to the page.
Also, I have updated my portfolio to showcase my recent artworks.
This was definitely something I kept meaning to do last year. But what a start to the new year! You should check out the video, it’s very different than the previous one. Make sure to like and follow if you haven’t already. For anyone that doesn’t have TikTok or Instagram, I’ve been uploading shorts on YouTube lately. Take a look at my YouTube channel, I would really appreciate the support.
Enjoy the video and have a great month. Meet you back here around mid February! I’m off to create some more art!
How’s it going? Do you want to start an art collection but are currently on a budget like me?
Buying Giclee or museum-quality prints is a great option! The artworks below are now available as museum-quality prints on Artrepreneur. Or, if you’re looking for an original gift for someone that has everything take a look at this option.
You can choose between high-gloss, canvas or cotton rag.
I have a preference for Semi-Gloss paper because it isn’t as reflective as a gloss print would be. Did you know that especially for darker prints like Flourish, for example, semi-gloss is best? The reason is that it brings out the best of the image. The sizes and links to each artwork are below.
Before I go, here’s the link to the PT&L Artrepreneur showroom. Enjoy the holiday season, and stay safe! I will see you back here in the New Year!
Concentrating on a canvas or a piece of paper and breathing life into it helps me relax. Painting is therapeutic. The best thing about it is that there isn’t a right or wrong way to express myself. It’s entirely up to me to decide whether or not changes need to be made. Here’s what painting has taught me:
They matter because all artists use them in so many different ways. They can be used to bring a piece together, lead the eye or to make the artwork look three dimensional amongst other things. After I finish my artwork I stand back and that is when the elements I used most stand out to me.
Quick, what’s the first thing you do when you see abstract artwork that speaks to you?
I picture it on a wall in my home! Sometimes I even frame it. Yeah, I have a bit of a wild imagination, I know. More often than not I have already figured out where I will hang it before placing it in my cart!
How’s it going? I have news to share with you all! I’ve finally found a site to sell my artwork on! As you know, I’ve been struggling to find a new platform to sell my artwork on and I have finally found it!
I’ve been thinking about things that give me inspiration and keep me creating.
As I thought about it these 11 things came to mind. And my thoughts became a poem as they sometimes do. Chill for a minute and take a read, you may just find out how I keep getting the inspiration to create!
I find inspiration in many different things:
Things that matter or…
things that don’t
things that cast interesting shadows
or no shadows at all
things I imagine and things that are real
Sounds even inspire me and so do smells
even things that stand still
they all hold inspiration.
Whether I look up at the sky
or down on the ground
I find inspiration
Because, there is inspiration everywhere.
That is why I create!
When inspiration is everywhere how can I not create? I have been building and designing still looking for new places to sell my artworks. New abstract artwork will be published soon. Now can you see why I love being creative?
The above image was originally a painting called Green Abstract. Yes, it was green before. Oh, let me know which colour way you like better too. I like the pink and blue much better than the green but, I’m interested to know your thoughts.
To find out more about this blog here’s a link to the home page and a link to my gallery.