A magazine editor who commissioned me to do a piece of art once told me “you’re an artist, not an illustrator. You don’t follow directions.” He bought the work anyway. Same thing happening with my mask, which became a mindfulness exercise and one with four pieces of paper towel as a filter. Upcycled fabric. Used… Continue reading mask making
Spring flowers have always brought me cheer. I am from South Florida and a time when that part of this country had just two seasons. In Alabama, we have two. Summer and Sprinter (Spring-Winter). The irises started returning about a month ago. Other flowers are blooming. Even our apple and blueberry blooms are out, signaling… Continue reading spring thing
On a day this rainy, this made sense…recasting some of my earlier work digitally. Three pieces are up at Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center this month. There are tensions here with my research on Miami. Postscript: as I prepare for today’s “Gender, Race and Urban Space” class, I have read an excerpt from Edwidge Danticat’s… Continue reading rainy day moments
As Hurricane Dorian barrels toward the Bahamas from where I descend on my father’s paternal side, I watch news updates. I send good thoughts to the Bahamas and to my friends and family in Florida and the Carolinas. They are in this storm’s path. I also return to painting. I typically paint every August and… Continue reading a pause
Made carrot crumb bread with cinnamon and cranberries yesterday. Locally grown carrots. That’s my berry/peach jelly on it, too. Yum with cardamon in my coffee this morning. Meanwhile, I make art in between prepping for next semester and other things swirling around, scholarly and otherwise. On my desk is none other than Zora Neale Hurston… Continue reading musings
I liked how the pickles I made turned out. I love even more the relish I made today from some of them. They are so good on garlic crackers. It’s beginning to feel like summer in Tuscaloosa – finally.
Listening to Eartha Kitt as I tie together lots of loose ends including prepping for an exhibit at Gorgas House receiving inspiration from the work of students enrolled in my Fall 2018 “Antebellum America” class. Stills from their Power Point images are featured in this blog entry. Earlier this week, I had Donna Summer on… Continue reading musings
I received this package today. I can’t wait to “mend.” Thank you, Krista. I could literally feel myself breathing differently as I carefully opened this thoughtfully wrapped gift. And it is a gift to take time to move more slowly. Simply touching the vintage fabrics brought back memories. One of them felt like a pillow… Continue reading musings