Vincent

Starry Night

Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh is my very favorite artist. My love for color palettes used in many of my pieces are inspired by his remarkable paintings and imaginative use of color. I am equally enthralled by his tragic life as I am about his creative genius. He is truly a fascinating character in art history.

A little about the artist:

Vincent Willem van Gogh 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still life’s, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterized by bold colors and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 came after years of mental illness and poverty. To read more about his life and art click here.

The following video features a song written in 1971 by Don Mclean as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh which describes different paintings done by the artist. Mclean wrote the lyrics after reading a book on the Van Gogh’s life. The following year, the song became the number one hit in the U.K. and No. 12 in the U.S.

Favorite Quotes by van Gogh:

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

Called To Create

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I am not a teacher but I can teach, I am not a motivational speaker but I can encourage, I am not a counselor but I can give advice.

I am an artist and I am called to create art, through that, I magnify the greatest Creator, I am definitely not one dimensional but staying in my lane is a choice.

I choose to use this platform to magnify the Father, not myself, but my art, which in turn magnifies the Father, it is through His anointing that I am able to do what I do. I will always choose to promote Him because whether He resides in you or not, magnifying Him is a choice.

We can shift the territory so it aligns with the word of God” - Tim Sheets, Angel Armies

Being Intentional

I started this scarf during Summer then put it down for a while before finally finishing it in time for Winter. I currently have 5 work‘s in progress in queue + November/December orders to process but I had to put those projects a side (not the orders of course but the work‘s in progress) and be intentional about finishing this scarf. It ended up coming out better than I had originally designed it to. Intentionality is key to success. I’m placing it on the highest pedestal in my making and creating and I endeavor to position intent at a higher level in my process. It just makes perfect sense to me. 
BTW, this scarf will be available in my shop soon, I just have to tie up a few loose ends first.

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The Queen Piece

The Journey Bracelet

The Journey Bracelet

Don't hate me because I'm beautiful
Or because my hue isn't fair
Or because I'm comfortable in my skin
Despite the kinkiness of my hair

Don't hate me because I'm a Queen
From a lineage not many knew
Like Makeda, Nefatari, and Cleopatra
To name just a few

Don't hate me because my pride stands out
Despite your evil ways through the rape and
Oppression of a thousand years My strength
Will outlast your days

Once a possession of Babylon
Now seated high on Mt. Zion
The mother of civilization
The beginning of all creation
The embodiment of emancipation
And exploitation of my people's degradation

Don't hate me because it's I who
Loves myself unconditionally
Without giving a damn or bit of
Concern about your opinion of me

Don't hate me because I allow
Myself not to be labeled as "black"
I know the inference of it's meaning,
The hate in it's tone and of it's root
Word meaning lack

I lack nothing, and in myself was always
Complete and true to me nothing more need
Be added my spirit's forever renewed

But love me for I am a daughter of creation
With the secret of life etched in
My genetic composition

All life on this earth through me has to pass
And my God given ability to create will
Now and throughout eternity last

Love me because I am a woman
With strength for all to see
Allowing Divine order to prevail in my
Life of which you call a mystery

Try not to figure it out
You will only be further confused
Just love me for me and allow me to be
Pure spirit with power infused

Love me because I let not my worth
Be determined by your view of me
I say what I feel and express the same
Without conforming to society

Love me because I am a Queen
A descendant from many before
I now one among many on earth
But the future hold's many more

 

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