The Pointer Sisters - Easy Days
Easy Days - The Pointer Sisters (1975)
A real mellow, soothing track. Perfect for a lazy afternoon.
Corridors of Time (Zeal) by Leo Lumer
One of the most beautiful songs ever written (video game or otherwise), and played beautifully as well.
Stay tuned for a nice surprise at the coda.
"Ebony - Man and Woman" (2013)
Acrylic on canvas - 18” x 24” (each)
There isn’t much to explain here. Two figures, representing the origins of my culture, my ethnicity. A black Adam and Eve, if you will.
I could use some more practice on anatomy, but they didn’t turn out half bad.
Acrylic on canvas - 36” x 36” (16” x 20” each)
A fun little abstract in which each canvas is based on one of the elements: earth, wind, fire, and water…..
….I may or may not have been listening to Earth, Wind & Fire when I conceived this idea.
I’m not saying the man wasn’t influential or fascinating.
Hell, I’ve got an iPod Touch and iTunes and all that.
But is anyone else bothered by the fact that there’s a Steve Jobs biopic getting a national theatrical release two years after his death, and yet the closest thing we have to a Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic is a television miniseries that came out 35 years ago?
"Contour Mask" (2013)
Acrylic on canvas - 14” x 18”
Alright, last one of the night. I wanted to combine the abstract style I’ve been using recently with a representational subject matter. I just went for broke, and this is the end result.
I think I’m gonna do more of these.
Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”
Without a doubt, this is one of the most personal paintings I’ve ever done. Inspired by a late-night conversation I had with a very close friend, this work depicts how isolated, imposing, and surreal the world can seem when one is living under the weight of insecurity and uncertainty.
Experimenting with a new style for me, a blend of realism and subtle abstraction.
"Jesse, Martin, and Ralph" (2013)
Charcoal and pastel - 16” x 20” each
The final pieces hanging up in Kristyn’s studio.
Three separate portraits of three important figures during the Civil Rights Movement: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ralph Abernathy. All three men were also very prominent figures in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
These portraits were taken from the same original photo. The photo was taken on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, on April 4th, 1968. Minutes after the photo was snapped, MLK was assassinated on the very same balcony.
Acrylic on canvas - 20” x 24”
Another piece showing at Kristyn’s studio.
Those familiar to Chatham’s east side will recognize this place. This foreboding thing here is the glue factory, a pretty notorious spot. And it’s mighty fun to paint…..especially when you only have red, white and black paint left to work with.