Nina Simone, A Favorite Singer

A pencil drawing of Nina Simone, I don’t like shading when using pencil so I tried something a little different, make it a little more messy.

Nina Simone a favorite singer of mine, she has a beautiful voice and had a range of music she produced, changed her name from Eunice Waymon because her mother wouldn’t approve of her singing the “devil’s music”. She was born in 1933, in North Carolina, 6th of 8 children. Recorded more than 40 albums between 1958 and 1974. Simone wrote a lot of protest songs against racial injustice, she spoke at civil rights meetings. She lived in France the rest of her life and in 2003 passed away from breast cancer.

Pencil on paper

Hello, been away

Hello, I been away. I couldn’t decide to continue the blog but the reason was because I wasn’t enjoying making art for myself and kept about what would be liked the most. Social media can be great to share our art but at times it becomes a hindrance to making the art we love. I was closing myself in and truly not creating what I enjoyed creating. I was able to continue painting and work on art that truly speaks to me even though I think no on else will care for it.

So I’m starting to pick up the pace, make art I want to see, trying some new things and hopefully start making art prints, stickers and some accessories.

So here is some art I worked on since last time I posted.

Hi there! I’m back.

Hello! I’ve been away, was on a blogging hiatus, just didn’t feel inspired to post on my blog but I had been painting/ drawing.

So I just wanted to update you on what I have been working on, current projects, new drawings. I have been making more work, I just hadn’t felt motivated to post on the blog but getting back to it.

So here is some of my new work.

Pencil drawing of a boat
New house painting
Some found canvases that I gessoed. I have some ideas for these two canvases.

Abuelos portrait

Hello! I know I haven’t been around, my blog just fell to the wayside. But feeling my energy come back. Just felt flat for a long while. I had been painting all this time just wasn’t posting so getting back into it.

Here is a little painting I finished recently that I had been working the past two months.

It’s a portrait of a lovely grandpa and grandma. The reference photo was in sepia tones so it was fun working in this monochromatic color scheme. This is for a fellow artist I admire, we agreed to a art trade. Thoroughly enjoyed painting this couple, sad to see the painting go but glad someone will enjoy it.

Here is some of my work in progress

Pencil sketching outside

I’ve been around, I have been painting and drawing just not posting on my blog. Just didn’t find the time, it was a crazy summer and then bam became winter.

Well feeling a lot better and more in the mood to post. No matter what is going, I’m always making some kind of art. So here is a lovely drawing I did recently of a restaurant near my home while out on a walk around town.

It’s been relaxing to do some sketching for fun so look out for more.

Parkers lighthouse

New Art Alert- Surreal Art

I made this pencil drawing based on some feelings I was having and decided to add the mountains for fun.

I was thinking I like to draw people but I never know where these people are and I should start giving my people in drawings a location. So it was kinda fun adding a background and let others make up a story based on my drawing. I don’t want to say what it’s about but I just wanted to get this idea out of my head.

Pencil on paper, 14”x11”

Candles, skull, plants still life

This was a still life I started back in April, (the months are just flying by) left it alone in May and got to it again two weeks ago. I didn’t know what I was doing with this still life and some of the items got moved around since I had started a few months back. So I just had fun painting it and letting loose, my favorite was working on the small little details on the mini colorful skulls. I’m pretty darn happy with this painting. I’m even thinking of making prints. Love the colors!

Small painting 8”x10”

My set up on my kitchen table, finally I can clear this up!

The mini hand painted skulls

Breonna Taylor

An homage to Breanna, I didn’t know her but she had a beautiful smile, she worked at a job she loved as an EMT, left this life too young. I know when I was 26, my life was only beginning.

Her mother, Tamika Palmer, told The Louisville Courier Journal that Taylor was a young woman who adored her family above all else and who had made plans to succeed.

Officers from the Lousiville Metro Police Department’s Criminal Interdiction Division used a battering ram to break down the door and rushed into the house on Springfield Drive at 1 a.m., waking Taylor and her boyfriend, Walker. Walker shot at the officers, wounding one, and the three who entered fired some 22 shots back, according to Eggert, Walker’s defense attorney; Taylor was shot eight times and died.

Eggert told local news station WDBR that Walker was acting in self-defense and said Taylor’s death was the result of “police misconduct.” Source-heavy.com

Her birthday would have been last Friday on June 5.

Take action today at https://justiceforbreonna.org

Interesting times

I got completely thrown off by these current events, nothing else seemed to matter but following the black lives matter protests. As much as I wanted to participate in them I stayed home for safety. But I have been following it directly on the news, been feeling inspired. I was sad and thought we have to participate in this momentum and not despair.

So as always I do what I do best, draw. I also do pen drawings for a more quicker approach. I just kept thinking what a turn of events and what would have happened if that cop had just not gone in to work that day.

“Look what you did.”

Oil Painter