Women Behaving Badly: Nobel Laureates

Well friends, Women Behaving Badly is back ! This time there are new paintings and new stories to discover. This year’s focus is on women who have won the Nobel Prize. There were three Nobel Peace Prize winners int eh last series. This time, I am branching out to include women in literature and the sciences.

Along with the new paintings, I will make available posters and prints of the old paintings. Each piece will be accompnaied by the story fo the woman in it, making this event a history lesson as well as an art show. Opening night is October 7, 2017 and the paintings will be hanging up the entire months of October and November. So come to Cofffee at The Point from 6-10 pm. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Toni Morrison – Women Behaving Badly – Part 2

In the 1980s, Toni Morrison had been going through the recorded history of slavery and came across something that disturbed her. Ina  newspaper clipping about runaway slaves was the story of a woman who did the unthinkable. When it was clear that she would be captured, she killed her own child. She said that she would rather see the child dead than watch it grow up as a slave. This story had a profound effect on Morrison. Her obsession with this tale developed into the novel Beloved.

In Beloved, an escaped slave woman tries to kill herself and her two children rather than return to slavery. One child dies, but the woman and the other child survive. Years later, they are living free lives when the ghost of the dead baby comes to stay. She arrives in the form of a teenaged girl and it is some time before her true identity is discovered. Published in 1988, Beloved won Toni Morrison the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. No African American woman had ever won a Pulitzer before.

In 1993, Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Again, she was the first African American Woman to win this prestigious award. At the podium, she said “I felt I represented a whole world of women who either were silenced or had never received the imprimatur of the established literary world…. It was very important for young Black people to see a Black person [succeed]…. Seeing me up there might encourage them to write one of those books I’m desperate to read. And that made me happy.”

I have to agree with her there. The term role model exists to describe someone who can show us how to be in the world. These people serve as examples of the kind of person we can become. it is vitally important for children (and adults) to have examples they can relate to. When you relate to someone, you can imagine yourself becoming as great as they are, as famous as they are, as wealthy as they are. Growing up, I did not have any role models with whom I could relate. I did not have a famous Black female artist to look up to, so I cherry picked and cobbled together my own vision of who I wanted to become.

Women Behaving Badly exists for those women and girls who wish to relate to their role models. For them, I have reached back into time to find the Great Dames of the past. These women went off the beaten path so that we would follow in their footsteps.

 

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Toni Morrison – Women Behaving Badly – Part 1

You know what I love most about this series? I love delving into the lives of the women I get to paint. Many of them, I had heard of, but didn’t really know what they were famous for. Take Toni Morrison, for example. Growing up, I knew that she was  a famous African American Author. I knew her books were popular and I would often confuse her with Alice Walker (shameful, I know).

I had no idea, until working on Women Behaving Badly, that she was the first African American woman to not only win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but to win the Nobel Prize for Literature as well. Morrison won the Nobel Prize for her book Beloved, which was turned into a movie in 1998. I remember seeing the trailers on TV, but I was at boarding school at the time and wasn’t able to drive to the theatres.

Anyway, back to Toni Morrison. Her parents had moved to Ohio to escape the racism of the South in the 1920s. In school, she was one of very few Black kids and was the only child who could already read in the First Grade. This was because her parents understood the value of a good education and taught her to read early. I can relate. I was also an early reader and would spend my school days waiting for my classmates to catch up. Toni Morrison used her time differently. Fueled with ghost stories and tales of Southern Black inventors, she would weave narratives of her own, though it was years before she would call herself a writer.

After high school, Morrison attended Howard University. Her father had to work three jobs to afford her tuition so she took full advantage of her education. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in the classics. In 1953 became the first person in her family to graduate from university. She then went on to earn her Master’s in English Literature at Cornell University in 1958.

After all that schooling, Morrison went to work at Random House as a textbook editor. At the time, she was one of the very few female African American editors. Realizing how rare this was, she used her position of power to introduce young Black women writers who probably would not have been published otherwise. She also began work on her first novel, The Bluest Eye. This book about a young Black girl who imagined herself to have blue eyes and fair skin, was a commentary on the ways in which standards of beauty and personhood affected those who didn’t meet those standards.

What set The Bluest Eye apart from other stories at the time was the fact that it was told entirely from the African American perspective. Morrison made a point of not “translating” any of the language or story elements for a White audience. “Dostoevsky wrote for a Russian audience, but we’re able to read him” says Morrison. “If I’m specific and I don’t over explain, then anyone can overhear me.”

…to be continued…

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SOLD! – Erykah Badu Painting

Ladies and gentlemen, the Erykah Badu painting is officially off the market.

Some friends of mine have had their eyes on this painting since I first showed it. My putting it up for sale gave them the chance to buy it and now it’s in their home.

Now is a great time to pick up that painting you have been eyeing. Come to the website, and place your order.

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Focusing on Women Behaving Badly – 50% off Sale on Synesthesia

I have recently come to a decision about my business. I wish to concentrate on my series Women Behaving Badly. I have spent the last year working on various projects for clients, and while it has been rewarding, I fear it has taken me away from my true passion.

The Women Behaving Badly series has brought me to new levels with my art. The series has brought more meaning to my life than anything I’ve done so far. It has made me see how my art can touch people and inspire them to be and do better.

I realized that it has been almost a year since I’ve painted one of these amazing women. That realization did not feel good. So, I am getting back into it, doing more extensive research and experimenting with new techniques that will push the envelope of storytelling and visual appeal.

The challenge to my being able to do this is funding. I need to pay studio fees, buy supplies, and pay for prints of the paintings when I’m done. I know that not everyone can afford originals, so I provide posters and other reproductions so that anyone may enjoy and learn from my work. I have a Patreon account (kind of an ongoing Kickstarter) which I will flesh out with perks that pertain only to this series. However, what will help me most will be to sell some paintings.

If you have been with me these last few years, you will remember my series of famous musicians: Synesthesia. That series did a lot to build my audience, and honestly, my business. I took music I loved and artists I admire and painted them with all the joy their work has brought me. I honed my watercolor skills with those paintings, got comfortable painting in public, stepped up my marketing game…. Those paintings brought a lot to my life as an artist and as a businesswoman. Now it is time for me to let them go so that I am free to devote time and energy to Women Behaving Badly. My loss is your gain.

SALE

I will cut the price of my Synesthesia paintings by 50% to fund my new series. By buying one, you are allowing me to:

  1. Study and paint women who have been left out of the history books
  2. Create zines and compilation books telling their stories
  3. Reach out to schools with this series as a curriculum
  4. Print posters, postcards and other materials
  5. Make videos of my process and of me telling each woman’s story.

I feel as though I started something huge and now I have to give it time to grow. I love my clients and am grateful for the work we did together, but this series has been calling me and I have to go to it now. If you believe in it as much as I do, help me make it an ongoing reality. Buy one of my old paintings (you know which one you’ve had your eye on) or contribute via Patreon.

Thank you for being with me on this journey. Let’s do something amazing!

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What I Learned from Doing Festivals – Part One

Hi everyone! It has been AGES since I’ve written to you here. I will admit that I had a bit of a writing slump this past year. I had a hard time putting words together. But I am back now and I have some things I am excited to tell you about!

For now, I want to talk about art fairs and festivals. Now, if you have been following me on social media, you will have seen that I have done a few this year. The most recent of these was the Colorado Black Arts Festival this past weekend. Three days in the hot sun, sharing my art with my community. This was my fourth year and, as always, it was exhausting and exhilarating.

During these things, I get to connect one-on-one with hundreds of people, a few minutes at a time. I get to learn what people value in my work and what they wish to see. Likes on social media don’t quite convey the same thing. I can see where eyes linger, breath is held and bodies react and I know instantly which pieces resonate with which people.

I also learn about pricing. If I put a painting up for sale on my website, I don’t get much feedback. I don’t know why someone didn’t buy it. When someone tells me, “someday I will be able to afford your art”, I get a better understanding of what is going on. In the beginning, I brought large paintings for high prices, thinking that with one or two sales, I would meet my financial goals. This thinking was not wrong, per se. It’s just that there is a barrier to entry for many people. Now, I take prints, posters and smaller works of art that I am happy to keep under $200. Sure, I now have to make more sales to see the numbers I’d like to see in my bank account, but I am building my patron base.

It being my fourth year at the Colorado Black Arts Festival means that people who go every year now look for me. They say things like “I hoped you’d be here this year”. Often, these are people who bought something from me the year before and are looking to add to their collection. This is incredibly valuable. Any business owner knows that your best customers are the ones who come to you again and again. Now I have repeat customers.

In watching the older artists, I learned the value of nurturing these relationships. A woman who has been going to the Black Arts festival for over 30 years told me that she sold 18 paintings in a single day! THAT is where I want to be.

Check out some of my photos and videos from the weekend. Feel free to ask me any questions about getting into festivals, booth setup, or anything that comes to mind.

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Colorado Black Arts Festival Day 1

African Americans have made some crucial contributions to art and culture. The Colorado Black Arts Festival is proof. Live African drum and bass, blues, gospel, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, soul and world beat music fills the air. Multiple mediums, from fiber to photography, are displayed by notable and up and coming African American artists. Might want to have an appetite when you come, it’ll be tough to walk past the food court without stopping.

Burner Bazaar Day 2

We hope you’re as excited about this bazaar as we are because you know that you have cool creative community with whom to do all your shopping! Stock up on your festival gear from your friends and family!

– Handmade Costume, Fashion, Gift & Art Bazaar –

Your favorite bazaar to stick-it-to-the-man returns to keep us supporting our friends and outta-the-box stores!

Come to buy, come to sell, or come to socialize! But, most of all, come support the efforts of your local community! We have bunches of amazingly talented community members who are coming out to show off their creations. Please come out and support your burner family in their efforts to fundraise for the summer festival season and maybe pick yourself up something awesome in the process! Come to shop or come to socialize, but please make sure you stop by!

Family and freak friendly! Come one, come all!

Whatever unusual treasures you’re after, you can rest assured you will find something to fascinate you at this event!

A lot of really beautiful members of our community work their butts off to come out to show off the amazing things that they create. Come by and show your hard working friends that you believe in a community of support and caring. We know it’s hard to get moving on the weekends but it is SO worth it to come by, we promise!!

It’s FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome. It’s a great opportunity for us to come together, get to know each other, and support our friends and artists by checking out their wares. Even if you don’t think that you could possibly need anything, please know that we would love you to come by anyway, even if it is just to share a warm, fuzzy moment with us.

The Fusion Factory
3563 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

FREE! All Ages! Family Friendly!

Check out this incredible list of things that have come to the Burner Bazaar! This bazaar is going to be stuffed full of awesome! No where else can you find so many of your fellow community members offering up so many wonderful offerings!

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Costumes ¸¸.•*¨*• pocket belts ¸¸.•*¨*• jewelry ¸¸.•*¨*• hair accessories ¸¸.•*¨*• hand made candles ¸¸.•*¨*• leatherwork ¸¸.•*¨*• clothing made from recycled/vintage materials ¸¸.•*¨*• Flow Toys ¸¸.•*¨*• kimchi and kombucha ¸¸.•*¨*• handmade vegan artisan chocolates¸¸.•*¨*• farm to table products¸¸.•*¨*• Glow-under-blacklight clothing¸¸.•*¨*•clothing with AMAZING 3D Sacred Geometry prints ¸¸.•*¨*•festival and Burner clothing ¸¸.•*¨*•killer hand crotched hoodies ¸¸.•*¨*• floggers¸¸.•*¨*•big muppet fur coats and vests and other awesome fur items ¸¸.•*¨*• crystals and minerals ¸¸.•*¨*• Reiki and massage¸¸.•*¨*• art ¸¸.•*¨*•bikes¸¸.•*¨*• ¸¸.•*¨*• Toys and kids items ¸¸.•*¨*•and SO much more!
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Whatever unusual treasures you’re after, you can rest assured you will find something to fascinate you at this event.

Burner Bazaar

We hope you’re as excited about this bazaar as we are because you know that you have cool creative community with whom to do all your shopping! Stock up on your festival gear from your friends and family!

– Handmade Costume, Fashion, Gift & Art Bazaar –

Your favorite bazaar to stick-it-to-the-man returns to keep us supporting our friends and outta-the-box stores!

Come to buy, come to sell, or come to socialize! But, most of all, come support the efforts of your local community! We have bunches of amazingly talented community members who are coming out to show off their creations. Please come out and support your burner family in their efforts to fundraise for the summer festival season and maybe pick yourself up something awesome in the process! Come to shop or come to socialize, but please make sure you stop by!

Family and freak friendly! Come one, come all!

Whatever unusual treasures you’re after, you can rest assured you will find something to fascinate you at this event!

A lot of really beautiful members of our community work their butts off to come out to show off the amazing things that they create. Come by and show your hard working friends that you believe in a community of support and caring. We know it’s hard to get moving on the weekends but it is SO worth it to come by, we promise!!

It’s FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome. It’s a great opportunity for us to come together, get to know each other, and support our friends and artists by checking out their wares. Even if you don’t think that you could possibly need anything, please know that we would love you to come by anyway, even if it is just to share a warm, fuzzy moment with us.

The Fusion Factory
3563 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

FREE! All Ages! Family Friendly!

Check out this incredible list of things that have come to the Burner Bazaar! This bazaar is going to be stuffed full of awesome! No where else can you find so many of your fellow community members offering up so many wonderful offerings!

╔═♥═════════════════════════♥══════════╗
Costumes ¸¸.•*¨*• pocket belts ¸¸.•*¨*• jewelry ¸¸.•*¨*• hair accessories ¸¸.•*¨*• hand made candles ¸¸.•*¨*• leatherwork ¸¸.•*¨*• clothing made from recycled/vintage materials ¸¸.•*¨*• Flow Toys ¸¸.•*¨*• kimchi and kombucha ¸¸.•*¨*• handmade vegan artisan chocolates¸¸.•*¨*• farm to table products¸¸.•*¨*• Glow-under-blacklight clothing¸¸.•*¨*•clothing with AMAZING 3D Sacred Geometry prints ¸¸.•*¨*•festival and Burner clothing ¸¸.•*¨*•killer hand crotched hoodies ¸¸.•*¨*• floggers¸¸.•*¨*•big muppet fur coats and vests and other awesome fur items ¸¸.•*¨*• crystals and minerals ¸¸.•*¨*• Reiki and massage¸¸.•*¨*• art ¸¸.•*¨*•bikes¸¸.•*¨*• ¸¸.•*¨*• Toys and kids items ¸¸.•*¨*•and SO much more!
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Whatever unusual treasures you’re after, you can rest assured you will find something to fascinate you at this event.

Synesthesia is Back – at St Mark’s Coffeehouse

The art of Synesthesia is back! For those of you who missed it the first time, Synesthesia is a series of paintings of celebrity musicians by artist Adri Norris. Each piece will have you grooving to the music in your head as you recall songs by some of your favorite artists.
 
The artist will be in the house, and all paintings are for sale. If the thought of shelling out a wad of cash for an original makes you nervous, she will be selling prints and posters as well. What is not in stock can be pre-ordered on site.

Earth Day Celebration at Alfalfa’s

Come celebrate Alfalfa’s Market’s 6th B’earthday party from 11am-4pm on Saturday, April 22nd! 6 years of sustainability, 6 years of local vendors, 6 years of Boulder community. We’ll have free cake, B.Y.O.T. (Bring Your Own Tee) printmaking with FLATIRON PRESS benefiting the Colorado Tree Coalition, a bike giveaway from Republic Cycles, KGNU Djing live, sustainable local artists, tons of free samples from amazing LOCAL vendors, and much, much more! This is one party you do not want to miss!

Afro Triangle will be there, bringing you original art, prints, stickers and posters.

First Friday Open House

Join us on First Friday for Helikon Gallery and Studio’s open house. The artist studios will be open to the public, so you can see where the magic happens.

Here’s a sampling of what you will find.