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Finishing Love Part One: A thought or two

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Today's rumination is about love. At this moment, my god daughter, whom I love, is preparing to celebrate her 3rd birthday a day early. I am at home, in my former studio, because love sometimes also means self preservation. I started this painting a week or so ago on Instagram live. I was listening to music, lots of love songs from different genres, to help me keep the vibe in the realm of love, which Instagram doesn't like, so I had to go live twice. No big deal. I had a grand idea of what this piece was supposed to...

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Father I Stretch My Hands to You

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Father I Stretch My Hands to You

I know, I know, the line ends with "to Thee" but, give me a chance to explain, please. Thank you. Okay. So I've been doing some genealogical research, superficial stuff to be honest. I'm not trying to find anything groundbreaking or earth shattering. I'm not trying to spill any generational tea or anything, I just want to know the names of all my ancestors as far back as I can go.  So far, I've gone back to 3 of my grandparents' grandparents, and it's been exciting and empowering in a way I don't know how to verbalize. The world has...

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de mon coeur (from my heart)

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de mon coeur (from my heart)

My creative expression is intuitive, as you know, so sometimes, I end up painting messages to younger versions of myself to help them understand that the mistakes they think they made, or the path they chose, was just fine because it all made me the person I am right now. A person I love more than anything or anyone. And I believe that more Black womxn and girls need these messages.

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Everything must go?

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Everything must go?

I want to create dope art. I want all these sacrifices to mean something. And to be honest, so far they haven't. Y'all. Can we talk? I am an entrepreneur. I'm also a creator. I'm also a podcast host. I am also a freelance editor. I am someone's auntie (and I am THAT kind of auntie), someone's partner, someone's best friend, someone's sister, and nobody's fool. I quit my job last December because I wanted to chase my dreams, and somewhere in all that chasing, I left myself behind. What I'm saying here is, I was so ready to leave...

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When Art is Therapy: My Inner Child confronts a monster

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When Art is Therapy: My Inner Child confronts a monster

I had trouble with this piece for sure. I doubted my inner child's choices and methods, I made excuses for the parts of her that were being represented. I felt it unfair to paint her this way. But in allowing it to happen, surrendering to that child's truth, I've been able to see all of us in a new way. And I'm grateful. 

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