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Gwendolyn Bennett in Colored Pencil

Hello Friends!

This week in my class I have been learning about Gwendolyn Bennett. She lived from 1902 to 1981. She was a writer of poetry, short stories, editorials, cultural and social articles, reviews, essays, an unfinished novel, and her own diaries. She was also a painter, but unfortunately, nearly all of her artwork was destroyed in a fire. However, her magazine covers are online, and there is one oil painting, Untitled (River Landscape) that she painted in 1931 which was located by Belinda Wheeler in 2012. Art historians hope to someday recover more of her art that may not have been destroyed in the fire.

As I was reading about this amazing woman online, I found a book about her that I purchased. It is called Heroine of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Gwendolyn Bennett’s Selected Writings. It was just published in 2018 and was edited by Belinda Wheeler and Louis J. Parascandola. I have just started it, but it’s inspiring to see discover that she accomplished so much in her lifetime! I recommend this book if you are interested in learning about her.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Edmonia Lewis in Pencil

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This is the drawing I did for the first week’s assignment for my class “Redrawing Black History” with Tamisha Anthony and Lilla Rogers at Make Art That Sells.

Edmonia Lewis lived from July 4, 1844 to September 17, 1907. She was an American sculptor. You can read more about her here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmonia_Lewis

I’m sorry this post is short. I didn’t get much sleep in the last couple of days. I hope you are all doing well! I am hoping to do this week’s assignment in mixed media. Our subject this week is Gwendolyn Bennett. She was a poet among many other talents! Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Marian Anderson in Pencil

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This is the third person we learned about in my “Redrawing Black History” class. She had such a beautiful voice. She sang mostly opera and spirituals. She won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the NAACP Image Award, and others.

She was allowed to sing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, after she was denied permission to sing for an integrated audience for the Daughters of the American Revolution at their Constitution Hall. That day she sang before an enormous integrated crowd of 75,000 people!

You can find videos of her singing on YouTube! I think she really had a gorgeous and melodic voice.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Alice Coltrane in Watercolor

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This is the second person from my “Redrawing Black History” class whom we learned about. She was a singer, piano player, and harpist. She was also married to John Coltrane!

Her music is beautiful. I enjoyed painting this one! It was pretty fun.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Betty Davis in Watercolor

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Meet Betty Davis! Surprised? This Betty Davis is not the white acclaimed movie star whose face most likely comes to mind when you hear this name!

I had never heard of this Betty Davis before. I learned about her in the “Redrawing Black History” class I am taking online with Tamisha Anthony and Lilla Rogers.

Betty Davis was an African American soul and funk singer from the late 1960’s through the 1970’s. She was also married to Miles Davis. Apparently she was never allowed on television, because her performances were “sexually aggressive.” I listened to some of her songs, and I thought her lyrics were, too! But that’s just not the kind of music I have ever been into either. To each his own, though. She definitely conveyed a lot of emotion!

I am enjoying learning about black artists and musicians from the past that I have never heard of, though. And Tamisha Anthony is a great teacher. She’s young, sweet, and very energetic as she teaches about her awesome culture!

I have a few more posts of others she has taught us about coming up. Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Editorial Class Concept Drawings

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Last week I began working on my Editorial Class assignments! Our first one was to draw pictures to illustrate eight different words. This was not easy! The eight words are: Pulling, morning, tool, moon, herbal tea, potatoes, successful, and high.

Then the next assignment was to draw a “morning routine of a highly successful woman”. It was even more challenging! So this is what I came up with.

I used watercolor and pen. I haven’t felt this challenged in a long time! I suppose that’s good, though, in order to grow!

Have a wonderful day! 😊

Book Giveaway: WALRUS SONG by Janet Lawler

Originally posted on Writing and Illustrating:  Janet Lawler has a new picture book, WALRUS SONG, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering and published by Candlewick Press on December 1st. Janet has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or…

Book Giveaway: WALRUS SONG by Janet Lawler

Dog in Pencil

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I have been working on drawing more dogs, some bears, and some things to show concepts lately. Here I drew a Chinese Crested Dog. I thought it was so cute. I drew it from a photo in a dog book for kids that I checked out from the library. 

Dogs are so great when they are trained and taken care of. I will always miss our little Brownie whom we had for 17 and a half years! But since we have our cat, Wampus, now, we probably won’t get another dog until retirement, depending on where we end up living. I can’t imagine never having one again.

I hope you are all doing well! We are expecting a winter storm tomorrow. Just hoping we don’t lose power!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

“Wampus! Watch Out!

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The other day I was watching Wampus, our cat, sniffing the Christmas tree. It is fragrant. We get a live one every year. And I wondered what she might look like if she were to climb it and tip it over, ha ha! And of course I had to have our dog Brownie (who sadly is not with us anymore) yelling at her. So I sketched it. This was a fun one! I love drawing these two goofballs. I am always thinking about how to write them in a children’s book and illustrate it. Always thinking…

I hope your week went well! I have been enjoying one of the classes from Make Art That Sells that is part of the My Year In Art School program. We have instant access to several rught now that are part of the bulk of 2022 classes. So I am doing the one about drawing for editorial pieces. We are learning how to draw concepts which is challenging and fun! I am already enjoying Lilla Rogers’s teaching style. She’s really good at getting me to think and picture concepts to draw! 

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Ballerina Poses in Pencil

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Her are the rough sketches of a ballerina in many different poses. I sketched them small so I could get them all on one page. I plan to draw them larger so I can show them in different poses. And I will post them when I draw them larger.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

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