There is a Richness to Life…

You see there is a richness to life that can not be explained but only felt in every moment you give. The blessing is in sharing it with those you love and care deeply for. The stillness is in embracing the time you are given in life from God. I am thankful to have love and a family to share in those divine blessings that make living so worthwhile and memorable.

“The meaning of life is to find your Gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -Pablo Picasso

So, you see just live, love, laugh and share your story in the journey with others. I promise it will be marvelous.

God Bless.

Journeys.

The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

A Vital Character Lived!

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is Unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost –Martha Graham

I love this quote by Martha Graham, an American dancer and choreographer, who had a pivotal role in modern dance. Her form, beauty and motion exudes individuality and self-expression that was all her own. I love how she used dance to tell a story of how life is portrayed by the motion of one’s body. She said in the 1994 documentary “The Dancer Revealed,”

I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.

I use that quote in my own life, we must use our gifts to share a story and find life as a journey which is beautiful, circular, spontaneous and though unexpected changes happen they turn out to be monumental blessings, a faith connected in your soul to live.

I intend to continue to work and create art through my own self-expression, which is life. Enjoy the journey and let your purpose shine through your craft. Thank you Martha for such wisdom and vital use of character in motion.

The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

Martha Graham

Martha Graham

Jean-Michel Basquiat: From Street to Studio.

(December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988)
(Photo Credit: 1986, New York, New York, USA — Jean-Michel Basquiat — Image by © William Coupon/CORBIS)

I don’t think about Art when I’m working. I try to think about Life.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

He was born in Brooklyn, NY to a Haitian-American father and an Afro-Puerto Rican mother. He was a gifted child learning to read and write by age four and became a gifted artist due to his mother’s love of art, which she instilled in him.

When he was 8 yrs. old, he was hit by a car and suffered injuries. Upon recovering, his mother gave him a Gray’s Anatomy book to occupy his time. This moment would change his life forever and his artistic outlook.

Basquiat first gained notoriety as a teenage graffiti poet/artist using his famous text phrase on buildings “SAMO.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat spray painting one of his SAMO quotes in Lower Manhattan.

At the age of twenty, he had turned from spraying graffiti on the walls of buildings in Lower Manhattan to selling paintings in SoHo galleries.

Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

He rapidly became one of the greatest artists of his generation sparking the Neo-Expressionist and Primitivist Art movement in the late 1970s and 1980s. He was known as The Radiant Child,” a name given to him by art critic Rene’ Ricard in his first major article on Basquiat in Artforum Magazine in 1981.

After this article was published, Basquiat skyrocketed up the ranks of the art world and garnered him recognition for his raw talent and concrete poetry.

He used social commentary in his paintings as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual.”

 His art focused on “suggestive dichotomies,” such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation and inner versus outer experience.

For example, in his large double-panel painting, “In Italian,” he uses his expressive and emotional depth through this imagery of empowerment with his repeated use of crowns as a dual motif for majestic and kingly qualities he attributed to himself.

In Italian, by Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1983

Basquiat uses the “crown of thorns,” imagery only to cross out the final word in the phrase to convey the crown as a parallel symbol of fallibility in religious iconography.

Jean-Michel Basquiat painting his In Italian, a portrait of Stephen Torton, in New York, 1983. Photo:© Stephen Torton/ADAGP, Paris.

I loved the quote from Julian Schnabel‘s 1996 biopic film Basquiat, about Basquiat’s sheer Genius, “Your Audience is not even born yet.” Basquiat was ahead of his time and was gone too soon at the age of 27 of a drug overdose.

In 1992, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of Basquiat’s art and in 2005, the Brooklyn Museum of Art held an exhibit of his past works. Most recently, the Gagosian Gallery in New York held an exhibition of Basquiat’s work from February 7-April 6, 2013. His work is still in high demand.

Considered to be his artistic generation’s lightning rod, bridging cultures together.

To me he was beautiful, brilliant, original, unique, and lived his art, being caught between two worlds: the conscious and unconscious mind of society. He lived his truth in his work and showed us the brokenness of our world through his use of imagery, humor and text in his paintings. However, he was wise beyond his mere 27 years on this earth.

All I can say of Basquiat is one word too “FRAGILE” for this world.

Although his art career was brief, Jean-Michel Basquiat has been credited with bringing the African-American and Latino experience into the elite art world.

Jean-Michel Basquiat in his studio, 1985. Cover of The New York Times Magazine Photograph © Lizzie Himmel

We Love You Radiant Child. You have inspired me to return to drawing and painting. Your work still survives and influences today! 🙂

Genius Child

This is a song for the genius child.
Sing it softly, for the song is wild.
Sing it softly as ever you can –
Lest the song get out of hand.

Nobody loves a genius child.

Can you love an eagle,
Tame or wild?
Can you love an eagle,
Wild or tame?
Can you love a monster
Of frightening name?

Nobody loves a genius child.

Kill him – and let his soul run wild.
-Langston Hughes

True Artistry.

Young Michael Jackson at 12 yrs.old on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in 1971.

I look at things and try to imagine what is possible and then hope to surpass those boundaries.

Inspiration is Limitless.

Michael Jackson

Well said. 🙂

Two Words: Alice Smith!

This Album is Soulful, Classic and Powerful! Alice Smith is

SHE!

Her work speaks for itself. Check out this album with its lush multi-hued melodies and orchestral arrangements, which leave you breathless upon listening to Smith’s velvet voice!

I extremely enjoyed it, from start to finish. My favorite song on repeat off the album is “The One”. Love you Alice. Gifted Voice! 🙂

Sweet November!

It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul. ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Goodbye October, Hello November, my favorite month of the fall next to December. Sweet November, my birthday month and Thanksgiving with family and friends. May your November be crisp, beautiful, fruitful and filled with love! 🙂

Romeo and Juliet.

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep. The more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite. -Romeo and Juliet

The joy of living in NYC, “The Theater” on Broadway. Well, its been 36 years, since Romeo and Juliet has been on Broadway and I am definitely going to see Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in this version of William Shakespeare’s story of 2 star-crossed lovers in a modern take on the play.

Go check it out, I heard their chemistry is phenomenal and the cast is superb! It is directed by David Leveaux, a British theatre director who has been nominated for five Tony Awards as director of both plays and musicals.

Location of this wonderful Play:

RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE
226 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

Here is the website to learn more about dates, times and tickets: http://www.broadway.com/shows/romeo-and-juliet/

The most beautiful and yet so tragic love story of All Time. Support the Arts!

Life Beyond the Frames…

-The world can’t just be seen in black and white but through space and time.

The Genius that is Colbert..

Day Ninety by Gregory Colbert

Day Ninety by Gregory Colbert

Day Eighty-Six by Gregory Colbert

Day Eighty-Six by Gregory Colbert

Day Eighty-Five by Gregory Colbert

Day Eighty-Five by Gregory Colbert

Day Eighty-Two by Gregory Colbert

Day Eighty-Two by Gregory Colbert

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Beautiful, Stunning  and Mesmerizing Photography done by Gregory Colbert, from his Ashes and Snow Exhibit. Check out more from his website: http://www.gregorycolbert.com