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New artwork: Abstract Painting- Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Abstract Icon- Bob Marley

Hello all!  I wanted to share two new pieces of art that I’ve created recently.  It’s ironic that both pieces are inspired by music, which I love.

Abstract painting inspired by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Abstract painting inspired by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

This abstract painting was inspired by a group that I heard a few years ago and fell in love with their music.  Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is comprised of a group of brothers from Chicago who play horn.  Their father is jazz artist Phil Cohran.  Their music is infectious, lively, and soulful to the ears.  Even my soon to be 3 year-old was dancing to their music.   When I listened to their music before I began painting, I closed my eyes and envisioned flashes of color with every note.  That’s how I came up with the artwork.  Make sure to peep and listen to the video I’ve embedded so you all will get an idea why I love this group so much.

Abstract Icon- Bob Marley

Abstract Icon- Bob Marley

I wanted to do an abstract of Bob Marley for sometime now.  I looked at a few images of him as a reference before I began creating this in Illustrator.  I put a great deal of detail into this to show the passion of him singing.  I wished I debuted this on what would have been is 68th birthday the 6th of this month, however, life got in the way.   Overall, I love the outcome and colors.

 

What do you think of the artwork?  Which one do you like out of the two?  Comment below!  

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SA Creatives

During my usual Facebook surfing a few months ago, I visited photographer  Saddi Khali‘s public figure page.  (Make sure to see Politics and Fashion Blog’s post about her Saddi Khali experience in front of the lens.) One of his posts were about the quality level of South African photography.  Curious, I asked him which photographers’ work he’d seen.  From there he hipped me to this wonderful site that features a super talented collective group called, SA Creatives. I spent quite a bit of time looking at their site.  The site is loaded with articles, fashion, spotlight interviews, design, photo tips, creative showcases, films, and videos.  I really love this site.  You’ll find the works of Axel Bosenge, William Coupon, Christiaan Hattingh, Boni-Kula and The Next Movement, and many, many talented individuals.

Check out their website to see for yourselves and see why I favorited them.  What do you like?


Forecast Jah Reign: African Reggae Soul

If you all must know this about me.  I love music.  I really do.  If I wasn’t getting my graphic design degree, I’d probably be in music production.  I love it that much.   I came from an era where soul music was the regular staple in my household.  Luther Vandross, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Whitney Houston, The Temptations, LaBelle, The O’Jays, and other brilliant artists were rotated heavily as we opened our windows and prepare for our Saturday day chores.  Even though I am a fan of other genres of music, soul R&B music has molded my appreciation for great, timeless music.

I recently friended a wonderfully talented, multi-faceted man on Facebook named Patrick Marcelino, who is a part of a fabulous group from Rotterdam, Netherlands called Forecast Jah Reign.  I checked out a few videos and listened to their SoundCloud.  I’m still listening to their SoundCloud as I type this post.  I’m a fan.  I love their vibe and the peace in the music they create.  Their music is just beautifully soulful, comprised of a blend of reggae and African beats, lovely strings, rhythmic percussion and soothing, fantastic voices.   They remind me of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Check out their YouTube videos.  Listen to their SoundCloud.  I love to hear what you all think.