Archive for December, 2011

The Bell Jar

William Tolliver and Sylvia Plath had nothing in common except being featured here. He was an African American artist and she an honored and tragic poet. They would never have met socially. Still their talents have influenced painters and writers
long past their lives.

Tolliver, a self-educated and self-taught artist, was a Southerner. Plath was a Northerner, well-educated, who lived part of her life in England.

They are paired together by being written about and being on the internet. While Tolliver was a painter, Plath did pen and ink drawings in addition to writing poetry. Many will be familiar with Plath’s published works, including The Bell Jar.

Those unfamiliar with Tolliver’s use of color and design can find his paintings on the following post. Two limited edition books of his works are for sale.



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Willaim Tolliver — Delta Blues

Compliments to article. Comparing Tolliver to Sylvia Plath.

The Painted Note Gallery

William Tolliver (1951-2000) was never formally trained as an artist, but the impact of his solo study of more than 4,000 books and resulted in a self education in the techniques of the modern masters that was second to none. His synthesis of that knowledge with his African-American heritage and Louisiana upbringing resulted in master works that continues to draw the attention of museums and collectors. Many of his works have been collected into two wonderful volumes that are available HERE.

The video below gives provides an overview of Tolliver’s work…

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Japanese Women series by Bettye W. Harwell

“Going Places” and “Looking Forward” (works in watermedia and ink)

Guest Artist

Toni Hooper barely made the end of December with a grande finale! Talent abounds in photography, video, painting and sculpture. See her collection of paintings in this YouTube presentation.

Who knew?

The weather has cooperated to give us a feeling of optimism. Each of the holidays we have been able to forget the strange events all year. And so 2012 is coming in like a lamb.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia estate Monticello highlights slaves’ stories in new website.

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"Fine China"

A wonderful christmas card we received. Certai...

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"Mother's Eyes"

Painting by Eduardo Scott

The Day After Christmas

The dishes are cleared. It is a holiday for plumbers. Television turned off so no news today. It is cold but clear. So clearly, my neighbor’s car wont start. Soon bills to pay along with taxes.

Who knew?

But who can complain? It was Christmas Day. Santa came and it did not rain.

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A Christmas tree inside a home.

there is a reason for this season

Christmas Eve

The day is coming to a close. The excitement for tomorrow is at a frenzy level in many households. Services are soon to begin.  (more…)

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Gift of Time

Keith Olbermann has a segment on his TV program called ‘Time Marches On.’ And soon enough it will!

Let Time pause and give us a chance to think. Remember special people and pleasures;  how doors opened or were ajar and how lucky we are.
There can always be a bitter pill, a piece of coal or a pebble in the shoe. When the holidays come all is smoothed illuminated by the glow of lights and tinsel.

And  even then life intrudes with situations. The challenge is to care for others and ourselves.

The time between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years seems to get shorter every year. Reflect on the most memorable  times. Children used to get that one pair of shoes from Santa. They lasted until the next time whether outgrown or not. An orange or an apple in the mended stocking was a special treat.

What I remember most was unwrapping a gift, each child in turn. We had pooled our dimes to buy a present for the adults. This ritual was followed by laughter and fun in the snow (if it had snowed.)  Then it was business as usual.

Who knew?

This weekend those who can will share what they can. Children expect to get something as a token of love. Adults can be satisfied with a call, email or even a visit. That, too, is a token of love.

(It never hurts to have that one special gift.)

Art by  B. W. Harwell (Snow on branches – photo, Tin man lights – gel pen)

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