Monday, December 31, 2012

Henry Tanner – The Artist

Portrait of an Artist

Henry Tanner, best known for his painting, the Banjo Lesson, seen below is one of the most famous African American Painters.

The Banjo Lesson

I don’t know much about painting, but to my untrained eye, he was a damn fine painter; he demonstrated a mastery of form, light and shadow that evokes strong and passionate feelings in the viewer.

Take a Look at Some of His Work. I think it’ll be obvious why he was one of the better known artists of his time, particularly in Europe, where he was much more appreciated. His autobiography, The Story of an Artist’s Life details his difficulties gaining respect in the USA and battling the scourge of racism. It was only in France that he was free to practice his craft as he wished; the rest of the world was all the better for it.

Quite possibly the greatest African-American Painter ever and a fitting way to end my odyssey. 

Greatest Quote
I will preach with my brush.



 Desperate (The Queen of Hearts – Epilogue)

We could never have
A desperate connection
Of love un-wasted 
Well hidden, just like love

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Frozen Hearts

Heartless (The Queen of Hearts – Conclusion) 
Pick apart my heart
Peek inside, see the mess of
Pieces left behind
 Frozen Hearts...come in pairs

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Swallow the combination and forget it...

The Hurt Lock (The Queen of Hearts – Falling Action) 
But you threw away
The key to your heart and now
I know love unfair

Broken Lock in place of a Heart

Friday, December 28, 2012

Lost in the maze

 Occupy (The Queen of Hearts – Climax)

Let me occupy
Your heart’s deep recesses as
You always do mine
With no hope of escape