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Friday, April 10, 2015

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND INSPIRATION [VIDEO INSIDE]

I is for international inspiration.  Waking up to new surroundings is just what one needs to stir up the artistic soul with new creative insight.  When I woke up in Cape Coast, Ghana in West Africa, I remember having a feeling of deep peace, amazement, and intention.
Taking African Dance and Drum lessons in Accra, Ghana.  I was dressed as a Ga Tribe Queen in Kenti Cloth.

My intention involved declaring my creative independence.  From here on out I was free to create as I saw fit.  A vision of several permission slips sat beside me, waiting for my sole approval.  Things were instantly different and would never be the same.

I walked back through the very door that some of my ancestors were told was a "Door of No Return," right before being forced to board a ship headed for a strange land.  

A piece of me was reclaimed as I witnessed the inception of injustices suffered.  That piece of me became fully activated.  It was at that moment that my creative spirit was initiated.  My heart would soon be overflowing with a mixed media collage style called Afro Jazz...a gift from the Motherland meant to be shared with those who could feel its righteous rhythm.          

Here is the video of my morning in Ghana happily swinging in a hammock.  I like to think those waves represent creative juices splashing all over a rocky canvas. 



I gave my word that I would return with other artists of African descent.  Knowing your roots is so important.  Perhaps, even more as an artist because you give away parts of yourself while creating.  Surely it follows that one must know who and what they are sharing with others, right??!  

Accordingly, I plan to return to Ghana in December of 2016.  If you are an artist of African descent and would like to know more info fill out this short form here.  

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