Now that we’ve discussed time-management let’s discuss things that sap your energy. I call these things time-sucks. These are distractions that run afoul of your time. When you identify people or things that are draining your energy and wasting your time, you have got to make a change!
The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to deck the halls. One thing I am excited about, is getting my bar hostess ready. My theme this year is glamour & drama. My colors for the season are silver & gold.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Sep 20, 2015 – Jan 10, 2016
His work can be seen in the TV Show Empire as well as over 40 museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Seattle Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum; and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Kehinde Wiley was born in Los Angeles, earning a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and an MFA from Yale University in 2001.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, an overview highlighting the range of the artist’s prolific 14-year career and comprising approximately 60 works. The exhibition begins with early examples of paintings inspired by Wiley’s observations of street life in Harlem. In subsequent work, Wiley further examines the European tradition of portraiture, taking specific paintings by renowned masters such as Titian, Van Dyck, and Manet and replacing the historical subjects with contemporary, young black men sporting fashionable urban gear. These likenesses are set against ornate, decorative backgrounds on large canvases — part of Wiley’s signature style — in order to raise issues of class in addition to race and gender. A New Republic also includes a selection from the artist’s ongoing World Stage project, examples of his bronze busts, and a chapel-like structure that showcases his new stained-glass “paintings.”
Repost, because it’s Fall, it’s Sunday, it’s GOOD!!!
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My family loves this soup. Yaka mein is a New Orleans tradition and I grew up eating it. The beauty of this soup is how simple it is to prepare. It’s such a simple recipe for a huge payoff. You can literally stop at the grocery on your way home and have dinner on the table in one-hour. The best!
You prepare your stock with meat and put all of the fixings on the side – don’t add the fixings to your pot (fixings: boiled eggs, green onions, noodles, hot sauce, and soy sauce). I used chicken and shrimp in my soup, so you can be creative with the protein. Post the pictures when you make this soup (#ChristoffDavis). Yumsters!
Trust your strengthens, gifts, talents and abilities. When you struggle or waiver in your truth, stop and challenge those negative thoughts. Why are you second guessing yourself, and does that doubt hold up to your truth? Write down your discoveries and begin to reframe internal messages. You will find that what’s bugging you can’t hold a candle to your accomplishments. Trust yourself and continue to remind yourself why you are so great. It’s a daily practice. I challenge you!
Are you considering sprucing up your home for the holidays? Why not start with new art? Follow these easy steps for success:
- Consider your current decor. What is your current style? (i.e. modern, classic, etc.)
- What size do you need to maximize the impact of your art? You may like one large statement piece or a grouping of several smaller pieces.
- Focus on the entire color palate in the room, not one or two colors that may stand out in the room. This may be an opportunity to break-up a repetitive color scheme you may in the room. You want to pick a piece that compliments the room not match the colors in the room.
- Don’t be afraid to take a risk or make an unexpected choice.
- Have fun!
The Art of Chanel Christoff Davis “Sunsets” series of paintings featured at West Elm/Mockingbird Station Dallas
These “Sunsets” paintings make this room shine. I love how they add a pops to the decor. It breaks up the monotony of the wood surfaces. I sort of wish this was in my art studio. Amazing!
I would like to give a special thanks to West Elm for staging my “Sunsets” painting in their Mockingbird Station store, Dallas. The art is so beautiful in these vignettes.
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I love to learn. I joke that if I could afford to, I would have been a lifelong college student. This weekend I started watercolor classes on-line. Although I’m falling in love with watercolor, it’s a really challenging medium. If you are a control freak like me, watercolor can drive you mad because it has a mind of its own. Check out my first watercolors below.
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Spring Break week has come to an end…Tear! We had an awesome break. We did lots of spring cleaning and gardening. We also visited many Dallas attractions. It was a great family bonding week. What did you guys do for Spring Break? If your break is coming soon, what do you have planned?
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