Colorful Are My Thoughts by Radiant Jasmin - Color pencil on paper
My new drawing for Discover Roxbury's 3rd Annual Black & White Party. The event is tonight and I just heard that all the tickets sold out! Attire is black & white, this is the first year they've had a contest for the best dressed man and woman. I'm designing and sewing my outfit, I WILL WIN the contest!
I'll post photos of my outfit creation process and photos from the party.
The forecast said we were only supposed to get a few inches of snow yesterday and today, but when I woke up and looked out the window this morning, it looked like a repeat of the BIG snowstorm we had a few weeks ago. It was hard to believe when I heard that one of the school departments I work with is having school today??! Thank goodness I wasn't scheduled to teach today, I had some planning things to do in one of my schools, but it wasn't worth trudging through the snow on public transportation, so I'm enjoying a well deserved Snow Day off at home with my hubby (oh course, I'll do a little planning stuff here at home :-)
I've had these tap shoes for about 6 or 7 years. I danced a little in them a while ago along to live drumming. The percussionist was encouraging me to get some sensors to attach to my shoes somehow, to trigger samples from my synthesizers ( I have a keyboard and a Handsonic electronic percussion unit.) I've been visualizing myself tapping in my performances and I recently got my platform out of storage, where it had been since all my studio moves last year.
So it was very synchronistic when my good friend Akiba Abaka invited me to attend a preview performance of 2 shows: Daniel Beaty's Emergency and Maurice Hines' Tappin' Through Life! this past Tuesday. It was amazing! Maurice is STILL tapping at almost 70 years old and he brought out his proteges, the Manzari brothers, WOW!!!! I'm looking forward to seeing the whole show when they come back to Boston in the spring.
So, with all that inspiration within me, I set up my platform in the basement, pulled on my shoes and had myself a tappin' fun time!
P.S. if anyone in the Boston area has a clean (we go shoeless in my house) scrap piece of carpet about
36 inches by 40 inches minimum, for me to put the platform on to protect my beautiful hardwood floors, please let me know, thanks!
As I've been face and body painting again, I'm having fun learning about all the new developments and supplies in the field. One of them is using round foam sponges called daubers to quickly create circles. I decided to try out some of my foam hair rollers and they work just perfectly! Much more cost effective then buying daubers on a wooden stick, which are around $5 for 3 or 4, you can get 6 rollers in a pack of 1 1/2 inch rollers for about $2.79 and you can use both ends of a roller for 2 colors! Don't worry about the hole, just dab over the spot with the edge of the roller to fill it in.
I made my Jack-O-Lantern arm art with the orange end of the roller :-)
I'm sending a BIG Thank You to Jamaal Eversley and Leyla Chaieb for
being my Face and Body painting models last week, we had a fun time enjoying a beautiful Sunday out in Jamaal's yard! This was my first time painting all the way down someones neck onto their shoulders and the first time I painted a torso.
Contact me ASAP if you
would like to be painted for the Caribbean Festival Parade or if you
looking to hire a Face Painter for a party and any other kind of event,
Jammal is an abstract painter and a poet, so I put the S A on his chest to stand for Super Artist!