Artist spotlight: John Mark

So I belong to this Facebook group called “Artists Trying to Make a Living Creating Art” and I tell you there’s nothing like scrolling through my news feed and coming across beautiful artwork. The other day I came across this masterpiece and I thought it was stunning and who doesn’t love Prince? The artist’s Facebook name is John Mark and he gace me permission to boast about his work on my blog. What really stands out to me about this portrait is the different shades of purple and it looks so textured like you ciuld just reach out and touch the paint. I am always in awe of other artists, and I regret that I’m not a visual artist myself but being a part of this group makes me want to pick up a sketch pad, pencils, and paint brushes and take a shot at it. John Mark has other artwork similar to this and just as beautiful. You should check out his artwork. Please do. We need to support art and other artists.

https://www.artwanted.com//artist.cfm?ArtID=5036

Eminem’s rise and fall

Everyone is familiar with Eminem’s controversial freestyle rant about Donald Trump at the BET Hip Hop Awards a couple of months ago. His biggest fans were by his side all the way, appreciating his lyrical genius and his nerve to be so controverisal, although long time fans like myself know that Eminem has no problem with controversy and throwing every celebrity under the bus. Then of course there’s the other end of the spectrum filled with people who are more than likely Trump supporters who were outraged and making comments that summed up to this is Eminem’s desperate attempt to make himself relevant again. I’m not here to talk about Eminem’s freestyle about Trump. I want to shine a light on Eminem’s career and his (successful?) comeback. I’ve been an Eminem fan ever since I was a little girl. I’m a HUGE fan. His music was always so raw and real and mind blowing. A lot of his lyrics made you laugh or drop your mouth open because you couldn’t believe he just said that. He’s also probably been one of the most controversial rappers of our time. Gay and women rights groups have come up against Eminem in the past for promoting hate speech and still through it all I and everyone of his fans have supported him and his music because we feel like we know what he’s about. Now it’s 2017 and Eminem has a new album called “Revival” coming out in about a week. If I’m not mistaken this is his first album in a couple of years and I hate to be one of those fans, but judging by the songs that I have heard already I want the old Eminem back. I always said that true fans should support Eminem because even if the Slim Shady persona is dead Eminem has matured so we can’t expect the craziness like when Em first started out. I ask this though, to be a true fan do you have to like every song? I don’t think so. I think as fans we should demand quality from our favorite artists. We don’t have to kiss their butts. If we don’t like the direction an artist is going or the music he or she is putting out then we have the right to our opinion and I have to say that I am not feeling Eminem right now as much as it pains me to say that. I don’t like his new song with BeyoncĂ© even though I fully understand the message of the song. I just can’t get into it and that’s alright. Hopefully, there are some songs on this new album that I can get into.

My first open mic night

Last night I had so much fun! Last night I participated in my first open mic night and it was amazing. I read four poems last night. I had only planned on reading two but we still had some extra time left over. I’ve been looking to get more involved with the arts community in my town and last night I took a leap and did something incredible. I honestly felt like I was in my element surrounded by like-minded people who appreciate the arts. It was really thrilling!!! I also see it as a great opportunity to network and meet new people who share that same creative spark like me. Just because of me going I found out about ither ilopen moc night events in the surrounding areas. I am sooo excited!!!

 

 

An artist conversation

I am very proud of this article. Cedric Baker was an amazing person to interview. He gave me insight into his life as an artist and what his journey has been like. He also gave me encouragement as a writer to follow my passion and do what I love. He made me realize that it’s not about the money. As long as you’re passionate about what you do that’s all that matters.

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Music and Art

Art is beautiful and music is wonderful but combined they can be dynamic. I live in Goldsboro, NC and on the surface Goldsboro doesn’t seem like a thriving artistic city, but I have recently learned that there is more to Goldsboro than meets the artistic eye. The Arts Council of Wayne County is at the center of it all. They focus on supporting local artists. I took a journey downtown today to check it out mainly because I had to write an article about. I am a volunteer writer for Carolina Monthly. Part of the lure of this place for me is that the actually have a music alley, where they have displayed artwork that shows off the beauty of music. Music plays a very important part of my life and I believe it to be one of the most important things in life and to me art (any kind of art) is a cultural experience. I’m so happy to have found this place. They have upcoming art exhibits, they have an art market with trinkets created by local artists, and they have many opportunities for artists to make a name for themselves in the community. I look forward to getting more involved and creating my own stuff.