Inspiration

  Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash   Inspiration can be defined as an animating action or influence, that is to say, something that moves us or influences us to act or create, giving life to something new. Many people might think that the major influence operating today…

Frank Malaba

Frank Malaba: Inspiration

View this post on Instagram An unrehearsed, unmemorised true story told in 5 minutes or less by Frank Malaba… [as performed at Southern Rights and Wrongs in Cape Town] 11 April 2019 A post shared by Frank Malaba (@frankmalaba) on Apr 15, 2020 at 2:08pm PDT   ⁠—…

Inspired to Sew: Darlene Jackson

So, here’s what happened. A Garden Spices interview with the artist, Dymond Phillips, enabled a talk with her exuberant mother, fashion designer, Darlene Jackson. It turns out that Darlene Jackson is not only a personal friend of actress Cecily Tyson,  but that she has designed and outfitted numerous…

Inspired by Dr. Russell Clayton

  THE MYSTERY OF YOUR TRUE IDENTITY We all seek our identity in various ways. Some people express their identity through their bodies. Some find shelter in their minds. Some seek identity in their jobs, and In their wealth. But none of these versions of you is the…

Poem for the Graduate

Photo by Terrence Thomas on Unsplash   “Inspiration for the poem “Happy Graduation” came from watching my nephew, Lamar Stewart, slide and skip across the stage as he accepted his Engineering degree from GA Tech in 2006.  I gave this framed poem to the high school Seniors at…

Art Inspired: Dymond Phillips

Isis Revisited Garden Spices featured renowned artist and friend, Ronnie Phillips, a few years ago. This summer, I viewed the art of talented Dymond Phillips, Ronnie’s daughter, and I couldn’t help but wonder how he inspired her. As it turns out, she told me, “Both of my parents…

Spicy…a garden spices blog by Victorine

“We celebrate living another year and ceremonies we have been blessed to be a part of.  We celebrate our relationships – friends, and family, by blood and by love.  We wear our masks and wash our hands in celebration of being able to work for issues we believe…

Ken Hester: Photography Jazz

It was this featured image, Musician’s Hands, a photograph that conveyed a journey, and a soul in detail, that intrigued me.  I had to know the man who created it, the man who knew to cast and shoot such a mesmerizing photo.  I solicited Ken Hester to allow…

A Pandemic’s Silver Lining

  Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash   USS Titanic 15 April 1912 – 15 April 2020 History repeats itself, but do we learn from it? Wisdom gained from our experiences, but do we use it? Oh well, I guess history and wisdom are cheap. While watching YouTube…

Leslie Vance…Artist Interrupted

Art is a way of connecting. When I render a place, person, or object with paint, I intend that this expression will resonate with those who view it. Hopefully, it will cause the viewer to recognize the beauty of the subject, and it’s worthiness to be painted.  This…