Felrath Hines

New artist for me.  I love the simplicity of this piece and the space and placement. I love how clean his work is. Wonderful African American artist.

Felrath Hines is an abstract painter whose harmony and balance come from introspection and a search for beauty. In the 80’s and 90’s, Felrath Hines painted geometric abstractions. Felrath Hines was a founding member of Spiral. Felrath HInes began experimenting with cubism, then moved into abstract expressionism …readmore


As artists how we deal with the removal of recognizable objects and move to shape and form or color is a challenge and a reward.

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"Open End", 52" x 58", 1990
"Tropic Night", 26" x 26", 1989
"Untitled", 66" x 78", 1971



Mary Frank

Today I meandered all around looking at sites and came across DC Moore Gallery and discovered Mary Frank.  Her work took my breath away.  She does a drapping with clay that is so sensitive.

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Born in London, England, in 1933 Mary Frank moved to the United States with her family in 1940. In the early 1950s she studied with Hans Hoffman and Max Beckmann. Frank works across disciplines as a sculptor, painter, photographer and gifted ceramic artist. Without allegiance to any particular way of working

Mary has said of clay, “It is an astounding medium… so alive and dead, both…It doesn’t breathe on its own, but you can breathe into it and change it.” Mary breathes emotion and insight into all of her work,


How wonderful to have a work speak to you so that you want to whisper back…I get it.

Frank has said of the faces of her women that they exist in a state of grace conveyed by the Yiddish saying, “Out of longing, and out of song, time was created. And there is always just enough time for one more day.” She continues, “I want to make that state of grace palpable.”

Spend the time searching her..the read will inspire you. “Mary Frank’s figure sculptures have been described as sensual, sublime, erotic, metaphorical, poetic and profoundly moving. Frank herself has said, “All myths deal with transformations.” It is this view which marks Mary Frank as unique among contemporary artists. At a time when figurative work has not been an artistic imperative, Frank imparts a sense of the timeless and elemental to her work, placing her among the foremost figurative artists of our time. ” Jewish Womens Archive

I also love her paintings. see more


Frank’s “Abide” was painted with oil on canvas


“There’s something about her, and the only word I can think of is magic,” read more

Snow Day

Yesterday I awakened to beautiful snow on the ground in Charlotte, NC. I love the light and white.

It was a painting day.

Snow Day-Cheryl Johnson Artist

Yet I Do Marvel

I have seen Sam Gilliam’s work in museums and I must admit. I walked up and looked at his work, first because it was drapped hanging canvas and I thought how wonderful that is. Then, secondly, because I liked what I saw. Next time go look at who the artist is when you see something you like. Take the time to learn more.

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As an artist, I am constantly looking and learning from other artists. I somewhere in all of my searching have been looking for my own voice and hoping to hear familiar words and sounds in other artists work so I might join their tribe. I joined the Abstract Expressionists because I like the language they speak.

I love his titles: “Yet do I marvel,” “The Music of Color.”  I hear you Sam. Thank you for inspiring me.


Go look at Sam Gilliam again, now in his eighties, his work is getting more recognition. How wonderful is that? Gilliam’s career is long “and it has been successful. I pray one day they say that about my work. 

Go read more about him:

At Age 84, Living Legend Sam Gilliam Is Enjoying His Greatest Renaissance Yet

“Whatever you call it, Gilliam has been enjoying an unprecedented level of attention in recent years. The 84-year-old artist represented the US at the Venice Biennale way back in 1972; he was the first African American artist to do so. But his market has been slow to catch up—until now.”

A Long Time Coming

Gilliam’s late-breaking commercial success comes despite—or perhaps because—he eschewed a conventional path for most of his life.

He did things his own way, Binstock says, “by not signing on with a gallery; by selling out of the studio; by making abstract art when abstract painting was unfashionable; and by making abstract painting when black artists were being called upon by other culturally influential people in the black community to make art that was in line with the political cause. In other words, he actually did nothing that he needed to do in order to become successful.”


Take the time to learn more about Sam Gilliam you will marvel.

At Smithsonian African American Museum, A Washington Painter Gets His Due

“Most painters are better when they’re older,” he says. “They’re mature. Single-minded. And they have something to say because they practiced, made a lot of mistakes, and they’re cultured.” Sam Gilliam

Sam am I old enough yet? Cheryl Johnson Artist


Morning with – Lisa Brunetti

For some reason, I have a fascination with and for squirrels.  I happened across a photo on Zebra Site...and thought…ah this site is familiar. How fun is that. Today I was inspired by a woman who apparently likes squirrels and has a number of sites, that are an inspiration. Lisa Brunetti.

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I came across her site that you will enjoy if you love squirrels, honesty, photography, spiral art and more.

Go read it is worth the journey.

I think I should say more about this site Playamart. Take the time to read this ladies journey.  Her thoughts and writing will move and inspire you. And isn’t that what life is all about.

She creates art inspired by the spiral.

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

~ An Artist’s Eyes Never Rest

This note caught my eye

“A friend says that he loves my stories, but it’s a shame that I’m in an institution in Mississippi and making this all up!” Lisa Brunetti

(What do you think?)  Made me smile. Thank you, Lisa Brunetti.  


Read more about this interesting artist

“We all leave traces of ourselves; tiny bits of our soul linger behind and continue to touch others. By having others help with a group painting, those energies will forever be embedded in that work.” Lisa Brunetti

With such a philosophy, it is no wonder she has created workshops centering on group painting called,  “I Can Do This!”  In these workshops held in Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador, she calls for even more involvement, with a view to creating artists as well as art.  

For more on Brunetti’s Mola Series, along with painting names and an in-depth look at how each work evolved, go to PRECOLUMBIAN MOLA SERIES.  To connect with the artist herself and read more about her on-going projects, go to her award-winning blog: Zeebra Designs and Destinations. 

PRECOLUMBIAN MOLA SERIES Watercolors by Lisa Brunetti – (Detail: “Mariposa” original watercolor by Lisa


Be sure not to miss her other site. This Little-Blue Bird site will be on extended vacation now that Friends Helping Other Friends site is ready to connect like-minded people, especially those who are interested in protecting Ecuador’s cloud and rain forests.

Read more about her here.  Thank you Lisa for the inspiration. Live Loud!

The Totalmente Zen Art of Lisa Brunetti 

Rolf Iseli

Rolf Iseli is a Swiss painter, one of the most important representatives of the artistic avant-garde in Switzerland in the second half of 20th century. Among others, his prints were on display in Museum of Modern Art in 1983. Wikipedia

I was cruising thru an old hard drive from many many years ago, before my hair was white and came across this work and went searching for more.  I like his work very much.


Rolf Iseli

(Swiss, born 1934)


Der Elfenouer

, 1984Medium:acrylic, soil, graphite, charcoal and powder paints on paper


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Since his startling emergence on the art scene in the 1950s as a wild young Tachist, Rolf Iseli (*1934) has remained one of the best known Swiss artists. This retrospective exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bern surveys the artist’s fifty-year-career by means of about one hundred works – large groups of paintings and drawings, sculptures and prints – which Iseli produced in his studio in Berne and in St. Romain in Burgundy.

In 1957 Iseli caused a public sensation when he won the Swiss Federation Art Scholarship for a canvas covered in splashes of ink; Sam Francis asked him to exchange paintings with him; he was photographed bending over a work beside Barnett Newman – Rolf Iseli had his finger on the pulse of the nineteen-fifties-era and was regarded, alongside Jean Tinguely and Bernhard Luginbühl, as being among the most promising “dark horses” on the young Swiss art scene. He was one of the few Swiss artists to visit not only Paris but also New York, and he translated what he had seen in those art metropolises into one of the most coloristically intense and gesturally radical contributions to Abstract Expressionism in Switzerland.  See work; 

Kikuo Saito

Kikuo Saito What a wonderful Abstract Expressionist. At moments he reminds me of Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler entwined. How lovely and sensitive his work is. Enjoy his boldly gestural abstract paintings that are truly exhilarating and full of life, teeming with saturated colors. In his paintings we all are confronted by zones of evocative color, freely deployed against white or pale grounds.Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 4.03.10 PM

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from the late artist Kikuo Saito. The exhibition focuses on Saito’s work from 2010 – 2015.

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