I went to the Brooklyn Museum of Art a couple days ago and the painting I’m standing in front of really spoke out to me. It’s called Wind, Sunshine, and Flowers by abstract expressionist painter Alma Thomas.
Painter Alma Thomas.
Her work is super dope and the most inspiring part about her story is that she didn’t start developing her signature painting style until she reached her 70s.
As an art educator she was always painting but the height of her career was during her retirement years. I love that. Tells me that you are never to young or too old to do what you love.
Take a look at some of her other paintings below:
Earth Sermon, Beauty, Love And Peace
I frequent Forever 21 from time to time and I noticed that they like to “whitewash” the descriptions of some of their items.
This week they added a colorful “tribal print tunic” (item link) into their rotation but I couldn’t help to notice that the design and look was STRIKINGLY SIMILAR to a Dashiki.
The name Dashiki is derived from the Hausa word “danshiki”, which means shirt. It is now a popular ethnic item that can be seen on various people from a multitude of backgrounds. However, the dashiki is rooted in West Africa.
If you look around popular online shopping destinations you will notice that the word “tribal” is thrown on everything when it comes to describing indigenous inspired designs. Can we please get a bit more informative and add real descriptive words? Heck can we just use the words that people have been using for centuries instead of trying to come up with some quirky watered down shit? Maybe I’m asking for too much.