Monday, February 11, 2013

LOVE is what you make of it!

The National Museum of Women in the Arts
Hey Loves!

This entry is dedicated to my creative ancestral mentor "in my head" Frida Kahlo.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE her work!  I was for EXCITED when I got the opportunity to view her painting at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Artist:  Frida Kahlo

I thought that I would never see any of her paintings in person, let alone in the United States.  I literally had to hold back tears looking at her painting.  Knowing that her artwork has so much history, and that she put her soul in every painting is moving.  It was as if a little piece of Frida's spirit was in the room.  Every painting of hers has such historical and emotional significance.  Nothing she painted was of mindless importance.

I remember the day that I was introduced to Frida.  An art instructor looked at my work while I was studying at Interlochen Arts Camp in high school.  She told me that my work reminded me of Frida Kahlo, and that I should see the movie Frida starring Salma Hayack.  If you haven't seen this movie then you DEFINITELY SHOULD!

I wonder what her husband Diego Rivera, and the other men in her life thought about her work lol! A man being the muse of a woman's emotional pain can be either flattering or scary! In the dating seen today do you think this would chase a man off, or leave them wanting more?  What do you think? 

Being an artist whose work is inspired by the love and pain like Frida, when I look at her work I get it, and it's moving. 

Artist: Petah Coyne
I also enjoyed the other women artist work at The National Museum of Women in the Arts.  I was extremely proud to be in this museum filled with works by women artists.  Here are a few pieces that I ENJOYED!!!  

Artist: Alice Neel

Artist: Chakaia Booker
 Chakaia Booker has beautiful installations outside of the museum.

Artist: Chakaia Booker
 (Zoomed in area of image above)

Artist: Mary Cassatt


Clarissa Horton

Friday, February 1, 2013

Praying with President Obama

National Cathedral


Isn't the architecture of the National Cathedral absolutely STUNNING!!!?  Well I think it is, and I was amazed at its beauty when I first saw it.  I LOVE anything that's artistically yummy, even cathedrals and great architecture!  It was here that the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last Sunday sermon on March 31, 1968 just a few days before being assassinated.  His memorial service was held here as well.

(Link to Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech held at the National Cathedral: "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution")

Photo by: Clarissa Horton

I wanted to share with you some more pictures from my trip to D.C.  On January 22nd, 2013 I was blessed with the opportunity to not only serve my country, but to worship and pray with our President and Vice President at the 57th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service.  This was such a moving experience for me.  The prayer service was absolutely beautiful.  I loved the fact that religious leaders of different faiths was under one roof representing their religion.  Unity, peace, and respect is what we need in our country and the world today.

Photo by: Clarissa Horton

The sermon was inspiring.  I loved many points that the preacher made:

  • "Obama has the ability to cast a vision and inspire people." (MY FAVORITE LOL!)
  • "God raises people who are humble."
  • "To be a leader invites criticism."

Being someone who used to sing in a choir in high school I enjoyed the beautiful harmonies of the youth choirs that sang in the service.  I was AMAZED at their voices and vocal control.  The Washington Performing Arts Society Children of the Gospel Choir MOVED me!  When they sang "Way over in Beulah Lan' Even Me" I could have cried.

But beyond the Service I LOVED being around people both young and old fired up to dedicate their time to service our country.  Until next time...


Clarissa Horton