Listening

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, and I was reminded by an art business consultant to get back into it. This morning on Facebook my friend posted a dated, yet still powerful clip of a Flamenco performance that featured a young boy (elementary age) dancer, a singing woman (seasoned/fully grown), and a guitarist….

Deadline is Now?!

Hellooooo August…so there has been much production in June & July. My last post ended in a self inflicted… I mean self-imposed deadline to finish a total of 9 watercolors by today. (Insert toothy smile here)… sooooooo I witnessed the birth of my brand new nephew last week, what an experience that I totally wasn’t ready for,…

Confession

Hello my name is Sukenya Best and I’m an “art hoarder.” There I said it… and my bold god-father told me this three years ago…told me right on the spot…he held no punches back. I can remember it like it was yesterday….(cue flashback transition). It was a Saturday and he was visiting, he spent half…

Water + People

What are you getting into this summer? The water, pool/beach of course, but also water with color. I am in the process of completing the watercolor series I began last year (actually around this time). What I use to do was teach art courses all year round, because I wanted to make more money or have…

New Year=New Progress

Let’s play a game, how many times can I fit the word “new” in each paragraph? This is my first blog in the new year! So I would like to talk about something new…but I am still developing the watercolor project that I started last year. Sooo I will not only resort to talking about…

Jasper Johns/Edvard Munch exhibit @ VMFA

I am on a much needed Christmas/New Year break, and so yesterday I visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Before seeing the exhibition  Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life, I didn’t realize how Jasper Johns was influenced by Edvard Munch. This wasn’t my first time seeing Jasper Johns’ artwork: prints…

A Resurgence of Watercolor

I’m continuing the watercolor portrait project I began in the summer. Over the fall semester I constantly looked at them, realizing what worked and what I needed to rework. Over the two week break my goal will be to develop them  much further. Here are a few detailed images of the progress.

The Sky Is Vast

I’ve been thinking…about many things, I guess getting older does that to a person. My birthday was a couple of months ago  and I really enjoyed being with close friends doing what we do eating, laughing, and dancing! I’m always thinking but this time I’m more aware of what I want, and that is what I’ve been slowly…

Collaging with Kids

Romare Bearden is a very fascinating  person and  artist. This Saturday from 1-3pm I will be giving a collage workshop for kids, at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. We will be inspired by his collages, his exhibition of 50 works will be just above us on the second floor. This is a free…

Taking down & Setting up

Today, it was good to have a break from the rain with a sunny day! I hope the forecast is similar tomorrow. My artwork has been up at Elegba Folklore Center for 2 months and tomorrow I go to take it down. It has been an honor to have it there, the work was received well….

Rest …Vision

I am learning what it means to rest. Ever since returning from vacation  I’ve been catching up. These days there is a lot  happening in Richmond for work, professional development, social political issues, cultural celebrations, art activities, outreach ministries. Of course many of them are happening on the same day. Remember to breathe… So I kind of over did…

Online magazine

Happy to share for Fall 2016  I am the featured artist  for an online publication called “So to Speak.” It’s a feminist + language + art literary publication based out of George Mason University. This happened through a colleague that I just met this summer and word of mouth to the publication’s art editor. In the visual…