Tuesday 30 June 2020

Arts and Wellness Studio Talk - Episode 229

Welcome to my studio - Mixed Media Artist Amanda Trought

Welcome to Arts and Wellness - Episode

In today's episode I talk about some of the work that I have been doing, the importance of being creative and having some activities that may not be related to your main creative output - say using a different medium.

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Mixed Media Arts - Textiles - Amanda Trought
Textile projects

Check out the Unmuted - celebration of black women artists - this is just a drop in the ocean.  Check out some of their work and show some love.

Monday 22 June 2020

Creating in Faith Encouraging Word - Excited

Happy Monday, hope you are having a blessed day where ever you are in the world.  The weeks are flying by so quickly and we are nearly at the end of the month.  So many things have happened over the course of the months that is changing the course of history and life as we know it.

What does change make you feel?  Do you get excited about change or feel stressed.  I know that the changes that have taken place over the months including Covid, the murder of George Floyd and so many other black men women and children at the hands of the police have left people feeling numb, angry, sad, helpless, hopeless, ashamed and so many other emotions we can think of.

As we move forward in a fight to ensure that no one will be discriminated against, that we step up in raising our voices, that we face the issues head on and recognize the injustices of the world and each do our part to stop it from happening.  We all have a voice from the very youngest to the oldest.

In the podcast today I look at the word Excited - what can you think of however small to get excited about in your life around you that you can hold on to and build on.

Realityarts Podcast with Amanda Trought

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You can see more of the art work used for the podcast images, used from my 100 Days of Pastel Series.  Prints and art on merchandise is available HERE

Pastel Painting - Amanda Trought
Pastel Paintings part of the 100 Days of Pastels

Amanda Trought - Realityarts

Sunday 14 June 2020

Inspirational Shorts - Poetry Corner - Ntozake Shange - Mood Indigo

Ntozake Shange - Writer

Inspirational Shorts

Welcome to Inspirational Shorts in todays recording we look at the poet/writer Ntozake Shange.  

Ntozake Shange was an American playwright and poet. she addressed issues relating to race and Black power in much of her work. She is best known for her Obie Award-winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf. She also penned novels including Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1982), Liliane (1994), and Betsey Brown (1985)   Her father was an Air Force surgeon and her mother a psychiatric social worker. Cultural icons such as Dizzie Gillepsie, Miles Davis, and W.E.B. DuBois were regular guests in the Williams home. more HERE

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She is one of my favorite writers and today we look at her poem Mood Indigo.  I encourage you to look at some of her other work, and you can find additional links to books on Amazon

Mood Indigo - 
it hasnt always been this way
ellington was not a street
robeson no mere memory
du bois walked up my father’s stairs
hummed some tune over me
sleeping in the company of men
who changed the world
it wasnt always like this
why ray barretto used to be a side-man
& dizzy’s hair was not always grey
i remember            i was there
i listened in the company of men
politics as necessary as collards
music even in our dreams
our house was filled with all kinda folks
our windows were not cement or steel
our doors opened like our daddy’s arms
held us safe & loved
children growing in the company of men
old southern men & young slick ones
sonny til was not a boy
the clovers no rag-tag orphans
our crooners/ we belonged to a whole world
nkrumah was no foreigner
virgil aikens was not the only fighter
it hasnt always been this way
ellington was not a street

Thursday 11 June 2020

Arts and Wellness - Stitched Play

Come and check out the Arts and Wellness video where I look at some stitched projects as well as reflecting on current events.

Let me know how you get on and which is your favorite wall hanging.  Will be finishing them and adding to my Etsy store - (details to come)  Or just contact me for prices if you would like to purchase sooner.

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Monday 8 June 2020

Affinity - Creating in Faith - Podcast

I talk about the affinity that I have with the land.  Over time working out in the garden I have been able to see my landscape change by planting tendering and nurturing the land that I have around me.  I grew up with house plants and had a big learning curve in transferring the knowledge that I have gained.  It has all come together as I step out of my comfort zone. 

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I mention gardening and I would love you to check out my Creative Gardening platform and YouTube Channel

Creative Gardener

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