A weekend of plays and preparation

This weekend I saw two plays. Two plays as I think about it on the surface are completely different. One was a musical and one was not. As I delve deeper into them they both have many similarities of segregation, inhumane treatment of another human being, race and religion atrocities. Memphis, I saw Friday night with my friend Theresa.

I love musicals and this did not disappoint. Fantastic dancing and R and B music. Huey Calhoun a white man who loves the R & B music, made his way into a black night club in an area of Memphis Tennessee during the 50’s in the segregated south. He fell for the black singer with the beautiful voice and they both were not supposed to be romantically linked and were jumped, beat up and paid the price. It was two hours of great musical entertainment.

 

On Sunday our niece had the lead roll of Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. This was such a dark time in our world history and although this was a sad subject matter the actors did a fantastic job portraying the 8 people who were hiding from the Nazi’s in a hidden apartment in the Netherlands.

The Germans were rounding up the Jews and sending them to concentration camps. Two families and a single man were in this apartment for two years 1942 to 1944 until they were discovered and sent on the trains. Through this time Anne Frank was writing in her diary what it was like to be in hiding. When they were taken away her diary was left behind and her father Otto was the only survivor.
He came back and retrieved this and their other items. He eventually read the diary and made it into a book. The acting made you feel the sadness and the hopelessness and at the end I was wiping my eyes. I wonder after seeing these two plays have we really learned anything from history? It just keeps repeating itself in different ways and areas. I have to quote Jimi Hendrix….When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace.

I have also been readying my art for the summer shows. My first is March 4th in South Bend. I am adding wire hanging hooks.

Packaging single cards from mini prints of my art.

Added grommets to my banner. I have considered buying a commercial banner but I just feel that my personally made banner holds a lot of charm. I have also bought curtains for indoor shows to make the booth seem cozier and finished. The blue is a new tablecloth and I have a nosy cat that cannot come to the art fairs with me. She is putting her seal of approval on it, I guess. I am also making bags out of the roll of bubble wrap. It will make transport much easier. I will show them next time. Have a great Monday!!

 

New Listing up in Shop

My newest painting “For You” has been added to my online shop. I have been diligently working to get all my work ready for the art show “For the Love of Art” in South Bend on March 4th at the Century Center. This painting was fun to do. I really enjoyed the line art over the grey background. Here is the link to my shop if you would like to look around.

 

New Painting

A painting I started a few weeks ago. I pictured rows of hearts with a neutral background.

The words were added first before the details.

I have added a lot of fun elements along with outlining the hearts.

A flying bird

flowers

The bottom hearts are indigo.

Added some violets and a caterpillar.

The profile needs some decorations.

A cat stretching with a butterfly on it’s nose. This was a fun painting to create. It will be up in my shop this week to purchase prints. I haven’t picked a name yet.

Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

This book was the sequel to “Me Before You” the earlier book review. It picked up Louisa in Paris and her trying to live the life that Will wanted and provided for her to live. She tried to do this but was very sad. Maybe if she would have waited after she knew she was ready to move on it would have worked out better. She really just needed to heal first. She had an accident, reunited with her family, started eventually dating the ambulance driver and had unknown daughter of Will come into her life.

As my friend Theresa tells me, ” I am glad I read the book, but it wasn’t as good as the first”. I feel the same way and from other reviews that is the same sentiment.
So I have now watched the movie “Me Before You” and read the sequel “After You”, I feel I have now gotten it out of my system and can move on.
Don’t hesitate to read the book because it has a good story, just don’t expect the tear jerking feeling that the first book brought on.
Thanks for stopping!