Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Check It OUT!

Peace All,

A lot of changes are happening on this blog as we speak, mainly the addition of the menu bar right below the Quwwa logo. This will give people the opportunity to link up with the other ventures I am involved in, mainly the addition of my Youtube channel, the Etsy Store and Zazzle store links. For a while people have been asking about purchasing some of my artworks, now finally they can go to either Etsy or Zazzle and check out the latest additions to the Quwwa repetoire. I also have plans for prints and posters to be sold as well so stay tuned for that too. Also coming soon will be a gallery exposing my work, and maybe even a complete website, showing all of the latest events, bio, gallery and other things. One other note, I know some may have experienced having to listen to the opening of my Blogtalkradio interview with Coach K and Angel. Well I have also created a link for those who would like to listen to the interview as well as the interview with my friend Tania-Maria Xavier of ColoredPeople. Net without having to turn off the interview as soon as you go to my blog. Just click on the link Blogtalkradio and enjoy.

More info on the The Lost Ones Exhibition coming up! Love you!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

muMs The Schemer - Lincoln's Lie

Peace All,

Working hard on some pics for "The Lost Ones" exhibit coming this 8/28/10 in Shreveport, LA. Will be back with a new blog, but in the meantime check this out!! Great piece.....

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Lost Ones!! 8/28/10!!!


It gives me great pleasure to bring to your attention an event that I feel will be a great success with God's help, it is an event entitled "The Lost Ones" coming to Shreveport, LA on August 28th, 2010.

The event is the brainchild of a good friend of mine that I met on Facebook, Joanna "Louisiana Storyteller" Ballard, a great poetess, artist and storyteller, whom I met through another good friend on Facebook, Lady Flava, a very staunch supporter in Indie Arts and an all around cheerleader for the arts.

Joanna is a very enthusiastic person and very involved with the issue of homelessness, who in seeing my art and reading the few poems I have written believed that my work falls right in line with her vision as well. What's more monumental is the fact that this collaboration is very diverse in just the two of us, Joanna, being a White, Christian based, woman and I being an African American Male who is Muslim, promises to bring many different aspects to the table in this event, and in talking with her about the issues of the homeless people and how visual art among other art forms can contribute to awakening the mind, body and spirit to combat the seriousness of homelessness and poverty seemed to fall right in line with some of my ideas in my personal contribution entitled LIFESTYLES OF THE IGNORED.

The event will include poetry, music and visual art exhibitions ranging from her personal collections of photography to paintings by YOURS TRULY! That's right, after almost four years of resurrecting my passion and adding purpose to my art, God(Allah) has given my the opportunity to once again use my expression and spread the message, hoping that it will enlighten, educate and spur action. This is only the beginning, we are still in the process of putting everything together, but this could be the beginning of something very special, so special we may be looking into a similar venue in my hometown of Dallas, Tx as well. I will bring more details as they come, but in the meantime, I thank you for your constant support and backing.

All Praise Is To Allah(GOD)Alone...

Take care, Love You All......Quwwa


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

You Wouldn't Understand

Peace all,

Here at the lab working on the pictures from the upcoming art exhibit in Shreveport, LA this coming August. I have made great progress(thank God) and things are going full swing. I am in the process of making 8-9 original works along with 3-4 prints of previous works. I am very excited about this possibility to call to attention the ills of the society as well gain exposure about my art, and maybe make some money in the process. I have been bouncing around like a pinball, hitting different areas, some people don't get it, thinking this works against me, however I assure you it works in my best interest. It's great to concentrate solely on one piece, but what happens when you run out of ideas or hit that fork in the road on a particular piece? In my case i pull up another piece and get to work, never stopping for just one piece.

Speaking with my friend and fellow artist today she revealed a sad case wherein her parents have basically given her the boot due to her insistence of working on her passion instead securing a "real job"... I ask you, especially in today's world, what the feezy is a "real job"? Is it one of these jobs that you feel safe in knowing you have a paycheck every two weeks, although you are still unable to cover the costs of living? A job where in the bulk of the people working are also struggling with some type of vice or addiction that crept up on them as a result of trying to deal with the stress of overwork and underpaid? Disrespected? Don't people realize that the days of working for these plantations for 20 years, collecting pension, social security and profit sharing are now OVER? That they don't give a fick about you and your family's well being anymore?

Do they not think that independent artists have what it takes to succeed artistically and still make ends meet? Do they not know all of the avenues that are available to artists to express their true talent as well as make profit? Have we lost touch with what's going on in the world so much that we have given these slavemaster corporations the idea that we can't live without them? I grew up being taught that I could not live without God, now it seems we have allocated power to human beings that they do not deserve. They cannot create, produce, provide for anything here, and they too will die, so subjecting myself to them is not only wrong, but foolish. All that you see as a result of their doings (for many of them misdeeds is more like it) is really an illusion that has no foundation in truth. Truth will prevail.

I have reserved May 23, 2010 as a day I call my Independence Day, and I have no wish to go back. My attitude is now "I can work with you, but I can't work for you!"

Take care all, love you...Peace

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