July Sixth Drift:: a poem by Dominique 

Drift 

A poem by Dominique 

Drifting into the space

between dreams and reality 

Opening up the mind

to unknown possibilities

Breaking the chains of slavery 

freeing yourself with love

We ask ourselves questions 

in the deep dark

Am I meant to live this way 

or 

should I surrender it all to you? 

I choose submission 

to the one true God. 

Amen

-Dominique Barrentine 

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Revelations and Revolutions:: A poem by: Dominique Barrentine

Revelations and Revolutions::

A poem

by: Dominique Barrentine

A child’s laugh breaks 
The silence that overwhelmed us now filling the empty spaces 
Between innocence and maturity perhaps something close to a tear 
Sliding down and breaking
In the quiet darkness our minds wander to distant places, people, things
Revolving around appearances without any concern for truth
Don’t let the innocent disappear broken into the night
Embrace the uncomfortableness of change without fear
Step boldly into the space

The distance is nothing

Compared to the truth
We make the simple things complicated 
We break ourselves instead of embracing those imperfections
Beauty lies in the cracks

Secretly we cry

Alone we die
Never giving ourselves the chance to fully blossom 
Hiding the wrinkles and pretending on the outside
Waking alone without knowing where we are going 
Giving up control seems impossible
Ancient habits controlling our every move
Pretending becomes a full time job and nothing seems right
Until we give up control we can never know the truth 
The only way…

The truth, the light eludes so many but is available to all who seek reality
Wake up and abandon the life of sleep walking 
Reach to the heavens with true weakness bearing this honest beauty for all to see devoid of fear
Know that you are loved

Paintings Portfolio Post of Recent Works

The following paintings were all completed by your’s truly within the month of May 2016. Upon moving to California I felt a sudden rush of inspiration. I continue to order canvases, painting everything that comes to mind. It feels like a whirlwind of creative energy flows in the breeze that picks up the grain and flowers in the hills.

Selecting which paintings to post today was tricky as I have started way more then I have finished in the last few weeks. At least I am capturing so many ideas to finish as time (and my hands) allow. It’s hot outside and the sun is shining.

Welcome summer and farewell to spring.

This first painting is called “Jazz Garden.” My dear husband helped me name it. When he saw the completed canvas he said to me, “It looks like music.” I agreed, then the name popped into my head. He wants to hang it in the music studio🎶🎵🎶

This  was my second attempt at painting this idea…

This was the first“Flower Tunnel” It’s an abstraction of what it might look like if by some miracle the viewer had shrunk down like Alice from Wonderland. I always loved that idea. I piled layers of acrylic paint on top of greens and blues. Perhaps I many continue to paint this idea several move times

Here is a drawing I did first

Experimenting with abstracted flowers and pointillism has been a common theme in my most recent work. The hills and trees with their natural beauty overwhelm me sometimes. I feel so blessed to live among God’s glorious creation.

“Iris Abstraction”

Our new home ha such beautiful irises. I couldn’t get enough photographs of them on my phone one morning just after they had opened so I decided to paint them. Going more with capturing the essence of the thing as apposed to a realist representation I painted without real planning or self input. I love giving over my hand when painting. It is not me but the creator inside of me…
“Blue Black Space Explosion” may just be a temporary name for this piece in not quite sure yet. I do know that I painting it first upon arrival. Using a rusted nail and dripping paint I hadn’t even unpacked my brushes yet. Even during our busiest seasons we should all remember to try to continue doing those things we love.

I love painting!

I stared painting space inspired pieces last year and I may post some of my first ones soon to add to my online collection of works. I’m looking forward to building from here.

“Untitled, Hot Space Abstraction”

Currently I’m really enjoying mixing my own acrylic paints, selecting colors and like in this one combining flat, iridescent, and neon paints as well. I plan on expanding this collection even further soon. Using multiple canvases like this also has been allowing me to create even larger paintings. Another angle gives you the idea how hanging differently makes this picture pop in various places. I love that most of my paintings couple be hung in a variety of ways changing the look of the art. “Orange Space Abstraction”

Like a fireball planet I created this piece mostly with warm bright yellows and orange, adding in gold for highlight. These have been so fun and I feel passionate about continuing on.

Comments, questions, suggestions, and messages of all kinds are much appreciated. I hope you enjoyed my favorite six paintings I completed in May. Hopefully I will take the time to post more… Perhaps even tomorrow? Who knows?!? I’m so random sometimes. Lol. Anyways

Thanks for reading, Bye✌🏽️

-Dominique Barrentine 

Following Your Dream, Destiny and God’s Purpose for your life

Ask God for the answers and often times He will respond. The question is if you are ready to listen to Him. Trust not in your own understanding but in all things seek Him. Then if He tells you to do something you better get on it! He hasn’t given you passion and creative ideas to put them on a shelf in the closet. Like when Jesus is talking about putting the lamp out in the room to lighten you must also let your light shine. 


“Jazz Garden” acrylic abstraction by: Dominique Barrentine 5/16

God gave us His unconditional perfect agape love for us to then give it back to the world. If there is a way for you to reach out and touch even one life… 

DO IT!!!


“Love” oil pastel abstraction by: Dominique Barrentine 5/16

How do you figure out what God’s plan for your life is??? 

First look at those things which you are passionate about. Then feel the tugging at your heart strings. Don’t ignore your love and spend all your dwelling in negativity. Like so many people have told me over the years… DO WHAT YOU LOVE. That is God’s desire. His desire is for you to love, be loved, and spread love. 


I’ve had to tell myself to stop doubting. Don’t wait for the booming voice or the full plan to be laid at your feet. That isn’t how God generally speaks. Instead listen to that little voice inside that says “yes” “you can” “let’s go this way” “I love you” 

That is God. 

My dog and I

With Love, 

-Dominique Barrentine 

Leonid Afremov an Inspiring Resilient Artist with a Story

Please allow me to introduce the newest artist I have found online! This beautiful soul has survived so much and his background story I read here was so moving!
Originally from Belarus, Leonid is a impressionistic artist of Jewish, Russian, Israeli decent. I couldn’t even begin to tell his story as well as the bio on his personal art site could.

Mostly I want to share his bright, colorful paintings here on my blog. I love his use of color and practiced hand.

He had plenty of time to practice and hone is art with the eventful life he has lived. I really encourage you to click on the links to learn more about his story. I feel that he has overcome great struggle to provide us with these beautiful masterpieces.

He was forced to paint only what would sell for many years as a developing artist but that allowed him to come into his own so that now he has a very specific style. You can see a common theme in color and the subjects he chooses reflect things the artist has viewed himself.

I just love the way all of his pictures show his unique style. These hot air balloons bring back memories of my youth visiting my father in Wala Wala Washington when the Hot Air Balloon festival was in town. I’m sure many people identify with the subjects of his paintings. Others remind me of our travels to Europe.

Dancers, landscapes, and flowers. Because of his unique history as an artist most of his time was spent painting things that sell. Popular subjects such as these were what allowed Leonid to become such a prolific artist.


I’m sure it must have been frustrating to the artist to limit himself to popular subjects. Unfortunately it seems that for the most part that is how artists are forced to make money off of their trade. Perhaps one day that will change? Perhaps it has already begun? Either way I love his ‘popular subjects.’

His flower images really highlight his fearless use of color. Generally I am not a fan of still life. The exception to that is Van Gough and artist that remind me of him with their still life. Leonid’s flowers remind me of Van Gough’s “Sunflowers.”


After all of the struggles this artist has been though in his life I was very happy to hear that he has retired to Mexico! His sons now head the business of selling his painting, prints and generally handing the art works.

I’m so glad that he did eventually sell his art on etsy, eBay and elsewhere.

To me he is an artist inspiration and a success story for modern artists everywhere.

Thank you for allowing me to share this art with you. If the artist happens to be reading this article thank you so much for touching my life with your painting. Your paintings are brilliant and inspiring. Please never stop painting and feel proud of your creations. I love you and your style!

God bless,

-Dominique Barrentine 

DOMENECH, Anna Conner and Company: Motion Activated Art

  
I first saw a few paintings on Facebook by DOMENECH after she had her work featured in a gallery called New Tomorrow on Capitol Hill in Seattle. As I set out to write a blog post on her I quickly realized what a phenomenal artist she truly is. Her paintings are deeply moving and come from an inspired place. In sculpting and performance art I find her work both mildly disturbing and genius at the same time. The motion in her artwork travels from her work in dance, through her sculpting and into paintings encompassing all different mediums. 

  
It is my pleasure to introduce Anna Conner and Company, a dance and artistic movement group from Seattle Washington. I have yet to have the pleasure of seeing them in person however their WordPress has videos of their work. You can also access these videos on the groups Vimeo 
“Exercises for the unrested: The Kingmaker” 

Was preformed on October 9th, 2015 in Seattle WA at the Velocity Dance Center Founders Theater. The creator of the piece Anna Conner describes it as, “A meditative quintet teetering on the edge of chaos…plays with the idea of dynamic balance and the instability of human connection after traumatic experiences.” 

 

  
“We create art that is honest, intimate, and speaks to the human psyche. We do this while striving to guide and empower the audience through an artistic yet sometimes unpleasant journey. The goal is to arrive at the deeper awareness of ourselves and the world that surrounds us. As performers are tools are our bodies, our movement is beautiful and our power lies in taking risks.”

I have recently been inspired by this artist. Her profound use of abstract shapes and motions come through even in still photography. When watching her videos I am startled by the deeply moving emotional movements. I love how she portrays connection is these complicated movement pieces…

 I love these amazing photographs. Thank you Anna, for allowing me to use them and to write about you and your creative endeavors with your friends. 
Just look at the raw human emotion and beauty shown in these two photographs of the artist herself. 

  
I can’t wait to get an opportunity to meet Anna Conner aka DOMENECH. She is a brilliant artist and an inspiration. For more inspiration please visit Anna Conner and Co WordPress
  

The group Anna Conner and Company consists of Anna Conner the director and choreographer, Jenna Eady, Kayie Wyeth, Calie Swedberg, and Marlys Yvonne.

  

If you missed part one, Today Presenting unique Seattle artist DOMENECH, or part two, Today DOMENECH dynamic artist sculptor part 2 feel free to go back and check them out. Just click on the blue links through out this post to learn more. 

Thank you and I hope you enjoyed this part 3 of 3 conclusion on the artist, Anna Conner aka DOMENECH. It has been a pleasure exploring her work and sharing it her on my blog that crazy life. 

-Dominique Barrentine


TODAY DOMENECH DYNAMIC ARTIST, SCULPTOR, PART II 

  

This is Anna Conner, painter, sculptor, and movement artist. Yesterday on that crazy life I highlighted her remarkable skill as a painter. Today I want to give you a glimpse of her work as a sculptor. I didn’t feel like I could cover her variety of talents in one blog post so three parts it is! I am falling in love with the original, brilliant, and multifaceted artistic renditions of DOMENECH. 

  
Entitled, “The Kingmaker” these three photographs show parts of a larger installment. With ideas as unique as hair sculpture I can see DOMENECH going to unknown places with her sculpting. I love the attention to detail that went into this sculpted artistic experience. 

To quote the artist “There is so much turmoil that we go through in life so shedding away our hair and turning it into something beautiful is what I’m going for” -DOMENECH Aka Anna Conner

   

In this photograph you can see an even larger hair sculpture! This piece seems like the oversized version of the smaller “hair nests” I noticed around the room in other parts. Simply astonishing this piece reminds me of a nest but from the corner of my eye in the preifereal vision I almost see an oversized tarantula spider. Yuck but still cool huh? I love the composition of the piece with a model posing among her sculptures. 

The final piece of Anna Conner’s sculpture I wish to share it this… Cinder blocks with hair nests… Very peculiar but interesting in its own right. 
That concludes part 2 of my three part blog post on artist DOMENECH aka Anna Conner. For more information on her art check out her WordPress Blog IAMDOMENECH,  Facebook, and feel free to email her directly at domenechpaintings@gmail.com
Coming Tomorrow, 

PART III DOMENECH AKA ANNA CONNER CO MOTION ACTIVATED ART 

-Dominique Barrentine