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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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 Presenting Unique Seattle Artist DOMENECH

  
Recently my husband and I stumbled upon this inspiring painter and sculptor quite by accident on Facebook; her name is DOMENECH. Actually her name is Anna Conner but she paints under her maiden name, DOMENECH.

  
Looking over her blog IAMDOMENECH BLOG. I am amazed by the variety of abstract colorful canvases displayed on her site. She is such a prolific artist useing a wide variety of styles. Such a rainbow, I love these! 

  

Some are more simple while others are busy with action. My husband complimented the motion within each piece.  

 

I love the contrast between her more colorful vs. monotone or monochromatic pieces. 

   
These are from her “Broken Buildings,” series that was shown recently at New Tomorrow a gallery on Capitol Hill in Seattle Washington. 

  This one reminds me of the surface of the moon. I love the classic timeless beauty of black-and-white Art.  
Wow the textures in this painting are so cool. Again I love her use of contrast. I feel as if I am looking at the surface of the moon. 

  
I enjoy viewing this painting because it seems to me that there are figures posing for a portrait in the messy life like layers. Many of her paintings contain figures or the impression of beings in them. 

  
The contrast and texture of the paint on canvas gives the eye plenty to draw you in. Some of her paintings incorporate bits of fabric. I love painters who lay the paint on think creating depth and dimension. Abstract paintings have always been my art form of choice. DOMENECH has quickly joined the ranks mf my favorite abstract artists. I could look at her artwork all day. 

  
I find these unique paintings to be of masterpiece quality. The use of color and technique are brilliant. Every one of her paintings is inspiring to me. 

  
I want to thank the artist, Anna Conner aka DOMENECH, for this sneak peek into your amazing artistic mind. For anyone wanting to contact the artist E-mail is domenechpaintings@gmail.com 

  
As I delve deeper into her extensive collection of work I realize I will have to write more on her as an artist. So consider this part 1 of 3 on the artist known as DOMENECH. 

  
This part one covers just a small amount of her paintings to see more I encourage you to check out her Facebook as well. 
  

Part two I will share with you her sculpture. Finally in part three of this series showcasing this multi faceted artist, I will close with a highlight of her performance, movement art. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this Artist highlight. 

-Dominique Barrentine