Thursday, October 28, 2010

Now Listening to: Erykah Badu Pt 2 Return of the Ankh

New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh
Erykah Badu

In Heavy Rotation and listened all the way through.  (Which is seriously hard to believe these days)
This is my favorite song:

Finished and some unfinished business to attend to.

Hey all!  So, I am slowly but, surely getting my painting "swag" back and I am excited to show you what I have been working on.  So, some finished works well... work is this piece here.  I call it Autumn season.  Very much inspired by my favorite season and some of the Fall 2010 collections.

Autumn Season

And here's another which is unfinished that I would like to show you all as well. It's not done unfortunately but, I made it my goal to finish some of these this weekend.

and this one...

and this one

and this one

So, as you can see I definitely need to get to painting.  In the meantime check out my Etsy store to check out some of my other works.  New posting will be coming soon with finished works. Promise.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kanye's Runaway

So, with much anticipation I have been waiting to see Kanye West's directorial debut of Runaway.  And I loved it.  Cinematically, the colors everything about I loved.  So, many symbolic elements used it's gonna take me probably a few months to figure it out.

So, see for yourself Runaway, the opening song is ridic.  I Love it.

Selita Ebanks is gorgeous as the phoenix and I really felt she played her role very well.  And I found myself laughing at Kanye a bit because #1 I am definitely not used to him as an actor and #2 if he decides to go that route, acting classes are definitely needed.  Kanye as a director was amazing. Visuals stunning, the colors and camera angles done really well.  I loved Selita's twitching in the 'Power' scene and than starts to do this African dancing sort of movement.

The ballet dancers were very graceful during the runaway song. 

And the dinner scene was priceless.  The costume, feathered piece was done beautifully and the headdress was so Royal.  To me this was another symbolic scene.  Everyone dressed in all white except Kanye and his Phoenix.  Almost like a "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" kind of theme.

What I noticed the most about this short film is that Kanye never tried to change his Phoenix.  He did not tell her to do anything she did not want to do.  Even when the scene in which she sort of seems like she attempting to drink out of teacup.  She just did it.  Also, when she tried to break bread with the others around the table.  They weren't have it.  So, symbolic of discrimination amongst class or cast system or just with people who look different or maybe different from us.

Then, the Phoenix basically says I am outta here because I am not trying to turn into stone.  As you know stones are hard, solid objects.  To me the Phoenix represents free flowing fluidity.  So, when she explains to Kanye that Phoenix's turn to stone what I feel she is saying is that I wouldn't be me if I stay here.  And of course the whole epic scene of Kanye running (in slipper's by the way and hard too) and she flys way up in the sky and than the message of "Who will survive in America."

I loved it.

All of it.

BRAVO! BRAVO! Kanye! I admire his passion to be different and take hip-hop towards in upward movement.  Thank you, sir.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hi! Ummm....I have a YouTube Channel.

LOL! Because, I honestly forget I have it sometimes.  But, I have made some vids on most of my past illustrations with some great music.  So check it out: Subscribe, follow, we can be friends. I plan to use it more so stay tuned for much more to come! :)
Le Mahogany Channel

New Sketches!!!...New Sketches!!!

Hey all!  I have been steadily working on some new artworks.  The Collection is called BFF's better known as "Best Friends Forever"  The idea originally came from this painting I did a few months ago.


Which by the way is featured in my etsy store.  So, I have been sketching out a few ideas and I have been painting away.  My goal to make at least six more like this....we'll see how it goes. In the meantime here are a few my sketches.

They are fun to sketch and paint.  Final looks will be featured soon.  In the meantime check out my online etsy store for features of my other paintings at

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My new workout song-RiRi Only Girl in the World

This song has been on repeat this whole weekend.  I love it so much I downloaded (legally).  Check it out!  I love the beat and makes me want to run through some field and yell it! hahaha.  I might do it.

Only Girl (In the World)-Rihanna

125 is such a fantastic number

125 Facebook Fans...yes!

Hello to all my fellow readers! So, I know the majority of you have facebook.  (The whole world has a facebook page)  Le Mahogany Illustrations has a facebook page and I am happy to announce that it has reached 125 fans!  Yay!  I love numbers like that! 125, 150, 600 lol!  But, if you haven't become a fan, check it out and become one.   Click here: @ Le Mahogany Illustations the title is different  under Robin's Illustrations.  So, much more to come!  And I thank you all for your kind words and support.  With Lots of Love

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Le Mahogany Illustrations Etsy Store now a part of EAOC!!!

Great News!!!! Excited to say that I am now part of Etsy Artist of Color   I am very excited to be part of this team.  They feature some amazing jewelry makers, crafters and artists.  So,  its truely an honor to be accepted amongst some amazing talent.  yay!! :)  Check it out at:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Long Live McQueen!

Paris fashion week is wrapping up and I was anxious to see what McQueen had in store.  With the new creative director Sarah Buton Alexander's protege, I have to say I absolutely loved it!  The Spring 2011 Collection was a true show stopper while keeping the dramatics of the McQueen label and keeping her own point of view as well.  Let's face it. She can never take the place of such a genius designer but, I was wowed and really impressed. Here's some of my favorites:

This Dress is Insane!

Backstage close up shots...I absolutely love this detail shot. 

This is like the new braid. It's like a woven basket.  I love it!


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