A great artist once lived called Leonardo da Vinci. Historical records document how multi-talented this man was in his time:painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. The ever-famous Mona Lisa painting was by this genius of an artist. Da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci and a peasant woman, Caterina. On May 2, 1519, he passed on.
April 15th (Leonardo’s birthday) has therefore been set as World Art Day to celebrate the contribution of artists worldwide through their creative prowess. If you are an artist in any field at all, today is your day. Let us keep on being creative. Let us not discourage the young ones from taking up careers in art.
You may click the link below to the website set up for this very important day. Artists rock!!!
Somewhere last year a friend sent me a link to the blog of a London-based artist by name Kelvin Okafor. My mouth involuntarily remained agape as I browsed through his masterpieces, in awe. Until then, I had not seen such detailed pieces of pencil works before. I’m sure if I had seen those works before the memorable advice I had from an artist sometime back (which I will tell you about later), I would’ve felt discouraged and stopped drawing. I quickly bookmarked his blog which I’ve been visiting to date.
To those who do not know the famous Okafor already, he is a British artist(of Nigerian descent) who was educated at St. Ignatius’ College in Enfield and Middlesex University, graduating in Fine Art in 2009. He lives in Tottenham, London. After receiving several awards and prizes in 2012 and 2013, Kelvin Okafor’s story was picked up by the BBC and other media which propelled him to fame. Popular among his works are portraits of Amy Winehouse, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Beyonce, Rihanna, and more.
I have had so much inspiration from this great artist. I have learnt from him that investing time and patience in one’s work adds value to it as he dedicates many hours to his masterpieces. I know there are better artists out there who may not have been fortunate enough to be exposed in the limelight as Okafor has, but he has made a name for himself and will continue to be an inspiration for many artists worldwide. And since I’m fortunate enough to be his friend on Facebook, and per how he write his posts, I can imagine he is very humble. I see many followers of him express their disappointments on his page for his failure to respond to their queries. I always sit back and ask “How do we expect a man who commits about 100 hours to a single portrait to equally have time to answer all queries on his social media platforms?”
I would’ve attached some of his works in this post but I don’t know if I’m allowed to, per copyright regulations and all. So you may click on the links below to his blog, website and Wikepedia page. I hope you enjoy his works as much as I did and still do. Good day.
Hi everyone, a big and warm welcome to all new visitors and members of my blog. If you’ve been here before or you form part of my lovely member community, you’d notice by now that the blog has undergone some changes. I felt it was about time I added a new look and feel to the blog hence, what you see now. The new feel is to make your experience here henceforth more enjoyable and with so much ease.
First, the sharing and like buttons now show directly below each post right on the homepage. This means you no more have to click to open each individual post in order to access those buttons. You can like and share my posts straight from the homepage.
I have also added a Gallery page to the blog. You may click on that page button to view most of my works. This is to make viewing of my works easily accessible to those who wouldn’t be too comfortable scrolling all through my posts.
The Biography page has also been updated. And of course, I’m using a new theme.
I’m also looking out to display links of good blogs here (especially blogs of artists and photographers). The blog owner should only reciprocate the offer on his/her blog. If you are a blogger and interested in that, please contact me through my contact form or e-mail.
I do hope you enjoy the new experience!