Seasons Greetings, Folks and To A Happy New Year!

Believe it or not, as I write this section of today’s post it’s actually the 4th of January, 2016.

Having discovered this Mac Demarco track roughly just over a week after Xmas, I thought it best to start this post now and save it for down the line before I forget about this tune altogether.

Mind you this tune dropped on the 26th of December 2015 – funny again as I write this how recent 2015 was but by the time this is posted it’ll have been so far away and whatever shite is to come, has already.

I wonder if I’ll be listening to Mac Demarco still, by this time.

 

Update – New Art Gallery Website

Hi guys, hi girls.

I’ve set up a new gallery site -> hgfields.net – so don’t be stranger!

Thanks to all who’ve followed this space over the years and those who’re new, please feel free to bookmark my new gallery link above.

Irie folks,

Keep Blazing

And

Stay Amazing!

A New Post? It Must Be April Fools! [Not Actually An April Fools Click Bait Piece]

As the title suggests, this post is not a wind up, so be at ease.

Here’s some excitement, I submitted some of my cannabis laced artwork to this High Art competition. Hosted by Juxtapoz Magazine.

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I can’t currently find a direct link to my work but if you have time, check their gallery out, they’ve received a large number of artist submissions. Some very good work on there, so it’s worth a carouse for sure.

If you do have a look, and you see my work, please vote!

Here’s one of my entries which I made specifically for said competition.

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Blue Dream

Irie folks,

Keep Blazing 

And

Stay Amazing!

 

 

Black History Month: Hit Us With The Crack And Guns In the Early 80’s

This black history month is actually quite fun and interesting to me from the angle that I chose to approach it. The title of this post, aptly put is actually a line from Wu-Tang Clan’s, “I Can’t Go To Sleep” which in itself is a timeless tune, more relevant now to me at my age than when I first heard em lyrics at twelve years old.

Who were they referencing in that line about crack and guns? Could be Ron. Reagan and the F.B.I – could be.

That was a lovely edit of original video of Ron and Nancy’s plea to the U.S. citizens to stop using/abusing drugs – except for the blacks of course.

Let's Make America Great Again

So, sure Reagan isn’t black but he gets a special mention this black history month for his (destructive) contribution to the black community, when he ramped up the effort of the war on drugs. In short, he had a strong hand in keeping the peop

 

H.G. Fields Presents: Black History Month; Throwback Thursday II

Satchmo, better known as Louis Armstrong was one of those gage (cannabis) smoking, ethnic jazz types that America’s sweetheart and first drug czar, Harry J. Anslinger warned about – I wrote up a piece on Louis two years ago, here.

Louis Armstrong

Throwback May 2014

This one I started for the aforementioned post. Which I literally returned to in the wee hours of this Thursday morning and completed several hours later.

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Muggles | Louis Armstrong

Though the following isn’t a throwback it still fits my Black History Month narrative, and thus the following illustration is inspired by the words of the man himself..

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Satchmo – What A Wonderful World

“It makes you feel good, man,” Armstrong said. “[it] makes you forget all the bad things that happen to a Negro. It makes you feel wanted, and when you’re with another tea smoker, it makes you feel a special kinship.”

I can definitely say that I share the same sentiment.

Irie folks,

Keep Blazing

And

Stay Amazing!

Last Year “I Forgot Black History”

After that happened I strung this piece together while being inspired by the music of Kendrick Lamar’s latest album To Pimp A Butterfly particularly Blacker The Berry, my illustration’s namesake.

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Blacker The Berry

In the early stages of working on this one (above) which is presently complete, I named the save files as a working title, “Brainwash Education” in reference to religious indoctrination as well as Herge’s takes on cultures existing outside of Europe were often ignorant, backward and condescending – relics of colonialism and Imperialism.

I’ll be honest, I enjoyed those comics a fair bit, growing up. It still has a bit of nostalgic value to me but I obviously have tremendously different views now v.s. when I was a lot younger and unaware.

The source of my ripped images were from Tintin in the Congo – I wasn’t familiar with this one until maybe art school days – comic panels. The best bit to me was an image that really made me recount Rudyard [The Jungle Book] Kipling’s piece of droll poetry, daft even.. in support of imperialism.

“The White Man’s Burden” an ode of sorts to U.S. Imperialism. 

Take up the White Man’s burden—

Send forth the best ye breed—

Go send your sons to exile

To serve your captives’ need

To wait in heavy harness

On fluttered folk and wild—

Your new-caught, sullen peoples,

Half devil and half child

Take up the White Man’s burden

In patience to abide

To veil the threat of terror

And check the show of pride;

By open speech and simple

An hundred times made plain

To seek another’s profit

And work another’s gain

Take up the White Man’s burden—

And reap his old reward:

The blame of those ye better

The hate of those ye guard—

The cry of hosts ye humour

(Ah slowly) to the light:

“Why brought ye us from bondage,

“Our loved Egyptian night?”

Take up the White Man’s burden-

Have done with childish days-

The lightly proffered laurel,

The easy, ungrudged praise.

Comes now, to search your manhood

Through all the thankless years,

Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,

The judgment of your peers!

*sigh

Fortunately there was a rebuttal..

“The Black Man’s Burden”: A Response to Kipling

Pile on the Black Man’s Burden.

‘Tis nearest at your door;

Why heed long bleeding Cuba,

or dark Hawaii’s shore?

Hail ye your fearless armies,

Which menace feeble folks

Who fight with clubs and arrows

and brook your rifle’s smoke.

Pile on the Black Man’s Burden

His wail with laughter drown

You’ve sealed the Red Man’s problem,

And will take up the Brown,

In vain ye seek to end it,

With bullets, blood or death

Better by far defend it

With honor’s holy breath.

… from one black American clergyman and editor H. T. Johnson published in April 1899.

The panel in question sits on her arm with a (Christian) mission, educating the proverbial “savage” and “teaching civility.”

Shame, guilt and so-called burdens tattooed on her skin – which reminds me, in Blacker The Berry K.Lamar suggests that he’s a hypocrite for being agitated when poc are murdered by whites but then conversely he charges that he may occasionally be thrilled to see one of his own murdered by another of his own, even when it’s for nothing at all.

I fret about the lack of representation for poc in various forms of media but I myself rarely represent woc in my own work, usually opting for a white model for my reference.

That’s some serious programming right there, I suppose.

So here it is, this is my month. My birth month that is and I share it with two legends who’s portraits I’d like to illustrate for Black History Month. Their birthday’s both fall in February also, two of these legends in question; Bob Marley was born on the 6th, while Frederick Douglass, was the 14th. I’d also like to look at World War I veteran and ex-professional English footballer for Tottenham Hotspur (1909–1911).

Finally, I’d like to also like to make mention of both Louis Armstrong who was a brilliant jazz musician and avid cannabis smoker/enthusiast. And Bert Williams (died February 25th 1922) who one  might be regarded as one of the most significant figures in the history of American show business.

I have some other little works in progress relating to BHM scattered throughout the month on this blog so keep checking in for new content!

Irie folks,

Keep Blazing

And

Stay Amazing!

 

 

 

H.G. Fields Presents: Black History Month; Bob Marley’s Birthday

Today I want to give thanks to the universe for bringing such a talent into this world and in my eyes a modern day prophet. Taken away from the realm of the living all too soon, Bob Nesta Marley died several years before I was born.

  • Bob Marley Illustrations

As usual, I’m pretty sure that I’ve posted the following videos here before but they’re still relevant.

As you can see the video is title Land Of Look Behind, “the best part.” And to be fair it was one of my favourite parts of this documentary on Jamaica around the time of the passing of Bob Marley. I’d highly recommend giving that documentary a go, as you see the impact he had on many of countryman and you also get an idea of what JA was like, culturally in the early 80’s, with the beginning of Dub the predecessor of Dancehall, both subsets of Reggae.

There’s also a live studio recording session with Jacob Miller as well as interviews with a really young Mutubaruka and Gregory Isaacs – the full film is on YouTube, there’s a legit fair bit of history to be learned there.

I’m not going to write about Bob, I said what I wanted to in the illustration. I’d just recommend rolling up a fat one or several and get to watching any or all of the documentaries on the Lion, Tuff Gong himself.

Happy Earthday to the prophet and the stone that the builder refused, Bob -the head corner stone- Marley!

Irie folks,

Keep Blazing

And

Stay Amazing!