George Tsutakawa’s Fountain of Reflection

George Tsutakawa was a celebrated sculptor and painter who taught at the University of Washington for 29 years before retiring. Born in Seattle on George Washington’s birthday, Tsutakawa’s work finds a natural home on the University of Washington campus.


I got entirely lost escorted some freshman from ART101 to see the Fountain of Reflection. The fountain works were off during our visit, but I appreciated the view to the inner eye.

Credits: Biographical information on George Tsutakawa from the University of Washington‘s faculty listing, and a cursory glance at his Wiki. Image from Seven Roads.







Samantha Keely Smith’s Marvelous Abstractions

Ventured to the art library the other day in search of historic abstract landscapes, classic ones. I was looking to flex my languishing art history muscles, hoping to hold in my hand a physical tactile textual book. When asked the librarian said—mind you not an intern, or a part-time, or a work-study—the librarian said, I dunno. And left it at that. So I brought the search to the internet where I was buried in everything I wasn’t looking for. The search broadened, why was I limiting myself to classical work at all? Just when I thought I’d get lost in a deluge of contemporary artists, boom, that’s it—that’s when my eyes found these paintings.


They’re the work of Samantha Keely Smith, a New York City based painter who is originally from Harlow, Essex, England. Her work serves as “an investigation of the struggle between a variety of human impulses: impulses that are as necessary as they are contradictory.”


Somewhere between the carefully considered compositions, the intermixture of mark-making and soothing palette choices, my eye is upset and reconciled. Teased and appeased.


They’re just genuinely pleasant to look at. Thought I’d share. But these are just a few of my personal favorites. Get over to Samantha Keely Smith’s website and find yours.


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Cantos | 50″ x 84″ | oil and varnish on canvas | 2011

Mutiny | 60” x 72” | oil and varnish on canvas | 2012

Asunder | 56″ x 64″| oil and varnish on canvas | 2006

Headlong | 56″ x 72″ | oil on canvas with varnish | 2015


Credit: All images belong to the Artist, Samantha Keely Smith, published with permission granted on the contingency that we link back to the original post which we are more than happy to do. Visit her site, buy her art.

You Can & You Will

Yup. It’s the difficult thing. Once again, the hard way. The high road. Or the low road. Whichever one you come out too sweaty for the circumstances with scratches and cuts along your ankles and soul. But uphill battles are crucial for building strong calf muscles, it’s 100% worth it in the end. You can and you will succeed. If it is at all possible, you’ll get it done. It’ll be in the bag and you can take that bag to the bank. You could put that bag in your pipe and smoke it.

And if it be impossible, then let it be. Something better will be along just after it. That’s how it works. Adventures come in waves.

I believe in you, boo!

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I Smile Because I Want To | You Shine So Bright | You Can Shine Today

Credits: Illustration and text, You Can & You Will by Sunshine

Pickin by Lauren Kelley

The other day Honeybee came home to find me frantically assembling this giant purple afro wig of wonder which I call my Ebony Splendor. His eyes lit up as he recalled a ‘fro he’d seen in the Stranger.

And I was like, “I know, I know, I’m already in love.”

Go to Lauren Kelley’s website and tell her how dope she is!

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See it at the Northwest African American Museum in their show Posing Beauty in African American Culture which runs now through September 4th.

See you there, boo!