“Yellow Scarf”, 2014. Oil on gessoboard. By Traci L. Turner

Taking a bit of a departure from painting what’s beneath my surface, I decided that I’m going to do a series of paintings from a lighter side. This is a piece that I’m going to put into a group show next month. Black women’s natural hair has grown to be a topic in regular rotation in at least the last 10 years or so, and it’s something that I certainly feel connected to. So I think I’m going to enter the foray artistically with my interpretations of celebrating natural black hair and its beauty. I’m looking forward to doing more of these paintings because this one was a lot of fun to create. I was able to be loose here, and just focus on making it look good and not having it mean anything much more than that. It’s a mental and emotional respite that I realized that I’m in need of these days.

I have at least one more painting that I’d like to crank out before I move to my new place and start working on the new series. It’s going to prove to be a difficult task because there have been so many distractions going on in life these days! Going to do my best to push through it though. Crossing my fingers that within the next two blog posts will be that one painting, so stay tuned.