Art & Poetry

Release: A Process

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu   Releasing is a process of realization that we carry self-imposed as well as systemic weights which detain our growth. Life circumstances and situations paint a picture replete with emotions as…

That Yo-Yo Ma

A place of peace, OOthat’s where Yo-Yo Ma OOhas brought me Pandemic outside. I’m following Yo-Yo Ma OOthrough a pleasant maze, OOup, down, and around, OOand around. That Yo-Yo Ma! More strident now, OOin a thrilling way, OOmellow, measured, and thrilling. People ill and dying OOoutside. Work to…

Candid Conversations: Dillon Utter

Garden Spices Magazine connected with Dillon Utter, a visual artist based in Endicott, New York. Along with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, he has won awards, grants and scholarships. This New York graduate from the School of Visual Arts is constantly creating and recreating himself. His works have…

ARTIST CONNIE HERNANDEZ : Therartpy

  One of the big pieces I did in my Rona-art series -Connie Hernandez Connie Hernandez was born in Dallas, Texas, and still resides there to this day. Raised by her grandparents, Hernandez always had a passion for drawing at an early age. She became a single parent…

Creatively Inspired: Zac Watson

Zac Watson is 14 years old in the 9th grade.  His main interests are music (jazz and classical), cooking, skating, working out, freestyle biking, and hanging with his girlfriend. Beginning at age 12, Zac taught himself how to play piano, which then branched off into music theory and then…

Frank Malaba

Frank Malaba: Inspiration

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B_BBYPEA7CC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link   ⁠— Frank Malaba Frank Malaba is an actor, playwright and a published poet. He was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He has performed on stage and television in both countries. He has a passion for using poetry, storytelling and…

Poem for the Graduate

Photo by Terrence Thomas on Unsplash   “Inspiration for the poem “Happy Graduation” came from watching my nephew, Lamar Stewart, slide and skip across the stage as he accepted his Engineering degree from GA Tech in 2006.  I gave this framed poem to the high school Seniors at…

Art Inspired: Dymond Phillips

Isis Revisited Garden Spices featured renowned artist and friend, Ronnie Phillips, a few years ago. This summer, I viewed the art of talented Dymond Phillips, Ronnie’s daughter, and I couldn’t help but wonder how he inspired her. As it turns out, she told me, “Both of my parents…

Ken Hester: Photography Jazz

It was this featured image, Musician’s Hands, a photograph that conveyed a journey, and a soul in detail, that intrigued me.  I had to know the man who created it, the man who knew to cast and shoot such a mesmerizing photo.  I solicited Ken Hester to allow…

Leslie Vance…Artist Interrupted

Art is a way of connecting. When I render a place, person, or object with paint, I intend that this expression will resonate with those who view it. Hopefully, it will cause the viewer to recognize the beauty of the subject, and it’s worthiness to be painted.  This…