Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fine Arts Unlimited...

I went to a program at a Fine Arts museum in Seattle and it was very enlightening. Three very prominent professional visual artists spoke about the subject of painting, film directing and writing.
They each shared their experiences of what it was like to be  an African-American professional in their prospective fields within the Fine Arts.
One of the most important topics discussed was the fact that a person's ethnicity, race, gender, age or social status does not limit there creative talents and abilities.
Often times they are pressured to produce work that is limited to one aspect of their life, in a effort to prove this mythical notion of "being real" and not fake.
This type of thinking has crippled the minds of many intelligent people, who could have generated billions in revenue, resources and opportunities for others to increase their social economic status.
Each individual has the ability to improve the world beyond their neighborhood and still give back to those in need as they become more successful.
They don't have to prove their loyalty by constantly being mistreated and misused by someone with a intimidating need to maintain control over other people less fortunate.
That is not the purpose of life on this earth. We are here to produce the gifts and talents that God has already predestined us to do before we were  born.
Nobody has exclusive rights to disrupt another person's contributions to this society, that is called confusion. Live your own life with thankfulness and gratitude without having to compete with others who are on their own journey.
I am African-American Black female visual artists and my valuable purpose in this world did not start after I picked-up a paint brush or went to school. My destiny was already established on the day I entered this world and will continue to be of importance for many more centuries and so will yours, because it is God's divine plan, not man's.
Our minds, spirit, soul and body has been set free and we are not confined in what we were chosen to accomplish in this world regardless of our current circumstances.
God will always expand our options, opportunities and optimism everyday for always and forever!
Written by Shurvon~Shaynlicia for Shurvon Shaynlicia Fashion and Fine Arts Designs & Fine Arts By Shurvon!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Top Ten Artists Tools!!!

1. You can discover your own artists style along with any formal academic training to make important Fine Arts paintings or sculpture.
2. Several different art mediums can be used to make one Fine Arts sculpture or painting, this technique is called mixed media.
3. Every artists has a different journey towards establishing their goals within the Fine Arts world, but their perseverance to continue is the most important lesson to be learned.
4. An artists has the ability to define what success means to them personally.
5. One person's opinion does not make or break the spirit of a true visual artists.
6. The art making process may take a few minutes or a few years. There isn't a formula or expiration date on valuable artwork because it has its own original beauty and significance.
7. God was the first original visual artists everybody else just followed in his footsteps.
8. The imagination of a visual artists has a million possibilities, but only a few are revealed on canvas or on stage.
9. A visual artist has usually made their best painting(s) before they received any monetary rewards or recognition from the experts in the "art world."
10. A painting has already increased in value the minute it is purchased directly from the original artist who is able to give some details of how the art piece was made and a brief summary of what the painting is about to the admirer.

A Living Legend lives forever...

Dr. Maya Angelou has now risen to Glory Land she will now join my loved ones in a place of peace, glory and harmony. 

May your spirit be blessed with her writings, teachings and gift of humanity to everyone, live forever in your heart!

Black is Always Beautiful!

Gold Mind!

I'm truly grateful to have lived during a time where l was able to learn from the gifts and talents of so many wonderful artist, musicians and writers.

Fine Arts Vision is the direct result of
 so many creative people who have 
encouraged me to build my own 
Fine Arts Legacy!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Phenomenal Afro Women...

Fine Arts By Shurvon and other talented artists will be featured at the upcoming festivals for the month of June.

This post was retitled on 5/30/2014 with more information about these art festivals!

"The Phenomenal Afro Women"

In Honor of The Legendary

 Maya Angelou

June 6-8, 2014
Pratt Park


"All Four Seasons" 

Fine Arts Theory Designer Series:

The End of Winter: Winter

Spring Florality: The Divine Sapphires

Summer 2 Love: The End of the Road and The Seattle Waterfront featuring the King Dome

Night Fall: The Honeymoon

June 13-15, 2014

Meet the Artists Reception and Conversations

Friday, June 13, 2014 

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Seattle Center Armory Building 3rd Floor!

The Festival will be on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 -15, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Strong Arms and Purple Hearts!

This is the day to remember those that served in the military of life in the United States.

Including All Native American, All Enslaved African-American black people, Holocaust
Survivors and Asia-Americans who were held in captivity during the war. 

With thanks and gratitude to those who are still enlisted in the army, navy, marines, air force and veterans who are still marching on and going forward with their lives!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

2nd Annual my heART's Theory Designer Series!

The 2nd Annual Fine Arts Theory Designer Series: for next year will be pictures painted with quality gouache-watercolors on heavyweight watercolor paper with the oh so fabulous Chinese calligraphy paintbrushes!

The theme for this series will be a combination of prints and patterns created by using fine detailed intricate shapes and designs inspired by the 25 reasons I heART. (See the blogpost for May 7, 2014) for more details!

Two pictures will be completed each month, with only ten limited edition signed prints available for each original painting.

For more information about scheduling an art show at your gallery or museum send a email to shaynlicia@gmail for reservations.

The 2nd Annual Fine Arts Theory Designer Series starts in January 2015 for SHAYNE FASHION and FINE ARTS DESIGNS and Fine Arts By Shurvon!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fine Arts By Shurvon 2004 ~ 2014

Ten years ago was when I started  thinking about painting more consistently.

Although I painted some art pieces before 2004, I didn't have a large amount of art ready to present for gallery or community art shows.
The process started out slow because I wasn't really sure of what subjects I would paint.

The first painting I made after making this decision was for decorative purposes using gouache paint on paper, for a painting titled Shalom. Afterward I started to get some ideas from the various books, music, people, places and things I would see daily.

A few more years went by and I received an invitation to participate in a art show at a museum. This was the first time I had the opportunity to present my art for the public to see. There was also a very specific concept that I wanted to see visualized in a painting.

I started this painting a few days before the art show because I was thinking about not participating even after I purchased all the paint supplies needed to complete this project.

After I finished the collage assemblage painting titled, Shades of Beauty! I knew that this was one of the many art styles that I would continue to make as a visual artists.
Since then I have presented in several different art festivals, online art galleries and on social media websites, including Facebook and Twitter.

Fine Arts by Shurvon can be purchased online at under my name Shurvon Haynes or send your personal order request to

The Journey of being a visual artists has been a very inspirational experience and I'm thankful for the gifts and talents I have to create paintings for Fine Arts by Shurvon to encourage people to see the beautiful world God has created and appreciate its value! 

My 1st annual Fine Arts Theory Designer Series: Season Two...Spring Florality is now on display and can been seen at the upcoming Festival Sundiata African-American Fine Arts Celebration on June 14 - 15, 2014.
Shalom 2004

Shades of Beauty 2009

Fine Arts Visionary
2004 ~ 2014

1st year Anniversary

Fine Arts By Shurvon

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

Season Four

The Holiday Season Finale

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fine Arts by Shurvon~Shaynlicia!

What is your vision as an Artist?

My vision as an artists is to express myself creatively, experience the therapeutic art making process and promote creative innovation through fine arts education.

What is your definition of a visual artist?

My personal definition of an artists is someone who has the ability to create artistic objects, literature and performances that represent their life and individual worldview
Each artist has a different way of implementing their expressive ideas by using a variety of materials and methods as they are inspired to create.

What is your greatest challenge as an artists?

The main obstacle that I noticed as an artist, has been to maintain my own style variations in the midst of negative advice to produce art that was "popular" instead of my own authentic individual expressions.
This type of advice is a very annoying attempt to undermine my talents and ideas. Tactics that usually come from those who are not artist themselves, because being an artists in any category is not a popularity contest it is a journey of the genius, not a replication of what's trendy!
Whenever a piece of completed artwork doesn't sale, it should never be discarded because it will still increase in value.

What has been your greatest influence from other artists?

Once I decided to start making art on a consistent basis for public viewing I found myself being able to learn something new from several different artists from hip-hop rappers, writers, fashion designers and even Picasso. The most important rules to follow are ignore the critics, produce with purpose and expand your options. 

What has your been your experience with Fine Art academic training and education?

The creative skill of making artwork started very early in life before I really understood what fine arts was. I noticed people sewing, drawing, building and constructing items for sale or display
Elementary school projects were another big influence in regards to the variety of materials that were used for class projects. I also took some community college art courses before I finished my bachelors degree a few years later.

There were times when I was not able to relate to the art education I received especially in some of the art history courses it was during these times when I realized that I needed to have a wider view of the world, so I could make art that reflected life beyond fruit bowls and flowers.
The art courses that I studied at the U.W. were focused on conceptual art ideas and topics. Students were assigned off-campus projects to complete according to specific subject matters such as body image, social change and the labor industry. 
This was a great opportunity for me to discover different art forms and methods. But I have had very few classes in what would be considered a traditionally formal fine arts education.
Now that I've started to paint more often it is one of my goals to learn more about certain paint mediums and art terms that will directly enhance my style of artwork.

What is your artwork style?
The art images I create are typically very colorful, bold and curvacious. I have always been a very sparkly, girly and glittery type of woman and that is usually reflected in some of my paintings. I also have scoliosis which is a curvature of the spine so I often try to discover different types of canvas options and materials that are not too heavy for me to carry on my own.
Otherwise I just paint images of whatever I want according to the paint supplies I have in my inventory. It is during this process that ideas and themes present themselves to me.I will NEVER have just one type of style or subject to paint about.
I also love, love, love to paint with the color black because it looks so glorious and glamorous on its own. This is actually a true fact and not just a statement coming from a African-American artists to promote the beautiful astethics of what is commonly known as Black Fine Arts because my artwork is global with the ability to represent the whole universe.

How has the first six months of the Fine Arts Theory Designer Series been for you as an artists?

This is my first annual designer series and it is a reflection of my personal journey as an artists. Each painting may have a indirect connection to the obstacles, revelations,testimonies and rewards I've gained prior to this series. 
This series was something that I internally knew would take place at some point within my lifetime although I had no clue when, where, how and what I would paint or draw. It is almost like a surreal dream and there are times when I can't fully process the complexity of my own artwork. 
Because I rarely pre-plan what the final outcome will be, but it is always something unconsciously connected to something real or tangible. This is another reason why I've been writing in reflective detail about my artist journey.

The organization of this series is of my own creative process, nobody mandated, sponsored or assigned me to do this task. As an visual artists I believe it also very important for me to establish my own emerging artist autobiography in the beginning of my art journey instead of waiting for my paintings to be discovered after I pass away. Or spending many years painting about other subjects without having my own thoughts and ideas on a canvas. 

Every artist in all of the fine arts categories has the entitled privilege to write, perform and create the first few chapters of their individual art legacy while they are still physically and mentally capable of documenting their creative art accomplishments regardless of its mainstream success or monetary gains.

This is not a negative form of self-pride or promotion it is actually the first step in laying the proper foundation of the career and aspirational goals of all fine artist. An artists story should not be entirely given to an outside source to interpret based upon their limited research methods.
As an individual and independent visual artist I don't have any specific regulations about what images I paint. 

I'm often surprised by those who act as if I have to draw and paint images according to some unwritten guidelines. Especially those who have tried to alter my real intellectual ideas to fit into their false and biased profiling guidelines for black female artists. I do understand that there are different categories of art but I chose not to adhere to any of them entirely because there aren't any strict rules that can dictate what images, style, technique, race, religion, color or creed should be represented in any of my paintings. So for reason of clarity to my artist fans and collectors. I am not emotionally bitter but I do believe in utilizing all of my five senses and emotions when necessary. I don't rely on forced validation or a false sense of acceptance from others to complete my creative goals. 

My fine arts mission statement was already predestined to be a legacy of optimistic and inspirational fine arts for everyone. I refuse to participate in dumb competitive mind games with another artists. Because I'm not intimidated by any other visual artists and those who have tried to evoke negative power plays are not worth my time.

It is also extremely unintelligent to define the work of an artist according to the assumptive stereotypical view point of those who only know how to communicate through racist, sexist and rude innuendos. Because my artwork will usually include a wide variety of subject matters. That I've either experienced, read or seen in the media. If a art historian or critic notices certain art forms within my completed paintings so be it, but it may not always be a comprehensive interpretation of my intentions.

That's is why it so important for visual artist to define their own artwork and make what is best for each art peace without worrying about whether it fits into a certain art category. Some may consider that a form of abstract expressionism which maybe true in most cases and that's fine, but it's not exclusive. Mixed media and collage assemblages are my favorite art mediums at this time but I do plan to include other art mediums for my next Fine Arts Designer Series.    

Thanks for reading The Journey of the Artist by Shurvon~Shaynlicia, Art Director of the Fine Arts Theory Designer Series: Season Two...Spring Florality! 

(Spring Florality Poetry Art Scrolls) - April
(Fruit Bowls and Flowers)- May

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Floral Fruit Tea for You Too...

I always knew from a young age that I would be a visual artist, because I was always fascinated with the various type of pictures and colorful images that I would see everywhere on a daily basis.

However, I always thought that being an "real" artist would take many repetitive years of  painting portraits, fruit bowls and flower vases in a traditional Fine Arts Academy.

It seemed a bit boring compared to the colorful variety of artwork that I was making in grade school. I also wore a orthopedic back brace and I wanted to do something more active when I was physically able, instead of sitting in front of an easel everyday during my early teen years.

Therefore, I made the decision to find other ways to express my creative talents and live my life so that I would have something more personal and interesting to paint about when it was time for me to pick-up the paint brush.

Plus, I didn't fully understand the whole concept of being an visual artists, paint mediums, fine art terms, being a female artists and what the difference between African-American Black Fine Artists from other well known artists like Picasso and nem' was really all about.

After hearing and reading so many stereotypes about artist I knew
within that I had to define my own art theories while on my visual artist journey. Although there were some misunderstandings, I've learned so many things along the way, the most important was that I can paint, make and create images on canvas, paper, wood or glass, using a variety of paint mediums and objects to make "Real Fine Art." This is the main reason all of my images look totally different from each other, but they are all my own true, original and genuine fine art paintings.

This brings me back to the subject of fruit bowls and flowers, I found a brief summary on another website about the history of seeing these common fine art objects that I shared on this blog post, this summary further let's me know that I wasn't the only person wondering why so many artist were painting these objects in what I now know is a very specific art form called: Still Life ~ basically its the art of positioning basic everyday items in different light settings to display the skilled technique of scale, shading and blending in a painting. As an visual artist I can fully understand the value of this type of training but at the same time there has to be room for flexibility and innovation because that is the sole purpose of an artist: to utilize a variety of tools, methods and techniques to implement several different art ideas and inventions.

Since I typically draw everything in my paintings, the use of actual props for my "still life" fruit bowl and flower images are not required.
I much prefer to allow the paint brush and paint make its own~blendedshaded lightedandscaled~designs during the creative process. This technique was discovered while on my Artists' Journey and has proven to produce fabulous results beyond what I could have ever imagined.

This is also how the Fine Arts world will thrive and survive in their struggle to stay alive in schools and colleges if they strive to include more creative diversity in their academic curriculums in a effort to see the value in a variety of art forms consistently.

So stay tuned for more art peace's from the Fine Arts Theory Designer Series: 
Season Two...Spring Florality!
 "Fruit Bowls and Flowers"
(Also visit the website below for more information about Still Life and other art forms)
Red Cherry Square by Shurvon Haynes

Colorful Love by Shurvon Haynes

Beautiful by Shurvon Haynes

The Divine Sapphires
 by Shurvon Haynes

Fruit Bowl and Flowers
 by Shurvon Haynes

In honor of by Shurvon Haynes
 with b&w images by L.H. and K.H
Starting on my Artist Journey!