Posts Tagged: Queen of the Pen

Elements of Nature

Yesterday, was a very artistically productive day. I wanted to paint representations of the four elements of nature: Air, Fire, Earth, and Water. I began with basic acrylic paintings; but soon realized more was needed to convey my messages. So, I opted to use glue, old newspapers, and plaster.

Oak Park Conservatory – An Amazon Forest in the City

I recently took a trip to the historical Oak Park Conservatory in the Chicago area. It’s a small, volunteer-operated facility that brings the natural beauty of the Amazon to City Dwellers.

It’s Genetic!

I come from a family of very talented people, both maternal and paternal. We consist of visual artists, musicians, vocalists, dancers, and writers. With each brush stroke I celebrate my mom, Betty J. Robinson-Burton, who is a visual artist and clothes designer/tailor.

Unconditional Beauty

We often hear that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, even when beauty is beheld it comes with conditions. It’s either thin, muscular, curvy, petite, or tall to fit another person’s liking.

African Sun

My DNA test indicated my Angolan heritage. I have so much to learn about my African family history. For now, I’ll allow my paintings tell my stories, hopefully, spiritually connecting me to my ancestors.

Soul Guides

Soul Guides© 2013
By Clarissa “Queen of the Pen” Burton

Red and pink flowers surrounded by earth ~ nature.
Purple and gold hints contrasted against Mother Brazilian Java.
My children and grandchildren embrace my tree of life.
Sometimes sad and distant; but nonetheless, my soul guides.
Felt so relaxed and relieved to release and breathe.
Never knew how liberating the stroke of a brush could be.
It makes me smile.


My intention for creating the painting was to create artwork that reflected my innermost spirit. I write to reflect on all the stories screaming to be released. The same goes for creating art. It tells the stories my writing struggles to tell.


While creating this piece, I listened to African music. This made it easier to paint. I followed the rhythms and just let my creativity flow. My piece represents my feelings for that particular day—remorse, peace, and acceptance. The highlight color that emphasized my innermost feelings was the Royal Blue. That color represents my remorse for miscommunications as well as forgiveness.

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