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Left Alone

I try to learn or try something new everyday. Doing so keeps my mind sharp and spirit young. This is my attempt at monochromatic art. I still have much to learn, but this is so much fun! ($75, Color Pencil, 8.5″x11″, Unframed)


Reaching out to my African roots happens daily. My reflection in the mirror reminds me of my rich heritage, my talents that I have inherited from my fore-fathers and mothers. To stand free and tall while embracing their love lifts my spirits. I feel beautiful with every stroke of the pencil. ($350 USD, 8.5″x11″, Portrait, Unframed)

Serenity Natural

I spent today creating images that depict my emotions. I felt beautifully natural. I felt fabulous. Serenity Natural stands on the shores as the crystal blue river flows by. The copper sun flashes its gentle rays upon Serenity Natural’s cheeks. There is nothing more gorgeous than a soul at peace. ($350 USD, 8.5″x11″, Portrait, Unframed)


It’s always a great feeling to stand within the confines of nature, to be part of its love and be embraced by its spirit. “Herizon” is my visual testament to the inner peace one can have when living according to nature’s rhythm. ($350 USD, 8.5″x11″, Portrait, Unframed)

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.

Goddess Forest

This painting was done during one of my Bottle and Bodega Meetup group events. I had never tried my hand at painting a nature scene and this one turned out perfectly!

Women on Fire

We’re phenomenally beautiful. Our hues tell the secrets of our intense diversity. We must admire, adore, admonish, and appreciate our intense gorgeousness.

The Spirits of My Foremothers-Completed

I went on my weekly walk with my friend, Tammy, and shared with her that I felt I had ruined my painting. I had been told that the original outlay was beautiful. Now, I was feeling guilty that I may have lost my foremothers’ message forever.

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.