Thursday, March 29, 2007

folk art by....jessie lavon



funny thing....i met jessie here on my blog...she left comments and gave me her site info. to look at her work....that is one of the nice things about blogging...you meet many new people which is always fun....and you also see new artwork from artists that you never had the chance to talk to yet...

as you can see jessie's work is purely folk art...she's from alabama, and her inspiration is from her many years growing up on a farm...her art takes her in many directions....


i chose this piece to share with you because of the blog from before....how one person views a piece...and what about the name? the name jessie chose for this is crossroads....her interpretation isn't really that far from my crossroads piece...i do not include religion in my piece though, however, they both are about the humanness of having to make a choice with ones life...

jessie said this to be the southern story of the crossroads...."The conjure arts is the study of using herbs and roots to heal the sick,WAS PASSED DOWN FROM MY GREAT GRAND MOTHER ON DOWN TO ME.I was told that folks used to go down to the crossroads with a black cat bone and sell their sold to the devil for a gift like playing music or singing. look on my web page where all my art is and you will see a painting of the crossroads."....which i've included above...

if memory serves me correctly one of the first recorded delta blues musicians, robert johnson, i believe it to be sometime in the 30's....hit the road with his guitar....and as folklore has it....he sold his soul to the devil for the mastery of his guitar...

funny how history goes way back....and is also connected to yet an uncreated idea in the future....

i put a link to jessie's page to the left which goes to her blog....you can reach her artwork site from her blog....you will really enjoy looking at her work, in the purest form of folk art.

thanks jessie for all the fun mail!! have a great day everybody! diane



3 comments:

purple cucumbers folk art said...

Hi darling,so glad that you enjoyed the folk art lore/tales. I can remember as a child going down to the crossroads and seeing some of the folks who were going to sell their sold.Some of the symbols on the fround are the orginal ones I lernt from my Nanny ,one of them is the orginal crossroads symboles and thats why your crossroad piece cought my attention.I just created my faiey garden/instructions on my blog.Have a great weekend.

purple cucumbers folk art said...

The round circle is the orginal crossroads symbol,North,South,East AND west.

Jen O'Connor said...

hello Diane love
I learn from you all the time, so glad we're friends in blogland, art land and beyond!
Jen
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