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An artist blog of thoughts and illustrations of Vanessa Brantley Newton
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My Client and friend Ms. Heidi B. Fuller will have a book that is coming out in December called, " My Mama Taught Me Better Than That" 600 and somethin' quotes that will make you laugh and holler out loud! Check out on Facebook @ Heidi B. Fuller on facebook. Another long time blogger friend Rachel Ashe is sharing her awesome new project Check it out!

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There is evil in the world, but there is also love. My heart is aching and breaking for France today. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Shalom

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Is it me or are the days just flying by?? Work i did for a greeting card. Have a great one!

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Hello Sunshine. Thinking about all my dear family and friends in Low Country South Carolina, Beaufort,Sumter, Edisto Island,Charleston, today who have lost so much due to the hurricane. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Praying for brighter days ahead. Shalom

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What is life without friends? love you Bella and a whole lot more.

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7. Shana Tova!

Happy Rosh Hashanah to All! May it be filled with gigantic blessings and may you be over taken with joy and laugher Throughout the year! Shalom

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Grow hope and gratefulness where you are.

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9. Illustration Friday's "WORK"

Renee never thought of her job as work. She got to fly to the most exotic places and stay in gorgeous hotels. She was only reminded when passing out peanuts, liquor, and giving instruction in case of emergency. Have a great week everyone!

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10. Dream Inside A Dream

So I asked the little girl, "What happens when you close your eyes?" She said, " In my dreams I am a princess trying to escape my palace room where they make me stay all day and all night. I can only get away when I close my eyes and fly. I fly right out of the window in the dark blue night. Fluffy clouds swirl around me and bright blue stars light up the nights sky. The air is light and I am even lighter. My long braids fly in the soft wind like wings taking me higher and higher. I feel God and the angels. They whisper sweet healing words to me. I feel better. I feel like I don't want to ever go back, but then He says,"You have a purpose and I have a plan. Run to your destiny for you are safe in my hand. Safe in my hand." When I wake I am back in my room safe and sound. I have a good feeling inside my tummy. I know that everything is going to be alright cause I have a purpose and He has a plan. I will run to my destiny cause I am safe in His hand. I am safe in His hand.

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Morning Peeps! This is Bo and I need y'all to help me find the rest of these sheep before Friday aight! Cause I left them alone and they ain't come home yet! I mean like, What up?? So like holler at a little sistah if you see them aight. Peace out! My contribution for ‪#‎Whimsical‬ Wednesday

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12. Illustration Friday's " Heart "

K's little heart had been broken so many times. She wondered if she could ever love or be loved again.

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13. Illustration Friday's "Pointy"

Peggy loved her pointed bras and shoes! They made her feel very powerful! Happy Pointy Friday!!!

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15. Illustration Friday's (Grow)

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It was all in my head, but now it's on paper. I believe that thoughts become things. Writing this story and it's going to be published. One day soon LOL!

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Vanessa Newton We always had the laying around. Playing underneath them and wrapping our little brown bodies in them to keep warm on cool Autumn nights. Pieces of left over history, dreams, stories, hand me downs and bits all stitched up together to make a quilt. They didn't make them for show. My Grandma would say, " Only the white women got to make dem kind. The real pretty ones with diamond and log cabin patches. Didn't nobody have time to make dem kinda ting." They made the kind that was called ," Necessary Quilts." My Grandma called them " "Nesasity" She was Gullah Geechee. The community of women would come together and work to create a quilt for each family. They would work on one and finish that one and start someone else's. They would sing songs and talk about the happening in the community and pray. Some used the quilts to hang up against the crack in the clap board houses to keep the cold out. Some to make a mattress for the family to sleep on. They even used them for storytelling, teaching the Bible and yes, even as maps to get to freedom. Now I am trying to learn how to make these quilts so that I might share them with my baby girl and leave a legacy for my family. This book is about a very talented woman named, "Harriet Powers". Harriet was a fantastic quilt maker artist. This book tells her amazing story and I got to do the artwork for. If you are quilter or would like to be one, or just like quilting stories, you are going to love this book. "Sewing Stories " By Barbara Herkert. Illustrated by your's truly. Coming soon! I'll keep you posted!

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18. The Plans I Have For You (Official Trailer)

Good news to share. My first book with Zondervan Kids will be available in August! The wonderful  Amy Parker is the author of this awesome book! You will love it!

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Little Mama had tenacity. Even without books available to her she founds ways to read the messages that life left for her to find.

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All children should see themselves in picture books. These are my Latino Babies on display!

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From here to the moon and back.... Who else in the world could love you like that? Me Much love to you Bella Sinclair

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Worry is the misuse of imagination and what we think about we bring about. Keep creative and exciting thoughts up there my friend. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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One little brown girl asking a question. Why are there hundreds and hundreds of book with little to no brown girls as princesses and queens?? Why are there no books about Brown girls dreaming big? Why are there no books about girls like me going to different places in the world and having an adventure? Why?? Can someone please tell me why?? Okay then, Ms.V Please write some books about brown girls like me. Going places and having an adventure and meeting people on the back of a green elephant named Swasi.

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Hope your heart and day is filled with joy!

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