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An artist blog of thoughts and illustrations of Vanessa Brantley Newton
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1. 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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3. 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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4. Illustration Friday's "Pointy"


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

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6. 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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9. 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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Hope your heart and day is filled with joy!

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

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Relax,relate,release.

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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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Today, I'am thinking about Mother's all over the world. Doesn't matter what color, race, language or village. Mother's are very important and very powerful. It' more than doing the laundry and feeding the child. It' more than the buying of toys and PTA meeting. It's so much more than just those things. It's a mother's heart and what she puts into her children. The Love and the care she shows them. The lessons taught and learned. These things will last forever. Wishing you all a very Happy Mother's Day!

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Wishing you all a very Happy Mother's Day. May it be filled with lots of goodies for Mom!

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Meet Mia Antoinette. She is a hot mess, but she gets it straight. Mia learns that it's not all about her! Have a great weekend.

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I love working digitally, but sometimes I just have to go back to traditional paint and collage elements. I have been so stressed recently and I find that when I take the time to pull out my paintbox and collage papers and glue, that it actually relaxes me in a way that nothing else does. What do you do creatively that helps mangage in your life. I'm interested??

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Have you weeded the garden of your thoughts? What we think about we bring about.

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You've got to be taught To hate and fear, You've got to be taught From year to year, It's got to be drummed In your dear little ear You've got to be carefully taught.

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The Book of Negroes has been emotional for me. The characters are stuck in my head. Forever learning.

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Jamael's Ring Bear. A little story that I am thinking about. Have a great day!

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Distractions will come, but stay focus. It's the only way to meet your goals.

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