I published my first book on the second day of January 2013.
What a way to start a new year!.
It is called "MUSIC AT THE EASEL", prose poetry paintings, what a ride!
It can be purchased from Xlibris.com, Amazon or Barnes and Noble .
It is available in soft and hard copy, as well as an e-book.
Please e-mail me with comments or thoughts at :
firstname.lastname@example.org after you read it. I would like that a lot
Thanks for the support!
Here are some of the reviews.
In her debut, a painter uses mixed media to share her observation on her
life as an artist.
LaGrone-Amaral shares her deeply personal autobiographical and
sociopolitical views in a mélange of essays, poetry, photos, and illustrations.
The author writes that her inspiration for making art comes form her father,
a master painter who was also a Tuskegee Airman in World War II. She keeps
the lessons her father taught her “safe and tucked away like precious jewels,”
she writes. She includes a plethora of images of her as a young girl painting
with her father to clarify the path that was laid out for her at a young age.
Raised in the South and in New York City, currently residing in Los Angeles,
LaGrone-Amaral has a voice as diverse as the places she lived. She writes about
attending church with her family in the south and how the breeze ”played
with the lazy ribbons in our hair and made the parlor curtains swing like they
were dancing.” The book includes reflections about a range of subjects,
from a broken bottle on a street to “feeling in colors.” to a date at New York’s
Russian Tea Room with a “handsome young dancer.” LaGrone-Amaral describes
and demonstrates the artists ability to “collect and store up moments, feelings,
visions, dreams, and fragments from the changing shadows of life’s journey.”
Her writing is as bright as the paintings she includes, and her flowery adjectives
enliven even the mundane observations.
A self-labeled “archetypal expressionist,” the author “uses paintings like words”
and balances visual imagery with prose that speaks to the nuances of life.
An engaging, eloquent memoir told through poetry, essays and paintings.
“No there is nothing subtle when Marilyn meets herself in the dream. Dashing
color. Chopped onions, rose water and black seed honey……always a tangled dress,
poems in her teeth wrapped in cayenne and blisters of chilies. We all wanted her
to dance in the light of tangerine strokes lifting tears..
Her images of canela, crushes against smudges along the edge of the bowl we are at
ease standing in her honor”
Lorie Carlos, Performance Artist.