“Modern Masters Revisited” by Allen Forrest

I like to pay homage to other artists, but do it in my styled interpretation. There are many highly-skilled artists in the world, so many who are far more skilled than I. But, too many of them are indistinguishable from one another and they look much the same in style. I would rather fail trying to create something different, than succeed creating what others have already done. Even when I draw or paint in homage to Picasso or Rembrandt, I will create my interpretation of their work, not a copy of it. Then, when I return to a pure theme, I will bring some of those legendary artists with me, which is always evolving in my work.

–Allen Forrest

Gaugin Reclining Tahitian Women 2; ink; 2015
Gaugin Reclining Tahitian Women 2; ink; 2015
Gaugin Sitting Tahitian Man and Woman; ink; 2015

Gaugin Sitting Tahitian Man and Woman; ink; 2015
Marc Chagall 1; ink, oil, pastel; 2015
Marc Chagall 1; ink, oil, pastel; 2015
Marc Chagall 3; ink, oil, pastel; 2015
Marc Chagall 3; ink, oil, pastel; 2015
Marc Chagall 7; ink, oil, pastel; 2015
Marc Chagall 7; ink, oil, pastel; 2015
Picasso Guernica 3; ink, oil, pastel; 2015

Picasso Guernica 3; ink, oil, pastel; 2015
Picasso Woman 3; ink, gouache on paper; 2014

Picasso Woman 3; ink, gouache on paper; 2014
Vincent Van Gogh Potato Eaters; ink, oil, pastel; 2014
Vincent Van Gogh Potato Eaters; ink, oil, pastel; 2014

forrest_self_portrait_3_acrylic_on_canvas_36x24_2013Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.

Art website (paintings for sale): http://allen-forrest.fineartamerica.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/artgrafiken

Portfolio: http://www.art-grafiken.blogspot.ca/

“Parade in a Texas Town” (Photo Essay) by Christopher Woods

“Parade in a Texan Town” focuses on racial and political realities in small Texas towns. Some are participants in a parade on Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in Texas. Yet, even today, there are those who still fly the Confederate flag and carry it around town squares. These photographs were taken in the small Texas towns of Brenham and Chappell Hill.


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Photo by Linda Woods
Photo by Linda Woods

Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. His published works include a prose collection, Under a Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. He conducts creative writing workshops in Houston at The Women’s Institute. His photographs have appeared in many journals, with photo essays published in Glasgow Review, Public Republic, Deep South, and Narrative Magazine, among others. He has completed a darkly comedic novel, Hearts in the Dark, about a sociopathic radio talk-show host. His photography can be seen in his online gallery.

Photography by David J. Thompson

Abundant Life
Abundant Life
Works
Works
W. Helena
W. Helena
Peaches
Peaches
Panther Burn
Panther Burn
Near Branson
Near Branson
Delta Cadillac
Delta Cadillac
Cotton Plant, Arkansas
Cotton Plant, Arkansas
Blue Medal
Blue Medal
Arkansas Truck
Arkansas Truck

051David J. Thompson’s photos have appeared in Slipstream, Staplegun, Children, Churches & Daddies, and on the cover of Midwestern Gothic. He lives in metro Detroit. His poetry/photo chapbook And Thou Upon Earth is coming out from Nerve Cowboy (Austin, TX) this fall. His photo website is ninemilephoto.com.

Woodcuts by Loren Kantor

Jack Kerouac

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Charles Bukowski

Loren Kantor is a Los Angeles-based Woodcut Artist and writer.  He worked in the film industry for 20 years as a screenwriter and assistant director.  He is a huge fan of Classic Cinema and iconoclastic American Writers. He’s been carving woodcut images for the past five years. See his website Woodcutting Fool for more info.