c. 1941 gouache with ink and graphite on brown paper
Today's artist for inspiration is Romare Bearden (1911-1988). I have a wonderful book from the library called The Art of Romare Bearden, by Ruth Fine, from the National Gallery of Art.
See wonderful images and read more at their website.
From the intro by Ruth Fine: "Romare Bearden's large and diverse oeuvre, numbering thousands of objects in many media, reveals the artist's remarkable curiosity and intelligence as well as his fervent desire to defy the limits of artistic and cultural categorization." and "One great legacy of Beardon's art is its insight that what we share as a global community is equal in both interest and importance to what makes each of us unique. He achieved this by embracing themes and practices from diverse times and places and imbuing them with an imaginative character and physical presence that is distinctively his own. In the materiality of his expansive expression, method and message become one."
Romare Bearden, Of the Blues: At the Savoy,
1974 collage of various papers with paint, ink, and graphite on fiberboard
If all this ArtSpeak is making you snore, just realize that this was a brilliant, talented and successful man who was nearly as passionate about literature as he was about art. He painted the black experience, but always was conscious of how it related to "universals".