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Blog renaissance

The author and her family, 2015, by Rick Heit Photography


Back in March, I posted this blog renaissance mission. I have had a few guests and have plans for more. Would you like to be included? See contact info at the end of the post.

Blog history 

Years ago, I produced week-long, special-event, promotional blog articles in collaboration with others. 

Over those years, I featured artists, writers, bloggers, other editors and proofreaders, photographers, sculptors, potters, graphic designers, jewelry makers, furniture makers, chefs, cooks, crafters, and more. 

The good feels

I felt good doing that. I am doing that again.  

Any time I can lift someone’s spirits – show their art or photos or jewelry or sculptures and share their passion with others – it gives me a warm fuzzy. 

It also helped me grow – in my perceptions and with creatives around the country and around the world.  

Resurrecting these partnerships

I would like to resurrect those special moments. Not in week-long events (man, that was a lot of work!), but with special events for anyone who has a book, artwork, or food truck launch or for creatives who simply want to share their special talents with my audience. 

All these blog features will be shared to my FB, Twitter, and LinkedIn. 

Contact me

If you are interested in a special-event feature on my blog, use the Contact Form or send an email –


Links to a handful of previous collaborations –  

Emmett Russell – Furniture maker and metal sculpturist – from 2015

Chris Eboch – Myths about writing for children – from 2015

Photographer Rick Heit – Interview with Rick Heit epic photographer – from 2015

Editor spotlight with Darlene Elizabeth Williams – Editor Spotlight – from 2014 

My Main Street with Minot’s Main Street Books – My Main Street – from 2013

Darlene Foster – Darlene Foster, tweens author – from 2013

Elizabeth H. Cottrell – Tools for touching hearts and lives – from 2013

Shawn MacKenzie – You are your words – from 2013


Note – One of my greatest pleasures is when I present a guest in the best possible light. I will take more care with your blog appearance than with my own. I reserve the right to edit your submission.

Rick Heit Photography

For more info on Rick Heit Photography in Minot, ND, click here.


Filed under Artists, Book Cover Design, Editing & Proofreading, Guest Writers & Bloggers, Illustrators & Illustrations, Kid Stuff & Children's Books, Photography, Prose & Poetry, Special Events

Virginia artist Tamika Jones explores color and culture

Jones: The technique that I use for the mask is what I call funnel painting. Yes, a regular funnel and different color paint.

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Virginia artist Tamika Jones explores the imagination with the use of paint, clay, and synthetics. Her love of art stems from her elementary years with projects, art classes, and random drawing. Jones is a cosmetologist, enjoys painting indoor spaces, gardening, is the mother of four, a grandmother, and a motorcyclist. 

My inspiration comes from my urge to want to see how things would look after I see it in my head. My urge to create more happened during covid because staying in the house more was the reality and norm for 2019 through 2021. 

Jones does most of her networking by word of mouth and shares on social media. I first saw her art on the Facebook page of a mutual friend. She has also shown pieces at a women’s conference at her church.  

Jones: The puzzle pieces represent the different shades of African Americans.

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I was always attending church with my mother; having a great family, including church and ministry, is the foundation that keeps me grounded. As an adult, I learned what it truly means to have my own personality; the bigger picture of being comfortable in my skin. I have always been amazed at the different skin tones and hair textures that people have, how they would style their hair, and how hair can change your whole vibe. 

Jones also gives homage to her experience as a cosmetologist – “When someone gets their hair done in whatever style they choose, it helps their self-esteem.” 

She uses canvas, acrylic paint, spray paint, craft rhinestones, wood accents, clay, and synthetic hair. 

Tamika Jones can be found on Instagram as Rvamelaninmom. 


Filed under Artists, Special Events