Feeling Good 2006 38" x 57", mixed media on canvas

Feeling Good
2006
38″ x 57″, mixed media on canvas

This painting is based on a moment in a dance that Myrna performed to the haunting song “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. Simone’s face appears woven into the fabric of the painting, as do the words and musical score to “Feeling Good” (reproduced below).

This painting, along with Mississippi Goddam’ (below), was featured in The Nina Simone Experienceart exhibit at Space Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, April 2010


Mississippi Goddam’, 2005

Words to “Feeling Good”. By Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Reeds driftin’ on by you know how I feel

(refrain:)
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom in the tree you know how I feel

(refrain)

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That’s what I mean

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel

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