Thursday, September 10, 2015


** For the past two months

I've dedicated myself to painting daily. You may be asking yourself, "Don't most artists paint everyday anyway?" Well, I can only speak for myself and the truth is I wasn't. I allowed other things to take over my day instead of making time to do personal work i.e. painting for me. Even if I was doing commissioned work like illustrating a book, I could spend most of my work day gathering reference material or responding to emails but not painting or drawing let alone doing it for myself.

By personal work I mean art that speaks to me about how I see myself, the world, race, identity and the media, I've been inspired by the Daily Painting Movement which is a growing number of artists who have dedicated themselves to painting everyday, some starting and completing a new piece every 24 hours, generally a small work. So far, for me, I'm averaging one and a half pieces per week.

If you're interested in keeping up with my progress stay tuned, I plan to send out updates every Friday with new work. If you know someone you think may be interested, please share this blog post with them or have them contact me and I will add them to my weekly mailing list.

For this week I'd like to share this piece:

Reverend Ike was a minister my mom listened to and watched on television in the 1970's. Recently, I found a link to one of his interviews on youtube. I was instantly brought back to my childhood and my mother's $ contributions to his ministry watching this flamboyant televangelist. Ever since hearing about the minister Jim Jones when I was a kid, I've been fascinated by extreme religious personalities and their lives. I'm sure Reverend Ike is only one of many off-beat religious characters that I will paint. This one is 6x6", ( a little larger than a cd case but slightly smaller than a 45rpm record) mixed media (acrylic paint, pencil) and collage on 1/8" hardboard.
#reverend ike, #rev ike, #Frederick Eikerenkoetter, #preacher,  #seanQualls, #dailypainting, #mydailypainting, 


walkyland said...


Kim A. Goosman said...

Your work inspires me and touches my soul... It brings me back to a time in my life were innocence and joy prevailed.

Kim A. Goosman said...

Question... Do u have the original or a copy of "NATURAL"??? I would love to make a purchase.

Sean Qualls said...

Thank you Kim. I'll email you regarding "NATURAL."

Leticia Cochran said...

I would like to know if this Rev. Ike piece is available.

Sean Qualls said...

Yes, email me at

Judy Adler said...

Sean, you referred to Rev. Ike as an "extreme religous chararacter". Yes, during his earlier years he was considered extreme and was labeled a heretic by the religious 'establishment'. He was actually teaching "New thought" philosophy, and is now recognized as one of the pioneers of the New Thought movement. There has been a resurgence of interest in Rev. Ike in recent years, mainly because of the popularity of his YouTube teaching videos. He taught the same principles that were popularized in the movie "The Secret" and currently espoused by personalities like Oprah Winfrey, Wayne Dyer, and others.
If you are interested here's a link to a short video with Les Brown talking about Rev. Ike's impact

Sean Qualls said...

Hi Judy,
I agree with all that you said. I look back on this particular post and wish that I had written it differently, chosen my words more thoughtfully. My initial remarks were perhaps given through the lens of my childhood self. I learned more about Rev. Ike after this post and really admire his refusal to be defined by the outside world. If I unintentionally offended anyone I do apologize. Perhaps a second portrait and post are in order. I appreciate your comments!

Kat said...

I like your painting! I just heard of Rev Ike recently and reading all I can about him.