Diamond Core by Anthea  Slade

Canvas Prints

Small (8.0" x 10.9")

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Diamond Core featured in Raw Art 1 Mar 10
Diamond Core featured in Impressionsim Cafe 23 Feb 10
Diamond Core featured in Mature Women on 14 Dec 09
Diamond Core featured in The World Art Group on 11 Dec 09
Diamond Core featured in Acrylic Painting Group on 7 Dec 09
Diamond Core featured in Art of Pain 6 Dec 09

Diamond Core is a collaboration between Reynaldo and Anthea that is separate to our Tribute to Womanhood Series.

Reynaldo’s beautiful paintings Diamond Core were inspired by my poem Diamond Core.

Thank you Rey for your beautiful interpretation and vision of my words. Your paintings are magnificent and deeply moving.

Paintings by Reynaldo
Poem by Anthea

2009 Acrylic on 140 lb. Watercolour paper 18×24”

Diamond Core
A Tribute to the human spirit

Don’t you try to unsettle me
I can see through to the other side
Don’t try to demean and cancel me out
I will rise again like the Phoenix

Don’t you try to put me to disgrace
and line my face with cruelty
because I will duck and weave
the arrows of war

Don’t you try to invalidate me
because my colour will grow even more brilliant
Don’t you try to rip my voice out of my box
because my voice will scream louder

Don’t you try to eradicate me
because I will never be erased
Don’t try to destroy my spirit
because my spirit is made of the strongest fibre

Don’t try to exploit me
because my intelligence is emotional and intellectual
Don’t pressure me into the stultifcation of dutybound
because I am a free spirit and must fly with wings outstretched.

Don’t try to blacken my heart with pain
because it is and always will be red with passion
Don’t tell me to be selfless because
if there is no self there can be no other

Don’t tell me to remove my esteem with
no self respect there can be no bliss
Don’t tell me there is only one way to see and that is black and white
because I will show you a multitude of colours

Don’t try and disengage me from my inner voice
because my voice will never be silenced.
Don’t trap me into negative thinking patterns
because I will never be brainwashed

Don’t think that by removing love from me
that I will whither and die because
my heart can beat in
a raw dark place.

Don’t use guilt to haunt me into a limited life
because I have always sucked the marrow out of it.
Don’t tell me that my soul has no value
because my soul dances to its own beat

Don’t try to break me, annihilate me
because my CORE is diamond
and it sparkles and cannot be broken
and will cut through and shatter
all your glass houses into a trillion tiny pieces
and will shine on until my last breath.

By Anthea Slade 23 Nov 09

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 5 years ago

    Diamond Core by Reynaldo

    Diamond Core by Reynaldo

  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    oh wow….this is so powerful. I love the words, the message and the artwork. Beautiful collaboration. x

  • Thank you so much dear Erika for this beautiful comment and Rey thanks you too. Your beautiful support of our collaborations is truly appreciated. xx

    – Anthea Slade

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 5 years ago

    Marvellous Anthea! xo

  • Thank you so much my lovely friend Ushna. xx

    – Anthea Slade

  • Elucidate
    Elucidateover 5 years ago

    love the abstract style, and the words.

  • Jordan my friend thank you so very much for lovely words. And Rey thanks you too :)

    – Anthea Slade

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenover 5 years ago

    Lovely collaboration Anthea, the colours are bright & full of vibrant energy.

  • Louise, Rey and I thank you for your wonderful support of our collaborations and Diamond Core.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 5 years ago

    Real passion…………..love the power that comes through with each stroke

  • Thank you so much Adrian. Yes Rey did a magnificent job with his beautiful painting and interpretations of my poem Diamond Core.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoover 5 years ago

    Dear partner your brilliant poem is so moving and powerful as it is bold. The words stirs strong feelings in the human spirit and I am glad you send this poem for me to illustrate, as it helped, as you know I just lose a beloved family member and your inspiration has hepled to lose my self in painting as I have painted almost continuous last few days and have one more difficult work to turn out before Friday. Thank you for your support Dear Anthea xxx

  • Oh Rey it is so much my pleasure to send you this poem dear Rey. Your paintings are outstanding and you have really given expression to the essence of my Diamond Core poem. You know how much I love your paintings and I feel so honoured that you painted these two beauties to go with my poem. I love them so much. I always adore your comments and look forward to them. Each one is a gift dear Rey. xxx

    – Anthea Slade

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateover 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much my lovely friend Alexandra.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Roz McQuillan
    Roz McQuillanover 5 years ago

    Fabulous, Anthea and Reynaldo!! :))

  • Dear Roz both Rey and I thank you for your wonderful comment on Diamond Core Paintings and Poem :) I hope you are well my lovely friend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • bev langby
    bev langbyover 5 years ago

    wow just wow u two ROCK

  • Oh thank you dear Bev it is a great pleasure to be working with Rey on our collaborations. And there are more coming.

    – Anthea Slade

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