No matter the type of art, the race or cultural background of the artist, a piece of artwork is always attempting to get a point or message across. This message that the artist strives for can also be referred to as the “telling” aspect, as covered in the Mixed Blessings text. I was not always aware that there was a message in a work of art. This may have contributed to my lack of interest growing up as a child. The beginning of the chapter had this statement which lingered in my thoughts as I read through the chapter. “Telling—the process of understanding and drawing from one’s distinguished past, one’s cultural history, beliefs, and values—is distinguished here from the socialized topsoil of naming.” This lingered mostly because it gave me an insight to the many factors that have to be considered while attempting to understand art. While reading on I attempted to use these theories while reading about Houston Conwill. Houston Conwill combined both African religions and mythologies with a perspective of a Catholic upbringing. This is remarkable to me from the start because of my knowledge of Catholics generally are and how strict they can be considered when comparing them to other religions. Using the theology of “Telling” I tried to understand why a man would try to make such a connection. He thought that singing and drawing were the pint of connection and used this to go beyond an initial thought or reaction to the artwork. After hearing of his doings I attempted to analyze his reasoning. My analysis was that he connected something so different and controversial so that it could tell a story which would reflect in a real world setting. It was to show that even people of different backgrounds could ultimately find something in common and compliment on it to become something more than men who have to live with one another. The only way for something as controversial as segregation to be diminished would be through the process of understanding and uniting. It was a message that yes men are different, but that is no reason to find where men are alike, and to take the best of both to create a society that no man has ever seen. I believe through my interpretation that Houston Conwill was a man of peace, and told this story through his connections. I believe every artist tells a story, and I look forward to digging deeper and trying to develop an eye for spotting connections.