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January Art Challenge

I have all kinds of fun goals and healthy habits planned to bring into my New Year. Fitness, Self-Discovery, and Creativity are some of my top intentions for 2018. In 2018, I’ll be launching Do Five Things A Day’s Monthly Art Challenges.

5 Reasons to Participate in an Art Challenge:

1.) Art stimulates the mind

2.) It has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

3.) It promotes self expression and creativity.

4.) It provides learning opportunities.

5.) It’s fun!

 

Here are January’s prompts to kick it off:

 

 

Follow me on Instagram @dofivethingsaday where I’ll be sharing my artwork each day. Share your artwork on Instagram and #dofivethingsaday in your post.

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A Delayed #ArtThursday

So super late, must admit, the last week has felt a bit overwhelming, just so much that has crept up on my plate. In some moments I feel like quitting and crawling under the covers and sleeping right through all the chaos but in most of the moments I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. When I finally got home last evening I was having a “ah, forget it, I’m so tired moment” but then some little things with big impact to me happened…I received two of my product shipments for my upcoming store launch (more news to come in the future about that!) and I saw my latest unfinished painting sitting on my dresser where I had strategically placed it to finish for an upcoming local art show with the very soon deadline of midnight last night, and I felt a little bit of inspiration creep up inside me. I realized I couldn’t catch up on it all last night but I did pull out my paints and I felt motivated again.

Sometimes lining up the art show deadlines on my calendar can add to the stress…but the actual part of letting loose in my artwork is where my therapy comes in… last night I sat down on my bed, watercolor pencils in hand, with no definite thought of where I was going to go with my painting, other than it was a bug and I had decided I was going to paint a praying mantis. The thing I love about diving into my paintings is that I find freedom and escape there. The more I let loose, the more exuberant my paintings become. My paintings are teaching me that the process is many times more important than the end result. I’m learning to live more in the moment and to focus on the process in all areas of my life through my art sessions. You can check out more of my artwork on my Artist Instagram account

Do you paint, do you draw? What activities do you find escape in? Share your arts and craft projects!!!

Link Up! 

(And because I was late, I extended the open party!)


Next Link Up June 8th!!!

10 Ways Art is Therapeutic for Your Mind, Heart, & Soul

Today’s #ArtThursday is brought to you by me…and the benefits of Art Therapy. Did you know that practicing art or even by doing a craft it can act as a meditative practice for you? When we channel our energy into creating something it can have many therapeutic properties.

1.) Art is relaxing and has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and decrease worry.

2.) It can teach us insight, empathy and acceptance.

3.) It promotes self-expression and can help us express and process emotions or stress that we may have suppressed.

4.) Art therapy stimulates the mind.

5.) It can encourage self-discovery, self-observation and encourages the discovery of our subconscious.

6.) Art empowers us.

7.) It helps teach us constructive ways to deal with tough feelings and traumatic or stressful situations.

8.) Art Therapy improves emotional, cognitive and sensory processes.

9.) Art can help us see beauty in rough times.

10.) It provides us with many learning opportunities and provides a sense of worth and accomplishment when we complete projects.

Now it’s your time to share! Link up your current artwork and projects! DIY Arts & Crafts, thoughts on art, Art Bucket List, all welcome!

What kinds of art and projects do you do to relax?


My Artist’s Bucket List – Exploring New Territory

As an artist I am always looking for ways to grow. I have several forms of art and artistic expression that I am eager to try.

Oil Painting – my go-to paint choice has always been acrylic, in the last year I’ve expanded into water colors but I still have yet to give oils a try so that’s most definitely on my list!

Macrame – The beautiful wall hangings and jewelry that I’ve seen come from this wonderful craft are beautiful. I think this is a skill that will take more patience but I think it will be relaxing and rewarding.

Pottery – Think “Ghost”. How could you not want to try this? I’m a Virgo, meaning I’m an Earth sign and it absolutely intrigues me to be able to create something from such an earthy substance. I cannot imagine not liking the feel of building and creating something within my hands.

Figure Drawing – I’ve started dabbling in this as I explore with oil pastels but this is something I would like to really take the time and dig into. The art of the shape of the human body is beautiful and I truly want to be able to depict it on paper.

Weaving – The intricate designs and colors that can be captured within a woven piece is amazing. How each piece can tell a story of its handcrafted journey.

Calligraphy – I am a quote and inspirational words fanatic. I think this would be a wonderful skill to master to share that love.

 Screen Printing – Old school style. I tried this out when I was in school and it is so cool putting your artwork onto the fabric. I would like to revisit this skill.

 Dance – I have had dance on my bucket list for a while. The expression that can be shared through the art of dance can be quite powerful. There are many forms of dance that can be explored.

 There are so many forms of art out there. What kinds of art do you do and what’s on your bucket list to try?

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Beauty in the Ruins

It was a damn cold afternoon…but we were determined to get this shoot. There was an upcoming local art show at HiveArtSpace that we wanted to submit to…”Beauty in the Art of Decay”…so off we set to Ruins Park in Glen Rock where we could capture the beautiful graffiti as a background in our shoot. We found the most inspiring art work to shoot with and were set free and given a fire of creativity within ourselves with this artsy shoot. With every shot that I was able to gaze upon the sky, I was given a view of a flock of birds, and with every moment that the sun start to set we were given a new angle. Unfortunately our work wasn’t accepted to the show this time but I am so happy with what we gained out of this shoot either way. Shared below are some of my favorite shots and a little behind the scenes peek of shooting on a cold March afternoon.

“Colorful and Concealed”
Look inward towards your soul for healing. Curl up in your own warm embrace. All you need is there.

“What is Dead May Rise Again”
Rise from the ashes as the phoenix did. Find strength in all your trials and challenges.

“Rising From the Ashes”
With downfall we find new strength. We can find light in the darkest places. The phoenix symbolizes that…be reborn with new glory, courage, and fire!

“The Art of Angles”
A pure perspective will give you power.

   

Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek:

Tucked behind a big wooden spindle with my little hand warmers trying to hide from the frigid wind between shots.

When your photographer gets a snap of you fixing your hair…

Please be sure to check out more of Anthony’s work here – Photos by Anthony Machcinski His work is beautiful and each photo has a story behind it. I have loved working with him and look forward to more shoots! 

The Path of Art Journaling – Exploring My Growth

About a year ago, I started art journaling…I found it a wonderful release of the stress that the day had brought. Since then my mind has opened and the creativity and artistic nature of my personality has unleashed so much more. Today I sketch, I paint routinely, and I dive into free drawings with my pastels when I find I’m struggling to sleep. This #artthursday I took a look back at where I started adding art back into my daily routines…this shows that when we start with just a simple step it can unleash us into many wonderful places as we continue to move forward on our paths.

March 2016: So one of my bucket list to-do’s is to make an Art Journal. I’ve always thought they were so beautiful and such a wonderful way to be expressive. I have seen tons of great ideas online, you can check out some of my fave ideas on my Pinterest Board – Art Journaling.  I want my art journal to be fun, push the limits of formality and tradition. I want lots of color and funky doodles. I try not to conform to one set style or structure, just let myself explore and be free. I’ve found this a wonderful way to calm myself, a unique way to add to my meditations, a place to release. Some pages take thirty minutes, some take hours, some pages are part of one project, some a single thought.  I’m still quite a newbie and cannot compare to some of the beautiful creations I’ve seen online but my art journal is mine, not a following of any one else’s, my own creation, part of my artistic and spiritual journey… I’ll share as I go along, as I evolve and grow, hoping to inspire and stir ideas for your own…

I continue to grow more and more each day, some days I produce more art than others. Some paintings take months to finish and some I finish in a day. Each month, I find myself trying a new medium or a new technique. I have become more free in my expression and pushing past boundaries and limitations I used to hold myself to. I have opened myself up to seeing inspiration in so many more places and it has brought beauty to each moment in my days.

Inspiration From The Streets

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~ Mary Lou Cook

Where would art be if we didn’t have artists that pushed the limits and broke some rules?  I have a secret love for street art and graffiti. It takes some gust and some big inspirations to create art like that, big scale and bold colors up for the whole world to see. 

 

From a simple smiley face to a city poetry garden to a grand message, these pieces of art are one of a kind and hold their ground. Go explore, there is art all around us! 

My Visions & Dreams In Paint – Hidden Self Portraits

I had it on my bucket list last year to paint a self portrait. I took it off my bucket list this year.

Though I haven’t sat down in front of the mirror and painted a mere image of myself, I have painted many self portraits.

Each piece of my artwork also has a piece of me in them. A reflection of who I am, how I feel, how I see. Artwork is an expression of ourselves, in each piece a part of our individuality is captured. Therefore I will always be painting a self portrait in some way. In my Phoenix is how I arose above and beyond life’s challenges and tragedies, the strength in my angel that I found within myself, the blue hues of my dreams in my gypsy…each painting and sketch holds a view or a dream of mine.

“Dream Within Meditation” Remembered and Reflected Upon

I have always been in love with mermaids…some days thinking maybe I was/am one – who knows… I have a pretty imaginative mind. More recently I have been exploring my design of mermaids, through my sketches and my paintings. As I sketched and painted, it brought to me to a memory of a dream within a meditation I had a couple of years ago. I thought it’d be fun to share for a #throwbackthursday post. My dream spoke of pain and love, of disaster and beauty. It is how I feel the world is balanced, that even though there may be trials and sorrow, in the end there will always be love and light. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey swirls interrupted by shrouds of deep orange filled the sky. She watched in awe, mesmerized by the passion it exuded. A lonely arrow shot into the sky slashed through the sun. The sky grew dark.

She dove, her fins pushing her deeper and deeper into the ocean’s captivity. A lonely glow shone down to her. She followed the warm trail back to the surface. Thrusting herself up from the water, she found a solo lantern sitting on the stone ledge. A sharp ache spread throughout her as the second arrow pierced her chest. She fell back into the sea. Red poured around her as she sank.

His arms wrapped around her and he pulled her up towards the waves. They reached the break and he slid her up onto land. With his hands placed on her chest, he pushed down hard, a vivid glow radiated from his hands upon her. She opened her eyes to see him.

The dark sky now awoke. A dazzling yellow globe filling it. They lay, intertwined, souls touching.