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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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Reading List: Books for Creatives

Looking for some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing? Need a push to get through to the next step of your artistry? Have a little writers’ block?

Check out this month’s Reading List: A Reading List for the Creative Minds, the Innovators and the Out of the Box Thinkers:

The Book of Doing and Being – Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work – With clarity, humor, and insight, award-winning filmmaker Barnet Bain guides readers to unlock the raw power of the creative self. Sharing creativity principles and practices at the leading edge, The Book of Doing and Being offers a life-altering map for stepping beyond what we already know and into a dimension of imagination from which innovation is born.

 

 

 

 

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life – All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career.

 

 

 

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All – Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.”  But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every  one of us is creative.  In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world’s top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems.  It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.

 

 

Steal Like An Artist –  You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

 

 

 

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Creative Battles – A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

 

 

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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!!!

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10 Summer Arts & Crafts Pinterest Round-Up

Let’s get some arts and craft inspiration going this week! I love jumping into new projects during the warm weather seasons. Summer makes me think bright, beautiful colors and lots of happy projects! I put together 10 projects I hope to tackle this year that I wanted to share with all of you too! You can check out more great craft ideas on my Pinterest Board: ‘Feeling Crafty’

Pinterest Round-Up: 10 Arts & Crafts To Try This Summer:

  1. DIY Monogram Planter from Remodelaholic – Head on over to Remodelaholic.com and check out this great tutorial on how to make a gorgeous planter for your porch or patio.
  2. Sugar Scrub Sand Art from Sugar and Cloth – Sugar scrub that looks good sitting on your shelf. I love this idea so much! Work on getting smooth, beach bound ready skin with this darling sugar scrub. Makes an excellent DIY Gift too!
  3. Photo Art DIY Luggage Tags from Little Red Window – Travel in style with these little cuties. This DIY craft lets you personalize your luggage to show your flare.
  4. Painted Pot Herb Garden from Colorfully Behr – Get down with your creativity and your love for nature with this crafty project. Create fun pots and fill them with fresh herbs to grow for your summer cooking!
  5. Reclaimed Barn Art from Hazel and Gold Designs – A great up-cycling project for some new home decor. This craft can easily be done in an afternoon to create some new decor to hang in your kitchen or living room.
  6. Hand Painted Pillows from Mandy Pellegrin – I absolutely adore how bright and colorful these pillows are! With some simple brushstrokes and dotting and some basic sewing you can make some adorable new additions to spruce up your sofa.
  7. Watermelon Serving Tray from Oh So Beautiful Paper – Bring the fun to the party with this serving tray! This is an easy and quick project will have you picnic and party ready in no time. 
  8. DIY Inspiration Smashbook from Dawn Nicole Designs – With all the racing ideas I always have going on in my mind, especially with preparing to soon launch an online boutique, what an awesome craft to take on to create a place to put all these great ideas! Personalize this smashbook with your favorite colors and your favorite quote and then get smashing!
  9. Painted Twig Bouquet from Homemade Ginger – A simple but chic way to dress up any room. Add some pops of color to your home with easy and inexpensive craft.
  10. Dip Dye Market Tote from The Sweetest Occasion – I love heading out to market every weekend to pick up fresh fruits and veggies! This tote creates the perfect way to carry them all home!

What DIY Projects and Arts & Crafts do you have to share?


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?


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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! 

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!