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!!!
(And because I was late, I extended the open party!)
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?
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 MachcinskiHis work is beautiful and each photo has a story behind it. I have loved working with him and look forward to more shoots!