Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Pause In The Middle of Go



My recognition that I need an artistic community that is thriving has become more real to me today than before. I've been on the search for my niche...a place where I can explore, create, watch, share, critique and be critiqued. This past week it came to me. If there is something that seems it can't be found...create it!

My moments of being uncomfortable have forced me here. They have forced me to do something different. And instead of being bitter and sad about it, I embrace the unknown feelings of "what if". I am a believer that there is a solution for every circumstance and/or situation. It just needs to be found!

I'm ready to find consistency!

I would love to say that this would be the last time that I start anew...the last time that I start fresh...the last time that I will have to proclaim to myself and others that the artistic slump that I have endured for several months will never return. However, the truth is I can't say that with certainty. What I can do is simply move on in this journey and chalk each moment up to part of this beautiful process!

Corner of Gratitude:
Solutions

Pearls of Wisdom:
"If at first you don't succeed, join the club." 
~Karen Salmansohn


A small reminder that the greats including Theodore Roosevelt, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Dr. Seuss, Fred Smith, and George Lucas' (to name a few) had major setbacks!


Your Thoughts:
What's been the toughest part of your journey thus far?

Until next time...


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Au Naturale


Find her and others and my Etsy shop: Etsy.com/shop/naturallyfreeart

I'm back on the blogging bandwagon! In the last few months things have been hectic, but good, and of course I want to share and catch you up on the journey!

Since last I have posted, here are the things that have happened:
  • A New Etsy Page: Naturally Free Art | etsy.com/shop/naturallyfreeart Yes! I have started a new Etsy page that is geared towards celebrating natural hair. I've been natural now for going on a good eight years and the journey was sometimes super daunting. I wanted to create images that let the natural women of the world and those that love them that they are beautiful just how they were created. Everyone could use a little reminder now and then of just how precious they are, and I thought what better way than to create images that cater to that!
  • Commissioned Pieces: I have been blessed to have a few people that wanted and needed some d├ęcor for their home, and of course I was happy to oblige!
  • YouTube: Now this one hasn't happened as of yet, but I am working diligently to make it happen. I have dedicated a notebook to planning out ideas and have talked to some folks that can help me get it off the ground in terms of editing. It should be fun and will be in line with this art journey that I am on!
Well folks, that is about it for this evening! It's not super fancy, but I did want to give you a quick update on what was happening. Keep your eyes open for what is to come. I will indeed be posting more frequently!

Corner of Gratitude:
Life
Pearls of Wisdom:
"We don't go 'natural', we return. 'Natural' is where it began."
~Unknown



Your Thoughts:
What's new with you? Please do share!

Until next time...



Thursday, August 6, 2015

It's August and 100 Days of Creativity Challenge!

It's now August and although I haven't been cataloging things here, I have been "mostly" on the ball when it comes to this challenge.

I know in the last post I stated that if I missed a day that I would start from scratch...day 1. However,  it dawned on me that that would be sort of counterproductive. So what did I decide to do? I decided to tack on the days that I have missed onto the end of the 100 days. That way I'm not looking back, but constantly moving forward!

And who doesn't like the idea of moving forward?!?!

So from here on out I will be posting what I have in number order for your viewing pleasure! There will be quite a bit in this post...well...because I haven't posted in a while.

Here goes:

Day 31: Micron Pen Abstract

 Day 32: Pencil Abstract Line
 
 Day 33: Micron Pen Paisley
 
Day 35: Micron Pen and Crayon Abstract
 
 Day 36: Micron Pen Abstract (The beginning)
 
 Day 37: Micron Pen Abstract (finished)
 
Day 38: Micron Pen Abstract
 
Day 43: Micron Pen and Sharpie Abstract
 
 Day 46: Leather and Cotton Cord Bracelet
 
 Day 52: Metal and Cotton Cord Earrings
 
Day 53: Hand chain
 
 
Welp...there you have it! I will be updating sooner than later...I do promise!
 
Corner of Gratitude:
For love, joy, and peace

Pearls of Wisdom:
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."
~Oscar Wilde


Your Thoughts:
Where do you find love, joy and peace?

Until next time...

 
 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Week 1 Progress - 100 Days of Creativity

Day 1: Commemorating the start of a new journey!

Day 2: Practicing hands...I could stand to get better!
 
Day 3: A watercolor view from Starbucks!
 
Day 4: A simple sketch...how I was feeling!

 
Day 5: My spot of relaxation on a mini vacation!
 
Day 6: Photography was on deck! I am working on the edits!

Day 7: The start of a late mother's day gift for my auntie!

Day 8: The finish of the mug without power!
 
 
Whew....I have successfully completed my first week of the 100 days of creativity challenge. I almost didn't complete yesterday. We (those in South Jersey area) had an awful storm that left us with several trees down (check the pic out below) and powerless! We aren't sure when the power will be back on, so for now I am stationed at a satellite office (another Starbuck's other than my own) in order to get business taken care of.
 

 
 
It was such a liberating week...a successful week...a week where I felt totally accomplished. It was a week that I gave myself some room to just relax a bit. Things weren't perfect...drawings, sketches, and paintings weren't without flaws, but I pushed through! Ahh...the sweet feeling of knowing that I refuse to give up! I'm looking forward to keeping up the momentum!
 
 
Corner of Gratitude:
Feeling of accomplishment!

Pearls of Wisdom:
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments."
~John Rohn


Your Thoughts:
Does discipline play a large part in making sure you accomplish your set goals?

Until next time...


Thursday, June 18, 2015

And the Greats Did Too!



In the beginning of the year I was on fire! I mean I was fired up about the things that were manifesting themselves. Work...abundant, creativity...flowing, future endeavors...on lock, motivation...insane!

Mid February hit and all of the oomph that I had in the beginning of the year managed to dwindle down to a fraction of what it was. I'm working really hard to not only change my circumstances, but the circumstances of those that are around me. It has proven to be extremely challenging. So much so that I have had thoughts of throwing in the towel several times.

It's now June (July for all intents and purposes), which means that it has been a solid four months since I last posted. I have started this leg of the journey over and over again (blogging), and sincerely thought to myself this time, "What is going to make this time so different than the rest, and how will I insure that this time will be different?"

I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to accomplish staying on track and motivated until a dear sister-friend suggested that I do a 100 day challenge. She is on a journey of her own and asked some of her closest friends to join in the fun. And of course I signed right up!

What I decided to do is to spend at least 30 minutes each day on drawing, painting, crafting, anything tangibly creative. I will post here at least once a week, which makes that a weeks worth of fun stuff for you ladies and gents to view! I have also decided that if I miss one day, I will start the whole challenge over again from day 1. It's a hefty price to pay for missing a day, but it is worth it! It will help me to become regimented and hopefully STAY regimented.

So there you have it...a new leg of this journey. Prayerfully it is one that lasts!

Corner of Gratitude:
Fresh Starts

Pearls of Wisdom:
"If at first you don't succeed, join the club."
~Karen Salmansohn


A small reminder that the greats including Theodore Roosevelt, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Dr. Seuss, Fred Smith, and George Lucas' (to name a few) had major setbacks!


Your Thoughts:
What's your game plan for picking yourself up for greatness after a major setback?

Until next time...


Friday, February 13, 2015

My Tube...You Tube

 




I've played around with YouTube once before a few years ago. My experience is quite limited, but I'm looking to change that ASAP!
 
I posted a video with a drawing from an art show that I had about 2 years ago and that was it. I used the video recorder on my Canon snapshot camera. The quality wasn't horrible, but it was by no means great. So this time around I would like to do things a bit differently.
 
I want to get started like yesterday, and although in admit I should learn a few things first, I believe this process is part of what in want to share with you all.
 
I am an artist! I am an artist who is on this amazing journey to help myself and others. I am an artist who is looking for my artistic community, my artistic niche...one I belong in! And that is exactly what my channel will be about. A wild ride of lots of ups and some downs and ultimately victory because I am doing exactly what I was built and created to do!
 
I hope you will come along...share the enjoyment, laughter, and perhaps the occasional cry. The ride is sure to be epic just as life is if we look at it through the proper lenses!
 

Corner of Gratitude:
Life.

Pearls of Wisdom:
"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."
~Kurt Vonnegut

Your Thoughts:
Do you have a YouTube channel? What was your reason for starting your channel? What tips do you have for those that are just getting started?


Until next time...
 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Being Aware...

 

It's funny...I had in mind all weekend to tell you good people all about something that I am going to be embarking on and all that happened since the last time I posted last. However, events from this morning changed all of that.
 
A dear sister-friend lost her father yesterday. My heart aches for her as I remember all too well the dreadful day when I lost my own. She will inevitably go through an assortment of feelings. I pray that she and her family receive an abundance of love and support, but the feeling that I pray remains present most is the overwhelming peace that only God could supply!
 
It made me increasingly aware of the need to pursue my purpose with an undeniable passion. It made me know that every moment is a moment to do something great, and that great can be large or small!  It reminded me to be my authentic self regardless of the cost. It reminded me to love fiercely, forgive regularly and live without regret!
 
So I encourage you my friends to live without fear from here on out! Have the courage to do great things, mess up, get up, and start all over again if need be. Complete your process (whatever that process may be), and enjoy the ride (although sometimes bumpy) while doing it! Success is not always about completing a project, but the lessons you learn, people you meet, and the contributions you make to this beautiful Earth while on the journey!


Corner of Gratitude:
More than enough for the day

Pearls of Wisdom:
"Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is."
~Jim Morrison

Your Thoughts:
What is the thing that helps you remember to live each moment with purpose and without regret?

Until next time...