. Yesterday I finished another large abstract painting on paper. I’m happier with the outcome then the previous experiment I shared with you last week. However I did struggle with it. There was a point during the process where I was feeling discouraged, found myself paralyzed with doubts, and was unable to make decisions. I felt I was going nowhere. As I observed this uneasiness I decided that taking action would feel better than staying stuck and anxious, so I took my red paint and stepped forward. All of a sudden things unlocked, I found my way through the painting and my anxieties were released. But that specific moment reminded me of the times in life when we feel cemented in the realm of non-action, when we feel lost and are unable to make choices. I realized how beautifully our creative practices teach us to dance with our fears and leap, how elegantly they invite us to learn to take action and to keep playing no matter what confronts us. Through my art making, I’ve learned for sure that when I finish a painting my anxiety level decreases, I feel stronger and braver. If you’re curious to see how my painting turned out, head over to my personal page @peneloperolland.studio where I just shared it. You might recognize the specific red part that got me unstuck 😊 . 💗 ———————————————— @risingwoman.creative is a creative sanctuary. A loving and supportive space to empower our creative gifts and talents to be voiced and expressed.
“Everything I see, Turns into ideas. Poems, paintings, music, art. My life is full, Unfinished. Drafts everywhere. Surrounded by Undone paintings. I sometimes have to clean it all up. Delete, erase, rip apart.” . Words #unknown 📖 . Artwork by @koketit 🤗
Use an emoji to sum up your goals for 2020 - mine is 🌎 -- At this time of year I can't help but be reflective - with the push for New Years resolutions on a few weeks away (HOW???), it can't be helped. Life hasn't been the kindest to my family over these past few years - and despite the nightmares it has strengthened something in my mind. That there will always be beauty in the world, if you allow yourself to see it. So rather than whip up some goals for 2020 that have dollar signs attached to them, my heart is pulling me in a different direction. My goals for 2020 are revolving around connection. I want 2020 to be the year where I immerse myself in a living & breathing connection with my art and my audience. I'm craving conversations - those deep soul-touching conversations that leave you a changed person (for the better). In person, and online. I want strive to turn those emotions and internal thoughts into brush strokes on a canvas. I want to find my way again, and turn that inner compass towards the true north of fulfillment. What about you? What are your goals for 2020? Also choosing a single emoji to sum up my goal was haaaaaard. I was trying to find something that implied "connection" - the world can be connection, right? . . . . . . #doitfortheprocess#artheals#artistatwork#painters_pro #paintingartgallery#animalart#animalartist#animalcreatives#animalillustration#animalartistry#oilpaintings#oilonpanel#oilonpaper#oilpaintingoncanvas#originaloilpainting#carveouttimeforart#paintingstudio#studioscenes#artistinstudio#onmyeasel#elephant#elephantlove#elephantart
TÚ, SOLO TÚ @ZULEIKASOLER ERES Y SEGUIRÁS SIENDO NUESTRA REINA. Solo podemos decirte que basta conocerte así por redes sociales para ver o presenciar el corazón increíble que tienes, eres una excelente persona en todos los aspectos de la vida, es por eso que Dios siempre seguirá bendiciendote cada vez más en todos tu proyectos, nunca dejes de soñar, nunca dejes de esforzarte, porque solo así se consigue todo en la vida, tú eres una persona luchadora, empoderada y solidaria. Sé que puedes llegar muy lejos en esta vida logrando todo lo que te propongas, recuerda que nunca debes de bajar tu autoestima por comentarios negativos tú sigue hacia adelante demostrando que puedes seguir cumpliendo cada una de tus metas, claro siempre con la ayuda de Dios. Nosotros los Salvadoreños 🇸🇻 estamos muy felices contigo Miss Universe El Salvador 2019 jamás te olvidaremos, porque no solo nosotros lo decimos, sin duda alguna eres la mejor Miss El Salvador que ha mandado nuestro país rumbo a Miss Universe, eres una reina completa. El día de la noche final nos sentimos tristes porque no se dió la clasificación, pero después feliz porque sabemos que creciste cómo persona y trabajaste muy duro por representar a nuestro país de la mejor manera y también porque cumpliste uno de tus grandes sueños el ir a Miss Universe y dejar en alto a nuestro país, eso nos da una lección a todos nosotros, que si podemos cumplir nuestros sueños a pesar de cuánto tiempo debemos esperar todo requiere de paciencia, esfuerzo y disciplina. Recuerda esto: Sigue con tus proyectos profesionales que aquí tu #teamzuleika seguirá apoyándote siempre, esto jamás lo olvides. Eres la mejor Miss El Salvador 🇸🇻 #zuleikasoler#elsalvadorestácontigo Siempre utilizamos este hashtag #artheals porque tú nos lo pediste y así seguiremos haciéndolo porque sabemos que seguirás con el arte porque es tu pasión en esta vida. T E A M A M O S
I’m working a lot of hours right now trying to finish the hospital commission painting for delivery. I’ve had a few people who said they’d love to be a fly on the wall and watch me paint. I always laugh and tell them they’d be bored out of their mind. Sometimes I paint fast and furious, and other times slow and methodical. The video above is one of those slow times... in fact, it’s even sped up! LOL. I woke up in the middle of the night recently and remembered a conversation I had previously with my old art professor, just a few years after I graduated from college. I remembered telling him that I wanted to create big abstract flower paintings. He discouragingly said, “That’s already been done before by Georgia O’Keefe”. It burst my bubble. In fact, so much so that I figured it wasn’t worthy of pursuing. That was over two and 1/2 decades ago. I had totally forgotten that conversation. The only reason I remembered it was because I had sketched it out way long ago. A big abstract, flower painting and what it would look like through a gallery window. Don’t know what happened to the sketch. But the thought of it from all those years past woke me up. This big flower commission painting for the hospital is going to the same city I was living in years ago when I had the desire and made the sketch. And it will be the 2nd big flower painting going to that same city. The first one was displayed and sold from a gallery window. 🙏🌈❤️😊
A lot of you have been asking how I cover up my paintings, so I thought I’d share this sneak peak at the process from my Whimsical Animals online class, which officially starts Monday. . . For this piece I started by creating a collage with vintage postcards, old letters, inks, water soluble oil pastels and acrylics. . . The background felt way too busy around my animals, so I added layers of paint using a wet brush and scraper to mute out some of the colors, but still allowing the layers underneath to show through. . . Then I made it all fit together, little by little, by adding back in a few details like a flower and some dots along with more color. . . You can watch the entire video preview over on my website at JulietteCrane.com ❤️🦊🦉
Universe 🔹Earth 🔷 You. We are all connected ❤️❤️ I feel so grateful and blessed to have your support. Your words of encouragement carry me through hard times. Your kindness gives me strength to keep pursuing my goals. Thank you so much!! My little sh0p is having a gratitude sale this week as a thanks from my heart to you ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for connecting with me ❤️
I had a post planned for today, then I turned to this page, read it and changed my plan. When I chose this book, I expected it to be inspiring, and it has been, but not in the way I thought. It’s somewhat negative, which was surprising, however it has made it easier to cover the words on the page with thick layers of paint. It has inspired me to paint more and to turn around the negative to find beauty. When I read the poem on this page, it resonated with me. Then I read that it was written by a 12-year old and was incredibly impressed. But the author, before explaining why he included the poem, critiqued her writing and pointed out why it wasn’t written well. I was immediately transported back to high school English when we tied down and beat every poem to a pulp instead of appreciating its beauty and finding our own connection to the words. So, I covered all his negative words with thick, gray paint. In a simple way, this girl perfectly described a feeling I have been trying so hard to achieve for most of my life – being comfortable in my own skin. I have been trying hard to fight back against the gray days lately, so I gathered inspiration from this young girl’s words and I painted bright, messy flowers on top of the gray paint. When we find ourselves surrounded by negativity, we need to find a way to block it out and fill the space with hope. Collect words and colors and pictures that make you smile and cheer you on. Don’t let anyone dismiss them or take them away. They are yours and your ability to see their beauty despite the dark background is all that matters. This book was printed in 1954 so that little girl is now roughly in her 80s. I hope she’s still happy. I hope she’s still content. I wish I could tell her how much she inspired me all these years later. Whoever you are, wherever you are, thank you. 345/365 #thefoundartwalk#mkranthony2019daily#dailyart#createeveryday#themindalive#carveouttimeforart#yearofmaking2019
self care is soul care. as the holiday triggers arise, the pregnancy announcements start rolling in, the anxieties and fears of having a little one (and potentially not having her forever) weigh heavily in my heart, i’ve been finding myself retreating. there are so many new things, beautiful things we are experiencing yet so much heartache and frustration. the constant reminder that waiting is still in our story is tough this time of year. and to be honest, while it’s hard, acknowledging the hardship has also encouraged my soul because i’m being reminded to honor my emotions with full transparency and allow my soul to rest. when i say rest, it doesn’t necessarily mean sleep, but rest on the hope that things will get better. that a year from today things will look different even if i feel some of the same feelings i’m experiencing now. i’m being reminded that as my world continues changing, i can rest. and you can too. what are you currently holding on to that’s keeping you from resting?
¡Gran Fotografía! Puras bellezas. Nuestra reina @zuleikasoler junto a la actual @missuniverse @catriona_gray ESPECTACULAR nuestra Miss Universe El Salvador 🇸🇻 ella tiene todo para ganar esa corona.. #artheals#zuleikasoler#catrionagray#missuniverse