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When Two Worlds Collide-sometimes they mesh, sometimes they don’t

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People like to say that opposites attract when referring to a relationship.

Have you ever noticed those couples out there in your world that have you scratching your head, thinking, “HUH?”

She is a morning person, He is a night owl.

She loves to go out and about the town. He prefers to stay home and watch TV.

She loves the ballet. He loves Monday Night Football.

Her favorite meal of the day is breakfast. He can’t put anything in his stomach earlier than noon.

She likes soups and salads. He loves Junk Food.

These two people for whatever reason couldn’t be more wrong for each other.

It looks like a completely mismatched pair.

For some the two will never see eye to eye on anything.

Their union is a heartbreak just waiting to happen.

And then there are some, after some pushing and pulling, they decide that the differences between them is what is special about them. Their common respect for the other allows the freedom for each of them to be who they truly are and the love grows from that.

This painting is a reflection of that idea.

At the top of the painting you can see the clash between the colors on each opposite side. The colors do not mesh, they do not come together in any way. There is a definite dividing line between them, but as your eyes travel down the middle of the painting you will see two hearts who truly want to become one.

When two people come together and decide that the differences among them is okay, you can see underneath the two hearts, a blending of colors.

What was once red, black, white and yellow clashing against each other now blend into a pinkish color meshed together to make a new color. Or you see a crossing over of colors that represents the compromise some couples will take to appreciate the differences between them and still keep their own individuality.

When two worlds collide, sometimes it does not work out.

But sometimes it can.

 

All LIFE is art if you look close enough -Brigitte Cadena

 

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Do you have what it takes to be an ARTIST?

Let me rephrase that, do you have what it takes to be a successful artist? That is a definition that is going to be different for many artists. I have my definition, what is yours?

This post is for artists, like me, it is also for those who love and collect art because there is a lot involved in creating a piece of art.

I was asking myself this when I was making my pot of coffee and thinking about the long night I had working and working on this endeavor and I have to be honest, I didn’t even paint last night.

Here is a list of things that came to mind, forgive me it could get quite long.

First of all you need skill-back in the day, if someone wanted to be an artist, he/she would go and live with  an artist/teacher and would eat, drink and breathe art all day and night.

In this day and age with the internet, one can do the same as they eat their meals or drink their beverage of choice right behind the screen. (ME!)

Some go to school for years and then there are self-taught artists like myself. I spend my days and nights seeking out whatever information I can find to learn all the how-to’s from established artist’s around the world. I have a nice collection of books on famous artists and I study them all the time.

It takes a lot of practice and learn the skills necessary to create a work of art. I don’t remember where I saw this but I think it was on Twitter, someone asked an artist, “How long did it take you to create this piece?” The artist answered something like, “A few hours and 20+ years”. To the artist who wrote this, email me and I will offer the quote because it really stuck with me.

Okay back to the list, One needs knowledge. About what you may ask, “Just about everything under the sun” If you draw, paint or sculpt figurative work, you need a basic sense of anatomy. It makes me wonder where we might be had it not been for the contributions of artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, carving and cutting through cadavers (dead bodies to be dissected). There is so much to learn, you need to have some knowledge in math and measuring like if you paint from photos, you have to calculate the size of a small photograph as it would be on  a much larger scale piece so it doesn’t look off balance or distorted. And they say that artists use only the right side of the brain? Right…

If your subject matter is flowers, some knowledge on botany is required. If you like abstracts, then a good knowledge of color theory, color psychology, form, space, composition is also necessary.

If you are a photographer, you will need to know how to use a camera with all it’s many functions and features. Post processing can be daunting for those not familiar with photo editing programs. I am talking about Photoshop or how to create HDR photos. The list is endless. 

If you draw or are a painter, you need to know how to use the materials needed to create art. That includes, paints, brushes, pencils, charcoal, watercolors, pastels, oils, papers, canvases, the list can go on and on.

When I first started out drawing back in 2008, I used to get coupons to the arts and crafts store and I would use them to buy all different kinds of mediums. I didn’t even know what they were for or how to use them but I have a nice stock of supplies that my family don’t know what to get me for my birthday because they say “I have everything!”

What else? One needs patience, painting a piece of art can take time, waiting for it to sell can take even longer. If you are a photographer, post processing one image can take anywhere from thirty minutes to more to get that image just right. There are photographers who will get up super early in the morning to get that beautiful sunrise or travel to all distances to get that gorgeous shot. If you photograph people you know it takes patience. Try photographing a child who is too young to follow instruction and likes to wiggle after you pose them right when you are going to take that shot.

For the painter it could be several tries of drawing, painting and many thrown out pieces to get that one piece they are satisfied with.

In this age of technology and the internet, it makes it seem easier to put your art out into the public eye but don’t be fooled.  There is work to do in order to just get seen. There is SEO, keywords to add, networking to do. You need to create titles that not only define the piece but is also searchable by Google and other search engines if you are going to be found in the large mass of other artists out there doing the same thing you are doing. So there is also some writing skills to have.

You must have thick skin. You must be open to criticism or even rejection because not every person will “get you” and your art.

You also need to know how to market your work, to find your niche, to know who your audience is and what they truly want.

You also need to have a commitment to your goals. Van Gogh is a good example having 900+ paintings behind him and having only sold one painting while he was alive. Vincent Van Gogh. He was committed.

You have to believe in your art to market it, if you don’t believe your art is good, how can you expect others to think differently?

I think I could spend all day here listing this and that for what it takes to be an artist but I have some painting to do. Thinking back on all this I realize that regardless of what it takes, I am up for the challenge. I know who I am and when I fall down, I just get right back up. Because at the end of the day, this is what I have to do. It is a drive, a passion that I can not ignore, it is so ingrained in me that come what may, I will spend all my living days creating art because it is something I just have to do.

I can’t explain it any other way. It is just a huge part of who I am.  An Artist.

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.

Charles Horton Cooley

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What do you think it takes to be an artist? Comments and discussion here is welcome!

Trust may be hard at times but is essential

Do you remember that game you might have played as a kid with a friend or sibling. The other person stands behind you with their arms stretched out and you are to fall back and trust they will catch you. It is called the Trust game.
This art piece when I was creating it was supposed to be two flowers and as I continued painting it, this is what I saw immediately.

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Trust is a tricky thing to do. It can be trusting a person you love or a friend but it also can be trusting yourself.

As we embark onto a New Year with new goals, dreams and aspirations, I look back on the past year and my daughter asked me as we celebrated the strike of midnight. “Mom, what is your new year’s resolution?” I had not really jotted down any new ideas of what I wanted to accomplish. I have already made up my mind about taking my art out into the public and putting myself out there. But it came to me as I was reviewing some of my images that there is one thing that I must set out to do if I am to be successful in my other goals as an artist.

That one thing is to trust.

Trust that all the hard work I am putting in will eventually pay off for me and my future.

There is a lot of work involved in taking your art to a professional level. These efforts take time and energy. I must look at it as a farmer does when taking care of his land. He plants the seeds, he nourishes the land, he pulls out the weeds and he does so much work up front and then later on he will witness the fruits of his labor. It’s like that flower on the right who seems to be falling backward, or like the person who must trust that when he falls backward that person behind him with his arms stretched out is going to catch him.

“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out they way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.”
― Goldie Hawn

Trust the inner me

Since I started back on putting my art out there for the public to see, I have done a lot of soul-searching. I have reflected on who I am and what my art really is about. I have a much clearer idea of all this now than before.

A human being is only interesting if he’s in contact with himself. I learned you have to trust yourself, be what you are, and do what you ought to do the way you should do it. You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.
Barbra Streisand (1942 – )

Before I embarked on this journey a few months ago, I thought through a lot of what I truly wanted and I did research on others who are successful now in the art field. I studied them and what they do and how they do it. I am a firm believer in this quote.

Trust one who has gone through it.
Virgil (70 BC – 19 BC), The Aeneid

Before I embarked on this journey a few months ago, I thought through a lot of what I truly wanted and I did research on others who are successful now in the art field. I studied them and what they do and how they do it. I am a firm believer in emulating those who I respect and admire.

Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.
Natalie Goldberg

I have realized that no matter what direction my life is going, I find myself back here with Art and Photography.

Trust that faith is a big part of trust.

He who has faith has… an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well – even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.
B. C. Forbes

Trust that as long as I keep moving forward the destination can only come closer and I can enjoy the journey.

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
― C. JoyBell C.

B Sunflower STRONG

Have you ever felt like your back was against the wall, like the pressures of life’s experiences were coming down on you so hard you felt like you were going to fall apart?

Here is a description of the image below on my art page.

I was doing a photo shoot in the downtown area of Corpus Christi, Texas, when I saw a bunch of wildflowers, Sunflowers. It
was a windy day and when I saw them I liked how they were moving around as the wind pushed the petals toward the center. They looked windswept as if they were dancing.

As strong as the winds were, I was amazed to see the petals, even with the pressure of the harsh winds did not fall or fly away. I thought that was beautiful.

It reminds me to stand strong and not worry, even with all the pressures around, I can stand strong and not fear I will lose parts of myself through the rough times that we all will experience at one time or another in life.

Just remember when you feel like the walls are closing in or that you can’t handle what you are going through in life, think of this sunflower that withstood the winds and remained intact.

You too are “Sunflower STRONG”

 

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Hello world!

Welcome to my Art blog.

Here  you will find ME.

That’s right. This is about my journey. I have loved art since a very young age. I recently started exploring art in a different way than I ever imagined I would and it has enlightened me. I hope you will see that the art I do is a lot like life, there is happiness, joy, saddness, ups and downs but that is life right?

I specialize in photography with a focus on themed, black and white and fine art photography, drawings in pencil, charcoal and ink, acrylic and watercolor paintings.
You will find a wide range of subject matters within my art from figurative work to abstract, from flowers and nature to cityscapes, seascapes, skyscapes and landscapes. I also create art that tells a story, has a central theme and focuses on social issues and all the encompasses. It is how I view the world around me.

I will be sharing with you what art means to me, current projects I am working on as well as how I see my world around me.

Maybe you will see things differently at the very least I hope this walk with me will inspire, encourage and move you.

Isn’t that what art is about?