You learn to juggle when you work full time at one job, and then go home and work on art pieces full time. Weekends become work days where you spend 11 hours a day trying to catch up on all things that have deadlines, and I can honestly say as tired and sick as I am, I am enjoying every minute of it. My body, on the other hand, crashed. That is alright, spent all day in bed, trying to get better, and then woke up and worked some more. Things happen and you learn how to move around them to get other things done as well. Im working on commissioned bowls, bowls for an event at the American Embassy, and bowls for Holy Land Design’s store, where I purchase the wood and I am proud to say they sold out of all my pieces. I’m also in the process of working on collaborating with another wonderful store here in Amman, that truly is an inspiration.
With all this going on, you start to learn what is important and what isn’t. I am definitely spending less time wasting my hours on Facebook, yet still trying to keep my art page up to date for all you wonderful followers out there. I am hoping on taking a week off work where I can sit down and work on art pieces for the upcoming exhibit as well. You get to the point where the only thing that keeps you sane is all the to do lists you keep creating and the satisfaction of crossing things off it, yet I still feel like I haven’t quite accomplished enough. I know, I am a tad obsessive.
Here are the prepped bowls from last Friday. I have almost completed most of them, and will be sharing them in another post soon! Through all this craziness, I try my hardest to remember to update my blog. It is the least thing I can do for my followers!
I stumbled upon Samantha Keely Smith’s website and fell in love with her work. The subtle way she tries to combine realism with abstract by using color, brush strokes and thickness of paint allures you into her art pieces. A few of the pieces seem to fight for you to understand what exactly it is making you feel, yet you realize that is the concept of her work, feelings. So full of energy, soul, and expression, her pieces mesmerize you into a dream like state and in some ways put you in a trance where you want to explore each inch of the painting.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces:
Watercolor and marker seem to be my go to medium lately. Not updating for what seems forever on here makes me feel like such a bad blogger. I probably win the worst blogger of the year award, but I can at least say that I haven’t stopped working on art pieces. It has been so insanely busy, not that is any sort of excuses. People put time in, and that I shall do from now on.
Being obsessed with lines doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. I’m not sure what it is about them that calm me and bring me into such a mediating state, but they do. For some odd reason their simplicity and repetitive liquid motion seem to put me into a trance of calmness. Bring in colors and I am one happy camper! This is probably where this piece comes from. Not really planning any of it and simply letting the lines take me where it leads, I ended up with a piece that truly expresses my mood when I am in such a trance. Sort of a tranquil serenity, thus the name. I find it fits it well, with the repetitive calmness and color choice.
I really want to start a few of these in a larger format. I think I want to start studying line. Simple as it may seem, theres a lot of complexity in one little swift of a pen or pencil. Depending on your motion, the pressure that is laid on the pen, the movement of your wrist, so many different forms of lines can be created. Studying them would be quite interesting.
So, here you have it! “Tranquil Serenity”, a sketch that is a mixed medium piece created with a marker, pencil, and water color. The first image is me in the process of creating it, and the second is the finished piece. Anyone feel like going to meditate now?
Unconventional clothing at its best. What makes these pieces so incredible are that they are created not only as art pieces, but pieces that are functional, that can be worn, and worn beautifully. Pieces made from newspaper, paper, masking tape, porcelain saucers, coke cans, feathers, and the last is made from fruit petals of a Chinese Parasol Tree. Which do you prefer? I think I would wear them all!