I have gone from one-a-days to whenever I choose! Keepin’ it simple. That is all.
"Opened Up" DAY #9: From the Heart to the Page
I’ve been doing things lately a bit closer to home for my blog. I have never drawn an angel before, and I thought it would be a nice time to finish one for a close friend of mine. I believe this is an artist’s rendition of the Archangel Michael. I don’t have the name — his work is amazing though!
Excited to see my friend’s face.
Days 5 - 8 on the way. Expect plants progress, a hip-hop song written-recorded, some vocal warmups I’ve been slaughtering myself with (lol), and an idea or two for acapella music!
Hit me up if you have any ideas or new things you’d want me to try.
"Opened Up" —- DAY #4: "Lightning In The Sky"
Painting w/a Twist was a pretty saucy environment. A lot of great portraits were made, including this one… Technically. I was really lax after being done. It took some getting out of my own way, and I’m glad I finished it out — I wanted to give it up midway through, no lie. Met some great people too. The goofiest laughs were had and overall, it’s not a bad idea for all ages (although most were 21+). I wasn’t tempted to drink really (bringing in libations to relax was an option).
Honestly, painting could be a good way to unwind. I am encouraged to try something on a canvas in solo. I would definitely put something on other than top 40 — no dis to PwaT, since the songs kept it a fun sing-along. Patience is a virtue that I’d like more of. The best part was the free range. Following the instructor as she guides wasn’t bad, and overall, I’m glad everyone’s turned out hella different. I wanted pics of them all.
It was a night of discipline for sure.
"Opened Up" — DAY #4: Painting Needs and Planting Seeds
Giving Painting With A Twist a try tonight. Most likely going to be the only male feature there — not a terrible thing, lol. Also, starting of the year’s plants inside. Thyme, Basil, Coriander, and Parsley (My Day #5 technically). Exploring some things that take a bit more patience. Let’s see what I can derive from the night.
"Opened Up" DAY #3: Anxiety and the Artists Who (May) Create It
Anxiety: a psychological illusion created by anticipation/foreshadowing that elicits emotional, mental, or physical behavior; a state resulting as a response to certain stimuli inducing fear
This day, I chose to explore writing in a journalist-like format. Moreover, I took a topic close to home for me and made up a series of questions to survey others. Anxiety in a social context had existed to me for a number of years, I am sure since middle school. Different aspects of my life were affected by it, and by far, my outward creativity. In turn, this one-a-day gave me a chance to give life to that extraversion in a fun way. I asked a group some Q’s leading to if, where, how, and why anxiety affects the creative individuals of our society. We individuals, we humans, are capable of creating many things. The canvas isn’t our only playground. That being said I wanted to address something I personal overcome everyday with a survey of some of my favorite artists from Detroit, who have chosen anonymity.
This seriously was a lot of fun — there’s nothing awkward about talking about awkward times with an almost complete stranger, lol. ;) I will be posting what I learned and shared with the artists up soon. Also, I aim to ask others who don’t publicly don the artist label, but who I know have creative sparks somewhere in there hearth. Ultimately, I enjoyed sharing some realities and fantasies with those I spoke with. Powerful smiles, such a great day.