Decisions and New Projects

 

Fall into the Arts is Approaching

I’ve been working on a few things while getting ready for my hometown’s art walk. Yesterday I was able to narrow down my photography pics from 100 down to about 50. I was curious to see what pictures would be picked by my family and friends so I posted an album on Facebook to see what pictures would get the most votes. To my surprise most of the ones I really loved didn’t get picked. I think its because those ones are meant to be mine 😉 and the rest are meant for others to enjoy ❤ . If you are interested in putting in your vote on which pictures you think should be featured click on the above “album on Facebook” link, any help is appreciated!

 

Here were a few of the top picks:

 

New Project/New Craft

This whole “Fall into the Arts” event has sparked a new idea of how to blend my art styles. I enjoy spending time in nature, I love to draw anime faces and I have fun making things out of nature’s materials. So I thought oh it would be fun to create pictures of faces out of leaves and things I find! Now these are all rough / unglued pictures of what I have in mind, but I think something wonderful is coming through. Let me know what you think~ ❤

See you all next week!

 

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High Tides Begin to Recede


 

I’ve been working on this post for about a month, just like in the post Ebbs and Flows I wanted to share a deeper side of my emotional heart once again. I’ve noticed life is full of a wide diversity of emotions, and unless all are seen as a whole, its hard to pull back from the less talked about emotions of loss and emotional weight. Since the beginning of this year I have experienced both many times and often find that working on the blog during these times was too difficult. Though it has been quite rough, I feel a growth of understanding and gratefulness of everything emerging.

 

 

Earlier in the year I lost my grandmother, from my father’s side, to cancer. She left on the first day of Spring and something about that made her passing easier in a way. It was quick and sudden for our whole family. We had experienced the affects of cancer before, but it’s just as painful if not more to have to again. She was a matriarch to our family and all of us looked up to her independent and lovingly stern spirit. My mother always saw her as “mom,” and thought if back pain could be diagnosed into cancer then maybe she should get her pains checked out as well.

 

 

 Around the time of my nature walk , in April, we were waiting on the news from her doctor. A few weeks later the large mass in her chest was diagnosed as cancer. I was devastated. Cancer was back in the family again and this time in my best friend and mentor, my mother.

 

 

We did what we could to have fun to keep it off our minds, before and after her treatments. Its been rough but we’ve given it our best. Last month tension started to ease up when the Doctor said the mass had almost become non-existent. Today we got the great news, my mother is in remission! This endeavor is not over but now we are able to take a deep breath and relax. During times like these you really notice the importance of family, love and understanding. I don’t know what I would have done without my family and friends. Now that the emotional tides are receding I will appreciate each day even more than I did before. ❤ 

 

A Dandelion With No Name

 

I took this the other day and felt a profound feeling when I looked through the lens. I wanted to title it, but couldn’t find the right description. What would you name it?

 

Magnificent Murals

By MRPRVRT on Capital.

Wednesday I spent the day with my good friend Susan. She thought we’d enjoy a drive (around Battle Creek, MI.) to check out the new murals from the event “Color the Creek” back in August. As you can tell we had a spectacular day 😉 .

 


We had many smiles and little coincidences throughout the day~ ❤

 


This was our guide. We found out the one on Columbia(H.) was never completed 😦 but the others made up for it.

 


We started at the bright butterfly and bee mural by the artist Jaziel. In a few places you could see faces peeking through the swarms.

 


After that we headed to Capital and visited the mural “Like One.” This one wrapped around an old parking/building lot. I liked the abstraction and choice of colors. I saw rain, leaves and flowers in this one.

 


Next we went to get something to eat at Umami Ramen and man was it good! On the side of their building was this woman and a Buddhas face by Sintex. This was one of my favorite murals. 

This artist also had another mural he did at last years “Color the Creek” of Sojounor Truth. 

 

We didn’t see this one the other day but I had seen it before and thought it was done really well.

 

When we got done eating we headed across the street to see the next masterpiece. I loved the colors in WERC’s mural and thought that the paint on the post/wire cover was a nice touch. 

 

Our last stop was at Heritage Cleaners by David Eldred. The colors were much more vibrant than what we were able to capture. The blues, orange and reds really popped out at us. I really liked the representation of the boy using flowers to put out the fire from the dragon.

 

Out of all of the murals though I really enjoyed the owl at the top, by MRPRVRT, the most. Up close you could see the strokes and yet still see the attention to detail to make it look real.

 

 Right next his work, we noticed nature wanted in on the murals as well, about 2-3 feet above the side walk we found this little guy 😉 .

Past Paintings

Since we’re in the mural mood I wanted to share a few previous artists works too, plus one I stumbled upon the Monday evening.

While looking for previous murals I found these two. I’ll look up their locations and put them in in a bit.

One more ~ ❤

This past Monday I took a walk and found this under a bridge…. ❤

 

I didn’t realize it till I got home and went through my pictures but towards the bottom of the picture on the left there were hearts that walked up to “eyes are.” 🙂 

Well that’s it for now, lol. See you again soon!

Photo Credit goes to Susan Strazisar

If you want to see some of the artists and a few pictures of the process check out the link below~
http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/picture-gallery/entertainment/2017/08/10/photos-color-the-creek-mural-painting/104475294/

A Sudden Urge to Expose

I’m Ready…

This morning I happened to see a friend(on Facebook) was applying for the “Fall into the Arts” in our home town. For about 5 years now I have wanted to share my art, but haven’t felt ready or good enough to. Today the timing feels right so I’m putting myself out there. Only thing is now I don’t know where to start!

 

My confusion starts with what medium and theme should I choose? I have tons of Nature, Heart Photography, and Digital Anime to pick from. Could I group these all together? I think I might. If I say “Mixed Digital Photography” as a medium and as a theme I think “Love of Nature” fit well. This would be the first time I have exposed my art at an event and I’m kind of nervous. Does anyone have any suggestions or tips? What do you think?

 

Here are a few types I’d like to enter:

 

Nature Art Hearts

Nature’s Hearts

Nature Photography

Digital Anime

2017 Solar Eclipse Discoveries and Pics

 


Because of a recent creative spark I thought I’d jump in and write again today, its been awhile. I found out last minute the other day that we were going to have an eclipse so I grabbed my camera after work and did the best I could.  In Michigan we didn’t have the total eclipse and we had cloudy skies, but I still thought it was pretty amazing to see.

 


 

When I first got outside my camera fogged up from the humidity. I took a picture anyways and I thought it turned out kind of cool.

 


 

My camera had a hard time balancing the brightness of the sun, but some shots really made the clouds look stunning.

 


 

The only time I could get a good shot was when a certain thickness of clouds passed in front. So I guess I’m grateful to have had clouds where we were, lol. I chose the above picture to share because it had a feeling of yin and yang… with the moon symbolizing yin and the sun symbolizing yang energy, I thought it fit 😉 .

 

 

Out of all the pictures I took the top shot was my favorite and it was completely unexpected, but this last one was a close second because I had discovered something different. While walking back in after what I thought was the end of my adventure with the eclipse, I looked down and saw half moon rays dancing upon the ground. The circle rays that have struck a cord with me in the past were now crescents. I didn’t think this was possible before, but nature continues to reveal and share more parts of itself that I previously did not know 😉 I’m just glad I happened to be aware of it that day.

 

***Just a Note~ I plan on coming back to the blog regularly each week. I’ll share what has been going on and get back to my photography and writing. I think Thursdays work best for me, so I’ll see you all next week!

~Mandi