Black Friday, oh la la...

Just kidding... I don't think I ever got out to shop on this most dreadful day. I think the "hype" makes us spend more than we should and buy "stuff" we don't really need. Note that I'm not condemning "shopping". No, no. Shopping is fun. I like shopping.

Just the other day I bought a square skillet in excellent shape at Goodwill for $2.99 when it sells brand new for around $24.99. On the same shopping splurge I bought two pairs of shorts for my ever growing son for $3.43. Score!

See, the thing is, I've been trying to rewire my brain so that every time I want to go shopping (without the real need for anything), I grab some art supplies instead and try to do something that will feel as good, won't cost anything, and it'll have a bigger impact on my life than some cute flats.

Although, I might break and come out to Ponta Vedra Arts and Crafts tomorrow since they are offering 50% off one full price item, and THEY ARE A LOCAL BUSINESS.

In short, here's my plan for what I believe is a meaningful alternative to the "go shopping" therapy.
1- Find a hobby (or activity) that doesn't cost any money and you can learn (or practice) something. It can be a craft -- crochet, anyone? -- or sports. I heard that learning something new is good for your brain, too.  
2- If you must shop, find local businesses. 
Okay now, I know Goodwill is not local, but buying second hand does miracles to the world. Find a thrift-store near you, a local one if you can, and add that to the list under 2b.

Most importantly, for my meaningful life, I strive to find beauty in people, moments, actions and not get stuck on admiring beautiful objects that I might or might not be able to afford. Except art, of course. 
Art -- and I don't mean the factory made prints you find at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond -- goes beyond the object itself to present the viewer with ideas, feelings, or commentary which creates a subliminal conversation and brings about emotions that, perhaps, couldn't be felt without that object. But, that is for another post...

As I write all of this, almost not sure of the point I wanted to make anymore, one quote and one word keeps coming back to me.

"Be happy. 

Not because everything is good. 

But because you see the good in everything."




Constructed Landscapes

Untitled, 2016. Photography

I've decided to take a shot at ‪#‎theartassignment‬ ‪#‎constructedlandscapes‬. Whereas Paula McCartney's constructed landscapes could be mistaken for real ones, mine was intentionally constructed to evoke the mythical and surreal. I envisioned the land where my character would exist, complete with his little mushroom house. I feel the results are very Henri Rousseau, except my feline is not covered by the landscape. He faces the viewer very assertively, albeit apprehensively. He is territorial, but peaceful.
First of all,  Happy New Year!!!

Today I started my 365 days journey of artistic endeavors by responding to #theartassignment (does hashtags work on blogs? or is it even the proper etiquette?) constructed landscapes episode. (watch it here)  

It was fun and hard. I'm not too much of a planner, to be honest. Usually, my creative process work this way: I have an idea, and I want to execute it right then and there. So, considering I don't have a proper studio, I don't have a place that is conducive to art making. Scratch that, everywhere is conducive to art making. I truly believe that. What I mean is, I'm not very organized and I live in a small apartment. Bad combination. Anyway, my point is this landscape was constructed on a whim (isn't that the story of my life.)

Regardless, here it is.  My ode to an artistic year. 


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