Important Days

Clouds in the sky

Clouds in the sky

Inspired by the great mom's in my life. 

I am very proud of my own mom, who has been an active part of my life. I wouldn't be where I am today with out her or the other "mom's" in my life who have been role model's of strength, all around beauty inside and out, and love. 

I only hope that if I ever get the chance to be a mom that I could pass on the love and guidance that I have been given by so many.

A Fish or a Face?

A Fish or a Face?

I love creating mandalas, I find it fascinating how differently they can be viewed.

Upon returning home, feeling rejuvenated and creative, I decided to turn my mandala drawing into a small gouache painting. It felt great to complete a small project as it had been awhile since I had the opportunity to paint. Proud of my work, I held up my painting and asked my husband how he liked my "fish" painting.

He replied...

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Time to Decompress

Turks and Caicos ocean view

My inspiration for this photo came from a week of decompression time with childhood friends on a quiet island.  As the years go by it is not often that one gets this opportunity to spend quality time like I did this past week.  I really enjoyed and appreciate the time and will cherish the memories.

It was also a great way to rejuvenate my mind and creativity.

As I mentioned before sometimes creativity comes from stepping away.

Does time away help your creativity?

Carib2UK: Drama Therapy

Carib2UK: Drama Therapy

A few months ago, I heard about Carib2UK, an organization that uses Drama Therapy to help young children in the UK and in the Caribbean. I wanted to learn more, so I contacted the founder, Janeen Wilson. Thankfully, she took time from her busy schedule to provide me with information about her inspiration behind Carib2UK and more about the organizations work.

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Rooftop View

NYC view

A rooftop view on a snowy day in NYC.

It has been a very snowy, slushy, messy day on the streets of NYC.  It's the type of day you wished you didn't have to be anywhere, so that you could day dream and watch the large snow flakes fall from inside your warm home.   Unfortunately, today was not one of those "stay at home" type of days. 

Commuting and sloshing around the streets and subway could not be avoided.

However, I had the opportunity to witness this distant, snowy view of the WTC from the rooftop area of my new office space.  I love experiencing views of the city.  I appreciate the views even more under various weather conditions and/or at different times of the day.  Elements like bright sun, grey clouds, lighting, snow and more add a different feel and mood to the scene. 

I hope this photo captured the serene mood of the afternoon.

 

Commuting in the Rain

Commuting in the Rain

.Throughout my years of commuting in the city, I have thought a lot about what type of commuter signs and symbols that I would love to create and post. Recently I began creating them for fun. I have called them the "Happy Commuter." These signs include images of the wrong way and the polite way of commuting with the purpose of creating a more tolerable, happy commuting experience.

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Fill Hearts with Love

Fill Hearts with Love

Valentine's day was always special for me as a child. I would stay up the night before writing out my valentine's cards just right for each friend and classmate, attaching a piece of candy to each card. I would anxiously slave away writing and rewriting a message to my secret crush in hopes that he would write back in return.

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Encouraging Art in Education

Encouraging Art in Education

When I think about education reform for this country I have to take a deep breathe. There are many complications that exist that prevent change in our system. However, it will take energy and commitment from us and our leaders to transform our system into a more modern structure of learning. Two items of interest that are related to one another are the STEM and STEAM education initiatives. They were both designed to encourage progress and competitiveness in our educational system.

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Colorful Lady

On Friday, there was a snow storm that kept me indoors for the day.   I took advantage of that time by restyling some old drawings in Illustrator and Photoshop, playing with colors and organic shapes, lines, and textures.  I appreciate both organic lines and the preciseness of straight, edged lines.  In this piece I left some of the organic feel but added in some straight lines.

Dancing Lady is an example of the original black ink drawing of this new stylized image.  Originally, I created this ink drawing as a basis for a series of painting  I completed a few years ago using all organic lines.

Waiting for Spring

Pink spring flowers

Even though today the sun is shining, it is very misleading.  In fact it is quite cold, chilling to the body.  So after freezing while walking my dog this afternoon, I have been thinking, no actually dreaming about the springtime, warmer climates, and warm places that I have visited.

I began looking through photos of vacations and came across the picture of these pink flowers taken in Singapore last winter.  Singapore is a very lovely and warm place.  I would love to be visiting there right about now.  Instead I am in NYC dreaming and waiting for the Spring season.

 

Finding Creative Inspiration

colorful butterfly artwork

In a quest to find my own creative inspiration in this new year, I came up with this design.  Lately, I have been experiencing a creative block.  Although I have a few ideas that I want to get started on, I can't seem to begin. 

Ironically, I had been looking forward to January as a time to begin some new projects but maybe I put a little too much pressure on myself causing this creative anxiety of sorts.  Hopefully, I can ease up and find the inspiration that I need to proceed forward.

What is your creative inspiration?