Uganda Creates

Thanks to a friend, this week I was able to hang out with a visiting children's choir from Uganda and create art! We had the kids paint and apply 3D elements to their canvas that was all about them. They used words, pictures and stickers to express who "I Am".

This was inspiring for the children, as well as myself. I was informed that these children do not have art in school back home. In fact, they are not exposed to creative outlets. So not only was the whimsy of child innocence's shown in these pieces of art, but an exploration of their own creative side. It was amazing to see where that exploration took them! I think you'll agree, based on these pictures. :)

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I suggested to my friend that they have the kids you natural out door items to create so they could start to see art is in everything! They did this before I arrived. AWESOME.

I suggested to my friend that they have the kids you natural out door items to create so they could start to see art is in everything! They did this before I arrived. AWESOME.

Art Journaling

Columbus, Georgia, I am bringing art journaling classes to you!

Starting in June every other Tuesday. The location will vary (being that I am a mobile studio) from the local library and Iron Bank Coffee. Be on the look out for more specific details on the "Calendar" page. 

What IS art journaling? In essence, art journaling is: a visual journal.

You can base it on words, song lyrics, daily happenings... whatever you want. The good thing about them is when you cannot put something into words, you don't have to; you simply get whatever it is out onto the paper, whether it be words, images or just colors. 

I began looking for specific prompts for class purposes and came across this idea/option: 

And then I thought, what ARE ten things about ME? I couldn't think of anything at first - which made me feel terribly silly. What would your list consist of? Mine:

1) I enjoy traveling  

2) I am learning to throw knives

3) I have a twin brother

4) Dinosaurs and sloths are my favorite creatures

5) I have a cross eyed cat named Igby - he's pretty adorable

6) My dream is to own a bakery / art studio 

7)  I drink a lot of coffee

8) I recently found out I love painting with water colors

9) My wrist tattoo is from To Kill a Mockingbird; which is one of my favorite books

10) I love finding Orion in the night sky 

 

For those of you who say: "I want to art journal, but I am not creative."

FALSE.

It can be as simple as making a list or as complex as a full canvas. It is whatever YOU want. Much like creating in general. Just get what is in your head out on paper (or canvas, wood, etc.).

LET YOUR CREATIVITY THRIVE! 

Famous Artist Lesson at Truth Spring: Jackson Pollock

Playing catch up on my blog post (clearly).

A piece done by Jackson Pollock 

A piece done by Jackson Pollock 

Teaching the kids at the school about art and famous artist. After a mild set back with my squirt gun art project - I turned the lesson plan into a class on "action art" and splatter paint. Which was all Jackson Pollock.  

The kids faces were PRICELESS when I first showed them some of Pollock's work! "That's a big mess!" one said. (I bet that's not the first time someone had said that about Pollock's art either). But applying his techniques to their own canvases, I think they started to like it more and more!

the face of determination 

the face of determination 

Even Ms. Owens joined in ;D

Even Ms. Owens joined in ;D

All the kids work - not too shabby 

All the kids work - not too shabby 

April FAF & L's 26th

So yesterday was my birthday! BUT last week, my co-workers threw me an art party at the office and we did pieces for Free Art Friday. This picture (where as the quality is TERRIBLE due to my crap phone) makes my heart smile. 

Yet again, Free Art Friday was a HIT! Check out this month's hidings and findings:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1317975118217772/

And be certain to like L's Art on Facebook for updated monthly themes for Free Art Friday. Join in on the fun! 

Shapes with Kinders

Because I am fearful of having time for myself, I added another job to my list of employments. This time at a Christian school in Bibb County called Truth Spring Academy.

This week we learned about shapes! (Hence the vocabulary word of the month in my newsletter - if you'd like to get one monthly send me your email!)

 

I wasn't able to get pictures of the kids work - but it was something like this ---> 

 

Mixed Media Art

I have been doing a lot of mixed media art lately. When I tell most people this, they then proceed with the question: "What is mixed media art?" Aside from my new favorite thing! Mixed media art can be defined as:

 Mixed media tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a "mixed media" .

A few of my more recent personal examples of mix media art:

Online Examples:

Mixed media pieces a student and I did recently in a class; we were decorating journal covers. Oh yea, my student is SIX years old! #ProudTeacher :)

Student art

Student art

I kept asking my student in the above class:  "What is this art called?" (Mixed media). "What are the materials called in this art?" (Mediums!) We got there, eventually.

It was amazing to watch her mind start working though, looking over all the components and thinking "I can use this to make this". As a teacher it was a real joy to see.

In short, mixed media art is mixing a lot of different materials to compose a work of art.

Pájaro : A Painting Inspired by a Memory from Guatemala

We walked quickly. Hand in hand. “Luca” pulling me from one thing to another, talking a mile a minute. I had been scared from day one that the language would be a barrier, but here she was talking my ear off as she led us to the futbol (soccer) field with her friends.

“Cómo se dice?” (which means “how do you say” in Spanish) I asked again and again, pointing to things. She laughed. Told me the word in Spanish, was focused long enough for me to repeat it once and she tugged me along again. I learned how to say cow (because we passed a few) and tree too. Not that I can remember any of these words. Well, except for flower, I can still remember that for some reason. I guess I favor flowers over cows.

The road reminded me of the one my parents live on: long, straight, unpaved, surrounded by nature. The kids reminded me of myself and my neighborhood friends when we were their age; running around laughing and exploring. Not a care or seemingly a fear in the world. What I wouldn’t give for that again.

“Luca” let out a happy cry and yanked my arm in an adjacent angle across the road to some trees. I had to almost sprint to keep up with her. She was so excited. “Trees! I love trees!” I said. Not that she understood. And then she pointed to a tiny black mass in the crotch of very slim, almost twig looking tree. I didn’t have my glasses on so I had to squint and get really slow. And then I saw it. One would have missed it if you weren’t looking close. I guess it’s something only a child, not preoccupied with the world and its busyness would even notice to begin with. The mass, was a NEST! I saw three tiny beaks sticking out of the top of it.

“Wow! Cómo se dice?” I asked. “Luca” was confused. How could I ask what to call birds? I then pointed to my wrist tattoo (which is a mocking bird) “Cómo se dice?” I asked again.

She smiled: “Pájaro!”

Guatemala

So, I went to another country at long last. I went to do murals with a team of artist in Guatemala for two weeks. A very rewarding experience in short. I learned a lot about culture, art and myself. 

I went with an organization called OM. (Check them out at: http://www.om.org/)  They use the arts to do mission trips. If you have a love for God, travel, and art, I strongly recommend OM!

Here are some images of the murals my team and I did while in Guatemala.

I officially hate lettering work now

I officially hate lettering work now

Mural at a hospital at Hope of Life International (an incredible organization!) done in three days

Mural at a hospital at Hope of Life International (an incredible organization!) done in three days

60 foot mural at a rescue center for children and mothers - DONE IN THREE DAYS! *mind blown* 

60 foot mural at a rescue center for children and mothers - DONE IN THREE DAYS! *mind blown* 

Logo at the office in Guatemala City for OM gUATEMALA

Logo at the office in Guatemala City for OM gUATEMALA

qUOTE AT oM gUATEMALA oFFICE 

qUOTE AT oM gUATEMALA oFFICE 

I will have to post again in more detail when I can put the full experience into proper words. But it was a real blessing! 

My awesome team. Not only did I experience the Guatemalan culture, we had two international team members! 

My awesome team. Not only did I experience the Guatemalan culture, we had two international team members! 

 

 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9  

This verse was a deciding factor in a sermon at church weeks before I decided to go on this trip - I saw it again at a missionary house wall while in Guatemala. :) 

FAFCO

What is FAFCO? Remember my last blog about Free Art Friday Dinosaur Edition in Thomaston, GA? (It being in Thomaston is important) well L's Art has brought Free Art Friday has come to COLUMBUS!

A monthly theme will be announced on my calendar here and my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ls-Art/521504557994354 for the third Friday of the month. People make art according to the theme and hide it on the date announced - be sure to leave a note with it to have people who find it post a picture in the event page; then watch the fun !

Please please please remember to : document with a picture the location (those following the page can look to) and to leave a note telling people to document their find in the event page for the month so we can track the finds .

Check out the documented hidings and findings for this month's theme of Halloween below. And see the fun for yourself by looking up "Free Art Friday : Halloween ! " on Facebook.

 

November's theme is dinosaurs (see why I said it was important to mention my last dino hide was in THOMASTON). No not because I am mildly obsessed with the creatures, but because of Dinovemeber, check out more on that here: https://www.facebook.com/dinovember?fref=ts

FAFCO stands for Free Art Friday Columbus - if you hadn't caught on. It's also the hashtag to further track the fun. Let us know you are coming to our dinosaur edition at https://www.facebook.com/events/161935290822303/ .

 

Happy making and hunting friends!

 

 

Free Art Friday: Dinosaur Edition

 

 

I decorated and hid dinosaurs for Free Art Friday in Thomaston, GA today.

How Free Art works:

Artists: Make art. Hide it around Thomaston. Post a photo and its location.

Finders: Keep an eye on this page. Look for art!

Spread the love! Share the art!

Tag all of your photos with #faftu

 

All of them were found!

Updates on Updates on Updates

Things have been a whirlwind for L's Art lately.

Job:

I finally committed to doing art full time part time. Meaning? I am now working an office job part time and committing the other half of my days and nights to art and teaching. Which is both amazing and terrifying.

It feels a little crazy honestly, when I was a kid the first career I ever wanted was to be an artist; then society told me to be happy I needed money, so I did that. Being twenty-five years old now, it maybe ambitious (or selfish) for me to say I want both. The only issue is, a career in art does not always entail lots of money. Hence the office job too.

Ask me in another six months if it is still my dream, ha.

I am working at ANOTHER studio. I now work at both 'Stache Studio in Griffin, GA, Britt David Cultural Arts Studio in Columbus, GA and now Indy Riot Studios in Thomaston, GA. Here I am heading up both adult painting classes and kids workshops. See my previous blog: Indy Riot Studios for further information on that venture. Also check out the calendar page with my schedule there.

Oh and hey - don't forget ladies and gents - I do private parties and commissions, too. You want a "Painting Party" shoot me an email!

Benefits:

Benefit for Team Clifford and Team Allie

Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 am located at 1025 S Hill Street, Griffin, GA I will be selling art at a booth in support of a family that recently suffered a severe tragedy: losing two children. 

"Clifford and Allie were in a tragic car accident and gained they're angel wings July 10th 2015. Their mom and dad need help with expenses. They will miss work and all of their everyday expenses will continue as well as the need for therapy, because none of us are ever prepared to bury your child...especially not 2 at the same time. Your donations are greatly appreciated."

I cannot imagine what this family is going through. Please come to this benefit in Griffin, GA on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 at the Kiwanis Fairground; both myself and Indy Riot Studios will have items on sale as means to raise money for the family.

Prayers, support and donations appreciated.

Art in the Park

Saturday, September 26th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the Greatest Generation Memorial Park off N Church Street in Thomaston, GA. This event will be held in conjunction with the Boss Hog BBQ Contest sponsored by the City Of Thomaston Downtown Action Committee. Tons of local artist and festivities - I would love if you would come out and see me! Meet my new partners in crime, the Indy Riot Crew. And hey, purchasing some art would be great too.

Side Project:

I have recently submitted a portfolio of my work for review with an art organization that does international work. So we will see where that goes. Fingers crossed for good things there!

I have been trying to stir up business in Columbus too - you know the town I live in but am never in. Plastering flyers everywhere and calling businesses. Have a few tentative leads - I will keep you posted if things develop there.

Another mural may also be in the works.

 

In short, I have A LOT going on. I am excited.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

In a recent kids class, we were learning about garden plants and decorating our own clay flower pots; I tried to get the kids talking (they were getting really into their artwork and being very quiet!) and asked my students:

"OK guys, what does it need?"

To which I was quickly informed: "Well, his eyes are crooked!"

OK, I will just be quiet now.

Haha!

I fixed his eyes long enough to get a semi decent picture

I fixed his eyes long enough to get a semi decent picture

Too busy to talk teacher - I am being an artist!

Too busy to talk teacher - I am being an artist!

Pretty legit - look at all those supplies!

Pretty legit - look at all those supplies!

I love my little students

I love my little students

Indy Riot Studios

I managed to pick up another studio to work at!

Indy Riot Studios located at 1946 north, Old Hwy 19 S, Thomaston, GA 30286; Check out what we are painting on the calendar page here or on either L's Art's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ls-Art/521504557994354?fref=ts or Indy Riot Studios Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndyRiot?fref=ts (While on these pages please give us a "Like" to see upcoming events, sales and just us being silly) To reserve your spot to attend these classes shoot a message to me or Indy Riot or call the studio at 770-573-3686.

"INDY RIOT STUDIOS is now open! Professional photography, videography, and sound recording. Also a great hangout spot for artists of all kinds." Be sure to check out these lovelies, I myself have done shoots with them and think they are immensely talented. They do a little bit of everything: graphic design, photography, visual effects, costume artwork, painting classes, kids art classes, toddler art and they can print requested items on their nifty 3D printer, too. Below are a few images from the shoot I was involved in, which involved paint, OF COURSE:

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Check out their video work on their youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjatMnhhx8E-APw4C_35XOQ

 

A personal favorite of mine! So many memories from my gaming days and it really shows off their skills in visual effects, I think.

Please check them out! The boys are skilled. #RiotLife #Art #Photography #Love

Art through the Ages

I visited Ocmulgee Indian Mounds National Park in Macon, GA this weekend and saw the ingenuity and creativity demonstrated by the Mississipian Indians . Not only was I impressed by the rich Indian culture and history found in the busy city , but I was amazed at the thought of natives to add decor to their pottery! Showing art has withstood the test of time.


Creampuff

When I was young, I mean really little, like three; there was this little rinky-dink amusement park (I use the term "amusement park" loosely) attached to the zoo my family and I went to in south Florida. In that amusement park, they had a carousel. Like ever young girl I wanted a horse, so when I saw brightly colored horses going around in a circle to music, I pretty much fell in love. There was one horse in particular. She was white, maybe pink? I was three... Don't hold it against me not remembering EXACTLY. I would literally always ride this horse whenever I came to the park. I even named it: Creampuff. So original, right?

I remembering bawling my eyes out when they took Creampuff off the carousel. My biggest heartbreak at three.

All that to say, when we had carousel horses at the studio to glaze, OF COURSE I painted one. My boss let me take it home. I feel like I got a little piece of my childhood back. A mini Creampuff, maybe. Thanks, Jess!

Check out 'stache studio in Griffin, Georgia! Come glaze  your own masterpiece.  stachestudio.net

March 1st: Self Injury Awareness Day - TWLOHA

This past Sunday I hosted another art event. But this time was different. This time was very difficult.

It was not difficult because this was my first event hosted at a legitimately rented venue, it was not because I had relocated, and was now in a brand new city trying to promote what I do; no it was not even difficult because the canvases were mixed media art instead of just acrylic paintings. These were all factors in why it could have been difficult. And if I am being honest, factors in which I claimed were valid reasons to cancel. But no, that was not why this was difficult.

This particular event was difficult because the organization L's Art was raising funds and awareness for was: To Write Love on Her Arms. And this is the part where everyone falls silent, either because they know what To Write On Her Arms is about, or because they do not.

"To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery."

In short, as Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of the organization would say: "It is a story and it is a response to a story ... It is about hope more than anything else."

"You need to know rescue is possible, freedom is possible, God is still in the business of redemption. We're seeing it happen. People sitting across from a counselor for the first time. People stepping into treatment. In desperate moments, people calling a suicide hotline. We know the first step toward recovery is the hardest to take. We want to say here that it's worth it, your life is worth fighting for, it's possible to change.

Beyond treatment, we believe community is essential. People need other people. We were never meant to do life alone. The vision is that community, hope, and help would replace secrets and silence. The vision is people putting down guns, and blades, and bottles. The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world. The vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need."

I know this seems so foreign, and even a little dark. That happy-go-lucky girl with everything going for her, loving an organization who's focus is self harm and suicide awareness and prevention. It is the thing no one likes to talk about. It is that illusion of a perfect life. It is not true. This happy-go-lucky girl, is human and beautifully broken; I am no exception to life's double sided blade of happiness and sorrow. This event was difficult for me because I have struggled with depression, much like many others, for the better part of ten years of my life.

Every time I get better, it then gets so much worse when I slip up. When I slip back into those negative, self deprecating thought patterns; when I have too much to drink; when I find a razor when I am sad; when I love someone who is bad for me, to reinforce how poorly I see myself. When you have it together, it makes things hard to fall apart.  That is where To Write Love On Her Arms, along with Christ, and long lasting friendships have helped save my life. Because when I read the words Jamie writes: your life is worth fighting for, it's possible to change - it sends a resounding shiver down my spine. Because I know what it's like to want to die.

This event was difficult, because despite my close friends and family knowing my history with these issues: both triumphs and failures, that by hosting this, by affiliating myself personally with this organization I was exposing a part of my soul. A part that on some days I do not even want to acknowledge.

But I chose to do this, because this isn't an organization about a bunch of whiners or people who want attention, as some might stereotype it. This is an organization that gives community and hope to people who are hurting and need it. That is something I will support until the day I die.

The theme for this event was Fear vs. Dream, a reoccurring question of To Write Love On Her Arms. I asked everyone at the event what their fear and dream was, I forgot to explain my own. So here goes: Dream - Love (Including/Especially SELF LOVE) Fear - Relapse.

These issues need to be discussed. Break the stigma associated with mental health issues. Love people. Love yourself.

http://twloha.com/vision/story

I know these are gritty issues and are hard to discuss. Clearly, they have been for me as well (I never even wanted people to know I supported TWLOHA for fear of judgement) but by doing so you could save a life, by doing so you could change a life. Love people. Love yourself. It's hard, but it's worth it.

I am happy to announce, this event raised over $500, all of which is going to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

:)

12+ Hours

I have been pretty inspired this long weekend. Painting for over twelve hours. It was nice.

Still working on the dream catcher & antelope head

Still working on the dream catcher & antelope head

using all my resources - like bushes - to hold my dripping canvases

using all my resources - like bushes - to hold my dripping canvases

It was beautiful out - so i painted in the sun

It was beautiful out - so i painted in the sun

Work in progress.

Work in progress.

i always really love how the colors blend on the napkins - weird??

i always really love how the colors blend on the napkins - weird??

Back to the office tomorrow!