5 Reasons Why This Saturday’s Artist Post Is Driving Me Crazy!

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Marisa D. Aceves. Indomitable Arrow City At Dusk. digital art/photography. 2016.

I really wanted to give you a great post this Saturday, but as luck, fate or an overloaded system would have it, this is what it has come to!

*side note to you, the reader and myself (After this post is published, I will immediately throw my myself on the couch with fists flying, legs kicking and my loudest scream possible….you would too…if it happened to you….over and over…and over…

 

1. Whenever I try to attach my picture to the post all I get is a giant photo and some crazy code describing the height and width of the photo beneath it!

That’s right folks including the artwork to this post has been a &^%$!!! and the afternoon is just getting started….

 

2. My allergies are killing me!!!!! Honestly!!!!!

I didn’t get much sleep for this entire week! This is making me crazy mad. So therefore all my patience”flew out the window” on Wednesday.

 

3. My stupid tablet is acting up again!

If you’re a frequent tablet user, eventually what I so fondly call tablet hiccup or stiction will happen to you and if you have an especially nice tablet….then that will make you doubly insane….Don’t tell me to reboot or restart my tablet…I’ve done that…

 

4. I’m in a generally pissy mood!!!!

Yup, that’s what lack of sleep and frequent computer troubles will get you, especially if you are a sensitive flower…I mean like a cactus flower….yeah..reeeeeaaaal sensitive!!

 

5. I’ve been so busy with inbound marketing for my business and other health issues I wasn’t able to spend as much time as I would have liked this week working on my art!!!

This happens to the best of us! Not that I’m the best of you… For the moment I’m simply engaging in a little wishful thinking! However, when you can’t do the things you love as much…well…that’s kinda like telling a small child that they can’t play outside cause ‘ the other kids will catch the flu!!!!
*If you’re a wee bit sympatico and you’re not too busy…Hint…that..always helps…Drop on by my website acevesart.com and checkout my new geometric digital art landscape and cityscape paintings made with photography!
*Sincerely, despite all this weeks CHALLENGES ..I mean garbage…I have enjoyed sharing and learning with you. Have a wonderful weekend! Do somethig fun! Spend time with family and loved ones! Lift someone out of their self-imposed, world imposed misery! Practice compassion! Practice love! Never forget to explore the possibilites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tunnel Vision: Cutting Through Distraction To Get To The Source of Your Inspiration

Tunnel Vision: Cutting Through Distraction To Get To The Source of Your Inspiration

I decided to illustrate this article with a picture that I took of the center of a line of staples. It looks like a mysterious tunnel leading from a place of darkness to a place that is bright and clear. If we think of the tunnel as a metaphor for our artistic journey, we begin to realize that along the way to achieving our goals we will stumble, learn and grow. If we can see a clear vision for our art, the message we have chosen and keep focused on this, we feel like all of our temporary frustrations will eventually result in success. Sometimes, artist’s struggle with a clear and definite vision for their work. You can read countless art history books and magazines searching for other artist’s to both influence and inspire you. The search online for websites that feature hot up and comers who are presently making waves in the art world with their unique style is a constant and arduous one. Feelings of irritation arise as you struggle to define yourself and get a handle on the marketplace. You try to figure out where you fit in and who is looking to purchase the type of work that you are producing. While getting a degree in Art (a Bachelors in Fine Art or a Masters in Fine Art) has it’s advantages in that you are made aware that you need your own website, a bio (biographical information about the artist, your particular style of work and who influences you to create the work that you do), curriculum vitae (where and when you got your education, training etc.) and portfolio, it does not necessarily help you to decide what you are passionate about or what message you want to convey through your chosen medium. Unfortunately, this is often a solitary journey that you must take in order to find out who you are and what is important to you. Some people may have a mentor to help steer them in a certain direction during the early years of their career; however, this does not guarantee that they will stick with this message or genre. People may get many ideas, but not feel particularly tied to any of them or they may have significant success in painting or photographing landscapes, floral, or figurative work then find out mid career they are bored and want to move on, but they don’t know where they want to take their work or what they want to do. These kinds of experiences can wear at your creative spark leaving you feeling directionless. Although the shot gun approach never works for anyone, you shouldn’t have to corral yourself to the point of being limited by perceived or self enforced limitations. If you ever get to this point and some of us inevitably will, consider some of these suggestions to help you out of your creative situation. In formulating your own unique vision, it is necessary to discover who you are at this point in your life…:

1. Make a List –
Try making a rough list (hint: don’t edit yourself) of all of the things that you like and don’t like. If you are incredibly patient, write this down in your list; if your are impatient and bore easily, make sure to take note of that. It is necessary that you discover your true creative personality because this will eventually determine which style is best for you to work in.

2. Look at other artist’s that you admire and that have inspired you recently-
What is it that you like about their art?
Why does their particular style or subject matter appeal to you? What inspires them to create their individual brand of work? What are they trying to say with their work? Is this the type of work you might aspire to? Ask yourself why?

3. Take an honest look at the causes you are involved in as a source of subject matter or inspiration for your work-
For example, maybe you like to contribute you time to an animal shelter and would like to help find people to adopt stray animals. You could use this as a reason for producing expressionist portraits of the animals that need homes. Perhaps you contribute your time to helping the elderly or homeless and would like to make paintings, sculpture, photography, etc that addresses these issues.

4. Do research into specific schools of painting, drawing, sculpture,or photography-
Perhaps a certain philosophy or style appeals to you and you believe you can expand on that.

It is important to know why you create the art that you create because then you can set your own artistic goals around this information as well as tailor you style to the overall feeling that you are trying to convey in your work.

I hope that this helps you in your creative endeavors. If you have any ideas or suggestions about how to help others or how to give them direction in this area please feel free to comment.

Stop Fighting Your Art and Your Art Won’t Fight You! :) Wrestling With Your Art – Advice on Inspiration and Art Making Frustration

 Stop Fighting Your Art and Your Art Won't Fight You! :) Wrestling With Your Art - Advice on Inspiration and Art Making Frustration

When we are searching for that one object to photograph, that one object that will give us a small slice of momentary joy upon it’s discovery, we often forget about the places most overlooked in our home, at the local store, or perhaps in our neighborhood. So it was when I stumbled upon this small object. I had photographed it several times before, but I never really felt that I truly captured it’s hidden beauty. Then, upon the upteenth examination, a watery aerial scene with small land masses emerged. Parts of the teal surface of the object shimmered, bubbled and folded like the ocean; it was at that moment that I knew I had to take a shot.
Inspiration, although welcomed with open arms, does not always come easily. I remember earlier in the week having a conversation with my mother about being frustrated with my paintings and how the constant problem solving and correcting of the images I was working on caused me so much stress that I almost didn’t want to paint. She gave me some very good advice. She told me that constant stressing about your work and project deadlines is a creativity killer. Before I had significantly reached the point of extreme exasperation, I should just put the work aside and start on something else I had planned to do earlier in the week that is either related to my art (composing a new post, working on another project, market research etc.), or non-related (mundane household chores, etc). In this way, I could come back to what I had previously been working on refreshed and mentally ready to approach and solve the problems that I had in my work. Wise woman. Sometimes, mothers really do know what is best! On a similar note, it is when we “sweat the small stuff” hem, haw and worry about what other’s think, that we lose the childlike joy we once had when we approached our art making. Art shouldn’t become a chore; it is one of many ways that we use to express ourselves and share our experiences and point of view with others. When art is a chore it becomes painful. However, this difficult experience has a beautiful lesson for us, because it helps us to reevaluate why we create art. What are your reasons for creating art? What inspires you? What causes you frustration and hampers creativity? What are some ways you might plan to resolve this issue? Please feel free to share thoughts, ideas and experiences! I’d love to hear from you.

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Art and SEO: The Thoughts, Musings, Frustrations, and Ramblings of an Abstract Artist

Art and SEO: The Thoughts, Musings, Frustrations, and Ramblings of an Abstract Artist

The one thing that I have not seemed to master in this whole internet blogging experience is the dreaded traffic behemoth make it or break it SEO (Search Engine Optimization). I’ll admit I am some what of a newbie to blogging and while I find that blogging every week helps me to get into the practice of talking about my art, I also find that it is becoming more and more difficult to get found in a sea of other blog posts on the same darn topic. Due to this increasing frustration over trying to figure out SEO, (I even bought a book about it – “SEO for Dummies”…not techies…hint…hint!) I perused the world wide web searching for helpful articles on the subject because I knew instinctively, that other bloggers have suffered the same fate as yours truly. Oh and there are plenty of articles out their folks to keep your tired eyes continuously rolling back in your head because they all suppose that you already know just a wee bit of html code and you don’t know html code! After visiting several websites and receiving the same cryptic/hieroglyphic coding messages you suddenly have the overwhelming urge to yell “SPEAK…ENGLISH!!!!!” Well what is an absolute beginning blogger to do? I know, pull out all the connections on your computer and throw it out of the window. No don’t how will you fix the problems with your blog? Breathe…Breathe deeply…
So if you are one of those people who identify with this all to common scenario..you are not alone! The only sad advice that I can give at this point, is stick to it, don’t quit. Keep on blogging and researching SEO until one day, blogging is like breathing and SEO becomes an important ally not a frenemy. That about raps up my rant for today!!! Who knows what it will be next week or next month for that matter. I’m just hoping that it won’t be about SEO. You are welcome to share your thoughts and advice on this subject as any help would be greatly appreciated.

*Side Note: If you find your way to this post (miracle of miracles) then perhaps I’ve managed to do something right!