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Use these tips to make your creative life better every day!

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article by Marisa D. Aceves

Admit it.
Lately, you’ve struggled with the meaning of life.
It isn’t fair. If it were, everyone you know would be happy, confident, and successful. While you love reading or hearing about rags to riches phenomenons or perpetually positive people overcoming incredible odds, you can’t manage to picture yourself in their shoes.
How do they do it?
No matter what they do or where they go, everybody loves them.
They walk into a gallery, a theatre, a bookstore, etc., and steal the show.

Then you may ask yourself, like David Byrnes, is this my boring life, crappy job, or failed business venture?
When the answer is always a resounding yes, you should consider your thoughts.
What do you think of yourself?
All the challenges you face, the trials and tribulations are never as bad as your mind would like you to believe.
It’s not laziness or lack of ambition that gets in your way, it’s the endless worry about what could go wrong that keeps you from planning for the future and taking action.

But, how do you begin to change the negativity in your head so you can produce a more positive outcome?

You may not always feel like you can take control of your life or make better decisions. Yet, the power is in your hands. Don’t dwell in the past, dreading the future. You can choose to love the life you live right now, even if it doesn’t feel like a lovable life. Better planning and small imperfect steps toward your goals will help you to overcome your natural resistance to change.

 

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Decide To Be Happy

People always confuse happiness with feeling happy. They get lost in the mood of the moment, believing that life will never get better. To get out of this all-to-common trap, you must deliberately choose to be happy. What does this mean? Concentrate on what is positive about your experience.
Learning so that you can grow in understanding is more important than winning a prize or receiving an award. Meditate on the things that are working in your life. Maybe you have strong family support. Contentment comes from knowing that the present mood, happy or sad, will pass, but gratefulness and a positive attitude will help you to survive even the toughest challenges.

 

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Run From Perfection

The world sells perfection. Experience tells us this isn’t the case. To learn what not to do, you have to make mistakes. People forget the majority of successful people failed several times before they succeeded. Acceptance is crucial to moving forward despite discouragement and many failed beginnings.

 

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Stay In The Moment

There’s nothing as soul-sucking as choosing to approach the present as if you were living in your past. Many people find themselves revisiting old hurts and disagreements. Their refusal to trust others keeps them from making new, healthy connections. If you’re concentrating on the past, you miss out on the beauty of the present. Don’t let unfortunate events from the past steal your joy. The key to emotional freedom is learning to react appropriately to your surroundings.

 

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Give More Than You Get

Share your gifts and blessings with others in need. You could promote a local charity or spend time with people that have difficulty reaching out. The simple act of giving puts you in a different mindset. You’re active, not passive. Giving keeps you from being self-centered and lonely. Discovering the small impact your continued generosity has on peoples’ lives helps you to see your worth, and the worth of others.

 

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Value Yourself So You Can Value Others

When you value yourself, you avoid enabling people who are only in your life to get something from you. Spending time in an abusive, one-sided relationship makes you bitter. Being thoughtful and forgiving doesn’t mean you should settle for doormat status. If you seek out caring, well-adjusted people, they’re more likely to appreciate your contributions.

 

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Make a Plan

A careful, laid out plan to achieve your goals will help you to concentrate on the areas that will get you the results you want. You can spend countless hours multi-tasking, convincing yourself you’re making progress, but are you? The shot-gun approach to marketing, finding your targeting audience or networking only results in failure and frustration. By answering important questions about what you want to achieve and what it takes to get there, you can determine the best course of action. Plans change based on your needs. Make sure you’re flexible when challenges keep you from following your original plan. Perhaps there’s a newer, better way to reach your goal or goals.

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Applying these helpful tips takes practice. It’s never easy to break habits or routines that don’t benefit you, especially when it comes to the way you approach life. However, it’s possible. I believe in your tenacity and ability to make positive changes.

 

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Afraid To Write About Your Art? Use These Easy Tips.

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Marisa D. Aceves. Penscape 1. Digital Photography. 2016.

To view more of my work, please visit acevesart.com.

Article by Marisa D. Aceves

Every artist knows.
Creativity equals happiness.
When you get a new idea, you race to your studio with sparkling eyes and child-like enthusiasm.
Then, you read dozens of art marketing articles telling you to write an artist statement for your website.
People, galleries, and your art-loving aunt need to know why you do what you do.
There’s only one problem.
You’re not sure how to write about your art.
You start to begin, but the inevitable happens.
The joy fades.
Irritation begins.
Your story seems far away.
Why is writing about what you love to do so intimidating?
If the thought of captivating your future collectors makes you succumb to writers’ block and toss your laptop out the window in disgust, you’re not alone.
Let me share with you a simple truth that many artists and creative business owners fail to realize:
You don’t have to be Ernest Hemingway to write about your art.
Learning to craft a compelling story isn’t child’s play.
It takes practice, dedication, and a healthy dose of humility.
You could spend hours learning the long way.
Many people do.
You’re not many people.
That’s why you’re here.
Follow these simple tips, and you’re on your way to success.

Give A Little History

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Galleries, collectors, and the general public are anxious to know how, when, and why you became an artist.

Some artists take the traditional college/art school route, while others discover their love of art after many years of success in another occupation.
Include this information in the course of writing about your work. If you’re an artist who has a background in other fields of expertise, and you apply this experience to your art, explain how this adds to your unique approach and perspective.

 Write About Your Work Often

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Practice removes your fear of writing.

While this advice seems scary at first, if you’re still learning, you’re always new at something. Set aside time in the day or week to write down your thoughts and feelings about your work. Create a schedule that you know is easy to keep.

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Short writing bursts keep you on track.

Sitting yourself down to write for an hour or two can lead to procrastination as you wait there, tapping a pencil to paper, hoping the words will flow. If you know that you freeze when forced with a long, drawn-out job, you may want to spread it out and do other things in between writing. Taking frequent breaks or time alone to reflect eases your anxiety and helps you to collect your thoughts.

Learn From The Writing Of Others

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Research strong artist statements, essays, and grants that have intrigued galleries and collectors in the past.

The best way to learn how to write about your art is to familiarize yourself with the way fellow professional artists write about their work.

When you’re studying articles artists write about other artists, consider these questions:

a) Do they include background information about the artist before describing what they do?

b) Are they providing information about the artists’ level of education, awards, and experience?

c) Is there an attempt to describe what is unique about the artists’ work?

Once you understand how to extract small pieces of information from art articles, you’ll approach yours with less intimidation.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you examine other professionals’ artist statements:

a) What are the main themes or subjects of their work?

b) What is their particular medium?
(ex. Are they a painter, sculptor, photographer, …?)

c) Why do they create their work?

d) Who is their audience?
(ex. Is it for a rural community, animal lovers,…?)

As you read their statements, make sure to answer the questions mentioned above. When you finish, you’ll have a rough map of the information that you’ll need to include in your statement.

 

Edit Your Work

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Before you publish or submit your writing sample, make sure you correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and delivery. This is especially important when applying for grants and scholarships. You may not get a second chance. Have a writing editor proofread your work for any inconsistencies in style and delivery. Make sure to get additional advice from mentors and other professionals in the industry, so you know what they’re looking for.

 

You can learn to write about your art, or pass on the responsibility to others who may or may not truly understand your vision. Sure, it’s kind of scary at first, but as you face your fears around the art of communication, your steady progress will open up opportunities you could never have imagined.

Be pro-active.
Your art deserves it.

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Fusion Series Coming Soon!

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Marisa D. Aceves. Fusion: Steely Probiotica. digital photography. 2016.

To check out more of my work and samples of my new series, please visit acevesart.com .

Round, blistered bodies emerge from the shadows.  Steel panes bend to meet the light as passersby gaze upon this strange, urban enigma.  Lovers of living modern myths enjoy it’s company, while staunch traditionalists bemoan the idiocy of federal funding.

I am excited to announce that I have some new series in the works that I plan to release so stay tuned. If you’ve been a frequent visitor to this page, then I would like to personally thank you for your interest and support.

Some of my new work utilizes sections of my past photography to create design based pieces that are a nod to the recent trend of recycling. You might say, that I’m re-imagining everyday objects that I’ve already re-imagined (taken out of their normal context to give them a different significance and meaning).

I knew from the moment I saw this object, that I had to photograph it, but I was not sure how I was going to do it. Then, I decided that the most interesting part of the object was it’s unusual texture. In order to highlight this, I chose to use dramatic lighting.

What does this object remind you of?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Objects That Look Like Geometric Landscapes

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Marisa D. Aceves. Octogonal Color Field. digital photography. 2016

To view more of my work, please visit acevesart.com .

Silvery wells gather the fragments of an unfolding chapter. Harsh lights scatter midnight shadows on the shoes of passing girls and middle aged women. Geometry enjoys a cocktail at the homes of wannabe socialites.

I’d love to add a big, mysterious, wonderfully poignant, life-changing story to this post, but it was, in reality, just another trip to the store.

What does this object remind you of?

Ordinary Objects That Combine Industry and Nature

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Marisa D. Aceves. Rise And Fall Wave Grid: Ocean Blues. digital photo 2015

To check out more of my work please visit acevesart.com.

Some believe beauty now rests on the progressive mantles of contemporary design. Nature touches cold metal. She gently moves  toward his heart with alluring eyes and unpredictability. He catches her and they dance for awhile. When she leaves marks on his face he is told it is a crime of passion. He orders her, then retreats; content to dwell in numbers, shapes and the passage of time.

The edge of this object intrigued me as it reminded me of both Industry and Nature. In the accompanying poem, we experience Industries initial view of Nature not Nature’s true state of being which has both masculine and feminine aspects. Industry didn’t realize the gift that nature bestowed nor did it realize natures time or hours. Nature, initially in Industry’s eyes was assumed to be unpredictable and after their affair retreated yet again to what was familiar. Nature, assuming industry had no feeling or heart  attempted to give it one. I saw this object also as a comment on relationships and how the proper balance of give and take is essential to their success. The titles of he and she featured in the poem above are not meant to represent actual human beings, but rather certain aspects of masculine and feminine energies. Some females have a more masculine energy, while some males have a more feminine energy. While I have to admit that there are some aspects of nature that are harsh and could even be viewed as aggressive, many over the years have viewed Nature as a mother and so I (as a female) have chosen to describe Nature as such.  If you have any questions about this poem please feel free to comment as I am not purposefully trying to promote sexism of any kind. *NOTE: This literature is intended as a comment on our preconceived notions of one another, it is not meant as an actual representation. I was drawn to the idea of writing a poem with a 1940’s film noir aesthetic. It reminds me that we spend so much time focusing on what we think we are getting, that we often overlook what we receive. Stereotypes and timeworn notions of what we are capable of achieving or giving cloud our thinking, judgement and appreciation of each others contributions. What does this object remind you of?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORDINARY OBJECTS THAT LOOK LIKE THE BENDING OF SPACE AND TIME

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Marisa D. Aceves. Inter-spatial Plume. digital photography. 2015.

To view more of my work please visit acevesart.com

Fiery tongues bend toward the light. Vanity chases the outer limits of possibility, yet never succeeds in contemplating the mysteries of eternity. Dwelling in quiet pools of desperation, she can only gaze at countless reflections of herself.

Sorry folks, I’ve been quite ill this weekend so this is a real stretch for me, but I’ve succeeded in pushing my puny self to the computer to get this little ole’ post to you.  This is a new addition to the Reflections/Refractions Gallery on my website. Once more I found the source of my inspiration at a store our family likes to visit.  I felt this particular object reminded me of the bending of space and time or perhaps the inside of a wormhole. What does this object remind you of?

Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to live life creatively!