All posts filed under: Visual and Performing Arts

Havana Nights

Originally posted on Charlotte Fox:
always making new friends ūüėõ Happy New Year to all!! I went to Havana, Cuba with friends to ring in the New Year and I’m so happy I went! We had a really great group (very different from the solo travel I’ve done this year) but it’s always fun when you have a good crowd around you that’s enthusiastic about the same things as you. Havana was very inviting… we actually hired a driver for our stay which I definitely recommend doing. Ricardo made everything so simple and we kind of bonded with him. One night we realized one of our friends wasn’t actually in the car when we got to our next destination and our driver was so scared but we found her. haha. After that we joked with him about “counting all the chickens” when we got in the taxi. He was even nice enough to invite us over for New Year’s Eve celebrations with his family. Part of the celebration included teaching us dances and at the…

The Renaissances

Originally posted on NEORENAISSANCE MAN:
The Renaissance drenched the roots of a dull Feudal Europe with magic and let it blossom into the most beautiful¬†flower Earth¬†had ever seen. It was man’s Yellowstone, a colossal cultural explosion that stormed the lands for thousands of miles. It catapulted¬†art, science, literature, architecture, and philosophy far beyond their perceived boundaries. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael‚ÄĒthree dynamic polymaths whose aggregated effect on mankind boils every century‚ÄĒfought to be the most perfect¬†genius ever. Machiavelli and Thomas More resurrected Greek Thinkers, using their ideas to critique present governments. Intellectuals gradually composed modern science. Accounting was invented, and knowledge-based economics flourished. Brunelleschi‚ÄĒanother of the many polymaths‚ÄĒcreated his Duomo.¬†Columbus sailed West. Education poured into the masses. The Gutenberg Press started mass communication, AKA what I do. The Renaissance has stirred the world in every second of the last 600 years‚ÄĒespecially throughout 2016. Pictured at Kauai’s northern tip, I have really soaked up my 2016‚ÄĒliterally and figuratively. The Renaissance and I are in a serious relationship. A history major, I’m fascinated by the origins…

Willow Gathering: The Southern Retreat

A few days¬†ago, before the air became too cold and the wind to fast, we gathered in a garden for a¬†day-long Creative Retreat. ¬† I had the honor of co-hosting this beautiful Willow Gathering event¬†with my studio-mate, Julie Dodds (a super talented floral designer and travel enthusiast). Our vision for this retreat (and every other retreat or workshop we host) is to create an environment that is¬†restful and nourishing; full of nature, art, peace, and time to rejuvenate. Something intangible and transformative happens when you allow your mind a moment of space to create – and the freedom to try something new. ¬†With that quiet goal tucked in our minds, we spent the day learning new artistic kills,¬†lingering over a French-inspired handmade-dinner, and enjoying refreshing drinks and each other’s company as the light faded¬†over the garden and the warm bonfire took its place. ? During the afternoon Julie taught a workshop of floral arranging with a natural, modern aesthetic and I offered instruction in¬†watercolor painting; merging art and nature within monochromatic organic paintings. The comradery…

Art and Violence

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:
Could art influence people in such a way that they start shooting each other? Do we absorb the violence we see in movies and video games? Do we try to apply what we see in the real world? Interesting. It really is fascinating to see that some people believe that we can’t really discern what’s real from what’s not, that we don’t understand that the general convention of art is that it’s not true. As close as art and the real life are, we know art only mimics real life. And it does show for a reason. To transmit a message. Now that’s the closest to being true anyone who feels that violence in art instigates to violence will ever be. Art, in all its forms, has the ability to transmit a message to an audience. The better the art, the more receptive the audience. But most people are just missing the point. As long as you UNDERSTAND and ACKNOWLEDGE that any fictional universe (in a movie, a video game,…

I Have Trouble Staying in the Lines: 90’s Coloring Book for Adults

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
Hey guys, my birthday is coming up and you know what I want? World Peace. Just kidding! That will never happen. What I really want is this Color The 90s adult coloring book by Outrageous Katie. It says ‘Adult’, so don’t let anyone give you any shit about being in your 20s, 30s or 40s and coloring in a coloring book (50 years olds can suck it, your were in your 20s when this stuff was relevant). For those interested in this little piece of Nostalgic awesomeness, you can buy it on Amazon! That place has everything! Except my fathers love….Anywho! Check out the link here as well as a few pictures below to get a taste of what the book offers and to plan out your coloring adventure! I myself am going to color Tim Allen blue because I’d never seen a¬†blue Tim Allen before and quite frankly, I want to see one.

Forget the Rowboat, Son.

Originally posted on mailbox mermaid:
Today marks two very special occurrences for me–it’s my birthday, for one (I’m writing to you as a slightly older and wiser person, I guess!)¬†and,¬†more importantly, it’s also the fifteen-year anniversary of the first time I saw¬†Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Back then in 2001, it was my eighth birthday, and I lived and breathed lost cities: so, naturally, I was incredibly excited to see a Disney film that explored that very subject! And it¬†did not disappoint.¬† People always look at me strangely when I say that my favorite Disney movie is Atlantis, but seriously–what’s not to love? Its main character is an awkward cartographer/linguist (a total heartthrob to a young nerd like me), it’s set in a vaguely steampunk 1914, it has one of the most wonderfully diverse casts in animated movie history, and Leonard Nimoy plays the King of Atlantis. I was never really interested in the ubiquitous Disney Princess franchise as a child, but dang, if they had included the Atlantean queen¬†Kida in their lineup, I would have…

Malina Suliman | Artist

Malina Suliman derives from a traditional and conservative town, Kandahar, in Afghanistan. After¬†receiving threats regarding her¬†rebellious¬†street art she relocated to the Netherlands. Her work examines the burqa’s place in Afghan culture and other¬†struggles of her generation in Afghanistan.¬†Suliman is also the founder of the Kandahar Fine Arts Association (KFAA).

The official launch of @DoitfortheProcess!

On the heel of yesterday’s blog post, I am so excited to share this exciting news with you today! I am thrilled announce the launch of the new Do It For The Process Instagram account! ¬†HOORAY!!!!! The #DoItForTheProcess hashtag has taken on a life of it’s own and has become a great place for artists and makers to showcase their work, and now, we’re taking it to a whole new level! ? In this new Instagram account, I’ll be featuring many of the artist I admire each, talking about their process, their inspiration, sharing stunning photos of their work, and generally bragging on them. ¬† ¬†It’s going to be amazing! ¬† This is day 4 of this account’s life, so we are going to be growing and nurturing it together and I would LOVE your support! ¬†Please feel free to share this good news in whatever way you wish. ¬†TY! ? When I began this blog YEARS and years ago, my goal was to share the work of people that I admire. ¬†I LOVE supporting…