Saturday, November 27, 2021

Photo Collage Therapy

Some of you may have noticed that I'm not the kind of person who sticks to one art form or expression of creativity.  My muse seems to be quite fickle and I always want to try and learn new things.  I really wish I would remember this more often when it comes to investing in art supplies.  Then again, I never know what I will need!

However, my latest creative projects have not involved any art supplies at all.  They are completely digital photo collages I am making from royalty free stock photos.  They grew from my ongoing obsession with making memes for my I Believe In Art Facebook Pages and for other projects I am collaborating on with others.  At first I was just combining other people's quotes with other people's images but then I found myself combining and layering those images and adding my own words.

This has become my art therapy, which was especially therapeutic for me this last week during the Thanksgiving holiday, which I chose not to celebrate.

The images that I made (below) may seem sad and lonely but they are really just an acknowledgement and an acceptance of the space that exists between me and certain other people in my life; some people can only love us from afar and vice versa and that's okay.  It doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them or with me.  It just is what it is and accepting it allows me to devote energy to myself and to those who are closer to me or to whoever or whatever most needs it.

I have some more images in the works that I plan to share soon.  Though mostly I am doing these for my own catharsis and enjoyment, I hope they can bring comfort and encouragement to others as well.  Feel free to share them with your circle but I hope you will credit me, Victoria Lynn Hall, and provide a link to this page or blog as well. I've listed the sources and linked to the photographs I used below each collage.

Here's my 2 Thanksgiving therapy images:



She stopped making all the effort and the ones who made her feel invisible disappeared
- Victoria Lynn Hall


Photo sources:
Red Fox - Isselee - Dreamstime


Of course they mean it when they say, "I miss you".  They just don't mean it enough.
- Victoria Lynn Hall

Photo sources:

Until next time,

Victoria


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Art Now, Housework Later

I love this quote by Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs, (from Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype):

“I've seen women insist on cleaning everything in the house before they could sit down to write... and you know it's a funny thing about housecleaning... it never comes to an end. Perfect way to stop a woman. A woman must be careful to not allow over-responsibility (or over-respectabilty) to steal her necessary creative rests, riffs, and raptures. She simply must put her foot down and say no to half of what she believes she "should" be doing. Art is not meant to be created in stolen moments only.”

This is exactly why my philosophy is Art Now, Housework Later!


Monday, October 25, 2021

Be Your Own Kind Of Artist

Some artists paint or draw every day, some artists paint or draw only when they really want to or need to or can find the time, some artists sell their art, some artists just make art for their own enjoyment and healing, some artists share their work on social media, some artists only share their work with people close to them, some artists went to art school, some artists taught themselves how to make art... There is no right or wrong way to be an artist, there is only your way. Define that for yourself and Be Your Own Kind Of Artist.



Saturday, October 23, 2021

{Quote} The Troublesome Parts of Our Work

 Struggle leads to breakthrough.  Keep Going.



"The troublesome parts of our work, the parts that are most baffling and frustrating, are in fact the growing edges. We see these opportunities the instant we drop our preconceptions and our self-importance." 

Stephen Nachmanovitch

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mermaid Muse Coloring Pages (Free Printables)


Hello creative geniuses!

I'm temporarily bringing this blog out of archived status during the corona virus crisis to provide you with access to these free (for personal use only) coloring pages of my mermaid muses for yourself or your kids or anyone who could use a fun, inspiring activity to occupy your time right now.  You can click here to view, download and print any and all of these pages.

For those of you who haven't met them yet, and for some added inspiration, I will now introduce you to these four delightful mermaid muses and provide some coloring tips.

The Imagine Mermaid Muse


Imagine Mermaid is a muse that reminds you to imagine all the possibilities life has to offer, such as peace, love, art and many, many more.  Tip for coloring: use some fine tipped pens, markers or sharp colored pencils to draw patterns or write words in the sections of her tail to add extra detail! 

The Create Mermaid Muse



Create Mermaid is a muse that inspires us to use our creativity to add color and joy to our lives and the lives of others.  Tip for coloring: You could use the same color for the tip of her paintbrush and the C in create so it looks like she helped you out on that part, just as you are helping to bring her to life with color!

The Dream Mermaid Muse


The dreamy Dream-Mer Mermaid is a muse that reminds us that being awake is no reason to stop dreaming. Tip for coloring: try a gradient effect on her tail by gradually increasing the pressure you use while coloring it with the same crayon or pencil! You could also add a scale pattern with a black pen or marker.

The Relax Mermaid Muse


Relax Mermaid is a muse that reminds us of the importance of relaxation and self care.  Coloring tips: Get creative by choosing various colors or shading techniques for the bubbles and feel free to add more because you can never have too many bubbles!


And please share your finished coloring pages with me on the I Believe In Art Facebook Page.  Also, stay connected with me there for more art activities during this time.

I wish you all health and happiness now and always.

Peace, Love and Art,

Victoria

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I Believe In Artists: Kylie Ferriday

Artist Kylie Ferriday

I've never been to Australia but, through the magic of Instagram, I get to visit the lovely and creative home of my friend Corinna there almost every day (check it out for yourself @twolittledrakes). One day not that long ago, Corinna shared a photo featuring a gorgeous work of art in her home and introduced her followers to the artist, Kylie Ferriday.  

Clicking over to Kylie's account I was immediately taken by the colorful, cultural style of her art and her open, expressive personality.  I knew right away that she would provide an inspiring and insightful interview and I think you'll agree I was right (I love it when that happens)!  Enjoy!


MAYLEA, Watercolour and Pen on 300gsm arches paper by Kylie Ferriday


Question: I know art speaks its own language but if you had to describe your work in only six words, what would they be?

Kylie: A cultural, vibrant array of colour.


In Nature We Trust, Watercolour and pen 300gsm arches paper by Kylie Ferriday

Question: Who is your favorite artist (in any medium) and how do they inspire you?

Kylie: I love Frida Khalo- and it doesn’t have as much to do with the actual art she created, but everything to do with the strong, confident, determined artist and woman she was. Her deep thoughts and her unique individuality resonates with me. I could read about her all day long


ALLY, Watercolour, pen and collage on 300gsm arches paper by Kylie Ferriday


Question: What inspires you to create?

Kylie: Culture, colour, travel and nature are big ones for me. I notice everything, I take in textures, patterns and colours and ideas start to flow. I’ve always had a bit of a wild imagination too, so sometimes I imagine something and then I have to paint it. 


All I Am,  Watercolour and ink on 300gsm arches paper  by Kylie Ferriday

Question: What is your favorite part of your creative process?

Kylie: Seeing a thought turn into a work of art.


CHAPPY, Watercolour and pen 300gsm arches paper by Kylie Ferriday

Question: What is the most challenging part of your creative process and how do you meet that challenge?

Kylie: Sometimes as an artist you have periods of a “creative block”. This can be disheartening and quite confronting, especially when painting is your full time job. Over the years I have tried different techniques to break the block, some include painting with my opposite hand, change of scenery (for example, painting next to the ocean), meditation or doodling on paper without thought. A creative block is usually due to overthinking or feeling burnt out, for me anyway.


LULU, watercolour and pen on 300gsm arches paper by Kylie Ferriday

Question: And finally, what does "believing in art" mean to you?

Kylie: To me, believing in art means you’ll always be OK. Art saves people. Art is so much more than the finished piece we see on walls or in photos, Art is a spiritual journey and I’ll never ever take it for granted. 





Thank you Kylie for sharing your vibrant work and spirit with us.  

For more information on Kylie and to see more of and/or purchase prints of her work, visit her website at KylieFerridayArt.com and be sure to connect with her on Instagram and Facebook too!

Click here to find more artist interviews and learn how you can apply to be featured.  You can also connect with I Believe In Art on Instagram and Facebook.

Until next time, happy creating!

Peace, Love and Art,
Victoria

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