End of Month Update

Hello There!

First off, I know I've done pretty horrible at updating this blog, but I promise I will get better at this. With that said, QUITE a few things have happened since I last checked in. IM ENGAGED! I am proud to announce that the love of my life, my other half, finally proposed :-) We are beyond excited to start this new chapter of ours!

Im getting Married!! <3 

Im getting Married!! <3 

Any who, on to the next order of news. Ive been making progress on some pieces. I actually stopped by LIU a few days ago and found a little gem that got lost in the dark spaces of my old locker: Introducing, "Cecelia" (Working title)

She's smiling, but I'm sure she's pissed that I forgot about her!

She's smiling, but I'm sure she's pissed that I forgot about her!

Other pieces I'm working on include "At Mothers request", and "Inner Calm" (both working titles, no worries). You can check out the progress shots below. Ive been trying my hardest to give my art career a fighting chance. Ive even went so far as to quit a job that cut into my studio time. Im fully convinced that this will be the year that will rival all others. Stay on the lookout for updates and store/ portfolio additions within the upcoming weeks. As always, stay alive, my friends.

Musings and such

Last week Friday, I had a bright idea to visit Blick for some art supplies. Every time I do this, I end up spending money that I don't really have. Anyway, I picked up a few things: 1 12x12in board, paper, brush case, new pencils, etc. When I got home, I had every intention of creating something new. What happened instead, was better.

As I was looking at my new found materials (oh! The pretty paper!) I realized that I can do something better than create a random piece of art. I can create mini collages of scenes from memory! I am beyond excited to start sketching out details and the blueprints. Its been awhile since I've had this kind of instant inspiration. Another thing to note is that this idea falls perfectly in line with what Ive been writing in my artist statement. Believe it or not, those statements are REALLY hard to make. To narrow what you do to a single page is incredibly hard when you have an interest in practically everything. 

So wish me luck world, Im going after this idea as if it were my last one ever!

Still Searching

Lately, my world revolves around NYFA, Craigslist, Linked In and Indeed- nonstop. Ive been looking for a new, more suitable job for the past 2+ months now. I want to make art, but in order to do so, I need money, and in order to get money, I need a new job. Its a never-ending cycle. I really wish I could go back to the schedule I had over the summer. Working 6 days a week, steady flow of income. Its HIGHLY annoying when you know for a fact that you are more than qualified for the jobs you have and yet you get pushed aside for the fan favorite. Im usually not one to play the race card, but being a young black woman with a degree in art, I find that the art world doesn't cater to my person. 

What possible difference can you think of when, I have better skills, experiences, and references than that of someone who has no clue what they're doing? Sometimes I think I should've picked another career. But then I remind myself of why I do what I do. The answer is simply that I love art and I can't picture spending my life any other way.