Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Consciousness Series: Fluidity


I've fallen a little behind on my art schedule and I know I've been MIA, but life is busy. I found a Wizard of Oz puzzle on Amazon, as a lightning deal and I couldn't pass it up. It sat on my desk in the box for about a week, until I popped it open. It's a 1,000 piece puzzle, but I figured it wouldn't take me more than two days to complete. I was WRONG. 

That shit took me almost a week, but it was well worth it!


I hung it right above my computer, so I can glance up at it and be reminded that life is a lot like a puzzle, in the sense that you have to find the perfect piece to become one step closer to happiness. The funny thing is how frustrating that might feel, even when you're trying really hard to succeed. The pieces are literally hiding in plain sight, but the more you connect, the farther you'll ascend down your yellow brick road :) You have to be aware that everything will fall into place if you're making moves. 

So because this took me about a week to do, I fell off track with my art schedule. I'm expected to complete my newest piece (psychedelic, alien vibes) by June 3rd, but I've only outlined it. 

You know what's been keeping me really entertained while drawing? Podcasts! My coworker Janine finally persuaded me to listen to S Town and I was hooked. Rabbits was the second podcast that I caught up on and I'm about to start listening to Tanis. 

Rabbits is by far my favorite of the two. It's about a girl who begins searching for her best friend, who mysteriously disappears. The quest to find her missing friend leads the protagonist down a twisting rabbit hole. IT'S SO FUCKING GOOD! 

You can listen to it for free on iTunes under the podcast tab, or on their website. The story is only six episodes deep (each one being an hour long), so you can easily catch up. They post a new episode once every two weeks. 

Without further ado, here is Fluidity coming to life:


This photo (which happened to be the background on my phone for months), played a significant role in the inspiration behind the piece...

She's a Pisces and I'm an Aries, which I thought was ironic. 

Lastly, here's a cute little candid shot from the Fluidity photoshoot:


Much Love!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Consciousness Series: Highbiscus


Transitioning from my last piece to this one, felt so natural and effortless. DMT depicts Michelle within a dream, while this drawing takes a step back, embodying the two, while delineating how I conceive a tangible dream cloud might look. 

Prior to having the concept mapped out, I began brainstorming ideas, to capture my muse in a pose that would convey peacefulness and vulnerability. Furthermore; an elaboration on the tropical, psychedelic style was a huge driving force in the inspiration behind this piece. 

The butterfly represents the fusion of the two worlds, as it's flying out of the dream, through the hibiscus and onto her shoulder. It's a representation of myself. I'm learning to evolve 🐛, by chasing my dreams and creating the reality I want. After all, a dream is a wish your heart makes.



Prints available! (click here)



Next drawing up: Psychedelic, ocean themed!! 

Much Love

Friday, April 21, 2017

Essence

Life has been crazy lately. I haven't even had time to watch PLL yet! haha It's gotta be Aria and/or Wren...and I want to binge watch The Walking Dead too and catch up on the latest season. I stopped watching when Carol left that Medieval looking place and moved into the cabin on the outskirts of the village.

Tv has not been on my mind lately, as much as I would love to stop and watch my favorite shows. I can barely juggle what's on my plate right now, so frivolous activities were the first to go. Occasionally, I'll allow myself to watch a movie off this free website I use though. I love movies. The latest one being Beauty and the Beast. I thought it was aight. Has anyone seen the new Power Rangers movie? I want to watch that one next. If you're a movie fan, check out this guy's YouTube channel ---> Chris Stuckmann

Anyways, I've been trying to do so many things in my day-to-day life and it's been absolutely amazing. I'm awakening to the realization that you have to HUSTLE as an Entrepreneur. I now make a lengthy and organized to-do list every night, before I go to bed.

One of the most recent changes, is an adjustment to my work schedule, which will take affect in a few weeks. Instead of working three 8-hour shifts, I'm going to work five 6-hour shifts and come in later in the afternoon/early evening. As a section leader with an order to write, this will make my life so much easier and I'll be there more days to work back stock and all that exciting shit. I'm going to tryyyyyy and manage this new schedule of working 30 hours, in an attempt to hold onto my health insurance, but if I get burned out, I'll bump down to five 5-hour shifts instead. Realistically, there's about a 99% chance that's what I'm going to end up doing.

Here's a preview of the current drawing I'm working on:


Sorry for the awful photo quality. My phone case sucks and blurs my photos, which is why I have a new case on the way. I'm finally getting a wooden case! I've always wanted one :)

I'm scheduled to complete this piece on the 24th. I have so much more to do, as well as import the photos into iMovie and create another YouTube video! 

I've found it's super important to eat insanely clean when you're working nonstop, to keep your brain alert and focused. Well, actually all the time, but especially when you're working 60-80 hours a week. So what exactly do I do?

As an Entrepreneur, everything depicts the outcome of my life right now. So essentially, I consider everything productive (that contributes to my art career, health, mind) as work. As soon as I wake up, I jump on my trampoline for five minutes and get the blood and oxygen flowing. Than I make a smoothie and a green shot mixed with matcha green tea, before laying out in the sun. Than I juice, oil pull, do dishes, work out (I've been slacking and only going to the gym like 2-3x a week), draw/film, do photoshoots for social media, meal prep, chores and run errands (mainly to FedEx and the Post Office these days), shop on Amazon, make a protein shake, blog and I've been getting in a groove of stretching for an hour every night. I met a really cool (and fellow vegan) guy on Instagram who introduced me to Terrence McKenna, so I've been listening to his speeches while I stretch. His mind is fascinating. Plus he helps me zone out, as I'm falling deeper and deeper into the pain of each stretch, making it more bearable. 


I want to get to a point where this all just becomes effortless and natural. That's why I can't wait for the day when I no longer need another job to support myself financially, so I have 25-30 more hours a week to dedicate to myself. That'll be a chapter in my life I greatly look forward to. I just need to stay focused and give it time, because that day is on the horizon. Future Lifestyle/Travel Blogger and Artist here I mothafucking come!! 

Stay focused y'all...and if you're not focused enough, GET FOCUSED! Time is of the essence :)