Saturday Stop Motion

Stop motion is easily one of my favorite forms of creativity. Anything is possible… everything is possible. We can take a dream, a nightmare, or just use pure imagination and bring it to life for all to see.

For instance, if you want to bring a wooden model to life, you certainly can do it!

Or…if you just want to make an animation about magic water, you can!

This art form is so fascinating to me. It brings objects to life, which changes my outlook on life. I often find myself looking at objects around my house or outside, wondering what they would be doing if they were able to live. This has inspired me to try my first stop motion film! I had a blast thinking up ideas for this, so maybe you will enjoy it. There will certainly be more to come.

Thanks everyone for reading. Love you guys.

Beautiful and Deadly

Jellyfish are probably the most interesting of the sea creatures in my opinion. I’ve always been extremely fascinated by their mystic shape, their odd abilities, and their beautiful presence. It is amazing to me that something so deadly can be so amazing at the same time. They truly are mysterious.

Due to my fondness of them, I’ve been meaning to incorporate them into my art somehow. Recently, a friend of mine introduced me to illustration. I viewed several other people’s illustrations and decided to give it a try. This is the first time I’ve ever tried this style so it certainly can’t be compared with some of the greatest, but hopefully I’ll have the time to keep practicing this style because it is actually really fun to do. I love how creative and free it allows me to be.

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Let me know what you guys think, and if I should continue with the abstract(ish)/illustration(ish) style!

And on one more note, if you’re into humor, check out this jellyfish video that is quite informative.

 

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Music Suggestion Day 4

Alright, I’m officially in the Christmas Spirit. Four more days, just four more days…

I’ll be done with classes for the semester, and I’ll be in the snowy state of Pennsylvania, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Anyways, on days like this I enjoy listening to some good ole’ Christmas music to brighten my mood. This video was actually sent to me via FaceBook by a friend of mine that has a “slight” obsession with Darren Criss. And I don’t really mean slight at all, it’s a pretty big obsession. This video is pretty amazing though, so I hope you enjoy it.

And if you don’t happen to celebrate Christmas, well, just enjoy yourselves anyways. Enjoy this time of the year any way you can.

As always, here’s a bit of art to enjoy while listening to the music. This is a pretty simple sketch I did a while back, but I like how it turned out. Let me know what you think.

Have a great day, everyone!

Touching hands

Music Suggestion Day 3

Today is one of those calm and relaxed study days. On days like this, I really enjoy kicking back and listening to good chill music. This is the perfect song. It’s by a band called Early Americans. They are a new band just starting out and they are absolutely amazing. Give it a listen, hope you enjoy it, and I hope you have a fantastic day.

While you are listening, here is a bit of art to enjoy as well. This is a piece I did over the summer at the beach. My friend and I found a decayed horseshoe crab shell, cleaned it (which took about a week), then I painted it.

Lighthouse horseshoe crab

I dream of flying away from here

Dandelion“Blow on the dandelion and make a wish!” This is something I always heard growing up. Every time, I made a wish, but wondered who was listening to me. What happens to those wishes? Where do they go?

I like to think of them turning into birds and flying their separate ways. Beautiful, colorful birds, full of song. Each bird carries your wish and sets out to fulfill that wish for you. They fly and fly, touching other people with their beauty, until one day your wishes come true.

This is what I imagined while creating this piece of art, hopefully you’re able to interpret this in your own special way. What do you see?

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

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Is art related to acts of kindness?

Is art related to acts of kindness?

Over the years I’ve realized that there is a link between art and kindness. Yes, I said kindness. To produce good art, you are required to possess three main attributes.
1) Patience
2) Compassion
3) Willingness to produce the best outcome

I believe these three things also help in real-life situations, in which random acts of kindness are generally conceived. This may seem silly right now, I know, but keep reading…
Here’s my story.

I currently work at a smoothie cafe on a college campus, where we sell overpriced smoothies and flatbreads. Our main population of customers consists of sorority girls and soccer moms, so my days at work are fairly typical. Yesterday has been the only exception. See, we had this man come in, who looked like your typical fraternity guy at first, so I was preparing myself for the usual, “Ummmm, I would like a buffalo chicken wrap, extra buffalo sauce.” Boy, was I wrong…by a long shot. As soon as he approached the counter, I noticed something was different about him. There was a kind look in his eyes, a smile that seemed to never rub off his face, but a physical and mental disability was quite obvious. He had a severe limp, and he could barely speak. He is suffering from cerebral palsy. He attempted to order his favorite smoothie, but didn’t know how to say it. “Man-Man-Mango and Pea-Peac-Peaches.” I hear a snicker in the line behind him, it is a girl old enough to act mature in situations such as this. The boy with cerebral palsy turned red with embarassment, and the smile disappeared. He looked at me as I rang up his order, “Alright, mango and peaches, that will be 5 dollars sir.” I tried my best to keep my composure, overwhelmed by emotions such as anger and helplessness. I felt angry toward the girl, snickering at a condition that can’t be helped, that he has been fighting his entire life. I felt helpless for him. The boy handed me four dollars. “Sir, do you happen to have one more dollar? Your total is five dollars.” The boy checked every pocket, and turned red again as he said, “N-No, just f-f-four.” That is when my manager, who had listened in on the order, walked up from behind me. “Today is your lucky day, sir. We are having a special sale on mango and peach smoothies. For one more hour, they will be 50% off!” She nudged my elbow, gave me a smile and a wink, and snuck 2 dollars and 50 cents of her own money into the cash register. The boy regained his smile, nervously took his change, and said thank you.

It is interesting to me that such a small amount of money turned into such a large glimpse of hope and compassion for a human being in need. The boy, discouraged by the laughter of people behind him, regained his smile because of one simple act.

You see, this is why I relate art with kindness. Patience was the first step. Patience was required to understand the order, to allow him the time he needed. Compassion was the second step. The manager was compassionate enough to understand the situation, and help any way she could after what he endured. And a willingness to produce the best outcome was the final step. We were completely willing to give this boy an easy, memorable moment at a simple smoothie store, that hopefully helped him realize the fact that he is no different than everyone else, despite the hurtful snickers of immature girls.

Art is love, and love should be widespread.

What’s your story?