As I have talked about recently, I have been dealing with some pretty bad anxiety and depression and I have been using art to try to get out of this negative mindset. Still, my mind was getting in the way of expressing myself so I turned to music to help inspire me and calm my soul. And it's working. So far in April I am writing up a storm, well at least for me, editing, and painting. I am working on miniature painting of course, and I have finally started to teach myself how to oil paint. Below is my first ever kind of large scale oil painting entitled "Heartbeat". This is the first time in a long time as well that one of my paintings has been more personal, something literally from inside my soul. I'm not sure that it's finished but I am pretty pleased with it so far.
And I have one album to thank for helping to open me up, one artist that I have found some inspiration in lately and helped me get back to writing and painting again. Harry Style and his solo release from a couple years back. I randomly fell into some of his music on Youtube and something about his music touched me. I'm not as sad when I listen to his voice. Some of his songs just hit my heart and make me feel something. Now those who know me and my metal head ways might be shocked by this confession, but hey no one can predict what might inspire them. And I love Harry Styles' solo music, it's helping me during a dark time and I am so happy that I found it. Fun little fact too, we share the same birthday, though obviously he is a bit younger. Aquarius for the win! Plus he supports the LGBQT lifestyle so much that I am proud to support him right back. I know that he will never see or read this, but I am so thankful to have found his music even if I am way behind in discovering him.
What was the last artist or album that inspired you? That helped you at a time of need?
As the second month of 2019 gets underway, I am getting pretty focused on my writing and art. I have already written several short stories and am going to keep looking out for some more submission calls, but now it is time to focus on longer pieces. And most of those pieces are going to be in the fantasy genre! I actually just sent a short fantasy novella off to my editor and have a cover artist working on the cover as we speak, so I am hoping to have it out by March! I am now working on outlining a four book fantasy series that I am so excited to get out in the world! These will be novels and might be the biggest undertaking that I have ever had as an author. I am also working on the sequel to my romantic fantasy Quest for Redemption, Quest for Self! So I am going to be writing a lot about elves, dragons and more the rest of the year!
With my writing life centered around fantasy for the year, it got me thinking that maybe I can bring my art into that realm as well. So the rest of the year I think that most of my art is also going to focus on dragons, elves and fantasy. I might even combine both the writing and art for a fantasy based solo art show next year! I'm going to be pretty busy the rest of the year!
I am so happy that my first art show of the year is taking place this Saturday at the OT Circus Gallery Open House! I will have two brand new pieces there and there will also be tons of other artists there showing their work! As this is an open house, we will only be showing between 4:00-6:00 pm this Saturday the 26th! Both of my pieces will be on sale for only $20 each.
OT Circus Gallery is located at 709 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102.
You can get more info over on the Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/2333382293558468/
I just wanted to take a moment to tell all of my readers and fans that they mean the world to me and to wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope that each and everyone of you has had and continues to have a great season. Be careful out there and be safe. Have fun with your loved ones and enjoy this season!
The end of 2018 is already upon us! This year went by super fast for me. So much has happened both in my personal life and in my writing and art life. This is the time of year I like to look back at the year that was so that I can look forward to the year to come.
In my personal life I have started a new day job, working in accounting and now working five days a week. The schedule is working for me though and I am now using the stable schedule to become more organized. We moved this year. Talk about stressful. What made the move even more stressful was the reason for a quick move, my beloved little dog Eowyn was attacked by an aggressive dog with equally aggressive owners. Losing my sweet dog still weighs on my. I miss her so much and that is the low point for my year. I will never forget her or stop missing her. She was more than a dog to me, she was my baby and had been with me through so much. I hope she is eating all the food in doggie heaven.
On the art front, I am happy to say that I have taken part in three different group art shows this past year. That was a big challenge for me. I am unsure of showing my art and it took a lot of courage for me to actually submit to some shows. I am growing in my confidence and in my artistic voice. And hey, I even had a couple art sales this year!
Last but certainly not least, this has been an up and down year for writing for me. I am so proud to say that I released three solo books this year, A Whole New Life, The Discovery of A Lifetime, and Very Friendly Beasts! I am also thrilled to have had three horror short stories published in anthologies this year, It's Behind You, Doomsday, and I have a story in a new release scheduled for New Years Day, Evil Lurks. Not a bad year! Especially when I take into account that I have had a rough year actually sitting down and writing. My word count is no where near what it usually is, but I still kept writing or at least trying to write. I learned that I really love writing flash fiction and short stories. I am writing more horror and science fiction and that feels great! I got some stories not only written, but published, that I thought I would never finish. I managed to keep writing this blog pretty darn consistently. Overall I am pretty darn proud of the writing year that I had!
What will 2019 have in store? We shall see!
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I am excited to be taking part of yet another fun art show tomorrow night! This one is an 80s themed art show. The 80s for me remind me of my childhood and I think you can see that in my art. I am pretty proud of the Rainbow Brite piece I did. Want to see the finished piece? Come to the art show tomorrow night! (or you can find it on my social media). The show will take place at OT Circus Art Gallery here in Albuquerque, from 5-9 pm tomorrow 11/10! I hope to see you there!
For more info you can go the the FB event page here:
As I talked about last week, I am participating in a few different challenges this month and I thought I would share some of my favorite posts so far from Drawlloween and October Photo A Day. Up first some Drawlloween sketches followed by some photos from my photo challenge.
I know that I posted about this last week, but tomorrow night is the night! I will be part of the group Halloween art show at the OT Circus Gallery here in Albuquerque! I would love to see you there for support (I do get very nervous at these sorts of events and some friendly faces might do me some good) and hey maybe to even buy some art. There will be refreshments, beer, wine, candy and more. There is also an art raffle and of course many pieces for sale by local artists. Hope to see you there!
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 5 PM – 9 PM
Where: OT Circus
709 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
I am so excited for the upcoming Halloween art show that I will be a part of next Saturday, October 20! I have finally picked the pieces that will be for sale and one for the raffle taking place that night. I really hope to see some of my Albuquerque friends there. It would mean the world to me. You can get more info on the event page over on FB: www.facebook.com/events/997590657094584/
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