All My Bitches….or women, for you weenies.

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There are many people that would say that my hobby is to have hobbies and they are correct, well……for the most part.

Roughly 5 years ago, I started playing around with Photoshop and I was instantly hooked. I spent hours scouring YouTube for the newest trick that could be taught, such as miniaturizing your friends to be captive in a glass jar or making a photo look like a tornado was about to hit. Yes, I know, very useful stuff. Around the same time, I was given an incredible gift, a Nikon D200. This little device became an extension of my arm, and I would take pictures of everything and anything. Below, you can see a poster I designed for one of the Little Leagues. So, fast forward a year after that, which would roughly have been 3 years ago, and I dove into another hobby, painting. My mother is an amazing artist and I have always wanted to try it. So, I forged a new path and joined the thousands of people who discovered the love/hate relationship with oils.

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So, what does this have to do with a fashion blog?

Ummmm…….Everything.

All of this taken together is an art form in the process. It’s the making of my image, my persona, and my direction to where I want to lead my future, whether it’s designing clothes or making an awesome blog. (Well, I hope it’s awesome). It’s created a stronger eye to decipher my likes and dislikes and the knowledge to understand the reasons behind these decisions. See, that last part is the key. Sometimes, understanding why you are inclined to move in a certain direction can help you in your process of action, or more likely movement to the final goal. Yes, we all want to make and create objects of desire and fear the eyes of hate. However, who cares. This is the process. This is your time to learn and make mistakes. But you have to do something to make mistakes. Not just wish for success.

So back to my oil paintings and why I devoted this blog to them. Around April of this year a friend entered me into a contest called “Starving Artists.” Basically, works of art from each artist would be displayed online, and through social media, people could vote. I was terrified. Did I really want anyone to see this stuff? I thought, “What happens if I get last place or worse yet, no one even votes for me.” But guess what? Out of 30+ artists, I won first place. I didn’t win a large prize, but it kept me moving and believing. Yes, I know that you need to believe in yourself first, but sometimes, it helps to have others feel the same. So, my message is to take risks, accept failure, and forge the path that is true to you. My path may be convoluted but it’s working.

Below, are some of my oil paintings and a couple of sketches. I draw and paint mostly of women, hence the title. (Sorry if I offended anyone with my foul language, that’s also a process I’m working on).

Enjoy!!!!

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