Scaling Back

The Chronicles of Phoenix was my first official script and I didn’t know what I was doing. I “dove in head first” trying to learn as I went along. Honestly, the story was not flowing. I wasn’t feeling it.

I recently switched from writing in a structured format to a freewriting format. I feel like that works for me. Back to stage one.

On another hand, the other script that I was working on, I enjoy working on it. There is another story that I am freewriting and I enjoy working on that as well.

With The Chronicles of Phoenix, I tried to stretch the story and make it 100 pages. It wasn’t a 100-page script. This time I will try and not stretch it out and flow with the story.

The thing about working on projects is that it’s necessary to start on a small scale and take things in pieces.

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Pick One Thing and Stick To IT

Someone once said that it is wise to become a Master at one thing. That is hard for me because I love all things art and I dabble in all things art. It’s hard to settle down. Even in Film related areas, I can’t just pick one thing. Before I decide to settle down I would like to try one more thing: making my own film. I have been trying to buy a camera for the last couple of years. I even choose my computer because I wanted to film. Life, bills and more situations seem to get in the way of my goal.

When I finally get my camera, I would like to do some short film projects along with experimental videos. I want to play around with the aesthetics of filming and make something beautiful. It is another way for me to explore the ideas inside my head.

For me, my perfect medium is a way to effectively explore my ideas. I want the product to be something I am in Love with.

The one thing about my love of art is that it is so expensive. I have always been an extremely creative person but coming from a one-parent household and living pretty nomadically makes things hard. Hopefully one day I can find my medium and stick to it.

Let me know your thoughts and what medium works for you!

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Contrast (Black Girl ART)

This Piece was the first time (in a long time) I did not hold myself back. It is actually one of my favorite pieces. I allowed myself to be free to draw without criticism. The idea of this piece came from wanting to know what I would look like with dreadlocks. In my dream life, I pictured myself being a black woman who travels, has dreadlocks and someone who was just free. When I drew this picture, I was in a space where I felt free. It wasn’t the best time of my life but I it was pretty good; my hair was growing out, I had the freedom to go where I wanted to go and do what I wanted to do. I was content and me being in a place where I felt good boosted my creativity.  I did not have too many art supplies but, I made the best of the permanent markers and pencils I had.  For this piece, I wanted to make the hair opaque so having just permanent marker and pencils were good enough. The opacity of the hair with the details on the ends of the shape created hair I really like.  The picture very aesthetically pleasing and expresses the way I feel about my hair.  My hair is a beautiful shape and beautiful detail, from the curls that you see when it’s washed to the overall look of it.

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Reasons why Art has to have Purpose

As an artist, I dabble in many mediums of art (I.e. Drawing, Oil Pastels, Writing and Photography) and while I create artwork I am learning new things. I am a Kinesthetic learner so, learning through the process is natural.  Through the process of evolving, I have learned that there needs to be a purpose for the art. The Purpose is the foundation. It helps with the creative process. The purpose prompts the artist to restlessly push and mold the creation into the way that fits within the idea.  It makes the creator think differently and learn because what they are creating is new. The act of creating is bringing an idea from one dimension to another.

After it’s here, you tell the story.

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Psalm 13 Meditation

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Today’s picture is of Katoomba Valley. This picture is reminder that in Australia when I was abseiling  ( in the Katoomba Valley) that I didn’t let nothing hold me back. I had no fear what so ever because I had trust that I wasn’t going to fall and die.

Psalm 13 reminds me of my relationship with God. For now it seems like I am so unsure of myself and cautious to explore. I “wrestle with my thoughts” just like the psalmist does. I question if God actually hears me or what is really going on. I wonder about what I am suppose to do such as if I should just draw  or write but I keep restricting myself because it is not up to my standards or it isn’t awesome enough or I am just not feeling it. I trust God with many things but today I never noticed that God may want me to explore with my imagination a little bit more than what I am use too. I am usually very cautious when it comes to drawing and stick to drawing faces. I may trust God with a good portion of my life but it seems like I don’t let him take the wheel when it comes to something I love to do and that is create art. It seems like he is challenging me to go beyond my boundaries and unlock my potential. To me I always have to hear from God first and lately I have been questioning if I can actually hear his voice. I ask God about if I can hear from him and what am I suppose to do. I know he has given the reigns to me as far as freedom is concerned but I keep myself from doing many things. It might be a little easier if I wasn’t so much a perfectionist.

 

Now is the time to break out of the comfort zone as far as art is concerned. Even if I may not have anyone prophesying to me or God telling me directly to do so I should go and explore it.

 

One thing that I am trying to really explore is how to worship God through different mediums. I feel like photography is one way that I can praise God for all the beauty that is around us. Photography is the easiest. Writing can also be a form of worship but it can also be a form of meditation. I find that what I’m writing now is a meditation of a certain chapter and how it applies to my life.

 

Praise and Worship is basically taking the time out of our day to appreciate what God has done for us or what we know he will do for us and for who he is. So in any medium God can get the glory and we can do so in excellence.

 

So in the end I should trust God with whatever I do even in art. I don’t need to know which direction and I should explore. God didn’t call us to be cautious but he called us to be radical and think outside of the box. After all God thought outside of the box.