The Fabulous Fauves

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." 
-  Pablo Picasso

Since I was little I always had a fascination with art. Painting was a favorite pastime of mine from a young age. I loved drawing, mixing colors, and overall being creative. Early on in elementary my pieces were featured in local fairs, and museums which made me so happy and accomplished! As the years passed, I lost some of my excitement for art.

Watching everyone succeed sometimes holds you back, and makes you question your talents. I never wanted to be an artist because I knew it was a tough field to be in and you could only take that on if you really had a passion for it! So I let it go for a while, and let the other young artists succeed.

Looking back at those years, letting go was hard for me. I always wanted to be creative and find new ways to express myself. I remember I went through periods where I would dig out my acrylics and drawing pads, and let my mind go wild. It always felt very easy to jump back into it.

Fast forward to now, and you have someone who has let go of her creative side for a long time. Being away from the art world feels like I'm starting from scratch, but not quite. In the Spring of '12 (freshman year of college), I finally jumped back into my happy place. I took an Art credit which ended up being a painting class. Getting all the new paints, and canvas made me really happy and excited to get back to where I was. 

My first few paintings were good, but not the best in my opinion. My first subject was an apple that my roommate had from dinner. It was a very simple gray scale painting. Somehow, a few paintings later, I was guided to paint from Matisse paintings. Henri Matisse was a French artist famous for his expressive colorful paintings. He is the reason why I am once again interested in Art.

The recreation of his work was quite fun for me to do. I loved using and blending all these colors! To my surprise at the end of the semester my professor asked me if I wanted to give my paintings up to be hung in the library. Of course, I said yes! So that's where they are now - hanging with the other student paintings in the library. This made me feel so accomplished and it was as if I never left my love for art behind.

Now, this past semester another event has reignited my love for Art. I had to take another required elective, but it could have been from any topic, yet I chose the Art of American History. Let me just just say that I have learned so much from that class, in terms of different genres and ways of analyzing art. It has also opened by eyes to how I see the world. I see influences of art movements everywhere I go, and now have a new found love for museums and galleries. My inspiration for the paintings in the previous class also popped up in the lessons, which made me love the Fauves movement even more.

So, knowing all this about me, you can imagine how excited I was when I found this book over the weekend, and my aunt's apartment which John and I stayed at. As I looked over it, my smile got bigger and heart melting. Yep, I really wish I owned a book like this. There is so much inspiration in it!

I really hope to keep at my creative aspirations and I will definitely share any new artistic interests I have.

Are any of you interested in Art? Do you paint, draw, design, or just plain read about it? 

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Magic, Love and Sunsets

Being away from blogging for so long is not something I'm proud of. It was more of a decision than careless preoccupation. Looking back now, blogging was pretty much my life and my "happy place", and without it something seemed off. I managed to replace this emptiness with Instagram, which was not as time-consuming, but I always felt like I lacked the space to be open and creative. 

Let me try to bring you up to date to where I am now...

In the past 6 months I have:
  • finished my second year in college, and what a year it has been! (main reason I decided to put off blogging - education comes first)
  • met a wonderful, sweet, caring guy named John, and have been dating almost 5 months now
  • been enjoying life more than ever. I have tried a variety of foods and visited a good amount of places in the Northeast
  • took a roadtrip to Miami with John for Spring Break (all the way from Connecticut! - 27hrs )
  • given Instagram lots of love (Link)
  • not purchased ANY makeup - dun dun dun! What a Shock! Haha
Now I am:
  • staying the Summer somewhere in Jersey for an Internship
  • traveling back and forth to spend weekends with John before he leaves to Spain for a month
  • living my first Summer in the Northeast (someone please take me to the beach!) 
  • spending too much time watching the sunsets from my river view 
  • watching non-stop Once Upon a Time (awesome show, watch it now!)
  • working on a few projects to keep me busy
  • excited to be back to the blogging world!!
As you can see there have been good times in my break from blogging, but I feel like way more will happen in the next 6 months as well! So for now, I leave you with that, and let my blogging adventures continue from here.

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How to Import RSS Subscriptions in Google Reader to Bloglovin'

Hi everyone! I will be back to blogging very soon. I'm trying to change a lot of things and start new projects, so once everything seems organized to me, I will be posting as regularly as I can. For now I wanted write this quick post.

Yesterday, Breanna from My Beautiful Crazy Life posted  a few instructions on how to import your Google Reader subscriptions to Bloglovin'. As some of you may know, Google Reader will stop working starting July 1st, so if that is your way of keeping up with my blog or any others, than I suggest you try this.

Once you have an account with them you can click the link below and click the button that will apear! This will give Bloglovin' permission to transfer the blogs you follow on to their site.

I hope to see all around very soon! 

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