A few weeks back there was snow in my area upon awakening in the morning. It was so early I was surprised to see snow going on while the sun was blasting through and steadily rising. The moment triggered off an old memory of a blizzard we had around my former area when I was a kid. The whole thing made me remember a song I first heard in a mall parking lot on a day where someone related to me punched me in the face. I was still somewhat young, not yet even in middle school. That song also made me think of a friend that shares its name & a great conversation we once had.
I’m using the design for greeting cards.
Sometimes you have to make the best out of something bad.
This is the song:
What makes your blood run cold? Do songs sometimes remind you of a day?
This week’s Sleepy Sundays post was inspired by the neon lights and bright colors of the 1980’s. I’ve been doing research on 80’s dance clubs for an art/film project and it’s been spilling over into my designs. Truth be told, I always wanted a neon sign in my apartment like Selena Kyle.
Over the Easter weekend we were all over the place. On Saturday we visited some family in NY. What a glorious spring day it was! I managed to snap some photos of our trip and I have to say these are some of my favorite shots ever taken. Something about the day provided the most spectacular lighting.
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I’m sure you’ll see these incorporated into my artwork somehow soon.
The world depicted in this piece is that of another one of those fictional places in my mind. Yet somehow it started out as a photo of a very real place. It’s an older photo snap of a few winters ago. There was a parking lot filled with melting snow as the sun blasted it’s powerful light through the naked trees. I was so taken by the beauty of this moment, the visual stayed with me.
As the new year started, I knew I would be returning back to all of you. Thoughts began entering my mind as to how I’d create something magical for all of you after resting my writing and artist hands. Then I thought of something so profound my son stated last week.
“You can’t see a rainbow in the dark, Mom.”
You see, my son is only five years old and clearly did not understand the weight of what he was saying. The deep meaning behind such a simple statement managed to stun me for a moment. Think about it. To him, he was merely stating such a sentence in its simplest terms, very logic-based and to the point. However, if you look at this statement in a metaphoric sense, that is where the beauty begins.
You cannot possibly see anything positive when you’re hanging in darkness. You need light to be able to “see rainbows”.
It was that statement that helped inspire the artwork above and a theme I’d like to take throughout this new year.
I dedicate this first Sleepy Sundays post of 2015 to my son who continues to inspire me everyday.
What are some of your goals for 2015? Do you have a mantra for the new year?
Nature is stunning when you just stop to appreciate it. I’ve highlighted this statement quite a bit here. On my way out Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t help but admire the setting November sun blasting through the reddish-orange tree nearby. An event like this is better captured on video but, I was in a mad rush of errands and motherly duties. Somehow, even a still shot reminded me of those colorful fans you see in artsy little “hole-in-the-wall” shops that speckle and glitter up this lovely coast I call home.