Procrastinating?

Once in a while, a bit of wisdom flashes across my tired brain cells and I feel compelled to share:

Procrastinating is a verb. That means I am doing something, right?

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Who says procrastination means doing nothing? Procrastinate is a verb.

“Procrastinating” is the verb of the day. I should say, “was”. I procrastinated for about four hours. I checked all my email accounts, facebook, looked through my pics, ate bad food, did all the things necessary in putting off what I should be doing. What I should have been doing had nothing to do with art, btw. I should have been making two phone calls.

I finally got tired of clicking and noshing and decided to call the insurance company and the provider’s offices. Did I mention I don’t like making phone calls to offices? The first call greeted my ears with something that sounded like someone was strangling a bird. My apologies to other sensitive, visual thinkers. The second call had not only a call menu, but a few sub-menus. Yes, I said sub-menus. These are the reasons why I was procrastinating in the first place. This always happens when I call these people.

One thing I don’t procrastinate on is art. In fact art has become one of the things I do to procrastinate. It’s a way of producing something so I won’t feel so guilty for procrastinating.

Lately, I’ve been working on illustrations for a local author’s book. This is a first for me. I’ve made several attempts to fit this guy’s descriptions. I finally did a really good drawing and I’m waiting for him to get back to me. Despite a family crisis and not feeling well, along with the holidays happening, I’ve been able to produce several drawings. This is one of my failed attempts. Have a good day!

Conditional Equilibrium

Merriam-Webster defines equilibrium as a state where opposing forces or actions are balanced so that one is not stronger than the other, or a state of emotional balance or calmness. I was referring to both kinds of equilibrium when I created this. I added the word, “conditional”, because it looks good in the title. No other reason. Though if you think about it long enough, it makes sense when applied to “equilibrium”. Well, it does in my mind. But I’m an artist.COPY

See the two abstract faces at the bottom? One is facing the left, the other faces the right. One is happy and the other is sad. The four directions are above their heads. A careful look at this drawing will reveal a bird, my hand and other symbols, depending on your imagination. :D

Birds represent lots of things in symbology. That gives this abstract drawing balance. The faces are opposite. That gives it more balance. The right and left bluish borders I painted are not the same size, neither are the top and bottom borders. I feel that balances things out, even more. The extreme opposites of black and white are balanced out by the blue border. Hands in art symbolize mankind and human emotions. In some cultures, they are symbolic of the divine. The hand has five digits. I feel five is a very balanced number. A little research proves that it is very significant in some cultures. If I had the time I’d probably count the dots of paint on this thing to see if they added up to a multiple of five. Aint nobody got time for that! :D

My point: Balance doesn’t always look that way on the outside. Here is the link to where you may buy this on many products: link to conditional equilibrium

a.k.a., random stuff I’m putting out here, because I’m long overdue to post. :) Below these paragraphs is my latest work, “Adele’s Moon”. Of course, the title comes from Adele’s song, “Hello”. This is a moon with a vintage phone dial in it. Sometimes the only validation you get for what you’re going through is in a song. I miss my friend.’Nuff said.

On to more positive thoughts: I have a rose growing on the side of my house. This is November, right? I love seeing a fresh rose this late in the year. It’s the end of another year. I hope to get out one more blog post. I hope that one comes with a title. (I hope that year comes with a lot more, than just titles.) Speaking of titles, I have a hard time giving some of my works a title. I wish I could afford to hire someone to do that for me. Heck…I wish I were so good at creating titles, someone would pay me to do it. Though I think I did a good job naming this most recent work of mine. I could probably create great titles if there were money in it.

“Adele’s Moon” is available in my Mel Moongazer shop on society6, on a number of products. my Mel Moongazer shop

ttyl. :)

 

 

adeles moon

no boxes!

When I say no boxes, I mean I don’t like to be stereotyped, put in a category–a box. I don’t like stereotypes. To sell art you almost have to stereotype yourself, by branding yourself, creating your own style of work and being consistent in that, so you’ll be more appealing to the masses. I don’t feel I could be completely myself if I created the same types of art all the time.

I’m middle-aged. That means I’ve lived a long time and have had a lot of experiences. I feel all those experiences have shaped me, along with my artwork. I’ve been creating since I was a child. I never put my work out there for everyone to see until about four years ago. I’ve changed, since doing that. My work has changed with me. And most people who see my work will never see all of it.

Most of what I post on my Facebook art page (https://www.facebook.com/melzcrazyart) is positive and uplifting. Some people feel some of my recent pieces are disturbing, and that’s okay. (see previous WordPress post.) I didn’t feel they were disturbing. That’s okay, too. Life can be disturbing. Art reflects life. I like putting beauty into the world, but I also need to create from where I’m at. I can’t fake happiness when life presents some disturbing situations. Not all my artwork is going to be photos of flowers and pretty abstract designs.

That said, here are a couple of my recent paintings. I’ll make them available in my Redbubble, Zazzle, and Society6 stores on a number of products. :) Thanks to all who take the time to read my posts!

a mess of flesh and cowardice

liar: a mess of flesh and cowardice

at least someone's asleep

at least someone’s asleep