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    A walkthrough of my artistic thinking process- and why you get to decide you’re an artist

    Title: A Home Alone

    A note from the artist, Lydia Bloodworth:

    An isolated shed made of scrap-metal out in rural North Carolina may sound like the last thing a person would feel inspired to take a picture of and render in a work of art, but that’s exactly what I did. There was something about the layers of colors, the mixture of textures, and the startling antithesis of something small and manmade with the grand natural landscape around it, that captured my imagination. The shed I transformed into a house, a collage of my own making, made of paper that people created from trees, to represent the human involvement in the creation of a house. I used watercolor, a material that blends and flows like a river or stream, for the grass, mountains, and trees, to represent the beauty of nature. Inspired by one of my favorite artists, David Hockney, I manipulated the colors of the whole piece to be brighter and more intense than those in the photograph. I am a big fan of purples, aquas, and greens, which I used to make the piece my own.

    As I have learned and grown as an artist, I have discovered compositional mistakes that I made, but still, I have decided to hang the piece in my room, right where I can see it. Why? To me, the piece is a daily reminder of what I am capable of making with my own two hands. I know I have a long way to go as an artist, but I am proud of what I have accomplished.

    One of the hardest parts of being an artist, is allowing yourself to accept the label of “artist.” We all have an inner critic in our head that is meant to help us become better, but often holds us back. If you, reading this, have ever felt a longing to create, I challenge you to give yourself permission to set aside your inner perfectionist, and just go for it. 

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    You Go, Kidjo!

    You Go, Kidjo!

    On March 23rd, 2018, I had the privilege of listening to Angelique Kidjo in concert at the BJCC. Upon hearing the first song, I was immediately impressed by Kidjo’s smooth, angelic voice, unlike any singing voice I had ever heard. Though she sang a few classics as well, a good majority of the songs were originals. Kidjo explained that back in her home country of Benin, she had received many comments that women should not perform. As a musician, Kidjo is inspired to defeat this traditional idea.
    In a Chicken Soup for the Soul article, Angelique commented on her song “Batonga”, explaining that she and her friends would say the made-up word “Batonga” whenever a group of boys would make fun of them for going to school. This would irritate the boys as they tried to figure out what the word meant. Kidjo explained in the article that she secretly defined the word as “Leave me alone. I can be whoever I want to be.” If I had to pick a favorite song of hers, “Batonga” would be it.
    Kidjo aims to inspire women around the world to achieve through learning, no matter what opposers say. She is not one to let anyone discourage her dreams. I wrote this Girlspring article in order to make Angelique Kidjo’s name more known. She is not only an incredibly talented artist, but an encouraging female role model as well. I hope that a girl might read my writing and discover a new “shero” for herself.

    Want to learn more about Ms. Kidjo? Check out her website here for details on her work, her music, and her performance schedule.

    The featured photo was taken by springboarder Lydia Bloodworth, and may not be used without her permission.