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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. 

  • School

    Fun Ideas for a Spring Break Spent at Home

    Ideas For Spring Break

    Fun Ideas for a Spring Break Spent at Home

    It seems like everyone but you has plans for an amazing Spring Break vacation. Don’t let this get you down. You also have amazing Spring Break plans – regardless if you go anywhere.

    If you are stuck at home for Spring Break, this list is for you!

    Read

    All those books on your reading list that are sitting on your shelf collecting dusty are ready to be picked up. Grab the one you’ve been eyeing and go outside and read while soaking up some sun in the backyard. Or go to a local coffee shop, get your favorite pastry, and read.

    Binge Netflix

    There are so many shows on Netflix that have many seasons to keep you busy all week. My favorite shows to binge are Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order, Friends, That 70’s show, You, Gossip Girl and The Office. All of these shows are extremely addicting. Trust me, you will not get bored.

    Bake

    Bake cookies or a cake. If you don’t usually bake, learn! Baking is so much fun and you get to eat whatever you bake. Get creative and just experiment. Learn to bake in a new way, like making vegan or healthy chocolate chip cookies. There are so many recipes and fun ideas on Pinterest, so have fun looking them up and start baking!

    Redecorate/Organize

    I am sure your room could use a new look, I know mine could. Change up the way your bed is positioned in your room, or move your dresser next to the window. Change things up a bit. Or organize your drawers. I know it is easy for clothes to get jumbled up and it becomes frustrating trying to close drawers. So, dedicate a day to organizing, refolding your clothes or redo your closet.

    Exercise

    Go on a morning run or start a new exercise routine. Exercising can only improve your health, so try it out! Or maybe go on Youtube and learn how to do yoga or pilates. There are so many different workouts out there and Youtube is full of free ones.

    Treat Yourself

    Give yourself a spa day. Put on a face mask, prop up your feet and watch your favorite romance movie. Finally, paint your fingernails and toenails. It’s about time – since you have been slowly watching the polish chip the past few months.

    Start A Blog

    Finally, write that first blog post you have been putting off for months. You know have a whole week to design a blog and express yourself through writing. Be bold and make it your own!

    There are an endless amount of ideas to keep you occupied all spring break.

    If you find yourself bored, think of all the things you’d like to do during the school year that you never have time for and do them!

    Make the most of your week and relax. You deserve it!

  • Home Life

    Make Your Room Instantly Cozy!

    Make Your Room Instantly Cozy

    Make Your Room Instantly Cozy!

    Sometimes the smallest changes make the largest impact

     

    My Christmas lights above my dresser were pathetically hanging by one nail with half of the lights not shining at all. Which meant I had to use my overhead light that made the ambiance more like a gas station. My bookshelf was full of random items and was used for storage rather than books.

    My room felt miserable to be in. It was cluttered and disorganized.

    When I come home after a long day, I want to put on my pajamas and curl up in my blankets surrounded by warm lights that make me feel cozy and happy. My blank walls, broken lights, and junky bookshelf were not giving me the happy vibes I needed. When I finally had enough – I brainstormed on how to make my room somewhere I wanted to be.

    I started with my blank walls. I picked up a stack of photographs that had been sitting there for months waiting to be used and hung them. This instantly changed how my room felt. It felt less like an apartment and more like my sanctuary.

    Next, my bookshelf needed a major redo. I took the random items and placed them inside of an antique suitcase I had and grabbed my favorite books to place in my bookshelf. Cleaning up that bookshelf was such a small thing but it made a huge difference in my room. My room was already cleaner and less junky.

    Finally, to the Christmas lights.

    The lights definitely needed to be replaced. I drove to Hobby Lobby and bought a 3ft strand of Christmas lights. I hung them so that they were on the wall surrounding my entire room. The aesthetic of my room completely changed, and now gives me that warm and cozy feeling every bedroom needs.

    I lit my candle, which was perfectly placed on my bookshelf, full of books and wow it felt so much better! I was shocked at how different my room looked and felt. Now, I look forward to hanging out in my room and I love it so much. I get so excited to finally get home, jump in my comfy bed and lay under the yellow lights with a book in my hand and the smell of a candle burning.