Art & Artists

It’s a beautiful day here!  Low 80s and sunny!  I got a great run in outside and came in for some yoga and moves on my ball.  Quitting the gym and streamlining my workouts was the best thing I’ve done in a long time.

After running amongst the plants, I came in and ate some.

Dressed with Vegan Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

Did you notice that salad collage picture?  That’s my idea of artwork. I made it using Lightroom 3.  Major thanks (again) to Kath’s post about how she created collages using Lightroom because I was able to create one, too.   I get excited about these things now.

Skylar made me some artwork, too.  I get more excited about her artwork than mine, though.

It’s a hummingbird using her handprint as the bird body.

Some day I’m sure she will love to know her hand was this size at age 4.

After I made my idea of artwork, and Skylar made hers, we snacked on some Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars

And if you’re still hungry, you can always make some Caramelized Cinnamon & Sugar Roasted Chickpea “Peanuts”

That’s the caramel that’s created in the cooking process.  Just wanting to eat that is perfectly okay.

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1. Did your parents save your childhood artwork?  Do you still have any of it?

My mom saved tons of what I made.  And I do have a couple boxes full of childhood art projects that are in storage in my garage.  I’ve moved them around the country with me for the last 15 years or so, and am glad I have.

2. Do you consider yourself an artist?  What is your artistic medium?

Artists do not just come in the form of people who can draw or paint.  To me, there is artistry in so many different realms and I think that everyone has artistic talents not confined to “pencil and paper” art.

People who are great cooks, writers, piano players, dancers, musicians, graphic designers, public speakers, yogis, actors, sculptors, photographers, athletes, seamstresses, and so many more mediums, are all great artists.

When one is very skilled at their craft, and does it well, whatever that craft may be, it is art.

For example, being a good public speaker is an art.  It may not be drawing or painting, but it is an art.  Try it and see how smooth you are in front of 200 people. To be smooth is an art.

Just as being able to be a great cook is an art.  Even if you don’t like the way someone prepares food for your own personal taste, being able to respect food, flavor combinations, and the skillful way in which they were combined to create a great dish is artistry at its finest.

One thing that I have loved about my blog is that it’s helped me develop skills I knew I had such as writing and cooking, but it has made me much better and more creative.  And by no means do I consider my writing or my recipes to be high forms of art or anything, but they are skills I am honing.

And my blog has also opened the door to photography, which I will be forever grateful!

There are so many ways to express ourselves!

What is your art?  How do you like to express yourself?

3. Any forms of artistry you wish you were better at or would like to learn?

I want to continue to grow as a cook, writer, photographer, yogi.

I want to become a better scuba diver and maybe learn underwater photography.

And I would love to be a Cirque du Soleil performer.  Not sure that will happen in this lifetime, but it sure would be fun!

47 comments on “Art & Artists”

  1. I love playing with oil pastels.. and I’m going to start painting again now that the weather is warm. There are lots of places on the Green Belt I can hide away with some art stuff and spend the day sketching, painting, what have you. ^_^


  3. Skylar’s bird is so cute! My Mom saved all our better stuff and I still like to look it over. My kids do, too! I also save some of Sarah & Noah’s better pieces so they have them later on in life. An artist I am not, though! I can’t even draw stick people right. LOL

  4. The only stuff I have saved from my childhood is what I picked out and kept hidden in my room. My parents were the opposite of hoarders when it came to my stuff! I can definitely understand that clutter is an issue, but seriously people ;)

    I don’t really consider myself an “artist” but I do stamped cross-stitching to relax. And I do have some things I have made that look beautiful from afar. Don’t look too close, no one needs to see where I messed up, as I tend to do because I zone out, lol.

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  6. What a cutie! I am just getting into crafts now! Painting parties are fun too with girlfriends. Grab some canvasses, paint, brushes and wine and your good to go!

  7. Nice, sounds like our weather! Like the photo art. :-) The chickpeas sound great, I still need to try those.

    1. Some of it, not all of it and my mom still has some.
    2. I guess, I used to be really artistic in high school and college taking lots of art classes with nude models. :-) I’m starting to get back into it mainly through photo editing and freelance graphics.
    3. Photo editing and video editing.

  8. My parents saved a lot of my artwork, and I saved a lot too. I use my old artwork from grade 7/8 as examples for art projects that I now give to my students :-)

  9. I don’t think my mom saved any of my artwork. I have definitely saved some of my boys’ artwork from when they were much younger and it is so fun to go back and look at it and to show them as well. They get a kick out of it, too! :-)

    I am a musical artist. I studied classical piano from the age of 4 through college and then studied private voice for 5 years in college and went on to pursue musical theater. I sang and performed in many different musicals and various shows. In fact, to this day, it is one of the great joys of my life. I absolutely love to sing.

  10. I love both your art work! I can’t wait to get lightroom tomorrow! I so want to stream line my uploads and prep work.

    I don’t really consider myself artistic, but when I get in the kitchen and create meals and treats, that’s where my artistic side comes out. My husband is a graphic artist and does some amazing work. I with I had his touch, but everyone has their own talent.

  11. My mom has “save boxes” in our basement that has artwork, writing, certificates, etc for me and my brothers from ages 0-18. I looked through them a couple of times, and it was definitely fun to see what I had made and written when I was 3 years old vs 10 years old and whatnot. There truly is so much of ourselves expressed in our art, whether drawing, writing, or whatever it might be.

    I do consider myself creative. I’ve always loved the arts & crafts sort of things and used to choose to watch Martha Stewart instead of Sesame Street when I was little (seriously). I love design, whether in fashion, colors, patterns, or interior design. I’m also SUCH a writer and always have been. I think there are so many outlets to express our creativity and that’s what makes each person’s expression so unique!

  12. aw so cute! I love Skylar’s art! My parents saved a bunch of my childhood stuff although I have no idea where it is now. I think its at their place. Would be fun to sit and go through sometime! Its funny cause my profession is actually a digital artist as I work in VFX…but I dont really consider it my art. I feel like my art is more personal and comes out through my cooking and just life in general. (sorry if that sounds cheesy..) I wish I were more of a writer though! That is a skill i wish I could tune into more. Have a wonderful day!

    (Did you ever receive my emails? my email account has been funky lately so wasnt sure..)

  13. The weather there sounds absolutely amazing!
    My mom has a drawer in her dresser with all my brother and my artwork!

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