Journey and Story Sharing Blog
“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” ― Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
My first short film titled This Is God: Moments of Beauty combines my spirituality and creative process to give voice to personal experiences of God. Consider the power of video editing: a tool for entwining spirituality and creative process for deeper personal expression of your journey.
My recent journeys in 3D have been an adventure, but I am seeing that it’s an adventure that’s just getting started. The most important lesson I have learned from 3D Journey: Expanding Our Creative Process is “Keep pushing the boundaries of your creative process.” As I encourage you, I encourage myself in the act of never settling for what’s comfortable and familiar. We can try new processes and materials. We can explore new artistic disciplines. In these acts, we expand our experience, and we give the world a chance to see something new: something unique- that no one has ever seen or experienced before.
With practice and patience, you can create beautiful paper flowers. The process involves creating delicate and intricate flowers out of paper, using various techniques such as folding, cutting, and gluing. As shown in the picture above, you can use embellishments to make your flowers look more fanciful and artistic.
“Plastic Menagerie” is a depiction of a variety of plastics mixed with underwater life. These plastics are depicted as negative impacts on climate change and agents of harm on our ecosystems. Despite the dangers of these plastics on climate change, “Plastic Menagerie” is teeming with life. Danger looms, but the message is, “It’s not too late.” “Plastic Menagerie” points to reusable options to slow climate change.
I made this relief painting to capture my memories of past silent nights. This required a journey back to my childhood. It required me to remember where it all happened and to imagine how it looked, felt, and influenced me. The tree, the star, and the songs are worked into this piece because they were the strongest memories of the beauty of my past Christmases. I am so glad I took this journey to the past. I have returned with peace, joy, and a sense of gratitude. How lucky I was to experience such joy. How lucky I am to recreate that joy through my “Epiphany Art” at Christmas. It lets me bring that joy into the present moment.
I made a sculpture titled “Outside the Box,” and it started with a small, wooden box. The pieces of curled paper that are spilling out of the box have words on them: misfit, outlier, dissenter, and deviant. They are words that express thoughts I had when I first considered “the outside.” I could have kept the box closed, folded all the simmering thoughts away, and locked the box tight. Instead, I let it open, and I let myself take a turn on my journey. I tried life outside of it.
I see hope in my life story. I can see the hope because I have kept an account of it: on papers with a pencil, upon canvases with a paintbrush, using torn papers, pastels, glitter and ink. “Dancing in the Doghouse” is my story of hope shared so others might see the hope, too.
This Painting is Titled “Portals to Peaceful, Quiet Spaces,” 2022
My paintings are my portals to peaceful, quiet spaces when I can’t even leave my home. I paint the water spigot and the door from under water in this endemic world. I once again recoil to my studio and manage my anxieties in this new liminal in-between.