SkillShare – And other sites. — Jupiter Art Online

As a practicing Artist, I’ve found quite difficult, like a fish out of water, to work without the guidance of my tutor/lecturers all of a sudden.Even though I’m only taking a a break whilst I’m pregnant, I wanted to keep my hand in, as it were, in my art. However, what do I do? What […]

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A few apps I find useful with my art practice, if you know anymore, don’t be afraid to comment!


Honor Your Process — Carve & Draw

I found this more than true for myself also. We all need to value our artistic process and understand that it’s all apart of the progress we’ll make over the years. It’s a good read, and something I might be keeping as a sense of motivation when I feel ‘stuck’.

Ever caught yourself repeatedly doing something but never really knowing why or lacking in some sort of verbal framework to explain it? I have. Earlier today I had a moment where I questioned something I find myself repeatedly doing without understanding exactly why I keep doing it. As I’m nearing the finish of my current […]

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Finding Yourself V.S Creating Yourself — Jay Colby

Colby’s interesting view on this subject has actually been very clarifying for me. It’s difficult when you feel lost and confused with life, where you’re going, and how the hell you’re going to get there. Do you find yourself,or create yourself? A mixture of both?
It’s all up to you, and your opinion really. It’s certainly an interesting concept to talk about.

For many years the concept of finding yourself versus creating yourself has been a topic of discussion. This concept comes from a famous quote by author George Bernard Shaw “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating you”. Finding Yourself Many times when the topic of finding yourself is usually referenced to a “young […]

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Tattoo Therapy: The Catharsis of Being Tattooed

I have tattoos. They remind me of the struggle I went through, not just to get here, but to have them, pay for them and have them mean something. They aren’t just mindless doodles on my body, they’re my life, etched into my skin. After the pain (sometimes agony), I look at them, my skin tingles and I remember. That is the reason I’m addicted to being tattooed, even though I’m terrified of injections and a complete wuss when it comes to pain.



Tattoos have a long history as an art form, with the oldest evidence of a tattooed body being dated at about 3,000 B.C. Despite its enduring presence, only a few short decades ago tattoos were considered to be reserved for a subculture of military and biking men. Now it’s made a return to the consciousness of popular culture, with about 36% of individuals aged 18-25 sporting the permanent art. This rise in popularity and deviation from tattoo culture’s traditional place in hypermasculine expression is partially the fault of the same factors that influence most millennial trends: social media and television. Television shows such as Miami Ink brought the beauty and attainability of tattoos to living rooms, and artists now have platforms with millions of followers to showcase their enviable work. But tattoos hurt, sometimes a lot, so why are so many individuals flocking to the needle drawn art form?


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We gather our past in clutter

Most definitely how I feel about my things. My clothes, especially, because I need that comfort. It’s difficult to let go, even when people are telling you that you have to, and you know they’re right. Teddies, clothes, broken trinkets, they will never be “useless” to me.

the red ant

I may have mentioned Marie Kondo and her magical tidy method a few times before.

‘ere’s the rub:

When you are young you mainly look forward.  You look to the future.  You are unstoppable; and “old” stuff like outmoded toys and too-small clothes get thrown out with delight as “holding you back”.  Sentimentality is a no-no, it’s “not modern” (it already wasn’t “modern” many generations back).

You can’t understand why old people “hoard” seemingly worthless stuff.  Why hold onto that chipped old cup?

As you grow, you come to realize that there is this memento from a moment you spent with your parents, maybe the last one, and the reason you are never throwing that trinket away, is because it triggers that memory every time you look at it.  Or the champagne glasses you used at your wedding – just two, for you and your spouse.  Throw them out?  Never!  …

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