‘This year is different. It’s getting even difficult to write about things to inspire other readers. But maybe, in a way, that’s a good thing. We see comfort as a safe place, only it isn’t permanent, however, we choose to think that it is. It’s one of the things that hinder us from growing and striving for what we think is right. Personally, this year is going to be a turning point for a lot of ambitious souls. Living in a lie isn’t going to work if we really want to see some change in our lives, and more importantly, the world. Time is running out, and if you’re still wondering when will be the perfect time to come out of your shell, this is it. This year is a wake up call. It’s frightening and exciting all at once–to see what you are capable of amidst adversity. I’m rooting for you.’
Renztelle Miclat is an amateur artist from the Philippines. Though she has a career in finance, she has decided to pursue her passion for the arts. “What I love about traditional painting is that besides having to express what I truly feel about a certain thing, I am able to express my thoughts along with my paintings. That’s why for every painting, I compose a short inspirational essay to go along with it. Ever since I started three years ago, a lot of people messaged me online saying how they were able to connect with my art. I’m grateful that I get to do what I love to do, I am also able to inspire others to pursue their passion as well. Giving me this exposure would be a great help & platform for me to continue.
Above is a series of photos documenting a recent portrait study. . I thought it would be interesting to show what work and planning goes on before starting a full sized formal portrait. In this study I am working out the color placement and composition. if this does not work, then I would produce alternate studies to choose from.
At this stage I am not doing much detail. I did get feedback from the subject of this particular piece and they actually preferred the level of detail in the study as opposed to having the look of a more “worked” formal portrait. As with anything, you have to know when to quit and call it done.
I’ve known and exhibited in the same circles as Barbara since we met in 2006, in a writer’s group no less. Once things get back to some semblance of normalcy, Barbara and I will be co-exhibiting a show of water color dogs by her and acrylic cats by me. ~Matt Snyder
Pennsylvania artist, Barbara Hughes, lives and paints in the beautiful surroundings of the Lehigh Valley. Barbara graduated with a degree in art from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. and has continued her interest in figurative drawing and painting into her retirement years. She is a member of The Portrait Society of America and The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters. Her portfolio can be found at BarbaraHughesFineArt.com
Prasna is an IT professional by day and self-taught artist, traveler and blogger by choice. Through her blog https://art2peace.wordpress.com/ she tries to create her own small world by sharing all her adventures, random thoughts and her art.
Joy is 15 years old and lives in California. She has four pet rabbits, Douglas, Cupid, Nuts, and Chews, who inspire her to draw comics about them. What Joy loves most about drawing comics is that she can make people smile. In her spare time, Joy enjoys painting, dancing (in her bedroom where no one can see her), and playing guitar.
“Joy manages to bring a bit of joy (pun intended) into my life with her whimsical rabbit tales.”
“This photo might not be perfect – it was taken from the inside of a bus in movement – but it is meaningful: it is my last image of Porto, when I left the city last 16th March to return to Lisbon, my hometown, and spend this period of confinement. After a few months traveling around Germany and Poland, Ukraine and Romania, I returned to Portugal and decided to take some time in Porto. My idea was to discover the north of Portugal and Spain and collect info about Porto for a future ebook that I’m working on. In this photo there’s a beautiful sunset but what I appreciate the most is the cloud. It’s kind of enigmatic and, I believe, a great metaphor for these days.
Tiffany Arp-Daleo is an abstract artist working primarily in acrylics and mixed media. Tiffany paints intuitively and trusts her instincts to guide her creativity. Her paintings will catch your eye with bold contrasts, gobs of rich color, and layers of texture.
Themain influences in Tiffany’s artwork are music and life experience.When she isn’t painting, she likes to attend concerts, mingling with other artists and creatives in search of new inspiration. Something that must’ve been quite a challenge during our global pandemic, but her work is continuing to thrive.
Tiffany loves to explore all things creative; writing, drawing, painting, pyrography, jewelry making, working with polymer clay and ceramics. All her creations are original, derived from the heart, and born out of a need to consistently create and to explore possibilities.
As an artist, Susan M.L.Moore has worked in various mediums from color pencil, pen and ink, to oils and acrylics. She has had a one woman show at The New Hampshire Art Gallery in Manchester NH, shown in many local and distant venues, as well as having taught classes from K through 12 and evening adult classes.
She participated in a fund raiser in Roxbury NY which included examples from many well known artists including, Yoko Ono. Susan has donated pieces for good causes throughout the North East, and has sold pieces around the world, including Tibet.
Susan M.L. Moore is accepting commissions, as well as has a blog, omordah.com which has links to her pieces currently for sale at etsy.com/shop/omordah. These include prints of a painting in which the proceeds go to WIRES of Australia to help the animals impacted by the wildfires.
Aspasia S. Bissas is a writer and amateur photographer based in Toronto. She is the author of the dark fantasy novel Love Lies Bleeding. Her latest short story, Tooth & Claw, is available for free download. Find out more at https://aspasiasbissas.com/books.
I’ve been drawing break dancers as of late and I haven’t showcased any of my drawn art on our site here. So I present you with Sick. Sick is slang for awesome.
I am a huge fan of Hip Hop (especially old school ’70’s-90’s) I even tried some simple break dancing moves when I was 15 in 1985. The Move depicted below was pretty much akin to what I was able to do back then which was essentially nothing acrobatic. LOL
This series of drawings which I am showcasing on my site also features Graffiti Stylized Slang from the 70’s-90’s.
Matt Snyder can mostly be found creating and showcasing older art on Sundays, 6 Word Stories on Mondays, Food Photography/Recipes on Thursdays, a memoir on Fridays. Every day though, is devoted to both Art of all types & the Written Word at https://aprolificpotpourri.art/
*Van Gogh’s Last Words- ” The Sadness Will Last Forever”
Vincent Van Gogh spent the last three months of his life living in Auvers-Sur-Oise, outside Paris, France. Walking through the streets there, seeing the mundane things he transfigured with his canvas and brush, is like sharing a fragment of his life. In the few months he was there, he created 77 paintings, including The Church at Auvers, Portrait of Doctor Gachet, and Daubigny’s Garden. This tree, which resides in the courtyard of the Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived, likely wasn’t there when he was alive. But it’s the sort of tree that would have captured his imagination, and when I saw it I thought it also captured a bit of his spirit. Seeing the tree in the courtyard was like seeing one of Van Gogh’s paintings come to life, one he never had the chance to create. Auvers is infused with his memory, and nothing encapsulated his presence more than this tree in bloom, transformed for a brief moment in the place where Van Gogh walked for a while.
Aspasia S. Bissas is an amateur photographer and professional writer. She is the author of the dark fantasy novel Love Lies Bleeding. Her latest short story, Tooth & Claw, is available for free download. Find out more athttps://aspasiasbissas.com/books.