Ash Wednesday! Top Ten Traits of Artists: What you gotta know if you wanna get with my friends.
1. We Notice the Details
We see things a little differently than the average person. We’re always looking at the aesthetic of things. It’s something we don’t know how to turn off. So be prepared for us to gaze longingly at a tree, because it arches perfectly to catch the sun’s rays. Something that may be insignificant to you is what draws us in and makes us look closer to find its beauty.
2. We’re prone to having a wandering eye.
Like I said, it’s not something we can turn off. We like pretty things, what can I say? It doesn’t mean we’re more inclined to cheat, because when we’re invested, we’re invested, but we can’t help but be drawn to a pretty face. Don’t worry, we still think you’re prettier.
3. We want to connect.We don’t only search for meaning in our work, but in our personal lives. We’re not interested in shallow relationships. We search for potential in every date we go on. Authenticity. We want someone who understands the heart of us.
4. We hold grudges.
Because our work requires us to plan and conceptualize our pieces in advance, we try to do the same with our communication. We’re certainly not immune to spontaneity or angry outbursts, but we do make a conscious effort to avoid them and mean what we say. If we have a partner who hurts us in a fit of anger, it can be hard to let go. Our first instinct is to take the scorn as the truth, even if later reconciliation reveals otherwise.
5. We set high standards for ourselves.
Sometimes this means you’ll have to assure us that the shading on our subject’s left shoulder isn’t too overstated, or that the blue we used isn’t “too blue.” Sometimes, on the other hand, this’ll seem less tedious as it spills into our love life. We love to care for our partners. Even if it’s over the top. There’s nothing we’d love more than to outshine your exes, their exes, and anyone you could hope to date in the future (kidding… mostly).
6. We aren’t clingy.
As much as we love to shower you with affection and have you pile into our laps for a shoulder rub and Walking Dead marathon after work, we won’t keep you from doing you. We love and value our alone time almost as much as we value time spent with others.
7. We’ll come over with paint stains.
Even when we think we’re being super tidy, we’ll manage to have spots of paint lurking somewhere on us or our clothes. We’ll even manage to find a smudge of paint in between our toes in the shower. It’s best that you accept it as we have, because this is your life now.
8. We’re the most considerate inconsiderate people ever.
While we may be holed up in the studio from time to time, running late for dinner dates will never go unexplained. Expect a weirdly precise timing text (explaining that varnish coat one will finish drying in 30 minutes and applying the second coat will take 2.5 minutes) and an apology when we get there that ends with us telling you why you are our favorite work of art. Picking up the check seems to help, too.
9. We have a weirdly high pain tolerance.
Growing up tinkering with everything means we’ve probably landed on painting after a considerable amount of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. I have my fair share of burns from trying (and failing) to use a metal contraption to complete a wood burned painting. Who knew something so small could heat up so fast, huh? Knowing what my flesh smells like at various stages of burning means I don’t freak out over a cut when cooking, if I say anything at all. It’s almost a seamless transition from cut, to sink, to bandaging. You can expect that almost harrowing robotic response from your painter partner in a similar situation.
10. We have a weird sense of humor.
Having such a vivid imagination definitely gives us an edge in our field, but it’s just another feature that we can’t turn off. Don’t be surprised when we laugh ourselves silly over hypotheticals that would never have crossed your mind. Or if we empty our bellies laughing over a simple story. It’s not simple to us. As soon as someone starts raving about a near-death experience with an Uber driver, we’re imagining it, almost too vividly, and painting in a few extra features that make it otherworldly to us.
Ash Wednesday: Quaranzine Edition.
Hey guys, and gals, or whatever y’all identify as these days, this week I wanted to take a moment, or I guess a blog post to highlight some of my creative friend’s quarantine projects they have slowly been coming in so I am sure i'll be doing another segment in the upcoming future, but yea so here we go! With all the insaneness and crazy that's going on in the world I thought there is a ton of artist’s content that is getting swept under the radar. So let's go!
Lexi Spino, Artist, Poet, Over all Badass
Sometimes we have expectations
That will never get met
Acceptance is a bitch
Denial one of her best friends
And alongside them
Watching from another realm
Is the mother of fairy tales
Sometimes she crosses
and sprinkles a bit of that
golden daze into days
flowing into nights
But sometimes she
just waits to make sure
the others know where
the line is
and that line is also a bitch
who sits in your head eating
away at the back of it
putting in the darkness
that consumes the acceptance
Until it just turns into denial
of the wants and needs
and leaves the reality of it all
How do you move on from trauma
when half of your trauma
is attached to you for life.
How do you accept the bad and leave it
when there was something so beautiful
created from i
There's a special bond regardless
when kids are involved and that can never
be ripped or cut away.
But the toxicity. The abuse.
The anger. The depression.
Still remains there as well.
The regrets. The pain.
The hatred. The sorrow.
can never be severed.
How does one heal,
when it is constantly coming back around?
How does anyone love
or be loved
When it isn't just baggage
but a whole airplane
constantly in flames
yet still in flight.
Artimes Prime, Philly Musician.
Artimës Prime is a Hip Hop artist from the Philadelphia area. At 29 years of age, he has become a staple in Philadelphia’s underground music scene. Opening up for the likes of Michael Wavves, Beanie Sigel, Wiz Khalifa, and Snoop Dog; Prime brings a unique blend of power and consciousness into his music. His powerful tone mixed with his deep lyrics take the listener on a journey unlike any other. Known as the Boom Bap King, Artimës Prime likes to use 90s and early 00’s influences for his music, and with him performing at events like SXSW, it doesn’t look like he will slow down anytime soon. He is definitely about the pure craft of Hip Hop.
BLUR, Street Artist. Designer
BLUR, is a Philadelphia/ Massachusetts based street artist that has been slowly creeping into the art scene for the past few years, It has been amazing to see how much their talent has been taken to the streets literally. BLUR is available for custom commission pieces, as well as murals. Check out their Merch too! Available at http://www.blurstreetart.co
Lea Herpich- Poet. Thank you to this awesome submission Lea! I am all about your style and writing. I am sure you are all about cottage core like I am!
Really bad poetry
How did I get here?
How do I get back
I’m walking on paths I’ve never seen
I don’t know where I am but I have no
The sun, the voice of comfort drying my tears
I am where there used to be a swing
Hung by a tree
You are always with me,
when you greet me again in the shape of the wind
You are all always with me
when I want to close my eyes,
because I fear my heart will break
Poem for Jessie
So far but yet so close
No matter when
No matter where
Your kindness shines so bright I can see it from here
You are always there
No matter when
No matter where
So far but yet so close
Scraps of the “Collective Poem”
“The sky a pale blue
the flowers bloom for you
Rusty soul and rusty bones that keep stumbling
“We are spread across the world, but connected
by the golden lace ribbon of magic, friendship
(Inspired by Florence Welch´s “Collective Poem” Project, written by Ariel, Agathe, Beth, Belle, Danielle, Emma, Lea, Margaret, Tessa, Jessie, Natalie and Steffi aka “The SAXY WITCHES” at one point during quarantine)
Vincent Peter Leary, Artist, Musician, Sound Engineer
Vince, is a multifaceted individual for sure, with being the face of several small indie, and various metal music projects, its easy to say that this guy has some pure talent. Recently choosing to focus on art, Vince’s style can be described as modern impressionism. With inspiration driving from Henri Mattissue, his large scale colorful pieces are sure to catch the eyes of future up and coming artists in the Bucks County, Philly art scene. It’s a nice break from the over saturation of watercolor artists there are, that is for sure!
Ash Wednesday! Cut my life into pieces, this is my last glue stick: Why art integration is still important to curriculums in America.
I don’t have kids of my own, but I do want them still one day. What I do have instead is I have taught, and cared for over hundreds of kids over the past ten plus years. I also got myself a fucking expensive ass degree in art education from West Chester, a whole lot of hubbub to fuck around with popsicles and summon some glitter demons. But yeah, I have an art education degree, and if anyone knows me is that I incorporate art into pretty much every damn thing I can. That even includes when I am teaching, especially when I am teaching. We all know that Art and Music are the first subjects to get cut from funding…. I am not gonna even go into the logistics but I have bought a hella lot of art supplies our of my own pocket just to ensure a child has a good experience with art.
There is no better way in my personal opinion, than to utilize some paper and pencil and just get out all of that creative juju that has been cultivating throughout the day. I often will either use step by step instructions, or when I am working with smaller artists or very drunk adults I'll buy a variety of materials to see who and what come up with what. My money is on the really quiet kids, they always come up with the best stuff. I just did a lesson on Frida Kahlo the other day, we made her face and body out of a toilet paper roll. In this day and age toilet paper rolls are still a hot commodity is it not? Needless to say she came out like a boss! My pinterest be ill. I am actually teaching a few lessons on ceramics, and drawing online. It's difficult to say the least. I am not really a fan and I miss the studio a freak ton, but I am trying to be adaptable, and keep it high vibe.
So yea, here is some cool stuff that I have learned being an art teacher for the past 11D7 years:
Not really my longest blog entry, but I have been kinda busy working on aiding in some activism projects as of late that have been taking up most of my free time. So next week will be longer I promise. Also if anyone would want to be apart of an online anthology: “Quaranzine” holla at me! firstname.lastname@example.org. Catch ya later[,] haters.