Tag: creative inspiration

Starry Starry Night | New Painting

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Original Artwork by Angela DiGiovanni

It’s been awhile since I painted.  It seems to go in spurts.  Maybe I felt inspired again because I just cleaned up and organized my ‘studio’/office.  Of course now, my mind is flooded with inspiration – too much to ever really grab hold of and express.  It seems to be all of nothing, even by way of inspiration for me.

I don’t have a title for her yet – she was inspired by a photo I took and processed, and the song “Vincent”, namely the lyric:

“This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”

…Maybe that should be her title?

Here she is in black and white:

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Original Artwork by Angela DiGiovanni

It’s also been fun to digitally enhance her, which creates completely new and separate art:

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Original Art by Angela DiGiovanni

Here is the photo and lyric that inspired the tones and expression:

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Photography by Angela DiGiovanni

Starry, starry night.
Paint your palette blue and grey.
Look out on a summer’s day,
with eyes that know the darkness in my soul.
For they could not love you,
but still your love was true.
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you…

-Don McLean | Vincent (Starry Starry Night)

It’s a tragic and beautiful song – about Vincent Van Gogh, and how he was not understood by the ‘world’ until he died.  Listen to the song set to a video of his paintings:  Vincent by Don McLean

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Artist * Photographer * Writer * Dreamer

Artist, Photographer, Writer, Dreamer…

“You must do the thing, which you think you cannot do.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt

This post is for my fellow Flying Lessons, peeps.  I decided to make a little twist on Kelly’s art prompt for Week 1: Facing Our Fears, and I created these, instead:

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‘Tis true for me to be afraid of change, and to play small.  To hide, to be invisible, to camouflage myself into a crowd.  As if I’m safe in my invisibility.  But the truth is, I know that being invisible and anonymous is lonely.  As I socially withdraw, I dwell so much in my imagination which tends to send me down the rabbit hole.  So quick to be repelled by convention, I see myself as a rebellious outsider – never to be seen or understood by anyone.  But this leaves me feeling like something is profoundly wrong with me, and on a lifelong search for self.  I’m lonely, even when I’m close to people I love.

I just want to unfurl and find my significance.  Without children and being somewhat of a gypsy, I wonder what is the point.  I wonder what is my offering, and to whom?

As I take the time to indulge in creative endeavors, I feel my heart open up and my soul set free.  I don’t know why.  Sometimes I get so tired of words – so predictable and repetitive.  Drawing, painting, photographing and editing give expression to deeper parts of me.  When I sit down to paint, there is usually no agenda – because I’ve learned that my agenda is not of much value in this process.

I lay a background down, often with torn up pages of a dictionary, and like clouds in the sky, I start to see shapes and images of what I am commanded to paint.  And so, I do.  These are the pieces that seem to resonate with people most.  I’ve heard artists say things along these lines, that art is bigger than them.  Frankly, I used to think they were nuts.  But art is bigger than us.  Sometimes I feel a conduit of others emotions, if not just my own.

This art, that comes from the heart, is where I intend to dwell.  It’s where my fears tend to cease, because I know it is not my own.

I’ve always loved this quote by Marianne Williamson, that Kelly Rae Roberts posted:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous ? Actually, who are you not to be ? Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

And so, stepping out of the shadows will always be a quest for me.  I hope it will be yours, too.

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The Civil Wars | Dance Me To the End of Love

I fell in love with this video by The Civil Wars, called Dance Me to the End of Love, after viewing it today at the recommendation of an old friend.  I love it so and so I would love to share it with you here.  Could singing ever look more beautiful and soulful?

As for me, I’m trying to get comfortable with blogging again.  In my long hiatus I’ve been engaging in other artful mediums, such as photography, drawing, and painting – I’m sure I’ll be posting some things here.

After such a long break from writing, I’m feeling way rusty and a little too inward to share so much right now.  It’s funny, you start a blog and obviously know it is public, up for anyone to read, but then you start hearing people you know say they read your blog, and suddenly it becomes a little bit uncomfortable!  Ehhh.  I’m sure I’ll find my way back on a more regular basis again.

Thanks for reaching out and sending private messages.  I’m sorry I haven’t responded to every one of them.  It’s that complicated introvert in me…

Thanks for reading :-)

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Validation | Bound to Make You Smile

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My Nephew | Photo by Laura | Processing by Me With Lime Exposure Script in GIMP

This morning I ran across this short film called Validation, posted by Vivienne McMaster.  Normally once I had seen that it was 16 minutes long, I would have watched the first little bit to get the gist of it, and then stopped it. But this short film had me totally engaged and curious until the end.  Take a look – it’s bound to make you smile.

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First Vlog | Thank You Blog Friends!

And, um, and um, and um… yeah, consider it my mantra for this vlog ;-) Okay, it’s my first one and I’m dying over all of my ‘and um’s’!!! Also, about a minute into the video I’m not getting emotional, I’m just slightly choking after swallowing wrong. Yeah, it’s awesome. Hopefully in time I’ll get more graceful!

Needless to say, I so envy all the lovelies out there delivering beautiful vlogs.

One such is the lovely Denise Andrade, aka Boho Girl, who has been my main inspiration in creating my own blog and finding my way through vlogging. I’m grateful that she has shared her journey through infertility and been a source of strength and inspiration in my own infertility struggles.

Thank you so much for your support, blog friends.


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