~ Let your happiness take flight ~
~ Let your happiness take flight ~
“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” -Charles Horton Cooley
Hello, friends! I thought I’d stop by and let you know that I have been working diligently on a new art expansion plan that will be coming to fruition within the coming months.
As many of you may not know, between working in the Tampa, FL area as well as in Los Angeles, the vast majority of my artwork sales are generated from private commissions–either the individual has seen my work in galleries, private homes or on the side of very large buildings. 🙂 In addition to my current workflow, I now plan to create and offer affordable works on various online sites such as Fine Art America, Saatchi Art, etc. This is an exciting new phase for me as I can now create works that will be available to many more people. So I’m happy and excited to have you along for the ride! (I also intend to check in here and blog more frequently– I promise!)
I will continue to accept commissions, as always, so if you still have that wild idea you’d just love to have put on canvas or paper, contact me and let me know the specifics!
We’ll talk again soon!
My new friend, Margie. Feel free to take part in her adventures! 🙂
Thursday April 21
Before 9am I was on the bus to Firenze, an hour and 15 minute ride with views of the Tuscan countryside. Bellissimo! Once I arrived in Florence I made my way to the Duomo and bought a ticket to climb the campanile, which is also known as Giotto’s Bell Tower. It is 276 feet high and there are 414 steps, which are about 30 inches wide, and much more narrow as the staircase spirals. There is only one staircase, so visitors use it to ascend and descend, necessitating that you have to stand sideways at times to allow a group to go in the opposite direction. Thank goodness it was not July or August, or the heat would have been unbearable.
There were a few levels where you could stop and walk around, so I had a chance to catch my breath. It is a strenuous climb…
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“The reality is that artists have a gigantic hand in injecting the beauty and vitality we all enjoy in present day life. I wrote an article about this very subject: the role of the artist in society and how their creative impact is broad and deep.
“Without the beauty continually brought into being by the many players in the various genres of art, this world would be a dull soulless place. My personal role and responsibility as an artist is to not only create beautiful work that uplifts others, but to also actively support my fellow artists.
“Art is my job, my life and my love, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
~Ana Livingston, Fine Artist
Beautiful work! 😀
Every year the music festival features five street artists to adorn the ‘North West Walls’ with art. Curated by Arne Quinze, Pichi & Avo were invited to complete a colossal 360 mural on 7 large shipping containers. Check out the progression photos below along with a video documenting the process.
[Sources: Street Art News, pnkmist0138]
Pichi & Avo first hooked up in 2007, fleeing the egocentrism of graffiti and joining forces to give birth to single works. The duo begin in their hometown of Valencia, slowly branching out to the rest of Spain. Since then the duo have been showcasing their work across Europe and North America.
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Hello! I recently created a “Support-An-Artist” page on the crowd-funding website Patreon*, and I’m here to thank those who have already made pledges to me and my art! I appreciate you all SO much for having faith in my artistic goals!
Yes! I finished and have a very happy client! Here is his testimonial:
“Thank you so much. I love the artwork! My sisters are jealous and want to ship you to Ohio to do their houses. Thanks again, it’s just what I imagined!” – S.M.
And the final panels:
I’m back! Here are two shots from today’s progress. The first is my scene every morning. I love it. 😀
Well, the inevitable day arrived where I decided to make a change. I wasn’t happy with the grapefruit segments on Panel #2 (with the curling rind), so painted over them and began the detailing process anew. I think, all in all, it will end up looking more “correct”.
My day today was cut short so am hoping to spend a bit more time painting tomorrow.
I hope you all have an excellent (and quick!) Friday tomorrow so that we can all jump into our weekends. And again, thanks for your interest. It is appreciated. 😀
Here are two close-up shots of my progress. It was 84 degrees at my back today; the sun heats up the walls like a hotplate, and the paint dries almost on contact. Despite all, I love what I do! 😀
I’ll post more pictures tomorrow!
Today marks day 5 of my ongoing 2-panel mural here in Clearwater. With the hot spring weather firmly in place, it’s becoming a little more challenging. I am satisfied thus far on my progress and will be back at the walls around 6:30am tomorrow (gotta stay ahead of the sun!).
I appreciate your interest! 😀
Today I feel like things are finally coming together. I still have much more refinement to do on both panels, but that might have to wait a bit. It looks like the bad weather that has been sweeping through the midlands (my sympathies) is now due here. Consequently I might not be back to the walls until next week. We’ll see…
I hope you all are well and happy. When you have a moment, do check in and let me know how you’re treating life. 😀
Day 3 in the lovely Florida sun. It’s quite beautiful out as long as you can withstand the high temperature…in the direct sun..for hours. I happen to like it (as long as there’s a breeze,) so no complaints here.
I worked on the two whole grapefruit today; one each on the two panels.
I’ll probably be working on the grapefruit halves tomorrow. Lots of reshaping and defining to do with these. All in all, I’m just happy the blobs are starting to come to life!
COMING SOON: The “Grapefruit Mural” is a privately-commissioned exterior mural by Ana Livingston, Fine Artist in the city of Clearwater, Florida. It will be comprised of painted grapefruit on two entryway walls.
What can I say—my client LOVES grapefruit!
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on the 6th of March in 1475. In my opinion he is the epitome of the High Renaissance.
Thank you, sir, for your endless inspiration and contribution to our culture. You are missed but could never be forgotten.
Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in. I hope you’ve all been well and happy. 🙂
I’ve been a busy girl and one little project I just completed was creating a new website – www.analivingstonfineartist.com – for lil ol’ moi. I hope you can take a moment, browse and send me your feedback. I would appreciate it!
We’ll be talking more soon—here’s to each and every one of you having a wonderful weekend! (BIG wink to NFL fans).
I was pleasantly surprised to find that a splendid group of contemporary artists in Oswestry and the North Shropshire Borderlands, England (Inside Out Art Group), wrote an article about me and my murals (thank you!). The most heart-warming part of this gesture was the standing invitation they issued for me to come create beauty alongside them in their lovely town.
My answer in three short words: I would love to! Please drop in and see what these wonderful and creative folks are up to at http://insideoutart.co.uk/
Again, thank you John, et al. for your kind words and hopefully see you next summer!
I have collaborated on just two murals in this life and those were both on the west coast. Here’s a couple in-progress shots of my first project: a very large exterior mural in the Belltown District of downtown Seattle, Washington. The mural required four vertical stages of scaffolding, took two months to complete, and depicted various Seattle landmarks in a montage format with, well, flying coffee cups.
Though we enjoyed the mildness of the Pacific Northwest summer, our days were dedicated to bringing to life an enormous wall painting. There are many moments from those weeks still fondly etched in my memory.
Those were also exciting times as we were creating in the days of the thriving Grunge music scene. This was back when one could drop into a neighborhood club on any given night (after a day “at the wall”) and see the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains (I saw the latter at the historic Moore Theatre).
Designer coffee shops weren’t the rage as yet, but were just starting to sprout up (seemingly) on every third street corner. Yes, the flying coffee cups mural theme was whimsical at the time, but in retrospect, foretold the coming popularity of a new age of coffee shops and their proliferation across the American landscape. Hello, Starbucks.
As a bitter side note on the mural, a building has since been erected in the adjacent parking lot, effectively entombing our work for all time. I’m hoping those passersby who appreciated our mural while it still stood in the light of day continue to make their way by that site and smile, remembering simpler times.
I went to this website and found it absolutely mesmerizing. You have the ability to scroll 360 degrees “within” the Sistine Chapel, all the while being accompanied by beautiful chorale music playing in the background.
The artwork here is beyond incredible and is spiritually uplifting. Such splendor.
I hope you enjoy this experience as much as I did. Have a wonderful weekend and speak with you soon.
I have been an artist since I was old enough to pick up a stick and carve in the dirt. From there I took an even more active interest in art, and with my family’s support (and access to a small studio where I was allowed to paint a few times a week,) I finished my first framed oil on canvas at the age of 6.
Now, I would never say I was a prodigy. I simply had an unquenchable desire to create beauty wherever and whenever, and it was sometimes nothing more than taking a crude watercolor brush to butcher paper or weaving a daisy chain while sitting in a field. The fact remained that there was a creative flow within me that never ebbed.
To state that I was most happy when I was creating art is a fact and probably true with most artists. But within that fickle activity called life, circumstances, sometimes out of need or ignorance, can take one down a path into the mundane and complacent. And if anybody ever wanted to know how to extinguish artistic urge, it’s to submerge it in the day-to-day humdrum routine of the ordinary. Surefire killer.
That being said, it is of the utmost importance that an artist keep his head above water—vital, actually. The reality is that artists have a gigantic hand in injecting the beauty and vitality we all enjoy in present day life. I wrote an article about this very subject: the role of the artist in society and how their creative impact is broad and deep.
Without the beauty continually brought into being by the many players in the various genres of art, this world would be a dull, soulless place. My personal role and responsibility as an artist is to not only create beautiful work that uplifts others, but to actively support my fellow artists. Art is my job, my life and my love, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I want to thank the editor, Sally Heath, for publishing my article, and I hope it opens new avenues for many artists in this area.
Good morning, all! I hope you are enjoying your Sunday, as I am. I just wanted to stop in and give you an update on my mural-related activities.
I’m not a website designer by any stretch of the imagination, but just as I approach many things in life: “something is only unknown until you know it.” So, in wanting a more comprehensive representation of my mural on the web, it required me to quickly learn the basics. The result—www.clearwatermural.com—provides a chronological slideshow plus more information on the making of the “Clearwater Mural” here in sunny Clearwater, FL. I will add more informational tidbits and photos as the website grows.
As mentioned on the website as well as in this blog, painting the mural was a 45-day process—from the preliminary sketching to the final strokes of signing my name. The reason for this extended amount of time was the intense heat, humidity and sunshine during the summer months here in subtropical Florida.
The surface I used was the west-facing wall of Honka Automotive (1266 Court Street). This meant I had until around noon or 12:30pm each day before the sun crested the roofline and I would be in complete sunlight. At this point it was impossible to work, not just due to it being insufferable for the human body, but because the paint would literally dry on my brush.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, “An Article on Endurance“, there are many factors on exterior mural painting in extreme climates that most people would never consider. Just the sheer heat itself emanating from the wall is incredible; that coupled with the direct summer sunlight make it a furnace.
But these, quite simply, are nothing more than small, negative facets of the mural-painting game. The goal is to overcome them and create as close to your vision as possible. I feel I did this.
I had someone ask me yesterday if I learn things from my projects. Absolutely. Above all I gain a broader understanding of myself, aesthetics, and the human spirit. I acquire a deeper discernment of all the good in others, in myself, and how the beautiful effects we create in the world are reflected and magnified in others.
And what could be a grander lesson than that?
In the news with the Clearwater Mural I recently completed at Honka Automotive! If you’re in the area, stop by, chat with the friendly staff, and have a closer look at Clearwater’s newest exterior mural!
And now, the finished artwork:
I had an amazing time executing this mural! Many thanks go out to first, my son, Ian Phoenix (www.shadefyre.com), who created the design concept, and then to Randy Meyers (owner, Honka Automotive) and his crew, and last, but certainly not least: EVERYONE who has supported me with their love, well wishes and beautiful comments throughout this project.
…the artist signs her work:
Forty-five days later, and here I am: standing in front of my Clearwater Mural, which is now COMPLETE!
What an incredible experience this has been; two tropical storms, various other ups and downs…but my favorite times were always when folks went out of their way to stop by to thank me and let me know how the mural uplifts them. THIS is what makes it all worthwhile.
Clearwater and Tampa Bay: You are welcome!
We’re nearing home base on this mural project! I had a short morning at the wall, but was able to complete ALL touch-up of the wall surface, with the exclusion of the bottom left-hand shoreline corner, from the horizon line down to the blue base.
It feels good! 😀 In addition to all this, I started dropping in a few trees on the shoreline as well as tidying up some of the existing lines and colors.
I’m off tomorrow, but will be back Sunday with the plan to COMPLETE! This means finishing the vegetation as well as repainting the entire blue bottom of the wall (paint drips that have accumulated for 44 days). All this is possible if Tropical Storm Isaac bears far enough west.
I’ll be back to report on the project, come Sunday! Have an excellent weekend!
Though not obvious from a distance, the entire length of the mural perimeter edge needed touch-up. The two shots below give you an idea of what I’m talking about. Here I had to touch up the top edge using the gradient sunset colors, in addition to painting over any of the colors that made their way onto the white eaves.
I’ll leave you with a shot of the wall as it is now. Until tomorrow!
It’s Dolphin Day at the Clearwater Mural! Today marks the day that the Momma and baby dolphin are complete and free to frolic in the surf!
Here are shots of the Clearwater Mural dolphins, before and after:
There’s still some refinement that needs to be done; I got chased off my scaffolding today by the impending Tropical Storm Isaac (we are just now starting to get some of the rains).
I plan to be on the wall tomorrow. Please let me have 4 hours of dry weather…I have just a handful of items to finish before I am complete with the mural!
I started this playful little car late one day and left it as you see it in the top image. When I arrived at the wall the next morning, I took one look and decided it needed to change (but had not really defined “how”).
Well, I obviously altered this and that, and finally came up with the right degree of “playfulness”. I think it’s kind of cute. 😀
I thought I would give you a quick view of my mural work station each day: my scaffolding (or as I affectionately refer to it, “the rack”,) cluttered with all the important tools of my trade.
Usually I am dealing with only 3 or 4 colors at any point in time, but as the photo caption sums up, this is the touch-up phase. All this means is that I am rounding third base and on my way home with regards to this mural. I’ll be done will all touch-ups and alterations this week.
Trivia: Today I did indeed use every color shown here.
Today I spent the morning doing a lot of touch-up on the mural.
These last few days will be doing mostly that: touch-up and repair. I’ll be climbing the scaffolding and viewing, descending, moving the scaffolding, climbing and viewing again, all the way down the wall, to make sure all areas can be checked off as officially “done”.
I’ll be back tomorrow to 1266 Court Street, here in sunny Clearwater, Florida, to continue with the refinement.
Today was my “car” day at the mural. I refined the large pink car on the bridge, first of all.
“Refined” is a nice word for almost painting out the entire thing and starting over. 🙂 I didn’t like what I had left at the end of the day on Friday, so repairing that section of the mural was at the top of the list today. I also dropped in two smaller cars on the beach road at the bottom left.
I will be completing the mural this week; definite mixed feelings here. I love what I’m doing, I love the “family” at Honka Automotive (where the mural is located,) and I absolutely love all the feedback from folks who tell me that seeing the wall, with all its bright colors and playfulness, makes them happy. THAT’S what it’s all about!
My mental list of “to-do’s” at the wall is growing smaller and smaller. Life just won’t be the same without pulling up to my slot in the parking lot each morning and hauling out my gear. Ah, well…I’ll leave these thoughts for the end of the week.
More color to apply tomorrow!
I was painting this morning at the mural and I thought to myself, “It sure seems like I’m multi-tasking today…”
I’m left-handed, so I looked down to my right hand and saw this…
My right hand often gets the task of being my personal assistant, but when it comes to painting, I am actually ambidextrous. Comes in handy. 😀
Well, not quite a pink Cadillac, but my youngest daughter sure loves little pink cars, so here you go, Sweetheart!
First off, I want to say that I am actually very close to catching up on my backlogged mural blog posts that have been lying about in my head and on my computer for the last two weeks. That’s just how busy I’ve been. Luckily, I am able to “pre-date” each post, giving it the apparency of being posted on time. I promise not to fall so behind again!
Today’s artistic endeavor was short and sweet: I started on the third car on the bridge. I wasn’t able to complete as the lightning storm overheard chased me down from the scaffolding.
I will be back at the mural tomorrow (weather permitting); I don’t usually go to the job site on the weekends as my “rack” is securely locked up in the building. I do, however, have enough bottom work (requiring nothing more than a two-step ladder,) to keep me busy, so I’ll be there bright and early. Coming up on Day 40…how exciting. I hope to work til noon.
I’ll post a new image if the weather was compliant. Happy weekend! 😀
Today at the mural was spent adding to the shoreline in addition to working the roadway section. Very warm day = paint drying as soon as it’s touched the wall. That makes it a wee bit difficult to move the paint around. Essentially, it just adds time. That’s ok—I’m here on this project until it’s truly finished.
Tomorrow I will tackle the next car on the bridge. One more step closer to completion.
See you then.
I also applied several different base colors—in turn—to see which I liked on either side of the road. I will probably continue to tweak this area; we’ll see. Slowly, but surely, the mural is shaping up.
Onward and upward…