“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”  -Muhammad Ali

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~Ana

 

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” -Charles Horton Cooley

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~Ana

Lead an Extraordinary Life

“…You have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life?”

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~Ana

“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.” Ernst Fischer

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~Ana

Typical Day at the Office – A Mural Artist’s View

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~Ana

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Day Seven, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: My Place in the Sun

I’m back! Here are two shots from today’s progress. The first is my scene every morning. I love it. 😀

1-grapefruit-mural-day-seven-ana-livingston-fine-artist-my-scene-each-morningThe second is today’s image of panel #1. Still more work to do but it’s coming along!

2-grapefruit-mural-day-seven-ana-livingston-fine-artist-panel-one-clearwater-tampa-floridaI’ll be back at the walls tomorrow around my usual time of 6:30am; I’m getting excited as I can feel completion day coming soon. 😀 More tomorrow!

~Ana

Day Six, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: Changes

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.

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Before on the left; revised on the right. Even though I’ve just started the repair process, I think it was a good decision to make the change.

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Panel #1: just now starting some refinement on the segments

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Still a ton of work to do, but am now more content with the segments. Stay tuned for the evolution next week!

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. 😀

~Ana

Close-Up Shots of my Grapefruit Mural Progress

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! 😀

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Artist in action: panel #2 of the Grapefruit Mural

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Panel #1 of the Grapefruit Mural. Progress is slow but sure!

I’ll post more pictures tomorrow!

~Ana

To My Friends and Loved Ones on Valentine’s Day – from Ana Livingston

Today I hope we all take an extra moment and let the people we care about know how truly important they are to us; how they brighten our days and enrich our lives; how they make this journey called life so very worthwhile.

valentine's-day-ana-livingston-fine-artist-and-muralist-poet-writer-designer I’m wishing you all a wonderful day of love, admiration and respect as each of you are important to me. 🙂

Love,

Ana

My White Sangria Sunday at the Lake

I just had to sharewell, at least via a photoa most delightful discovery I’ve made as of late: Eppa White Sangria. Now, I’m not a drinker by any stretch, but this stuff is just plain good and 100% organic, to boot.

In Eppa’s own words: “Introduced with a fruity and inviting nose that leads into a light-bodied and refreshing taste, Eppa SuperFruit Sangria is full of amazing flavor.” Too true.

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The new Eppa SuperFruit White Sangria. My one-word review: yum.
http://eppasangria.com/

I’ve tasted both the red and newly-released white and though both are very good, my personal palate leans towards the latter. If you have the opportunity to try a glass or two, do write and let me know what you think.

Bottoms up! 🙂

~Ana

Another View of Clearwater Beach, Florida

This is from my sunset stroll in the Old Clearwater Bay area this evening: Clearwater Beach, which just recently was voted “Florida’s Best Beach Town 2013” by USA Today.

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Looking west from the mainland city of Clearwater out to Clearwater Beach, Florida

That’s what’s new in my world.

Hope everyone’s week got off to a calm start…

~Ana

To New Beginnings…from Ana

To new beginnings…

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My very best to all my friends in the coming year.  Let’s make those dreams come true.

Love,
Ana

Happy Holidays from Ana Livingston

Tis the season, my friends.  I am wishing you the very best in the coming year.

Just walked through my dining room and this was waiting for me.  Happy Holidays.

Just walked through my dining room and this was waiting for me. Happy Holidays.

~Ana

Sunset from my Patio

A friend of mine is traveling Europe and the Far East for a month or so.  I’m housesitting and loving it.  I’ve temporarily traded in my Gulf view for that of a calm lake.  No complaints here.

Sunset on the lake.  Peaceful times.

Sunset on the lake. Peaceful times.

~Ana

“A Small Reminder” – Poem by Ana Livingston

He’ll feel no sorrow
As I turn and leave,
Except for losing
A small reminder
Of someone else.

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“A Small Reminder”. Poem by Ana Livingston. Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved

~Ana

My Sunday Morning Gyro

Not what would be considered classic Sunday morning fare here on the currently-not-so-sunny Suncoast of Florida, but delicious nonetheless.  And I unabashingly (if there ever was the word) devoured this in no time flat.

The gentlemen at the neighborhood Mr. Gyros know me well enough to start in on carving for my “Ana Special” the moment they see me coming through the door.  Thanks, guys.  It was loved.

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My delicious “Ana Special”: pita, lamb, tasty olive oil and lots of feta. You can never have too much feta.

~Ana

Backyard Bougainvillea: A Flower Within a Flower

I took a few moments this morning to idle away in my sun-filled backyard.  Amazing what you can discover with just a turn of your head.

Bougainvillea thriving in my backyard.

Bougainvillea thriving in my backyard.

~Ana

Mischa Maisky plays Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G

This is exquisite.


~Ana

“Michelangelo” – A Poem by Ana Livingston

Here is my published poem entitled “Michelangelo”. It has been printed in multiple publications:

"Michelangelo" by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

“Michelangelo” by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

Additionally, I have read this piece at poetry exhibitions as well as being a featured poet on the Suncoast’s own WTAN, Tan Talk Radio, here in Florida.  I recited from memory on all occasions.

Poet Ana Livingston reciting her published poem "Michelangelo" to a crowd of poetry lovers.

Poet Ana Livingston reciting her published poem “Michelangelo” to a crowd of poetry lovers at an outdoor poetry exhibition in Clearwater, FL.

~Ana

Standing in the Rain – by Ana Livingston

Sometimes I miss being a child.  The innocence.  The grandeur of the world.

Standing in the Rain. Ana Livingston, Writer, Poet.

But maybe I can just change my mind.

~Ana

“The Most Powerful Force”

“The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire.” -unknown

~Ana

“Shadows” – A Poem by Ana Livingston

I can’t turn
or escape from
these shadows
that are me.

“Shadows”, a poem by fine artist and poet, Ana Livingston.

~Ana

Copyright © 2011 by Ana Livingston. All Rights Reserved.

Author Ross King’s “Leonardo and The Last Supper”

I have tremendous admiration for the stellar figures of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci being one of the most prominent.  The book “Leonardo and The Last Supper” (author, Ross King) was recently recommended to me as an intriguing look into the man and his life.  It’s on my list of “to-reads”.

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous wall mural “The Last Supper” situated in Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

~Ana

“The Meaning of Success” – by Ralph Fiennes

“The people I consider successful are so because of how they handle their responsibilities to other people, how they approach the future, people who have a full sense of the value of their life and what they want to do with it.

“I call people successful not because they have money or their business is doing well but because, as human beings, they have a fully developed sense of being alive and engaged in a lifetime task of collaboration with other human beings — their mothers and fathers, their family, their friends, their loved ones, the friends who are dying, the friends who are being born.

“Success.. is all about being able to extend love to people… not in a big, capital letter sense but in the everyday. Little by little, task by task, gesture by gesture, word by word.”

-Actor, Ralph Fiennes

“We Are One” – a Poem by Ana Livingston

Quiet fulfillment
Caresses me now
Silently, gently,
We are one.

“We Are One” – a poem by Artist, Ana Livingston

Copyright © 2011 by Ana Livingston. All Rights Reserved.

“My Fragile Stream of Love” – A Poem by Ana Livingston

I claw at self-made walls,
For decades they’ve stood firm
My fragile stream of love
Now seeks its way, unearned.

“My Fragile Stream of Love”. A poem by Ana Livingston

Copyright © 2011 by Ana Livingston. All Rights Reserved.

Fly with the Eagle: A Video

How wonderful:

~Ana

This Really Cuts to the Heart of the Matter…

“Love is not only something you feel. It’s something you do.”
~David Wilkerson

~Ana

Happy October to All, Near and Far!

Good morning one and all!  It’s October!  And that means for me, here on the Suncoast of Florida, that tolerable weather is almost upon us! 😉

Beautiful Autumn is on its way!

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and speak to you soon!

~Ana

Fine Artist & Muralist
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On My Birthday by Ana Livingston

I’m hoping today that maybe I’ll be remembered for having done a little more than just having lived; for having loved; for having helped; for having brought my own special light into the world; for having made a difference.

~Ana

“He Haunts My Mind” – a Poem by Ana Livingston

In addition to my murals and other art forms that keep me busy in my otherwise idle moments (oil on canvas, charcoal, pencil, and the like), I am also a published poet.  Here is one piece written about a year and a half ago entitled “He Haunts My Mind”.

~Ana

Ana Livingston, Fine Artist and Muralist: A Photograph

Last night’s classic “Don’t you take a shot of me” shot.  😀

~Ana

Candid photo of me. 🙂

Shell Series, Charcoal on Paper by Ana Livingston – Part III

Here’s the third piece in my charcoal on paper series entitled “Shells”:

~Ana

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Shell Series, Charcoal on Paper by Ana Livingston – Part II

Here’s the second piece in my charcoal on paper series entitled “Shells”.

~Ana

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The second drawing in my charcoal on paper series entitled “Shells”.
By Fine Artist and Muralist, Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay.

Clearwater Mural featured in The Comm Line Magazine!

The Clearwater Mural is featured in this month’s edition of The Comm Line Magazine online (page 12)!

The “Clearwater Mural” by Tampa Bay Fine Artist, Ana Livingston, is featured in this month’s edition of The Comm Line Magazine online.

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.

Stop by the mural for a closer look.  It’s located in the East Gateway District of Clearwater at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street.  Tell them Ana sent you!

Thanks again!

~Ana
www.ana-livingston.com
www.clearwatermural.com

Shell Series, Charcoal on Paper by Ana Livingston – Part I

This is the first drawing in my charcoal on paper series entitled “Shells”.

~Ana

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www.themakingofamural.com

The first drawing in my “Shell” series (charcoal on paper). – Artist, Ana Livingston

My Hand-Picked Bouquet from Dunedin Edgewater Park

I hope you find this as lovely as I did.

~Ana
Ana Livingston
Fine Artist & Muralist
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New Clearwater Mural Website by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay

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.

ClearwaterMural.com – the new website featuring the chronological painting process of the Clearwater Mural by Fine Artist Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay.

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?

~Ana
www.clearwatermural.com

Clearwater Patch News features Fine Artist Ana Livingston

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!

The Clearwater Mural by Tampa Bay Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

http://clearwater.patch.com/events/the-clearwater-mural-by-fine-artist-ana-livingston

~Ana

The Clearwater Patch News site features Artist Ana Livingston and her mural located at Honka Automotive in Clearwater, FL

Clearwater Mural by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston: Before and After

Here are the before and after shots of the wall at Honka Automotive, where I spent 45 mornings painting artwork now known as the Clearwater Mural.  Before:

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.

Thank you!

~Ana

www.ana-livingston.com
www.themakingofamural.com
www.analivingston.wordpress.com

Clearwater Mural: You Know It’s a Done Deal When…

…the artist signs her work:

The Clearwater Mural, by Fine Artist and Muralist, Ana Livingston, is now complete. It is located at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street, Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty Five: COMPLETE!

Forty-five days later, and here I am: standing in front of my Clearwater Mural, which is now COMPLETE!

The Clearwater Mural, by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston is now complete. It is located at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street, in Clearwater, Florida.

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!

Love,

~Ana
www.ana-livingston.com
www.themakingofamural.com
www.analivingston.wordpress.com

Clearwater Mural: Close-Up Photos, by Ana Livingston, Fine Artist

Here are some close-up shots of particular aspects of the Clearwater Mural, located at Honka Automotive (1266 Court Street):

This is the first car I painted on the bridge at the Clearwater Mural. It’s “The Ana”. 😀
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

The second car on the bridge…
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

And the third…
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

The radiant sun, with its concentric circles of light.
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

Momma dolphin.
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

And here’s baby dolphin—my favorite. 😀
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

This mural was such a joy to do.  I hope it brightens your day!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty Four: Nature Calls

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.

Adding vegetation to the shoreline on the Clearwater Mural by Tampa Bay Artist, Ana Livingston

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!

~Ana  😀

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty Three: Painting the Perimeter

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.

Painting the perimeter edge at the Clearwater Mural, Honka Automotive

Second example of the perimeter painting taking place at the Clearwater Mural on Court Street. Artist: Ana Livingston

I’ll leave you with a shot of the wall as it is now. Until tomorrow!

~Ana

More touch-up today at Artist, Ana Livingston’s Clearwater Mural

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty Two: Dolphin Day

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!

Momma and baby dolphin frolicking in the surf at the Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay

In addition to the dolphins, I repaired some other small areas here and there.  More refinement on the mural tomorrow.  Still looking like I will complete the project this weekend!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural: Dolphins, Before and After – Artist, Ana Livingston

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).

Dolphins–the after shot–at the Clearwater Mural by artist, Ana Livingston

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!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural: Car Transformation, Step by Step

This might be of interest to some: the transformation of one of the cars on the Clearwater Mural, at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street.

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. 😀

~Ana

A Mural Artist’s Typical Day at the Office – Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

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.

Here’s a shot of my “typical day” at work. My palette board consists of multiple mixtures as I am in the touch-up phase. This translates to me dabbing various colored paints wherever they’re needed on the mural surface.

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.

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty One: Touch-Up

Today I spent the morning doing a lot of touch-up on the mural.

A day of refinement on the Clearwater Mural. It will be complete this week. Artist: Ana Livingston

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.

Until then…

~Ana