Day Three, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: Coming to 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.

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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!

More tomorrow…

~Ana

Day Two: The Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: Adding Layers of Paint

Second day at the two-panel Grapefruit Mural. No refinement as yet; just applied some bright colors. At least they’re pretty blobs now. 😀 I’ll be back at it tomorrow!

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Close-up of applying a second layer. I am primarily left-handed, but when it comes to painting I am ambidextrous

day-two-grapefruit-mural-ana-livingston-fine-artist-muralist-clearwater-floridaOver the next couple of days I will be refining the shapes while adding more layers. Thanks for your interest!

~Ana

Day One: The Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida. Quick Base Coat on Both Panels

First day on a private commission dual-panel piece here in sunny Clearwater, Florida. Perfect activity for Earth Day!

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~Ana

“The Grandness That Is You” by Ana Livingston

What is the value of a woman
Filled with the wonder of you?

holding-hands-true-love-ana-livingston-fine-artist-tampa-bayOne who loves you despite all
Who never sees shortcomings
Just the grandness that is you?

~Ana

Copyright © 2009 Ana Livingston. All rights reserved.

Artists: Living the Present, Creating the Future

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.

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Artist tools at an early age: any stick and a patch of dirt will do.

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.

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The best thing you can do for artists is simply let them do art.

That being said, it is of the utmost importance that an artist keep his head above watervital, 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.

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Ana Livingston, Fine Artist & Muralist. My Clearwater Mural project which is chronicled at http://www.ClearwaterMural.com and http://www.TheMakingOfAMural.com.

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.

~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

An Affair to Remember: My Blackberry Smartphone

After years of faithfulness in a definite love/hate relationship with the now third successor of my Blackberry Sometimes-Smartphone, I took the very determined step and bought what has become the new un-Apple of my eye: The Samsung Galaxy Note II.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II: 5.5″ HD screen (1,280 x 720). Nothing but love.

Suffice it to say, I will no longer have to endure inconsistent cell coverage (I live right on the Gulf) and the consequential frustration.  But much more importantly I’ll be able to keep in much better contact with all my friends worldwide.

Speaking of which, I need to head over and see what trouble Stephen‘s getting into today… 😉

Adiós for now.

~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

“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

“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.

“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.