✨ Connecting your Creativity✨

✨ Connecting your Creativity✨


Graffiti Inspiration

Being present in the moment is perhaps one of the biggest challenges of modern-day society. We have grown to value overanalyzing the past and anticipating the future, so much so that we’re unable to take a moment, stop what we’re doing, and simply breathe.

Often when we are working on art, in the process of creation, we’re doing what we love most, yet we can get stuck inside our heads, unable to think beyond the looming commitments, tasks, and life responsibilities.

We can get hung up on a comment we received, a piece of information that’s been shared, a thought from the past, a worry about the future, … We’re hung up on the proper colors of paint, the proper size of a canvas, the proper lighting in the studio, …

Sometimes our inner critic’s roaring jabs are impossible to muffle and what follows is a crushing feeling of not being present, for allowing ourselves to be distracted. For not tuning into the present moment and connecting to your creativity on a much deeper level.

You have to let go of your fears, worries, and anxieties because they stand in the way of your creative flow. They prevent you from listening to your intuition and connecting with your inner wisdom. There is no powerful time than the present. Learn to be mindful of your sensations just as much as you are conscious of your thoughts.

I find myself often running to the next thing on my list. This is especially true when I have a looming deadline. However, if I find myself frantically losing my Sh*t, I go for walks. My walk took me past lots of graffiti yesterday and boy did I not only find inspiration but I was joyfully present in the moment.

What actions do you take to be in the present moment?

Santuario Dom Bosco: Brasília, Brazil

I have had the most incredible summer of travel including a recent trip to Brazil. Although, I was only able to see a tiny portion of this country I found the people to be so hospitable and understanding to my poor attempt at Portugese. Although, there were some language barriers I found towards the end of the trip an ease in communicating that I didn’t have at the beginning. These images are of a the church Santuario Dom Bosco in Brasília, Brazil.

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The colors were absolutely breadth taking and it inspired me to want to explore the color blue (tints, hues etc.) in my art work. I brought the work in progress”blissful” on my travels and noticed that while painting, the visit to this church influenced me enough subconsciously that I started adding more blue into the composition. I’ll post that image next week.

Well, I’ve been back in the Bay Area for about a week now and I’m ready to start focusing in the studio. Next week my intention is to continue working on the figurative works I started earlier in the summer.

Abstract Study

I often dream of artworks I have yet to create or studios I have yet to work in. Images from my dreams become like a song on repeat in my mind until I get it down on paper. This is just one of the experimental abstracts that I am going to continue playing with in my studio. If I was to create this on canvas I envision the actual artwork to be 60”x48”, 120”x96” and larger.

Artist Shilo Ratner_ Abstract Study_2012