Friday, July 3, 2020

Art is still Art, even if its tasty

Year of Genesis: Art is art, right?

Hey guys. Well, this has been a year, hasn't it?

Not going to lie, its been a bit rough here in Dallas- we are in day one hundred and something of lock down. I feel like I haven't really been writing, haven't really been promoting my second book, really haven't been revising my third.

I feel like I've got nothing to give as an artist to sooth or ease or help the world with the current situations.

But my lovely Helen Lowe asked, "What else have you been creating?"

She is brilliant that one. My preferred method of dealing with questions and emotions has always been words. The words I write and the words that I read, but I haven't been writing and the books just aren't enough for me right now.

After a quick scan of my phone's photos, it turns out I have been creating. Lots of stuff actually. Funny stuff, tasty stuff, practical stuff. I've been helping soothe and ease and educate my family, my microcosm, my very small world, the one place I can control. They may look small, but they have help me deal with the big questions circling our culture, our family, our future.

So in no particular order, here are some of the things I have created.

Me riding a dinosaur
What I call the "2020 hopscotch challenge"
Old man in the Sea (old man not pictured)
Homemade latte
Amazing steaks with home grown rosemary
Birthday cake!
Designed a new seating space outside
Apparently I like to watercolor?
New Art for seating space

So there you have it- my strange way of making my small little world a little nicer, a little brighter, and hopefully a little more fun.

I hope that in this time of uncertainty, you have also found a little time for some genesis.

Until next time,
Amanda Arista
Author, Diaries of an Urban Panther & The Merci Lanard Files


Helen Lowe said...

So much of those wonderful images had me clapping my hands, Amanda! I particularly love the pink flamingo cake & the watercolor flowers, but it's all great.�� Also, your writing muse will still be there beneath it all, drawing on the same well and being refreshed for new endeavours when the time is right for you. Stay safe & keep taking care.

Kim Falconer said...

Great post, Amanda.

I could go a homemade latte with a slice of the pink flamingo cake right about now.

Every thought can be an act of creation. Keep them coming!