Inspiration Corner: Art Spring

It’s been a while since I’ve shared  up a hearty helping of art inspiration, though it’s certainly not for lack of devouring hours’ worth of art ogling.

Spring (the weather we’re supposedly having between blasts of winter), unsurprisingly  brings to mind awakening Mother Nature, growth, and rebirth, which also makes me think of rising from the ashes. So, here are pieces from some amazing artists that caught my eye and inspired me (links to the artists’ original post if you click on the piece):

field_of_flowers_iii__mother_nature_by_ireneastral-d7ff5wd phoenix_by_guillaume_phoenix-d7k11t2

ashes_of_ophelia__s_death_by_lunebleu-d2zs6ps prayers_of_mother_nature_by_mrnepa-d7he7qs

mother_nature_by_silentplea-d45rzm9  from_the_ashes_by_tylercreatesworlds-d6u93wc

ashes_to_ashes_by_alexiuss-d76x37t  ashes_of_time_by_iardacil

phoenix_by_laura_csajagi-d1mdi6k  mother_nature_by_alicechan-d6f8z2t

their_strength_by_westling  spring_by_phoenix_feng

s_reborn_by_anotherwanderer-d733tiv  mother_nature_by_kelogsloops-d7p25ke

 

ashes_by_ariel87-d6qd6tj  from_the_ashes_by_nataliedecorsair-d6xnets

ashes_to_ashes_by_elestrial-d38wx0y  karolinkacuddziewczynka_by_krowka7-d5z9hrd

spring_by_yuchenghong-d2ler0d  spring_by_littlepurplebee-d3ehv3y

the_tree_by_shortcircuit123-d7el269   new_by_chriscold

life_by_alectorfencer  spring_by_la_chapeliere_folle-d63cn4r

new_life_by_rawrrrr_321      tree_of_life_by_emberblue-d4l2vnr

life_by_endzi_z-d3iiw61  tree_by_marcoso86-d1wgctj

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these. Do you have any favorites?

 

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A Special Word of the Day : Amalgamology

First blog post of the New Year and well on the way to my first full year of blogging…I can hardly believe it. So much happened the last half of 2015, and I’ve managed to find myself in an excellent launching place for the start of 2016; a lot is going to happen this year.

But first! For those that have been following and perhaps wondered, or those new and curious, a special word of the day: Amalgamology. What is it besides the name of my blog? Well, first, it’s not technically a word (as in not in the dictionary)…yet (that’s right, I’m channeling Shakespeare  and Dr. Seuss here). I fused two words together, as many words are. First there’s amalgam, which is a mixture or blend, and then ology, or simply, the study of a subject or branch of knowledge. So what does it mean? Here’s my definition:

amalgamology
Amalgamoology: the study of a mix of blend of thoughts and ideas

 

The easiest way I can explain why I call my blog this is because…I don’t do the whole niche thing. There are many fantastically talented writers that have one area their platform is known for or raised on, or one topic in particular they focus on.

I completely understand the benefits involved with having a niche and working within that scope, a lot of things become a lot easier for marketing, finding your audience, much more. However, if I tried to pin myself down to only one aspect of….almost anything, I think I might combust.

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The same thing happens when asked about my favorite book…singular

My interests are many and varied. Another way to say it is that I’m eclectic. I have a handful of useful “go-to” answers to the question of my interests, but if I were to give my full list, it would overwhelm anyone, including me.  In fact I will, most begrudgingly, admit that I probably will not have enough time to delve as deeply into everything that I want to in this lifetime…there are just so many amazing thing to read, learn, see, do!

Admittedly, a good chunk of what you will find on here is writing or literary related, but why choose when you don’t have to? I understand what is typical, but this is me forging my own path and I don’t think I should start changing that about myself now…I’ll save you any possible suspense, but me choosing one focus, topic, interest, otherwise, is not likely in the cards. I’m okay with that, I hope you are too! Who doesn’t like to shake things up occasionally? Believe me, there will still be plenty of writing related goodness (have I mentioned I’ve got plans?) 😉

If you’re curious about what topics might be on the horizon, or just in general where some of my interests in and out of writing and books lie, then here you go:

Writing– competitions, tips, useful resources, updates on my own, sharing of others’, etc. the list could go on. (stay tuned for an influx of fiction to be shared as well..plans, you know?)

Languages– this could come in many forms, I love languages and wish I spoke others as fluently as English. I know some German, a little French, bits of Russian, Italian, Spanish, Latin, ….the list I want to know encompasses and goes beyond these….(I said  a lot right?)

Awareness/Causes– many issues that could use attention including mental illness, abuse in all its many forms, Lupus and a few other medical issues close to my heart, etc., posts to raise awareness, combat stereotypes, offer help, and more are likely candidates.

Art– paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, photography, artists I know, artists I’ve newly found, and more! Any way that I can slide some art in, you can bet I will.

Travel– it’s a big world out there, so much to see and experience, so much to learn! Places I want to go, sharing interesting tidbits from research, either for my books, or my own inte-…okay same thing, my interests, varied as they are.

Books– anything to do with books, reviews, suggestions, etc. also this and travel may overlap in the area of libraries, but you can definitely expect books.

Crafting– this could involve sewing, knitting, jewelry, clay, stuffed animals…anything that comes to mind when I’m in a crafty mood.

Anything!

Really, I could probably be here all day but you get the picture: I have lots of interests, and I couldn’t choose just one or even two to focus on. If I end up doing so naturally, that’s perfectly fine, but I won’t purposely restrict myself to a few topics to suite a niche. That feels too limiting.

Thus, Amalgamology is the name of my blog (if you were curious). Does your blog have a specific name, word, or phrase for a reason? Please share what you named your blog and why in the comments.

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Inspiration Corner: Halloween Edition

Can you hear leaves scraping the ground and crumple beneath feet, the wind moaning through trees scraping against window panes, can you see them clawing at the sky, feel them clutching at walkers-by as they’re pressed upon by wailing winds? Can you hear rustling skirts and cloaks,  cackling laughs from dark corners, crinkling wrappers, guilty giggling of candy sneakers? Halloween is nearly here! And with it always comes some spectacular Halloween themed art!!

halloween_gate_by_jerry8448-d4ao5y2 sad_halloween_by_yaichino-d5jkwj0

ghost_by_sephiroth_art-d4gxq2n

__halloween_by_kissmysteffy  _happy_halloween__by_enijoi-d84rmts   maxresdefault   halloween_by_atrociousfairytale  happy_halloween_by_yaichino  halloween_by_coconutsky-d5in16zArt-painting-Halloween-horseman-pumpkin-light-horse-burning-eyes_1920x1200

halloween_mansion_by_jerry8448-d2znuuq  halloween_succubus_by_telthona-d84m9gg

halloween_by_cutereaper-d5j8qqx

halloween_2_by_cutereaper-d5jn05y

halloween_by_sugargrl14

sweet_halloween_by_blavatskaya-d6qkjw0  halloween_witch_by_jerry8448-d5d5nn4  halloween_witch_by_inshoo1-d74rt4h  pumkin_elf__happy_october___by_sakimichan-d9cbgfk

halloween_witch_by_sparrow_chan-d6sgnpn

to_be_a_witch_by_dandelion_lion

halloween_by_sandara-d2c6p0w

978c72f3b6002d32be7b9353cc81690d-d5jom19

halloween_by_titusboy25-d4dh13p

one_lone_witch_by_autumnsgoddess-d3avczd  this_is_halloween_by_yaichino-d6shs70   the_king_of_halloween_ii_by_seifer_sama-d30aisk  athena_as_vampire_by_zeldacw-d6syh3c

the_white_witch___halloween_by_shockbolt

halloween__s_tale_by_lunebleu-d4e3wkl   happy_halloween_by_zindy   gaian_vampires_halloween_wp_by_jenzee   dust_and_echoes___halloween_2012_by_senyphine-d5ilg1y   ad308d5a3db03d8425d1cc126f69a207-d4eizon

halloween_by_uszatyarbuz-d83ry71

halloween_raven_by_jerry8448-d839pii    happy_halloween_by_syrilla-d4em5nlthe_zombie_bride_by_fee_absinthe-d4e09nv

zombie_tinkerbell_by_noflutter

werewolf_by_bobkehl-d7m6v1s

halloween_by_auroraink-d5jnngj  happy_halloween_by_stressedjenny-d31qdk2

Have a safe and spooky holiday, everyone! Please feel free to share some of your favorite Halloween art, or, even better, your Halloween costumes!! Happy Halloween!!

Inspiration Corner 2

I’ve been having a bit of a rough time lately; it’s been a very long summer for me. Depression and anxiety are high and vying with frustration for my time and energy. With every hope to change this, I turn once more to beautiful things and inspiration, medicine for my soul.

Links:
http://kelogsloops.deviantart.com/art/Insomnia-554586756
http://phoenixlu.deviantart.com/art/Sound-of-Knell-393658997
http://starscoldnight.deviantart.com/art/Tonight-we-rise-392508556
http://streetx222.deviantart.com/art/eagle-head-539707129
http://smojojo.deviantart.com/art/We-Are-Crows-549404782
http://kimberly80.deviantart.com/art/Eowyn-475318202
http://sturmideenkind.deviantart.com/art/Dreamwalker-III-499655615
http://nina-y.deviantart.com/art/House-of-Agoraphobics-525587781
http://carlos-quevedo.deviantart.com/art/Inner-Sanctuary-554354217
http://shilesque.deviantart.com/art/The-Morrigan-528080667
http://alientune.deviantart.com/art/Finish-it-153129325

Inspiration Corner

It takes only moments to become completely and hopelessly distracted while seeking out inspiration. Whether utilizing the vast store of images I’ve saved to my computer over the years, or turning to the Google gods, one “quick look” can turn into hours. After a while, it’s no longer a matter of searching for, but absorbing all of the wonder that is before you…at least that’s how my inspiration wanderings tend to go.

I have folders upon folders, bookmarks aplenty, a host of sites, and more to turn to for sparks of creative juice, or just to ogle extensively as I imagine each movement or color that became a part of the piece I’m looking at. Both for my own drawing, painting, etc. as well as for my writing, I use visual art to stimulate my thoughts, to aspire to, to give my soul the much needed food it seeks.

I love art in all its many forms. My taste is eclectic and my preference in style or subject is often dependent on my mood, but I still soak up each new work I come across that imprints on my mind, heart, or soul and eagerly look forward to what I might find next.

I am also fortunate that the friends I keep often produce pieces that inspire me.

Friend or stranger doesn’t matter, I am incredibly thankful for all the breath taking works that inspire me and their wonderful creators.

What are some examples of what inspires you?

Links:
http://kelogsloops.deviantart.com/art/the-wild-collective-549517486?q=favby%3Amyblackparadise%2F11728143&qo=1
http://carlos-quevedo.deviantart.com/art/Asteria-535264129?q=favby%3Amyblackparadise%2F11728143&qo=2
http://picolo-kun.deviantart.com/art/Pets-of-the-Wizarding-World-Owls-545416017?q=favby%3Amyblackparadise%2F11728143&qo=11
http://l-e-n-t-e-s-c-u-r-a.deviantart.com/art/Centro-di-Follia-Arriva-550554120?q=favby%3Amyblackparadise%2F11728143&qo=0
http://ladydulac.deviantart.com/art/Lady-Lestat-190306116?q=gallery%3ALadyduLac%2F27757137&qo=32
http://sakimichan.deviantart.com/art/Lady-Grey-243904589?q=favby%3Amyblackparadise%2F11728143&qo=712
http://lucitaniamarie.deviantart.com/art/Ixtab-177747203?q=favby%3Amyblackparadise%2F11728143&qo=738
http://princess-of-shadows.deviantart.com/art/room-VII-dream-288756015
http://wolfroad.deviantart.com/art/My-soul-271216253
http://myblackparadise.deviantart.com/art/Silence-of-the-Brave-524910316
http://mariaamanda.deviantart.com/art/Wings-of-Music-Stock-422828935?q=favby%3Amyblackparadise%2F11728143&qo=291