Making friends is REALLY HARD


I read this article about the difficulty of making friends and it totally resonated with me. I too have a very difficult time making lasting relationships and finding new friends I can trust, not just for chit chatting when I walk out of the house or while I wait for my kids at school.

I mean, REAL friends, the kind you can call at 2:00 AM because your dog ran away and your friend will be calling out your dog’s name in the streets in pj’s with you.

I guess it does not help that I am an introvert. I like interacting with people, but I prefer to do it on my own terms, and when it has a meaningful purpose besides commenting on the weather just to remove the awkwardness of silence some people can’t stand. I rather just read the news or look at inspiring images on my phone than having to submit myself for interacting for the sake of interacting.

Then I see my younger kid, he’s a natural extrovert and has absolutely no problem making friends when he goes to a new place, and how natural the interaction between small children is.

They do not judge you based on the clothes you wear, what kind of car you drive, what kind of work yo do or how much you make. They just like you and think you are cool because you play with them.

It made me wonder at what time did we loose that ability to just be friendly and open up. I miss those time when I made my best friends and wonder why I have such a hard time.

My career choice does not help either, I chose a difficult one to accept after all. I am an artist, and to a lot of people, it means I spend my time goofing off and doodling on sketchbooks while I see the days go by, waiting for “inspiration” to reach me. And then, what do I do with that? Just paint and make dolls when I could be changing the world by filling report after report in an office cube?

Since answering like Jack Black “I service society by rocking” is not an acceptable answer to the question “And what do you do?” When I meet someone outside the art community, I did what an artist would do. I created a painting about my best friends! 😂

I am thankful for the internet and social media. I am happy to have found friends that understand me, that like what I make, friends I can trust and talk to online and the phone, but sometimes I wish I could drop by and say hi with a bottle of wine just to goof for a while.

Does that happen to you often? How do you deal with it? What do you do when you are in that situation? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to hear that I am not alone in the world!

Time for a change

I am re-designing my websites. Can you take a look?

Well, I have been very busy creating art and experimenting with new materials, and I am getting ready to launch totally new content on my website, my blog and my classes website in the coming months.

But since Danita Art is a very, very, very small operation (Basically me doing everything) most of the time it will mean that being busy with something will make something else to be neglected or put aside, depending on the magnitude of the project, and how big my obsession is with whatever I am doing at the time. I guess it’s the curse of being such a curious bunny.

Saying that, I realized my websites were outdated and I’m in the process of improving on the design and usability of them, so I set out a renovation project for them. Things are looking go so far, and now I need your help.

If you can visit my websites and tell me what you think of the looks, I will really, really appreciate it. It won’t take a long time and a good honest opinion from my generous fans and patrons is what I need. Will you help?

www.danitaart.com

My official website, find everything about me here. Artwork, News, Social Media. Everything under one roof.

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My one and only blog, with posts about my art process, my most important events and my occasional ranting when life gets hectic.

www.danitaartclasses.com

Do you want to find inspiration for a new project, or maybe you’d like to learn my art secrets? Then my online classes are the place to be.

Thanks in advance for your help, please post your opinions here in this post, on my Facebook page or send me an email to let me know what you think. I hope you like how things are looking now, and stay tuned because new and wonderful things are coming soon.

The evolution of Alice

Every time I want to experiment and evolve, Alice in wonderland comes into view. There’s just something about Wonderland that entices me to create.

img_2811Everything always starts with a sketch from my sketchbooks, then I transfer it to a blank canvas that will be the home of my next creation.

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Blobs of color start appearing all over the space, defining shapes and deciding what will this painting will become.

Usually I only work on a painting at a time, but this time it just felt right. I wanted to test out new techniques to give my faces more depth and detail and working with both paintings together was just what I needed.

img_2819You can see that with time, the faces start getting more and more detail. By fusing and diffusing color strokes with my brushes I achieved a smooth, dreamy quality on their faces.

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But no face looks quite right without eyes, so that’s the next step. Adding the basic shapes to these new beautiful faces was a welcome challenge to my skills, and a lot of fun to make.

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Almost done here, the detail on their faces is deeper and smoother than my previous work. The faces have a more three dimensional appearance and they seem to jump off the canvas like they did not do before.

Alice falls trough the white rabbit's hole to wonderland on this acrylic painting by Danita Art
Tumble down the rabbit hole with with Alice in wonderland.

Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole on the finished painting, slowly floating down towards wonderland. [shopify embed_type=”product” shop=”danitaart.myshopify.com” product_handle=”freefall” show=”button-only”]

Alice and the caterpillar original acrylic painting by Danita Art
Adopt Alice and the caterpillar and travel with them on a journey towards wonderland.

And here is Alice and the caterpillar, she holds him with great care as she is ready to travel in wonderland with her new friend. [shopify embed_type=”product” shop=”danitaart.myshopify.com” product_handle=”alice-and-the-cartepillar” show=”button-only”]

So, what do you think of the style I used on them? Do you like where I am headed now? Let me know with a comment, I’d love to hear what you think!


Sharing the process

Lately, I’m getting obsessed with color pencils. I really love to see them ready to be used, all the different colors and textures really fuel my soul and I just want to get going and draw and paint.

And since I love it so much, I want to share part of the process with you. I love how the layers start to pile up and then out of the sudden, a beautiful image appears out of nowhere.

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And then, it’s not only color pencils. I found some soft pastels in pencil form and I had a ton of fun with them! Just see the result of working them over a shabby metal frame I found.

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It’s starting to look a little different than my usual whimsical art, but I really like where this new artistic direction is taking me. What do you think, do you like what you see?

Let me know in the comments!

It always starts with an idea.

Have you seen my latest art dolls? I played with the woodlands theme to make a little collection of art dolls to play with while they are adopted from my official gallery store. You can adopt a Bunny, A fox, an owl, a Bear or a little girl.

Would you like to learn more about the process from start to finish?

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Everything, no matter how simple of complex of an art project, it always starts with an idea. Mine always begin in my sketchbooks. That’s where I pour everything that comes into my mind at a given time of day, so I record it to use it later when I need an idea to start working.

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I had these dolls blanks for a long time, waiting for one of my art attacks to give them life. And I’m so glad I had them because now that Autumn is creeping in, I felt the need to create something about the woodlands, specially after looking at one of my favorite books, “Where the wild things are” and I got an idea after looking at the kid in his pajamas.

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So I set up to work. I got my needle felting tools and after an afternoon of hard work and pricked fingers, the dolls started to take shape. Furry forest critters that will inhabit the vast woodlands of Danitaland.

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It really is a lot of work, slowly felting the wool into the fabric stuffed bodies, specially when I injured my left hand and now I am basically working single handed. but I kept on going and progress really started to show.

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Once done with the rough work, it’s time to create the details of each of the dolls. The little girl has a pine tree brooch holding her cape.

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And each of the little furry animals has a fluffy cottony tail in their cute behinds.

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And then, it’s time for details! I pick up a pencil and start drawing their faces. Mouths and eyes first and then the sketch of their beautiful, sparkly living eyes.

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Someone told once that I am very brave because I make the dolls first and then I make the faces, knowing that if I make a mistake the doll will be no good. But that does not stop me at all. I’ve always thought of making the body first because once I see it, I know what face will the doll have.

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And just like that, they are lining up ready to get their beautiful faces detailed with paint and mixed media materials to give them the final touch.

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After all the hard work, they are ready! Fluffy furry bodies ready, lively eyes painted and it’s time for their formal photoshoot to get them ready for adoption!

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I really had a blast with them, it was a lot of fun to pose them and then play with them, having tons of adventures on my clover forest here in my backyard.

It was so much fun indeed that my photographer had to remind me that we were there to actually take pictures, not to play. But in the end no one can resist them and we ended up playing with them a bit before wrapping up the photo session.

And now, here they are, ready for adoption on my official website and my Etsy store.

Click on your favorite to see more images of them, and you can adopt them right away!

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A little pain won’t stop me

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You know I got hurt last week and I’m having to wear a very ugly brace on my hand that prevents me from moving it, but that is not going to stop me from creating!

I found these little dolls on my blank doll bag and I decided that brace or no brace, pain or no pain, the art must go on.

I’m working basically one handed, so I am much slower than I want, but I’m committed to doing this. Stay tuned because new cute dolls are coming soon.

Beautiful art from the heart: The official blog.

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