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#Art #Business, #Modeling and More Explained by me!

Art has been with me for a long time. I have used art to vent out my frustrations in life. Throughout the years, I have been rejected from my state’s arts commission from doing any project in regards to art business. There are a series of different things that I can do in order to showcase my artwork. My belief is that I am not getting accepted based on not having a college degree or a proven art based business. This seems faulty at best but that is the only conclusion that I can fathom my situation towards.

My 2016 has been filled with issues, dilemmas and situations that I never thought about handling until it was in my face. Throughout the summer season, I gained a good bit of weight that I have not done since I was a kid. It took me looking at a beach photo taken of myself to realize the issue of my weight getting out of hand. I started to figure out a better exercise plan and managed to lose the excess weight. I was determine to have my body in better shape. This decision led itself to me wanting to get into modeling.

I have been told that I should have started modeling out of high school but it was not on my mind at all. I just thought about modeling being for people who are super skinny or super muscular and I never wanted to be that person. I was a bit of a slacker and a loner in many regards. This is typically seen in the gothic, stoner or grunge culture (which I am still apart of). Yes, I am the straightedge punk guy that never tried to fit in but managed to not be anti-social somehow. I think that can be explained due to my love of pro wrestling and The Rock’s promo skills of the early 2000s!

So, I decided to do some test photos of me modeling for social media. I took a few selfies of myself on today for that same reason. My goal in regards to modeling is to model clothes for print via magazines, newspaper and the like. I believe that being creative and inspiring others have morph into me wanting to do other things outside of art itself. Now, I received an e-mail detailing that I need to apply to the South Carolina Arts Commission’s grant that would me to bring an art based business to this state. I plan on doing so because my passion to be in business as well as art is too strong to pass up any opportunity. This is one step that I will take that will lead to other steps in my career. I am growing into being more of an business person daily. Thank you for reading this, I am on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/andreedwardlevine, my Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/andreedwardlevine and my Twitter is http://www.twitter.com/andrelevine! Enjoy your day and everyday! God bless and take care! Below are two of the recent selfies but more are at my social media pages:

 

 


Life, Art, Life, Art, Repeat

The passion that I have for life in general is something that can not be touched. My words via poetry or small stories are to excite the casual viewer (reader) into my world of creativity. Creativity is not about hate or misgivings in this world. Everyone can be as creative as they want to be and grow in the world with a new lease on life. I have not created artwork in about 6 months and I plan to produce new artwork (as well as other things) very soon. Taking a hiatus of 6 months or more could hinder a lot of people but not me. I have a new passion on what I want to showcase and produce creativity wise. There was a time years ago that I retired/took an hiatus from doing artwork for 5 years. That sounds absurd to a lot of people but it is not as absurd as you would think.

 
My process of doing any type of artwork has changed from sketching, doodling and coloring into figuring out what I want to do followed by painting on a blank canvas. There have been various mistakes that have occurred while I was painting due to lack of preparation or fast tracking what I am doing to produce quick artwork. This was a trend for a while until last year when I secretly did artwork without telling anyone what I was doing. Last year my most creative and unique year of doing artwork. The uniqueness about the artwork was that I did artwork that was for myself. It was not influenced by anyone or anything. Getting to that stage of my art career is something that I am proud of because I allowed myself to not be like anyone else.
 
Now, I have been through the most emotional 6 months of my life. From being carefree about a lot of things to planning out my future business and personal wise. Before my mother passed away, I was planning to sell my artwork personally. I was just in the planning stages of what I wanted to do art wise. Being continuously rejected by my state’s art commission to get a grant of any kind made me think over what I was doing wrong. I figured out that I was not a corporation or a company that did artwork that appeals to the ordinary person that knows nothing about art or the art process. As I was getting ready, tragic struck and I placed my ideas on what I was to do to advance my art career on the back burner.
 
Artwork and the visual artist that does the artwork are united. The selling of my artwork is something that was going to happen no matter what. My plans to sell my artwork online has not changed. There are one or two ways I will sell my artwork: through http://www.etsy.com or by getting an online store on one of my personal websites. I can confirm that I will sell my old paintings that are 16×20″ acrylic on Cotton Duck canvas by mid-September. Let any and everyone know about this if you believe in my artwork or purchase the artwork when my online store is linked to my art blog and my Twitter profile at: http://www.twitter.com/andrelevine.
 
My new artwork may not be posted anytime soon. This is because I want to do what I want to do and showcase the results at a later time. I have also been thinking about doing more recorded videos about other things than my artwork. That is a work in progress. Also, my ideas about doing an inspirational app that everyone can use may take years to be available but I have started doing content for that app. Cheers for that as it takes a lot of brain power to plan and figure this out before it is readily available to everyone. I want to thank anyone that has morally supported me at any time in my life no matter what choices that I made. More things will come to me and you are the foundation to what will be my glorious future! Thanks again until next time! God bless!

Be Creative

The certain effects of life and dreams lead us all to take a step back from what we are doing to focus on what we need to be doing in life. I think that I have taken hiatuses for one thing to the next. Whether it was done in reality or on the Internet, I have hibernated a lot. There are many people that have not seen me in years for one reason or another. My mind works quite different than most people. There are many things going on in my head that I never say anything about. As a child, I grew up with a family that is loving but I tended to be a loner in nature. Going to play with other children was out of the ordinary to me but I did it from time to time. There are little child games I played in Jersey City that was just by myself. My life has never really been centered on myself but the outcomes of my thoughts were made by myself. There are people in this world that get bored by doing things by themselves but not me. I created things for myself to do in order to entertain myself and others when they were around. The storyteller, the kid at heart or the improvisational guy has always been my role in life. Stories that I convey to a particular audience, like yourself, were all apart of my dreams to create what I have never seen or to create what I wanted to see improved. In high school, I took up Drama I for my senior year. I was late to class and I was tired as hell because I never went to bed at the right time which parlayed to me walking to school because of it. By virtue of my childlike imagination, I was the best improv actor in the class. This made my Drama I teacher ask me if I wanted to take up acting after high school. That was never my plan and it still does not interest me at all. Remembering lines and saying things to become a character has not been something I wanted to do a on a regular basis. Doing improv comedy is nothing I want to do either. I was just testing out what I liked and did not like. My creative skills revolved around telling stories via written form or verbal, creating artwork via canvas or just a doodle on a corner piece of line paper and having the ability to speak my dreams verbally as if everything I said seems like a nightmare to any listener. Being creative for me has changed my focus towards business and connections with people that i interact with. There is a way out there for people of creative mindsets to do whatever their dreams are to do. One thing that people never realize about me is that I am a yogi of sorts. I am not the “do splits in mid air or do that headstand now” type of yogi but I like the different types of stretches and Yogi’s pose. Mind over matter seems to do wonders for me when doing yoga. Also, I am never going to do “nude yoga” either unless that means something between me in the future Mrs. Andre Levine but I must remain PG at this time. Either way, being creative in any art form has been my key in life. Being alone with my creativity lead to me sharing all the creative things I do whether big or small. Everything creative is the evolution of evolving as individuals. Being creative does not have to be anything relating to art in general as it can be any little thing you do. Just be original in your approach to undertaking the world and everything around you. Being yourself without the influence of others is being creative itself. Take care, readers!  


Freedom Woman Painting and More

There are many times that I start doing artwork in scribbles as I have done many times as a freehanded
artist. Yesterday was suppose to be no different in regards to painting a picture. There are many things
that I have been doing art wise and creative writing wise. A constant theme for my paintings happen to be
nature and love. There is also a theme of a female and butterflies. Butterflies have appealed to me over the
years as the shining of a new journey of hope and dreams becoming reality.

9x12 Acrylic Paint on Acrylic Paper

9×12 Acrylic Paint on Acrylic Paper

This painting that I start was thought of because of a scribbled butterfly was located on the back of my
acrylic pad that I paint on when I am not painting on a Stretched Canvas (which happens to be 16×20 on
most occasions). I started the painting as a blue butterfly and that morphed into a nude female facing
the world in an abstract like form. This female is not completely where she needs to be as she is finding
her truth. Her truth will only be seen when she exposes her heart to the world. The world in this case is
not the physical world that we know and love. This world is inside of her mind. She has the key to knowing
her truth, showing others her love and seeking what the world has to offer her. We are all seeking our truth.
“Our Truth” by Lacona Coil happens to be one of my favorite songs of all time. Seeking life and truth of your
own life is the plight of humankind.

This will be the start of my artwork going forward. Last year, I slowed down so that I can take different avenues
and ventures. The direction of my artwork will remain being abstract in nature but the business side of this avenue of interest has changed for me. I was going to get an eBay account and sell all of my paintings singularly. Now, I will sell my paintings in prints as there are reoccurring themes in my paintings that tell stories. My art goal will be to sell these prints by the end of the year. There are other things I need to do business wise outside of art but I will focus on my artwork no matter what the outcome is from anything else. Becoming the next Pablo Picasso has been my goal in being creative and I am striving to become that over time. This is a new start that I hope that everyone will be with me on morally and business wise. Going to make a goal of posting more this year also. Thank you for reading and take care!