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:
http://www.zazzle.com/mbr/238829257143530930 is the direct link to all of the items that I am selling now! The following artworks are what is being sold on various products. If anyone wants these designs or anything I did in the past on other items, message me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do more over time and these items will be available for the foreseeable future! Thanks for looking and remember to #SupportArt and #SupportLocalArt always! God bless and take care!
P.S. I will be doing new painted artwork very soon!
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.
It’s a new year filled with no ideas and concepts that we want to follow but rarely follow through going towards the end of the year. We are people that want to do many things in different ways without a real passion or motive to move forward out of our comfort zone which tends to make us become lazy outside of our daily routine or tasks. Motivation is key to a brighter future. This concept is not new or old as it is always evolving over time. Motivation is the constant action and reaction to everything that happens on this Earth as well as outer space.
Last year, I managed to do a great deal of artwork without submitting it to any contest or asking anyone how they fe;t about anything that I was doing. It is not that I did not care about the thoughts of my peers but it was that I want to see what I wanted to do art wise. There were many times that I wanted to quit doing artwork entirely. It seemed like it was my sole purpose in life to be accepted for the style of art that I wanted to showcase but no one really cared enough to pay attention to the message that I was sending. The people that I was thinking about is the organizations that fund grants and exhibitions. There is no hiding the fact that I have a pile of rejection letters that would make the mose motivated person want to quit or retire.
This crimpling fact of not being accepted by people that I do not know and do not know me was puzzling and perplexing. My mind was racing to figure out how to be accepted. My heart wanted to not care about the negative and focus on the positive. The problem was that I never received the positive from who I was trying to please. Keep in mind that I was not being rejected by my peers, freinds, family or anyone who had a concept of who I am or what I was doing. There are numerous occasions that I have explained myself into thinking that I should change this up or that up to be commerically noticed. That day will happen but it will not make my heart and passion to be creative happy in the slightest.
No matter what I do: I motivate! From the person that knows me from birth to the average person that asks me for advice on anything that they think I know about; I motivate. My goals in life are my goals. Being selfish in my vocabulary binocular or the ways that “common sense” has taught me to become myself would be very ridiculous for me to do.
So, I did whatever art came to my mind to do on any medium that I wanted to do it on. My poetry side came up once more and continues to do so. Based on my upbring and suburban influences in hip hop culture, I have beatboxed on Instagram on the random occurence. Truth is: I have always had a song, tempo or melody playing in my head. Ask anyone that truly knows me personally. Creativity is something that need to be worked upon and your motivation to partake in your passions to be creative will improve your mindset on a daily basis.
Everyone who has ever lived has been criticized for doing something in their personal or professional lives. We always hear negative comments that cause us to re-evaluate who we are as individuals. Never let anyone or anything stop you from being you at any time. You are unique, special and you have a place in this world to be more than your dreams told you to be. Everyday is a new day to do new things and add to what you are creativity passionate about. Motivate yourself to think outside the “box” that society has placed you in and live out your dreams always! Thanks for reading and take care!
Limits. Limited. Unlimited. Advanced. Certified. Divine. These are all words that we hear over and over for one reason or another. We are creative and art inspired since birth. Retaining creativity is hard as an adult because of the factors of life lead us to not even think about what we want to create. Some of us are crippled by not knowing where to start when it comes to doing artwork in general. One of the reasons that I know that everyone is creative is because of all of our dreams that happen at night. Your dream state and series of dreams allow you to explore ideals that we do not commonly partake in real life.
A constant dream that happens to me is that I keep thinking that I am flying above ground with another spirit that happens to be female. There are also very violent dreams of me either helping someone get away with murder or being killed off myself by some killer or horror movie inspired aspect. It is brilliant creativity both good and bad that drives us in the direction of our daily lives. We are driven and our desires of our personal dreams may lead to creativity in real life in various forms. My focus as of late has been grant funding from a business prospective yet my focus from a physical prospective has been to be deep into fitness.
Fitness for me has been both good and bad. The bad aspect of fitness is common knowledge as it has mostly to do with muscle soreness. The good aspect of fitness is the progress of being more active as well as losing body fat. Various fitness routines that I have done lately have to do with body weight exercises. Yoga has been done in the past but not being able to do a handstand out of Yogi’s pose got to me. So, I learned different way to do a handstand. One way is by falling down into a push-up and standing on my hands while I also started at a sitting position into a cartwheel lately.
I say all of this because creativity has empowered my life to become better than yesterday and to progress daily. There are so many people that look at visual artisans as if they are musicians. One painting is loved for a moment and the next painting is treated as if it is not better than the last. Musicians paint a picture in vocals on their album and hope that it is loved while everyone loves the album while awaiting the next album. It is the same amount of pressure between both artists. This is the reason for most productive artists to constantly develop and produce new displays of creativity with each piece of artwork.
I have done a lot of artwork over the past six months. It may be the best artwork of my whole art career so far. The pictures are posted on my various websites and in video form on my YouTube account. The following are various pieces of the artwork that I have done:
I will try to post on this art blog every few months to keep this up to date with the latest in my art career. I hope all of this that I posted has been a pleasure to read. Thanks and take care of yourself!
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!
The sum of things in the past few months have been learning experiences to say the least. Verbally and theoretically, I have pretty much been a man of words and actions. You can say that I have taken a bit of chances that I may not have done in the past. It seems that the person I am is private so it is hard to convey that into the open minded behavior that is in the art world. No matter the situation I have been put in so far in this life; I rise to the occassion. Being the person I am and the way I have handled life is amazing to see (as I have been told.)
Losing a job about 2-3 years ago allowed me free time to do what I felt that I needed to do. Up until the day I lost that job, I was a workaholic that did not know how to stop being that way. It might have been constructive if I was a workaholic that actually did something I love but that was far from the fact. I was always told by my elders; “Something is better than nothing!” To put it mildly and not to scare people that do not know me…..I was a wreck of a person that got no sleep and was on the verge of self destruction. My whole family so that coming. I save a great deal of money so I would be okay. After that, I started doing “odd jobs” and actually make more money that way but that is not what I am getting at.
The time away from the steady job market allowed me to do artwork. I did sketches as a kid and pen drawings in college but nothing concrete at all. In unison with this, I started this art blog, got on Facebook and Twitter. Privately, I am a long conversation person as I will be on the phone for hours with the people that really know me. Now, this is where the story gets a bit weird. My best friend at the time asked me to go to Flordia with him on the spur of the moment. I did and everything that could go wrong went wrong. My money paid for the following: gas, hotel and food. The car shut down 3 miles from the hotel we were suppose to stay at.
I stayed in high spirits and we got a ride to the hotel in Orlando, Florida by the street sweeper. Somehow was we approached the hotel, he says “Why don’t we stay here for a while?” To say that I was shocked is an understatement. We got to the hotel, paid for the room and stayed up all night. We were in Florida because he wanted to try out for American Idol. The next day, he tried out but I was too tired to wait for his turn. This female that I did not know was bothering me with her feet of all things. I love females but this girl was weird. After this, I left the Colosseum and got lost trying to find the hotel. It took me at least 5 circle around the Colosseum area to finally see the hotel.
So, I took a shower and fell into sleep. He was back when I woke up and he was disappointed. We left the hotel and tried to walk to the nearest Greyhound. The map on Google maps said that it was about 5 miles. We proceeded to walk over 5 miles in the wrong direction. The next local bus came by and took us to the nearest bus depot where I met a female that I was going to flirt with but it was no use as I was leaving. If I had a video camera at that time, you would be able to see the lustful stares we gave each other. That friend never was a friend after that trip for various other reasons. I felt as though I needed to go on another trip……so I did. I went to New Jersey to stay about 2 weeks but ended up staying for at least a month! New Jersey is my birthplace and second home. Art filled my brain after being to these places so I went from painting on paper with acrylic paint to acrylic paint on 16×20 canvases. Three months after this, I started using 16×20 Stretched Canvases that are Cotton Duck fabric with a wooden frame on 4 sides.
Showing my artwork with others gave me joy and I get a dislike every so often. I decided on applying to get an Art Fellowship last year and got an rejection letter. I did so again this year and got another rejection letter. This sounds dishearting in a way but it is not. My love of art started as a kid and no rejection letter from anyone will change that fact. The last rejection letter I got was via website and not formal at all. This was a rejection letter from the City of Charleston Cultural Arts for an exhibition at an arts festival. My goal art wise was to get my artwork into galleries.
My art collection are neatly kept in 4 big boxes, sprayed with acrylic sealer and looks the same way when I finished painting it. The way I will sell these paintings are not like most as I just want to sell them with money order and debit card. Credit card is an option but I have to do more research on that. I am open to commission work at any time but keep those payment option in mind. The good thing about what has happened recently is that my friends and family believe in me more than I thought. A starving visual artist I may be but the road to what I need to become will be legendary.
I say that I am the next Picasso and that is not because I think that I am the best visual artist there ever was as I know I have as much passion for art as Pablo Picasso did. I say all of this because I lost friends as I stated in one situation, I have been rejected many times by the art community of paneled judges but I still have passion to create and be creative in everything that I do. You can not enjoy success without going through the struggle to get there. This is not just a story and this is not just words as this is a statement of truth with my own tongue. Keep pursuing your passions in life as I know that I will. Take care all of you and thank you for reading!