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Jewelry Artist Heather Fleshman Featured on Art Wednesday

Heather makes beautiful jewelry and hair ornaments. She has them for sale in her Etsy Shop: Penny Joules. Please take a look when you finish reading her post. You’ll love what she creates! -Lillian

I am Heather the woman behind the scenes here at Penny Jules. I am an artist, and long time enthusiast of all things arts and crafty. As a mother of two young children I have found that my time for creating can be limited. I am fortunate that I am able to do what I love from my home and draw inspiration from my life, family, and friends.

 Jewelry Artist Heather Fleshman Featured on Art Wednesday

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a paid artist. When I first thought of being a paid artist I had this vision that I would be a painter. Drawing, painting and the like were always my passion.  I heard from many people that it is very unlikely that I would have become successful at it. So I chose not to pursue that as my career. Now when I think back to all those times I realize that my dream has actually come true, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful.
 Jewelry Artist Heather Fleshman Featured on Art Wednesday
I seem to always have several projects going on, or wanting to get going. Hair combs are always on my mind. I just love them; I recently posted a video on how easy it is to wear them. Another thing that has been big for me lately is shoe painting. I’ve painted several pairs, and have orders for a few more. I am still trying to decide if this is a direction in which I would like to expand my business.

 Jewelry Artist Heather Fleshman Featured on Art Wednesday

I don’t particularly have a theme I follow in my work; It is basically when inspiration hits I need to make it then. Which usually leaves me in the midst of quite a mess. I don’t feel I identify with any one type of art. I just love beautiful things. I have an eclectic style, and try to meld many types of beauty together. I love taking colors or pieces that most people think “Oh, that won’t go” and putting them together. Unexpected whimsy is my favorite.
 Jewelry Artist Heather Fleshman Featured on Art Wednesday
I love making wearable art because it is fun! Our body is our everyday canvas, why not have fun with that? I find making art in general is soothing, and healing to my soul. If I just need to clear my mind it is where I go. Sometimes I don’t get it right and have to start over, but I take what I learned from that failed attempt, and make it better. If my art makes any impact on the world, even if it is just making one other person aside from myself happy, I have been successful.
 Jewelry Artist Heather Fleshman Featured on Art Wednesday
My one piece of advice for anyone is, if there is something that you love doing, do it as often as you can. If there comes an opportunity to make it your job, dream, your way of life, just go for it. Have fun, enjoy your life, and don’t let people tell you that you can’t be successful at your dream.

 Jewelry Artist Heather Fleshman Featured on Art Wednesday

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Artist Adrian Beuses Featured On Art Wednesday

I hope you enjoy my interview with Adrian Beuses on Art Wednesday this week. I certainly enjoyed his answers to my questions. His love for creativity shines through his words and I think he needs to put this quote, “Learn with your mind, speak your heart.” on a T-shirt. I just love it! -Lillian


1. Tell us about the moment you realized you were an artist.
Funny enough, I think I realized I was becoming an artist when I started playing music. I believe every creative introvert from the moment they are born always find a way to express themselves. I did everything! Making games, filming & photography, creating board games, you name it. It wasn’t until I started playing shows with my band that I noticed how that expression was being bounced back to me, and that is when I felt it. The need to create posters and art for our band quickly became a hidden pleasure, and here I am, I never broke the habit.

In My Thoughts by Adrian Beuses featured on Art Wednesday
In My Thoughts 18×24 by Adrian Beuses (copyright and photo credit belong to the artists).


2. What projects are you working on now?
I am planning on creating posters for each zodiac sign. It has been in my mind for a long time. The medium and how I do it is still a secret,…(because I am still thinking about it)

3. Does you work have a theme? Are you exploring a particular topic or subject?
No theme nor topic. The more freedom I have to create something that speaks to me, in that moment, is what I am trying to explore. My mind is in a million places at once, and I believe I shine brighter rather than trying to force an idea to last longer than it needs to.

Aquarious by artist Adrian Beuses featured on Art Wednesday.
Aquarious by artist Adrian Beuses (copyright and photo credit belong to the artists).

4. What type of art/ or artist do you most identify with?
I usually find myself going back to Massimo Vignelli, Aaron Draplin, or Debbie Millman. All completely different personalities, but a complete dedication to what they believe and it shows in their craft. I can identify my art as Bauhaus inspired with a hint of psychedelia.

5. What inspires you?
Music and film, either together or separately, but I love them both with a passion. It may seem weird, but trying to visualize in a graphic manner the meaning behind sound or moving images is quite exciting.

6. What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an artist? What is the best advice you have received?
If I had to tell little Adrian years ago a piece of good advice to becoming an artist, is the secret to unleashing creativity. All the information, classes, and knowledge only goes so far, but it is only part of your art. Once you have all your resources and are ready to create, put it all under a mantle, when the moment of truth comes your intuition will speak for you. Learn with your mind, speak your heart.

Red Panet by Adrian Beuses featured on Art Wednesday.
Red Planet by Adrian Beuses (copyright and photo credit belong to the artist.

7. What is your dream project?
To create a print for my favorite artist at the moment, not a huge dream but hey how great would that be!

8. What medium do you like to work in most?
Collage, watercolors, and digital. All are fantastic, and they always help me put across what I am trying to create that moment.

9. Is there an art supply you couldn’t live without?
If you are a designer or aspiring designer, please be aware that you will have an unhealthy relationship to your X-Acto knife. Respect the X-Acto, love the X-Acto.

10. Why do you make art?
There are a lot of things you can do in your life, but none of them give you enough fulfillment like seeing your thoughts become a reality. Creating art, is a sign of life, is my way of seeing I am grateful for being where I am today.

11. What impact do you want your art to make on the world?
I don’t expect a generation to be impacted by me, at my tender age of 24 I am just taking it a step at a time. Be humble, because we are all taking the same road in many different ways, the only mark I hope to leave behind is clear to me now . Because I am lucky enough to do it in the first place, and so can you.

Adrian Beuses is a dork enthusiast with a love of Art Prints and creating them. Originally from a peninsula of Venezuela, to living in a peninsula in the United States. 24 Years old and getting younger, I focus my artwork to showcase the beautiful to creepy, the modern to psychedelic, while trying to see where my curiosity leads me.

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Featuring Nancy Murphree Davis On Art Wednesday

Nancy Murphree Davis is an incredibly talented artist across many mediums. I am in love with her paintings and hope to acquire one soon. If you like her work and want to see more or learn more about her work and process please visit her blog and social media profiles after reading her post. Thank you! -Lillian

Nancy Murphree Davis Art Featured On Art Wednesday
Tough Nut To Crack by Nancy Murphree Davis. Copyright belongs to the artist.

First, I would like to thank Lillian for asking me to be a guest blogger on It’s a Dome Life. What a thrill! I love her artwork as well as her truthful, funny, and positive approach to life. Life may throw us lemons, but we make lemonade. And Lillian probably makes cookies too.

Lillian asked me when I knew I was an artist. I guess I have always been an artist, but I didn’t grow up with structured opportunities to do much art and was too distracted by other interests to do it on my own. I didn’t see art as a career that I could make a living doing, so I didn’t pursue it for a long time. In the end, I learned that my artistic talent is something I couldn’t quash and embraced it. I’ve never been happier. I now tell people that I am an artist and if they ask questions, I give them my business card and tell them to visit my website. [link to: http://nmdart.com] or my Facebook page Nancy Murphree Davis Art [link to: https://www.facebook.com/NancyMurphreeDavisArtist].

I am inspired by almost everything I see. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t see something that gives me an idea for art. Thank goodness for smartphone cameras so that I can record ideas visually! In good weather, I take walks in nature and photograph the most random things. My recent alcohol ink paintings reflect this. [link to: http://mymanyimpressions.blogspot.com/2015/01/winter-inspirations.html] The photos don’t look like much, but somehow I know when I see them that they have potential as art.

Nancy Murphree Davis Art Featured On Art Wednesday
Point Sur Light Station by Nancy Murphree Davis

In recent years I have been unable to travel much except for several moves, but I am inspired by architecture, both rural and urban near my home. Luckily, I currently live just outside Washington, D.C so I have a wealth of interesting buildings as well as rolling hills, lakes and ponds, etc. I also love the play of shadows across manmade structures, steel towers and industrial scenes.

I work in many different mediums, but I tend to concentrate on one for several months and then something will inspire me to switch. I find that I do more watercolors in the summer when it is sunny and more alcohol ink painting in the winter because the bright color are cheerful during the cold and gray days. If forced to choose a favorite, I guess I would choose watercolor. I mainly use

Nancy Murphree Davis Art Featured On Art Wednesday
Summer Legacy by Nancy Murphree Davis. Copyright belongs to the artist.

Daniel Smith watercolors and I’m kind of obsessed with my new Loew Cornell watercolor brushes. They hold a point really well. My current love is the #14. I also adore Arches 300# rough paper.

My advice to those starting out would be to make lots of art. Then, make more art. Whether you do this on your own or with a group doesn’t matter much, but find your own voice. Cultivate artist friends who can give you feedback. Ignore any negative comments related to the actual appearance of your art or subject matter. Listen to your gut. Heed any criticism in regards to craftsmanship or presentation if the source is credible. Try to pursue new venues to show your art; don’t stagnate in one place. Each place will make you new contacts that can result in new opportunities. Don’t be afraid to try new things or new mediums. Push yourself. Promote yourself. Believe in yourself. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t sell a lot. I still couldn’t support myself unless I lived in a tent, but fortunately, I am now turning a meager profit. My big “pie in the sky” dreams would be to open a small gallery and to be accepted into nationally recognized watercolor organizations. I would also love to see my work featured in a catalog or magazine publication.

I make art because I love to paint and create and because I have so many ideas in my head that I need to get out! I sell because I can’t keep it all and when a art collector truly loves a piece and wants to own it, my heart overflows with joy. I want my art to make people see the subject in a new way. I want them to bring their own feelings and emotions to the piece and have it radiate good thoughts or memories into their lives. I want them to feel joy (or peace) every time they see it on their wall. I also make art because I love artists and the communities that artists create. They are some of the kindest and most giving people on Earth, like Lillian.

Nancy is a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists and a gallery member at Gallery Underground. She displays her work in the bin gallery at the Art League inside the historic Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA and enters many juried shows both there and with arts organizations in the DC metro area. Her awards include Best of Show in both the Arlington Artists Alliance Washington Color Field Show and the Pintores Art League Spring Fling, first place in the Audi of Arlington Art Showcase as well as honorable mentions with the Springfield Art Guild and the Art League Gallery.

Nancy is a an active user of Facebook (Nancy Murphree Davis Art) and a very occasional Twitter user (handle @nmd_art). Her website provides links for the purchase of original works, reproduction prints and cards. Her blog My Many Impressions (http://mymanyimpressions.blogspot.com) shares longer tales of artist pursuits, techniques, and thoughts on art. She maintains a studio [https://www.facebook.com/CyanStudiosatArtUnderground?fref=ts] in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia.