During the holiday break, I had a significant amount of time to enjoy family, friends and some solitude to get creative with new art projects. I was able to pause and reflect on the past year. The lessons I learned was to continue to create new work even on my most challenging days and to trust the process of uncertainty. There are moments when you think you are not sure how a specific event will turn out, if it will rain or shine or if you have enough art to sell, but the truth is you always have enough, people will come to see what you are doing and will appreciate you showing up. The hardest part is showing up for yourself. I did the First Friday ArtWalks all summer long and enjoyed painting in the street. I sold magnets, talked to new people and met so many amazing artists at each event. I am very appreciative for Lane Arts Council with all the coordinating, marketing and the connections I have built from showing up. My hope for 2019 is to continue to participate in these ArtWalks, build a better booth with more inventory and set myself up for more success!
Re-inventing the artist By Sophie Navarro
An artist’s life evolves over time. They go through a variety of experiences that shape their perceptions, assumptions and often challenges those assumptions to learn how to stay open. As an artist who is learning to shift from a different mindset that assumes to have it all figured out, I am learning to lean into the discomfort of how to build my business by creating new designs and products and test them with friends and family. I have learned that I will never feel ready when it comes to creating my store. It is an ongoing journey that will continue to test my assumptions, creativity and patience. The win out of this discovery is the process of re-inventing who I am as an artist. The unraveling of who I am meant to become.
The process I am now in is a time where I get to explore my inspiration and create designs that can both be functional, fun and whimsical. I am currently working on flowered barrettes, flower headpieces with LED lights and a variety of magnets. I am passionate about fashion, words, women wearing butterflies in her hair, mixing in textured paper with glittery shimmers, gold paint and love. There is a whole lot of love in each of my designs. This is where I get lost into an hour or 2 and just lose myself into my art. This is what it means for me to be an artist. The sheer love of creating something new and watching it grow into something new over time.
The value of support from friends and family is hugely important. I am finding now that we are close to finishing this year, it’s a good time to appreciate all the ups and downs of the year. I have learned how to navigate through them with a new perspective that involves more patience, radical self-love and acceptance.
I am so deeply grateful for all the work I have done with ArtCity Pro and ArtCity! Charly is an incredible mentor, friend and artist! I value how much ArtCity does for our community. All the events I have had the opportunity to be a part of has deepened my gratitude for all my new connections I’ve made this year. I am also grateful for Lane Arts Council First Friday ArtWalks and the Saturday Market. It takes a certain amount of courage to step into these opportunities and risk. However, through that courage and self-discipline, I have learned that I am stronger than I realize.
May next year bring an abundance of new art, passion for ArtCity and new opportunities to share with my community.
EMU - Aperture Gallery
University of Oregon
November 15th - December 15th, 2018
Artist Statement: This series represents the value that comes from within ourselves. Solitude teaches us to go inward, taking in the quiet moments that are often taken from us from the outside world and teaches us to pause. These paintings represent my desire to hold onto my identity and celebrate by going inward. I create my own inclusivity by accepting myself with all my patterns, ideas, inspiration and colors. My value comes from within not outside of myself. I remind myself this every day and to not allow others to define who I am. I am beautiful inside and out, colorful patterns unravel and I am whole.
My strength in graphic design is meeting with my client to discuss their needs. I am available to design logos, reminder cards, postcards and flyers. I enjoy working with a variety of clients as I build my portfolio. I am passionate about creating work that resonates with my clients and help support their marketing needs. Anne Marie Moore and Michael Moore were a delight to work with.
August 30th, 2018
Upon reflecting over the summer, I have learned a great deal about love, loss and the journey back to self-love. I have learned huge lessons this year and as an artist, it can be very vulnerable. However, despite the growth, I value the unraveling. I value the energy that it brings. It actually clears my path and helps me get crystal clear about what it takes to be the artist I have always wanted to be.
It comes down to if you want it that much, you will be the only one that can do it. It has to come from knowing yourself deeply at the core. It has to be something you work on every single day and accomplish 1-2 goals for the day, no matter how small it may seem. You need to stay disciplined, focused and clear.
I have noticed this for myself and for my own art practice. There is an art between being an artist, a mother and a business woman. There are 3 different roles in one persona. However, each role overlaps the other. I have discovered that if I give too much of myself in one area and lose my balance, it is amazing how that can affect your work. It is important to have a balance of playfulness, fun and relaxation.
Today I remind myself to stay focused, present and disciplined within my art practice.
I also practice deep compassion for myself, my son and for my friends who are incredibly supportive. I think having a strong support network is very important as you navigate being an artist.
Balance is key in everything you do.
May you all stay balanced from within, smile more and laugh more!
The goddess in me sees the Divine in you.
As I breathe in the light and honor this energy. I am humbled by this feeling.
It is a feeling that I recognize in myself.
It feels like home. It feels like peace.
The goddess in me sees the spirit in you.
For this, I am awake, mindful and feel the earth beneath me, grounded and still.
I am honored our paths have crossed.
On Embracing Changes
As an artist, it can be a lonely path and often times a bit awkward. I am learning to embrace all the emotions that can come up while being on this path.
I have come to learn that chasing your dreams is no easy path. It is a courageous path. It is a path that will challenge every part of your life. I have been working very hard for the past 4 years on my Master's degree in Arts Management and I have to say I am so excited about it!
There is so much I have learned in the last 4 years. I have learned that you're never really ready to start a business or you're never really ready to do a presentation. There is always that little voice inside that says no, you're not ready. Nonetheless, when you push through all that discomfort, worry and stress, huge pay offs do come up in the end. There is nothing like accomplishing a deadline and knowing deep down you did it!
The research part of what I am working on right now is working on creating a guidebook for artists entrepreneurs who desire a career in the arts. My goal is to have a series of illustrations in a graphic novel format with a few chapters. These chapters will give some insight on important goals to have in mind when starting your business and how to sustain your art business.
Stay tuned for new videos and updated blog posts! It's time to honor that creativity!
As wholeness sets in, our essence becomes an energetic field. This field is pure, moves out into the world with light and flows from within and is magnetic. The more you love you who are, the more your energy vibrates outward. The more your self-care you practice, the more you radiate your wholeness. The more you stay true to essence, your energy brings forth who you are at the core. Always be yourself.
Always protect your essence with a sacred energetic tune.
Let it rise up with unconditional love.
The world is in need of this unconditional love.
As energy and as essence - be who you are.
Radiate who you are.
Honor your essence.
Honor your energy.
Your essence is beautiful.
Celebrate your energy.
By Sophie Navarro