You Tube Channel - Sophie Navarro

Sophie Navarro - My Art Process

Edited by Antonio Ochoa

I have been adding new content to my You Tube Channel and it has been so much fun creating new videos. I have found that as I am diving into my creative process, I have learned that the process itself is very important. The value I get in creating new art is deeply satisfying, connects me with a deeper self emerging and I love knowing that I can share this process with my dear friends, colleagues, new friends and the world. I am also seeing that those who I admire on You Tube have really inspired me deeply and I am starting to see how accessible these people are. It is no wonder they have become a success! They keep showing up, sharing their stories, ideas and visions. Now I am getting inspired to share too! Stay tuned!

Thank you for your support!

Sophie Navarro

Creating Opportunities For Yourself By Sophie Navarro

For me creating art isn’t something I take for granted. I value my process, creating new designs from my own inspiration and promoting my art within my community. There is an exchange between myself as an artist and with community. I enjoy painting live in the streets at First Friday ArtWalks. I love setting up my table with my cards, magnets and paintings. I value meeting new people as they look at my art. There is a feeling that I feel when I am out there putting my work out there. There is a great deal of passion in not only my process and there is also passion in meeting new people. I value connections.

The value I get from showing my art in art galleries, cafes and/or restaurants is exposure, creating new connections with businesses and also potentially selling my art. What I take from that as an entrepreneur is I build on those connections, continue to nurture the new relationships I build and gain more inspiration when I go back into my art studio. These new relationships can lead to creating new opportunities for something down the road. This can manifest into new art shows that show up, teaching an art camp at the YMCA, creating freelance art for a mom who wants a special gift for her daughter for Christmas or someone needs a special custom painting for a wedding gift. I am now seeing opportunities are everywhere. You just have to keep your eyes and ears open at all times as an artist.

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Dear Future Partner

Wanderlust Umbrella Project - ArtCity

Wanderlust Umbrella Project ArtCity   February 19th, 2019  The Umbrella Project embraces the rain and the darkness of winter by illuminating and transforming Downtown Eugene with an ever-changing display of live, time-based art.  The Umbrella Project is presented by ArtCity Eugene and  Cultural Services, City of Eugene.      Upcoming     Umbrella Project     Appearances    Wanderlust  February 19, 5:50-6:50 pm   Nimbus  February 20, 5:50-6:50 pm   Zoe Troupe  February 22, 5:50-6:50 pm   Vanessa Fuller Dance  February 25, 5:50-6:50 pm   David CP & Apprentices  February 26, 5:50-6:50 pm   Vanessa Fuller Dance  February 27, 5:50-6:50 pm   The Umbrella Auction  March 1, 6:30-7:30 pm  / Kesey Square    Keep an eye out for your favorite umbrella. All umbrellas will be auctioned on Friday, March 1 in Kesey Square during the First Friday ArtWalk. Umbrella proceeds will benefit    15th Night   , participating artists, and ArtCity Eugene (40-40-20)

Wanderlust Umbrella Project ArtCity

February 19th, 2019

The Umbrella Project embraces the rain and the darkness of winter by illuminating and transforming Downtown Eugene with an ever-changing display of live, time-based art.

The Umbrella Project is presented by ArtCity Eugene and Cultural Services, City of Eugene.

Upcoming

Umbrella Project

Appearances

Wanderlust February 19, 5:50-6:50 pm

Nimbus February 20, 5:50-6:50 pm

Zoe Troupe February 22, 5:50-6:50 pm

Vanessa Fuller Dance February 25, 5:50-6:50 pm

David CP & Apprentices February 26, 5:50-6:50 pm

Vanessa Fuller Dance February 27, 5:50-6:50 pm

The Umbrella Auction March 1, 6:30-7:30 pm / Kesey Square

Keep an eye out for your favorite umbrella. All umbrellas will be auctioned on Friday, March 1 in Kesey Square during the First Friday ArtWalk. Umbrella proceeds will benefit 15th Night, participating artists, and ArtCity Eugene (40-40-20)

Kesey Square  Wanderlust Umbrella Project 2019

Kesey Square

Wanderlust Umbrella Project 2019

to love is to risk, not being loved in return. to hope is to risk pain. to try is to risk failure. but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in my life is to risk nothing.
― Leo Buscaglia, Living, Loving & Learning
— https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/27573.Leo_F_Buscaglia
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Balancing Act By Sophie Navarro

Queen of Passion

It has been some time since I have updated my blog! I have been working on a new series of black, red and white paintings. The theme is tapping into my own self-love, self-acceptance and embracing my solitude. Many of my faces in my paintings have closed or open eyes, the reason for this is, I value the power of going inward through meditation.

As a single mother, I have found it is very important to take sacred moments even if it is 15 minutes here or 45 minutes there, to close your eyes and breathe. The consistent balancing act we perform in our outer lives can impact our inner world dramatically.

Painting regularly in between meditation sessions have provided me with the ability to tap into my intuition on a deeper level, keeping me grounded and reminding me that I have everything within me. I have inspiration, creativity, love, passion and freedom from just pausing and going inward. The act of painting on canvas is also soothing and very meditative for me.

It is often easy to look outside of ourselves to fill up on media, shows, movies and even certain types of food that seems to fill a void, however if we can remember that we are enough without all this outside noise, we can truly pause and accept ourselves fully. I recognize when my emotions feel intense, it means I need to pause with myself in a quiet space.

The red signifies adding more passion into my life. The gold represents the divinity inside my heart. The white adds a layer of clarity and freedom. The black reminds me of the contrast in the everyday, such as the yin and yang balance within my life. Using these different variations in my paintings shows how these different meanings provide a powerful message of love, passion and balance.

I have also been working on adding more love into my life by writing regularly in my journal. I have found by writing regularly, keeps me connected to my higher self, spiritually and also reminding me that I have so much to offer just as I am.

These pieces are like puzzles from my heart. I question regularly where do I fit in and who will fit with me? I choose to create paintings that reflect parts of my heart. The heart is a temple with little worlds within it, each reflecting doors or portals to a new place. I open my heart to you to see my journey to love.

By Sophie Navarro

“There was no question in my mind. This state of complete and utter love is our collective birthright, the state we are born to inhabit, the way of being that is eagerly awaiting humanity at the end of a long, perilous journey. We either walk toward love as a way of being, or we walk away from it. There are only two directions. This decision shapes our life and our world.” 

― Jeff Brown, An Uncommon Bond

Full City Cafe - Art Exhibit - Sophie Navarro

Sophie Navarro Art Exhibit

Full City Cafe
842 Pearl Street
Eugene, OR 97401

February 4th - March 3rd, 2019

A mix of acrylic paintings, pen and ink illustrations and mixed media.

These pieces are like puzzles from my heart. I question regularly where do I fit in and who will fit with me? I choose to create paintings that reflect parts of my heart. The heart is a temple with little worlds within it, each reflecting doors or portals to a new place. I open my heart to you to see my journey to love.

By Sophie Navarro

“There was no question in my mind. This state of complete and utter love is our collective birthright, the state we are born to inhabit, the way of being that is eagerly awaiting humanity at the end of a long, perilous journey. We either walk toward love as a way of being, or we walk away from it. There are only two directions. This decision shapes our life and our world.” 

― Jeff Brown, An Uncommon Bond

https://soulshaping.com/

Full City Cafe Art Exhibit
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Full City Cafe Art Exhibit
Queen of Passion By Sophie Navarro
Heart Wholeness by Sophie Navarro

Setting New Intentions for 2019

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!


 
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What does it mean to be an artist?

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.

Your Value Comes From Within

EMU - Aperture Gallery
Sophie Navarro
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.

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Graphic Design By Sophie Navarro

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.

Anne Marie Moore   Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner

Anne Marie Moore

Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner

Getting Clear on being an artist By Sophie Navarro

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! 

Namaste, 
Sophie Navarro

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The Goddess in Me By Sophie Navarro

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. 

 

Courage By Sophie Navarro

Art takes courage, discipline and compassion. There is a moment when you get into the flow of your work that takes you beyond the ordinary hour. It transcends time. I am learning to honor my creative time every chance I get. As a parent, it can be challenging to balance a career, graduate school and parenting. Nonetheless, I make time for the creativity because it is a part of my artist spirit. I also love to teach others how to create something new. There is a passion inside that wants to be expressed each day.  Today I honor this creative fire inside through everyday sketching, painting and poetry. I am setting better intentions to find those precious moments to create.  May you all have a beautiful day!  Sophie Navarro

Art takes courage, discipline and compassion. There is a moment when you get into the flow of your work that takes you beyond the ordinary hour. It transcends time. I am learning to honor my creative time every chance I get. As a parent, it can be challenging to balance a career, graduate school and parenting. Nonetheless, I make time for the creativity because it is a part of my artist spirit. I also love to teach others how to create something new. There is a passion inside that wants to be expressed each day.

Today I honor this creative fire inside through everyday sketching, painting and poetry. I am setting better intentions to find those precious moments to create.

May you all have a beautiful day!

Sophie Navarro

Be Love By Sophie Navarro

I have learned that creativity is something that must be nurtured every single day. It depends on growth, change and shifting to keep the energy moving. I am always working on new designs to continue to stretch my skills and approaches to my compositions.  As we get closer to Spring, I sense the shifts that are taking place more than ever. I am working on tapping into meditating regularly and practicing more yoga. I value how when you practice slowing your breath down, magic starts to happen internally and externally. You start to look at humanity, nature and life on a whole new way. Things slow way down. You don't feel that urgency to be busy all the time. You just slow down. Slowing down is a part of the creative process. It is an excellent way to tap into new designs.  Suddenly, you find yourself connecting with new people and start seeing new connections. I am working on expressing myself more and more with each passing day.  Be Love. Be Light. Be Your Own Authentic self.  Let your art heal others.  Sophie Navarro

I have learned that creativity is something that must be nurtured every single day. It depends on growth, change and shifting to keep the energy moving. I am always working on new designs to continue to stretch my skills and approaches to my compositions.

As we get closer to Spring, I sense the shifts that are taking place more than ever. I am working on tapping into meditating regularly and practicing more yoga. I value how when you practice slowing your breath down, magic starts to happen internally and externally. You start to look at humanity, nature and life on a whole new way. Things slow way down. You don't feel that urgency to be busy all the time. You just slow down. Slowing down is a part of the creative process. It is an excellent way to tap into new designs.

Suddenly, you find yourself connecting with new people and start seeing new connections. I am working on expressing myself more and more with each passing day.

Be Love. Be Light. Be Your Own Authentic self.

Let your art heal others.

Sophie Navarro

March 18th, 2018 - Changes By Sophie Navarro

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!

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Chakra Goddess By Sophie Navarro

Our Energy Our Essence

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

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