My Current TOP 7 Favorite Artists!

My TOP 7 favorite (living) artists, currently…

Okay, so a lot of people say that you shouldn’t post too much about other artists, but I feel like it’s important to be honest about who influences your work, and who just intrigues you the absolute most. I also love showing other artists love and appreciation.

I’d say I have a LOT of favorite artists right now, but here are my top faves this past few months (or even longer). I’m going to do them in REVERSE ORDER, so you can see my favorite at the very end. ;)

7) Lindsay Rapp :

Here's one of her videos, so you can get an idea:

6) Leigh Ellexson :

ONE OF HER SKETCHBOOKS! :

5) Lora Zombie :

Here's her "HEAVEN IS INSIDE OF YOU" video, which I'm in love with :

4) JacquelinDeleon :

This video of Jacquelin's is so satisfying to watch for all the up close shots and amazing attention to detail she accomplishes!

3) Audra Auclair :

Her video on artists and depression :

2) Tanya Shatseva :

HER AMAZING STUDIO TOUR :

1) Happy D :

Here's her video on HOW TO PAINT BACKGROUNDS :


I hope you enjoyed seeing what top artists inspire me the most right now. My list changes throughout the years, and I’d love to document that here on my blog.

*NOTE: if you are one of the artists I’m referring to, and you don’t want your video on my site, please email me using my contact page, and let me know. I’ll be happy to take down any content the artists / owners don’t want me to show.

Thanks so much for reading!
xoxo
MaceyLou
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How do you come up with your ideas for Art and Illustrations?

Some of it is simply colors in my head that I enjoy, colors of things that I love, things in my environment, and things like that. Other inspirations come from things I see around pinterest. I have a huge collection of pins on my pinterest page. It’s really massive, actually.

pastel girls in nature and fog

I’ve got things on pinterest that I forget I have on there, all the time, simply because I’ve been pinning things to it for years now. I think I’ve used pinterest for over 3 years. And I used to pin things for hours at a time, back when I first discovered pinterest. It really adds up. There are many different category boards on my page, including everything from home decor and artwork to hair and make-up.

However, another huge inspiration for me, when it comes to techniques, process, and work ethic is the pool of other artists I follow online. I love watching youtube videos of them in their studios, working and painting. It makes me want to go into my studio and begin working as well. In fact, a lot of times I’ll be watching an artist on youtube or an illustrator, working on their art while I paint or draw in my studio, or on my couch.

skull sketch

Another biggie is the sketchbook. I have many unfinished sketchbooks, mostly because I have many different kinds that I sketch in for many different reasons. My favorite is my 9” x 12” watercolor sketchbook. It’s actually just a spiral book of watercolor paper. I also have a watercolor paper pad that has thicker watercolor paper. I don’t just use these for sketches only. I also use the sheets for finished watercolor work, so it’s nice to be able to tear out the sheets when I’m finished and ready to frame them.

A huge inspiration to me is music. It’s not an inspiration to my concept ideas necessarily, but instead helps me stay motivated to keep moving forward with my projects and with my art in general. My favorite songs are ones that evoke lots of emotion and creep factor is one of my favorite elements. I like to think that similar emotions are revealed in my work. I mainly draw and paint female faces and hair. I’m obsessed.

boots and legs

Sometimes, I get kind of burnt out when it comes to concept ideas. I think I still have ideas in my brain, but it’s like sometimes I look at others’ works so much that I have a fog around my own ideas in my mind. It’s crazy and hard to describe, but hopefully that came out right.

gallery wall in the art studio

I think it’s important to find balance: balance between “ingesting” new things and new art from other people, and actually “cooking” up our own art. It can be a real struggle. Sometimes I just want to cozy up on the couch with a blanket and a pillow, and just watch YouTube artists all day, look through pinterest, or obsess over Instagram stories. I did a lot of that latter category today.

I think one thing that can help with not putting enough out there of our own stuff is not having a plan. I’ve started working on my social media plan, and I think it is going to go okay. I know I’ll most likely have to make adjustments along the way to keep it fresh and realistically doable, but it will be worth the trouble.

So, cheers to you other artists or creative types out there! Keep on keeping on! <3

Wanna pin this blog post to your pinterest board? Here's a snazzy image to help you out:

coming up with art concepts pinable image

Artist Manifesto | PART 1

I find it difficult to keep up with a blog nowadays, since I’ve really focused a lot of my energy on a youtube channel. However, I feel like I can create a sort of manifesto of sorts, in regards to my art life, and my pursuits in general.

Manifesto may not be the proper word, but I have yet to find a word that better fits my goals for this blog.

SPACE MERMAID GODDESS

Let’s start off by discussing a few things. I’ve seen it written in places here and there, that one shouldn’t reveal their “next move,” so to speak. I’ve also seen it written or spoken in other places that it’s better to speak about your goals in order to better achieve them. Sort of like a check system or a buddy system.

I don’t know what the right thing is, but I want to imply my goals and my intentions going forward in my life, mostly my art life. Even if I don’t out-right express my full goals and my dreams…

This all sounds very vague, but to put it simply:

* I want to live more honestly…through my actions, my answers to questions, my saying “yes” to the right things / opportunities, and saying “no” to the wrong ones.
* I want to be as artistic and free as possible.
* I want to have tons of creative freedom (this does NOT mean I have to have a huge bank account.)
* I want to be as brave as I can, and reach for very high art-related goals.
* I want to give people a glimpse of my life, through my content online….
* I want to really brand myself, but I feel I already have….so this one may already have been won, just need to be maintained?
* I want to take risks that are worth taking.

What does this mean moving forward? It means that I am going to do things that align more with MY dreams, MY visions of where I want to be in the future. Not just accommodating for others’ dreams they have in mind for me. I’ve done that too much. It stifles almost any venture I start. I have to stop the cycle now.

Sometimes I won’t have the money for a project I want to pursue. The solution? Save save save….save that money up, until I CAN afford it.

Sometimes I might fall for false opportunities. The solution? Learn from it and move forward, but don’t let the fear of being duped again cloud the waters completely.

Recent Art triumphs:

* One of my pieces was featured in a sticker subscription box! See below:

maceylou queen sticker bento box
sticker bento subscription box maceylou queen sticker princess


* I’m so CLOSE to being finished with 2 of my unfinished paintings
* A gallery contacted me! (Not talking about the details unless/until something comes of this…)
* I actually created an oil work I liked, in my sketchbook, on gesso:

oil painting maceylou gesso sketchbook 80's 90's kawaii barbie phone stars


* I’ve done a TON of research on things to help me with my secret art project. It will cost me a lot of money and time, so it is sort of in an on-hold state…sort of, but at least I’m gaining the much needed knowledge to get the job done. It just might take me a year to complete…who knows!

Social Media Triumphs:

* Instagram followers: 925 (end of 2017 goal: 1,000)
* Facebook likes: 355 (end of 2017 goal: 500)
* YouTube subscribers: 1,819 (end of 2017 goal: 2,500)

ghost girl kawaii cute sexy full body watercolor small painting maceylou

Things to focus on next:

* Finishing all my unfinished acrylic works from 2015 / 2016.
* Finishing my two oil paintings
* Finishing my oil painting sketch
* Create artwork for gallery show
* Create more digital work on the iPad.
* Get a better screen recording app for my iMac, so I can create better video editing tutorials.
* Figure out how to record my iPad screen, for speed paint videos.
* Putting finished artworks on sale on my website.

FUTURE THINGS:

* Clean and organize the studio, so I can…
* Renovate and paint the studio!

Me...contemplating all that I need to get done.

Me...contemplating all that I need to get done.

I hope you all enjoyed this first installment of my artist manifesto….more to come. :)
xoxo
MaceyLou