Showing posts with label paintings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label paintings. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

20 MOTHERS DAY ART GIFTS BY MIABO ENYADIKE

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Mother's day is on its way and once again, we are all getting ready to gift our real Mom, for some a Mother figure, that is not our birth Mom and Mothers in general that we love and respect.



I know the drill and how pleasant it is, when my Kids and husband gift me with love, a special breakfast in bed and everything nice, on Mother's day. 

The schools, are now in on it also, creating special lunch events for Moms. This year I have picked our 20 inspiring mothers day gifts from my Zazzle store to help anyone wondering what to gift mom!.....Enjoy.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

HOW TO INSPIRE OTHER ARTISTS BY MIABO ENYADIKE

                   Woman' Abstract Art Ink on Paperboard. by miabo enyadike

Inspire is a feeling of something, that prompts action. I love and I look out for this quality in people and things around me.

People, Events, Books, Opinions, Art, Craft, Projects, Character, Achievement, Movements, etc, they just have to inspire me to be better and do more not just for myself but for others too.

What does this word mean? because of how it is used these days, let's take the meaning from oxford dictionary and I quote
1. It is a verb
2. To Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.


'Inspirations encourages people to turn their passions into actions'

This is so because what I needed after all the loss, I experienced as an Artist and Entrepreneur was Inspiration and there was none for a while, I was lost in myself, a successful entrepreneur and suddenly nothing. 

              Deep thoughts' Art on wet newspaper by miabo enyadike

I needed inspiration from a spiritual point as well as an Art point. This inspirational need to be better and to revive my creative process led me to Pinterest and other digital platforms, reading more and searching for answers. That was how I started blogging about my work.


This might sound weird, I had to blog about my Art to myself initially, like I was writing to an audience but in reality, that audience was an audience of one, me trying to inspire myself that it was okay to talk about what I did as an Artist. 


I needed to pull and put together what I had studied and read about successful Artist, in relation to there work and write inspirational stories to myself in a blogging way, in order to inspire and push me through the very hard come back days of 2013. 


And these blogs to myself were helpful and I still relate to them today and so do people.

                                  African'   Ink on Newspaper,  Art by Miabo Enyadike

I picked the pieces of what was left of my Art career then, by going to restaurants and asking for their empty wine bottles, that had been used because I could not Afford canvas or acrylic paint.

I could not afford art materials the situation, was really bad. With a very sick husband who was recovering, I had to do something or go crazy.


 The 'How to Blogs', on Pinterest helped a great deal and I am grateful, to all the bloggers that write these blogs selflessly. Friends, gave me remaining old tins of paint, they used for home renovations and all sorts. 


Those blogs helped and inspired me to create recycled Art, which fortunately was the buzz around that time and still is now.



                 Bottles and Old Jeans Sculpture by miabo enyadike

Till this day, I am grateful to those who went ahead and deposited old jeans, egg crates, newspapers and all, to help me start my new found 'hobby' of creating "Art out of nothing".


 There where blogs that I read that explained in details, how to sell these craft items in Craft markets. Even Crafts that would sell and how to price them. 


Those blog teachings and advice were extraordinary, the authors of these blogs were relentless in their enthused inspirational blogs, to offer help to me and others in need of advice and mentoring.

                  Flowers growing in a Pot' Ink on Paperboard by Miabo Enyadike.

I started taking my crafts to flea markets to sell. I also on my own, gave out as gifts some of the crafts I made just to encourage some kind of patronage. I had learned that to receive you had to give, and this helped.


 My craft gifts earned me a subtle word of mouth advertising among friends. 

For years, I worked in a quiet and reserved manner, picking up the pieces and working so hard on Art, as my Artworks piled at home, I needed a gallery space. 


I just could not afford one, after several rejections from gallery owners who could not define my art, or box me into what their galleries represented, I was left with Art that no one could see. I really had no idea how or where to show them in a more formal setting.



  Workmen threads: Abstract art, Jeans and rope by miabo enyadike

I remember those days when people asked what is your Art about, I would say its about "Art the Way I See it", what does it mean?.


 I even later in 2014, self-published two small books, that were actual blogs of mine written in 2013, at a time I was looking desperately for artistic representation.

'Workshop Art'


 'Art the Way I See It'.




These were very simple ways I felt, at that time to "Put my work out there", after the difficulty of getting art representation. I said to myself, do something somehow to document your art.


I found a way to paint, using Ink for pens with a brush on smooth paper board and acrylic on any surface I could paint on.


This expression style came out of necessity.
I started using Ink, on smooth cake box packaging paper boards, because it was affordable and easy to obtain. I did a lot of research on Ink and could see, that I could be creating an Art style for myself. 

These two books, where simply about my early experiences in this new Art projects of mine. Wrapped around stories, I explained my new found appreciation for Abstract Art, using Ink and acrylics as my medium.



Woman' Abstract Art Ink on Paperboard. by miabo enyadike

They were fast becoming a way for me to translate my Art vision on objects, paper and any surface or material that was available to me, because of the circumstances I had found myself in, both financially and otherwise. 

My garage which I turned into a studio, was like a Junkyard, that was because I picked everything I found, that looked like it could be Art. 

I made a conscious effort, to create Art or craft out of them because I viewed these items, I picked for free as gifts.
  
I practically and deliberately took long walks, hoping to find what I called  'God's gift to me for Art', meaning anything, that looked to me like a potential material to create Art, disposed of on the trail that I walked most mornings.

For me, the mental calculation was I could make money out of this if I tweaked it here and there and it cost me nothing to acquire it.


 And I did pick quite a lot, items ranged from Wood, Old Doors, Glass, Pine cones, Magazines, wet newspapers, bottles, you name it, I picked and created Fabulous Art with them.



        Portrait of a girl' Ink on Wet and Crumbled paper by miabo enyadike

Then came 2013 and I knew it was time, to start talking about what I was doing, after all the research and encouragement from friends.


 With help from my now healthy husband, I created Artmiabo pages, on different social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest,

Twitter, just to name a few and started showing my work to an unknown or unseen audience out there, I wasn't sure if they would like or enjoy what I did.

 Armed with so much Craft and Art I had been working on quietly for a few years, with whatever I could lay my hands on, I would wake up every morning armed with a new Art and would share it to my social media platforms in fear.


 Fear of the unknown and at the same time in anticipation of comments. And from time to time, blog about Art or craft I made. 


 Each blog was telling a story about the Art created by me because I knew the blogs were more intended to inspire me and hopefully others too......



 ART AND RE-PURPOSING (USED BOTTLES AND USED PLASTIC CONTAINERS; ABSTRACT MIXED MEDIA).

Also, it made me focus on my work more, and how I could draw attention to my 
"Peculiar Art", as I recalled someone had called it.

 It only made me more determined and I created a name for my "Peculiar Art"  which is ARTMIABO meaning Art created by Miabo Enyadike.

And I went on, to create pages on social media and represent myself and Art style, on so many digital platforms, in order to introduce myself to the world and sell my Art through social media.  

 It opened me to possibilities because it dawned on me that for me to succeed in this field, I had to be my own publicist, artist, gallery representative, strategist, blogger, and instigator, of how I needed my work seen and positioned and to whom.


 The effort of deep and continuous research introduced me, to a huge and helpful community of Artist, doing exactly the same things, sharing the same constraints but forging on with putting their Art out there relentlessly. 

                       Colors in a Rectangle' Ink on Paperboard by Miabo Enyadike.

And they as I was applying their new found knowledge of navigating social platforms to their creativity, in different stages of their craft. 


It made me realize, that there was more out there and It was possible and eventually my efforts paid off.


 Gradually feed backs, started coming in, invitations to 'blog as a guest blogger',

 Podcast etc, Exhibition invitations
Online stores, just to name a few and the rest is history. 

So this year I decided to create a board on Pinterest, 'Self Help Blogs', and you can click here on my Pinterest platform. These are blogs that I have read and learned a lot, from and see them as valuable anchor points, I recommend them.


So I have pinned them, in order to inspire us all, to hope in ourselves and improve our collective efforts to better ourselves or people around us.


For the Artists, who may be going through a brief period of setbacks, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, trust me on that and keep walking, it is a hard and narrow path but you'll get there. Happy 2019 Let's Inspire each other.

............................Enjoy 


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

HOW TO DECORATE WITH PAINTED PINE CONES' ART AND CRAFT BLOG BY MIABO ENYADIKE

The month of October,till the month of February is the summer season in South Africa. While Europe and America are 'Wintered up', we here have loads of sun and rain with hailstones, all at the same time it is a little overwhelming. 
Most mornings, its already pretty hot and I  take long walks, on the street that is at the corner of my own street.
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I enjoy that walk because of all the tall pine trees, and all I see is pine cones everywhere. I always tell myself, I will pick some next time and paint some fun summer colors.




Maybe use them as decor, in my patio or my 
sitting room but I always forget to go with a bag.   
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I remembered last Friday and went with a bag and picked as much as I could carry, bearing in mind it was a long walk back home.



Anyway I got my pine cones, cleaned them up with a small painters brush, then I brushed thinner all over each cleaned pine cone.          
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This I did to prevent insects or molding. I then applied white acrylic paint, as the base paint and when they were dry painted them the colors I wanted. 



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I chose colors, that reflect the mixed weather we are in right now. And oh! its raining but the sun is up how amazing......ENJOY!

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TURN DISTRESSED WOOD TO PICTURE FRAMES' ART AND CRAFT BLOG BY MIABO ENYADIKE


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I love old wood, be it oak, mahogany, pine, ebony, any wood  that exist, this drives my insatiable need to collect old used wood from everywhere or anywhere I see them.  
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I love the well worn look of old wood and the amazing fact, that if you choose to sand old wood again, it just comes alive with a better surface and fantastic grain when  polished.  
         
                                                                                           
                                                                     
In my case it really does not matter what state it is in, I just love it because there is always a use for them.

Jogging back home one morning, I discovered a pile of wood probably used for skirting, kept outside a fenced compound that was been renovated.




              
Well yours truly not one to waste time, pressed the bell at the gate and waited patiently while my eyes were glued to this find.  
            
Eventually response came, I was greeted nicely by a  lady who came to the gate. She answered warmly, that was a good sign! and all I needed.

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 I made my interest known about the wood to her, and if I could have them for free of cause.  I was playing on that warmness and using it to my advantage.



I could see she was taken  aback at this
request, but to my utmost relief she graciously agreed to my request.
                      

She was still a bit confused I noticed and she asked why I wanted them, I simply replied  coyly, I love to collect old used wood for Art. Thank you! I said. Ran home quickly  got a ride, and came back to pick them up.




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WeddingAnyway, to cut a long story short,I cleaned and sanded them,  went to see my carpenter and joiner, they were turned to picture frames for me. 
                                
I framed some acrylic flower paintings, I had previously done in them as you can see, it looked good to me and I really love the old wood .....ENJOY!  


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