Art Helping to Get Your Life Back with Christy Lawrence

Art Helping to Get Your Life Back with Christy Lawrence

To get out of my darkest moments I would paint and draw, the creative trance really can do wonders and for a few hours at a time I would forget my life. Posting daily on Instagram held me accountable, and of course my advertising brain was still fully functioning and after people started offering to buy my artwork - this idea starting building. It was true, the better my feed looked, the more money people would offer. 

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Artist Mother: Cassia Cogger

"Being an artist keeps me in constant conversation with the world around me. A ceaseless observer. I now go out of my way to share the things I notice, colors, shapes, patterns, light, with my children as I encourage them to slow down and pay attention to their surrounding environment as well.

This ceaseless observation extends to my internal world as well and as a mother I am often questioning how I can become a better person in all realms in order to serve my children and ultimately myself.

As my daughter has gotten older she sometimes questions my choices and I constantly try to explain that my hope is that her seeing me pursue my passions regardless of societal expectations will allow her to do the same as she finds herself in similar situations. I hope that my son is able to find the same lessons as he matures." - Cassia Cogger

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Lisa McLinden - Thoughtful Reflections on The 100 Day Project

Lisa McLinden - Thoughtful Reflections on The 100 Day Project

"Funny thing, life doesn’t stop for The 100 Day Project. Nope, it doesn’t. There were many days I had to dig very deep to create a project worthy of sharing. Throughout The 100 Day Project, I’ve been one of the primary caregivers for my sweet Momma G, who’s in her final life chapter. Diagnosed with terminal breast cancer weeks before the project started and given months to live, I wanted to put the project on the back burner, to put LIFE off until next year, to use it as an easy out. She wouldn’t hear of it! So, in the midst of nursing visits, doctor’s appointments , hospice appointments, needles, and a lot of hand holding and tears, I chose to channel my sadness and grief into this project. Many pieces were created in my studio. Others sketched out while I watched her sleep. The connection between nature, life, death, my art, has never been more evident to me then now." - Lisa McLinden

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Natalie Wargin on Starting Something New

Natalie Wargin on Starting Something New

"No, I have no regrets. I started painting when it was time for me to do that. It wasn’t until I came to the Hudson Valley and saw what I saw that I was moved to pick up a brush. Creative pursuits can’t be forced. It’s time to make art when you feel the need to create and that can happen at any time. I always remember that Grandma Moses, one of my favorites, didn’t start painting until she was 79." - Natalie Wargin, Artist

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COTFA Hashtag Challenge Week

Welcome to our Carve Out Time for Art (COTFA) Hashtag Challenge Week!
Marissa and I decided it would be a fun community building project to do a hashtag challenge week.  Each day we'll post a challenge and you can participate using the appropriate hashtag.  Then we encourage you to search under that hashtag and share the love, pretty much like you guys already do.  Learn about each other and make some connections and give support!

Monday 5/9:  #COTFAIntroductions
  • This is to kick off our our hashtag challenge week.  Share a picture of yourself and tell us a little about you!  What do you create?  Do you have a day job? Are you a parent, a student, a retiree? What else are you interested in?  Have you done anything fun and exciting?
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Tuesday 5/10: #TaDa_Tuesday
  • What are you working on?  This doesn't have to be a large scale completed work. What's mid process, what's in your sketchbook? Share it!
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Wednesday 5/11: #HowICOTFA
  • Tell us how you find time to create and carve out time for art. What has helped you the most?
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Thursday 5/12: #ShowUsYourSpace
  • Where do you create?  We'd love to see where the magic happens.  Studios, dining rooms, couches..Marissa has a rickety table and a shelf in her childhood bedroom right now...
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Friday 5/13: #CreativePinkieSwear 

  • Have something you've been putting off but would really like to accomplish? Share it here! And we can hold each other accountable.
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Follow us on Instagram @carveouttimeforart where we frequently re-post and share work from friends in our community we find via #carveouttimeforart hashtags!