Mixing Media: Art, Writing, and the Like

One of the hardest parts about picking a major in college was deciding ONE thing I wanted to do. I had my hand going in a lot of interest: photography, creative writing, painting, drawing, baking, science.

In the end I settled on journalism for the ability to keep many of those hobbies of mine alive.

But in the past few months, as a stay-at-home mom, I’ve been putting on a lot of those hats again. It’s felt wonderful.

On Thanksgiving Day, I published, with one of my best friends, our second book: Envisaged.

We wrote the book together, but there was so much involved than just that. We did several photoshoots, which I shot, and then we had to design the cover, which I did. There is something special about saying every single bit of a creation is of our own making.

And then, in the book (if you find yourself reading it!), we wrote a couple of songs. So, I am now adding to my list of artistic endeavors song writing and singing. We are working on putting out the song on YouTube! It will happen, but I’m such a perfectionist sometimes, it may be a hot minute.

In addition to all this, I also accepted a freelance gig creating drawings for a 2-cd album. I’m creating 22 original pieces. The right side of my brain is tingling from its use over the past month! But it’s a good tingle.

Mixing all these arts together has been a joy.

But I think the weirdest thing about art — any art — is that it feels like it needs to be seen. Like, if I’m the only one whoever enjoys it, what a waste!

So, I’ve linked the book here. And I’ll be posting my art after the album is released. You will probably see a few other posts about this book. I love what we wrote, and I hope more eyes than ours will see it and love it as much as we do.

It’s OK to be a mixed-media artist. In fact, it’s pretty great.

Get out there and explore all sorts of artforms. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.