You will notice that this is the very first blog on this newly redesigned website...That is because I could not transfer the previous posts to this site. So, we are starting fresh!
(And with a very long blog.)
I would like to introduce myself...I am Liz Aitken, a BFA; Studio Art, emphasis in Painting graduate, with a minor in Spanish. I live in Charleston, SC with my husband, Pravin. We desperately want babies...fur babies that is! (German Shepherds or Goldendoodles-to be honest, we aren't really picky, we just want big fuzzballs to love.), but are waiting til we can give the puppers a good amount of space to roam around. I love traveling...you will see I go to Mexico every so often for about a month. (Message me if you want more information on why!) My love of the outdoors is large, so South Carolina is perfect (we have the beach and gorgeous weather). I hail from Michigan, so I understand cold weather and it's still weird when I'm wearing shorts in December. My favorite game is Bananagrams, because it's the only game I'm a real champ at. I love learning about and experiencing new cultures and love to psychoanalyze everything...including myself and my artwork. My faith in God is a big part of my view on the world and I believe the combination of all these things influence my artwork greatly. In general, this blog will be about my adventures in the studio and with my art!
I have this opinion about what the most beautiful thing in the world is. Beauty is obviously in the eye of the beholder and so clearly, I have bias. However, beauty to me is more than just pure aesthetic- it can be the things unseen that really make something gorgeous. In my encaustic paintings, I layer constantly. Even if you can't see the layer clearly, it is working beneath the surface to make the whole of the painting.
Take people or mundane situations...the world beyond the faces or actions can be something really incredible. The most transformative thing in the world is love. When we discover the man who is checking out his groceries at the supermarket is really checking them out for his sick neighbor across the street, we smile. Why? Because it is beautiful, that kindness that stems from love is a gorgeous thing. And it is true love that is the most magnificent, tear inducing, heart tightening thing in the world.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Now that I've told you what I think it the most beautiful thing in the world, I will tell you how I like to attempt to paint it. A while ago, I did a series on self sacrificial love- you will be able to see a few in the online store. Recently, I have begun trying to focus on joy, (which can be rooted in love) and the ways we can express it. Through our imagination, dancing, passions, a place which holds special memories, or the joy of looking around and expressing some of the natural wonders the world holds...the movement of a current, the intricacies of a shell, the colors in the changing seasons, and so many more!
What are your thoughts on love or joy? Or what do you think is the most beautiful thing in the world? Let me know!
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