Obsessive Artist: Paul Alexander Thornton

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…I’m an obsessive artist. I find one thing and obsess over it, repeat it, elaborate on it and expand it. Once I’ve pushed it as far as it can go then I move on. My portfolio tells that story as I find one thing and push it so far and then leave it behind, you can see I did portraits and then stopped and started up drawing abstract patterns, pushed it so far then moved onto flowers, then skulls. I’ll know its time to move on when I become bored.                                   - Paul Alexander Thornton

PATWhile perusing the web (thanks Pinterest!) I came across UK based artist Paul Alexander Thornton. The original site linked to the pin was from webneel, a “Design Inspiration” site that focuses mainly on “Photoshop, Graphic Design and Photography”.

Their article about Thornton shares a little commentary as well as a handful of videos of the artist at work; the majority of which are centered around his obsession for skulls & flowers. Many of his videos are also accompanied by his own, original music.

One of the many intriguing things about Thornton’s art & practices is that he uses an everyday BIC pen to create his works! I know that many artists today have selected this run-of-the-mill pen as their artistic tool of choice but boy, I am always still blown away at the control that they can achieve!

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Watch more of Thornton’s videos here or check out his YouTube channel.

You can also learn more about the artist / view more of his work here.

Are you an obsessive artist?

I, personally, am most definitely an obsessive artist. Part of it has to do with my lack of excitement for change. Some change is good, & necessary, yes. But I like to live in a comfortable, consistent little world – unrealistic, I know. But a girl can dream, right?

The other reason I tend to obsess over certain artistic subjects is due to different artistic mediums. I can’t have all of my paint supplies out as well as a million skeins of yarn. Because of this I tend to go through “phases” of what medium(s) I am working in – this often leading to their own particular repetition of subject matters.

IN SHORT: I am an obsessive control freak that finds Thornton’s methods extremely impressive & his resulting works both intriguing & quite beautiful. The juxtaposition of life & death within his skull & flower works is an interesting thought to ponder over as well.

What do you think of Thornton’s work?
Too menacing? Hilariously ironic? Just right? I’d love to hear in the comments!

LoveMakena

Sriracha-holic

sriracha-ivJust popping in real quick to share my immense love for this glorious hot sauce. Because this image is perfectly hilarious & entirely too true AND because Sriracha is just plain awesome.

Now excuse me while I go eat my lunch – which, yes…contains Sriracha.

What’s your favorite thing to put Sriracha on/in?

LoveMakena

 

Photo Diary: Colorado 2014

I recently went to Colorado for a family vacation. Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Twin Lakes, Buena Vista, Leadville, a few other small towns & Breckenridge + 3 states to get there, 3 homes while staying there, with 10 other family members, a total of 1600 miles within 9 days of travel & LOTS of rain, to be exact.

I drove the majority of the trip so I didn’t get to take all that many photos. Otherwise I was “living in the moment” you know?

i.e. Trying not to kill anyone. LOL Love you Grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins & Mother!

On the road.

We drove from our home state of South Dakota, through Wyoming & into Colorado. Luckily, we totally missed Denver’s, & the surrounding areas, rush-hour traffic. NOT! Alas, we ultimately made it to our first “home” of the trip – a hotel in Colorado Springs.

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Garden of the Gods | Colorado Springs, Colorado

This was our main stop while staying in CO Springs. It was quite hot that day so I think we made pretty quick work of it. I would definitely go back someday to get a better look.

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Pikes Peak Cog Railway | Manitou Springs, Colorado

While staying at our hotel in the city we made a quick trek to Manitou Springs to ride the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak. It was a cool ride, figuratively & literally. We were all a little disappointed with how foggy (& freezing) it was at the top of the mountain. Oh well, at least we got to stuff our face holes with the famous Pikes Peak donuts – “the only donuts made at an altitude over 14,000 feet”. Yum!

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On the road again.

A few days into our stay we made our move from our hotels to our first real home, a cabin in the mountains located near Twin Lakes & Mt. Elbert – “the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains”.

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The gorgeous view from our “back yard”.

Leadville, Colorado

The town our cabin was “in” didn’t offer many amenities like grocery stores or gas stations so we had to go elsewhere to buy anything we needed. One of the closest recognizable “civilizations” was a quaint little mining-town by the name of Leadville. We had many a meals, a few drinks & definitely a lot of fun in the area. Antique hunting, gold panning, horseback riding & more. Including, visiting a little ghost town that required the most ridiculous drive on the face of the planet to reach. I swear, it was about 30 minutes each way & on the crappiest dirt road you’ve ever seen. Which, mind you – is actually supposed to have motor vehicles on it. Not fun. Needless to say, my little Fiesta is pretty much an official off-road vehicle now, right?

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Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, a town a little farther away from our cabin than Leadville, was another popular location for everyone to stop & fill up (tummies & fuel tanks). It also had this awesome little park reserve behind the downtown strip – complete with small rapids & cute cacti.

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Breckenridge, Colorado

After spending the majority of our trip in our cabin…did I mention there was no wi-fi? Scratch that, no SERVICE?! About half of our family consisted of internet obsessed teens! Cough*plusmymother*Cough Luckily, I’d say most of us did pretty good ;P But I digress…

After spending the majority of our trip in our cabin we made our move to Breckenridge, our final home for the last couple nights. We spent hours trying to figure out who got to sleep where (again) but eventually settled in for our short stay. Just a hop, skip & a jump from the downtown area, we spent the a lot of our two days out & about – riding the gondola & doing a fair amount of shopping & eating. Yay cookies & shopping & fellow life forms!

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This was such a long & fairly packed family vacation that I pretty much needed a vacation from this vacation! Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing my family as much as the next guy but boy was I happy to be back home. & to have constant internet access…

photoFUN FACT:

Carl’s Jr. has been pretty much my all-time, favorite place to eat since I was a child. We don’t have the chain where I live so I am not lucky enough to stuff these delicious chicken nugget stars in my face whenever I want. We don’t often visit areas that have the chain either so this was the first time these lovely beauties graced my face hole in over a decade. They tasted just like I remembered them. Heavenly.

Judge me.

LoveMakena

I’m alive!

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

 

Well, it’s been over a year since I’ve posted anything (I BLAME COLLEGE). I definitely can’t say I’m proud of my absence but there are dozens of things that I have accomplished since my last post:

-I graduated from college with the highest honors. (It might be one of the main reasons for my absence but boy am I thankful to have had the opportunity & success that I did.)
-I have a (few) job(s) that correlate with my degrees – Art & Graphic Design/Comm.
-I ended an unhappy relationship & am now in a much healthier relationship.
-I received a National Silver ADDY (among other ADDY & non-ADDY awards)
-I traveled to Chicago (again), Florida & Colorado.
& I’ve definitely had a lot of fun.

This is just a tiny glimpse into my last 500 days or so. Maybe you’ll hear more, maybe you wont. ;P

As you can see, & might assume, a lot of things have changed in my life over the last year BUT I never forgot about all of you. I was always thinking about sharing the work I was creating while in college, talking about my family vacations, venting about the negative things in my life like the passing of my Grandfather, etc. etc. All of these things truly made me want to blog & share I just didn’t have the time nor the energy to do so. I became behind with a lengthy list of posts to write, photos to share, emails to check, paintings & projects to complete, tests to study for, the list seemed to go on & on…& on. My blog was the thing that had to fall to the wayside & after a while I just sort of gave up I guess.

Now I figure, having graduated & no longer having to attend classes everyday has opened up a lot more free time for me to start blogging again. Plus, it’s been so long since I’ve posted that many of the things I was so backed up on sharing are somewhat irrelevant at this point so I should stop worrying about them & just move on. If I really want to share about something I shouldn’t be stressing out about a time-frame or what came first or whathaveyou. It really doesn’t matter.

Blogging should be fun, not stressful. & so, I’m starting anew. I plan to re-do/update my about page, FINALLY add a portfolio of my work, fiddle with themes, & more. I won’t be deleting past posts or anything like that but I will try to forgive myself for disappearing for so long & for all of the posts that I never shared. If it’s important enough it will find its way onto my now resurrected blog. I can’t promise that I’ll be posting every day or even every week but you never know, we might get lucky.

In the meantime, I’m just happy to be back & hope you forgive me for my lengthy absence & more importantly, haven’t forgotten about me completely. :P

LoveMakena

 

p.s. Anything new with any of you? I’d love to catch up!
Converse in the comments below!

p.p.s. I missed you all.

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Everyone knows the four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall/Autumn. But where I live, we have: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter & Construction.

It seems that this year is a little different, we are lucky enough to have:
“Still Winter” AND “Construction” at the same time.

YAY!!! Not.

LoveMakena