What Inspires You?

As an artist, the question of what inspires us is asked often. What inspires us to create? What is the reason behind drawing this over that? What motivates us to continue being an artist?

Looking out into the wondrous mountains, Arizona shares a lot of what I’m looking for as inspiration. It’s hard to find the words to describe just how beautiful the nature is out here. Sometimes the thing you’re searching for will appear when you least expect it to. I’m a black and white artist. I use color minimally and never intended to do so otherwise. I was never in search for colors that would leave me in awe like the ones here did. I didn’t even know the feeling existed, but these colors in the mountains became engrained in me. I felt like the world stopped and the colors were soaring around me endlessly. Blues that were so blue and pinks that were so pink… it made me want to paint again.

Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

Nature is often inspiration for artists as it is for me. People are another source of inspiration for my artwork. Everyone I’ve met so far in Arizona is so nice and courteous. A simple smile as you walk by a stranger will turn into a full conversation and next thing you know, you’ve made a friend. They tell stories that show how much history the state is built on. I’m not sure if being called a Sun Child is a compliment, but I’ve been getting it a lot here. I’m sure it is and it’s amazing that everyone keeps the Native American traditions so closely to their hearts.

NEW! "Niyaha" by Anastasia Alexandrin

NEW! “Niyaha” by Anastasia Alexandrin

The people of Arizona are free spirits. They’re relaxed and they go with the flow of things to land wherever it is they may land. I like to pretend I fit in as my art does the same. It takes me to new lands and introduces me to new faces. Whatever the world has in store for me, I follow my art wherever it goes.

It’s a different environment, but it’s been helpful for me to relax and draw. I’ve created new drawings of “Owls” and finished them more quickly than I thought I would. Can you help me think of individual names? Make sure to comment below with your ideas!

Owl1 by Anastasia Alexandrin

Owl2 by Anastasia Alexandrin

Owl3 by Anastasia Alexandrin

Maybe Arizona is onto something with its way of living.

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10 Things I’m Thankful for this Year

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. I’m sure the weather has been messing with everyone’s plans, but I hope you all had safe travels and good fun during this holiday season. I encourage you to write to me below and add on to my list 10 things I’m thankful for this year, and share what you are thankful for!

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I’m thankful for..

1. My friends, for the laughs and the silliness

Happiness is what makes the world go ’round. When you’re feeling down, just smile. Life is ours to enjoy to the extent we want to enjoy it. I’m so thankful that I have friends who give me more of a reason to smile.

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2. The random acts of kindness from strangers

One friendly, “hello” from a stranger can make my day turn from bad to good. We’re all human and we all have our ups and downs. I’m so grateful to the kind people I’ve encountered who have given me hope for the world.

3. Furry animals

Thank you if you have ever stopped your walk to let me pet your pets! Yes, I’m THAT person.

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4. All of the love that I never expected

When I get the chance to stop and think about those who love me, I am in awe of how many of you have given me your heart and soul. It’s not something you can explain and it’s not something you can measure, but you know it’s there to guide you through the decisions you make in life. Thank you. I love you all.

5. My health

Those of you who know me know that I have struggles with my health for the last decade or so. I’m happy to report that I am 100 percent! I’m also grateful for the health of those around me. For those who are struggling with their health, don’t give up. You can do it.

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6. Philly

To a city I have grown to love very much, I’m thankful for Philly being Philly. It’s one of a kind and has such character and spunk. I’m glad my art and loved ones have taken me here.

Image from Google Images

7. Everyone that helps me along the way

You know who you are. Thank you for everything.

8. The journey I’m on

I’m grateful to be living life as an artist. It has its challenges of course, but it wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t. Every mistake I make is one step closer to perfection.

The Drive to Wyoming

9. Those who have inspired me

Art runs on inspiration. If you’ve told me a story of something that happened to you and thought you were babbling and wasting my time, you weren’t. Thanks for being you and continuing to expand my artistic horizon.

10. The support of my fans and friends

As always, I owe you all the most. The ones who follow me on social media, the ones who share my work with others, the ones who give me your input on my drawings, thank you. I hope you know you have my full support in your pursuits of happiness as well. Best holiday wishes to you and your family. Thanks so much for making my work what it is.

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Spontaneity

It’s strange to think how much can change in just a month, but even stranger to think how much stays the same. Since June I’ve embarked on several journeys both inside and outside of my studio. Three weeks ago I returned to Florida on a whim. Although unexpected, it was a renewal of inspiration as I was reminded how liberating spontaneity can be. While we cannot always peer through the veil into the future, we can either excite or horrify ourselves with the thought of what lies behind it. I choose not to fear, but to relish all of the possibilities.

After visiting Florida, Adam surprised me with a trip to Utah. If you ‘Liked’ my page on Facebook, you probably stopped trying to figure out where in the world I am. Seems I can’t stay put in one state for too long. We also traveled through Idaho, missing the opportunity to walk through the Idaho Potato Museum which was sadly closed yet still managed to provide us with some wonderful photo ops.

The Drive to WyomingThe Drive 3The View - WyomingAdam and Me - IdahoMe - Idaho Potato MuseumThe roads and landscapes of Wyoming seemed endless, yet somehow simple – as if they were shaped specifically for Adam and me, resembling love in their intricacies, contradictions, imperfections, and overall beauty. What’s most remarkable, to me, is how peaceful such a profound feeling can be. With the weight and worry of tomorrow gone we only had each other and our life together to enjoy.

Me and Nikita

Thanks to Nikita Clothing (nikitaclothing.com) for making me look this good randomly standing on top of a car!

The Drive 2And as we celebrate life, I’m reminded of my grandmother, whose incredible strength rewarded her with a 90th birthday. She is yet another source of light and inspiration to me as she endures along with her unconditional love and support.

08_16_14 GrandmaIn the time I’ve been home I’ve begun many new pieces. Bold, romantic, and heavily influenced by my thoughts and adventures over the past month.

IMG_1315 Anastasia AlexandrinIMG_13152 Anastasia AlexandrinIMG954410 Anastasia AlexandrinThis coming weekend, I’ll be traveling to Pittsburgh once again for the 17th Annual Shadyside Arts Festival on Walnut. Two of my newest pieces will be displayed. I’m excited for you to see them!