Art is NOT just for canvas and paper! Create in every opportunity.

There are, sure, sculptures and cool graffiti and murals.  There are so many forms of art.  But little things you do around your house can be art too.  Little details can make your home more you.  I wish I had pictures of the palm tree I created out of markers, paper and tape for my bedroom as a teenager.  I loved it!

Right now Tony and I do not have the ability to paint in our house.  Which sucks because I would LOVE to do some really nice things.  But I’m not allowing that to limit my creativity.  Part of creativity is learning to work within and around limitations and boundaries.

We bought ceiling fans for the summer and I knew immediately I wanted to do something to spruce them up.

Ceiling Fan Blades Await

Ceiling Fan Blades Await

Since we have Buffalo Bills related things all over the living room, I figured I’d do a Buffalo Bills themed ceiling fan.  I taped off where I wanted borders, drew the Bills symbols (new and old school) on cardboard, cut those out and used them as stencils.

In progress!!

In progress!!

I didn’t strive for perfection.  I learned years ago from a Holly Lisle (that one is an affiliate link because I adore her writing classes) class that “perfect never finishes” and I have been having issues with perfectionism (and “safe never starts”) my whole life.  The fear of “why do it if it won’t be perfect” will keep you from not only achieving your dreams, but basically living your life.

All done!

All done!

I love our fan.  It pulls all the Buffalo Bills things together and helps to make it more of a football fan room (heehee, the pun was not intended but was kinda cute) instead of just a living room.

My point isn’t “paint your fans!!” but instead find other ways to bring art into your every day life.  Put your drawings or paintings up in your house and rotate them as you get better or fall more in love with newer or other pieces.  Crochet a throw for your couch!  Paint your nightstand (I did that too!!).  Find ways to create pieces that stand out in your life and make you fall more in love with your surroundings.

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Can you create your nightmare? I did with one of mine. And I want to do it again!

I’ve been brought up with several influences in my life that affect me, my creations and my world view, but none quite so fun, frightening, endearing and ever-reaching as horror films.

One of those films is Killer Klowns from Outer Space Love this movie.  There is a scene in the film where one of the main characters has come into the police station and found everyone dead.  The cop that, well, wasn’t a nice guy, is now in the lap of a giant killer clown and is now basically a puppet, or ventriloquist doll.

I am one of the – apparently – many people who suffer from coulrophobia.  It’s real, not affected, not something to get a boy’s attention.  My husband insists it’s because my father let us watch IT when it came out, but I don’t know.  I was 7, but I was a smart, ‘totally-not-real-just-a-movie’ 7.

This fear…  It’s not just creepy clowns, or clowns where there shouldn’t be clowns.  It’s clowns in general.  I hate and fear them.  Even seeing a regular clown gives me goosebumps and my heart starts pounding.

And yet I managed to create something with a clown in it late 2011:

"Killer Klown and Mooney Puppet" by Rebecca Galardo

“Killer Klown and Mooney Puppet” by Rebecca Galardo – 9-17-2011

I can tell you drawing the original version of my picture and then doing this in watercolor was a real, honest struggle.  Drawing Mooney (played by the oh-so-double-secret-probation-freaking-awesome John Vernon) and painting him wasn’t difficult.  But the clown…  I struggled because I didn’t like looking at him.  It’s funny.  You can see in my heavier hand on the clown.  I was rushing.  The painting maybe took 30 minutes and it’s just a fun little thing in a sketchbook, but I was intentionally pushing myself with the work.

My goal now though is to draw something that terrifies me again.  With more detail.  If good writers write about what scares them, I think a good artist can draw what scares him/her.  What do you think?