Overcoming Obstacles as an Artist

Overcoming Obstacles as an Artist

June has been such a wonderful and busy month for face painting and all natural henna. 

Portrait of Sarah Jordan by Indulge Images at Sheetz Fest 2019

Portrait of Sarah Jordan by Indulge Images at Sheetz Fest 2019

From providing all natural henna tattoos at Sheetz Fest with Accents on Asheville for two days, to face painting young horse riders at the Agricultural center with Asheville Alive, I’ve been staying busy. And that means overcoming obstacles as an artist.

A closeup of Sarah Jordan doing an all natural henna tattoo at Sheetz Fest by Ed3photography

A closeup of Sarah Jordan doing an all natural henna tattoo at Sheetz Fest by Ed3photography

If You Really Want to Do Something, Find a Way!

Most henna artists would say that I hold my all natural henna cones “wrong’, the way a child holds a crayon. Sometimes I use both hands (like in the photo above) or even my left hand.

I hold my henna cones this way because I have a calcified joint in the little finger of my dominant hand, which makes holding a pencil, paintbrush or henna cone really painful. I’m grateful to be somewhat ambidextrous (thanks in part to playing the Ukulele), and it came with lots and lots of practice. And although my henna tattoos are lovely, my handwriting is pretty terrible.

All natural henna tattoos by Sarah Jordan

All natural henna tattoos by Sarah Jordan

The artist Renoir actually had to tape paintbrushes to his hand to complete his art, so I consider myself lucky that I can improvise and use my other hand or both hands when necessary.

My energy levels are another seemingly small, but actually HUGE obstacle that I’ve had to overcome. Although I am very social and can talk to anyone,  I often feel like I’ve been given a tranquilizer after I’ve been in a crowd of people. This is because I get my energy from being alone.

And since all of the events I help entertain at involve throngs of people, I have to be careful about overextending myself.

Most people would just drink more caffeine and suck it up. I used to do that too, but my sleep and health suffered. And since my hands need to be steady to do my best work, caffeine before a big event is a no no!

It takes steady hands to create ZZ Top henna by Sarah Jordan

It takes steady hands to create ZZ Top henna by Sarah Jordan

And so I have to plan breaks and days off after long corporate events or birthday parties to get my energy back up again.

Sarah doing henna at Sheetz Fest by Ed3Photography

Sarah doing henna at Sheetz Fest by Ed3Photography

I really have to be on top of my schedule and be disciplined about saying “no” to working when I’m too tired or when I’ve already worked a bunch of events that week or weekend because I’ve made myself sick by working too much in the past.

This is tough because I LOVE to face paint and do henna so much. But it’s more important to listen to your body. Health is wealth!

After a week of corporate events in Asheville, I’m gathering my energy so I can face paint for 7+ hours next weekend.

For face painting and all natural henna in Asheville, contact me.

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How to Paint Feathers Boho Painting Tutorial

How to Paint Feathers Boho Painting Tutorial

Learn how to paint feathers with Asheville Artist Sarah Jordan:

Here’s a list of painting supplies I used:

❤︎Grab a set of acrylic paint (red, blue, yellow, white and black) for under $20

❤︎ Paint brushes 

❤︎ Canson Mixed Media paper

❤︎Affordable canvas set

❤︎Become a co-creator, buy some art.

❤︎ Check out Chad’s music (used with his permission of course) ❤︎

In other news…

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Chatterbox Abstract Acrylic Mushroom Painting

Last night I was painting on my acrylic abstract art that I made (abstract painting tutorial here). I started painting it sideways, then upside down, and then I realized I could turn the stem/trunks into the bottoms of mushrooms, and of course the polka dots lend themselves to mushrooms as well.

Chatterbox Abstract Mushroom Painting by Asheville Artist Sarah Jordan

Chatterbox Abstract Mushroom Painting by Asheville Artist Sarah Jordan

I call this mushroom painting “Chatterbox” because I find it fascinating that mushrooms can actually communicate with each other and other plants.

I was inspired by the polka dots on a monarch butterfly. I love the contrast of little white dots on a black wing or background. This painting started out as a very abstract painting  and I’ve combined it with feathers for a fun and whimsical bohemian look. I will eventually add some mushroom prints to my art shop.

 

In case I haven’t already said it 500 times, I’m creating my own Spirit Animal oracle deck, and this mushroom painting is going to be a part of it.

 

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Unicorn Party

Unicorn Party

Happy Monday!

On Sunday I was face painting in Asheville at a Unicorn party. Even some of the parents got in on the face painting fun. One of the Dad’s asked me to paint Prismo from Adventure Time. He’s not a unicorn, obviously 🙂

Here’s some photo from the Unicorn party:

Painting at a Unicorn Party

Some of my Paintings from Sunday’s Unicorn Party in Asheville

Side note, you can book me here for face painting in Asheville. 

Speaking of unicorns, I wore my custom rainbow unicorn horn (created by Henna True artist Crissy Depina). All the kids at the unicorn party went crazy (in a good way) over it. The horn is tiny but mighty.

Unicorn Party hostess

Unicorn party hostess- notice the tiny unicorn horn

On Saturday Chad had his first solo show (in a while) at Odd’s Cafe, so it was an art and music-filled weekend.

A photo from Chad's show

A photo from Chad’s show

What else is on my canvas or plate? I’m creating my own animal oracle deck featuring my artwork. I also have some online painting tutorials in the works.

I finally listed some digital download prints and framed art in my Etsy shop. More coming soon.

Amethyst Crystal Printable Wall Art, Digital Print, Digital Download, Gift for Mom

Amethyst Crystal Printable Wall Art, Digital Print, Digital Download

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