I feel my art is shifting into something bigger everyday. In this post I thought I would share a bit more about my special project on Patreon, “Unfolding the Heart with Mandi Bradshaw.” It has become not only my main artistic focus, but also my drive to creating more art everyday. I’ve released a few exclusive videos to show some of my content. I believe my art can help people relate to past experiences and connect with nature in a way that is soothing and reminiscent of special moments outside, connecting us to the planet.
I started my Patreon account in February of this year. If interested, click on the picture below for the link.
All the perks for my Patrons:
How I got into using nature materials as my art supplies:
Earlier Released Videos
I wanted to share some of my early video content as well. So far my videos are based on the creation of pieces, but I would like to dive deeper into the collection of my materials and Q&A videos in the future. These videos are the only ones available to the public, the remainder are private for paid patrons.
***Please lower the sound on your device before watching.🤔I haven’t quite figured out how to get the right sound levels yet. heh heh..***
- Donate my print books to hospitals, orphanages and assisted living homes. (Right now Covid is stopping this…)
- To create a digital book on Amazon and recycled book of my nature art for people to have and share with their children.
- Find ways to create a steady income, so that my art will become my main source of income.
- To enter art contests, specifically the Art Fair in Grand Rapids Michigan.
- Travel to different Art shows to sell nature portraits/prints.
- To create classes for people to learn how to make their own nature art.
- To see my art showcased in an art gallery.
I hope you enjoyed this post and have learned a bit more of what I plan to do going ahead. Have a wonderful day and see you soon my nature loving friends!
~ ❤ Mandi
This year I was looking forward to all the different events and possibilities of presenting my Nature Art, but so many things have changed. All Arts and craft shows have been cancelled due to Covid to help stop the spread of this wild virus. I felt discouraged and helpless, I thought “this year for sure I will show what comes through me.” And maybe I wasn’t too far off from that thought.
Today I realized, now is the time, today is the day to reveal to as many people what nature and I can create. I have decided to start my own “Fall into the Arts” event. ❤ So, I am putting myself out there. I’m going to reach out to magazines, call galleries, and check out new ways to sell art on the internet.
If anyone has any suggestions or advice, please let me know <3. I would like to thank all my past, present and future readers for helping me push forward everyday! World, here I come!
I decided to make a collage of most of my Nature portraits, and am surprised about my growth ❤. From left to right, top to down, oldest to newest, each one gives to the next. 😊
In need of some respite early in the week, my mother suggested that we visit “our spot”, which we hadn’t been to in awhile.
The lake was full of so much life. My mother spotted a purple dragonfly with a blue butt. ❤ All of the lotus flowers on the lake were in full bloom. We watched a large family of 20+ geese. I wasn’t able to get a good picture of the fish, but we had fun watching them as well.
After our visit to “our lake” I left a heart behind for others to find.
Later in the week, I gained some inspiration from my boyfriend’s space game 😊 and created the featured picture “All of Nature is Cosmic” and did a few different renditions. I think us watching shows about stars also helped too. Lol 🌌☀
A New Week Ahead
I’m allowing myself to be easy with my posts as I get my “writing legs” 😉 back. It’s been along time since I’ve posted regularly and I want to have fun posting again. This upcoming week I’m planning on working on a nature portrait or two. Here’s to a new week 😁, I hope you all have a wonderful one ❤!
All too often, I find myself being hard on myself. I tend to give more love to others than myself. I realised I jumped the gun on restarting the blog. I forgot to post last Sunday because I was trying to force myself into a new routine that I wasn’t 100% ready for.
When I remembered I was supposed to post something, and didn’t, I started to beat myself up. I thought “well, I messed up. Maybe I should give this all up.” But I don’t want to give up again. I have worked hard on this blog and it has brought me many rewards in the past.
I’m not going anywhere this time. So, this year I want to dedicate my “Give love Project”(creating hearts from nature) to myself and I hope you all do the same for yourselves too. We all need a little love and its best to start with ourselves. See you soon! 😊 💖
I’m really excited to write this post about a local artist in my hometown! I was really inspired by all of his work, as you’ll see 😉.
This past Sunday my mother and I went to a gathering that we bought tickets for during the heart of art event, back in May. Dal Shoesmith, the artist, showed everyone who attended the ceramic process of Raku.
The Raku party was hosted at the artist and his wife’s charming home. Everywhere you looked you would find art.
From the beautiful gardens.
To the pottery that seemed to blend in with the natural surroundings.
The variety of his work really made me feel better about my own variety of art. That its okay to do something different with your medium of choice ❤.
I think I was also inspired by his connection with nature and how his work flows with the wind, birds and greenery.
I found this piece in his workshop and felt like nature was curious about his art and process as well 😉😊.
Okay after gushing about his museum like home 😊 back to the special event! Raku!
He showed us how he takes a raku piece that’s been in a hot kiln and places it in a trash can filled with combustible materials, like shredded paper. After a while, he takes the piece out and sprays it with water, then dowses it when it cools down a bit.
One cool thing I learned was that during the kiln to trash can process, the longer a piece is exposed to the air it will quickly start to oxidize and turn more green. So its important to move fast unless that is what you want on the pottery.
To learn more about Raku, I found this interesting link.
Just a Bit More
I’d like to end this post with a few more of the other wonderful work that Dal is known for around town, his gnomes.
I just love their faces and attention to detail! 💞 Here’s one last piece that bid us farewell as we left this fun experience…
I am soo grateful that my mother bought tickets for this event. I got so much more out of it than I ever imagined! That and I ran into my awesome 5th grade art teacher again 😊 too!
I look forward to his future showings and for chances to meet other local artists! Till then, see you next week for another guest post about local artist Emma Nightingale. ❤
Working on a project for this fall… Here’s a sneak peak 😉.
It has been awhile since I’ve made nature hearts, I just couldn’t decide which one I liked best, lol. And in the center is our foster cat that may find his permanent home tomorrow! ❤ I am grateful to have helped out this little lover. I’m very grateful of this day 😊.
On May 18th I had my 2nd showing at an artwalk. Things didn’t seem like they would go as planned but in the end everything turned out just fine. Though, I’ll make sure I am more prepared next time!
About a week before the event, I realized I needed to do something different from my Fall display. This time I wanted to show a wide range of the work that I do so, I needed fixtures that could hold more than before.
I found a brass display and was given an easle by my boyfriend’s mother. My mother and god mother helped fix them up to hold hold 3 times what they would before. Although, I think next time I’ll do something different with the brass display.
I sold all of the nature crafts that I brought, four printed books of my nature hearts, and a few 8×10 prints. I got a lot of feedback as to which pictures were liked the most and realized that the nature crafts were well received.
After the show I saw that I got on the enquired website again in my hometown. The cool thing about this pic is that I was talking to my art teacher from grade school ❤.
Flashback to the Fall Artwalk
Last year I was on the enquirer website too, so hopefully that means I’m getting some fans of my work by showing at these walks. I’m not sure which display I like better though, the one I just had or this one.
Which display did you like better? Do you have any suggestions?
This Saturday I’ll be posting some of my recent spring photos. See you soon!