#OnWednesdaysWeWearArt  - Edward Ruscha [Self Defining]
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This is the first #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt of 2015! and I can't be more excited! Court and I collaborate to create a link up for you down below and Buttons for you to show at the end of your post or sidebar to let people know you are wearing art and they can join to! I and this blog are all about self expression and the power of expression to heal and make the worse parts of life beautiful.  So that's UH, if you are new here!

Now on to #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt!

Don't do it timidly! Attached to the top of my old electric blue Dell Laptop screen was a piece of paper, the size of a fortune cookie. That, in plain type said "Quiet Your Timid Notions." Every time I opened my laptop for any reason I'd see this. Me and the laptops of my life, have always been inseparable. So this made complete sense to have this reminder there, as opposed to the bathroom mirror. 

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I bring this up in great detail to make a larger point! I'm here for the New Year and all it's esteem and celebrations. Some people like to say "it's just another day" and that's one outlook, for sure. But for me, I like to think it's the universal starting line for the race of 365 days. When the ball drops in time square and the ringing in of the new year is marked by the singing of 
Auld Lang Syne- that's the firing of the gun, that starts the race for the next 365 days.

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This race is unique in that YOU decide how you'll get the finish line. You can Walk, Run,Drive, Stride with Purpose, Dance, Sleep, Heal, Recover, Reinvent, and Reclaim. Whatever this year holds for you. It's important to get into a head space and pace that honors where you are and where you want to see your life by the end of the race, this time next year. 

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For me. I'm all Leading Lady with the grit of a Boss Babe. When we took these pictures with a post on self image in mind. I channeled women who have never met the word timid. Women who get up on top of gas pumps, like it's standing on the sidewalk. Women with so much personal gumption, it's no mistaking them for a doormat. These are the women who take high stake risk but play like they have NOTHING to loose. NO. These Women, have never met the word timid.  

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In this next year, I'm channeling that.Cause the only thing that I have to loose is fear and unrealized dreams due to fear. I mentioned this in Monday Musings, but will share again here. Though I'm "biting at the bit" to get stuff done and take My life and Unbelievably Human to the limits, that doesn't mean for everything. In fact it means that I have to be discerning - careful.

That brings me to pace, in this race of life. There is no way, one person, can do EVERYTHING. Most of us have that established. But the harder rule of thumb is that you can't say YES to everyone and everything.  Some opportunities sound great but maybe the wrong people. Some chances seem providential and well they are. That's why, "Pace" is so darn important. Because without it,we can't tell the milestone from the mile marker. 

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we are 14 days into the new year and I have already taken time and so has my friend court to make a decision to push #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt to the limit. It's funny she and I. We jokingly and most accurately call ourselves LISA FRANK SPIRIT ANIMAL Twins! So when we sat to discuss the future of #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt it was indeed providential and a work of true collaboration.

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Looking back, I can honestly say, speaking for both of us, we've had the opportunities that didn't pan out and the collaborations that fell flat, and that's how we've learned pace. A good pace, is good management of your positive and kick @ass attitude. Poor pace, is poor management of your ideas, desires and gifts resulting in a "I give up" attitude. I speak for myself when I say, "Been there done that! " Let's navigate this race this year at a "Pro Tip" Pace and Head Space!

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My Sister and I, found this abandoned gas station on a Sister SOS roadtrip! When I saw it I thought it was beautiful and brilliant. I tend to see pretty and "art" in the everyday, believing it's the moment,the time stamp, that creates interest, and tells a larger story. This gas station was that! 

This Wednesday I chose American artist Edward Ruscha! For that reason. He is known for capturing moments and environments of the everyday. His photography in particular explores objects and incidences of the mundane.

                                                           Photo credits: Blog getty edu linked : Painting of Standard gas station By Ed Ruscha 1963

                                                           Photo credits: Blog getty edu linked : Painting of Standard gas station By Ed Ruscha 1963

Ruscha became fascinated with swimming pools, gas stations and parking lots after noticing them around LA where he lived and worked.  An influential Los Angeles painter, printmaker, and photographer,he developed a vibrant signature style of combining words, images, objects, and landscapes in deadpan ways—sometimes humorous, sometimes sinister—that associated him first with Pop art in the 1960s and then with Conceptual art in the 1970s.

                                                                                   Photo credits linked: MOMA: Print of Standard Station by Ed Ruscha 1966

                                                                                   Photo credits linked: MOMA: Print of Standard Station by Ed Ruscha 1966

I'm obsessed with Conceptual art and photography right now and a relentless lover of words so this artist for those reasons and the big one above, struck a cord with me. He is an artist over several mediums. I always find artist like this fascinating. Given my bent as a Multi - Crafter and Creative myself. 

Ruscha had a thing with gas stations that led him to create a book entitled 26 gas stations. One of the photographs he turned into a painting and then into a print (3 mediums all pictured in this post!). The painting is what caught my eye. Ruscha's monumental painting titled Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas, (1st one above) based onthe photograph (see below), but with a radically flattened composition.

I liked this artist A lot because his work is so multi- dimensional in The fact that he did the above gas station first as a photograph, then as a painting, and lastly as a print. His work was also a statement of the beginning of gasoline as an American standard for fuel. Thus making this gas station a mile maker and milestone in American history and several art movements. (First Pop Art (the painting) then Conceptual Art. (the print) )

I hope that you will link up with us below, grab a button, and post your look on instagram with the #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt . Begin to wear art as a vehicle of your self expression during the race on the next 365 days! Kinda like a tutu and knees socks! *wink*  Who's with me and how are you pacing? and what's your head space?  Don't For get to Check out my girl Court's post as well!

As always you are unbelievably human so be unbelievably you!

<3,

Liv

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                                               Ed Rusha 1970                     PhotoCredits Linked: The New Yorker Ed Ruscha

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                    PhotoCredits Linked: The New Yorker Ed Ruscha

An influential Los Angeles painter, printmaker, and photographer, Edward Ruscha developed a vibrant signature style of combining words, images, objects, and landscapes in deadpan ways—sometimes humorous, sometimes sinister—that associated him first with Pop art in the 1960s and then with Conceptual art in the 1970s. Trained as a commercial illustrator, Ruscha had an early interest in comic books, graphic design, typography, and serial imagery that led him to produce a now landmark series of inexpensive, large-edition artist's books comprising black-and-white photographic essays on commonplace architecture and objects. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he began focusing on traditional printmaking, which has remained a consistent and vital part of his artistic practice. Working in screenprint, lithography, etching, and sometimes utilizing unconventional organic substances instead of inks, Ruscha has completed more than three hundred prints and some twenty artist's books to date. The gasoline station is Ruscha's most iconic image. Reference and read more about the artist here

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