Why this Blog Exists

This should have probably been my first Blog Post, instead of the one posted earlier this evening, but that’s just how my brain works sometimes, which is partially why I am doing this anyway: to put my (sometimes) rambling thoughts into a written order!

By now you must be wondering WHY I am even bothering with a website of my own (instead of a standard Blogger page or some other blogging platform), right?…
Well, that’s where things get a little complicated. Don’t get me wrong, I am overall satisfied with my career choice and would not want to spend my life being anything other than an Architect. But for the last few years I have wondered why I don’t have a best selling book when people like ‘Snookie’ and ‘The Situation’ do??… I mean, I am sure I have more intelligent things to say than they do, and so therefore I should also have more to contribute to the world of literature than some of the other people that are getting published. Plus, with a degree in Philosophy, I certainly spent some serious time in college polishing off my writing skills. But I have been struggling with coming up with ideas and book topics that I consider worthy of writing and, of course, of reading! — I wouldn’t want to write and publish something just for the sake of being published, I need to make sure that it is something worth reading.
Now, not many people know that I have been lucky enough to have had some poetry published in large anthologies quite a few years ago that most people have never heard off, but unfortunately I have basically been stuck in a “writer’s block stint” since college. That means I haven’t really taken pen to paper in about 15 years. For someone who used to fill notebooks and sketchbooks with more poetry than sketches since I was a child, that is a very long time.
So, while trying to digest several topics that I could write a book on, I thought that perhaps starting a blog would help me get the creative writing juices flowing and from that blog the base for a book (or a few books??) would be born!

But what would I blog about? I could pick one of those few topics that I have strong ‘opinions’ on (i.e. politics, social issues, etc), but I am not sure I want to start off in the blogging world with a controversial blog. I also don’t want to blog about the same things that some of my friends are already blogging about — how uncreative is that??

Then I thought about the “other” goal I had set out on last year that is still yet to be achieved: finding a gallery to show my art pieces in! I mean, I live in NYC: galleries abound, right? If I can’t get a show here, then where can I? As an “emerging” artist who only picked up a paint brush about 4.5 years ago, it may seem like a tall order to already want to have my own show, especially when there are ‘true’ artists that spend their whole lives without that privilege. But those that know me will tell you that once I set a goal for myself, I reach it, no matter how long it takes!

So, for now, the bulk of RocioAcosta.com & this blog will be about documenting my journey of becoming an artist: my explorations thru different mediums & subject matter, of getting my art into a gallery, and perhaps to a point where some of this art can be sold! After all, just like when (if) I get a book written and published I want it to be something people enjoy reading, my artwork also needs an audience — and homes to be displayed in and which brings smiles to peoples faces!

I hope you chose to ride along this journey with me!

As far as to why I have gone to the trouble to set up my own website, hosting and blogging sites?…simple answer: I’m a control freak! But really, I just want to make sure I own all of my content (writing, art, photos, etc.) at all times: I have to admit, I was not thrilled to find out that google owns blogger! That definitely made me pause even though I am not a ‘big brother’ conspiracy theorist. ;-)

Since this is an Art Blog, I suppose I should include another one of my pieces.This was my first figure/body/nude piece:

Awaiting #1

Awaiting #1 - 9x12 - Acrylic on Canvas Board - Winter 2007 - © Rocio A. Acosta

I will go into how I went from the flower still-life pieces to figures and nudes on an upcoming blog entry, but I can tell you one thing: it was not what I first thought of as a ‘natural’ progression, but it was definitely the right move for me and my work!

Enjoy… and good night!

Rocio

How the Journey Started

The beginning of my Journey to become an artist is much simpler than you may think: it was born out of creative frustration and artistic stifling!

In the Fall of 2007 I was working around 60 hour weeks between the office and the construction site and felt sort of ‘stuck’ while doing mostly construction administration: It felt as if I wasn’t getting enough of a ‘creative outlet’ to keep me smiling and relaxed, I was almost always stressed and frustrated. Spending time with friends, going out to movies, restaurants and just hanging out wasn’t cutting it; and neither was the overcompensation of sleeping as much as possible on the weekend to ‘get my energy back’.

So, I started thinking that I simply needed another art-related outlet to quell all the frustration and stress. But my writer’s block was still in full effect and the poetry that used to flow from my pen with ease at one point in my life was either completely none existent or incredibly painful to read back. So I thought I just needed to get the ‘right tools’ to get back into the flow of writing and I ventured off to the ‘mecca’ of writing supplies: Pearl Paint, on Canal street — after all, what good is it to live in NYC if I don’t take advantage of one of the most amazing stores I’ve ever been in, right?

While I was strolling thru the tight aisles at Pearl choosing between felt-tip pens, refillable cartridge pens or more architectural rapidographs, the proverbial lightbulb over my head went off: why continue forcing this whole writing thing? maybe it was time I picked up a paintbrush instead? And I remembered my old community college mentor, Tom Rogo. He was not only my Architectural Design Professor during my two years at Southwestern College, but also the one that spent those same two years telling me how I “needed to get over my fear of color” — his suggestion? Painting! Of course, as most 18 & 19 year olds, I pretty much ignored that advice: I did only all that was required to get thru my architectural hand rendering courses with the highest possible grades and then forgot all about the whole ‘fear of color’ thing!

But while I was standing in the paper pads and sketchbooks aisle, I remember Tom saying once “I really think you should explore painting”, and so I headed upstairs and bought myself a set of acrylic paints (basic primary colors and a few others that I remembered from my color theory classes as being ‘essential’) and about half a dozen canvas boards of various sizes, and I was on my way to being “an artist”!!

But once I got all my new creative “tools” home, I had another problem: what the heck am I going to paint?? I now had all that was needed to start the new ‘hobby’, but I really had no idea of what my subject should be. I started going thru some of my art books and remembered that my favorite artist, Salvador Dali, was basically the father of Surrealism and that there was no shot in hell that I could ever be THAT good… so that still didn’t give me a starting point. Then I thought that maybe I should think about this first painting as a gift to someone: if I knew WHO would be hanging this ‘art piece’ on their wall, it would surely be easier to find a ‘topic’, right? So, who better to gift a painting to than my grandmother?? After all, we are talking about the same woman who STILL has all my architecture school models on display all over her living room: so, even if whatever I ended up painting turned out to be hideous, she would accept it with a smile and proudly display it in her home and announce to all her friends and family that I painted it!!!

All the pressure was suddenly lifted and now I had my first target audience, my grandmother…. but I still didn’t have a subject!… Until I remembered how much she loves flowers. I mean, how hard would it be to paint a few flowers, right? I started to remember my still life drawing classes at SWC and did some quick online searches for images of Grandma’s favorite flower: the calla lily and so an artist was born!!

The first piece was “Blooming”:

Blooming - 9x12 - Acrylic on Canvas Board - Fall 2007 - © Rocio A. Acosta