An inspirational journey spanning Key West 🇺🇸, Aruba 🇦🇼, Bonaire 🇧🇶, Curaçao 🇨🇼, Cayman Islands🇰🇾, and Jamaica 🇯🇲…..finding art each stop of the way.
I even managed to find my favorite artist, Michael Cheval, at Wyland’s Gallery in Key West. I was completely starstruck. In my fangirl stupor, I left forgetting to purchase some of his amazing work on display!
From the art on board our ship, to the wonderful artist street market at Bonaire, I found amazing art. Every where I looked, there were magical creations. There were intricate pieces of the creators souls on display.
I am in awe of the magic each talented artist gives!
Seeing these beautiful works was very inspiring.
I had not, however, packed any of my art supplies. My phone to the rescue! Without Wi-Fi or other forms of internet available at sea, unless you want to pay a ridiculous amount of money, I was limited to what apps I already had. Luckily, I still had an expired trial of Infinite Painter on my phone. I only had it on there for my daughter to use, which she never did. Infinite Painter was the first digital drawing app I ever used on my first tablet, many years ago. I absolutely loved the app. I lost all the art I did with it when my old tablet stopped working completely. I remember feeling so crushed at the hours I spent. Specifically, on a drawing of a Pandarian and Tinkerbell. I digress, back to the present day….. Now, I have not doodled digitally with my fingers on a small surface in many moons. Years ago, I remember struggling with my bulky, sausage-like fingers on a tiny iPod screen for the drawing app Draw Something. I also remember how horrible my art looked because of it…which was extremely frustrating as I knew I was better than the art I was producing at the time. Nonetheless, remembering all of this, I still opened up the app and began to doodle. It was soothing and relaxing in the down times. Down times usually were just prior to the Broadway style shows and entertainment. In order to have a decent seat, near anywhere remotely close to actually seeing what was on stage, we had to arrive extremely early. As sitting in a theatre with passengers who are older than your grandparents, is well, at best, boring, I found this helped the time pass quickly. I also found just before retiring for the evenings to be a good time. I usually do my personal artwork at home in the evenings as well.
The inherent challenge was the expired trial version of Infinite Painter. There were no tools, virtually no brushes, and only one layer! Over the years, I have become extremely spoiled with digital art. Between Photoshop’s tools and the incredible capabilities of artist apps I use on my iPad Pro, my phone felt archaic. It provided a beautiful challenge. I embraced it and I actually enjoyed it.
The end results are not great works of art, but they are work I do not mind sharing.
The seahorse I ended up finishing at home and adding the background to using Procreate.
For more of my art, please visit my website. http://www.alysathena.com/
All my art is for sale, I take commissions and everything is always fully customizable! From canvas to clothing, there is something for everyone.