Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Starving Artist

Creative people have heard the cliché. The truth is, being an artist of any kind makes earning a living wage difficult, hence the whole…starving thing.

But what I think we forget is that young artists are sometimes starving for other things like encouragement…response…hope… We love art in all its shapes and sizes and for all the ways it enriches our lives. I wonder, though, if all the artists I loved and admired had felt so discouraged that they gave up, how much would be missing from my life?

I’m one of those people who is fortunate enough to be surrounded by creative, hard-working people all the time. I think I take that for granted. So in the spirit of loving artistry and craft and creativity, I’m starting something new called Starving Artist. It’s a bi-monthly post featuring a new, young artist and their work. It could be in any creative field…music, dance, performance, film, visual art, writing, design, craft…

To kick things off, I’d like to recommend Emily Jeziorski’s historical romance…

 

Mack & Moira

When Mackenzie Cruz makes an unbelievable discovery in the turn-of-the-century New York home she’s just purchased, she is plunged into a world long gone, a world of swishing skirts and fast-talking working men and boarding school secrets and a love story that was never supposed to happen…

Moira stood, rooted in place for one long moment before she caught Jack’s lips curving up into another grin. She smacked him across the face; her hand stinging as it made contact with his cheek.

“Oy!” Jack cried, rubbing his face. “What the hell is dat for?”

“How dare you!” she exclaimed, feeling the blush rise up her neck. “Of all of the rude, uncouth…”

It was Maxine’s turn to intervene as the carriage pulled up. “It’s been a gas, fellas,” she said grabbing Moira’s hand and giving a swift tug, “but as we were saying, it’s time to call it a night. Long ride back to…” she looked at Samantha and Caroline who shrugged, unable to supply another borough’s name, “wherever we’re going.”

It’s exciting, sweeping, and really, really funny…and you can follow the whole story by visiting Emily’s website here. I couldn’t stop reading and I think you’ll love it, too…If you do, be sure to email her or leave a comment of encouragement/reaction for her here! This is a great chance to watch an amazing novel from its beginnings…

emily

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Would you like to be a featured Starving Artist?

Are you a songwriter? A poet? A graphic novel illustrator? A fashion designer? A filmmaker? A photographer? Are you an Etsy artisan? The list goes on and on…

If you’d like to be featured here, please send me an email at loveisadventure@gmail.com. I’d love to post your video or painting or poetry or a sample of any other kind of media you might like to share. Maybe this is an opportunity for some exposure or a chance to meet a potential new audience or just get some encouragement/love from other creative people!

Because really…aren’t we all starving for something just a little, wanting someone to love what we create, what we put our hearts into?

Wishing you a creative Wednesday…

love, elizabeth

3 comments:

Mrs. Pancakes said...

This was definitely an eye opening post!! I liked that the idea of starving artist can also be about starving for other things and not money!! What an awesome feature...

Emily said...

Sometimes I think, "Elizabeth is as best of a friend as friends get"...and then you go and do something like this and it completely resets the entire scale.

I love you and I thank you for your belief in me and in my writing from the bottom of my heart.

YOU inspire me.

newyorkcliche.com said...

I grinned at the first sentence of this post and it just kept getting better! Love this idea for a series: brilliant to give us struggling, starving artists an outlet to do what they do best.

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