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It is time for the rebrand. Introducing Bound.

Bound by Emily Magone

This is a follow up to a previous post.  I know you’re busy, so here is a summary:

My business name no longer fits my business, brand, and the direction that I want my work to go. After having my business officially up and running for two years, I have further solidified my artistic desire and intent.  I described this in that post as well:


“Intentions typically flow from a belief system.  Mine is that everything in this universe – you, me, the trees, the animals, the stars, planets, all things vegetable, mineral and otherwise – are all made of the same materials and are therefore bound to each other on a much deeper level than our evolving human brains can comprehend right now.
The point is that people have strayed away from that universal connection over the centuries, and it has led humanity down an incredibly narrow and destructive path.  My hope is to remind people of that connection, of the importance and value of all of the other life on this earth aside from just the human life.  If you are already living that connection, I want to inspire it further.
I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time, but haven’t wanted to move on it until I found the  name that represented it all perfectly, the name that resonated with me, that excited every cell in my being, and that I knew was going to envelope my artistic life and work forward indefinitely.”

 

So… without further adieu…I present to you:
So what does this mean for you, as a reader, shopper or collector?

1.  The biggest change is the work itself and how you view the gallery. In an effort to hone my work and focus, all work is now categorized in four series falling under the umbrella of Bound and the meaning behind it. 


Woodland Bound – The forest, the trees, the leaves, the undergrowth. Le sigh.


Climax Bound – Abstraction comes from within.  When reaching those physical and mental peaks in life, I see color. Moving, sweeping, flowing color.


Sky Bound – The endless, epic universe blows the mind.


Earth Bound – This planet harbors and creates incredible natural formations that beg to be ogled and cherished.



2.  Over the past few weeks I have been transitioning all venues as well. 


The website is still www.emilymagone.com and the updates in accordance with the brand are complete.
 

You are on the new blog location right meow! Hooray!  

Everything else is in the same place, but has the new name (or just my name) at the top:


Facebook

Instagram
Pinterest

3.  My commitment to this direction also means that I will be limiting the custom work I do that doesn’t fit within the scope of Bound.  There will always be exceptions of course! But all my new work moving forward will be a piece of the aforementioned collections, or will be the beginning of a new Bound collection.

I am ridiculously excited about this next step forward in my artistic life, and I want nothing more than for you to come along on this journey with me!  


“What I want to do with my art is to give you an opportunity to connect with the earth in new ways on a daily basis, to display and wear your love and appreciation for our natural world.  So when you can’t be out frolicking in nature, a little piece of nature can be bringing joy and calm to your day, which then makes you want to be frolicking in nature…and so on. 

I want to help people become aware of their connection to each other and everything around them, to renew that connection, to maintain that connection.  There is incredible beauty in the tiniest details.

The Earth is beautiful. Bathe yourself in it. Feel the Beauty.”

 

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Keep on keepin’ on

fall leaves, nature art, autumn leaves

I just want to give an extra appreciative shout out to Mother Nature today because man, Autumn has been EPIC this year.  The leaves are changing so slowly, the sun is out nearly every day, the temperature has been amazing, and it seems like we have been bestowed with this incredible gift of Fall for a much longer period of time than in recent years.  It is seriously the most beautiful Fall I have ever experienced in person.  I’m sure living in the middle of the beautiful English countryside makes quite the difference when it comes to the scenery part of it as well 🙂

For me, Fall is the best part of the year.  Not only because of all the delicious smells, sights and sounds, but because of the renewal in so many aspects of life.  Many of life’s bifurcation points and upheavals, good and bad, have taken place in the fall for me, particularly in September.  I didn’t really notice it for many years, but once I did there was definitely a pattern.  Its interesting.

There have been many moments in the past few weeks that I have wanted to sit down and write about, but it has been so nuts building up to and since the bazaar that I haven’t been able to make it a priority.  Which makes me sad.  I love writing these little blurbs.  So I’m working on doing that more.  Spending 10 min. less swiping through theCHIVE and reaching out to you lovelies with whatever beautiful moment I experienced that week.

As for shop talk, I am already neck deep in scarf orders (get it? neck deep? bwwwahahhaaa….) as the holidays draw near, so make sure to get your orders in as soon as you can for holiday shipping!

The deadline for US and International orders is December 1st, and the deadline for UK/EU orders is December 12th.

Comment here or drop me an email at emilymagone@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Happy Autumn to you lovelies,

Emily 🙂

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DIY SOS: The Big Build

So a few weeks ago, I received an email through my Etsy shop from a lovely woman at the BBC requesting a couple of my pillow covers for a home design show that they do called DIY SOS: The Big Build.  After further reading and a little research, I realized that it was the original (British) version of a show we watch in America called Extreme Home Makeover.  I’ve been obsessed with EHM for years, and have never made it through an episode without crying like a baby.

So to be asked to make a contribution to such an epic and worthy cause, even if it is just a couple of little pillow covers, made me squeal and tear up with joy and gratitude.

I got the pillow covers done and sent them off right away, and was also invited to come to the neighborhood where the family lived and be there for the big reveal with the rest of the builders, tradesmen, suppliers and crew that had a part in the renovation.

The family, two EMT parents, a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old boy with severe physical disabilities and an incredible love for sports, needed a space that their growing boy could fully access and which would give the incredibly hard working parents and his caring sister some much needed respite and comfort.

Being there with all the people that volunteered all of their time and sweat to bring this to fruition for this incredibly deserving family was amazing.  It was a beautiful, sunny day and the look on the young boy’s face as he was talking about his rad new room, bathroom and the gaming system that he could operate with his finger was just an honor to witness.  The family was so incredibly grateful, and being the type of people that spend their day saving lives and caring for others, it was a great honor for everyone that participated in the project to be able to help them so immensely and take such a weight off of their shoulders so that they could go from coping with their situation back to living more fully.

After all the opening and closing scenes were filmed, everyone had the opportunity to meet and get pictures with the DIY SOS staff and builders.  A group of incredibly kind, caring and hilarious guys that have one of the greatest jobs I can imagine – making huge, positive changes in the lives of others on a daily basis using creativity, innovation and the collective goodwill of a huge team.

It was a dreamy, dreamy day my friends.

So gratefully,

Emily <3

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A little history.

Emily Magone, Nature Artist

*Original post from 2012, when I launched my business as LoveArtWillTravel*

 

So I started this blog back in 2009 to document my first adventure abroad.  I kept it going, and it made sense to carry the name over as I launched my business, as my art is ultimately inspired by my love of traveling and exploring – nature in particular.

As the business has grown and developed, so have I, and so has my personal mission.  Every artist has a different reason for creating, a message that they want to communicate to their customers, to the viewers, to the world.I used to think that the only possible way that I could help others and ‘change the world’ like I hoped was to work with NGOs, nonprofits, join Peace Corps, etc.  So I did all that, and it was fabulous and wonderful in so many ways, but I still felt incomplete and longed for the answer, the missing piece.

It wasn’t until I took the leap into being an artist full time that I really felt like I was finally tuning in to who I really am and was meant to be, and on the path to fulfilling my intended potential in this life.

So what is my intention, my message to you lovelies, as an artist?

First, let’s chat a bit about art in general.  Art doesn’t always have to have some deeper meaning.  Sometimes you just LIKE it. Sometimes you just think it looks rad. Its going to mean something different to everyone who views it.  If you’re going to invest in it, however, it should make you feel SOMETHING.  I still remember the first piece of art that moved me to tears, but it doesn’t need to be that dramatic of course. It can make you feel happy, reminiscent, calm… it runs the gamut.   My favorites are epic joy and empowered.  Genius color scheme and flowing composition usually do it for me.

Second, intentions typically flow from a belief system.  Mine is that everything in this universe – you, me, the trees, the animals, the stars, planets, all things vegetable, mineral and otherwise – are all made of the same materials and are therefore connected to each other on a much deeper level than our evolving human brains can comprehend right now.  I could carry on about this topic for days, but I’ll save that for another time.

The point is that people have strayed away from that universal connection over the centuries, and it has led humanity down an incredibly narrow and destructive path.  My hope is to remind people of that connection, of the importance and value of all of the other life on this earth aside from just the human life.  If you are already living that connection, I want to inspire it further.

When we choose things to adorn our home and bodies – clothes, accessories, art, décor – we are really looking for things that are an expression of who we are.  Items that communicate what it is that we value and what resonates with us.  Things that not only look beautiful, but make you feel beautiful as well. 

What I want to do with my art is to give you an opportunity to connect with the earth in new ways on a daily basis, to display and wear your love and appreciation for our natural world.  So when you can’t be out frolicking in nature, a little piece of nature can be bringing joy and calm to your day, which then makes you want to be frolicking in nature…and so on.

I want to help people become aware of their connection to each other and everything around them, to renew that connection, to maintain that connection.  There is incredible beauty in the tiniest details.

The earth is amazing. Beyond words incredible. Artists, conservationists, photographers, filmmakers…we have a responsibility to capture, interpret and communicate that beauty to the rest of the world. 

With love and gratitude,

Emily

 

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Q & A!

Well hello lovelies!  A couple weeks ago I posted a few questions on the Facebook page for you, some of which were wondering if there were any questions you had for me.  You came back with some very interesting ones, so I thought I would take a stab at answering them!

Michael asks, “How do your goals align with or deter from military life?”

Fabulous question!  For those of you who don’t already know this, I am married to a delicious military man.  This means that we move around every 2-4 years, with little warning or clue as to where we are going.  Fortunately, this lifestyle suits our personalities very well.  We love to travel obviously, so having a new hub to journey from every so often is fabulous.  Business-wise, it is very beneficial in many ways.  The frequent travel is constantly inspiring my work and life.  The constant turnover in the military population as people move here and move away keeps the market fresh and ever changing.  And every time we get moved, I am able to build my network, resources and breadth of opportunities even more.

Every location has its varying pros and cons of course.  For example, in England, we are out in the middle of nowhere in farmland and forests.  While it doesn’t allow me much opportunity for face time with the local population, it is AMAZING for the scenery and frolicking through nature.  So, to directly answer the question, my current goals align wonderfully with military life.  🙂

Andelyn asks, “Would you ever offer classes or lessons on your techniques?” and “What is your favorite form of art that you create?”

I’ve thought about this many times! I’ve done private lessons with adults in the past, and it was fabulous and has led to some lifelong friendships.  I have also done private lessons with children, and that doesn’t fit very well for me.  I’ve thought about teaching adult classes on basic techniques, perhaps in one of those BYOB settings, but the stars haven’t aligned yet in that department.  Eventually!

As for my favorite form of art to create, I believe it will always be my first love which is acrylic on canvas.  The possibilities are endless with it, and the gratification and calm that comes with the application of endless layers of paint to create something that is new and a piece of myself is unmatched.  🙂

Mei Lin says, “I am very interested in learning about how you make your trees and elephants. Also–how you get the colors to be almost “water-color” design.” 

This is a hard one!  I suppose they could both be answered with, ‘lots and lots of layering!’   I’ve had many other people make the observation that my acrylics often take on a ‘watercolor feel’.  This isn’t something I do intentionally, so I’m not quite sure how to answer!  I use a lot of water when I paint, for smoothing, blending, glazing, layering, etc. so perhaps my pigments become so liquefied that they take on that appearance on their own! 🙂

Many have asked about the different places that I’ve traveled and how they have influenced my art.

This could be a whole blog post on its own!  But here is a list off the top of my head, and the first thing that comes to mind that inspired my work while there. If you click on the country, you can also read the post on that location!

Ireland – GREEN, rolling hills, the Cliffs of Moher (nearly all the 2009 posts are about my summer spent in Ireland, so feel free to browse the archives!)

Grand Cayman Islands – the flora. There are some incredible species of flowers and plants on this island, that I had never seen before. Apparently I didn’t blog about this trip for some reason…

Netherlands – Amsterdam is the happiest place on earth. The architecture is beautiful and distinct, the tulip fields are epic, and the Keukenhof Gardens will inspire my work for life.

Canary Islands – this trip involved eating Paella and drinking sangria and laying by the pool, so I don’t have much from this one lol.

Belgium – classy, elegant, refined and relaxed was Belgium. I think of glass and wrought iron ceilings, lamp posts and cobblestone.

Scotland – Mmmmm Edinburgh.  My absolute favorite skyline thus far.  The spires, the architecture, the castles.  The kindness of the people and the deliciousness of the accent, the haggis, the scotch, the kilts…it is like a fairyland. Love me some Scotland.

France – the Provencial countryside is unlike any other.  The trees really do look like a Van Gogh painting.

Greece – the white washed buildings and blue domes of Santorini are of course very distinctive. The view over the caldera from above is epic.  The lushness and super smooth stone streets of Corfu are lovely.

Italy – too much to reference here! The sea, the caves, the ruins, the architecture, VENICE, the list goes on.

Croatia – such a peaceful and calmly beautiful place.  The sea blends with the sky. The castles on the cliffs, the islands all up and down the coast. Love.

Norway – the motherland. The Norwegian Fjords are one of the earth’s most incredible occurrences.  Words cannot describe the scale and magnitude of these natural formations. Not to mention the landscape beyond the fjords.  The mountains rocket toward the sky, the lush green hills make me want to run and sing and cry, the flora, the harbors, the architecture. It is all amazing.

Denmark – Copenhagen is rad and very chill, and has a lovely botanical garden.  We didn’t get to see much there, it was just an overnight!

Germany – Bavariaaaaaaa! The Alps. No explanation necessary.

Spain – Gaudi’s work and influence on Barcelona’s architecture and public art is very distinctive and beautiful.  Barcelona is huge, there is so much to see and it is beautiful.

Canada – west coast, Vancouver area, so green and beautiful.

Montana – the homeland! Glacier National Park, the Rockies, that is what I grew up in. I’m spoiled and my standards of natural surroundings are very high as a result 🙂

Washington – living in Seattle was amazing.  I LOVE that city.  The Olympics, the Cascades, the Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, all within a short drive.  If it didn’t cost a billion dollars to live up there, I would love to again 🙂

Arizona – Phoenix was a dirty hell hole, but head up north to Sedona and serenity will return.  The red rocks, the rivers, the luscious sunrises and sunsets, and the art community is very strong there.

 

Phew! That was an interesting recap!  Thank you for that question, it was really cool to run through what I have taken from each place inspirationally 🙂

I love to hear from you! I love answering your questions and hearing what you think!  Is there anything you would like to ask me?  Fire away!

 

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Resolutions vs. Plans

At the beginning of every year, I hear people make these declarations about things they’re going to do starting in January, or at some point in the coming 365 days.  Their “New Year’s Resolutions”.

resolution

: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.

: the act of resolving something

: an answer or solution to something

Most of the time, I find that these declared resolutions actually fit better into one of these two categories:

goal

: something that you are trying to do or achieve

or

intention

: the thing that you plan to do or achieve

: an aim or purpose

: a determination to act in a certain way

: what one intends to do or bring about

Working out more, losing __ pounds, quit smoking, quit drinking, the list goes on.

I know that this is just me being picky about semantics.  But I feel like there are a lot of people that make these ‘resolutions’, and by February they are a distant memory. Why is that?

There are also these things:

dream

: something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time

: a strongly desired goal or purpose

aspiration

: a strong desire to achieve something high or great

 

Now we’re increasing the magnitude of the words.  Dreams and aspirations.  Those sound like long-term ideas, right?  Not something that most people think about doing in the next few months.  But why not?  Every idea has to start somewhere, right?

It isn’t just going to happen in one day, it takes hundreds or thousands of little steps in the direction of your dream.

Steps that you can easily start taking in January, or right now preferably. 🙂

 

All these things stem from this:

desire

: to want or wish for (something)

: to feel desire for (something)

: to long or hope for

But desire means nothing if you don’t have this:

commitment

: a promise to do or give something

: a promise to be loyal to someone or something

: the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something

plan

: a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something

: an intention or decision about what one is going to do
Without these two factors, NONE of these things will ever come to fruition.  Ever.

Probably 90% of people don’t follow through with their “resolutions” past March.

Why is that? Do people make resolutions because they feel like they should? New Year, New Me?  That whole concept?

If you really, truly want something, you are going to COMMIT to getting it.

So what is it? What is it that you DESIRE? DREAM about? ASPIRE to?

Solidify your vision, and just fucking do it.  Figure out what steps you need to take to get there, and make it happen.

Quit listening to your Fear and start listening to your Self. Quit making excuses. 

Make a promise to yourself.  Be loyal to yourself.  Take care of yourself. LOVE yourself.  Respect yourself enough to follow through with the things you’ve always dreamed about.

You have unlimited potential as a human.  Let’s embrace it. Let’s make some PLANS.

 

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4 Easy Time Management Tips

Here’s a few of the basic things that help me maximize the hours in the day and allow me to go to bed feeling like I made significant progress.

 

  1.  Get Enough Sleep

We need to get past the idea that it’s some badge of honor to run on as little sleep as possible.

If you are sleep deprived, your productivity suffers, your creativity suffers, everything suffers.

It adds to stress, which leads to a hundred other health issues.

Some people require less than others.  Some require more.  Mine is 8-9.  Some people easily run off of 5-6.

So figure out what your sleep requirement is (when you tend to wake up naturally) and get it.

Your body and mind will thank you.

 

  1.  Lists Are Your Friend

If you don’t like lists, think they are nerdy or for forgetful people only…please revisit the idea.  You can make lists for everything.

Long-term goals, short-term goals, ideas, the sequence of events that need to happen before said goal can be reached, what you need to accomplish tomorrow or this week, what can wait until next month, etc.

It’s a gratifying feeling to check things off your list.  It’s solid, tangible proof that you are making progress and getting that much closer to your goal.

Proof that you are getting shit done.

 

  1.  (Smart) Multitask

 

Pair up the things that make sense together in order to maximize your time.

I’ll save things I need to listen to (podcasts, books, talks, workshops, etc.) for when I’m working on something else (painting, housework, etc.), and save things that I need to watch (tutorials, presentations, etc.) for when I am sitting down eating lunch.

I keep multiple paintings going at once, and work on them in stages.  This way I can always be moving forward with one of them, while the others are drying/setting/doing whatever they need to be doing.

For me, it keeps everything flowing throughout the day and I don’t feel like my time is being wasted by menial tasks (like dishes).

 

  1.  Prioritize & Schedule Your Hours

 

I’m talking about life in general here.  That’s why I mentioned sleep first.

If you want to maximize your potential, your health should be at the top of your priority list.

So put the best food possible in your body, move and strengthen your body, and sufficiently rest your body.

Now that you’re taken care of, you’re better able to make sure those around you are taken care of as well.

Day-to-day, my schedule reflects my priorities.

Here’s what my weekdays look like currently:

5:30 – start hitting snooze

6:00 – make breakfast and lunch for husband, stare blankly while petting dogs

6:30 – husband leaves for work, I make coffee and breakfast for me and dogs (they get no coffee)

7:00 – meditation and stretching, rank importance of the day’s tasks

7:30-10 – office (website development, emails, writing posts, outreach, etc.)

10-1 – studio (painting, shooting, etc.)

lunch

1-2:30 – studio

workout/shower

4-5:30 – office

dinner prep/eat

7 – 9:30 – admin stuff (emails, editing, uploading, etc.)

 

Obviously everyone’s day looks different.

But it all comes back to the time management.

You’re in control of your time, so make the most of it.

If you have a dream, you’re the only person that can get you there.

Take care of yourself, organize your thoughts and goals, multitask well and prioritize in all areas of your life.

Whatever you are hoping to achieve, it is in your power to make it happen.