Artistically Alicia

Art has NO Boundaries

I travel to Sedona, AZ every year in August. Although peoples first thought is dessert, there are so many hidden treasures, hikes, sites and beautiful art all over Sedona. Sedona isn’t the only places that have beautiful sites to discover. I also like to venture to Jerome, Scottsdale and Prescott.

Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone - whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain surround this picturesque city. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is wildly wonderful.

Sedona has become a center for traditional and contemporary arts and offers a variety of galleries, boutiques and specialty shops. It is an upscale retirement and tourism community, because it is the jumping off place for tours of the Red Rocks region. Many artists have been attracted to Sedona and its rugged beauty, which is said to enhance their creativity. Over the years, an artist colony has developed in Sedona and many of the artists sell their work in local galleries and shops. It may have been more than the scenic red rocks that stimulated the creativity of artists. It is believed by many people that the region of Sedona contains a concentration of vortexes that are spots that release psychic energy or power from the Earth.

These pictures are of places and hikes I have been on during my stays in Sedona.


One of my ultimate favorite artists that I have always loved is Josephine Wall. MY love for color and nature and mixing fantasy with reality, has always been a passion of mine and she portrays that in her art more then any artist I have come across. She has very similar thoughts and feelings about art in everyday life as I do, and I feel she has really helped influence me and my own art and outlook on life in a very positive way.

From childhood Josephine has had a passion for light and color, fantasy and visual story telling. Much of the inspiration for her mystical images comes from her close observation of nature and her interest in its preservation. Though she often strives to impart a message in her scenes, she also hopes to inspire in her audience a personal journey into the magical world of their own imagination.

As with most artists Jo is often asked ‘where do you get your ideas?’ the answer is “from anywhere and everywhere”. Jo is never short of inspiration; in fact she feels it is a race against time to produce all the images that she has conceived. Another often asked question is ‘ how long did it take to learn to paint?’ the answer is … “a lifetime”, because she has painted since she was a child and the work has evolved and matured until the current image was created. Her paintings actually take on average 2 –4 weeks depending on size and subject.

Josephine works mostly with acrylic paint, which allows her to paint quickly, and to create many textured and colorful effects. She has been influenced and inspired by the illustrative talents of Arthur Rackham, the surrealism of artists such as Magritte and Salvador Dali, and the romanticism of the Pre-Raphaelites. This combined with her own imaginative ideas has led to a wide and varied range of work.


Creating Your Dream

Creating tabletop terrariums, residential gardens, immersive environments, and a 240-gallon glowing aquarium brimming with sea ­­­creatures, Paula Hayes considers herself a maker of living artworks


The populist aspect is essential to Hayes, who considers herself a maker of living artworks that inspire happiness. These range from tabletop terrariums with miniature edens cultivated in hand-blown glass containers, to residential gardens sculpted with playful, squishy planters and landscaping accessories she designed herself, to museum and gallery installations that often look like friendly visitations from another plane


“Probably the most radical aspect of my work is that it can die and requires maintenance continually,” Hayes says. She is committed to a lifelong relationship with each of her living artworks and will make house calls or send surrogates for upkeep as needed. “The person who’s collected it can never really own it and is more of its caretaker,” she says of each work. For those who insist on keeping their terrariums in rooms without light, Hayes may suggest swapping plants for a glittery landscape of crystals and minerals.


They range in price from $8,000 for a small terrarium to $300,000 for a large-scale piece like Slug.


In her own garden, behind the Brooklyn brownstone she shares with Hayes likes to entertain guests in a teepee. Her studio, recently relocated from a small storefront in the East Village, is nearby. Hayes uses its terrace as a laboratory for the soft retrofit roofing system she has been developing since 1999.


. “I just loved that my grandfather was an inventor,” says Hayes, whose favorite spot was his workshop. “It was always this goal of mine to patent something.”


She met that goal in 2010, when she was awarded a patent for her “dumpling planter,” a pouch made of rubber waterproofing membrane, with an internal drainage system, that cinches looser or tighter at the top as needed around a plant or a tree and has the pleasing appearance of a dumpling. Hayes received a second patent for her “garden necklace,” a braided rubber rope used to shape and hem arrangements in planted areas. Both inventions are part of her flexible and lightweight roofing system, which also includes hexagonal, pond, and silicone planters that can be grouped together in various configurations to create a green environment in black-tar urban spaces.

They also dream of using Hayes’s roofing system to carpet the tops of factories in Long Island City, where they spend a lot of time during the fabrication of her acrylic pieces. “Just picture driving in from LaGuardia and seeing a vast sea of green rooftops insulating these factories and improving the quality of life for the people who work in them,” Hayes says.




I have always been intrigued with plants, fungus, trees, flowers and so on. When I was younger I always wanted to travel around the world and take pictures and discover different species of plants and fungus. I have always loved the look of mushrooms, so much so that every time anyone that really knows me will call me or take a picture and send it to me, I also like to draw and paint mushrooms to, I cant explain this fascination of mine, but its there.

As we know from other posts and my blog, I try and find art with in every aspect of life. Although most fungi can be harmful and dangerous, they have so much beauty and their process amazes me. Not to mention how many undiscovered fungi that are out there.


Here are some fun funky facts about Fungi:


*The oldest fossil fungi are at least 545 million years old.

*Several Nova Scotian species, such as the Honey Mushroom, produce light by a chemical reaction called bioluminescence. People once used glowing pieces of fungus-infested wood to light their way in the woods. Foxfire is due to the luminescing mycelia of other fungi.

*Fungi use antibiotics to fend off other microorganisms that compete with them for food

*Throughout history people have used various mouldy concoctions to heal disease.

*When other decomposers such as bacteria shut down for the winter, fungi remain active. Their metabolic processes generate heat. Some moulds carry on growing at temperatures as low as -7 degrees C. This of course is why even refrigerated bread turns furry eventually. We need to freeze foods at temperatures of -18 degrees C or less to preserve them from fungal decay.

*Spontaneous combustion! Moulds and bacteria growing together in sawdust can generate so much heat the sawdust catches fire.

*One of the first organisms to have its genome decoded was—you’ve guessed it—a fungus: baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, in 1997. It has about 6,000 genes.


Are you looking for art everyday or do you get stuck in your routine of waking up, drinking your coffee , going to school or work and just getting into your daily routine and forgetting the little things in life and the things most just walk pass unaware of what beauty is being unseen. Although its hard to take a step back and breath and find beauty and art in your surroundings, it can really change the outcome and fulfillment at the end of the day.

Today at work I came across all these different objects shaped like hearts; an oyster, a crouton, two pieces of bay shrimp on a salad (sorry about the fuzzy quality, I was at work “no phones!” and a piece of smoked albacore. I don’t know why I noticed all these,there was even a piece of smashed lettuce on the ground in the shape of a heart and a melting ice cube in the shape of a heart. It must have been a day of love (:

I have been getting really into “capturing the moment” I like to call it. Anytime I notice something different or extraordinary or silly and so on, I’ll snap a photo. Wether its a picture of a sunset, an act of kindness, a work of art, or something to do with nature while hiking or on vacation, I always try to get a picture maybe one day I’ll compile enough to create a look book. 

When I left work I caught a picture of the sunset standing on top of the pier and standing under the peir. The picture turned out so awesome I love it. Its so nice to acknowledge the beauty that is before our eyes every day and I’m blessed to get to view this beautiful sight of the sunset and sunrise every day. 

National Geographic holds an annual photo contest with the deadlines for submission usually on November 30 and starting April 1. For weeks, the society gathers and presents galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. More than 22,000 are submitted from over 150 countries every year, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Photographs are submitted in three categories: people, places and nature. The competition is judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts comprised of natural history photographer Christian Zeaglar and documentary photographers Gerd Ludwig and Debbie Carefry. View the winning images and honorable mentions–plus the Viewers’ Choice winners!

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2013: A behind-the-scenes experience like none other.

I have been thinking about submitting some of my pictures I have caught on random occasions, although amateur, they are great pictures capturing amazing moments in time. Knowingly I probably won’t win but I think it’s worth a shot for me and anyone else that loves art, nature or photography. All of the pictures depict the beauty of the places and a person that make traveling memorable and that’s the majority of pictures I taken. I won’t be posting them along with this blog just yet, until I decide which ones I want to submit (;

But I won’t leave with you with nothing visual to look at that’s eye, mind body and soul stimulating. Here are some pictures from the 2012 finalist.

(Source: National Geographic)

The Invisible Bomber

BANKSY has become an international icon; the rebellious and mysterious street artist has turned the art world upside-down over the past few years. Banksy has recently joined the list of the most influential people in 2010 alongside Barack Obama and Steve Jobs. Known for his graffiti, painting, activism, filmmaker and all-purpose provocateur he has clearly made a name for himself through his art. I have come to realize after following his strategic art and subversive epigrams combing dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique and he is very involved in speaking out for the people. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

His work commands tens of thousands of pounds, he’s been described as inspiring, provocative, illusive, and infamous, but there’s one missing piece to this puzzle……..

 KNWOONE really knows anything about him, not even his real name. Banksy has been described as the invisible man of graffiti art. Very few facts are known about the man himself - although his work is known throughout the world and can give you a pretty good idea of his views and style by following his work. Being nominated as one of the most influential people of 2010 they requested a picture and as secretive he supplied a picture of himself with a paper bag over his head. Most of his fans don’t really want to know who he is.

Some say street art or “bombing” is destructive and illegal, but most street art I see is like free speech, especially in this case. Banksy has said before, “There’s a whole new audience out there, and it’s never been easier to sell one’s art. You don’t have to go to college, drag ’round a portfolio, mail off transparencies to snooty galleries or sleep with someone powerful, all you need now is a few ideas and a broadband connection. This is the first time the essentially bourgeois world of art has belonged to the people. We need to make it count.”

The importance of where his pieces were located. In Banksy’s work, location itself is a large part of the message, a key component of the resulting metaphor. Whether he’s hanging a fake rock pictogram of early man pushing a shopping cart in the British Museum, or installing an amalgam of the Statue of Liberty and Statue of Justice clad as a prostitute at the site of his last arrest, the environment is usually part of the message. The pieces that have stood out to me most have been his Hack of the Israeli barrier wall and the holocaust lipstick motif.

 The “Manifesto” on Banksy’s website contains only a diary extract from Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Willett Gonin DSO, who was among the first British soldiers to liberate Bergen-Belsen in 1945:

“It was shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we men wanted, we were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don’t know who asked for lipstick. I wish so much that I could discover who did it, it was the action of genius, sheer unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for these internees than the lipstick. Women lay in bed with no sheets and no night gown but with scarlet red lips, you saw them wandering about with nothing but a blanket over their shoulders, but with scarlet red lips. I saw a woman dead on the post mortem table and clutched in her hand was a piece of lipstick. At last someone had done something to make them individuals again, they were someone, no longer merely the number tattooed on the arm. At last they could take an interest in their appearance. That lipstick started to give them back their humanity.”

As for the Israeli wall graffiti, he justified it by saying, “How illegal is it to vandalize a wall,” asked Banksy on his website introduction to his Wall project, “if the wall itself has been deemed unlawful by the International Court of Justice? The Israeli government is building a wall surrounding the occupied Palestinian territories. It stands three times the height of the Berlin wall and will eventually run for over 700km - the distance from London to Zurich. The International Court of Justice last year ruled the wall and its associated regime is illegal. It essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open-air prison.”

I really urge people to quit being bystanders and although some may see Banksy as being destructive activism, at least he is doing something and not harming anyone in the process.

Check out his Academy Award nominated documentary, “Exit through the Gift shop.”


I was randomly browsing contemporary artists and came across these images and this American artist, Mark Jenkins. This artist is a perfect example of contemporary art around the world.

Contemporary art is produced at the present point in time. Contemporary art can sometimes seem at odds with a public that does not feel that art and its institutions share its values. Some art museums and collections define contemporary art as including all art since the end of WW2 more specifically since 1945. This artist is a perfect example of contemporary art around the world and I came across an American artist, Mark Jenkins.

Jenkins uses ordinary packing techniques and tape to create sculptures of life-size human or animal forms. Jenkins is best known for his clever installations of these startlingly lifelike tape sculptures in urban and natural spaces as well as indoor environments such as cafeterias, toilets, and art galleries. This expert staging of his work, especially his clothed human figures, provokes various, often strong, reactions from passersby and expands his interventions into powerful performances.  He is most widely known for the street installations he creates using box sealing tape. In addition to creating art, he also teaches his sculpture techniques through workshops in cities he visits.

Jenkins’ practice of street art is to use the “street as a stage” where passersby become actors. Many of his installations have resulted in intervention by the authorities that he also regards as actors. Most of his early outdoor works were non-commissioned.

Art has no boundaries, and Jenkins shows that. The fact that the viewer is a part of the work of art, and without him it would just be meaningless model, it very intriguing. Perhaps the purpose of Mark Jenkins is to make the viewer realized of its condition, but also mainly to provoke him, and let him think, is it real? Jenkins has had to pay numerous fines for disturbance to public order. He make the viewer wonder, is it a real person? is it alive ? Can I touch him/her? Should we call the police? Without the viewer and how they react, I don’t think these pieces would have any meaning.


"Is this Real Life?"


The Laib Wax Room is lined with fragrant beeswax and illuminated by a single light bulb, is the first permanently installed artwork at the Phillips since the Rothko Room in 1960. German artist Wolfgang Laib installed the work in a space he helped to select in the original Phillips house. Accommodating one to two people at a time, it offers a personal, meditative encounter.

To install the work, “Where have you gone – where are you going?” Laib melted approximately 660 pounds of wax at a constant temperature to achieve a uniform golden hue. He used tools such as a spatula, spackle knife, electric heat gun, and warm iron to apply the wax, on the walls and ceiling of the 6-by-7-by-10-foot space.

“A wax chamber has a very deep and open relationship,” Laib explains. “To enter a wax room, is to be in another world, maybe on another planet and in another body.”

I came across this piece of art and this artist on ARTnews and it really intrigued me and I instantly began researching this Liab. I love how he incorporates life and nature into his pieces. Finding beauty and art within nature has always been a passion for me and soon enough I will make a photo book of all the places I have captured art within mother earth. 

To some, Liabs work may seem simple and out of the ordinary but to me, and many others his art pieces are highly ritualistic. In the spring and summer Liab collects pine, buttercup, moss pollens, hazelnut and dandelion from fields around his home in Germany and then displays the collected material in jars or sprinkled across the floor of his gallery. 

                                                                  ART THAT IS COLD AS ICE

Well I was wondering why my refrigerator ice dispenser wasnt dispensing any ice. This is what I found, I call it the “IceBerg Sculpture.” Just another run in with natural beauty and art surrounding us everyday that one might not notice. It reminded me of this quote:
People grow old only by deserting their ideals, Macarthur had written. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away. -Douglas MacArthur 
Capturing the moment one day at a time. 

                                                                  ART THAT IS COLD AS ICE

Well I was wondering why my refrigerator ice dispenser wasnt dispensing any ice. This is what I found, I call it the “IceBerg Sculpture.” Just another run in with natural beauty and art surrounding us everyday that one might not notice. It reminded me of this quote:

People grow old only by deserting their ideals, Macarthur had written. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away. -Douglas MacArthur 

Capturing the moment one day at a time.