Allison Adams

Visual Storytelling

50,000 Words in a Month!

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Some of you know that at the beginning of November I took on a creative challenge of writing 50,000 words in a month along with other writers all over the world. The NaNoWriMo project takes place every November. It started with a mere 21 participants in 1999, and in 2016, there were 384,126 writers who had signed up. It was a daunting idea, but it had been in my mind to do since the spring of this year, so when October 31 came up, I called my buddy Ty and asked him if he'd do it too. I haven't actually checked in with him since then, but somehow knowing I had a friend willing to jump into the crazy 30-day marathon-of-the-brain made it seem less...well, crazy. We realized that if we broke it down into 1665 words a day, we could try to hit bite-sized goals. To break it down even smaller, that's only about three typed pages a day.

But you know what I found? Three pages a day is a LOT of work. There was one day early on that I erased an entire day. I thought I had a fiction novel in me, or maybe a play—these are ideas I've been playing with for almost a year. The challenge gave me incentive to start unpacking the steamer trunk of my concept, but I hadn't thought at all about formatting a plot, it was really only a handful of conversing characters that I'd had in my mind at all. I quickly found out that in order to fill my word quota, I'd have to release a lot more than my story ideas. So I filled those pages every day in character reasearch, imagining settings and scenes, and a lot of journalling. Every single night, I thought, “This is it. I don't have enough in me. The writing-spatula has cleared the batter of my brain from the bowl of my skull. I'll probably have to give up tomorrow. If I'm clawing toward the daily goal like this, there is no way to get to the final number. No WAY!”

But the next morning I would start again...and by the evening, I'd usually get to my goal. One day I even lost all my words and had to make them up the next. I knew I couldn't fall too behind or it would be impossible. I can identify as an obsessive at times, its' true. Granted it was the worst writing I'd done in my life. I don't think I've even got a rough draft at the end of the challenge. But I still feel accomplished. It was a stretcher, and I needed that just then. I am less convinced I'm a novelist now than I was in October or early November. But I do enjoy creative discipline.

I may still have a book about the subject in me....the groundwork is done, at least. But I doubt it will be complete fiction. Maybe truth with some magical realism? Without telling the whole story, the characters I was researching and writing, at least the ones captured my imagination most, were the famous artists Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Barbara Hepworth, Georgia O'Keeffe, Lee Krasner. I was reading about these ladies while I was writing about them. I only painted two paintings this month, since all my spare time was given to writing. But one medium always compliments another, when you break away from your comfort zone. Most artists and storytellers know this. Anyway, I believe I can see a shift in my painting through the process. After spending time with these teachers, I think I can see some of their influence in my work. I did spend a lot of time looking at pictures of their artwork and trying to figure out what made these amazing people tick.

I encourage others to try...if not trying to write a whole novel, think about how can you jump out of your comfort zone for a month. It's not a long term commitment....but its enough time for some serious growth. If I can do it, you can do it! I will say the  best part of December so far is not having to write 1665 words a day anymore...or write at all, if I don't feel like it! Whatever will I do with all this extra time? :)

 

Eartha Kitt 24x24 Oil on Wood.  Possibly one of my favorites so far. "I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma."—Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt 24x24 Oil on Wood.  Possibly one of my favorites so far. "I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma."—Eartha Kitt

Georgia O'Keeffe  18x24" Oil on Board. "I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."—G. O'Keefe

Georgia O'Keeffe  18x24" Oil on Board. "I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."—G. O'Keefe

Response/Las Vegas

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“ Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” —Helen Keller

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I made some art to help me process the collective pain of yet another senseless tragedy at the hands of a terrorist. If nothing else, making paintings, even quick ones, gets me back to a calmer place so I can process the world my own way...which hopefully, is in the direction of love and healing , rather than fear and loathing. There is a strange, divine mystery of moving toward suffering and sharing the pain of others (and one's own.) Our hearts are capable of stretching enough to carry one another in them, yes...even strangers. That doesn't make us comfortable, but it may be one of the better powers we humans have. That's what this painting is about for me. That's what this act of painting is about for me.  💔 #LasVegas

"Embrace" 18x24" Acrylic on Canvas

Original (sold) Prints available (message me for size/info) 

Possible Influences: Bram Van Velde Willem DeKooning

We Were Never Lost

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"Don't be afraid to paint over what you already have. These paintings take time. They change. Don't get stuck in one layer. Paintings take many layers to become what they are supposed to become. Don't be afraid of ruining what you already have. Make a new line. Take a risk."

Updated website. Join me!

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Hi! I've been running a couple of different blogs as well as my social media, but now I want to start consolidating. I'm one of the people who have a lot of different interests, so that's been tricky in the past to try to make sense of them under one roof, so to speak. But here we are. Some people have a lot of kids, and though one requires more attention and energy than another at a given time, that doesn't mean the parents don't cultivate and love them all. I'm a bit like that. I have my painting, my photography, my writing, and lets not forget my actual KIDS! So here's to the big happy family of my mind!

Julia Rogers —An Artist in Her Studio

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Julia is a dear friend of mine that I first met at an artist's group in Reading, England about 9 or 10 years ago. She brought in a box spilling over with delicate sketches on tissue paper and  scattered line work done with needle and thread. I was immediately fascinated by what must be in her brain that I realized I'd discovered a new best friend. Fortunately we were also neighbors so we were able to grow close in both life and art.  I visited her for ten days last August, and I wanted to capture some of the work she is doing now. Being in her home studio in Margate, UK is a little like having entered a portal into her creative mind. Here is a window.

Lea and Brian Wedding

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Lea and Brian's wedding was wonderful, a small affair with just family there (big family though!) This was more than just two people getting married, but two families blending to become one. It turns out they dated in high school, before going their separate ways. 25 years later, they are getting married! Look at these happy faces! Every beloved guest was clearly honored to celebrate this beloved couple.

CJ and Graham Wedding

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What a privilege for me to be a part of this wedding and watch the personalities of this couple and all their close friends unfold before my eyes! One of my favorite aspects of photography is seeing and capturing the connections between people. And being around our closest family and friends can bring out the best: the joy, the laughter, the love. Not only was it a beautiful wedding, this one was a lot of fun! 

Dana

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This is Dana.  A trained ballerina and my Pilates teacher. When you see her legs, you'll understand.  She is also a mother, and believe it or not, a grandmother.  She has amazing eyebrows and cheekbones and a thick mane of hair that she is gracefully letting turn grey.

Synnøve

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Among many other interesting things, Synnove is a Norwegian novelist, living in New Zealand. As her books are being published in Norway, and there is a bit of a distance between the two countries, its been challenging to organize photo-shoots with the Norwegian press.  So she literally met the problem half-way and had me take photos while she was visiting California!

Mother's Day Special for Single Moms

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This year, I want to honor Single Mothers and the work they do by offering a Half-Price photoshoot for these super-moms and their kiddos.  Though it can be challenging doing it alone, you are still a FAMILY, and this is a unique and special time in you and your children's lives.

Sister's Day Out with Emily and Molly

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Emily and Molly have always been close, but now they live in different cities, apart from each other. So they decided to spend the morning together in beautiful San Juan Capistrano (where they grew up) just walking around, giggling, drinking coffee, taking photos, looking adorable: generally doing what sisters do!