Monday, June 10, 2013

How to Grow Succulents



    Growing succulents is very easy! These tiny hardy plants multiply like rabbits, but some tips to encourage the  multiplication process can't hurt. 

    First off, make sure you have a windowsill with lots of natural light. These little cuties are sun worshipers! 

    Next, they'll need a shallow dish with a bit of dirt to sprout in. Once they're big enough you can transplant them into a pot as a house plant or straight outdoors if your climate permits.

    Now we've arrived at the semi-difficult part. Clipping. The plant I chose to clip from has broad "leaves" that make sprouting easy. Simply snap off a leaf, be sure it has a clean break, no curly cue rips! Then place the leaf onto the dish, allowing it to lay on the surface of the soil.

   Water the leaf if the soil appears dry. in this early stage try to be sure no water droplets collect on top of the leaf. The succulent will absorb water from the wet soil. 

    Soon, if all goes well, you'll begin to see teeny-tiny leaflets appear at the break off point on the leaf. 

    Not long after that roots will begin to shoot out wildly. 


    After a steam, and a fluster of leaves develop, the original leaf will turn yellow, shrivel up and fall off. I recommend keeping the new tiny plant indoors until it's root system matures a bit before bringing out side.  


    There you have it! No you can begin growing and collecting a miniature succulent garden just like in all those design magazines, and high end design stores. And, look at that, it hardly costed anything! This succulent was 7 dollars, the dishes were old soy sauce holders and dirt is free! Ha! take that Urban Outfitters (You know I love you)!


    On another note it seems that poor Malmer-the-Cat is a bit peeved about my canvas taking over his favorite sunning spot! A painting update will follow soon, so keep your eyes open!

Sarah Bosserman

SarahBosserman@gmail.com


Monday, May 27, 2013

Dropping the Excess


"Everything I own is my favorite thing"
 Joshua Fields


      Stuff. Our nation is built on entrepreneurship, mastering the art of business and by doing that, fueling our economy. Now we live in one of the richest countries in the world where you can drive two minutes and buy anything you could possibly need. But how much of what we buy do we really need? Do I really need another shirt? Another quirky nik-nak? How much enjoyment will this purchase bring me and for how long? Will I use it daily? weekly? monthly? I'm not saying buying stuff is wrong, but being mentally present while standing in line at the cash register is advisable. 


       The problem with buying stuff is, when you flip through a magazine, design site, or Pinterest, and you find a room that speaks to you, why do you like it? Yes, that wallpaper is oh-so-chic, and that chair is very mod, but what about the space around these objects? Chances are there isn't storage boxes, dozens of shoes, or heaps of stuff lying around. After specific style, the next thing that attracts a person is air, emptiness, light, breathing room. You can only have breathing room once you've gotten rid of the excess things in your home. You know that dress/piece of furniture/box in that you don't quite like or use anymore but you for some reason can't bear to part with? Get rid of it. Instead of owning hundreds of "eh" things, own dozens of "OH MY GOODNESS I ADORE THIS" things. Get to that place where your home is full of air, full of space and full of only the things you love. 


       Over the past month I've been going through boxes and closets, picking up every little object and piece of furniture I own and asking myself, "How much does this add to my life?" or "Why am I keeping this?". I've donated three garbage bags of clothing (yeah, I know, it was bad) and five boxes of stuff I don't use. The funny thing about getting rid of excess is you can see what you really love. After I had jettisoned everything i didn't need I was left with my art supplies, clothing and a huge music collection. That's my life, art, fashion and music. I encourage you to also go over your stuff. After you've cut away the excess, I guarantee that you'll breathe easier. 

       For anyone interested in streamlining their possessions, this site here was extremely helpful for me: http://www.theminimalists.com/start/ . 

I wish you all the luck in the world, and I hope you too can own only your "favorite" things. 

Sarah Bosserman




     

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Art Washes Away the Dust of Everyday Life, Picasso


     Over the past months while sitting in the classrooms of my college, I planned a series of paintings. Picasso once said 

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"

    and oh boy, oh boy was I feeling dusty sitting through those lectures. Don't get me wrong, I am academically minded, and I work extremely hard to earn my high grades. I believe in life long learning, and am happy to listen to my professors, but week after week of schooling wares me out. My creative soul seems to shrink, and that "dust" Picasso speaks of becomes an insufferable blanket. By my own nature I am an introvert. I glean energy and inspiration by sitting alone and thinking. 

    I understand that by going to school I am broadening my mind, but in other ways I feel stifled. Before I began college I took a break in which I taught art for two  years to a hundred students, who saw me as a mentor and role model. I also served on my city's Art Counsel, where I was highly respected and my opinion became action. After that I paid my way to Paris where I soaked in the greatest works of art in the world. I have done so much living in my little 20 years of being on this earth. Sometimes I'm painfully aware of how distant my own world view is from my peers. I have faith, I have a sense of purpose, and my art is my vehicle to success. I don't desire wealth, and I have no illusions of grandeur  I want after that simple life of painting, a job that pays well enough, and lemonade on warm Texan evenings. If my art touches someone and makes them pause to look in closer than my goal has been achieved. We are only given so many days to live and laugh, to serve and love, and we shouldn't waste them. I guess what I'm saying is that this is my summer of painting, and I'm not going to waste my time anymore. Today is the day I take my future and my paintbrush into my own hands. 

     Here is the first painting in my series. Pink Socks is my working title, and it's about half way done. If you have any wish to ask me questions concerning my art, or just to say hi my email is SarahBosserman@gmail.com

Sarah Bosserman




Thursday, May 16, 2013

Flower Girl Finished, Painting for Purchase


       To create a painting is to walk the line between madness and mindful accuracy. First you lay out a carefully sketched drawing on paper. Maybe you mess around with the composition  and line work. Then you transfer this sketch onto the canvas, where again, you meticulously render the subject. Soon you're ready for paint, and this is where the struggle lays. 

       Too much careful brush work and the painting feels stiff and dead. Too much wild, abstract globs of paint and let's not kid ourselves, it's garbage. It's that sweet spot, that Goldy-Locks area of perfection we as artists strive for. It needs to make sense but be fluid. It needs to have the effortless look about it.
        I can't say for sure if Flower Girl achieved that sweet spot, but it feels very close, and I can honestly say that I'm proud of this piece. 

Sarah Bosserman, Flower Girl, Oil on Canvas, 25"x31", 2013.
For purchasing information please email to this address,
SarahBosserman@gmail.com







Sarah Bosserman

Monday, January 21, 2013

FLOWERS FOR A CROWN



What? Is that a roughed in moon and some abstract tribal-ish patterns behind her now crowned head? Why, yes, yes it is. 



She's about half way done now. Everything is in it's place and now all I need to do is fill in the details. No worries right?.. 

We'll see!


Sarah Bosserman






Friday, January 11, 2013

RED HAIR, COMICS, URBAN OUTFITTERS


    A month ago, I was laying in bed listening to the song Of Moons Birds and Monsters by MGMT. 

    Half way through the song I couldn't lay down any longer. In a fit of creative energy I grabbed a pen, a note pad and flicked the light on, irritating my sister with whom I share a room with. It didn't matter, I had to get the idea out of my mind. I made two rough sketches of a girl standing in front of a hyper-detailed moon. The next day I drew a few more concepts. Each time her face would express a different emotion. Fright, fear, bravery, peace etc. First she was staring the viewer head on, then looking into the distance. 

   I quickly found that I wanted this girl to be mysterious, but not in the tired "film noir" way. I didn't want a female who was more of an object than a human. 

   I want this painting, this protagonist to be clean, clear, soft and beautiful. She needs to be fresh, she needs to be glowing, and she needs to be close to nature. 


   While I waited for my first layer of oil painting to dry, I went on an outing to Urban Outfitters. 
   I understand that there is quite a bit of venom directed at that store, but honestly, clothing is clothing and I just so happen to adore their look. I just can't get excited about a polo shirt with a brand stamped all over the front. Plus, I like trying new weird patterns, stains, studs  embroidery and washes. I like my clothing to challenge me a bit. 

   Anyways, while I was strolling through the isles of acid washed sweatshirts and knitted vests, I spotted a bargain bin. That's when it all went crazy. At one point I had two duvets, a posters, candles and a few books in my arms. My sister talked me out of most of the items (thank goodness), but I did walk away with this! A huge geometric wall tapestry for 5 dollars and My sister bought the three India inspired silk pillows for 5 dollars apiece!

Just to be sure you understand, Urban Outfitters can be very pricey. 
Basically, We made out like bandits.


   Aside from painting, shopping and general goofing off during winter break, I also secured through incredible grace from above, a job working at a comic book store. YEAH, I now work at a comic book store. I think as cool jobs go thats pretty sweet. (Just so you know, it goes Astronaut, rock star, then comic book store). 

   In all seriousness I'm very thankful that I work at a place that I'm proud of, and where the customers are more like friends, the hours good, and best of all I'm surrounded by incredible art and storytelling.  
   As you can see I'm beginning to amass a small collection. This is nothing compared to the collections of my co-workers, boss and many of our customers, but hey, I've got to start somewhere. 

   Because comics are fast becoming a big part of my life, time to time I'll share news concerning artists, story writers and recommend good story lines as they come. (Just so you know, the new Thor story line is AMAZING, also Saga, trust me, Saga is perfection) 

Well, that's me lately, 

Sarah Bosserman


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SNOWY OWL PAINTING


     My goodness I've been gone for far too long! 
My first year of college has been absolutely crazy. Every week I say, next week will be better, I'll fall into a routine. 3 months in and I'm finally feeling as though I haven't been lying to myself. Today I put my foot down, I cleaned my room, put my art desk back in order, and even wrote this blog post!

    During all of this time away from this dear little blog hasn't gone  to waste over silly philosophy papers alone, I've been painting too. What is this mystery painting I've been working on? It's a Snowy Owl, and I'm very proud of how it's turned out, though it's far from completed. He'll be for sale for around the $125 range. I'm open for discussion on the price. It's a very inexpensive price, but at this moment in my art I'm trying to focus on experimenting and turning quick sales to fund those very experiments. 

Lucky for me this experiment turned out to be pretty cute!

 If you happen to be interested, email me at SarahBosserman@gmail.com or through Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-With-SarahB-Blog/173802599325210

Sarah Bosserman