Embarking on a new collection of Paintings

Well Friday's the day, the day I get to share 15 new paintings with you guys! Honestly each time I type those words it feels surreal and a bit nerve wracking (like I mentioned in this post). 

Even though I get a bit nervous sharing these new creations with you, I wouldn't have it any other way. These past few month's I've been learning a lot about myself as an artist and I've been gaining confidence to share and be more vulnerable in the work I create. 

I've definitely doubted the reason why I create...

Fall Paintings by Kendra Castillo
Art sketches

Why I create and share my artwork with you guys. I've wondered what the purpose and meaning behind the content I put out into the world. There is so much hurt and suffering out there, so what does my tiny bit of artwork have to say? But the one thing I keep coming back to is that I "get" to create. That despite hard days, loss, suffering and any other battle we each feel like we can be facing, 

There is still opportunities for joy, laughter, friendship and love. 

My original intention when I set out to create a new collection of paintings was to just be free with my movement and creation, but somewhere along the the way I discovered it was so much more. 

My hope with this new collection of paintings is that they each spark a sense of joy and excitement for this new season. Whatever that looks like for you I hope that these paintings remind you of laughter, friendships and all the good things you have to look forward to! 

Because sometimes we just need to laugh in the face of adversity, sometimes we choose what's hard because it's better and sometimes we just need to be reminded that we aren't alone. I guess what I'm trying to say is that even though I may wonder why I choose to paint and share these creations with you all, I'm slowly realizing that the biggest gift that I receive is to share this journey with you guys! You guys have impacted me in such incredible ways. Somehow along the way I got lucky enough to hear your stories and your journeys, being able to hear your stories has changed me in ways I know I continue to discover in the years to come.

xo Kendra
Kendra Castillo original artwork

Mark your calendars 

Friday the 17th, New Original Paintings will be coming your way!

Details: 

  • Painted on Heavyweight paper
  • Mixed Media Paintings 
  • Signed by Kendra Castillo
  • Ready to frame and hang in your home! 

Chasing an honest life + a secret Art announcement!

If someone would have told me a few years ago, heck 6 months ago that I would be creating art content regularly, taking on commission painting clients, teaching creative coaching sessions and working with designers I would out right laugh in your face. Don't get me wrong, I am incredibly grateful and I don't say these things to shout "look at me." Actually it is completely opposite. 

Fall Art Collection - Kendra Castillo

By nature I'm that person that likes to sit in silence at a party, I like to listen to those around me be expressive and I've always thought, "What would it be like to be so comfortable sharing your opinions and sharing your voice." "What would I even say if I felt comfortable enough?" 

The irony is that I can honestly say that getting to the point I am right now, personally and professionally has been a roller coaster. In some ways I stop and look back and want to shout because I feel like I tricked myself. I trick myself by somehow doing small comfortable things and now all of the sudden I seems like there a thousand people staring at me as I stand uncomfortable and feeling vulnerable. 

Creating artwork feels like letting someone read my diary or journal. It's like opening up your heart to let someone judge you and say "Yes, that one is valuable or No, thats a mistake." As an artist it can sometimes be difficult to not take those things personally. Luckily I can say that 99% of the things people say to me are incredibly kind and encouraging.

But for some reason I recently felt like I was freezing up. 

I was feeling judged and aware of all the eyes looking at my work. I felt stuck and I wasn't creating from a place of freedom. 

Kendra Castillo Artwork

New Collection of Abstract Paintings coming NEXT Friday! NOVEMBER 17th! 

So, what was my solution. I forced myself out of my routine, I went for a walk. I got away from the studio. I took a day off. I chased a different creative passion. 

The result... A new Fall + Winter Collection of paintings! 

I'm so dang excited to share these new paintings with you guys! You have been such a support and source of encouragement, these paintings are my little way of saying thank you and a reminder to live life to it's fullest! These paintings are inspired by the holiday seasons, my hope is that they bring a sense of excitement and anticipation for life and the upcoming holidays. 

I want to laugh at myself now... Laugh at myself for allowing myself get caught up in others opinions instead of what I know to be true. Thank you guys again for supporting what I do and giving me the freedom to keep creating and exploring! 

Birthday Month Freebies!!

September is my birthday month (September 3rd to be exact) and I thought it would be fun to kick it off with some freebies! I usually offer these monthly freebies for my newsletter subscribers, but I thought it would be fun to let all of you in on the fun!

So for today only you can download ANY of my Digital Download for FREE!  Yep totally Free, because I really appreciate you and I think its fun to get free gifts :) To get in on the fun all you have to do is use this code when you checkout

Just use code: "BDAY17" at checkout! 

Kendra Castillo Artwork, digital downloads

Also, this month I have some fun things in store to help celebrate my birthday and the fact that I just keep getting older. So keep an eye out for details on instagram or via your inbox if you are a newsletter subscriber. 

Want to get in on the fun?? 


Get FREEBIES directly in your inbox every month! 


Kendra Castillo Art, Digital Downloads

I hope you guys have a great week!!! 

xo Kendra

 

Fueling The Creative Mind

all images via Taylor Adams

Guest Post by Taylor Adams

Fueling The Creative Mind

Creativity isn’t a switch you can just turn on - often you have to work for it, cultivate it, and protect it from information overload. We consume so much information on a day-to-day basis. Scrolling screens, popping ads, flickering channels, it can be overwhelming. With so much information coming and going, lately I’ve begun to feel more conscious of the content that I choose to absorb.

What we consume has power to shape and influence our mind - so shouldn’t we be feeding it some good stuff? Some creative vegetables that provide insight and inspiration, inform and encourage, and explore compelling ideas. While I do enjoy a glass of wine and an episode of The Bachelor, I also feel the need to find resources that will contribute to my studio practice and mindset, and keep the tank fueled.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite resources…

Fueling The Creative Mind | Kendra Castillo blog
Fueling The Creative Mind | favorite podcasts

I’ve recently become a podcast fanatic. Whether I’m driving long distances or gessoing panels in my studio, I love having a good podcast playing. Upon listening to Episode 1, I was immediately hooked on Clever, a podcast about design and the talented figures behind it. Designer Amy Devers and Design Milk’s Jaime Derringer host candid and revealing conversations about design and it’s connections to the world around us. Featuring a fascinating array of creatives, each episode dives into honest and compelling accounts of struggles and successes, insight into individual creative processes, and the mark they hope to leave on the world through making. 

Reading has been an outlet that I’ve always loved - there’s something holding a physical book and turning pages that a screen could never replace. A friend of mine gifted me a book from a series called “Cultivate: The Process of Living from Your Heart.” The series is by a collective of visual artists, songwriters, and musicians sharing their different forms of expression. I was given Volume IV, “Creativity Unlocked” and I have found so much inspiration within its pages. The issue is beautifully composed with artwork, photography, and expressive writing that unlocks ideas behind creativity and how we can utilize it in our day-to-day lives. 

Abstract: The Art of Design is a Netflix documentary series that I recently stumbled upon. The series explores the minds of innovative designers, ranging in discipline from footwear to architecture. I found the series fascinating. As an artist it’s so interesting to gain insight into how the mind of another creative works and problem solves, especially one that is in a field that very different from my own. I definitely recommend if you’re looking for a series to binge that you don’t want to feel guilty about. 

Lucky for creatives, there's so many fascinating minds in this world - creating beauty and innovation in our day-to-day lives, and documenting their ideas to share and empower others. I’m trying to spend more time with the content that truly feeds me so I can keep learning and growing as an artist, in hopes to contribute in the same way.


More about Taylor:

Taylor Adams is a Florida based artist exploring the world of abstraction with thread and ink in hand. Fueled by a love of the outdoors, she is largely inspired by beauty found in nature. See more of Taylor’s work at tayloradamsart.com and follow along on Instagram/Twitter @tayloradamsart to get a closer look at her process, current work, and daily explorations.