Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Thank you to everyone who voted. The winning title was The Colors of Joy. And because it was tied for so long with Alyssa Joy's Art Blog, I am still including something similar in the description. I think that's a good compromise.

Next on the agenda for this blog, as you may have noticed, is changing the look of the blog. I won't have you guys vote this time, but I will be experimenting, a little here and there.

Friday, September 4, 2009


I'd been wanting to work with charcoal again. It's a messy medium, though, and it was hard to make time. Today, however, was one of those really annoying days. Not the day itself, rather the things going on within its time frame. One thing after another it seemed, from that person honking their horn at me for not turning left into oncoming traffic, to miscommunication with our bank being the reason I still haven't gotten a new debit card.

I had pulled my big sketch pad out days ago, and even went so far as to tone the paper for my next anticipated drawing. It sat on the craft table downstairs after that. Until today. After finding out about the bank stuff, I grabbed that same sketch pad, my box of charcoals, and headed outside to the backyard.

We have this big flower pot that looks like something from antiquity. That's what I wanted to draw. And so I did. It felt good to work in charcoal again, and to draw from life. When I go for long periods of time without drawing or creating something, I feel like I'm losing touch with a very important part of myself. It's been fun planning my wedding, but in all honesty, I can't wait until it's over so I can just go back to doing art.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What's in a name?

The moment you've all been waiting for (maybe)... a new blog name! I really had a hard time coming up with names I thought suitable, and ones that I could possibly find myself liking for a long time. And so, a vote is in order. I will go over all the choices here, then find a way to add a poll. I think blogger has that option around here somewhere. Here we go...

Alyssa Joy's Art Blog - This is pretty straight forward, to the point, and includes everything you need to know about this blog in that professional sense. It also follows close to the url address, Not that that's completely necessary, but it's there.

The Colors of Joy - This is more on the clever side of telling you what this blog is. A bit of play on words. "Colors" referring to something visual and/or aesthetic, while "Joy" can refer either to the emotion or to my name, Alyssa Joy. So this title also includes a what and who, in a sense.

Creative Joy - Like the previous one, a unique play on words. "Creative" suggesting originality of thought or expression, and "Joy" being the emotion of great delight. Together these words can mean different things: the delightful satisfaction ones finds when taking part in the creative process; or again, that play on words referring to the creator of this blog. I think both interpretations are appropriate, as with the previous title.

What do you all think? If you have other suggestions I'll take them.