Acrista Art projects in progress

In a search for more depth, contemplativeness and focus, and generally a slower and more aware lifestyle, this year everything seems to be happening more slowly with me, somehow inertly and less „visibly“. In these times I am working on two really long and slow projects…

  1. A total redesign of the acrista.com website: the aim is for the site to become an actual online gallery, where you could directly purchase original artworks or order prints, and have them delivered anywhere you want. You will be able to log in to your personal account and track your orders, your cumulative discount and lots more.
    So far we have a ready graphic design and a good deal of the back-end processes designed. What is about to follow is months of programming, testing and content management, and of course presentation and explanation campaign materials. For the first time in years I’ve let the project move on its own pace, without deadlines, and I’ve armed myself with patience and hope that things will turn out in the best possible way in terms of aesthetics and functionality.
  2. The second project I’ve been on to for more than two years is trying to accumulate enough material for an exhibition. It is very important to me that an exhibition has a concept, an idea. I’ve started working on tens of canvases for this very event, and little by little they seem to have started forming, become ready. In fact few of them already got sold. This time I’ll try to bring some surprise – I will not publish the paintings dedicated to the exhibition prior to it, but of course, if you happen to visit my atelier, or the painting studio, you will have the chance to see them before everyone else, and may be even reserve one of them for yourselves.

Intermittent to these two projects I’m working on a few commissions for specific interior projects and some smaller canvases, which you can see as available artworks in the portfolio section of the current website. The times are strange, but from a business perspective I’m thankful for how things are working out for me. Be healthy!

Essentialism

After I discovered the minimalism as my (desired) way of living, it was just a matter of time to come across the other closely related philosophy: the essentialism. Greg McKeown as its main ideologist shares details in a great deal of interviews and with great sense of humor, but I liked the presentation below, because I find it interesting how you can apply essentialism not only as a person, but as a professional and a company, too.

Some of the ideas:

The disciplined pursuit of less but better

  • every 90 days: what is important to me? -> 1-2 hours weekly planning around that
  • is this going to serve my highest purpose
  • eliminating the insignificant things
  • focus on what’s really important
  • if something is not a clear Yes, than it is a clear No

And also find out why success is a poor teacher:

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Image by Sofie Zbo?ilov? from Pixabay

Atticus’ poetry

Two of the surprises for this year’s birthday were a fun contrast: the first one was a Pocketbook (I have officially joined the e-readers) and the other was two incredible poetry books that captivated me both in content and in polygraphy.

If I were to describe Atticus’ style (which, like Banksy, expresses themselves solely through their art, without sharing their identity), perhaps “modern haiku” would come very close to my sensations, though not all of the poems are short. As for the books – this is how I imagine books must look today in order to want to own them on paper in this digital age: a masterly piece of work, with attention to detail, varied and original design, flawless quality and so tactile I wish to go through their pages again and again. In short – inspiration!You can follow Atticus on Instagram. And here some of the poems that touched me:

“Break my heart
and you will find yourself inside.”

“Do not fall in love with me
for I will break your heart
long before you realize
you were going to break mine.”It’s not the fear of losing them 
that scares us,
it’s that we have given them
so many of our pieces
that we fear losing
ourselves
when they are gone.

“When I saw you first, it took
every ounce of me not to kiss you.
When I saw you laugh, it took
every ounce of me not to love you.
And when I saw your soul, it took every ounce of me.”

“Does the sun promise to shine?
No, but it will – 
even behind the darkest clouds,
and no promise
will make it shine longer or brighter
for that is its fate,
to burn until it can burn no more.
To love you is not my promise
but my fate –
to burn for you
until I can burn no more.”

“The hardest step
we all must take
is to blindly trust
in who we are.”

“True art
comes
from flying
with the madness
so close
you burn
your eyelashes.”

“What of the firefly,
the one I love to chase?
The old man smiled
Love her
he said
but leave her wild,
and the old oak tree I love to climb?
Love her, he said, but leave her wild
the bird that sings that song I love?
Love her, he said, but leave her wild
and the wolf that cries to the old joke moon?
Love her, he said, but leave her wild
and the horse that loves to run wit storms?
Love her, he said, but leave her wild.
And what of 
her,
the one I love most?
and the old man smiled.
Yes, he said,
you must love her too
but love her wild
and she’ll love you.”

“The Aftermath”

I had long been waiting for a good drama with a love thread and I was so happy that this one didn’t disappoint me… neither as acting and persuasiveness, neither as approach and credibility nor as ending. There was nothing superfluous, nothing cheesy. Even the love triangle cliche was masterfully intertwined with the unusual circumstances of the post-war background.

Well, I don’t have to tell you, that even if this movie turned out to be bad, Alexander Skarsgard would be an excellent reason to stay put in front of the screen. this Swedish semi-god is outrageously attractive, even when speaking in German… but let’s not get carried away

“The Aftermath”is based on Rhidian Brook’s novel of the same name (published in Bulgaria) and with the wonderful music by Martin Phipps.