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visual artist and writer marisol diaz

i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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How do you DE-stress with NO time???destress


So at this moment I'm seven days away from a 'major' solo art exhibit. Not 'major' because of locale or notoriety - (the amazing gallery in San Antonio was less stressful!) but 'major' because of expectations, people and meaning. Despite all the anxiety, leave it to me to exasperate the situation by not being finished with all the work that is to be exhibited. In seven days I need to; find around twenty photo frames of various sizes, finish painting, rent a van to transport the work to the gallery and figure out HOW to hang paintings on heavy wood panels. After a full-time job I have to come home and utilize every free possible second to finish working. I haven't been able to do housework, reading or crafting - let alone keep up with my blogging community. Don't get me wrong - I love to make art --but like most artists- I don't like deadlines (though the vicious circle is that the deadlines produce the most intense work). Needless to say, I am SEVERELY stressed out.


These images are some of the only photos I have ever taken that actually relax me just to look at them! When you don't have anytime that might be all you can do...



Reader Comments (4)

A few minutes of complete quiet (even if I have to hide from my girls), possibly with chocolate and coffee, tends to help me unwind and refocus. So does looking at the little bits of inspiration I've hung up around my desk... they help me feel energized and excited about whatever creative endeavor I'm avoiding. :) Good luck with the exhibit!

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

I take an extended hot shower.Sometimes I just look at old pictures. Taking a nap for ONLY 20 minutes helps me alot too. Chocolate always saves the day...

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYour Neighbor

Hey Ms. Diaz!

Try the Buddha Machine! Its a little music box that will play 9 loops over. Some of the sounds it makes are very relaxing and its a very neat toy.


If you go to the website, and go under downloads, you can download the songs it plays!

Good luck!

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamie


May 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersteph

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