Finding Yourself in the Pursuit of Happiness

Lately, I’ve been reexamining a lot in my life. I’ve been thinking about how I do things and why. I never feel satisfied by what I have done. I think I can do so much more. If I only hadn’t squandered my time in high school, I could be so much smarter and more productive right now. If only I hadn’t spent X time doing Y, I could be Z by now. All of this thinking circles around productivity, but it never achieves it. I’ve decided to stop thinking like that for now. Instead, I want to make it easier to be productive by introducing the things I love into all the things I have to do.

While this blog began as a way to explore PR techniques in the digital sphere, that is not enough for me anymore. Yes,  I am still interested in blogging about PR, new digital media, and industry news and issues. However, the purpose of the blog is now bigger than “networking” and get involved in the blogosphere as a PR pro. Now I’m going to use this blog as an opportunity to explore how I’m using new and different media to grow as an individual. This will most certainly include my observations about the new media I’m experimenting with in the pursuit of my first love: art. But I will still be looking at how new digital tools impact our daily lives. I really think the two can intertwine more than I allowed myself to believe.

I look forward to providing food for thought, and, as always, I’m open to connecting with you to discuss any of it.

ArtRage: Digital Painting

ArtRage painting of Joanne Howell by Rebecca Mahony

This is my ArtRage painting of Joanne Howell shared on Facebook.

One of my favorite new finds is ArtRage, a program that can be used on a variety of devices, to create artwork. I really love how ArtRage allows you to make art with a variety of different tools. I use ArtRage on my iPad, and I’ve been quite impressed with level of customization for each tool. I can lose myself in my work. It reminds me of how I feel after doing yoga.

Most recently, I’ve been working on painting a watercolor of my friend’s children. I love the easy-to-use interface, and as you can see from the photo below, there are so many options to choose from.

ArtRage painting of children

This is a picture I’ve been painting of my friend’s children.

Personally, I enjoy painting or drawing people. There’s something awesome about trying to capture someone’s personality in an image. I’ve been having fun playing around with the platform. I’m really proud of the painting I did of my aunt, Joanne Howell.

My favorite painter, Edgar Degas, said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” For me art is a release, but the art I’m most proud of are the pieces that are meant to bless other people. I love working on things that I know will touch someone’s heart.

About the Author
Rebecca Mahony is an artist, PR maven, people person and proud FSU alumna.