The year 2018 has been an extremely big year of discovery, achievement, and adventure for Ryan J Barnes. Starting with graduating college all the way to finding a job in his field with the US armed forces.Read More
Searching for inspiration in the Bellevue Art Museum I happened upon the collaborative work of Janelle Abbott and Camilla Carper’s FEMAIL exhibit. The philosophy and spirit of their project was extremely motivational and represents exactly what art is at its core: recycled material.Read More
Chris Metzner, illustrator and comic book artist, makes his debut album as a rapper and it is fantastic!Read More
The phrase, "you do you, boo" is one of my favorite phrases I've been blessed to hear over the past few years. I like the phrase as an excuse to be one's true self and to follow one's own passions. A mantra to stand by as one pursues the life that best reflects their values, wants, and needs. A sort of light to help navigate one to find their own tribe of people to help them achieve goals.
Maybe I am reading too much into it. Maybe I am making the phrase out to be more than it is really worth. However, this is what the phrase means to me and you got to do you.
Andy Warhol is a bit of a hero of mine. His love for everyday life is something I always found inspiring. He even once filmed himself eating a Burger King Whopper as an art piece.
Whenever I struggle with the idea of being judged for my work, this is the quote I like to go back to. I then make it my mantra as I finish my work.
- Inspired by Sara Dietschy's instagram post, I wrote an article about Kintsugi and Wabi-Sabi as part of my creative process and way of life.
- In speaking of Wabi-Sabi, I recommend watching this video of a 140 year old lens on a Red Cinema Camera. It shows how much, or little in this case, an individual lens can contribute to the quality of an image. It goes to show the importance of using the tools you have around you to make something great, rather than striving for perfection by spending a ton of money on the latest and greatest.
Upon finding an image of Sara Dietschy featuring the phrase “your comfort zone will kill you” I started to think about what it takes to make one’s dreams come true, to live a good life making the world a slightly better place for others, and the art of Kintsugi as a philosophy for overcoming faults and obstacles along the way.Read More
It's time, once again, for a collection of things I found interesting in the world around me.
- Some big news: Last Monday my girlfriend and I got married! It has been a wonderful week thus far full of family and love.
- To help start your weekend off right, here is a video of astronauts on the moon falling. It's not only a bit funny to watch but also interesting to see how different handling gravity on the moon is compared to here on Earth. Just something we don't really think about every day.
- I shared a list of tips and tricks to help you stay productive throughout the day. I try my best to do all of these when I am having difficulty being productive and I find that they help me a lot.
- Tom Holland is by far my favorite Spider-Man actor and I absolutely appreciate his performance in Lip Sync Battle. It was a wonderful spectacle and the amount of confidence you can see in his performance it is nothing short of admirable.
- I've begun to read more books about writing to help sharpen my storytelling skills. I am starting off with Storycraft by Jack Hart. So far I have really enjoyed it. Then I am moving on to a book that was recommended to me by one of my professors back at university, Story: Substance, Structure, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee. I am particularly excited about reading Story since Jack Hart keeps referencing Robert McKee in his book. Then The Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel so I can learn more about journalistic writing and, finally, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.
A collection of tips and tricks that I use in my day to day life to stay productive and resist burnout.Read More
It's Friday once again! So here are a few things I want to share because I thought they were interesting and some announcements.
- First off, I am getting married next week which is super fun and exciting! My soon to be wife has been a super supportive person and has helped me navigate through life's rough waters.
- I shared some life advice I've gathered over the years about being a creative professional surrounded by negative energy or thought. Also, if you haven't checked it out yet, watch Markiplier's video for more feel-good vibes. I also made a list of podcasts, blogs, and newsletters that inspire and motivate me.
- I also finally received my physical Bachelors of Science Degree! It's going to look good hanging on my wall next to my computer. Thank you all for the love and support.
- I experimented with pet portraits and a 50mm prime lens and shared the results. I share how I shot the images, what worked, what didn't, and the settings I used. It was a lot of fun and I want to do it again.
- In the spirit of getting rid of toxicity in my life and moving on to greater things, I've been doing a lot of research on what it takes to make it as a creative professional. I'm rereading Austin Kleon's books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work, both of which I cannot recommend enough. His work is fantastic. I recently got Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon and I am excited to sink my teeth into it after getting married.
I received my degree and I couldn’t be more grateful and happy.Read More
As a fan of Markiplier, one of my favorite types of videos he uploads are his motivational ones. He is so heartfelt in them. He offers really positive messages about chasing one's dreams and being the best you, you can be. I watched his most recent video like this titled "Watch This Video When You Are Feeling Down" and it got me thinking a lot about how one's environment and the people they choos to be around is often a big contributor to how successful one becomes in the pursuit of their goals and ambitions.
Last weekend I decided to bust out my 50mm prime lens and practice shooting with a fixed focal length. I got some interesting results from it using only the available light there was. Added bonus, the subject is my cat Pixel which is just what the internet needed: more pictures of cats.Read More
A list of publications that I find helpful, inspirational, and motivational as I pursue my creative passions.Read More
Tired of wasting time and energy on worrying instead of my creative profession, I took a dive into researching mindfulness as a way of life and how it might help create a brighter future.Read More
I am approaching 30, getting married, and am on my way to achieving my goal of becoming a creative professional. Over the years I have gotten some mixed advice about life and the pursuit of a creative profession. Some really bleak. But here are some quotes and things that helped keep me going on my path as an artist and I hope they help you achieve whatever goals you are working on.Read More
I’ve returned from an impromptu break from the internet. During my time I was making a career move and discovered a way to look at life through the lens of the monomyth.Read More
Good morning and welcome to my very first newsletter! This newsletter will be a list of things I found interesting over the past week, something I have written or done, and whatever else I feel needs to be shared. I've been wanted to do a newsletter for some time now so let's just jump right into this.
- Keeping with the theme re-establishing routine in my life, I started to get back into listening to podcasts. Your Creative Push is one of my favorite ones and episode 285 How you do ANYTHING is how you do EVERYTHING with Amy Dresner, a former stand-up comedian and contributing editor for an online addiction and recovery magazine, was a fantastic start. She shares her journey through recovery and what it truly takes to be a creative. [This episode does feature some adult topics.]
After 3 years of university, leaving school has left me without routine. Here is something I am doing because of it.Read More
I found a note I wrote to for myself 3 years ago to help guide me through the dark times when I was experiencing a lot of life changes, doubt, negativity, and judgement.Read More