kimberly patino

The Photo Week: How To Find Your Signature Style

The one crucial piece of advice that I received when I was starting out was this: “Find Your Signature.” Well that’s easier said then done.

As you know, every photographer is different. We all have a different style, aesthetic and vision on how we see an image. Even Continue reading “The Photo Week: How To Find Your Signature Style”

The Photo Week: Are you a SMART artist or a FAKE artist?

The path of an artist has developed a stereotype for years that the working artist is a “starving artist”.

But what defines a starving artist?

A starving artist is someone who gives up the daily 9 to 5 grind and commits solely to their art. It’s an artist who goes on a whim to Continue reading “The Photo Week: Are you a SMART artist or a FAKE artist?”

How To Turn Your Hobby Into Career

Has anyone ever told you that being an artist or a photographer is nothing but a hobby…not a career?

This has always been a struggle for my when I was growing up. My father would call my love for art and photography a “hobbie” and that it’ll pass – how I needed to focus on something more stable like a desk job. And for a while I did sit behind a desk and

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How To Be Selfish Without Being Sleazy!

One of the traits/faults that I personally struggle with on a day to day basis is Giving.

How can giving be a fault?

When I was a kid, I became an automatic giver. It made me feel good knowing that I made someones day brighter in a world full of stress and despair. So I like to make sure that my loved ones are always happy and I give up my time and Continue reading “How To Be Selfish Without Being Sleazy!”

Stuck In The Present? Here’s How You Can Live Your Dream Now!

Have you ever just wanted to have a fresh new start and to begin again as a new you?

I’ve felt that way in my life for years! To just one day pack up my things, leave everything behind and start a fresh life as the person I want to become instead of what others want me to be. Sometimes it is the easiest decision for people to make, and for others it takes courage just to take the first step. Continue reading “Stuck In The Present? Here’s How You Can Live Your Dream Now!”

The Most Powerful Tool In Creating Legendary Art!

Thanksgiving is on its way here in the US and this is the time of year when everyone gathers around with loved ones.

A huge theme that revolves around this holiday is gratitude and being grateful for the things that we have. One of the things that I’ve noticed when it comes to gratitude, it is at al all-time high during Thanksgiving. Then as time passes, it started to fade away and people forget what they are grateful for.

The most powerful tool in creating any type of work…is gratitude.

Starting your day with a positive attitude of gratitude of the work that you do and the people around you is such an important and powerful tool to have. With just a few minutes a day thinking and feeling all of the things you are grateful for, it keeps you focused, dedicated and aligned with why you are making your work.

Here are a few ways to add gratitude to your life and how it will inspire you to create more work:
1. Thank Your Support!

Remember that if it wasn’t for people looking at your work, buying your work, sharing it with their friends or exhibiting your work in shows…you wouldn’t be where you are now. Your work has inspired and moved people in a way where they want to know you more about you and share your information with everyone around them. Even if you are still in the beginning stage of your artistic journey and you haven’t had work out there, I know that you have friends and family who are encouraging you to show your true creative colors because they believe that your artwork can truly make a difference in the world. So thank them for that!

2. Contact an old friend or someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and remenise!

We are so consumed in this dog-eat-dog world that is filled with always getting things done and aspiring to do more and more, especially at the end of the year around where a lot of us creative folks are showcasing in December of preparing for a show in the next couple of months and the due date is in December. This is crunch time for most artists that are out their displaying their work trying to get their name out there…but because we are so busy we lost the connection with our loved ones. We forget to appreciate who we have around us at the present moment and live in the moment instead of planning for the future all the time. So take a break from creating, sit back with the one you love most and just hang out!

3. A moment of deep reflection

During this time of year I ask a lot of people “What are you grateful for?” And they usually say “Oh I’m grateful for me mom my dad my cat my boyfriend my girlfriend my job my customers my art my….” . It’s a never ending sentence that they have which is great! Until I ask them “why?” and they just go blank. We have a lot of things in our lives to be grateful for but we need to understand why are we grateful for them. What about them that brings us joy and happiness and the ability to keep doing what we love. Write down a list of the people you are grateful for and WHY, and you will appreciate your surroundings more. You will get inspired to create more not just for yourself but for others.

Now it’s your time to shine!

In the comments below, let me know which tip you will act on to show how grateful you are. How will you start to add the powerful of gratitude to your every day life and most importantly, to your work?

Thank YOU for following my journey in creating art and I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday 🙂

Till next time – keep creating,

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How Are You Ending Your Year?

The end of the year is upon us and this is the time where a lot of people reflect back to what they did or didn’t accomplish.

For me, this year has been nothing but a life changing whirl wind both positively and negatively. I road tripped all the way to the Grand Canyon, had a cancer scare and been to the doctors more times then ever, I stopped my portrait Continue reading “How Are You Ending Your Year?”

Want To Be Free To Live Your Passion? Spolight on Will De La Rosa!

Everyone is searching for that same dream.

The dream of one day having the freedom to do whatever it is that they want.

But for most people, that is all it will ever be: a dream. Some cower away thinking that they are too old or it’s too late for them to even have dreams of their own. The train has left and they would look stupid trying to run after it. Continue reading “Want To Be Free To Live Your Passion? Spolight on Will De La Rosa!”