It's been way too long! by Karina Aisina

Hello my friends!

First of all, I want to apologize for not blogging for almost 2 years! that's craaaaazy! 

I am from now on planning to be better at this and keep myself more disciplined. 

Lots of things have happened since the last time I wrote on here, which was November 2016. To catch you all up, I will try my best to keep it short but sweet.  In December of 2016 was my last Christmas with my family here in the States. It was my mom, my oldest sister, my youngest sister and I. This was the last time we would spend Christmas with my mother as she was heading to Israel soon. It was a bittersweet memory, but we cherished every moment of it. 

Our family is so small here because the rest of my relatives, including my dad all live overseas. Therefore, I personally like Thanksgiving and what the holiday represents, but its always hard every year because there should be more than 4 people celebrating in your family, you know?

Ok, so  the new year of 2017 started! My dear mama left in February to finally start her dream of being a missionary and serve the Lord in His chosen Land! how awesome! I adore my mother so much, and I love how deeply she loves our God. 

That was a hard change we had to adjust to, especially since now my youngest sister and I are going to be living together just the two of us in our home. We miss our mom dearly, but we are more happy for her. 

To be honest, 2017 was not the best year that I thought it could be. I got into a relationship that I thought would go well, as I became close to his family and his son.  However, not to go in much details and keep the information more private, I would advise any young souls out there...please be careful with whom you get into a relationship with and does that person bring you down more or up? For me, I wanted to hold on because I craved the longing of being in a family, and afraid of being alone. That was not the smartest choice, because not only it didn't satisfy my cravings but I also became aware that I am in an abusive mental and emotional relationship. Even though the relationship didn't last long, it finally ended. I was so upset and mad at myself because I did not value myself more, I didn't deserve that, I stopped making and creating art as much as I wanted to, and I ended up being hurt countless times.

Buuuuut… time goes on! My art journey has not completely stopped, because at the end of 2017 I had my FIRST real art exhibit hosted by Tippecanoe Arts Federation in October at the Wells Community Center. It was a huge deal! So many folks came including my friends, my coworkers, my small group people, and even people who I went to church with! The opening night was beautiful! There was music, delicious food and three art shows in one exhibit! The artists were these 2 wonderful ladies and me! I was beyond thankful to my Lord for providing me this great opportunity, and allowing me to display and sell my art. The exhibit lasted for over a month. Down below I posted pictures for you all to enjoy!

Basically that was 2017 in a nutshell for me. I became more involved on social media to grow and expand my art and my name out there! I created a Facebook art page so I can start sharing my posts to my followers! Creating a page on Facebook is really useful, because not a lot of folks have Instagram. Certainly, I also have my own Instagram art page and I am way more active on there! 

So, if you aren't following me yet, please do so! I will greatly appreciate your like and follow! 

A new blog coming soon! Stayed tuned! :) 

 

Christmas Art Show by Karina Aisina

Wow! It is already the end of November!

I am so sorry for not posting a blog in a while. Things have been going busy and crazy! I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving spent with your loved ones. I had a good one as well!

We spent our Thanksgiving with just my mom and my two sisters. It was really nice and fun. Cooked some good Russian and Kazakh food and at the end of the night we finished by playing Russian games and watching "The Incredibles".

And one of the big things that I am thankful for is that during these past several months I have been working on a new commission for a new client. His name is Travis and I met him at the Farmer's Market while selling my art at the booth.

He requested 2 pieces for me to make. One was a soft pastel drawing of his six rabbits. It was such a cute and fun drawing to do for me! I haven't done cute artworks in a while. And the other one was a self-portrait of him playing guitar and singing. I created that piece in oils. He loved both of the pieces and I am so happy!

But it doesn't stop there! I am excited to announce that I will be hosting a Christmas art show coming up this December. I will be selling all of my art, which are in various sizes. I really pray and hope all of you can come and support me this holiday season!

Here is a flyer I made for people to share, save and keep for a reminder.

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Please if you can come! I would really appreciate every single one of you :)

Thank you!

New month by Karina Aisina

It's August 1st today!

Just like that, another month flew by and we have come upon the last month of summer.

This summer was full of ups and downs for my family and I, but the downs were more. Of course, I had some good days, but recently things haven't been going smoothly, ya know?

i just wanted to share if anybody else is going through emotional tiredness and weariness. From the outside, when people look at you, it seems to them that everything is going well with your life. You aren't sick, so they assume your health is well, you are doing art..that means you are staying busy, you are making money through other jobs, that means that you are a hard worker....but emotional state of my life is on the inside and I can share that only with close people of mine.

Honestly, I have been having such hard times trusting God and trying to understand why is He allowing certain troubles happen to me. And i still don't know the answers, and still keep asking Him the questions "why...?" And last night, without even planning this, my sister and I had a heart to heart talk about our lives as individuals and as a family. It was a beautiful moment, but at the same time very hard with lots of tears. I am so thankful for my sister, because she is one of those people with whom I can share my deep emotions inside.

As the night went by, we still are so confused with why and what the Lord is doing in our lives. The questions aren't answered and probably won't be for a while. However, the night wrapped up with me praying for her. God's presence was so real and so touching. I believe in those exact moments is where God really listens to us, when we cry out to Him and call upon Him.

As the morning came, God showed this verse to me and i think it clearly speaks about what last night happened. It is from Psalms and it says:

Please Lord Jesus help me to be still. It is hard. It is challenging. But we should continue reminding ourselves, that our God is bigger than our problems, our troubles and our fears. He is GOD. Nothing is impossible for Him. Thankfully, I went to my studio today and loved painting this Bible verse.

I hope that whatever you are going through; whether everybody knows about it, or just a few people, keep praying. Keep your eyes on the Lord. Be still and know that He is God.

First time at the Farmer's Market experience by Karina Aisina

It is so great when you have connections and know some people around the town, isn't it?

Well my mother is very friendly and knows a lot of people. It has it pluses and minuses, however for this situation it worked out! In many places, people in their local downtown or close by areas hold Farmer's Markets once or even twice a week. Mostly at those markets, vendors sell vegetables, fruits, popcorn....but also jewelry, crafts, t-shirts and other fun stuff.

Where I live we have 3 locations for the Farmer's Markets. One is in downtown, the other is in the west side of the town and the third one is on campus. As i was saying, my mom knew the guy Paulwho is one of the market manager's for the west side. I emailed him to ask if they would consider giving me a place to sell my art.

Paul quickly responded, and asked to see some of my art for the jury. Thankfully, Paul and the juries approved and liked my art, and just like that I got a space in the Farmer's Market on top of the signed contract and the money! It was really exciting, not going to lie :)

Finally, Wednesday came and I got all of my supplies and art ready to go! The time is from 3:30-7pm, but since it was my first time there I came around 1. Man...it was so hot that day!

The day went okay, however it was really slow. Many people stopped by to look at my art, some said it was "pretty" and others walked fast by my booth, not even looking once. I really thought, noone would buy even one piece of my art today, and all that money and preparation wasn't going to be worth it.

But i was wrong! Thankfully, closer to the evening time, one lady stopped by and bought my one and only wooden artwork that I have made in college! I love this piece! It resembles Kazakhstan: the horse, the urta, the mountains and the nature. All made of wood.

So that was mine first time at the Farmer's Market selling my art! I don't know how the next Wednesday is going to go, but I am hoping and praying that it will go better and morepeople will be interested in my art. I have heard several similar comments customers telling me that they haven't seen me before. Therefore, I hope the word spreads and more will be willing to buy art.

Have you ever sold anything at Farmer's Market? If so, what was your experience like? Please comment and share down below. Thank you :)

Faith and Art by Karina Aisina

Today was just a typical Tuesday afternoon. After reading my Bible and spending time with the Lord, I like turning into reading this little book called "Walking on Water" by Madeleine L'Engle.  My art professors have been talking a lot about this book and how it is worth your money, and you know what...it truly is!

I love how this author combines Faith and Art together and to hear her reflections as an artist and as a woman of faith. Any artist can relate and use these reflections to use in life. The artist doesn't have to be specifically a painter who uses oils and acrylics, but she includes artists such as musicians, poets, dancers, etc.  Right now I finished chapter 5, and the title is "Probable Impossibles". I was first confused on what does it mean and what exactly might the chapter be about, but as I continued reading on, it made a lot of sense.

If the artist can make it probable, we can accept the impossible-impossible in man's terms, that is. And that confirms, what we believe in the Bible where it says "With man it is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26)

So what are the things that I need to accept, to make the impossible-possible as an artist and woman of faith? As I continued reading the chapter and thought about it afterwards, I came to the realization that I should not limit myself. Even though I am a young artist, who just graduated from university, that doesn't mean I am limited or trapped to my artistic dreams just because of my age. There is also the braveness that I should be more open to, enough to explore. I am personally not an abstract artist, but I love to experiment in it and be willing to try new things.

Art is truly a gift from God that has been given to us. I am so thankful for the talents and skills He has blessed me. As Paul wrote to the people of Ephesus one time "Each of us has been given his gift,  his due portion of Christ's bounty". I believe accepting our gift, whatever it is, means accepting our freedom.  It means accepting this gift and glorifying Jesus through it your whole life. A new understanding of time and space, and using it wisely; that is where I believe creativity steps in. Creativity should be a way of living life, no matter what our vocation or how we earn our living, and our freedom to be these creators is far less limited than some people would think.

I love how the author finished this chapter talking about us as creators and Platonism. She advises us to lean more towards Platonism than Aristotelianism. Platonism has this divine madness and its four aspects are prophecy, healing, artistic creativity and love. These all aspects are seen in the wonderful man named Jesus,  but yet we can equally take on these divine madness aspects as well, we just got to be willing to.

"With man it is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
 

4 Years Ago by Karina Aisina

Time surely flies. 4 years ago on this day I graduated from high school and I remember that day like yesterday. It was a big accomplishment for me. English is not my first language and going to school where everybody speaks only in English, all the textbooks are in English and everything else was not easy at first. However, God helped me through it and I graduated with honors.

What makes that week so memorable and crazy as well is that my family and I bought a house and had to move in. On June 4. 2012 I had to host a graduation party. Therefore, that whole night we moved in and got everything ready for the party. The guests could not believe that we just moved in, because our house didn't look like that at all. The night before, we painted the walls, cleaned all the rooms, moved in all the furniture, set up the kitchen and prepared the meals. It was certainly exhausting, but all worth it.

I can see through all of this, God has been working in me and leading me to what He has prepared for my future. I am so thankful I got to finish high school and college in America, because here the education is way much better. I love just to stop and thank God for what He has done in the past for me, because it is so easy to take things for granted, but let us never come to that place.