50 Shades of Grey

Hey Fashioned World!

Have you heard of 50 Shades of Grey? I bet alot of you have, if not all of you. In our September issue we have an artist's -- Alex Mireles -- view of what 50 shades of grey means to her. So are you intrigued? I know you are.  So why don't you check out her article in this month's issue of Fashioned. Not only will it inspire you, but it will leave you wanting more.

50 Shades of Grey
Artist: Alex Mireles

FM: Fifty Shades of Grey--What was your inspiration on that piece? Why that title?
AM: I had cracked a joke to one of my friends about one of my hobbies, and I knew I had to draw it! I saw it in my head so clearly--it had to be done. 50 Shades of Grey = a bunch of older people in one place. I have this weird hobby. It’s kind of like bird watching…but with people. Older people. Whenever I see an elderly person that I would like to draw, I take pictures of them and save it to my phone! They (the elderly) are SO much fun to draw!

FM: How did you create it?
AM: I had a canvas, a pen and a bunch of pictures saved on my phone.

FM: Which do you do?
AM: I mainly draw with pen and paint with water colors, however, I like to challenge myself regularly with acrylic, pastels & other things I’m not used to.

FM: What is your favorite artwork to create?
AM: Stuff that is out of the ordinary so it can make people laugh, smile and feel encouraged.

FM: What inspires you to create?
AM: Funny puns and things that make me smile or feel encouraged.

FM: What do you want your art to say?
AM: My art is designed to be that friend that’ll be there for the audience. To make them laugh, smile and feel encouraged whenever they pass by it.

FM: Craziest piece of art you’ve ever done?
AM: I was given this huge piece of wood, a sharpie, nails, red paint and a torn Bible someone was going to toss in the trash. I ripped the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) out of the Bible and completely covered the wood. With the sharpie, I drew the upper half of Jesus crucified and painted red on His stripes, wrists and head. Lastly, I put real nails in the wrist. This piece gave me a huge appreciation for what Jesus did for me on the cross. It opened my eyes to see that it wasn’t a mere religious story, but an event that took place in history for anyone who will call on His Name & believe.

FM: Why do you think artistic expression is good for both, the artist and the audience?
AM: As we create, we are showing what is in us. It takes guts and a relinquishing of any fear of what people think to create. When we create, it inspires others to do the same, spreading creativity and bravery, simultaneously. :)

FM: What would you say to encourage someone who may have a stirring to create something artistic?
AM: Don’t let fear rule you--be brave and be creative. Those are the kind of people that change the world…and if you mess up, good. That’s a sign that you tried. Now, keep going for it, ‘cause you’ve learned.

FM: Anything else you’d like to say? Anything?
AM: You were fashioned for the very times we live in—to do GREAT things!
Be brave and create! Crazy stuff like that inspires people to do more crazy awesome stuff.

FM:  Where can the world find more of your art?
AM:  As of now, on my Instagram page @mountain.ave

FM: For the record, just how many elderly were in that drawing?
AM: Yours has nine.


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