Amagination Studios: Blog en-us (C) Amagination Studios (Amagination Studios) Thu, 13 Oct 2022 16:45:00 GMT Thu, 13 Oct 2022 16:45:00 GMT Amagination Studios: Blog 96 120 An open Journal page about transitioning  We all find ourselves in a state of flux.  Sometimes it trickles in a little at a time and sometimes the gates break and the flood waters of change rush in all at once. The latter is obviously more overwhelming but when the little trickles begin to pool up and we haven't been mindfully making adjustments for them it can feel like a sudden gush leaving us feeling completely drenched. Unfortunately, that is where I am currently finding myself. 

 We have all heard that the only guaranteed constant in life is change but even if we are fully aware that life has its ups and downs they sometimes can be a little much. 

I am currently going through a transitional period and I am finding the need to reassess and ground myself in my truth and rediscover what that truth may be.

As I begin to write this, I am feeling the opinion of others and external circumstances have taken over my thoughts and actions.  For myself, this is not the way I typically like to conduct my life. I live very purposefully, aligning myself with those who are in the same vibrational energy, seeking people who are actively trying to better their life or enrich the lives of others.  Making an honest effort to live what is in my heart.

However as we all are aware 2020- 2022 has brought some interesting challenges for us as a collective group, we have all experienced a global health pandemic and social and political changes that have surpassed anything that we have ever seen before.  Along with that, we all have personal challenges that have been piled on to the  heaviness that we can't escape. 

I am finding that all the hard work that I have put into myself and my mental health has been undone. My social anxiety is back in full force, my desire to be around people is being challenged and I am more tucked in and tuned out than ever.   

On top of the heaviness of the world, I am finding that my own personal challenges and transitions are a lot to process.  Leaving me with a feeling that I do not have a strong foundation to walk on, uncertain and fragile. 

It is now time to decide if I want to continue leveling up or pull aside and drown in self-pity. I am not going to lie, the latter seems so tempting and if I am being honest with myself I feel that I have been riding the fence and seductively dipping my toe in the self-pity pool for a few months now. 

 Instead of getting ahead of it by grounding and listening to my truth and heart, I have been binging social media, getting lost in TikTok for hours, and even though I love my animal crossing village I have been escaping too much into that world and not attending to my own garden. 

I found that I was beating myself up instead of taking the time to process what is happening, assess what truly matters, and be gentle with myself during this time.  This too shall pass... isn't that what they always say? 

 I caught myself over the last week getting caught in a wonky vibration that was not in tune with what my heart was wanting. I started to speak negatively and truly started to pout a bit over external situations. Leaving me feeling depressed, angry, and helpless.  I knew the words I was speaking was making my thoughts about the situation worse.  Not the actual situation but my discomfort with the situation and prolonging the pain of the transition. 

Me writing this blog post is my first step in correcting and taking ownership of my mindset. Hopefully, sharing my process might help you in some ways as well.  Sometimes just knowing that I am not the only one going through shit helps tremendously. 

My immediate first step was to break out my tried and true audiobook: The Best of Les Brown Audio Collection. If you are not aware of who Les Brown is I highly recommend you give him a look or find a motivational speaker that you align with to get your head back in the game.  Thankfully he does it for me every time I am ready to tackle the next level of my life.   I am listening to him to add fuel to my sails, when I am on my game I  normally do not have trouble giving myself pep talks, but currently, I have nothing to give to myself so it is imperative that I find someone who can make me believe in myself again.  I can tell you that it is working already.  

The next thing is to list all the transitions and life changes that I am being challenged by: 


Transitions and life changes: 


living without a mother to talk to, 

(I find it highly strange and a little telling this was the 1st I put down, September will mark a year of her passing and we didn't have the strongest relationship but at times I find myself longing to hear her voice again)  

VA benefits were cut in half this month,

(going from $3600 to $1600 per month is a huge shift in habits) 

my youngest child leaving the nest and going to college, 

(The whole empty nest thing is real people)  

my husband and our having a house built &  leaving the house that we have lived in for the past 18 years,

( the house will be wonderful, different in shape, size, and energy it will take some getting used to it will be sad leaving the house the children grew up in but not sad leaving some of the painful memories attached to the house as well) 

moving studio locations, which puts me in a more visible spot in the community,

( the public can be scary) 

I am feeling the physical and social aspects of a 44-year-old woman. 

( oh shit, I am not young and beautiful anymore.... agh...cough... stutter... how can I go on...) 





The Good things that are happening in my life to be grateful for: 


I am grateful that for the 1st time in 3 years my business is actually making money. 

( I would like to focus on the potential that my talents and personality has and not the lack I feel of my VA medical benefits being cut that was allowing me to do all the amazing things at the studio)  


I am grateful for knowing that I am full of potential and can easily brave stormy weather. 

I am grateful for my business and for allowing me to see what works and what isn't the right fit for me. 

I am grateful for my perseverance, desire, and hunger to go after my dreams. 

I am grateful that I do not listen to others that are afraid to try for themselves and say that it can't be done. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to evolve through the experiences life throws at me.  

I am grateful that my children are healthy, and happy and get the opportunity to attend school. 

I am grateful that I have hit 19 years of marriage. 

I am grateful to get to spend time with my husband

I am grateful that we are fortunate enough to build a home. 

I am grateful that my mother is no longer in pain 

I am grateful that my father has found a new friend to walk through life with

I am grateful for getting to be part of my brothers' wedding 

I am grateful that he found a wonderful partner

I am grateful for the new friends, business partners, and pathways that have come into my life

I am grateful for the opportunity to help people 

I am grateful for the work that I do with the neurally diverse community. 

I am grateful that I get to work with the youth in my community  

I am grateful that I have an art studio 

I am grateful for my talents and an insatiable curiosity to learn and discover new things 

I am grateful to be alive 


This. This exercise of writing what I am grateful for has done wonders for my mindset already. I knew that in the past I would write down 5 things I was grateful for when I journaled but I haven't done it in a long time. I honestly feel that I could keep going, I feel grateful and appreciative of millions of things but  I am remembering that I am going to post this and do not want to bore you with reading them.  Already I feel that my negativity is dimensioned and that my heart feels fuller. 

Also, a weird effect of writing a journal entry in blog form is it helps me remember that I am not doing this alone.  As I am typing and thinking about the things that I want to say and  I am seeing my friends' and families' faces staring back at me supporting me, loving me, and encouraging me to keep marching on with my head held high. So to that I very much am grateful. I am grateful for you being on this journey with me.  I am and always will be thankful for that. 


The next part of my journey will be reassessing my career goals. Checking in to make sure I am in alignment with what my heart is wanting. I would love you to take that journey with me as I process it.  I want to thank you again for listening to me! 


Love and Kindness 









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(Amagination Studios) Mon, 29 Aug 2022 16:37:54 GMT
Class Information


 I wanted to take a moment and talk about the list of private classes that are being offered at the studio.  Currently, these classes are set up as private sessions, but when I see the interest of 3 or more people on a certain topic I will introduce it as a group class or workshop. 


Group classes will be cheaper, so if you would like to get a group of friends together to build a class of 3 or more we can discuss options. 



2 Photography lessons:  4 hours total.  Studio set up and Field Work.  $150

This is a great class if you are interested in the world of photography but do not know where to start or maybe you do not want to commit to the 8 lessons just yet.  This is broken up into two 2 hour sessions. The first will be held in the studio and discuss the basics such as composition, the types of photography, lighting... etc.  In the second class, we will be working on landscapes, architecture, and street photography getting out of the studio and into the world.  This will be an abridged version of the 8-week course    Camera phones are perfectly acceptable to use in this class. 




(4)    digital art lessons:   2.5 hours  $185.00 

In this class, you will be learning the basics of photoshop, and working on a Wacom tablet to create a solid portfolio piece.  (If you have an Ipad pro, we can also discuss working with Procreate). You will learn step by step what it takes to complete a project from start to finish, understand the software and technology involved, and create a piece of art you can be proud of. 



(4)   basic drawing lessons:   2.5 hours  $185.00

(4)  acrylic painting  lessons:   2.5 hours  $185.00 


       (4)  watercolor painting  lessons:   2.5 hours  $185.00 


In the above classes, you will be learning the basics of the medium of choice, You will learn step by step what it takes to complete a project from start to finish, understand the materials and learn the terminology involved.  Creating a piece of art you can be proud of.




(4)    Art Journaling lessons:   2.5 hours  $185.00 


In this lesson, we will get in touch with not only our creative side but our emotional side. Creating an art journal is a healthy way to understand and tackle the emotions that live within us all. 



(4)  mixed media lessons:   2.5 hours  $250.00

Mixed media is the artform of using many different materials to make one piece. It's a fantastic way to explore how materials work together to create a beautiful piece of art that you can be proud of. 



(4)  encaustic  lessons:   2.5 hours  $250.00 

One of my favorite artforms,  encaustic is a beautiful way of working with heat and wax to create the ethereal images that you see below but you can add images to heighten the feel of the piece. You will not be disappointed in this class!  



(6)  creative explorer lessons:   2.5 hours  $265.00 


Can't decide? If you are new to the art world and would like to explore it all then this is the class for you. We will touch base on a little of everything that Amagination studios has to offer to discover your favorite! 



(4)  Photography lessons:   2.5 hours  $265.00 

With this class, we will go over a basic understanding of your equipment and photography,  the different types, and styles of photography, editing, lighting,  choosing the right images for your portfolio, and much much more. 






Please contact April Martin for all inquiries.




 The studio is located at 206A Taylorsville Road, Taylorsville Ky. 40071


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(Amagination Studios) Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:40:34 GMT
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Please contact April Martin for all inquiries.




 The studio is located at 206A Taylorsville Road, Taylorsville Ky. 40071



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(Amagination Studios) Tue, 28 Jun 2022 22:57:33 GMT
New Creatively Calm Class at Amagination Studios  


Book Here 




I am very excited to add a new staple weekly class to the studio schedule.

This class is specifically for adults who need a place to escape and unwind for a few hours. 



Thursday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Sunday: 12:30 am - 2:30 pm 


you are welcome to come into the studio, to relax and unwind through creative play and exploration.  

Absolutely no art experience needed, just a curious mind and a desire to make friends, try new things and have fun! 


Pre-registration is a must as only 5 spots will be open during these classes to create a relaxing and enjoyable experience. 


Classes are $30 per person.


You have the option to purchase a monthly pass of either the (4) Thursday or  Sunday Classes.

 An option of attending twice a week on both days will be available as well. 




Book Here 





all ages groups and the neurally diverse community are welcome.


Amagination Studios is an advocate for the special needs community

and is a safe space and stigma-free zone for all individuals

going through any ups and downs in life.


If you would like to contact me personally, feel free to do so at

You can also find me on the following Social Media Outlets: 

Facebook: Amagination Studios 

Instagram: AprilMartin78

WebsiteAmagination Studios 



(Amagination Studios) Mon, 11 Apr 2022 14:36:38 GMT
Disney Pixar's Turning Red

Disney Pixar's Turning Red


Many of you by now may have gotten to see Turning Red the new Pixar movie that is now streaming on Disney + and if you haven’t then I beg you to ask a friend to come over for a viewing. Turning Red is not just a coming-of-age film but Pixar's first film with an all-female leadership team.

The film tried very hard to create a unique take on adolescence and puberty. It takes the changes a teenage girl’s body goes through and makes it quite literal by transforming Mei into a red panda at the most inopportune time. Because of these changes, Mei is much more emotional and has a hard time composing and controlling herself. This is something everyone goes through in their life, making this movie extremely relatable.  I have read a lot of bad views about the movie as well but quite frankly, I think it is about time that the topic is discussed in some way and I felt that this was an appropriate not in your face way of doing just that. 


Being an illustrator myself, I watch Pixar movies, DreamWorks films plus many more like they are study guides. I watch the lighting, swoon over textures, and fervently take notes during the credits, who I can research on the internet to learn from. I admit it is a very specific guilty pleasure.

That is why when I watched Turning Red I was floored.  I knew going in that I would be captivated by that deliciously furry red panda but aside from that, I had known nothing else about the film.

 I immediately was mesmerized and taken in by the atmosphere,  We are all well aware that Pixar is a pioneering powerhouse. From creating the first entirely CGI feature film in Toy Story to crafting family-friendly movies with rich, grown-up themes like Soul, the Disney subsidiary has been spearheading a modern golden age of animation for nearly 30 years.

So of course nothing less was expected, however, there was something different. The movie's plot as I said was a  fresh take on the universal coming of age tale, it tells the story of 13-year-old Mei Lee, metamorphosing into a giant red panda whenever her teenage emotions get the better of her and it is adorable!


Disney Pixar's Turning Red

One of the MANY things that made this film unique was that it had all-female leadership the company's  25th animated feature, Turning Red is the studio's first film to have an all-female leadership team, with a female director, producer, visual-effects supervisor, and production designer among its lead creatives. How fantastic is that!

Pixar President Jim Morris told a Hollywood Reporter that bringing the all-female team together “happened very organically. It wasn’t like we decided, ‘Let’s make sure that that happened.’”

“One of the fastest films ever in terms of getting made at Pixar — which means it only took four years,” Morris chimed in.


Domee Shi  The Chinese-Canadian animator, storyboard artist, and director has worked for Pixar since 2011, contributing to films including Inside Out and Toy Story 4. Her first venture into directing came in the form of 2018’s Bao, which earned her the accolade of the first woman of color to win an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Turning Red is Shi’s first feature.

The women of "Turning Red" are as follows: Director Domee Shi, Producer Lindsey Collins. Danielle Feinberg, Sabine Koch, and Rona Liu, Lisa Fotheringham and Patty Kihm.Deborah Coleman / Pixar, composite by Kirsten Acuna/Insider

Turning Red threw Pixar’s conventional animation manual out of the window. A mix of 2D and 3D animation – combining hand-drawn anime elements with 3D lighting, character and structural designs, and general atmosphere – was decided early on. The occasional use of 2D character profiles, where viewers would only see one eye, proved to be a difficult technique for some veteran staffers to understand.

It was an animation technique called ‘isolated motion’, though, that proved most difficult to execute. Pixar animators were used to moving multiple character limbs to embellish their reactions on the screen. However, isolated motion required animators to move a single limb, such as an arm, while the rest of a character’s body remains stationary. For a few crew members, this new animation technique was difficult to master. That is until a new piece of animation software – Profile Mover – was introduced.

“Profile Mover was a huge game-changer in how we make characters move,” Collins reveals. “The 2D elements aren’t typical for us but were driven by Domee’s desire to play in this new sandbox. We were very conscious of making this look overly simplistic or even cheap, so we spent a lot of time proving this could work in the testing phase and creating a holistically styled look for the movie. Profile Mover helped our animators to relearn what was possible from an animation perspective. I think it’s going to be used in all of our films going forward.”

Pixar Developed Technology To Bring More Diversity To The Background Of Every Turning Red Scene

Disney Pixar's Turning Red


The Story follows Mei’s coming-of-age story growing up in Toronto, Canada. Shi also stated that “We wanted to tell an adolescent story without having to deal with social media,” Shi says. “If you told it in the modern age, you can't ignore that, and I wanted a blank canvas to tell this coming-of-age tale. The aesthetic of the late 90s and early 2000s was really fun and colorful, so it just felt like a really cool time period to try to depict and stylize.”

" Diversity in the background [of scenes] is hard to do because you literally have to build different hair, different body shapes, and different faces, but they were able to create such an amazing, diverse cast of background characters with the limited time that we had and it really feels authentic. When you watch it, it feels very much like Toronto which is awesome. The [team} would come to us and give us suggestions on representation because even though I’m an Asian Canadian woman, I too will have blind spots and things I don’t normally think about. They’ll come in with opportunities like ‘What if we had a person in a wheelchair in this shot’ or make sure that in our sets we have ramps going into the temple, which is like ‘Oh my gosh, duh! Of course.’ But I never would have thought about this stuff."


For example, in one of the trailers, we feature a background character with an Insulin pump that was from the crowds' team and it was huge. People really responded well to that. It’s so awesome that people can see themselves.


Disney Pixar's Turning Red

.The movie overall is entertaining for the whole family and in my opinion, you will not be disappointed if you go in with an open mind and an appreciation for the work that went into making this feature. 


(Amagination Studios) Fri, 18 Mar 2022 15:05:29 GMT
Thank you for Noticing There has been an influx of new members to this page. I am so grateful that everyone is becoming curious about the studio and what it is that I do. Amagination Studios is a creative studio, where I not only work on creating as an artist but I write, create curriculum, and use the space to dive into my imagination freely.

I teach children, teens, and adults classes and workshops at all levels. With the emphasis on using creativity as an enrichment and empowerment tool to better not only my life but those around me.

I am interested in collaboration with other artists as well, if you have a following but need a place to teach, come and see me. Do you have beautiful art but need a place to have a show, let's discuss some options.

I am interested in social events, community bonding, and helping one another in a compassionate and caring way raising the vibration with loving and honest communication.

If you are curious about the studio, feel free to stop in. Do not be alarmed if you find the door to be locked, just knock... I will answer.  Let's dive into a little more about the studio. 






Mission Statement:   

To create, inspire and educate providing compassionate

artistic training and opportunities to the local community.



One of the hardest things for me to do is talk about myself.  I silently strive to be better and do better every day, for myself and my clients.  Still, there comes that day as an artist when you can no longer sit idly on the sidelines and watch the world go by.  If I want to contribute, if I want to be my best and my art to be relevant, then I have to stand up and be seen, maybe even stand up and shout.

Art has always been a part of my life.  As most artists have found, I have always been able to find friendship through it.  Art is dependable, always providing a way for me to interact with the world and with the people in it.   When I choose, I can dive into the world of my imagination and get lost for hours.   Growing up, I had aspirations of being an author and illustrator of children's books.  I toyed with being a medical illustrator for a long time but instead, I opted for a fast track out of the small country town in Ohio where I lived and joined the US Air Force becoming a B1-Bomber aircraft mechanic. My world of imaginative play and hours of drawing was swiftly gone, leaving only whispers of the childhood aspirations that I had once entertained.   

Lifetimes pass by us in a flash.  Writing this now, I look back and am very grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me within my life, the good ones, and even those that have been less so. I have proudly served my country well. I have also served my family well, proudly raising two beautiful boys, while being married for almost two decades. As fulfilling as those roles have been, it hasn’t always been easy watching everyone move forward while feeling I was frozen in time, limited to my role as a housewife. 

Deciding that I needed and wanted more in my life, I decided to go to college at the age of 28.  It was very hard, being a full-time mom of two and a spouse, but I did it, receiving my BFA in Photography at the Art Academy of San Francisco.  Additionally, I have decided to do it again and have begun work to get my Master's in  Illustration at my alma mater.



My life as a photographer has been blissfully successful.  I have been published internationally and my talents have been recognized through my work. This alone was fulfilling, but I found that I still needed more.

After several years of leading workshops and teaching classes, depending on others to supply me with work,  I took the leap of faith in my abilities and opened my own studio, Amagination Studios. There I can have the creative freedom to work on my own projects, bring in my own clients, and pave my own niche in the creative industry. Through Amagination Studios, I have worked with many wonderful people and companies over the years and look forward to many more years of service to my community!


Amagination Studios is much more than an art studio.  It is a chance for me to give back to the community through my artistic gifts and skills.  I find great joy in helping individuals find themselves through the many creative outlets and mediums in which I have been trained.  It inspires me to be able to introduce customers who have not had a lot of experience with artistic mediums to explore and play in a safe environment. 

Individuals at an intermediate level already know what they enjoy doing.  They can use the studio space and the materials within it at their leisure with whatever level of instruction is needed from me.  Additionally, instruction in new mediums is available at this level.

If you are a company or an individual in need of artistic direction or conceptual visual development, this is where I shine, bringing your project ideas home from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoy helping you bring your ideas to life! 

My passion has led me down avenues beyond what I could have ever imagined. One of my loves is working with neurally diverse communities, especially higher functioning autism. Valuing the different ways of seeing the world and communicating within it, I bring opportunities for social development through shared artistic opportunities. I also help equip individuals with skills necessary for the workplace,  understanding that jumping into the workforce can be a significant challenge. Offering job training in an artistic environment is less stressful than in other settings and allows for significant growth in less time.  I work at the pace of the individual, creating appropriate responsibilities and modeling communication skills needed in various job settings.

A passion project that merges gaming, imagination, and storytelling, is currently underway under the Made By Geeks For Geeks section of this website.  While working on a project, a person can learn special skills like graphic design, illustration, and photoshop, as well as time management and communication skills.  Confidence is built by working on a team that is made up of myself and other neurally diverse individuals in the community. 

Under Seven Counties Services, I am an experienced Direct Support Provider (DSP) offering goals development through Community Living Support (CLS). 



If you have any further questions about the services offered at Amagination Studio, feel free to contact me to see if this is the right fit for you or someone you know. 


The Studio is an advocate for the special needs community and is a safe space and stigma-free zone for all individuals going through any ups and downs in life.




UpComing Classes & Events  

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(Amagination Studios) Fri, 18 Mar 2022 13:28:50 GMT
Up Coming Class: Accidental Masterpiece Accidental Masterpiece:

Trick your inner critic and create with wild abandon 



In this (4) session, 2.5 hour class, you will break the chains of perfectionism and attachment during the act of creating and let freedom take the reigns. Experimenting with supplies and combining different art techniques will allow you to break free from the very things that stop creativity and innovation. 


In a fun and innovative way, we will take a look at the values, composition, and other elements that make up a good design. Looking at the painting as a whole, rotating the canvas, looking at the paper at different angles and viewpoints allows us to let the piece intuitively speak to us.  With this practice, we can learn to trust ourselves and the process as we go. Incorporating collage, thick and lovely textures, as well as the elements and principles of design. 

We will also be taking the time to learn the artistic terminology that went into creating your beautiful creation allowing you to speak intelligently to others about what you have created. Leaving you with a sense of empowerment and confidence to keep creating! 

This is an exercise in creativity, which means beginners, intermediate and experts are all welcome. No prior knowledge is necessary, just a healthy curiosity to create and explore different art materials.


Classes like this take courage to let go of the need to be perfect, overrides your fear to fail, and in some cases test your ego to stop being so serious and just relax and play. 


All supplies will be available at the studio and are included in the price of the class, so there is no need to bring your own or purchase anything extra. I will give a list of materials used so if you are interested in creating your own art kit in the future you will have the information on hand to purchase at a later date. 



The goals of the class will be to: 


1)  create an 11 x 14 Accidental Masterpiece

2.) Gain the self-confidence to create again

3.) Learn the elements and principles of design

4.) Get comfortable with artistic terminology 

5.) Relax and enjoy the process 

6.) HAVE FUN. 


I  know that color pallets can be a very personal choice, I will have a few pre-chosen pallets for you to choose from or you can create your own pallet from color schemes from the elements of design such as monogrammatic, complementary, analogous, achromatic, which you will learn about in class. 


2 nights will be available to choose from 


Wednesday Night

April 6th - 27th 

6:00 - 8:30 pm 


Sunday Evening  

April 3rd - 24th 

4:30 - 9:00 pm 


You will choose one of the nights of the week that you would like to attend. 


The price for the Accidental Masterpiece Class is $125. 00 


Pre-registration is a must to be able to get the supplies that you need ready. 






all ages groups and the neurally diverse community are welcome.


Amagination Studios is an advocate for the special needs community

and is a safe space and stigma-free zone for all individuals

going through any ups and downs in life.

If you would like to contact me personally, feel free to do so at

You can also find me on the following Social Media Outlets: 

Facebook: Amagination Studios 

Instagram: AprilMartin78

WebsiteAmagination Studios 





(Amagination Studios) Thu, 17 Mar 2022 21:16:29 GMT
Spring Break: Young Einstein's Creativity Camp Spring is in the air! I do not know about you but I am ready to feel the sun on my face and wind in my hair. It has been such a long winter but Spring is right around the corner and so is spring break! If you want your kiddos to be engaged in something fun for their time off then perhaps signing them up for the Young Einstein Program at Amagination Studios is the perfect solution. 




 The studio is located at 206A Taylorsville Road, Taylorsville Ky. 40071

( Where Lilly of The Valley Flower Shop used to be located) 



The Young Einstein Program is all about being curious and getting students to use their imagination to try new things without the fear of failing.  Not only in the arts but in all forms of creative expression including, writing, photography, science, gaming, nature, and much more! We will not only work on individual projects but group projects that encourage creative group soundboard sessions and group collaborations.  Learning strong communication skills and proper critique etiquette along the way. 


I will be offering two class sessions over the Spring Sessions. This year the spring break falls on April 1st. The creative camp will be held from April 4th to April 8th.


The Morning Classes

For Ages 8-12 

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM



The Afternoon Classes

For Ages 13-17 

1:00 pm- 4pm 


The Price is $125 per child for the week.

(5) 3 hour Sessions. 

All supplies are included. 



The Studio is dedicated to guiding children and teens toward healthy forms of expression, loving hearts, and curious minds. We will provide a safe and inspiring environment, The children are encouraged to express their authentic themselves within a structured curriculum for the week creating pieces that each child can be proud of. 


I really strive to take the kids on an adventurous journey of self-discovery culminating in a lively celebration of individuality and empowerment through creativity and discovery. 



Please contact April Martin for all inquiries.




all ages groups and the neurally diverse community are welcome.


If you would like to contact me personally, feel free to do so at

You can also find me on the following Social Media Outlets: 

Facebook: Amagination Studios 

Instagram: AprilMartin78

WebsiteAmagination Studios 




(Amagination Studios) Thu, 17 Mar 2022 10:21:54 GMT
Gaming: Animal Crossing


Oh, my goodness you guys! One of my consistently favorite games since Covid has hit is Animal Crossing New Horizons

For Those of you who might not know Animal Crossing has been around for a very long time. Personally, I only began playing it at the beginning of the pandemic when I got my Nintendo Switch but for a brief overview: 



(North America Releases) 

Animal Crossing was originally released for the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube in 2002. 

Animal Crossing: Wild World was released for the Nintendo DS in 2005.

Animal Crossing: City Folk  was released for the Wii in 2008 

Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released for the Nintendo 3DS  2013

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released for the Nintendo Switch 2020



I did not intentionally want to start playing the game. Typically with my gaming, I find myself enjoying realistic-looking worlds, detailed characters, numb out on grinding and fighting. I am normally on Xbox or steam. So the cartoony look of the game turned me off big time. 

 I decided to get a switch because I work with an autistic community called The Hive located in Bowling green Kentucky. During the pandemic, their facility had closed down and the gaming group that I had started was forced to shut down along with it. Every Friday night we started meeting on Discord and all the guys had a switch so, of course, I had to get one too! Little did I know I would be a slave to my switch ever since. 


Prior to the chip shortage, I was lucky enough to walk into Best Buy and grab one before it became super hard to find.  The package deal was I could choose 3 games and Animal Crossing was one of the picks. I reluctantly added it, thinking it was going to be a baby game. I could have not been more wrong! 

The rest is history... two years later I am still going strong.  There has been a time I would put it down for a spell but I always find comfort in my friends in the village. When I am depressed, or need a mental break from the world it is the perfect antidote for my woes. 


So what is Animal Crossing exactly? 

Here is an excerpt from Nintendo's website explaining the game. 

" Escape to a deserted island and create your own paradise as you explore, create, and customize  Your island getaway has a wealth of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to creature comforts. You can hunt down insects at the crack of dawn, decorate your paradise throughout the day, or enjoy the sunset on the beach while fishing in the ocean. The time of day and season match real life, so each day on your island is a chance to check-in and find new surprises all year round. Show off your island utopia to family and friends—or pack your bags and visit theirs. Whether playing online** or with others beside you***, island living is even better when you can share it. Even without hopping on a flight, you’ll meet a cast of charming animal residents bursting with personality. Friendly faces like Tom Nook and Isabelle will lend their services and happily help you grow your budding community. Escape to your island getaway—however, whenever, and wherever you want.

  • Build your community from scratch on a deserted island brimming with the possibility

  • Create your personal getaway and customize your character, home, decorations, and even the landscape itself

  • Collect materials to construct everything from furniture to tools! Then, use what you create to give your island a personal touch

  • Watch as the time of day and seasons match real-life—even your hemisphere! Each day holds potential for surprises and discoveries

  • Get to know the island residents, garden, fish, decorate, hunt for fossils, and more!

  • Show off your paradise – play on the same system with a total of 4 people***, or play together online** or over local wireless*** for fun with up to 8 players" 




I have always been delightfully surprised by the little added touches that make me feel special while playing the game. For example on New years eve when my husband and I were sitting on the couch, he gaming, and I was on my switch (hooked up to a larger screen), and even though for years we have not gone out for the New Year I found the night a tad... lacking.  Of course, never playing the game on New years even before I blissfully found myself swept up in a New years celebration. It was fun and we both enjoyed watching the characters run around waving their glow sticks. We laughed and had a good time, it's the little unexpected moments of the game that is endearing. 


Or on Valentine's day, when I had received gifts and flowers from my residents.  It was a heartwarming experience that I really appreciated. 

Covid has changed us all in some way or another. The world as we knew it had completely changed, so it is nice to be able to escape to a village that you have created and see the same friendly... or smug faces and believe me when your villagers choose to give you a gift, then you know you are doing something right! 

Many of you reading this might not be gamers, My blog is dedicated to the things that I enjoy, and gaming happens to be one of them. My whole family games and we each have our own computers,  Xboxes, and all the accessories that go with them. It's a little extreme I know... but you have to have your priorities!  My husband and I love to game in the same room, it's lovely to just be with each other while still doing separate activities. It's a nice way to unwind after we come home from work and the gym and we always have things to talk about with the kids! 


My Island Name is Peach Isle and I LOVE to intentionally take bad selfies of my character. 


 I highly recommend this game to anyone, it helps you slow down your pace and I find it to be very meditative. There are so many things that can be customized and unique items that you can collect during the game that even when you do get a 5-star rating, the game does not stop there. It's truly an evolution and meant to be played a little every day.  




For those of you who are new to Animal Crossing, I am going to provide a list of really useful blogs that I love to go to as well youtube channels that I Frequent quite often for tips and Tricks. 





Here are just a few of my favorite Animal Crossing blogs, there are so many out there to choose from, so if these do not strike your fancy or if you know of better ones please link them in the comments below! 


Animal Crossing World 

This is one of the main Animal Crossing blogs and is more of a community-based blog that provides informative updates on what’s going on in the Animal Crossing community


Animal Crossing Fandom 

This site appears to be a wiki-type page that is chocked full of information. 


Animal Crossing New Horizons Guide 

A resource for how-to guides to get you started in the game 

Villagers Club 

The world's largest and most up-to-date Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villagers, Clothing, and Furniture Community Website.





Crossing Channel 

Mayor Mori

Katie on Calla Cove 


Again, there are so many great and amazing youtube channels that talk about animal crossing, I only named a quick few of my favorites. for sake of time, however, a quick search could keep you entertained for hours! 





The Official Nintendo ACNH's Page 


ACNH Official Companion April Update PDF 


Be sure to check out the latest DLC to the game! It is really added to the gameplay  

(Amagination Studios) animal crossing escape fun gaming nintendo Fri, 11 Mar 2022 19:11:13 GMT
Happenings: March Reading Wednesdays All too often I find myself in the children's section of the book stores looking for new stories that inspire me.  Being an illustrator I like to keep up with what is new on the market and being a child at heart you can't keep me stay away from the whimsy of the storytelling.

That is why I was ever so pleased when I had come across the following books written by Susan Verde. The messages that she had written in her books were 100% in alignment with what I believe and like to explore in my teachings. So of course, I bought each of the different editions that they had in stock and will be adding more from her collection in the future. 

Each week in March for Reading Wednesdays I will be reading one of the books below, we will be discussing the book with the children to help them understand what was just read. To Further the experience we will be adding a fun and inspirational mini art project about the book to further help with the understanding of the concept of the book  


The Readings will be at Amagination Studios in Taylorsville Ky.  

206A Taylorsville Road, Taylorsville, Ky 40071 


This is a donation-based event:  All proceeds from the Read Wednesday events will be 100% be used for future reading Wednesday events and art projects. 


March 2nd:  We will read  I am love and the mini art project will be Stained glass tissue paper hearts. 

A celebration of love in all its forms, I Am Love asks readers to look inward when they feel afraid. Love allows us to act with compassion and kindness, to live with gratitude, and to take care of ourselves by practicing self-love.




March 9th: We will read  I am Courage and the mini art project will be Courage Lion Paper Craft.

A celebration of everyday courage: believing in ourselves, speaking out, trying new things, asking for help, and getting back up no matter how many times we may fall. Grounded in mindfulness and awareness, I Am Courage is an empowering reminder that we can conquer anything.




March 16th:  We will read  I am Human and the mini art project will be Galaxy Handprint.

A hopeful meditation on all the great (and challenging) parts of being human, I Am Human shows that it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasizing the power of good choices by offering a kind word or smile or by saying “I’m sorry.” At its heart, this picture book is a celebration of empathy and compassion that lifts up the flawed fullness of humanity and encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family—millions strong.




March 23rd:  We will read  I am Peace and the mini art project will be Peace Sticks.


When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice from the bestselling picture-book dream team that brought us I Am Yoga. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Breathe, taste, smell, touch, and be present.


March 30th:  We will read  I am One and the mini art project will be Recycled Robots.


One seed to start a garden, one note to start a melody, one brick to start breaking down walls: Every movement and moment of change starts with just one. From the #1 New York Times–the bestselling team behind I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, I Am Human, and I Am Love comes a powerful call to action, encouraging readers to raise their voices, extend a hand, and take that one first step to start something beautiful and move toward a better world. Includes a guided meditation and self‑reflection activity.





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Learn Something New: File Formats  

First, we should define the term "file format." The easiest definition of a file format is simply the encoding of information that a particular program uses to create a data file that can be opened at some future time. What you have is information that your program saves, which you can open and change or share with others. The file format is represented by an extension added to the name of the file.

Most programs save file data in their own proprietary format, allowing the program to open the file with any special instructions it might have used to create the file. All graphic programs save the image in their own file format but offer the user an opportunity to save in a number of different formats that can be read by other applications.

Usually, when you save the image in a format that is not specific to the program that created it, some of the information that was used to create the file will be lost. This does not mean that the quality of the image will suffer, but simply that some of the features used to create the image may no longer be available when the file is reopened, even if it is in the original program. A good example would be saving an illustration created in Photoshop as a generic PNG file. While the images will look identical when opened, the Photoshop file may contain a number of layers and alpha channels, while the PNG file will have only one layer.


The following is a list of the most common file formats:


PSD: These files are the proprietary format that Photoshop writes. PSDs are so common that just about every program you will ever use will recognize them and open them for viewing. Some programs, including Painter, will read a Photoshop file with almost all the information encoded by Photoshop intact. PSD files can support many different color modes, including CMY, RGB, grayscale, indexed color, and bitmap (black and white) files.


RIF: This is Painter's proprietary file format. It will save all the information Painter uses to create an image. Unfortunately, this is not a very common file format and virtually no other applications will read a Painter file. Fortunately, you can save images in Painter into a number of different formats. RIF files support only CMY and RGB color modes.


JPEG: This format's name is an acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group. The JPEG format is capable of compressing the size of an image to a much smaller size than other common formats of the same size. Because of this capability, JPEG is the format of choice for displaying art and photographs on the Internet. Unfortunately, as the compression of the image goes up, the quality degrades. This is called lossy compression and if you are not careful, you can ruin the quality of the image you have created and are saving. JPEG files can be RGB, CMYK, and grayscale color modes. If you save an indexed color mode image, it will save in grayscale.


TIFF: This is an acronym for "tagged image file format" and is one of the most common and widely supported graphics formats. It can be read and edited by just about any painting, image-editing, or page-layout application you may ever use. Because it is so common, it is often a good choice for delivering your illustrations to the client. The TIFF format can save images in CMYK, RGB, grayscale, indexed-color, and bitmap modes. TIFF images can be saved with alpha channel information as well as layers, though doing so will increase the size of the file significantly.


PNG: This stands for "portable network graphics" and was created to replace older and simpler GIF file format images and, to some degree, the much more complex TIFF file format. One of the main advantages of the PNG format is that it compresses an image and the compression is lossless. It supports RGB, grayscale, and indexed images and can include an alpha channel. PNG files are becoming increasingly popular for use on the web.


GIF: This stands for graphics interchange format. It is a bitmap image format that has been around since 1987 and is one of the dominant image formats found on the web. This graphic format supports up to 256 colors. One thing different about this graphic format is that it supports simple animations and you can have distinct palettes of 256 colors for each and every frame. The GIF format is not a good file format to use when you want to reproduce all the colors in a photograph, but for simple images and graphics, it might be useful.


and now you know! 





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Website:  Amagination Studios 


(Amagination Studios) Tue, 22 Feb 2022 19:04:03 GMT
Learn Something New: The Properties of Color The Properties of Color



What are the properties of color?


Many scientists throughout history have studied the phenomenon of color. In fact, our understanding of color today reflects a tradition of study that began in ancient Greece and has continued to the present. Albert Munsell, a leading color theorist of the 19th century, defined color as having specific attributes or properties. Every color sensation, he argued, incorporates three qualities: hue, value, and chroma (or saturation). These three qualities are referred to as the three dimensions of color.




According to the New Munsell Student Colorset, hue "is the quality that distinguishes one color family from another." Hue refers to whether a color is blue, green, yellow, orange, etc., in correspondence to a specific wavelength of light. Simply stated, a hue is an identification we give a color, for example, blue.




Value is the quality by which a light color is distinguished from a dark one. Colors like yellow have a light value. Colors like orange and green are middle values. Colors like violet and burgundy are dark in value. There are several ways to adjust the value of color; two of the most common ways are by adding white (tinting) or by adding black (shading).





Saturation is defined by the strength or intensity of a color. A color that is said to be fully saturated is one that is in its purest and most intense state: no other color is mixed into it. Color becomes desaturated, or less vivid, through being mixed with other colors. Such mixtures include the following:


Tints: A color + white

Tone: A color + gray

Shade: A color + black

Mute: A color mixed with its complement


and now you know! 





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(Amagination Studios) Tue, 22 Feb 2022 18:48:41 GMT
Learn Something New: What is Color? What is color?


Color is perhaps the most important aspect of your visual language and can be the most complex. Color has the potential to engage a viewer more powerfully than any other design element; it can override all other considerations in a design.


Many scientists throughout history have studied the phenomenon of color. Sir Isaac Newton was the first to discover, in 1666, that pure white light could be divided into different wavelengths of color through the use of a prism. By refracting a small beam of sunlight through a prism, he was able to project bands of colors onto a white surface. What he found was a rainbow-like spectrum of color in the following order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.


In doing this, Newton was able to prove unequivocally that color is light and that all of the colors we see in the world around us are contained in sunlight as individual wavelengths.



The Composition of Light and Color



How do we see color in the objects around us?


Objects have no color of their own. Instead, the appearance of color only occurs when light waves strike the surface of an object. Depending on the molecular structure of the surface, certain wavelengths of color will be absorbed and the remaining wavelengths will be reflected by the receptors in the eye. All of the colors we see are a result of this process. For example, blue objects absorb all of the wavelengths except the blue ones, which are reflected back to the eye. Black objects absorb all of the wavelengths and reflect none. White objects absorb no wavelengths at all and instead reflect all of the wavelengths back to the eye.




Almost all of the color we see is reflected from a surface; the only exception is color seen from a direct light source, for example, a candle. 


. . . light is invisible until it illuminates an object in its path. It's easy to conceive of this if you think of automobile headlights at night. Their light is nothing but blackness as it travels through the darkness. It only illuminates what it falls on and is reflected by objects such as road signs in its path.



and now you know! 





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(Amagination Studios) amagination art color creativity Kentucky studios Tue, 22 Feb 2022 18:19:42 GMT
Call For Artists                 I would like to take the time to formally introduce myself, my name is April Martin and I am the owner and operator of the new creative studio in town Amagination Studios. I have been a resident of Taylorsville for 18 years, if you personally do not know me, then you might know my children Cameron Swanson and Gregory Martin.

               You have learned a little bit about what it is that  I do as an artist from my website but more importantly I want to hear from you and what it is that you might need help with in enriching the children of our community.

               As an established artist myself, my goal for the studio is to help other artists find their voice, giving them a platform to shine.  Helping people, understand, honor and expand and find empowerment through their talents.

               You will also notice that I have attached a Call to Artist Flier. I am seeking out other artists ( writers, musicians, any and all artists and gamers are welcome) who have the talent and need a platform with which to speak, I can facilitate for artists to have the space needed to hold classes or help you get organized to create said class.  I am here to help you grow and in turn by helping you grow you help the studio come to life and serve the community in an enriching way.


            Guitar Heroes FlyerGuitar Heroes Flyer


If you would like to contact me personally, feel free to do so at I would love to hear about your own personal journey with the book and how it is that you or your business contribute to the world around you. 


You can also find me on the following Social Media Outlets: 

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Instagram: AprilMartin78

Website:  Amagination Studios 


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Learn Something New: German Expressionism  

After world war one German artists had to find a different way of expressing themselves due to the oppression and control of the government. One of the ways of doing this was through a form of art called expressionism. Artists that tapped into the raw struggles that had been stirring beneath the surface were known as expressionists. This is how German expressionism was born. Some of the characteristics of German expressionism were the use of chiaroscuro lighting, high camera angles and extreme camera tilting was used to distort and create nightmarish mise-en-scenes. German expressionism was one of the earliest artistic genres to influence filmmaking., and one that arguably paved the way for many other avant-garde styles and techniques. Avante Garde pushes boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. 


   One of the first german expressionism films was The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari which was released in Germany in February 1920 by director Robert Wiene. Wiene was born in Breslau in the german province of Silesia. 27 April 1873 in Poland and died 17 July 1938 in Paris, France. When making Movies Wiene tapped into the fears and societal attitudes by creating strong visuals of authority and dominance. Conveying these concepts by using the characteristics of german expression listed above as well as lavish setups and makeups. Using thick black lines to dominate that heaviness and dread as well at tight spaced and jagged edges creates tension and unease. 


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


One of the most important contemporary filmmakers influenced by the expressionist tradition is Tim Burton. Using the dark themes, gothic lighting, and quirky kinetic imagery, Burton has returned to the genre repeatedly throughout his career.



“Mr. Rzykruski” in Tim Burton’s animated movie, Frankinweenie (2012





The following is a list of historical and contemporary films influenced by German expressionism:


The Golem (1920), directed by Carl Boese and Paul Wegener

Metropolis (1927), directed by Fritz Lang

Nosferatu (1922), The Last Laugh (1924), Faust (1926), and Sunrise (1927), directed by F.W. Murnau

Pandora's Box (1929), directed by G.W. Pabst

Vampyr (1932), directed by Carl Th. Dreyer

Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1934), directed by James Whale

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), directed by Werner Herzog

The Third Man (1949), directed by Carol Reed  and starring Orson Welles

Sunset Boulevard (1950), directed by Billy Wilder

Psycho (1960), directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Blade Runner (1982), directed by Ridley Scott

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), produced by Tim Burton; Batman (1989) and Edward Scissorhands (1990), directed by Tim Burton

Dark City (1998) and The Crow, directed by Alex Proyas

Shadows and Fog (1992), directed by Woody Allen





If you would like to contact me personally, feel free to do so at I would love to hear about your own personal journey with the book and how it is that you or your business contribute to the world around you. 


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(Amagination Studios) amagination art creativity expressionism German studios Mon, 21 Feb 2022 18:59:19 GMT
Learn Something New: Light & Shadows Light and Shadows


Light can turn simple shape outlines into fully rendered forms. One example would be turning a simple drawing of a circle into a sphere. Where the light and shadow fall isn't very complicated to determine; however, it does take a bit of observation and practice.




The first thing you need to do before you start rendering is to determine from where the light is coming. The direction from which the main light comes is referred to as the light source. It is up to you as the image composer to determine where and how many light sources there should be.



Local/Midtone: What you'd like to do next is to block in midtones, local colors, or local values. The midtone is the gradient transition between the light and dark parts of the form. Although it is still in the light source's line of sight, it isn't direct enough to be as bright as the highlight.


Highlight: The highlight is the brightest part of the image, as it is the part of the form that the light source directly hits.


Form Shadow: The form shadow is on the opposite side of the highlight. It is where the light from your light source can no longer reach and is the darkest part of the subject.


Cast Shadow: The cast shadow is the shadow on the surface that the subject is on. It is created when the subject blocks the light from the light source. And much like the highlight and form shadow, the cast shadow's strength is determined by how strong and far away the light source is.


Reflective Light: Reflective light is created when the light from the light source is reflected back onto the subject.


If you would like to contact me personally, feel free to do so at I would love to hear about your own personal journey with the book and how it is that you or your business contribute to the world around you. 


You can also find me on the following Social Media Outlets: 

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(Amagination Studios) amagination art creativity Kentucky studios Mon, 21 Feb 2022 17:34:18 GMT
Deciding my contributions: part 2 of Life's Great Question To Recap: This post is a sister post to Contemplation, reasoning & a little book of life's great question which was sharing a book I had found called Life's Great Question by Tom Rath

     After contemplating on the contributions that I wanted the studio to provide for the community  I was pleased to find that I had three of the six already in place that I was actively participating in.  Keeping in mind that I randomly chose the number six feeling it would be a reasonable and respectable number to contribute throughout the year.

     However, as with most things in life that number might need to be readjusted guilt-free year after year. There may be some years, the studio can give more and some years it cannot. Contributions can change and be adjusted and I just have to remember to be gentle with myself as readjustments are being made. One important thing about this type of discovery is that I do not want to be rigid with my thinking, making the process hard for myself or for others.

Keeping an open mind and fluidity about making goals can certainly lead to a greater success rate don't you think? 


Here is the contributions list that I have come up with. 



1.) Contribute services/items to Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion Auctions

to help raise money for the monks in the Louisville Area. 

2.) Mentor teens from the local community

3.) Volunteer Services at a non-prophet community center for the autistic community called The Hive in Bowling Green Ky. 

4.) Host an Annual  Harry Potter Themed Halloween Party for the Children and Teens in the community. 

5.) Free Adult Community Social Gatherings on Sundays 

6.) Annual  " Young Einsteins" Community Art Project. 


In making the list I thought about what principles the studio was operating under. I am very proud that I do have these fleshed out already because of a book that I had started reading called Your next 5 Moves by author Patrick Bet-David. The book is about mastering the moves of business strategy. It is a highly motivating book that I am learning a lot from. In the future, I will write a post about how I chose the principles but for now, I will quickly list them so you know the foundation that I was standing on prior to making the decisions about my contributions. 



1.) Honesty 

2.) Accountability 

3.) Care/Compassion 

4.) Courage 

5.) Fairness 

6.) Gratitude 

7.) Humility 

8.) Loyalty 


From the outside looking in these items might seem arbitrary but having a good moral guidepost with yourself and your business model is something that all people should strive for if you want to have lasting sustainability and community trust. As I mentioned I will do another post on principles but for now, it is important to remember that a principle is a standard for behavior and attitude that is set within an individual or workplace. Typically, the individual or founder of the company sets the principles in alignment with the heart-centered purpose for which they live. 

With my annual contribution list done and principles in place now is to create action steps for the contributions. It is one thing to have a great idea but completely something else to bring that idea to life. Setting goals and forecasting small milestones for those goals is key for maintaining good progress. I mentioned also in the last posting that I will be posting the contributions ( as well as my principles) to my website for accountability. That way I can be transparent with the community with my goals and intentions as a business. 


If you would like to contact me personally, feel free to do so at I would love to hear about your own personal journey with the book and how it is that you or your business contribute to the world around you. 


You can also find me on the following Social Media Outlets: 

Facebook: Amagination Studios 

Instagram: AprilMartin78


(Amagination Studios) art back book creativity giving help Kentucky leader Louisville mentor principles studio taylorsville Mon, 21 Feb 2022 16:29:03 GMT
Contemplation, reasoning & a little book of life's great question. I try to remember to let the wind take me more, let my spirit lead the show.  All too often I find that I  let the weight of my responsibilities burden my mind and heart. Seeping into all of the crevices of my life, my marriage my work, my happiness. Letting the very things I thought would make me happy drag me down causing resentment not only to me but to my family.  Are there times in your life that you find yourself feeling like that? 

On one of our rare days into town together, My husband Robert and I went into the book store and of course, I made my usual stops to the philosophy, graphic novels, and art sections but here as of late, I have been frequenting the business section, in hopes to gain greater insights on how to run the studio better. I found a darling little book called Life's GREAT Question: Discover how you can contribute to the world.

  I spend a lot of my time alone contemplating. Contemplating, my dreams, organizing my life around those dreams, reasoning with myself as to why I put so much of myself into dreams that may never come true.  I told myself that I wanted my business to have a purpose., Something that I could be proud of at the end of the day, even if I had only helped one person then it would be worth it. 

The truth of the matter is like I mentioned above, I spend a lot of my time contemplating, learning, and gathering knowledge to have it sit inside of me always staying busy or distracted to sit down at the computer to write what I want to say.  So, I thought it would be fun to do a little exercise whilst reading the book I would blog about the book is pretty small being 149 total but I can already tell that it will make an impact on my life in some way. 



The book is written by a gentleman named Tom Rath, this is the first time I am reading one of his books so I personally do not know anything about his works but I was immediately drawn to this book, which I did find in the business section. Since I did not know much about the author when I got home I ran to the computer and wanted to go to his website to learn more. Upon entering his website, I was a little underwhelmed and disappointed.

 I most certainly felt as though I was trapped in some marketing gimmick and had trouble wanting to stay to even read more information but something made me go back and I discovered a little treasure.  I noticed that when I clicked on the link for it book lead me to another website. A website that you had to have a code to.  I felt like I was just initiated into a secret club. I searched the book cover, I searched in the book and low and behold I found it. I now know the excitement  Ralphie felt with his little orphan Annie decoder in the Christmas Story ... please don't be more marketing traps and advertisements. No Ovaltine, please! 

I found myself being ushered through a questionnaire... 


The first question is a zinger... 

Think for a moment about the most essential roles you play in life: friend, parent, worker, volunteer, or any other important roles you fill on a frequent basis. A defining role is a combination of what you want people to see you as today and what you want to be remembered as when you are gone. In the space provided below, list three roles that best describe the roles you play in work and life (using brief 1-2 word descriptors).

1.  Mother- Wise- Compassionate - Loving and Womanly 

2.  Mentor- Trusted - Compassionate - Educated 

3.  Friend- Loyal - Trustworthy - Compassionate 


Were my answers, I spent over 20 more minutes filling out this questionnaire. A thorough thought-provoking questionnaire not really understanding or knowing where it would take me. I answered honestly and put thought into my questions. In return, I was gifted a 12 page PDF of my assessment on how I can contribute better to the world.  I have to say, I am completely blown away by that little easter egg. Especially going from being a disappointment to pure elation. It is time to eat crow here Mr. Rath I judged you too quickly. 


 Let's dive into Part One: Chapter One 


Here are some takeaway quotes that were my favorite from the chapter. 



" While your talents are nature's building blocks, they serve

the world the best when your efforts are directed outwards not inward" 


" all the talent, motivation, and hard work in the world will not be

valued or remembered if it does not help another human being." 



"real growth is the product of following your contributions more than your passions" 


"Life is not what you get out of it but put back into it" 


Having confidence in knowing that you have something worth sharing is probably more valuable than the contribution itself. Valuing your opinion, self-worth and ideas are probably the healthiest first start in contributing to your community. Without these things, it will be impossible to allow yourself to help others. 


I am going to be spending the next week contemplating and meditating on the personal information that was given to me in the PDF. Giving myself homework and mini-goals in bite-size pieces will allow me to assess what it truly is that I am wanting to contribute and honor within my business and the community.  


My homework assignment for the week is to: 

1.) Meditate on the PDF

2.) Make a list of 6 contributions that I would like to share with my community this year. 

3.) Post my list on the website for accountability and share my ideas with others. 


For those of you who stumble upon this post and would like to follow along with the process you can purchase the book on Amazon here, I have added some helpful links to Tom Rath's website as well. 


Tom Rath - Author, Speaker



For Part Two Click Here: Part Two


If you would like to contact me personally, feel free to do so at I would love to hear about your own personal journey with the book and how it is that you or your business contribute to the world around you. 


You can also find me on the following Social Media Outlets: 

Facebook: Amagination Studios 

Instagram: AprilMartin78







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Finding A New Normal  







 As I sit here for what seems like the thousandth time contemplating what I want to do with myself not just on a daily basis but for the rest of my life I am simply at a loss. I just don't see it anymore. 

I am a planner by nature, I take pride in organizing, color coding, and working to make my dreams come true. I love the challenge of competing with myself... only I am finding that I am not accepting the challenge. 

I am a huge follower of Les Brown when I need a motivation kick in the ass, I turn to the lessons of Les. One of my favorite things that say over and over again ... It's worth it. If you are a follower of his words you know what I am talking about. When 
people look at you like you're crazy for doing something that your heart knows that it wants to do you simply turn to them and say it's worth it. It's worth me working so hard to make my dream come true. It's worth the sacrifice.  

I am ashamed to say it out loud but I am not sure what is worth it anymore. The goals and dreams that I have been working on and hoping for pre-pandemic are most certainly not the same dreams and goals that I have now. I do not know what my dreams and goals are now. 

The people in my life are different. My audience is different and for the first time in my life, I can't even see my audience. I don't know who I am doing this for anymore. 


I don't know who I am doing this for anymore... why does saying that make me feel like such an asshole?

Was I faking all along and not really doing it for myself but for the approval of others? Am I being selfish for stepping back and taking myself out of what I can only call the race

In retrospect, I do not believe that I was faking it because at one time my Pollyanna worldview really did want to make a difference in the world. The pandemic, the social and political riots, the hate and fear that I have felt over the last four years have stripped away my Pollyanna goggles and has left me feeling naked, exposed, and vulnerable in ways that I have never felt before. 

Whether that is good or bad is not for me to say, it is part of being human and I suspect that we are all feeling that way in one way or another. I can't judge it but can hold space for it makes friends with it even If I feel so inclined just to understand it. To have empathy for myself and others that are in this same boat. 

 I will make a lay no guilt trip on myself for the things that I have or the lifestyle that I led pre-pandemic. Though those things do not seem as important to me anymore, I am grateful for them. I do not feel bound by the desire to keep accumulating. It just doesn't seem worth it. 

What else doesn't feel worth it to me? Well, certainly one that comes to mind is putting up with other people's bullshit. I have always been the nice girl, the people pleaser.  I am certain that there are people in my past I have not been so nice to or that I have fucked over in some way. To you, I say I am sorry, overly. However, there have been many who have deserved it and I said nothing. It is the fallout of age or the events of the past two years of my life but I know how to set a goddamn boundary and am not scared of it ending in you not liking me.

I realize that in doing such things, I don't have to be an asshole to do it. I don't have to argue or kick up a fuss. I simply say what I need and either people listen or they don't. You play nice or you don't but the important lesson for me is that I am perfectly okay with playing alone. I don't need to beg for approval or always need to be liked. It's only taken me 42 years to realize that. 

During this time of silence and inward reflection, I was amazed at how much of myself I gave to others. How much I volunteered my time, energy, and emotions into other people's worlds. The exchange was not always even. I let myself get taken advantage of in many ways because I wanted to be liked, I wanted to appear eager and ready to help in any situation because god damn you like me! That attitude and way of life have left me crushed, heartbroken, and truly out of sorts all because I expected the same in return. The truth was no one owed me anything, hell most of the time I am fairly certain I inserted myself without even being asked. That was my mistake, unless I see immediate danger I wait for people to ask now. Most never do and I am okay with that too. 

I have to ask myself again, what is worth it? Another version of myself not so long ago would not even sit down, had to stay busy, had to keep creating, learning, educating ... lather rinse repeat a never-ending cycle to be better, do better, think faster but for what? To get where? 

I am perfectly comfortable with not knowing what the future holds for me, for the time being, I give up all deadlines, schedules, and faux obligations to make myself feel worthy as a human. It's exhausting and I don't think I want to spend the rest of my life being a slave to construct that I didn't even build for myself. 








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Mural pricing is determined by four factors:

1. location and footage
2. cost of materials
3. intricacy of design
4. working conditions


The initial consultation is free. We will discuss the project so that you have a time and cost estimate. The customer will be shown sketches and design ideas to determine the exact design for their murals.


Once we have reached an agreement to start your mural, a contract will be presented which details work to be done and project start and end dates.
A 50% downpayment will be required at the start of the project. The deposit is used to purchase the supplies needed to complete your project and to schedule your mural


Mural Cost:
The basic cost for most murals run  $10-$20 per square foot.
Prices vary depending on the difficulty or intricacy of the design.
There may be additional charges depending on working conditions such as restricted hours of operation, cramped spaces or driving time and distance.
Pricing includes all materials. However, certain items, such as specialized equipment or scaffolding needed to complete the job will be added to the price of the paint cost estimate.
Before your wall mural project begins it will be assumed that there is a base coat of paint on the wall and a cleared work space.
Please move as much furniture out of the room as possible
Any prep painting, wall patching, or wall preparation will be an additional fee.
Prep painting may include filling holes in walls, texturizing and putting a primer or basecoat on the wall.
If you have a tight budget, to lower your cost, I suggest preparing the wall and painting the basecoat yourself


How to Measure Square Footage:
Measure the length and height of the wall to be painted.  Multiply both numbers together.  That will give you the square footage to be painted.  To get a price estimate, multiply the square footage times the cost per square foot. Prices range from $10 to $20 per square foot for wall murals.
A 50 square foot wall at the lowest price (low detail) is $500.00.  At the highest price (high detail), the same wall would cost $1500.00.
Most children's wall murals fall into the $10-$20 price range.


Prices include all Work and Materials.

*They do not include scaffolding charges nor out-of-town transportation and living Expenses. 

Why does it cost so much?

After we talk on the phone or I visit your location, I spend time researching and designing the mural based on the clients needs. cleanup of a project  the travel time and gas are considered, whether materials or equipment in addition to the the norm are needed. Let's not forget the main thing you are paying for.....the artist's talent!

I hope this chart is helpful in allowing you to guestimate mural charges. Thanks and feel free to ask any questions you may have. 



Feel free to ask any questions you may have on the contract (it is open to changes and flexible)


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