'I Paint Music' and other facts about a new Steemian

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Hey, Steemians, my name is Shelby. I live in in the beautiful state of Colorado where I am a writer, artist, and general creator.

And, yes, you read correctly--I paint music. I have a mild form of synesthesia that allows me to visualize music and sound as color, texture, and pattern, and one of my favorite things to do is attempt to capture the dance of colors going on in my head when I hear a song on a canvas.

I have a few other creative pursuits, too.

journal spread with light pastel colors painted on the background with the words 'all I want to be is whites on waves' written in a curly cursive.

Two journals held up so the edges of the pages are visible. One is fat from use, the other slim and new.

For the last two and a half years I have kept what I call a "visual journal" after many, many failed attempts to maintain a written diary. I've so far filled two notebooks with paintings, poems, collages, and other multimedia creations to capture my life and experiences. You can find more pictures from my journal on my Instagram (handle there is also universeofdust). I'm a passionate writer. I write in just about every genre of fiction (except romance--blegh!) as well as poetry, creative non-fiction, and more. I'll also read just about any book I can get my hands on, and try to read about fifty books every year (a goal I am quite behind on so far this year--ahh!).

a brown floppy-eared rabbit sniffing at a cup full of water with a paintbrush in it.
Obi likes to help me paint sometimes.

Creative expression has become an extremely important part of my life over the last several years, especially as a person living with mental and physical health problems. I've been living with chronic depression and anxiety since my middle school years, and nearly four years ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

When I'm not creating, I love listening to music, attending concerts, camping in the mountains, playing Dungeons & Dragons, spending time with my family and friends, and exploring the world around me. I also have a pet rabbit named Obi-Bun Kenobi (Obi for short). He's a sweet little monster, but I love him.

I learned about Steemit recently when I attended a panel at Denver Comic Con where @amrauthor, @falseyedols, @geke, and @lpfaust shared their knowledge and insight about the community. Thank you guys for inspiring me to give this a try! I am excited to share my ideas and creations with the Steemit community.

Thanks for reading,
Shelby

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Welcome to the steem community :-)

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Thank you!

Looking forward to seeing your creative pursuits! Welcome to Steemit!

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Thank you! I am excited.

Awesome! I love what you're doing, and look forward to seeing your art here on Steemit. I resonate with you in my passion for writing and general self expression. I'm going to resteem your post and see if it gets a little bit more love :)

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Thank you so much! I appreciate the encouragement and the resteem!

Welcome Shelby! So glad you decided to give it a try!

Welcome to steemit! You just can't fail your introduction to steemit with a post containing references to Obi Wan and Dungeons and Dragons 😉

Good luck on the plarform! I'm looking forward to see your paintings!

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Haha, thank you! I'm really excited to explore the community.

Hey @universeofdust! You seem to be a very creative person by nature and I am glad that you have found yourself a form of expression that enables you to touch your feelings better than words could. Also, I am jealous of you living in Colorado, it is such a beautiful place. Great day to you and Obi!

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Thank you! Colorado really is gorgeous. I'm very lucky.

Welcome to Steemit! I look forward to reading and seeing some of your work!

Welcome to steemit. Have lot's of fun here. Looking forward to your artworks and seeing more of Obi :)

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Thank you! I'll have to be sure to post more photos of Obi, haha.

Welcome to steemit @universeofdust. Looking forward to see your great works.

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Thank you!

Welcome to Steemit shelby
I saw your #introduceyourself and its nice to meet you.
Blogging thats what its all about on this blockchain. The best part is that you could earn money too.💴💸💰
I never blogged before I just write.
But be carefull with all your passwords, Never give those up !!
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The Steemify App I use is great, it is available in the Appstore and free, go cheque it out. I wish you good luck with steeming and I Will See you around🍀
Your value and input is appreciated!
Greetings from Brittandjosie from the Netherlands

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Thank you for the warm welcome and the tips!

Aww sweet. Welcome to steemit. I am a fellow singer and illustrator and also have synesthesia so really curious to see how you paint it. Welcome to steemit. Bestest regards 🐁
Your assistant is so cuteeee. Obi seems ibviously very talented too.

Hi Shelby... welcome to steemit and I wish you do well here...although it seems you are very talented in creating a HQ post as this post shows, but try to discover the best ways to contribute this society...its a bit different...

ask me whatever comes into your mind..basically you should do whatever I didn't to be successful..lol..

and about that "painting the music"; I should say I'm stunned...I'm really excited to know more about this ... it can be used more than just creating arts...its a scientific phenomena...thanks for sharing everything Shelby..
good luck @universeofdust

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Thank you so much!

I have the biggest smile right now!!! I am so happy to see you over here and to hear that you are here because you sat in on our panel. There are a lot of great supportive communities, and people are full of information, so feel free to reach out. I also recommend getting the Discord app whenever you get a chance, I'll invite you to some cool art groups :)

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Also, I'm excited to see all the cool artwork you are going to put up!!!

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Thank you so much! I would love to get into some more groups and meet some people.

Welcome to Steemit! I'm so excited you're here- your art looks so cool! If you get a chance come join the Rocky Mountain steemit discord https://discord.gg/wRUx7EY
We do regular meet ups and support each other on steemit.

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Thank you for the invite--I just joined!

Welcome 😀
I saw this late but will check out your latest content❤️

@universeofdust I’m glad to see you decided to give Steemit a try, and the intro post is awesome.

I’d echo the words of @sunravelme and invite you to the Rocky Mountain Steemit community on Discord. Check out the events and drop by just say hello. We’d love to have you join us on some of our future Meetups.

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I just downloaded Discord. I've never used it before, but I definitely want to get involved in some of the communities on there. Thanks for resteem, too.

Welcome to the site. I'm sure you will love it here. There are many very talented and fun folks on Steemit. Onward to big things.

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Thank you for the welcome! I'm loving it so far. Very exciting.

Essentially, you're able to see frequencies.
Love it.

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I have known now a few fellow friends on steemit with this. I love it. I see fractals lol

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Welcome to the community and interesting unique talent you have - I'm an electronic music producer and make tracks to help express my feelings (as words don't seem to do it justice sometimes). Love the name of your rabbit too!

Have fun using the platform :)

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