I am an Oil impressionist who creates vibrant works of Art for a living. Everyday I am motivated, trying new things in my work. Keeping my energy levels high whilst a whirl wind of positive momentum has taken over my career. Taking one day at a time I practice mindfulness and peace in my spiritual life, in turn this way of being inspires my artistic creation process.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Ashton Elizabeth Hall is a Wisconsin-based independent curator as well as an oil pastel artist. She began her curatorial career at the Historic Horlock house in Navasota, Texas as an artist in residence 2016 fall cycle
Since 2005, Ashton has been exhibiting in group and solo shows around the Midwest as well as coordinating themed exhibits at Rochester Civic Theatre in Minnesota. Currently she is helping coordinate with the non-profit Downtown Main to organize, paint, and curate La Crosse Wisconsin’s very first mural alley “500 Main street murals.”
Besides all the curatorial projects she has been involved with, Ms. Hall has been an active member of Gallery 24 and Crate, Rochester Minnesota’s first art lending library.
Show your support for the art community by bidding on Artwork during Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Consider bidding on my 1’x2’ thick oil piece “grounded alleyway” bidding starts the week of NOV 23 through Dec 1). All donations go to support Mid West Music Fest. Specific event information is here
Also don’t forget about these other great art support events :
The first annual Artists Sunday
takes place this Sunday, Nov 29th, after Thanksgiving. Support your favorite local artists and give personal and handcrafted gifts this holiday season. Click here for the artists directory, a network of full time artists selling their work during the holiday season.
The Garage Session: Christmas Show Saturday December 19, 2020
La Crosse Local and the The Weber Center for the Performing Arts have set the date for a creative streamed experience on the La Crosse Local Facebook Page and Youtube. You can donate to your favorite performances! The 60+ minute Christmas show will feature LIVE and pre-recorded short performances from area musicians, performers, and performing arts organizations. Watch it dec 19 here
There is another avenue for the art’s in La Crosse!
This Art Market is open in time for the Holiday open house downtown La Crosse Friday-Sunday 10am to 7pm at 321 Main St. La Crosse (across the street from grounded cafe’)
Art Market Partnership:
The Downtown Art Market is being developed by Robin Moses, of Creative La Crosse, along with Mike and Phyllis Martino, of the La Crosse Arts Initiative, and Tarl Kaio, of Grass Root Creatives. We appreciate the support of the building owners, RLR Properties who are helping to make this opportunity possible at this amazing downtown location.
Art Market Hours*:
The New Downtown Art Market will be open to the public on a consistent basis. These hours may vary and be extended due to community events in downtown. Artists are not required to be present.
Wednesday-Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Private Appointments can be scheduled for those who are interested in purchasing art privately.
I will be exhibiting outdoors between the herons at the Main Street Plaza, in Downtown La Crosse WI. Come browse some oil pieces I’ve created along with other local artists. I will have my square handy for card payments as well.
This event is hosted by downtown Main Street Lacrosse and the Pumphouse Regional Art center. This event is FREE. Please wear a mask and enjoy browsing and buying local original works of art!
Artists Sunday is paying homage to national artisans for the brave career choice by reminding consumers to celebrate artists this holiday season. Check out and perhaps buy from an artist the Sunday after thanksgiving. I’ve included the artist’s Directory link here.
Find me in the Artists Directory by typing in ( Ashton Hall Artist LLC)
Wouldnt it be so nice to receive something truly original from the heart that increases in value over time?
ART embraces both
Info or to sign up : Artist’s Sunday Also check out this great read for Artists!:
This summer has been a hot one… I haven’t gotten all the work done YET but with a cool down this weekend I will likely have both of these murals finished. So be sure to check back for more mural updates… in the meantime if you would like a free mural quote use the contact form below.
Updates of my current mural progress at Audiomobile on Losey Blvd N
2nd floor La Crosses Rubber Mills building on Saint Andrew Street
Over the Summer I have been busy with 2 Mural commissions and several really fun multiple canvas pieces. Send me a message to see work for sale, my Studio space or commission me for an original piece. I will respond with-in 24 hours and love to hear from you! Stay healthy and inspired!
A HUGE thank you for covering my Pop-up Studio to the team of La Crosse Local Arts & Food Magazine and online podcast!
Summer is here and there are many changes. My studio is closed and another is on the WAY! Check back at the Rubber Mills around August to see artists becoming the change they want to SEE.
To anyone I have inspired through this experience I would like to say the feeling is mutual. With all the changes in my life I decided to take some time out and reflect. I have chosen to take a cellphone-sabbatical. I am still working but I am reflecting upon what I want to create next. Looking for my muse as artists put it. I am also painting some current commissions and taking creative jobs. Please leave a note on my contact page for inquires and commissions.
I’ve been on a cellphone Sabbatical. What is a sabbatical?
The sabbatical definition is “a break from work” during which employees can pursue their interests, like traveling, writing, research, volunteering or other activities (or even rest). -resources.workable.com
This one will be for ten days starting today. Talk to you all soon!
I am reviewing the last love language of the my blog series with the same name. Not every relationship must be physical to leave you altered. Sexuality hasn’t anything to do with my review of physical touch. I am taking it about 10 steps deeper. Be patient I will explain everything.
IT IS possible to meet someone that changes you as a person! It happened to me this week, fulfilling me with pure ecstasy better than any physical notion left me with. “How do I get there you ask?” It must come from a place of wanting what is better for yourself and ALL others. It comes from the heart. This is an emotional place. A place where you do the work to blend both the inner and outer worlds. It takes embracing the seven heavenly virtues: Chastity, Temperance, Charity, Diligence, Patience, Kindness, & Humility. I realized the more I had embraced all seven heavenly traits over the last several months, the faster I sped. I was speeding into a place of this joy which in turn changed into a pure faith that cannot be shaken.
Real faith is like physically touching spirit and trusting that whatever crops up, whatever relationship that walks in is a direct reflection of a thought, aspect, fear, belief, the list goes on.
-Ashton Elizabeth Hall
Some call it the law of mirroring. I call it the Law of attraction. Well, I saw a mirror (a new spiritual aspect I hold manifested in someone) and the mirror (this person) saw herself in me. That rarely happens to me if ever. Meeting my awareness match has brought me more JOY than I ever thought it could. We were teachers to one another. I was loving the mirror image of our new found awareness. We had fun at the juncture where one can become new… realized…then interact with the aspect that mirrors before YOU. Spirituality is both our way of life and our interest as well.
That which I wrote above gives me a caveat to end this blog. Not every guru touts their cause to all who listen. Ask yourself what if the real true spiritual guru is sitting silent and alone. Just being themselves fully and loving it. Not only does that set an example that mirrors back those feelings of deep inner peace but a master truly doesn’t feel alone anyways. Guru’s are connected to their dreams, intuition, and the divine source of good. Lately I have been like a monk who’s hands are clasped just being, waiting, seeing, feeling, wanting, hearing my inner world spin. I have been observing that inner world, both feet in the present moment. Feeling the collective ideals and embracing them fully. In my experience my mere physical PRESENCE can be enough to act as a milestone to another in this life. A cause to action, to give, to create, or bring awareness. Some will love it, others will envy it. I have been becoming more ok with each.
I feel I have been called to be that role for people by embracing all the qualities that make me “me.” To dream, to wish, to give without expectation, to love freely. These qualities led to words that hug me. Hearing, “you did it” and “you’ve inspired me” so many times it really affirms my intuition that has been telling me to forge ahead no matter the cost. Tackle the costs as they come then lead by example despite hardships. All hardships have a pay off. This one just happened to be an emotional state beyond pure bliss. One I haven’t matched a word for. One that surpasses the physical bodies pleasure seeking self and it’s ability to sustain. That is okay though. All emotions come and they go. All things can come and go. Some like these emotions I decide to let stay longer.
The world is standing still as I sit on a green yoga mat facing the sun. Absorbing the miniscule warmth on my forehead and brown sweater. It will reach 57 degrees today in La Crosse Wisconsin and I’m going to enjoy it. Rain is in the forecast all week after so making the most out of the day. 2 kids on bicycles, a goldendoodle, and their mom passby so far. Neighbors are outside on their porches, I drink coffee while typing…people are doing errands through the bank across the street. Everything seems relatively normal. The birds chirp above my head in the large trees on the street, my current focus is on how I can see the sky for once. It’s a spring sky blue with Hawks far above the ground swirling in figure eights. I had the thought to do a blog about acts of service. Even though this seems like a tumultuous time the whole world is doing acts of service for one another. While doing these acts of service it is important to focus on the best case scenario. We would be doing ourselves a disservice if we were only enabling others with the worst possible outcome. Let’s take a financial and career perspective on this love language. Everywhere there are others saving people’s lives, giving food, running errands for someone or just staying away from them for the greater good.
“Make magic today! Use your emotions as a guidance system to ask, “are you acting from anxiety or passion?” Construct your reality consciously to give a different reflection if your acting out of anxiety”.
This is important to say because conversely a lot of people a high-strung nowadays
If you already took the leap into the spiritual work to do what you love for a living and get paid for it then the following paragraph isn’t for you. It’s for those who are still in fear and anxiety in regards to what they want to do for a living not fully supporting them.
I know it’s a slow and steady process but wouldn’t it be great if you did what you loved for a living? Acts of service that you love to perform that you also could make money from? I hope all the time that people have on their hands now will help them decide that their time is so precious and not worth risking to do things they do not want. Doing what you actually want helps the collective consciousness and vibration exponentially. Following your desires fills a hole, a gap in the universe that cannot be filled by anyone else at this current time. If you do not act now even the source of all there is doesn’t know what’s on the other side of that desire being filled. Let’s dive deep… for I can’t ask the global collective to release anxiety and fear in regards to a global pandemic without them having conversely changed their own lives first. There is another way to live, you have another choice to make after all this is done. What will you choose to FEEL each day you wake after this incubation period? The world is taking a respite, unless you are still working as needed by the global collective or just working for yourself and manifesting the highest outcomes. start today by asking some questions out loud. What do you need to do in order to bridge the gap from where you are to where you want to be? Start asking that question and letting the signs and coincidences appear spiritually. At the same time start taking action steps towards that desired goal and way of life with pure intention and positive focus.
Quality time or “time spent” is one of the five love languages I am covering today. Most of us will be spending more time at home with the spread of the Covid-19 Virus, so how are we spending our time? And with whom if anyone? With all this activity going on I am just thankful the last two art shows went off with out a hitch! The Five love languages group exhibit had an amazing turn-out, it was a wish come true that A.E.H. Studio was packed full Feb 22nd 2020. I have been needing to cover this and to post pictures on the blog but man I was on cloud nine for a whole month that I forgot to post! Click here for artist/musician interviews.
I got to see a dream of mine come true right before my eyes. If translated into a Tarot card it would be a 6 of staves moment, a victory lap! I just want to thank all the artists and musicians I know for being a part of it and being you! A special thank you to all the patrons of the arts who bought local work especially who made an appearance.
Back to quality time….the point of the artshow was to bring the community OUT and TOGETHER. I really have been spending more time alone for the last two months to do my work but I also met TONS of new people thanks to the Art Exhibit I curated at the studio. Most of Lacrosse is working from home, I haven’t been quarantining myself from loved ones & friends, I think it is essential to see at least someone and hangout (and still be creating new things.) I just have to say when I spend quality time it is usually one-on-one. Its not my favorite love language for it really is hard for me to focus in group settings. In my intimate / close relationships I like to dive deep intellectually and spiritually to really see where that person is at. I also need others to want that of me. If that need isn’t there then that means the relationship wont deepen (which I need) then compatibility isn’t there. Everyone’s needs for time spent are different. Some people just need a friend to vent to. Some just need surface level happy relationships so they dont have to dive deep and truly show themselves. Unfortunately most people fall into the surface level relationship category. In order to deepen your relationship with someone I have a few nuggets of gold for you. ASK QUESTIONS –be curious about that persons likes and dislikes, what is on there mind predominately. HOW DO THEY SHOW THEIR LOVE- invest some time together and see how they communicate. BOUNDARIES- what are your boundaries that need to be in place and what are theirs? MEET IN THE MIDDLE- compromise in conversations. Step 2 steps forward and perhaps they will feel comfortable to do the same.