New ideas have been sprouting out of my brain like crazy… my sketchbook pages especially have been sprouting some new things. I’m super happy to have my creative groove back, and a new body of work that has been on the forefront these days is a series all about mushrooms. I AM IN LOVE! The shapes, the texture, the colors… they are adorable and absolutely fascinating. I’ve been playing with line drawing and relief printmaking so far, and truly have enjoyed just making and experimenting. I might want to try my hand at painting or sculpting a few of these cuties too, but I’ll make sure to keep it simple if I do. Who knows where this new series will take me!? Thought I’d share some photographs of the process, exploration and results thus far. Enjoy!
Don’t fret, this isn’t a dirty post; I’m short an x. I am actually doing a rare thing here: sharing a band on the blog. I don’t often do this, since music is often of such personal taste, it’s hard to be 100% confident that people will also enjoy it. The XX has been around since 2009 so they may be old news to some, but just the other night was my first listen to their self-titled album. Unexpectedly, this record helped me unearth some ideas that have been trapped inside my brain for far too long. With thoughts finally surfaced, and fully recorded, I now have 3 new pages in the sketchbook! They are mostly a flurry of lists and quick sketches, but I have a feeling that they may very well dictate the new direction of my work this year. Amazing how good music can help you accomplish something quickly, even if it’s as simple of a task as cleaning the kitchen!Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Sometimes it’s good to just make something, anything really, just to get your hands busy again: touching paper, holding pens, channeling ideas… perhaps this is why I always turn to mail art when I’m yearning to create but am too pensive to settle on an idea. Mail art is accessible because there really are no rules, apart from having to write legible addresses and attach proper postage, the activity is basically open-ended. It felt good to get a giant mess going on my drafting table. I find this to be a catalyst that is highly motivating: art supplies strewn every which way (ready for you at any moments notice) allowing you to just cut, glue, draw, paint, etc, without much premeditation. Colors, patterns and text emerge together, creating a cohesive little greeting. In a way, I believe these thoughtfully crafted letters sometimes can echo the creativity of a little painting, filled with details, depth, attention and tone. Sealing a dozen envelopes and sticking stamps to plenty of postcards allowed me to feel at ease with my current creative mind-state. Putting something together with my two paws is always satisfying. What’s even better though is knowing that these little bits of paper I’ve scribbled on will soon make many of my friends smile.