Tag Archives: drawing

wrapping things to unwrap ideas

24 Dec

drawingsnthings1I have been trying to unlock my creative mind’s eye for the past couple months, and as you may remember from my last post, inspiration had been fleeing from me. This is the first year in the past three, that I decided to not participate in Art House’s Sketchbook Project so, I lacked that yearly catalyst which often helps me get to creating and producing after that tiring slump that always follows my holiday shows. I am happy to say that a present came early for me this year as I finally unwrapped some of my ideas last night. Ironically, it was right after I wrapped up a new journal. Perhaps all it took was starting with something “crafty” that didn’t require a fabulous outcome. I mean how hard is it to coat a cover in glue then stick some brown paper onto it? drawingsnthings2 drawingsnthings3That simple action of just making got me going, and all of a sudden I was in a creative mood, turning to blank pages, grabbing from piles of collected ephemera, diving into paints to mix specific hues, etc… the discovery of material was a definite stimulus. I forgot how much fun it is to just “play,” and before I knew it my first two page spread was complete. It is my hope that this new bound book will become a frequent creative vehicle for me in the new year that will foster the documentation of thoughts. Did you wrap or unwrap something today that inspired you? (Christmas pun intended).

chasing inspiration

13 Dec

The drawings included in this post are rare new images that have come to fruition over the last few months. I realize that it has been a good while since I have hunkered down and churned out a solid body of new artwork. It has also been quite sometime since I have blogged consistently. Perhaps this is because smaller creative outlets, like instagram, facebook or twitter, are super accessible and are easy to consistently contribute to since only tiny tidbits of information need to be shared. When creating a new series of work or writing a fresh blog post, it is a far more elaborate way to exemplify my ideas; I tend to only want to write, draw or design if I am confident in my concept or thought, and that elaborating on it is worth both my time as well as my audience’s… Perhaps this is why I have been quiet on here lately? Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 9.32.17 AMAdmittedly, the change in season often gets to me. As much as I love the magic of a snow covered mountainside forest, I can’t help but yearn for the hot, bright and long days of summer. I even end up clinging to the lingering warmth, bursts of sunshine and the vibrant colors of the fall. Something about winter just changes me. The loss of light and heat that come with winter are usually ambition deterrents for anyone who prefers warmer days, and on a personal note, less time spent outside with nature, my muse, is especially disheartening in the colder months. Much like a bear getting ready for winter, I feel uncomfortable in the snow until I find a proper way to “hibernate.” Life had also been so hectic the past couple months (having prepared and traveled for two big shows in both Edmonton and Vancouver) that coming home to a cozy little house, spending time with people I love, and falling into a slow routine, has encouraged my slow, sleepy and recluse state. I can tell I am getting closer to finding my cave and comfort zone. Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 9.32.32 AMThe burst of stamina that the New Year will bring in a few weeks is something I am coveting, and until then I will be soaking up the joy that always comes naturally with the holiday season. I know that this collected energy will power some new creative adventures and I can’t wait to share them with you. Until my next post, I wanted to link you to a few articles that I read recently on inspiration: The Guardian article directly quotes artists, composers, architects, etc about harnessing their inspiration, while the other good read is from an adorable little blog that lists many obvious (yet often forgotten) things that aid in directing our creativity and visions.

hello patterns & paws

28 Jun

Long time blog readers will be excited today, as I am sharing more progress from the collaborative sketchboooks that I’ve been creating for a while now with my talented friend Anika Starmer (the envelope below contained my recent additions). patternsandpaws1Several years ago, we embarked on an exciting project together, and haven’t looked back since. The basis of patterns & paws was spawned from the fact that Anika loves patterns and I love paws; we just decided to draw in sketchbooks together. We create diptychs, where Anika draws on the left pages while I draw on the right, and we also work on pieces together, overlapping our imagery on two page spreads. If you would like to see the evolution of the project be sure to check out these six previous posts (in chronological order):  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Below are my latest additions to the books: the first three photos capture my responses to Anika’s most recent patterns, while the last three show the new pages I created for Anika to draw upon. patternsandpaws2 patternsandpaws3 patternsandpaws4 patternsandpaws7 patternsandpaws5 patternsandpaws6Let Anika and I know what you think of our collaborative books; commments and thoughts are always appreciated!