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fighting the creative block

29 May

Hello friends! I’ve been wanting to talk with you about that age old issue that so many of us have experienced: “creative block” or “writer’s block.” It can be difficult, especially when working in an artistic field, to consistently come up with fabulous new ideas all the time.  With some personal struggles earlier this year, I got hit hard with a creative block… as with most things, time was definitely helpful, but the other catalyst that encouraged me to get out of the rut was observing the work and drive of other artists. When one of my favorite art blog writers, Danielle Krysa of the jealous curator, mentioned her upcoming book release, appropriately titled Creative Block: Get Unstuck. Discover New Ideas, I knew I had to pre-order a copy. creativeblock1-2Krysa interviews 50 successful and well known artists (Wayne White, Kate Bingaman-Burt, and Justin Richel, to name a few of my favorites). Each feature includes a dynamic little bio, several images of the artist’s work, questions about their practice, suggestions on how they personally cope with creative blocks, and finally a “Creative Unblock Project” designed specifically by that artist. I am about two thirds of the way through the book, and for the most part I am enjoying the read. In terms of actually doing the “unblocks,” there are some projects that just don’t speak to me, and that’s okay, while others do hold some potential that I hope to harness on a rainy studio day. creativeblock1-1Ironically when I read Cassandra Smith‘s interview, her suggestion for unblocking was already something that I had naturally explored on my own. “Make a little sculpture using a found object. Find something at a thrift store, wacky junk store, anywhere! An object about as big as your hand is probably the best size to start with. Transform the heck out of it! Paint on it, glue things to it, cut it apart. Use the object’s color or shape to inspire you.” creativeblock1-3Do you remember this little post about the golden fawn? If not have a read! I will be sharing more fun things from this book with you in the future, to help inspire both myself, and perhaps you, out of an artistic rut.


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.