I have been a busy bee creating new digital artwork. I recently watched Sing, which was cute, but I LOVED the song Golden Slumbers covered by Jennifer Hudson. I played it on repeat while working on all my art, and then named a couple pieces after it lol! This is a new collection of collages made from illustrations scanned from vintage books and texts, mixed with photo filters and photographs. Here are the first few I have released:
Dictionary of Rad Words is a collection of words that I love, curated with my photography or vintage images and typography. This was so much fun to make, I love learning new words, obscure words we don’t use much in daily conversation. Or simply strong words, like Gumption, that make you feel inspired and strong, or silly words like Bumbershoot that make for fun home decor pieces or awesome gifts.
ABOVE: All the notebooks with my new artwork on them.
My store is full of neat gift ideas, unique home decor or just cool things to spoil yourself with. Some of the newer decor items are thick kitchen or bathroom mats, or giant floor pillows, excellent for kids to hang out on!
Working and parenting win! *falls to a heap on the floor and sleeps*
Managing to catch a few minutes here and there to “work” has been a lifeline. Any new parent knows that it is ridiculously hard to do anything AT ALL. I look at these pictures of myself, and they make me feel good, that I was lucky to catch 15-20 minutes of work time to get shit done. Being a new mom is frickin hard, but I have never been so in love, creatively challenged, out of the comfort zone, inspired, awed, transformed and so many more verbs. It has been the best thing that could ever happen to me, for all the normal, obvious reasons, but, because I am writing on my art blog, I want to emphasize what it has done for my work.
While everything takes longer to create, I respect the time so much more. I write more freely, read more non-fiction & short stories, study, learn, absorb & focus so much more than before. I have made more digital art than ever before, and I think Bebe has made me MORE creative, using bold bright colours (babies apparently see bold, contrasting colours better) & making collages like I did when I was younger. That was something I never expected to happen, mostly cuz I AM SO TIRED. Here’s to being a parent!!
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I usually link all my art to nature. I do landscape & travel photography, both my books have strong ties to mother nature, and it’s where I go to get most my ideas or clear my head. Its my muse and sanctuary. But, since becoming pregnant and developing symphysis pubis dysfunction (terrible name, I know), which is just lots of pain in the hips, back and legs, I haven’t been able to do much hiking. Or walking.
It began to feel like I was having a creative block, no great ideas coming in, and not much going out. The loss of having adventures hiking to the mountain top, around desolate lakes, in dark, ethereal pine woods, made my mind become dull. Pregnancy can be tough enough without your work, your passion, weighing down on you as well. Until I began reading Twyla Tharps The Creative Habit. She labels these times where your “creativity fails you” as ruts, “when you ‘re spinning your wheels and staying in place”, because that is literally what it felt like to me, both mentally and physically!
Before, I was driving my sports car, laughing madly, creating art as I cruised along. I was driving like Cruella and…. I hit the ditch. Now I’m stuck, because old rear wheeled sports cars don’t come out of deep, slick mud easily.
I was so stuck.
I may have also begun to feel a little sorry for myself, considering nature was the setting and an important theme in my books, AND in my LANDSCAPE photography LOL! UGGG! I was just so creatively depressed. I am sure many can relate with that sense of staring at the black page/canvas/etc.
I knew I had to switch gears. Twyla Tharp’s book made me see a little clearer. She writes,
“A rut can be the end product of bad timing. For some reason you are out of sync with the world. You can have the brightest vision with the most mind-blowing idea, but if the world isn’t ready for it you can spin your wheels for years”.
It was like a an epiphany, I was trying to finish my fantasy book (soooo close to being done!!) and prepping a second book that I planned to use for NaNoWriMo, both of which were closely tied to nature, but I couldn’t go and gather more ideas, more feelings, more information without the stark reminder that I was house bound. These books were just not a reflection of me in this time period.
Another section in The Creative Habit is about having an organizational system for your projects. At the beginning of every endeavor, she opens a box.
“I start every dance with a box. I write the project name on the box, and as the piece progresses I fill it up with every item that went into the making of the dance. This means notebooks, news clippings, CD’s videotapes of me working alone in my studio, videos of the dancer rehearsing, books and photographs and pieces of art that may have inspired me.”
What a fantastic idea. So I copied it. I put works in progress for my photography in folders, labeled clearly, saved for another day on my hard drive. I bought simple folders and moved my two books into them and filed them on my shelf. I know where they are, they aren’t just hidden away, lost causes from another life, but just put on hold. Still visible and within easy reach should I want them. Then I moved on.
And a funny thing happened. I started seeing beauty in simple objects. I wandered around my garden. I used different filters and styles to create photographs. And, slowly, I began creating OTHER things.
I’m finding ideas in the city now, instead of just nature. I take myself out for lunch more often and people watch. On weekends I go sit at my favorite coffee shop and daydream, write, and, again, people watch. I even take my writing with me when I go to the Doctors,
which, wow, can you EVER eavesdrop. Nurses gossiping, people running into friends (or frenemies), drug rep’s sales pitches, couples whisper fighting. Its brilliant. I NEVER would do things like that before, and I feel like It has opened up a whole new world of dialogue, insight, ideas and understanding for my art. I even go for car rides with my husband when he’s got running around to do, just to sit and listen to music, enjoy the drive, relax, LOL! (And, yes, the dog comes too, because us cooped-up free spirits need outings when we can take ’em!)
I even have a new book idea for NaNoWriMo, an urban fantasy/murder mystery ghost story. Its still developing, so I’m sure I won’t make the 50,000 words for November, but, really, its all about the spirit of forcing yourself to write daily. To rally yourself for a creative endeavor, where at the end you can congratulate yourself for at least trying, having fun, joining a community and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
I announced my 2017 Calendars with a quick sneak peak a couple days ago because I was so excited about the quality of them. I swapped a few pictures out and edited a bit, and now I am REALLY happy with them. So, without further ado, here it is, my new 2017 Calendar 😀
They are large, 17 Inches Long x 11 Inches Wide, hung via a coil, have thick satin paper, a very modern style and sharp, colourful photos.
Here is what is inside the calendars!
If you like what you see, you can head over to my store at RedBubble and purchase one!
I also have Hardcover Journals & Spiral Notebooks at my little shop there. You can get lined or graph paper inside, they have a handy document pocket inside the back cover, 120 pages and are nice and small w: 15.25 cm h: 20.25 cm.