Sometimes I just gotta create, even when I don’t have ideas or perhaps they are not very profound, I need to make something every couple of days to keep from twitching, or at least that is what my friend Lauren says. When I am in that mood and don’t know what to create, I make a little mixed media piece based on something that has happened during the day, be it some thing I saw or phrase I heard, it’s just enough to get the creative juices flowing….
This piece entitled “Dear Diary”, is about feeling out of place, like a fish out of water or in this case, a black bird on a bicycle. The text in the back is a diary entry that deals with just that notion of being out of place and isolated.
During meetings I have this tendency to draw these goofy characters, more and more they are making their way into my work. Here these characters just don’t know what to say, “Blah, blah, blah” is that moment in time when you want to say everything but can’t say anything.
“My Boots are Heavy Without You,” I read the phrase “my boots are heavy” in the book Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud, (way before it became a film) and fell in love with it. I have been away from my sweetie almost 6 months, and my boots are real heavy.
One day at school I was messing around with a release print after printing an image of a heart on a transparency. By the time I got home I saw the heart as a head, and drew a portrait. The rest of the imagery just started pouring out as I was creating. I call this piece “A Portrait of What it Looks Like to Think with Your Heart.”
Many of these pieces were done in a day or even in a few hours. It’s my belief that not every artwork has to take weeks and months to create in order to be special. Each of these pieces helped me deal with issues I have been having that come with being away from the ones I love. Some people write, some play music, I like to make stuff. I hope you all have some kind of outlet that allows you to move through your challenges.
Take care and thank you for reading.