“Wild animals can throw very wild parties.”The Narrator, SpongeBob SquarePants
Covid isolation and masks got you feeling lost? Maybe try going out into the woods to find yourself… Missing your people? Maybe try hugging a tree. Makes me feel better.
Magical Forest. 24″ x 36″ on gallery wrapped canvas (sold)
Anyone else spending 2020 reflecting about the direction you’ve been taking with your art and your life? I guess its only natural to rethink things when events in the world get out of control…
With temperatures hitting over 100 degrees for 4 straight days, YouTube is a good alternative to looking outside for art inspiration. My newest video obsession is “Home is Where the Art Is” – a British reality show that features artists and buyers.
The producers find three artists who specialize in three different mediums, and match them with a buyer in a competition for an art commission. The artists snoop around the buyers’ home, then each has a chance to show a selection of their art and pitch an idea to the buyer. The buyers pick two of the three artists to go on to the next stage. Those two artists then create a unique piece to fit the likes and needs of the buyer.
Watching the artists’ creative process as they work through the commission piece in their medium of choice is very inspiring. In the end, the buyers have 2 unusual and very personal pieces to choose from. The show takes you full circle, from inspiration to idea to completed art.
Everyone is really polite and enthusiastic and it is an uplifting, feel-good show. At the end, you get to see the art in its place in the buyers home, and the host recommends that anyone looking for art look to local artists to create it for them. Check out the 2nd season here.
Stumbling across Nik the Booksmith on YouTube has led me down the rabbit hole of making books with hidden compartments and secret pockets. Her 12-part video series “From Discarded to Regarded – Let’s Make a Lapbook” was a binge-worthy class from beginning to end.
I made a “Harry Potter” inspired book that includes pop-ups saved from a discarded and mostly broken version of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone… a Deluxe Pop-Up Book” (by J.K. Rowling, Illustrations by Jill Daniels, Paper Engineering by Roger Smith). My book also features 2 signatures, many pockets and loads of ephemera.
If you are looking for a really cool project to use up that paper and cardboard you’ve been hoarding, give Nik the Booksmith and her fabulous lapbooks a try.