Archives for the month of: September, 2010

I love the NY Times as a resource, and while I’m going to try not to lean too heavily on it, I’m also not going to avoid its obvious intelligence and depth. This morning, they ran an amazing video on the history of Op-Ed (opposite the editorial page) Art, check it out! I find several components interesting:

First, the intersection of graphic design, art, and writing in Op-Art. This combination is beauty – visuals and type convey many messages, whether you are listening or not. What type do you see around you? What do you not see?

Second, the video discusses a bit of history that I’d like to pursue further – the arrival of many Russian illustrators to the United States, during and after the Cold War. I’m curious about the recent decades of Art History, and I’ll investigate more of that in this blog. What do we call the current Art movement(s)? What are the recent events and thought patterns in art that have led up to today? What about the Kowalskis?

I started doing printmaking about 2 years ago, after taking a class with Jonathan Nicklow called Printmaking on Fabric. I was engaged immediately, loving the combination of hands-on carving, drawing, ink, and mixed media!

My first prints were simple, such as these hands:

So I printed a TON of these hands, and then I didn’t know what to do with them. Next step – integrate them into a larger mixed media project. More to come….

I recently learned about this cool interactive effort: The Sketchbook Project. For $25, the Art House Coop will send you a sketchbook that you get to fill – in any way you want, as long as you pick a “theme” – by early January and return to them. All sketchbooks will go on a national tour, and for an extra fee, you can have yours scanned in and shared digitally.

This could be a good way to get the drawing muscles activated, and I’m typically motivated by deadlines. The key is to be flexible with the “theme” – be creative as you follow the path and investigate all meanings of the words/concepts of your theme.

And a great follow-along would be this art blog on the NY Times! James McMullan is providing a lesson every week for 12 weeks on DRAWING, which could provide great fuel to the actual practice of sketching.

I just need to order my sketchbook now…

(Followup, added 10/27/2010 – I didn’t order the sketchbook after all, since I think I have my hands full with starting this blog, and with a figure drawing class that I’m taking. Next year?)

Well, after a year of hemming and hawing about how to get started blogging, I finally figured it out. Since being “on sabbatical” this summer and following my intuition on how to spend my time, I found that I’ve been drawn strongly to my creative side. I have been integrating “artistic” and “creative” into my “real life” and I think I can share that experience clearly with others.

Part 1 – Outer – There are so many amazing creative resources out there, and I’d like to compile and share them. Just a small sample: Rebekah West is just finishing up a 100 post blog from Australia called “Everyday Solutions to Creative Obstacles”; Theresa Haberkorn, a printmaker in Boulder who is doing amazing work, has a printmaking blog; there is a great column on the NY Times on drawing for the next 12 weeks; to name a few…

Part 2 – Inner – I’m exploring my own artwork, finally. I took enough classes in undergrad to practically equal an art minor, although it’s not official. I continued writing along the years, and I’ve been part of a writing group for over 10 years now, but I haven’t continued my drawing or other fine art practices until recently. Then I took an amazing class from Robert Spellman in 2007 called “The Contemplative Artist: Meditation and Studio Practice”. That course changed my life and brought creativity flowing back to me.

Now, the intersection – I’m going to work on integrating Art and Life – the outcome? Unknown!