Saturday, December 27, 2008

Brainstorm, Daydream

At any given moment, there are infinite avenues for thought and action. Be brave, take risks, embrace the opportunity to make mistakes - you cannot fail. Brainstorm. Daydream. Experiment. Play!

Scape 1

Scape 1-detail

mixed media, 20" x 15"


Brainstorm - detail

mixed media, 20" x 15"

Friday, December 12, 2008


Uh oh, I've discovered pattern making in Illustrator, and Pucker & Bloat effects. Dangerous. Please excuse the cheesy tropical-holiday wrapping paper collage look to this, I'm just playing.

I used to make great patterns in CorelDraw, It had some harsh limitations, but some functionality that I sorely miss...

I'll admit it, I'm having surface design fantasies: sheets, rugs, papers, printed fabrics, maybe even linoleum...

Consider yourself warned.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cultivating Change

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I sold another painting through this blog last week (the middle one here), which delighted me, and got me thinking about a much darker time of my life, when I marked a few simple symbols on a pocket-sized calendar and learned some wonderful lessons.

Every evening, I entered a "+" or "-" for the day to indicate whether I'd been feeling generally up or down. I'd been doing this for several months when, after a string of three particularly trying days, I began flipping back through the calendar pages. I was sick of feeling bad and expected to see confirmation of my despair.

Though this this was the first time I'd had three bad days in a row in weeks, I was surprised to note that in the beginning, negative days were the norm and even two positive in a row was exceptional. I could not deny that something was shifting, that though I felt low right now, it was nothing compared to how I had felt weeks before. Instantly, I began to feel better. I have felt better ever since.

The lesson? That it is a powerful thing to step back from the minutia of right here and now, to take in the wider landscape. It is a discipline, with enormous creative potential for cultivating optimism, pride, confidence, and future-vision. In other words: Perspective is a tool. Use it.

In time, I added a second mark to my calendar: On days when I'd felt exceptionally industrious, tackling swaths of items on my long To Do list, making long-avoided phone calls, I added the letter "S" (for Sowing Seeds) to that day's calendar entry. And on days when it seemed that a flurry of things had fallen into my lap: receiving a letter from an old friend, a new job offer, a refund check from the IRS - I marked my calendar with a letter "R" - for Reaping Rewards.

I began to notice an amazing thing: Though the rewards did not necessarily correspond to the seeds I had planted, every "S" was followed almost exactly two weeks later by an "R." I've come to trust this process, to live by the implicit lesson. Plant all your seeds. You reap what you sow.