The Start Art Challenge

Getting over fear of art by just doing it.

Attempting to actually draw things that look like other things: my really fat cat, Leo, and a cute little chickadee.
At least it’s a start.

Attempting to actually draw things that look like other things: my really fat cat, Leo, and a cute little chickadee.

At least it’s a start.

Making Rorschach-y ink blobs with the awesome inks Annette lent me is SO FUN. Childishly easy method + pretty colors + instant gratification = my kind of art.
This is the altered book I’m working on and pages that I tore out of it so it wouldn’t be too bulky. 

Making Rorschach-y ink blobs with the awesome inks Annette lent me is SO FUN. Childishly easy method + pretty colors + instant gratification = my kind of art.

This is the altered book I’m working on and pages that I tore out of it so it wouldn’t be too bulky. 

I decided to treat myself to an art store/comic store trip yesterday and maaaaybe went a tiny bit overboard.

I got kid’s poster paint/gouache for $3 and an amazing pen and nib (quill? dip pen?) set for pretty cheap, too. I might be a little obsessed with them now, and that enthusiasm sort of spilled over into all of my other random art-y endeavors and now it’s pretty apparent that I have a notebook problem.

Pictured: art nerd haul, pen and ink doodle, all of the notebooks I’m working in lately: art journal, morning pages notebook, altered book, 2 random sketchbooks, Moleskine art swap art journal from Annette.

P.S. The dudes at my local comic shop are way cool, were happy to chat with me about “starter” graphic novels for someone who had only really read (and loved) Sandman, and gave me a thumbs up instead of an eye roll for picking Watchmen. You go, Comicopolis.

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Adam Lupton

This Friday, July 11th, artist Adam Lupton is doing something here in Vancouver I’ve never really seen before; he’s having two solo painting shows open at two different galleries. Positive Negative will host his show “What’s In Store For Me In The Direction I Don’t Take?” and right around the corner Gam Gallery will host his other show “Not Everything That Goes Around Comes Back Around”. Txt Via booooooom

Oh my goodness these are amazing. The movement and the storytelling!

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Another doodle from camping last weekend, plus itty bitty notebook and bonus Maizy.

Yes, we did sleep in hammocks:

The freedom that I have to make terrible stuff … also increases the chances that, sometimes, I’ll end up making something good.

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There is an emancipation that comes along with being so content with what you’re doing that external circumstances don’t really matter. And I think the only thorough gift I have is a profound, comprehensive love for what I’m doing, where it’s nice if I have an audience, but that’s not the goal; it’s not if something generates viable and lucrative revenue streams but, again, that’s not the goal — these are external byproducts of this process that I love more than anything…

And, not to be all New-Agey or weird, but I do think that’s everyone’s birthright — allowing yourself to find the things that you love and dedicate your life to doing them, because we’re only around for a short period of time.

Speaking at Creative Mornings LA, philosophy-major-turned-superstar-musician Moby makes a beautiful case for the creative benefits of failure and the importance of finding your purpose.

Watch the full talk here – it’s worth it.

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My art friend Annette gave me one of these awesome mini journals that she makes, using found pages (maps, book pages, old sewing patterns) and farm leather that she sews together herself.

I LOVE this one, especially the leather strap and the little sewn label on the front. It even came with a tinier mini-mini book with a note from her about the journal and the pages, suggesting you use it to practice with different media.

I started playing in it by doodling Maizy in her tent while we were camping this weekend. Could be worse!