Inspiration can arrive by the act of being suddenly propelled to do or feel something creative Or a sudden moment of brilliance. The birth of an idea...
At times we have to work hard to gain the momentum of inspiration and sometimes, on rare occasions it hits us like a bolt of lightening.
This set of sketchbook pages came from a weekend of 'bolt of lightening' style inspiration looking at form and shape while contemplating time and space (as you do... no really)
During May of 2017 I broke my drawing arm which has spawned a series of hand/arm related musings, the hand has become a recurring theme in sketchbooks and other work. As with much of my work, this has become an ongoing theme and this page will be added to over time.
The Surgeon that operated on my arm told me I would 'know about it' for at least a year - so I give myself a year to work this one out.
Art Run (working title) was a project that begun life in pursuit of motivation but has evolved over time to have a deeper connection to home and memory.
I started running in early 2011, I really liked the 'idea' of running but never really enjoyed the 'act' of running. I struggled with motivation but felt a huge sense of guilt for not being better at it.
In January of 2017 I contemplated motivation and how it comes so easily for some activities and remains almost at zero for others. Motivation for drawing has never dwindled and it was at this thought I made a connection to running. The basic principle was to run, armed with a small sketchbook and pencil, and to run until either I saw something I would like to sketch or until I was tired at which point I would have to find something to sketch. Simple.
And in this simple act of transferring the focus onto a creative process, one of observation and mark making, I stopped my brain from thinking about the physical sensations of running that would make me want to stop - then feel bad about my fitness levels.
I would stop, but not because I was tired, I was stopping for the pleasure of drawing. This completely removed the negative associations around running that left me feeling unmotivated. I then found the distances and speeds of my running increasing.
Above all I now 'LOVE' running and on occasion catch myself grinning like an idiot as I run at various points along my routes.
One Day Collage Project
What better way to spend a rainy day than to set yourself a collage project. This project was about deconstructing a magazine and then reconfigure it into new material with new communication. My day was built around a copy of Vogue Magazine April 2018 issue.