Have you had a chance to read this yet? I've gotten to the point where I'm pretty picky about buying new art books, since so many of them seem to be much the same, or although there may be some lucious eye candy inside, not much is new as far as technique.
But, I'm loving this one. It's not about technique, and there's some eye candy to be sure. Instead, the book delves into the mind, heart, and soul of the artist, exploring the stories behind the work. I'm able to pick it up and enjoy it, whether I have a few minutes or a few hours. Better yet, I'm feeling like I'm getting to know a few online friends and mentors just a bit better.
Seth has an open call out for art work based on 3 questions presented in his book. I've chosen to answer 2 of them, the first being, "Who has had the most impact on your creative life?"
Answer? My dad,his mantra being, "Girl, you've got a brain in that head. Now, go use it. Figure out the answer; you don't need me for that. You can do whatever you've got a mind to do. Now, just go do it. Use the brain God gave you."
And, with that pronouncement, he generally went back to his nap! But, dad had a firm belief in his "girls." He knew they were capable of great things, and he wanted them to prove it.
Dad put the first camera into my hands; he rambled on about the "light" long before I could begin to get what he was saying. He loved photography and now two of his daughters are seldom found without cameras in their hands.
Question 2: "If your artwork could talk, what would it say?"
Answer: This woman has a lot to say, and she simply can not seem to make art without words. She has stories to tell, colors to smear, pounce, scrape, and brush. She adores texture, but really, she's all about the stories, capturing them, saving them for the future, and telling them. Everyday stories that so often get lost. Give her a chance, and she'll bend your ears with her journals.
So, what better use to put some copied journal pages to? Bits and pieces of my story, bits and pieces of everyday magic or even every day hum drum.
Thanks, Seth, for the opportunity to share my art and my stories! I can't wait to see what you do with it all.