Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Do you want a nice link with lots of inspiration and ideas?

Originally published on my blog, but it's a fun one!

Collage by Lani with help from

Shhhh, here it is! Top secret!: It's an art therapist's blogspot loaded with great ideas. The most recent one is pdf files full of words cut from magazines, great for collages! All you have to do is print out your favorite. They are grouped by theme. I cut up the Art pdf and used it on a Wreck This Journal journal and the above collage. Great fun. Now I'm going to check out Dream & Inspiration and Encouragement. I'll let you know what I come up with!

Collage by Lani with help from

(This one if for Gioia!)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Art with big hearts!

Here's a link to a blog post by Art at the Center. My kids make fantastic art there. I helped them throw an impromptu Artist Trading Card party/ Haiti fundraiser last weekend, sure was fun. Lots of love, art, and we raised some nice cash for a community in need. It was all my favorite things: love, social justice, artmaking, community building all wrapped up in a big shiny bow. Thanks to Kathryn of Art at the Center for the great idea! Click here for more:


Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Try this fun technique for happy artists, which was adapted from Traci Bautista's super easy fusion dyed transparent collage. (Her "Collage Unleashed" book is a must have.) Project has a few steps: First get ordinary white paper towels, scrunch up and dye with whatever you have-watered down acrylic paint, watercolors, leftover Easter egg dye, etc. Let dry. Then put down a big sheet of slick paper like parchment paper or contact paper to work on top of, and layer paper towels scraps with glue. Mix up white glue and water to the consistency of cream and lay down a layer of your glue and water mix on the slick surface, then rip up your paper towels, and paste them together in layers with your glue and water. Wait overnight to dry, peal up and you have this cool fabric like paper --with one side kind of shiny! Cut in heart shapes and hang with wire. Yum!
Gioia Chilton

Friday, February 5, 2010

Summer Pierre and "Bring Your Artist to Work"

A while ago, over on my blog, I posted about Summer Pierre and her very awesome videos. Now I get to report that her book is out and ready to be purchased by us! Yay! So I thought I'd cruise around a bit on her flickr account while I listened to an interview Jamie Riddler did with Summer. Very inspiring. Summer's flickr account is full of great images and ideas and I'll include some here so you get a taste, and the interview was also full of great ideas which I'll share in a minute, but first I'd like to share some of her answers to my own art and creativity questions. So here you are:
From Summer Pierre's Flickr account

1. Some artists say they do their art because they must. Do you ever feel compelled in this way? If you do, where does this drive come from? Are you comfortable with it?
I literally have no memory of not being able to draw or not having a compulsion to draw, so I would say that the creative impulse is as familiar to me as my own family members. Of course, as time has gone by and my creativity has expanded and changed with age, my relationship to it has changed, but one thing stays constant: I use it as a way to understand and make sense of the world and of experience. Sometimes this is an absolute joy, sometimes it’s a pain the ass. There is nothing like the spark of it, of hitting on some deeper sense of play and inspiration that helps me fit the puzzles together. Consequently, if I don’t use it when it calls to me, or even when it doesn’t, all the old spiders in my brain start to come out of their hiding places and I can get stuck not just creatively, but in life in general. This is a balancing act that can sometimes be more time consuming that I want to allow.

From Summer Pierre's Flickr account

2. Some artists say that their work nurtures them in ways that material things can't. Do you create to feed your self in this way?
I can’t stress how much art FEEDS my life in so many ways. I am not a materialistic person. I grew up without a lot and continue to not “have a lot” in the ways of materialism, but I don’t miss it. My priority has always been to have meaning vs. stuff. I am happiest, most well fed in life when I have time to do what pleases me—which is includes a heaping amount of art.

3. As an artist what are you most passionate about?
Making sense of experience and exploring new ideas.

4. Are you living an artful, deeply satisfying life? 
If not can you imagine such a thing? What would it be like?
I am living as close to my “dream life” as I ever have. For now I have figured out the priorities and arranged my life to fit those priorities. It’s ever evolving, but yes, amazingly I live an artful and (most days) a deeply satisfying life.

Pretty cool, eh? So here's what I learned from her pictures on flickr and from the interview on Jamie's website. 1. As artists we need to be able to do our creative work. We NEED to in order to live, breathe, and enjoy our lives. So why not take your inner artist to work. Consider the possibilities for letting the inner artist out at work, what would that look like? Would you get to be more yourself? Wouldn't you like to be "the artist in the office"? 2. If you live in Brooklyn there's this totally cool, radical concept of a place to work with other artist types, the Brooklyn Creative League. Check it out! It looks SO awesome. Wouldn't it be great if every city, town and village had one of these places? WOW! 3. We can make our own Cafe Mocha's and they taste GREAT! (I've had about 3 today already, can you tell, LOL) 4. Play as much as possible... everywhere and all the time.

Thanks Summer!