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No Names to Protect The Innocent.

I was twelve. My school was at a local theater, doing rehearsals for the annual variety concert - I was to be performing my first vocal solo.
There was a lunch break and we kids were outside, in a playground, playing as kids do. I heard a young girl crying - she was in a swing and two of the older boys were pushing her hard to make her swing higher. She was scared, because she couldn't get away, and she couldn't get them to stop. The swing was on solid railings, so I ran over, pushed the boys away, and stopped the swing dead with one arm - and broke it.
The young girl was so shocked by my scream of pain, she stopped crying.
The boys ran away.
And I did my first performance with a broken arm.

The end......but not really.

I could tell a hundred tales of times when I've rushed in to defend someone, to give safe harbour, to take a punch for someone else, to stand guard over them while they pack what they own in a box, kicked out of their home by a partner - you can't look …

Emotionally Charged

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Stress inhibits creativity - David Lynch

So true. With the multitude of goings on in daily life, sometimes it's an absolute trial to focus and get into work.
It seems counter-productive on the surface to instead go and do something to restore my spirits, but the fact is, if I don't go play and get into that frame of mind, the art will suffer. And suffer, and suffer.

I'm a very emotionally-based artist - I source my imagery directly from the emotional places that I inhabit, and that can get tricky when life throws me a curve ball. Life isn't designed for a prolonged emotional state, there are too many things that change from moment to moment, and then here's me constantly living in the attempt to sustain one set of feelings for six to twelve weeks. It can be viewed as temperamental, but I believe it's one of the greatest reasons that artists often find themselves outside of normal life - because we have to travel to places inside ourselves that allow us to work,…

The Great Sticker Empire

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Lately I've been doing a bit of digital art while the major graphite compositions continue.... Larger works with a lot of detail are the major focus of my artistic life, but I enjoy my cartoons as much as ever, so I get some design gratification whenever I need a break from the heavy duty art.

The beauty of these designs is that they can fit into every day life very easily. While they still carry the integrity of the rest of my work, realization as stickers and tshirts is just as exciting to me! Framed work that I've spent months is terrifically satisfying, but that doesn't kill the buzz I get out of seeing the smaller designs take on life too....
And I get to create my own superheroes and stuff - that's always cool.

The other magical aspect of the sticker empire is the
marvellous expansion of my larger compositions finding new life in new forms. While many of them are not suited to life as a tshirt, the option to create a sticker is even better than ACEOs in my view. …

Where It Begins

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It's all about where you are in the quiet moments, when you're being faithful and honest with yourself, and not allowing the opinions and policies of the outside world get into your head space and start re-arranging the furniture.
When there is no judgement, no question of what the end result will be, nothing but the focus on the story of the moment, the process, the travel that happens on the inside, I find myself devoid of performance anxiety, and social questions, and all the constructs that box people in and forget how to be without limits. In that space, I don't care what people think - I care what they will feel.

Fantasy art succeeds when it moves people beyond thought, when it transports them into a moment without reality. In that moment, they may find things that humour them, frighten them, uplift them or even make them sad - but it's emotion in motion in the moment. That's where I as the artist have to begin, in order to share it. The more I learn about th…