Making Art Inspired by Life Happening Around You
This mat board collagraph started as a doodle on a scrap piece of paper. You don’t have to look far to find Mat Board Collagraph Printmaking Design ideas. Your own life is full of them.
I’m surrounded by young women with babies, meandering through different chapters of motherhood. It’s fascinating and nostalgic to watch little families grow and transform with the addition of wiggly beings.
We make art from the happenings around us, and it documents our lives in a beautiful way. What’s in your life this season that informs and enhances your art-making?
Collagraph Plate and Print Video Instructions
You’ll find a variety of carving and inking demos there, and every tutorial has a “show more” link under the video-window to expand a description area that’s full of links to supplies needed for each project.
As always, you can come back here and leave any questions you have in the comments. They are often helpful to other printmakers wondering the same things.
An Interesting Read on Living the Artist’s Life
Cynthia Morris went on a two month trip to Paris to live the artist’s life. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
And what exactly does that “artist’s life” part mean?
Her post outlining the shifts from work-related screen time, to real life watching and sketching, is wonderful. Read about insights she gained from offering instruction, absorbing inspiration, and then switching from a mode of serving others to making things for herself.
Making More Art in Your Life
It’s inspirational to design an artist-life experiment for yourself. Pick a start-date, and plot a course on your calendar (with friends for accountability). Concoct a few creative experiments of your own this season. If you don’t have the wherewithal to get to Paris, meet in a friend’s garden instead, or on someone’s front porch, or in a cafe to sketch your surroundings.
Spend As Much Time Connecting to People as You Do Connecting to WIFI
Yesterday, I went to my neighbor’s 100th birthday party. It’s quite a contrast from the young women with babies in other parts of my life. Nancy is tiny-but-mighty. I’ve only known her for two of her hundred years on this planet, but she feels like family to me.
On good days at dusk, she enjoys the ocean view from her driveway, and treats herself to a little glass of Attitude Adjustment (see photo below).
She’s lived all over the world as a military spouse, lost two husbands, raised four children, and her sense of humor is infectious.
Quit Saying I’ll Make Art Later
I asked my neighbor what she thought about turning 100.
She said “It goes by fast, so you better not miss it.” I’m taking that to heart today.
The planet continues spinning around the sun, and every hour frittered away on stuff that doesn’t matter could have been spent making art.
There’s so much art to make, so much to feel and so much to share.
We’d better get to it, don’t you think?
Thanks for visiting, and I’ll see you in the next post!
Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy…. this book… is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.Stephen King: On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft