Do you ever get ideas that seem to come to you from nowhere? I don’t believe in coincidences, so when these ideas appear to me “out of the blue,” I embrace them. I consider them a form of creative intuition.
However, my latest epiphany left me scratching my head: re-decorate the balcony with PINK.
Now, I’m not an anti-pinkite. Pink just isn’t a color that strongly appeals to me. So when this idea came to me, I was skeptical. I decided to entertain the idea and see how I could make this work. Read along to see what decor items I’m using for inspiration and some of the accessories I will include in my balcony makeover.
Today I ordered a pizza, which welcomed me with this little surprise:
Why did this little plastic doo-dad (apparently called a “box tent”) bring me great satisfaction? As a child, I used to use these for my Barbies and other dolls… in their decor. I re-purposed them as tables (they really do work well) into the little vignettes I’d craft out of other items.
The reason this made me smile hard is because remembering this very bit of nostalgia was the confirmation I needed to forge ahead with a decorating career. Continue reading →
I have a selection of mini-sketchbooks that are helpful tools with my art and with my DIY/decorating journeys as well. I’ve found the sketchpads to be very beneficial as I am prone to forgetting ideas or thoughts. There are random (or perhaps not so random) times that concepts come to me: during meditation, while lying in bed, in my dreams, whilst working, etc., so I jot the ideas down as soon as they arise. I also take notes while in the middle of a project and for brainstorming. sometimes the ideas don’t manifest into anything and sometimes I reference these ideas when considering a new project.
These sketchpads are like little journals where pieces of my soul are detailed, so I’m usually hesitant to share the contents with others. Last night, an unusual idea came to my mind while sketching for another project. I love these moments when the ideas come to me, because they seem to appear out of nowhere. I don’t believe this to be true, and actually consider these creative figments to be spiritual gifts, like intuition.
However, this idea that popped up in my mind initially scared me. It sort of involved a concept I’ve pondered before, although not in this form. I won’t get into specifics (=intellectual property), but it involved a piece that would indicate both violence and transcendence. I can appreciate violence expressed in art, especially since I’m a movie-fanatic. However, my life philosophy is to oppose violence and appreciate beauty and so this idea first (and still does, honestly) disturbed me.
I still plan on doing something with this idea, because I actually like the fact it makes me uncomfortable. I believe art has achieved something when it evokes an emotion within the spectator—regardless of if that emotion is one we consider negative. And I’ve been yearning to create something that really stands out and commands attention.
For other fellow artists/creators out there, have you ever had an idea for a project that seemed to go against your ethics or style? Have you created anything that defied this or was disturbing in some way?
Lately I have been painting a lot. I usually like to maintain work on 2 pieces at a time. This is because the layers/glazing technique I usually work with takes time. Plus when I’ve finished what I can with one painting at that point, I don’t want to stop. So it’s nice to have another piece to go to and stay in that moment of creative flow.
Currently, I am working on 4 paintings at at time. I’m not quite sure how that happened, I just recall really wanting to paint and having all these ideas to get out on paper. Now I’m looking at my workspace and thinking of how great it would be to paint all day/night, any time I wanted. Could I be closer to realizing what direction I should take with my art? Continue reading →