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I did a thing!

Posted in 500th Floor Studios on September 26, 2014 by deifiedplum

The other day, I decided, sort of on a whim, to create a collage. The fun thing about having an equally creative daughter is that she loves making spontaneous art with me, so there really is no excuse for me to not be doing stuff like this every day.

We sat down at the table with two Oriental Trading catalogues, and two pieces of cardboard. Our goal was to make a collage using those two catalogues. That was it. No paint, no scrapbooking paper, just catalog pieces and Mod Podge.

We had a blast. I realized that what is required is to go into something like this without worrying about how it’s going to look in the end. I made it a point to remind myself that sometimes, things turn out ugly, and that’s okay. Before coming to this realization, I would have seen what I had created and thrown it away. But this website especially is helping me to embrace my flaws and my imperfections. It also helps show my progress. I’m not all that great at this shit yet, but at least I’m making an effort now.

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I got a book!

Posted in 500th Floor Studios on September 19, 2014 by deifiedplum

Every Friday, I come to the library after I take my daughter to school. It’s becoming a nice habit for me, an escape. I get all of my blogging done here, usually grab a few books, and stop for lunch somewhere on my bike ride home. Today, I was perusing the art stuff section like I usually do, and I came across a book called “Make It Mighty Ugly” by Kim Piper Werker. It’s all about facing your demons, those anti-creationists who tell you that your work isn’t any good, that you don’t have time to be creative, that you shouldn’t bother. Inside the book are a few tips and tricks and projects to get your creative juices flowing.

This would all be very really nice and good for me, as I have a bouquet of demons inside my head that pretty much prevent me from doing anything.

Things at home are starting to mellow out a little bit. Money is no longer as tight as it was, I’m learning to accept imperfection in my house, and I’m trying my best to get some creative work done each week. I’ve been making daily comics, which are just so simple and stupid, but hell, at least I’m doing something. I’m still sketching out ideas in notebooks, and my daughter and I started building a cat condo out of cardboard a few days ago, so that’s something. I just need to remember to focus on myself every once in a while, you know? I’m so wrapped up with my family and 4th grade homework and trying to spend time with both humans and all of the animals and trying to prevent the house from smelling like cat pee. But I’m getting there.

I was also sick this week and completely exhausted, so I couldn’t do as much as I usually do. I did, however, find a desk that I would love to have in my studio space someday.

October12011_1┬áIt’s a little too foo-foo bear for my tastes, but I like the idea of putting shelving next to the tables like that. I actually want to simply purchase a table top from Ikea, and use shelving as the legs. Super crazy amounts of storage in a little tiny space. Perfect. Maybe someday, I’ll actually get that studio.

I have so many projects I want to start!

Posted in 500th Floor Studios on September 5, 2014 by deifiedplum

Making time for artistic endeavors is difficult. Between working full time and taking care of a house and a kid, I feel like I never have the available minutes in the day to be creative. But I have recently begun making an attempt, at least, to devoting a little bit of each and every day to being creative.

Right now, I am focused on sketching. I have a big dog eared sketchbook, and I keep it out so that I can easily see it if I ever feel inspired. I have been forcing myself to draw something every day. Sometimes, I just doodle, draw stick figures and such, and other times, I draw some still life sketched of things I can see from where I am sitting. I started working on a comic recently about a little voodoo doll that comes to life, and I’m trying my hand at those daily comic doodles that you see around the interwebs. I have a separate notebook for inspiration and ideas that I hope to work on the future, which is getting filled up pretty quickly.

It takes 21 days for something to become a habit. So I am hoping that my devoting just a few minutes of each day to being creative, I can make a real habit out of it, and finally be able to devote more of my time each day to my art.