Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The memory was inspired by a group discussion with various writers on the Mormon Chanel's All Things Creative podcast. I have the Mormon Channel app on my phone and listen to these programs on my morning runs and in my studio. To my surprise and memorial-satisfaction, one of the "writers" voices on this mornings discussion was the influential Mrs. Sorenson (Kimberley Heuston). Find it here.
I particularly like hearing from writers on their processes and struggles. Words are a bit of an enigma to me. I find writing tedious and painful. I think people sometimes think an artist picks up a brush, lays the paint on a canvas and magic happens. Out comes a beautiful something. And they say, "I could never do that." Neither could I. For some that may be the case. But I, and most artists I know, have a multi-step process with the use of resources and tools in order to create their art. Sometimes the process is beautiful, on occasion it can be rather painful. I have been guilty of thinking of writers the same way. Words come to them easily, they just purge their thoughts and out comes a story. So, I relate from a creationary aspect when writers say that even for them writing is labor intensive. I enjoy hearing musicians discuss creativity as well, but don't find the same connection. Did I just do it again? Accuse musicians of having it easy? Maybe, but I exclude song writing. But they are writing, not playing or performing. So there.
If you get on the Mormon Channel, be sure to give my sister's fabulous documentary a listen. It's really good.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
What the heck did I do the whole time I was pregnant? I don't remember. I know I didn't paint much. I did get to draw a lot. My friend and photographer extraordinare, Jared Platt, asked me to help him with a project for the Phoenix Symphony. He took photographs of the musicians and I made ink drawings to float in the backgrounds. I love drawing and enjoyed the challenge of coming up with images to match the music and that would work with the figures in the foreground. I used a calligraphy nib and india ink on parchment paper, then added some inky washes. Here are some examples of the drawings and a finished product currently being used on the Phoenix Sympony's website.
(He's way cuter than the drawings)