The eternal question

...but does it feel like MY work?

This can be tricky. You want to build consistency, to have a solid body of cohesive work. But you get excited about new things, and you want to move into challenging territory. Balance is needed, but how?

I think the secret (or maybe it's just the answer) is to make lots of work. To make things every day, even if that just means a small sketch. If your brain and your hands are constantly forced into that territory of making, then your work will make consistent progress by default. And that's the key; those two words together: consistent progress.

As always, the disclaimer: your results may vary. But this is my truth.

Forward. Forever forward.

I've always been a person who needs something exciting to look forward to. I need to be able to think about things that are on the horizon, and to work towards them. Never stagnant.

It makes it difficult, because that often means going to uncharted places with the work. It would be easier to settle into a routine, but my brain doesn't want to settle. So, here we go again.

I'm working on two bodies of work now that are distinctly different. The collages have been in progress for a while, but they're changing. They're incorporating more elements of perspective and form. And these new drawings are sort of a call back to an earlier body of work, but it's developing in a new way. In my mind these two kinds of work keep wanting to interact with each other too, but we'll see.

So things are happening. The work is exciting me, and there are opportunities to get it out in front of new audiences that are exciting me too. Opportunities arise in both Des Moines and Chicago, and this is all good. Forward.


...or process books, journals, whatever. Call it what you want. There's been some good conversation lately at work/school about how we use these, and what the value is in doing so. Obviously it's different for everyone, but whether or not you think of yourself as an artist or a maker, there's inherent value in making marks on a regular basis. And for me it's best to have multiple books so that I can always have one nearby: in the car, in my office, in my pocket....they're full of notes and things to remember, but more often lately they're just a way to focus on something. You could call it mindfulness or meditation I suppose. Get out the pencil and do something. It allows for the use of brain and hand power in a way that's direct and deliberate; I'm not being a passive consumer of anything when I make marks on a page.

It's a strange season.

I think there are enough words on the internet about the election of 2016. I'm done with it. Turned in my ballot today.