Exhausted in the Name of Art: A Creative Update
Don't get me wrong, I love to create things. I love art in all her forms, and I enjoy very much a day spent sketching and erasing, painting and sanding, detailing and refining. Still, though, art is exhausting, and it took me the longest time to come to terms with that. I think it is particularly exhausting the more meaningful a piece is to me personally, because it's not just about the sheer effort of precision and attention to detail or the way you have to slow your breathing to not shake on certain strokes. It's emotionally exhausting when, after hours or even just 30 minutes, I have poured something precious to me into a physical and public display. It's very tiring to feel something so strongly for such a long amount of time. It's like the opposite of holding your breath. It is one long, giant exhale of emotions. It is stress and happiness and love and honesty and pain and joy and the past and the present and the future all coming out as colors and words and mediums.
And that's what I want to share with you on this April Monday.
If you follow me on instagram, I'm terribly sorry (though, not really) you're seeing some of these for the second time. If you don't, well, let me catch you up.
Here are my most recent wooden pieces. The quote on the gray and turquoise tray gives me all the feels of champagne bubbles in my chest. To have been made for great things--how, then, can we not do these great things? The "Surrender" piece has some words stamped below it, meant only to be seen upon a closer look. They say, "to remember that it is bigger than you," and I love this, because it reminds me to not take myself so seriously, to surrender to my worries and anxieties, and to remember that it is indeed much bigger than me. Of course, NOLA seems to sneak its way into my art quite often, and with summer approaching, I'm already daydreaming of palm trees and sandy shorelines.
With this series of water color cards, you can see I got real into this new script style. All these cards are 4 1/2" x 6". The first is a set of lyrics from a song that is literally always in my head ("Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, or simply "The Whistle Song" if you're my sister.) The long quote is one I'm actually debating on not selling and just sticking straight to my mirror and making the background of my phone. I need to hear these words so very much, every single day. Same goes for one of my favorite quotes by Elizabeth Gilbert that I've written here in the shape of a jewel. I read this for the first time after I decided officially to stop teaching and start pursuing art and more authentic connections with people, and man, it really hit home. Everyday, I am still looking for those strange jewels buried within me. Lastly, Beyoncé just says too much good stuff not to letter it out in delicate cursive. So there's that.
See here more watercolor love. I must confess: I just got a new watercolor brush that has been totally changing my big-picture-game, hence my recent watercolor overload. Here's a cactus, (because apparently those are cute as heck when they're tiny and planted in cute pots) and lyrics to "You Are My Sunshine" by Jimmie Davis, because my mom taught me that song when I was a kid and it has always reminded me of her. And she even taught me the second verse, which I thought was a secret, so naturally, I was the coolest 3rd grader around.
Of course, I had to give some attention to the French part of my heart. The top left is an idiomatic expression that best translates to, "the daily grind," which, for you fogies, best translates to, "another day, another dollar." Next are some little happies that say, "Everyday a party" and "it's magnificent"--things that, like many things, just sound better in French. The bicycle doodle says "It's going to be alright." See previous Facebook/Instagram post here for that explanation if you'd like. Finally, the cutest little trio of words: metro (eng: metro... ) boulot (eng: work) dodo (eng: sleep). Another expression signifying the routine of an average work day. Ya take the train/bus or drive to work, ya work, then ya sleep. Metro. Boulot. Dodo.
I got all nostalgic here about my childhood summer camp, not only because those were some of the greatest memories and summers of my life, but because of this quote I did in two different representations here. The first is the quote in it's entirety, an excerpt from "The Law for the Wolves" by Rudyard Kipling, and the second is a single line of the poem. I love this because it brings back a bittersweet kick of nostalgia, but also because it reminds me that I cannot do this alone, and the world cannot do this without me. The world counts on each of us to show up everyday, and likewise, we count on the world. It's this intricately and intentionally woven web of strength. Plus this wolf was just super fun to draw.
So that's what's been going on in my little home studio for the past couple of weeks. All of these prints and pieces will be available for sale on my website as soon as I get my act together and upload them. It's not as simple as you'd imagine... Come shop around or even request a custom piece. Though art be exhausting at times, to be exhausted in the name of art is the best kind of exhausted there is for me.