On the curation of dreams and birds that don't exist
May 16, 2016
Left - The Lost Pelican in Cornwall (ink, pencil 2016)
This is a restart of my blog.
Since setting up this website I've let it quietly sit here while I work out what I make and what I want to say. I am only slightly closer to knowing either, but through the combination of social media and a much better 'phone, I now have visual collections of what makes me tick creatively which I can carry round with me, to add to at idle moments and gaze at when the heart rate slows down to dangerously complacent levels.
Yup, I've joined Instagram and Pinterest. This. Is. Life Changing.
No, I mean seriously, it is. Because:
- It's an oddly good way of structuring the mess that is my head trying to respond to All That Out There (just make another pinboard, of course)
- It helps me handle the frustration of being stuck 5 days a week at a desk job (a feed of beautiful things and creative work at my fingertips whenever I need it), and, honestly, anything that helps that is currently desperately needed
- it's a means to reflect on what connects it all (other than just me and my tappy finger) and that gives me a direction for blogging.
Well, that's the theory. There's also a strong risk that it is the mother of all procrastination tools, but for now I completely recommend it. You can follow me by those handy little buttons over there on the right. Or somewhere.
So we'll start with birds.
I'm quite into birds. I read about them, and go out and find them (sometimes I find them, I should say), I like to collect bits of them, I dream about them, and I've started drawing and making a lot of birds that don't exist. Why? Well, I mean, just watch this. Watching this was one of the highlights of my-last-week. Who doesn't get birds?
Above - clip from David Attenborough's Paradise Birds, Season 1, Episode 1 (youtube.com)
In fact, I don't want to say it out loud for fear of frightening it away (yeah, I know), what I've realised is that oh-so-slowly (I mean, yew-tree-growth-rate slow) I appear to be developing a:
Small but definitely-actually-there, Body of Work.
If you know me in any meaningful way, just take a moment to absorb this. This is the first new, and (maybe) good-ish thing that I've pulled out of my bottom for almost 2 years. The same two years I've taken on a full time job (yeah, odd that). And it's happened almost without me noticing.
I once read that the work you should probably be doing is the work you do when you're procrastinating. I think that's what's happened.
There are a lot of drawings, and there are almost 2 models. That's a lot of stuff for me. This appears to be going somewhere and, somehow, it's also satisfying my need to make as well as draw. More on that another time.
Left - untitled (pencil & watercolour 2016)
Below - work in progress (felt, wire & mixed textiles)
Above - The Monday Was Rubbish Bird, or 'Andy 2' (mixed media, 2016)
So I have some more to say about birds, and other things, but like I said, I don't want to scare them off. And I think I've taken up plenty of your time already. Thanks for reading & have a good week....