Below, I've posted a beginning to a visual journal I've started. My plan is to add to it when I am brainstorming ideas digitally or when I'm feeling stuck. I have so many creative ideas rushing around in my head since my return that I've ended up thinking a lot and accomplishing little with the exception of completing some obligations I had already made.
Because the creative elements and decisions to these projects (eg) steampunk, were already complete, this ended up being largely a process much like that of an assembly line. I'm not complaining but I questioned myself as I constructed each mail out about what goals I wanted to set for myself artistically. So much of what I was doing would not fall into that category.
Much of this collage was bits of things I had cut out by hand and then reassembled and scanned. It may end up being nothing more than an exercise in creative angst or it may unlock my muse and assist me in getting back into a flow that satisfies my thirst to create more sustainable pieces. It is what it is and I had to remind myself, it's all in the playing.
I'm looking forward to working on some 3D pieces as I have been inspired by James Michael Star and Michael deMeng for quite some time now. In fact, I did start working on one 3D piece this week as I wait for the arrival of "Dusty Diablos" - Michael deMeng's newest book. When I leafed through it in Mexico, it appeared to contain lots of detail surrounding techniques and I am optimistic it will be very instructive.
I've begun to catch up on some of the blogs I enjoy visiting yet I've only scratched the surface. A big THANK YOU to all of the bloggers that are so generous to post 'free' images on their blogs. Terri Kahrs especially, who has such a big heart and an endless supply of images she posts regularly. I almost think she's the REAL graphics fairy! Thanks Terri!
And again,THANK YOU for reading and for the comments that you've left over the past week and to several new followers. I returned home to the promises of an early spring and am slowly readjusting back to daily life.
Visual Journal - March 9 and 10