There are times when I get up and get started in the studio with no messing around and other times there is lots of messing around. Today I took a bike ride with my new Canon EOS M camera to get juiced up for a day in the studio and I loved it! I want to start every day like this! Here are the photos:
One of my very favorite things about working for Judy is the exposure to new things – nature spots, new forms of exercise, unique restaurants, new ways of art-making, avant-garde design & technology. It’s not these “things” themselves that inspire me, but instead Judy’s constant curiosity. I used to think art-making was about forcing yourself to labor over a canvas, almost like punishment, until something groundbreaking came charging out. I still think that kind of dedication has a time and a place, but what I’ve found to be equally important is taking time to relax, to see new things, and to DO new things that won’t make sense until they’re tried. Otherwise, what story will your art tell?
Did you know Judy’s a boxer, a mom, a runner, a nature hiker, a yogi, a techie, and one of the most productive artists I know? The latter identity, I believe, is directly linked to her passion for life and discovery. Her studio is as much one of a painter’s as it is one of a scientist’s. In other words, there’s a lot of experimenting with chemicals and machine-hacking going on! Sometimes it’s just to see what will happen, and the best parts often end up in her paintings.
So, to live an artful life, no matter your occupation, stay curious. Ol’ Einstein himself even credits curiosity to his genius.
One of my favorite sources for energy and inspiration for art making is the outdoors, I love it outside! I spend as much time as I can walking, running or biking around town. In an effort to get outside and out of town on a regular basis, I recently started a monthly hiking and camping club with friends. Our criteria for these weekend adventures are that the trip be within 3 hours from Austin, that we leave on Saturdays and return on Sundays by about noon and that the park have hiking trails. So far we’ve been to Russell Park, TX, part of Georgetown Lake, Inks Lake State Park and Buescher State Park. This weekend we are headed to Colorado Bend State Park. I’m very excited since the weather is unusually cool for May and it’s one of my favorite parks in Texas.
Can’t wait for my walk in the wood this weekend! Happy Wednesday to you!