All of my work as a visual artist, writer, and teacher incubates in the the pages of my sketchbooks long before it ever finds form in the world.
On this one page (from the summer of 2008), I’ve quickly captured all of this from my creative mind before it dissolved into the ethers:
themes for two different visual memoirs in progress
the idea of stuff, and how it encumbers or liberates
traveling sorta light: moving to Chicago in 2 duffle bags, moving to Australia in 5 suitcases, moving to Mexico with one suitcase
obsessing over finding the perfect black pen (it’s like finding the right sofa…or right man…if I dare say)
Write Now, one of the writing workshops I’ve designed
Wanting to keeping traveling and teaching at the same time: Road Scholars?
ideas for traveling lighter with art supplies,
and on-the-road ways of working with images
These are recurring themes in my work.
Some ideas gradually morph into books and paintings and courses and such.
Others just keep being experienced and digested in different ways.
Blogging is my way of thinking out loud about many ideas in process, or discoveries made that I think might be useful to others who are trying to live a life of the imagination.
You can follow the links below to see how.
How about you?
What themes keep repeating in your work?
How do you work with recurring themes?
About the image on this post
This is an original page from one of my sketchbooks – it’s where all of the material for my work as a visual artist and writer comes from.
They are not meant to be “art journals” – these are my own private journals, notebooks, that I have always kept visually. They contain as much image, paint, collage, as words.
The writing is done on top of washes of acrylic paint. This tutorial will show you how I do it.
A drawn border and playful headline…
A heart-shaped sticker of an Indian saint whose ashram I visited.
I brought the galleys for The Creative Entrepreneur manuscript with me, and she blessed the pages after she hugged me.