So very, very true.
Just saw this:
It was so wonderful. All puppets in real environments; puppets made of old melted plastic bottles and bags, acorns, sticks and detritus driving cars made of wire and who-knows-what. Another example of the glorious creativity that grows from limitation. CGI has nothing on this. How does one become a Czech animator?
Teaching summer camp art classes with Arts Umbrella this summer was good, good fun. There is something really wonderful about being around a bunch of kids who are just enjoying the process of experimenting with different materials and techniques. And, not so surprisingly, their excitement and joy is apparent in the finished products.
For the first project, we made papier mache insects inspired by plenty of photo reference. Each insect had to have 3 body sections and 6 legs, but that was it for limitations. Check out this glitter bug awesomeness!
Meanwhile, we also made flower gardens for monoprinted, symmetrical butterflies to live. We used oil pastel resist with watercolour, printmaking, and collage.
Didn’t Picasso say something about spending his whole life learning to paint like a child?
This makes me very proud to be a part of Arts Umbrella, especially because it’s a not-for-profit organization.
Been trying to figure out a way that I can make my living from art and crafting, thereby never having to leave my house for work. In my research, I found this awesome book: Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin. If anyone is already in the crafting scene or looking to get into it, this is such a good resource. Really opened my eyes as far as marketing is concerned. I don’t do any. I probably should, and it might even be possible to find a way to do it that will work within my semi-hermit personality. Who’da thunk it?