Saturday, February 28, 2009

Wrapping Paper Bears

Shapes Shapes Shapes!
They can swirl in your head, swim behind your closed eyes, and appear in snowdrifts and shadows. The shape of the great white seabears --so sleek yet so powerful-- fascinates me, both in its positive and negative space. And as I was wrapping a gift to a friend in some boring blue wrapping paper, I wondered how polar bear profiles would work wrapped around my gift. So I designed my own polar bear wrapping paper. You can decide if it works. Anyhow, it was fun.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Enjoying the Process

Sometimes, it's easy to get caught up in the product. One more polar bear picture. One more portfolio piece. One more pen and ink sketch. One more dummy.
But all it takes is a day painting with a child who has no interest in the product, only interest in the glorious process: the smell of the paint, the feel of the brush, the squish of red between two fingers or on the floor. It reminds me of the pure joy of art--the process.