An Unexpected Twist - A Book
My intention to start a video blog has led me down a very interesting and unexpected path. I'm sorry to say that I don't have a new video installment for you, but what I have, could end up being way more exciting!
Getting Inspiration for my Fine Art Sculpture and Print Business
As you may know, I've been getting a lot of inspiration from the London Real Academy over the past few months. Through it, I've met some really interesting people who are truly taking me to another level personally and professionally. One of my new London Real friends introduced me to a book called Key Persons of Influence by Daniel Priestly. If you're an entrepreneur I highly recommend it.
Among other things, the book emphasizes that publishing a book can be a great tool to clarify who you are in the business world (for me it's who I am in the business world and who I am as an artist). When I first read this, I was like, WHAT. I don't have anything to write about. But then I let the idea sink in and I realized that actually I do have a lot to write about. And what was most interesting was what my block was....and it's kind of amusing in retrospect -> Most books about art are boring! If I'm really honest with myself, I didn't enjoy reading my art history textbooks (though I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures:)). I've never enjoyed reading art books even art books about artists.
A Book about my Journey to Fine Art Sculpture and Prints
So I decided that I'm going to write the "not an art book book." I'm going to write about my life, essentially my "journey to art" with all of its twists and turns. I'll keep you posted, but in the meantime, here's an excerpt that I wrote today.
A Excerpt from 'A Journey to Art''
Most people when they ask me about my inspiration, they tend to think that it comes in linear thinking. You see a frog. You like frog. You make sculpture of frog. I guess that makes sense. That’s how things work in the corporate world, but then again who am I to speculate. I’m pretty sure that I don’t think like most people.
When I was young and just learning how to read, I’m pretty sure that my teachers thought that I was a little slow. I didn’t learn to read very quickly and I didn’t understand all of those funny grammar and spelling rules that they expected me to memorize. As far as I was concerned classrooms were for talking and talking and talking...and that was boring. But I quickly caught up once we reached middle school and then in High school I excelled. I gained a lot of confidence from math (I love math!) and we got more into the ‘how’ of things and more importantly we started using more visual learning.
It all never really made sense to me why I was so smart yet they thought I was slow. Then I saw the movie Temple Grandin. For those of you who don’t know, Temple Grandin is a movie based on the life of well you guessed it Temple Grandin. She’s autistic, but even though she was faced with a world that didn’t understand her, she earned a PhD and did ground breaking work that redesigned cattle-rearing facilities and slaughter houses to be less stressful for animals. I remember just being absolutely mesmerized as I watched the movie. She thought about problems like I do! A million images all floating above her head and then they shuffle and a new idea comes. I’m not autistic. I’m not even on the spectrum, but some of the similarities were striking.
Like Temple, I’m also very sensitive to light and the noises around me. It’s like sensory overload when too much is going on around me. If there’s too much talking, I can’t be creative. In fact, I usually just get really quiet and shut down or when I was in the corporate world, I would just take control. Seeing her struggles, made me more comfortable with my own. This was further supported when I read the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, which explains that introverted people are introverts because they are more sensitive to external input….these two beautiful resources made me realize that my ‘inadequacies' where actually strengths. It’s just that most people didn’t recognize them as such. After all, my sensitivities are why I’m so observant. Why I have so many images in my head and ultimately why there are so many combinations that can then give way to extreme creativity.
So the point of telling you that is my attempt to illustrate how I think. My ideas come from different sources from different times and experiences and to be honest it’s pretty rare that I can verbalize where exactly they came from…and when I do it pretty much sucks all of the fun out of my idea. When I have to explain where an idea comes from, it’s kind of like the anti-Harry Potter got out his wand and sucked all of the magic out of me.
But what I can tell you and what I’m really excited to tell you about is the events that have inspired the ‘feeling’ of my art. The life adventures that have given me a thrill, made me feel alive, and enveloped me in a sense of wonder. A wonder that I bring to my art every time I’m in studio. So in the next several chapters I’ll treat you to some of my adventures and I’ll present a piece of my work that for me holds the same kind of feeling…and wonder.