"Home is where the art is..."
My Pulp Redux contribution (the fourth) to Lisa Sarsfield's "Labyrinth"
Well, it's been a marvellous break. I've been away from the studio and the computer for nigh on a month. More than anything, time spent off the Internet has been great for my brain. When you're always online, a sort of mental malnourishment sets in and one's ability to focus on things that need lengthy amounts of concentration - like listening to the radio or reading a book or drawing - becomes more difficult. Now that I've got that part of my brain in order (ha! Wait a minute, did someone mention I had a two year old?) I feel replenished, inspired and not so blinkered to the world of creative possibilities.
So, what did I do on my break?
Well...first and foremost, I READ! Oh for the love of books! Most inspiring read? Kaari Meng's "French General: Treasured Notions". This amazing craft book is also a history book of notions, as it takes you through the incredibly vast collection contained in this most glorious New York based store. Furthermore, what utter delight to discover tonight that Chronicle books have made an accompanying video! Yes...I have to admit it, the Internet is still a pretty darn useful thing!
Another book I thoroughly enjoyed was Susan Hill's "Howards End is on the Landing":
Of course, I didn't just read..I also drew...and realised, to my horror, that I was a little out of practise in this department. Still, I kept drawing and then drawing some more until finally I was producing some semi-decent sketches. Here's one I drew after reading about Lewis Carole:
"We are but older children dear, who fret to find our bedtime near"...
Lewis Carole on Death
Then of course, there was the pulpy work (read PLAY!) to be done on my contribution to Lisa Sarsfield's Labyrinth. As "Home" and "Houses" were my theme, I invented the House of Indigo at No. 6 Cottager Lane. Can you see Indigo in the image below (click on her to see a larger image)...
Lastly, I've been trying to help out my sister and my brother-in-law. Kerry is a lovely guy but a wee while ago, he was made redundant from his job in a bike shop. Now, just today in fact, my sister Keryn was laid off her job (although she did get warned last week to expect the worst).
It seems the recession is still hitting us hard in New Zealand. So this weekend gone I went up the country to see them and help Kerry establish his blog about his new venture: Omafiet Bicycles - the first of their kind to arrive in New Zealand!
He's made a wonderful first posting about the history of these bikes...would you believe, in fact, that these "grandma bikes" were even used in the army by the Dutch! It's true - they mounted machine guns onto the handle bars...but wait, you really need to go and read about this for yourself...so do pop on by and say hi. These guys have fallen on hard times and I want to try and help them out as much as I can...even to the point where I have broken my own rule about my blog being an ad-free zone. As Kerry and Keryn aren't corporates and just need to make a living...I thought it worth the compromise!
So here's Kerry's business link: if you're a kiwi looking for a classy, gorgeous vintage bike for a reasonable price check them out.
Well folks, that's me for the night. I'll continue to blog of course, but I've decided to spend way less time on the computer these days. As you know, I will always try and get around to see you all, especially those of you who leave comments.
See you again soon!