You can practically hear the dot matrix printer grinding away when looking at these pages!
While in elementary school(Garrettford Elementary was a Great Place to Grow!), I participated in some creative writing classes. Our county schools
also participated in a program/contest called The Young Authors, where every year kids submitted stories they wrote, which were then judged by grade. I loved it and won several times. You can see another of my lil’ stories on my scraps page Scroll to the bottom of the page.
This little book, which I never finished the drawings for all the pages, was from a summer creative writing class. I was likely in 3rd grade at the time. I was really excited when I found this in a box at my parents house. It’s been interesting to see that the themes in my paintings go back so far. Unicorns and skulls.
It’s clear I loved fantasy as a child. My favorite toys were My Little Pony dolls, She-Ra and my Rainbow Brite. This little book was probably a result of watching The Last Unicorn. I also was obsessed with Unico. It was life changing when that came on the Disney channel.
Heavy like honeysuckle in humidity,
like nodding flowers ready to fruit.
Heavy like your sighs while you sleep.
Flick her tail, yawn all teeth.
Treasure pressed against her belly,
childish secrets and vision engines of glass and glitter.
I loved you, she said as she licked her paw.
Purrs and hisses amongst forbidden kisses in the shade.
Violent eyed with a forked tongue.
Behold my sloppy concepting! Photoshop, photography, scissors and glue!
I pretty much hate collage. I probably don’t like it because I’m not good at it. That’s usually the case, right? Collage takes a delicate touch to do it well, and I’m likely to snip a picture I’m cutting right in half.
I’m in a drawing rut. I spend most my free time at the easel. I’ve lost the skill and comfort of just accidentally scribbling out ideas. I have this large moleskine sketchbook with intimidating blank pages. I decided to force myself into doing something that makes me uncomfortable.
I have these ridiculous old books all about witchcraft, ghosts and the paranormal and some vintage science books. I also have a box full of glittery paper, scissors and rubber cement.
This has actually been a fun exercise. When I feel like I can’t draw or paint, I can just sit my butt down for cut and paste time.
The plan is to draw and paint on the same pages as the collages. I’m clearly sticking with familiar themes, but I hope the pictures and paper may kick start some new ideas. Marking those pristine pages up creates an anchor for my head.