K.I.S.S.

Keeping it simple, an unlikely strategy for an INFP (Myers-Briggs personality type).

Exhibit A "Challenge": Overthinking. Overwhelm with project planning and hints of procrastination.

Possible solutions:

  • Deliberate slowly, execute promptly.
  • Play first, create a first draft, and edit later.

Here are a few pieces made in the last month, in which I demonstrate a fondness for constraining my art within an elliptical frame:

1) BRASSICA FAMILY PORTRAITS

Brassica family vegetables are my favourite!

Radishes, broccoli, kale and cabbage are some more well-known members. I started with:

  • the Easter Egg Radish Triplets,
  • Uncle Robby Kohlrabi, and
  • B.Russel(s) Sprouts.

To what end these were created I am not sure, other than one Easter greeting card and some very niche art prints.

They could possibly be turned into garden signage, with some (ok, a lot of) tweaking of the concept.

So weird, but they sure were fun to make! To be continued ...

2.  ZINES!!!

I was completely highly inspired by the Creative Pep Talk Episode 121, a conversation between illustrators Andy J. Pizza and Kate Bingaman-Burt, on the topic of "Make Space for Creativity".

One long-reach $60 stapler later, I'm on a bit of a zine-making kick.

Because INFP = idealist personality type, prone to "suffering" from Shiny Object Syndrome.

I justify this recent spurt of zine-making as being a precursor to book-making.

A few results:

  • Garden Perennials zine (inspired by my late mother's flower garden)
  • How to Eat Rainbows
  • Some Things About Toast

3. MINI-MURAL

A little story:

Once upon a school's Breakfast Buddies program, there was a giant plywood supply cupboard with bare white doors (and coffee drip stains?).

Aside: I have long since stopped being the yes-to-volunteer-for-everything parent.

However, the one regular volunteer commitment I'd made this year is to help out at "Breakfast Buddies" on Thursday mornings. The goals of the program are to fill an obvious need for some students (and families) as well as to build community. Everyone is welcome!

Through word of mouth, I was offered the opportunity to beautify said cupboard with a painted mural.

I said YES, and it is 90% done.

One instagram DM chat later, with a kind artist acquaintance (whose summer mural project I'd been following online) and a googling of "mural painting tips", I had some super tips and a general strategy, which is helpful the first time you attempt to do a project type you've never done before!

I spent well over 20 hours during the first week of the kids' Spring Break with a dozen cans of sample size housepaint jars, a small paint roller, stepladder, a variety of brushes, dropcloth, rags, and a radio. My boys were extremely patient and supportive, spending more than a few hours entertaining themselves in the adjacent gym space with free reign over the sports equipment, as well as some hanging out with their grandpa, aunt and cousins.

I am finishing the last details this week and will post the final result when it's finished!

That is about as simple a blog post as I could muster at this time.

I have been planning some epic (sort of) and other projects for the coming season as I pivot from greeting cards and my Farmer's Market commitment of the past year, towards slightly more research-heavy long-term projects.