I treated the flower stall like a sweet shop and picked my favourites to make a little bouquet for my desk. Beautiful colours in these blooms.
"Don't let it get you down, you're the best thing I've seen
We never found the answer but we knew one thing
We all have a hunger."
I've had this song on a loop for days, when I run, when I draw... It's going to be amazing live. And the light in the video is just beautiful.
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Sometimes creating is like howling into the night and then sometimes it's like dancing with the stars. And I guess the point is, it doesn't have to matter. Creating is creating.
"I left my studio behind and went on an epic journey. I wanted to see if I could capture the song, what it is that makes us, us."
I posted a few days ago about Dan Mace, a director I discovered via Casey Neistat's channel on YouTube. Inspired by his vision and creativity, I've been watching Dan's back catalogue and found this absolute gem. Magical.
It doesn't take much to create happiness : )
This song makes me want to hide out in a jazz bar in downtown New York with the band playing this on a loop until dawn. Such a lovely Sunday treat.
I wonder if you feel the same as me? I go through phases where I mull over the same creative idea again and again, refining it, researching it, exploring its potential. And then there are the phases where the idea I'm working on seems to fade ever so slightly into the background while new ideas sing and dance around me, demanding attention. Giddy, excitable, running around like they've had too much sugar and totally distracting me.
An old friend once told me to do one thing at a time. He was right. He could see I would jump from idea to idea and he wanted me to achieve my dreams. This simple piece of advice led me to focus on Angel's Great Escape, which became my first picture book and then I concentrated on An Amazing Alphabet of Cake until it was published. So what do I do when new ideas pop up and tap me on the shoulder while I'm trying to complete a project? I don't want to ignore them as they may be worth exploring. So I capture them, a bit like a genie in a bottle that I know I can release later. I make notes, a lot of them! I'll sit quietly with a cup of coffee and give myself 20 or 30 minutes with the ideas, free writing anything that comes into my mind. It quietens my thoughts a bit, allows me to concentrate and reassures me that the idea isn't lost but rather quietly being worked on by my subconscious waiting until I'm ready to turn the volume up back up.
This guy is new to me. He's teamed up with Casey Neistat for a brilliant new creative project called 368 and Casey's videos have led me to Dan's channel. This video reminds me of how I started creating. My sister and I used to create movies on a massive old VHS camera with me filming while she presented. We loved it. We even filmed our own version of an old programme called Star Test. I then went on to study Media & Cultural Studies, purely because I wanted to run around with a camcorder. Somehow life has led me to events, writing and illustration but watching this really speaks to that initial spark in me and now my mind is racing.
Simple words felt like they should be inked.
"I remember thinking to myself, what can I master in my lifetime... What kind of hard work and patience would it take so that when I draw a line it is recognisably mine?"
I love this little bit of inspiration from Shantell Martin. It really resonates.
"Just give me a pen and I'll make something."