The edge is out there

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It’s a funny old thing trying to stay relevant and true to your heart.

I feel I’m at the edge of my current map and it’s either time to step over the edge or turn back and cover familiar ground. The familiar no longer holds comfort for me.

Hunter Thompson once said:

“The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”

I’m camped out at the edge.

During my plebe year at West Point, we had to take mandatory combat survival swimming. The final exam consisted of a 100 meter swim in full combat gear, treading water for 10 minutes, taking off our trousers underwater and making a floatation device out of them and jumping off of the 25 meter high dive in full combat gear.

Well the 25 meter board was petrifying to me.  I hate being deep water to begin with and the idea of jumping from the height with all my kit on was paralysing.  I remember standing on the edge of the platform and completely not wanting to jump, but if didn’t jump I would fail.  Finally I said to myself just step off, once you start falling there’s nothing you can do about it, gravity will take care of the rest.

Well I guess there’s my answer. Step off and let what happens next happen.

Chow.

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Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.

Chuck Close

The journey continues

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Continuing to explore a collage/surrealism approach to image making on my iPhone.  Composition is key. I let my subconscious mind direct the juxtapositions.  And of course, storytelling underpins the whole picture.

My Three Muses

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Rocking Monday with my three muses.  I never suspected they were ghosts, but hey, whatever works right?

I was lying there

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and so you find yourself

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I’ve only ever had my palm read once.  I remember the lady being happy about my continuos life-line.  The way I see it, your future is in your hands.

Getting ready for the weekend

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Cartooning on Vellum

Ok so I have been having a enjoying experimenting with some new art and photo editing apps.  I feel like an alchemist mixing up stuff in the lab.  One of the drawing apps I’d like to mention is Vellum, which as they say on their website is

…an authentically digital drawing app for iOS. Its tools leave aliased marks, evoking a sense of digital grit.There are no knobs, dials, or sliders. There are no colours. There is no gallery. We believe that by removing these things, we can deepen the drawing experience.

I like their minimalist approach, no distractions, leaving me to simply focus on drawing. My only complaint is with the undo button.  It doesn’t just remove your last mark, it removes a whole series of marks.  I lost quite a chunk of work on one drawing.  It’s better to use the eraser to avoid delete more than you intended.

Here’s a series of cartoons I made using the app:

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reality is broken

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Do the work

“Inspiration does not exist for me.  Work is the only thing that exists.  The white sheet of paper or canvas painting is not looking to be filled.  It needs work, it takes a lot of work to make it, starting from something all white, it is a fight with this white sheet and that fight is very hard.”

Blek Le Rat when asked how does he remain inspired after 40 years.  From VNA, issue 29

Amen to that. I find that it’s easy to get distracted looking for inspiration.  I can consume a whole day looking for it and at the end of the day find that I have not produced a single thing.  Then I tell myself, there’s always tomorrow.  Inspiration will come tomorrow.  If you want to get stuff done, it’s probably best not to bank on inspiration turning up to help you fight the blank page.

On the other hand, when I roll up my sleeves and get to work with or without inspiration, I find that at the end of the day I have made something, and that is the better place to be.