Episode 381 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — the stories you tell and tell again + tiny details of a day and what makes it to the pages of your sketchbook or illustrated journal
In this episode of the CMP, random details of a day, musings on daily documentation (Lynda Barry-style and in an illustrated journal), and the stories we tell and retell. Sometimes, the story being retold will be new to you, and you might find yourself grateful for the retelling as it opens the door for you as a listener. February birthdays this year left me reflective and looking back at some things that happened all at the same time 17 years ago, things that added unexpected twists to our stories…. things that have continued to be part of the storyline… things that this year are, again, front and center. These seeming non-sequiturs are all part of the line of creative inquiry, especially as I face again and again questions about what my story is, what stories I have a right to tell and share, how I reconcile issues of privacy while still being able to share my art when things are personal. There are many days when I wish my approach was to paint a square of color on a page or a thousand squares of color on a page, or a layering of hundreds of shapes of color and line on a page and throw all of this into color and line and pattern without the revealing nature of words. But I am word- and sketch-driven. And so there are fragments and shards of real life permeating my pages. Sometimes they ooze from the pages, painful, frightening, and always too revealing, always too vulnerable. Illustrated journalers, those of us somehow caught up in “documenting life” (maybe simply to help us remember, to ward off our own sense of blankness in looking back) have an intimate and uncomfortable relationship with the perils of TMI (“too much information”). These things are on my mind, they cycle again and again, and in these days, they are front and center.
I share art because I need to share art. But I don’t share necessarily so that you come to know and understand the meanderings of my days, the issues that are playing out in my life. I share because I love line, because I love what it looks like to letter words, to fill some things in with color or hatching, to add drawings to the page. But it this need to share is always complicated by being unable to control the viewing.
Plus, three quick things, two are books to check for at your library and one is the cool #topninemugs challenge making the rounds at Instagram. If you have a soft spot for coffee mugs (using them, drawing, them, looking at them), you’ll enjoy browsing this hashtag, but I hope you also take your own photo (a grid of 9 of your favorite mugs) and consider illustrating them.
A soup follower? Soup #8 was a creamy tomato tortellini. This was the first one that has just been meh.
Mentioned in this Episode (or Related)
- A Field Guide to Color: A Watercolor Workbook (Lisa Solomon)
- The New Color Mixing Companion: Explore and Create Fresh and Vibrant Color Palettes with Paint, Collage, and Mixed Media–With Templates for Painting Your Own Color Patterns (Josie Lewis)
- How to Draw Inky Wonderlands: Create and Color Your Own Magical Adventure (Johanna Basford)
- Creative Watercolor: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners–Create with Paints, Inks, Markers, Glitter, and More! (Ana Victoria Calderon)
- The Joy of Watercolor: 40 Happy Lessons for Painting the World Around You (Emma Block)
- Paint Yourself Calm: Colourful, Creative Mindfulness Through Watercolour (Jean Haines)
- Paint Yourself Positive (Jean Haines)
- Guitar music: Nicholai Heidlas on SoundCloud
- Creativity Matters Group at Facebook
- Patreon page
- oamyoamy at Instagram
- Try Creative Bug with the Living a More Creative Life: 30 Ways in 30 Days class
- Try Trello
A note about Trello: I’m feeling really productive with my reading and my “To Read” list this year using Trello. I use Trello for other things, including tracking my 50 Before 50 list, but I am finding new book lover’s peace this year with Trello boards set up to help me keep track of books I want to read, Kindle books I snag on a deal, books I hear about in groups or on other podcasts, and then the books I actually am reading or listening to. If you haven’t tried Trello, you should! (It’s free!)