Sketchbook project - "Heroes and Villains"
I just received my sketchbook from ArtHouse Co-op for creating my entry to the 2012 tour. (See more here: http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject).
When you sign up for this, you select a theme. There are about 40 very clever and intriguing themes to pick from and the ArtHouse folks emphasize that the theme should be a jumping-off place and not feel like a limitation. I'm so happy to have a longer time period to do my sketchbook this time, since deadline is not until January 2012. But I had no idea what I'd like to do as a theme really. So, sort of randomly, I picked "Heroes and Villains", thinking it could lend itself to quite a few possibilities.
Now, here's the magic of picking a theme for one's art - it gets those creative gears turning, even when you're not conscious of them doing so.
Talk about great heroes and villains, those opera characters. (On the right is an image of the gorgeous John Relyea playing Mephistofeles.)
I started thinking of fun ways to incorporate that idea into the sketchbook.
Then, my attention was drawn to "Forks Over Knives", a compelling documentary about how we can truly use food as medicine to avoid expensive and painful (and unnecessary) operations like heart surgery. At one point, I realized that certain chemical reactions of some foods could look like villains or heroes in the body.
Not sure how I'd portray that, but I want to!
Ultimately, if I can find a way to COMBINE these two ideas, that will make me the happiest.
Just thought I'd give a little insight into the creative process. It fascinates me how our minds and hearts work and this has been an interesting example!