creative thinking revisited yet again
Yesterday I had the fun of experiencing three examples of creative thinking at work. The first came in the morning post and was the promo kit I ordered from Welsh artist Peter Birch. I raised my hand when he asked if anyone wanted to see what he was up to in promoting his (relatively) newly-hatched career as a visual artist. As an info junkie on all things art marketing I was really curious to see (and steal from) his approach.
First of all, it came neatly packaged in a little 12 cm x 16 cm cellophane envelope -- easy to mail, easy to handle, easy to enjoy. Brilliant! It was like opening a present and included four photos of his work with all the pertinent info on the back, a photo of Peter sketching in Spain, an artist's statement (pithy, unencumbered by 'artspeak' and includes his inspiration and influences) and a business card. But best of all were a personal note and a little original mixed-media pendant that is very reminiscent of his vibrant abstract work. Thanks, Peter.
Next, number one son, Carl, came home from school with a Biology assignment: create a model of two strands of DNA. He took a paper towel tube and toothpicks and, using only a pair of scissors, white glue and paint, produced this awesome little creation. I rarely talk about my kids (two posts in a row now!) but this one is the Social Studies and Science whiz. A+ says this proud mama.
Number two son, Adam ("the one who excels at writing and art," brags that same annoying woman), brought home this amazing creature, a large clay lizard decorated in Australian aboriginal style. All his characters and creatures have this slightly over-the-top personality that I find completely irresistable.
And since we're discussing creativity, have I mentioned ME lately? :) I've been working away on these little archival prints-on-panel, then putting them in my shop as I finish them.
The ones I made yesterday are quite small and inexpensive. The materials and printing quality are second-to-none, and since I lost out on that amazing deal on an Epson R2400, I've been having them printed by the Pirate at Prints Ahoy in Glasgow (of all places). Don't you just love doing business in the global village?
Finally, it takes truly creative problem-solving to launch a couple of these without having to throw out the canvas and start again. We're still a work-in-progress but I expect the National Gallery of Canada to come calling in a few years: