As my 2012 Arthouse sketchbook tours America searching for its 3rd checkout I’m starting to think about participating in the 2013 project. The one thing holding me back is a lack of inspiration.
When signing up to the 2012 worldwide art project you had to select a theme from a list of 30 or so words, phrases or titles. Whilst I found this list initially very constrictive, it provided a great starting point to get my creative juices flowing.
The 2013 is different. Instead of whimsical themes that grab your imagination by the hand and lead it off into the sunset, there is a choice of 10 book “categories”. This somewhat clinical starting point had just built a barrier between me and the 2013 project. The Wife, who enjoyed her first forage in the woods if creativity with the 2012 project, was devastated: how was she going to find the spark to generate enough energy to overcome her nervousness towards being “creative”. She found being forced to choose a theme in 2012 helped push her forward. This year’s list was just too vague to offer her any direction.
The only way I was going to get over my own barrier and help The Wife find a starting point, would be to brainstorm like I’ve never brainstormed before. Clichés, sayings, single words; they all spewed onto the page of my everyday sketchbook. Continue reading My Theme Park