Be the most brilliant color of the box. Gouache on paper 6 by 8, for sale
“I have stared long enough at the glowing rectangles of computer screens. Let us give more time for doing things in the real world… plant a plant, walk the dogs, read a real book, go the the opera.” -Edward Tufte
(Quote stolen from the book “Steal like an artist” by Austin Kleon)
I was one of those who made clean and neat and fun designs. Many of them. And many of them I never got to touch because they never saw a daylight via a printer. They were stuck as pixels on a screen and sometimes stayed like that all the way to a client.
The colorful streamlined illustrations were lifeless. Something was missing. To much brain work, too little soul work involved.
I had a long and productive relationship with my computer that came to and end. Very unexpectedly and I started to use my hands more, my body more. I became mobile again. And the best thing was that I really really felt alive when doing this long forgotten activity.
I love my computer and everything but sometimes it made me feel so empty. Feeling robotic, cheating with shortcuts and missing out somehow. I know now that I was missing out on experiencing making art. Don’t get me wrong, it is just my own personal experience from an artist’s point of view.
So I picked up a paint brush one day and decided to see how it felt to paint the designs what I used to create on the computer. And that required bending, turning, standing up, finding the right angle, finding the right paper, colors, paint and textures.
It required time. And many trips to the art store. No more color dropper or copy paste. No regrets, and I know I will never be able to leave creating with my hands and go back to the screen.
Please share if you relate!