Creating new stick art and being inspired by other’s work
Sometimes my art can become uninspired and by the book. Making money on tried and true options takes over and spontaneous art gets kicked to the curb. As I am writing this I can see I am in the latter mode and needing to consider and strategize on ways to make the process more from the heart. Inspired art can be things I have done before, done in a conscious way or by stepping out and being willing to rely more on intuition. Connecting in this way has to do with breathing and actually feeling into my own heart and feeling Self.
This is the inspired Self where creativity is a side effect. The body relaxes and happiness seems to ooze into my body from all directions. Intuition seems to come from this Divine Ignorance and relaxation of the usual way of being and thinking. This is so much more pleasurable than the usual status quo way of doing anything.
I learned this in a big way from my Guru Adi Da Samraj, who is an amazing artist doing truly epic and transcendental art. His art is not readily understood by the mind. It draws the viewer into a deeper feeling of Ignorance and going beyond the ego.
Immense,striking and awe inspiring. His art makes me feel where I stop and to see how I can go beyond this self imposed limit on creativity.
Another artist who has inspired me is Richard Tuttle. His art captures the essence of simplicity. It also stops my mind because I say what the heck! This is art?
Sort of crazy what lengths people will go to do and collect art! Tuttle’s art does stop the analyst inside me and makes me want to capture the simplicity of a line. I love it for that reason alone! Waiting for my big next organic stick art project!
I’m fascinated with interior design. I love to see the work of established designers and up–and–coming ones. Here are a few of my favorites: Yabu Pushelberg, one of the legends of design in my opinion. Their interior design is so elegant and seamless. I also like Super Potato, a Japanese design company. They do really edgy designs sometimes using large rocks and natural materials.
Kara Mann, and Nicole Hollis are maybe not huge names but do super classy, clean and modern interior designs. A recent project of Nicole’s is Hall Winery in the Napa Valley. Kara’s lobby and loft are also very impressive. I have contacted these designers to collaborate with them over the years with no luck yet!
Here is one time when a cold call paid off. When I was first starting out doing stick artwork with branches I called Michael Taylor Design in San Francisco. Somehow my call got transferred to Paul Weaver the president of the company and also a partner with the design icon Michael Taylor back in the day. He was very open and receptive. He said bring what you have down to our warehouse and I will check them out. He bought a number of them as I recall if not all of them, I think I brought 4 wall sculptures.
He liked one in particular and made it the MT Designs signature piece. He showed it in his showroom, at that time Randolph & Hein in the Design Center in San Francisco. This was my door into the design world and gave me some street cred. He started carrying them in their showrooms around the country and they still do to this day.