With a few bits of paper, some scissors and some time, I can make some awesome things.
Give Eric Standley a few bits of paper, something to cut with (lasers, in this case!) and some time, and he makes this:
I especially like the way he brings together some of my favourite aspects of Eastern and Western art into something that – because of the laser cutting – is extraordinarily modern.
The one below is a personal favourite – my mind conjures the blue threads in the middle into fibre optic cables, completely changing the meaning of the image.
This really makes me think again about what’s possible with my art if I think about the bigger picture.
This article on two beautiful blackboard artists doing flash-art at the Columbus College of Art and Design has the added bonus of introducing me to a quote that is fabulously relevant to this blog:
The quotes are inspiring in themselves, but the art adds a whole extra dimension.
I’ll be adding these to my list of visual inspiration, alongside Zen Pencils, Niice and all the great stuff my Mum shares with me on Pinterest.
For those of you who like last night’s quote, I can’t recommend Zen Pencils highly enough. I purchased the linked comic as a framed print for a friend when he broke away from the public service to pursue his own skills and ideas. Since then, I’ve referred back to the quote a lot when I’m under pressure, which is just one of many reasons it grabbed my attention when I saw the quote on the Entry 29 blackboard.
The Man in the Arena comic is at http://zenpencils.com/comic/theodore-roosevelt-the-man-in-the-arena/, and I encourage you to explore the site from there.
This philosophy is what’s keeping me running with all my pursuits this week. The bit about failing while daring greatly has been particularly useful (though we’re still on track for a success!)
The picture comes, rather appropriately, from the local co-working hub and start-up supporter, Entry 29,who I highly recommend to all Canberra entrepreneurs.