Saturday, March 13, 2010

That Part Inside

I thought this piece above was fitting for this week's Illustration Friday Post "subteranean."

As I mentioned earlier, I am taking part in the In the Fishbowl Course by Marisa at Creative Thursday. There were a few questions she suggested we ask ourselves...

Why do I love what I create?
I enjoy seeing something I am proud of and seeing someone else enjoying it is always a bonus.
I enjoy giving people things that I create specifically for that person.
I enjoy the process of seeing an idea or direction or inclination "come to life."
I enjoy the possibility of making something utilitarian and visually interesting or meaningful out of nothing.
I enjoy creating something with someone else sometime (a social thing) - the "creating" becomes a whole new thing.

What makes me lose all track of time?
Solving visual problems.
Hanging out with Donald (his real name is Jon - my husband).
Using my hands - working, creating...
Riding my bike, walking, running, swimming, yogaing.

What does success look like?
Creating things that are useful and interesting to myself or others.
Solving problems to make life better for myself or others.
Being self-sufficient.
Living on very little and having lots of time to live my life as I see it should be (time = freedom).

How do I feel in relation to my work?
Excited and invigorated that I have decided not to box myself in and pre-define what being creative is. I am willing to just following inspiration and see where this takes me.
I am excited to work with others creatively.
I am excited that possibilities are endless.
I am excited that it is not about money.

I'd love to hear your thoughts...

Have a great evening!


  1. Hi there,

    I love your drawings. They have wonderful personality and creativity.
    They are inspiring to me. I just wanted to say hi and that I read your about me paragraph, and I can relate! I am a graphic designer and I love love love to illustrate. If I could do nothing else but that, I would be happiest. I love what you've written in this post about living with little and having lots of time. I don't feel that I do that now, but I feel like its time for me to head that direction. Thanks for the great post and drop me an email or visit me at my blog. I will come back and see what cha got goin on!

  2. Thanks for posting your fish bowl questions. I especially love what you said about, ..."I have decided not to box myself in and pre-define what being creative is." I need to heed that advice! Thanks for sharing.

    a fellow fishie,
    Melanie C @ ewe hooo!

  3. I'm in the fishbowl, too. ("Hi"!). When I read your About Me section, I could definitely relate. You wouldn't know from looking at my blog (which, so far is just about my sewing/dollmaking), but my dream was to also be a "drawler" :). My mom squashed that idea ("artists don't make much money") and so I went on to college, grad school, etc. But I WANT to draw (and create!)!!!

    I love your daily paintings. What a great idea. Looking forward to seeing more.

  4. hi there from another fish in the bowl! i really enjoyed reading your answers.

  5. Hi Jennifer! I just found your blog via Illustration Friday. I believe that I graduated from SCCC right after you (I'm from the class of 05), not sure if you remember me? Anyhow, your blog is great and I love what you are doing with your drawings! Looking forward to following your blog.