I’m kicking off the blog for 2018 a little early, just to get some practice of habit in. Starting a blog was a goal I set for myself for the coming year, but as many new endeavors go, I wasn't sure exactly where it was going. There are multiple right answers, of course. For me, I think the smart thing is to simply take my process of journal writing for myself and make public posts focused on creative practices.
I’ve been writing more and more for own reflection and mental health these last few years. Advise I wish I could give a much younger self. Around 2012 I started writing with real consistency in my personal journal. The rise of note taking apps made the difference. Before then I’d occasionally make an entry in a paper notebook. Always short, they’d start off in neat block script but quickly devolve into barely legible scribbles.
Typing meant I actually got my thoughts down before my hand cramped up or I stopped caring. Either way it was text entropy before. Also, not using a word processor meant I wasn’t distracted by features or the confines of 8.5x11" formats. Good stuff.
Around that time I also made a change in my main gig. I moved from IT where all my writing was technical and procedural to a marketing department. Writing copy for brochures and the web is a whole different business from how-to guides. Before I answered how, now I was answering why. Totally different and it made me a better writer.
So, thinking about the coming year for a moment. My friend Marc Barker suggested less planning, more goal making. In the simple words, my goal for 2018 is to diversify my creative practice. I need to expand my creative output to include things well beyond a few painting styles.
To be even more specific: I need to make merchandise. I have a number of assumptions to push aside: that my designs aren't a fit for prints, that you need a trademark character to make t-shirts, that my work is too... I don't know, whatever. I've been trawling the interwebs recently meditating on these (unfounded) worries. I've found plenty of other artists doing similar abstract, geometric work making all kinds of beautiful everyday objects from their work. As always, obvious things aren't so obvious until you get there.