Grateful Dead lyrics can be so beautiful, mysterious and with lovely nature references. The piece below was inspired by the song, Ripple, written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia. Here are some of the lyrics:
“If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?…
Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow
Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again…”
Often, I’ll digitally alter my art to create a few different color versions for prints. The original hand cut paper collage was light green and white, but I really like how the red and light blue one turned out. (Sometimes I like the digitally colored versions better than the original!)
Prints are available in my shop. All prints are archival, printed with ink on 100% cotton fine art paper. They are open edition because they are giclee prints AND it would suck if my favorite musicians only released 200 copies of their songs. I would never do that to you. 🙂
Giving this working artist bit a try, I have a lot of time to think all day now that my baby is in full day kindergarten… I’m also reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It has led me to thinking about how to sustain creativity and health. What do we need to do to refuel our creative tank, be healthy and a productive art maker?
I think about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and what he wrote about being your best self. He studied famous people in history, like Abraham Lincoln, to find out what they did to become fully actualized human beings. Maslow found that we need first to have our physiological needs met, then safety, love/belonging, esteem and only then can we have self-actualization and reach our highest potential.
Yoga, also, is a system for self-actualization. It helps your mind, body and spirit be the healthiest it can be. It helps your body to sit or stand comfortably for long periods of time while writing, painting, drawing or playing music. If I were to create a heirarchy for creativity, it would look something like the one below.
I feel so very lucky to have my basic needs, or bottom tier, met (thanks to my dear husband, his employer, and living within our means) and wish everyone in the world had theirs met too. How amazing would our world be if everyone was walking around with a full belly, a peaceful mind, and had the capacity to work on their creative projects?
For the sake of design and t-shirt design, I simplified my little hierarchy to this:
Here is the papercut work in progress:
To find out more about Maslow and see his hierarchy, click here.
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If you’ve asked me to commission a piece of art, you can bet I am super excited! (If you are interested in commissioning art for your nursery or any other room, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if I can meet your deadline this year.) Here is some information about the process of a commissioned collage.
Step One: Research (1 week)
-We’ll converse about your likes and dislikes, ideas for the piece.
-Please send any photos of the room, favorite items in it, favorite places, artists, animals, quotes, hobbies, favorite books, etc… The more I know about your life inspirations, the more I can draw from when it comes to creating the art.
-Please answer the following questions:
-Have you commissioned art before? If so, please let me know how many pieces and what you liked or didn’t like about the process.
-What size do you want the piece? Please allow for a mat and frame.
-What do you want to see in your art?
-What is the main emotion or attitude you would like to feel from the art?
-Is there anything you don’t like about my art or don’t want to see in your piece?
-Will you be the only one approving the art? If not, please let me know the email address or phone number of the others involved.
-Do you have any other questions or requests?
-If you have a preference on any of the following, please let me know:
-Actions of the animals
-Specific papers. These would need to be mailed prior to step 3.
Contract and Payment:
-Once I know the scope of the project, we can arrange a contract (written for public commissions or email conversation for friends and family)
-We’ll agree on a timeline, deadline and budget.
-A portion (usually one third) of the total cost of the piece is due at the start for supplies, research and sketching. The vast majority of the creative work happens in the first few weeks of planning even though the paper collage hasn’t even started yet. This is non-refundable.
Step Two: Rough Sketches and Palette (3 days – 2 weeks)
-I’ll create 6-8 very rough sketches to figure out the placement of the design and objects (composition). This is very basic and doesn’t show color or detail.
-We’ll talk about any changes, if necessary.
-Please feel free to send me back to the drawing board if it’s not quite right yet, but remember this is just a very, very rough drawing.
-The paper color palette will be chosen
Step Three: Final Sketch (2 days – 3 weeks)
-We’ll pick the final sketch design
-For an extra fee, I can create a small rough paper collage to show color relationships
-After we agree on the basic colors and design, any changes to colors and design may require an additional fee. The reason is because it may take many extra hours to redo work in the following steps. Please don’t let this deter you from telling me your opinions, however, as I may be able to make easy changes.
Step Four: Collage (1 – 5 weeks)
-After I start on the collage, I will send you updates via text, or email frequently.
-Please give me input along the way.
-This is the time where I work out color and design challenges on the paper.
Step Five: Final Collage
-Before gluing, I’ll send a picture of the final collage.
-This is the last call for any changes.
Step Six: Gluing and Sealing (3 days – 2 weeks)
-Your collage will be glued down and sealed for its protection
-Please note the final collage will have some bumps and/or bubbles in the paper due to overlapping thicker paper with thin, or gluing a large piece. I will do my best to avoid any bumps and bubbles.
Step Seven: Caring for Your Collage
-Please store the collage flat until framed and matted.
-Please display your collage away from direct light and humidity
-Matting the collage keeps the paper off the glass and helps with moisture control
-It is best to purchase UV glass for your frame
*Copyright of the finished piece belongs to Laura Lynne of Laura Lynne Art.