One interesting thing I find out in this conversation... my studio is literally across the street from his and we have never met before. So I'm glad I got a chance to talk to him. Philip's work is all over town, including the "Faces of Incarceration" exhibit at the Overture Center. He teaches at both the University of Wisconsin - Madison and also has classes at his studio, the Atwood Atelier.
This weekend I dove into a new medium. Block prints.
I met a guy that told me he made designs on t-shirts using block prints. That never occurred to me! Traditionally I always thought of this process only as pressing the print on paper. I mean, I felt so silly when he told me because of how surprised I must have seemed.
I think conversations like this are important. Sometimes you just need a little nudge to try out new things.
I doubt he even knew the cause and effect that this conversation would have. I got a block print making kit of my own and figured out how to do it.
I decided to use this activity to help me pass the time as my wife recovered from her surgery last week. I was sitting at home as she slept, ready to get her anything as she needed it.
I wanted to accomplish two things: I wanted to learn how to make block printsI wanted a t-shirt with the American Bandito logo on it.
So that's what I set out to do.
I printed out a backwards version of the logo because it will be …
Many of the people I've met on the show have talked about having something with them when inspiration hits. How creating something can be done anywhere.
Holly in the first episode talked about this.
It was something that was easy for me to take with me all the time... there's always a pencil, there's always paper, so that was the really easy part
I would say one of the problems I've had over the years is the opposite. I can't find a pen and paper and I always seem to forget to bring one with me.
I have a sketchbook like every good artist is supposed to. But I set it down and forget it or it's in my bag that I usually left somewhere.
But you know what I do always have? My phone. Not gonna forget that thing. So I've been trying to work on perfecting my art skills drawing on that. I sketch my daily comic on my phone or my Galaxy S Tab (Which has a stylus pencil that does make it easier). But those are quick drawing exercises, not meant to be precise. Just pers…
She told me it was actually better I wasn't there because they discussed a lot of what they were going to do. She would have just been worried about what I was thinking. Didn't matter, I still felt awful.
The podcast is finally happening! It's out there. You can listen to it right now. I wasn't sure for a while if I was even going do it.
When I first started this site, this wasn't even what it was going to be. But then, my wife and I had a big life change. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and I just wanted to express myself and meet others that did the same.
What I do want to talk about is how over the past month I met all these amazing people that came forward and told me about their own lives. AND, How they manage to express themselves in their own ways.
This was an inspiration to see what they do and interact with all of them.
The first person I met, Holly Meyers, was just a great inspiration. Because, like me, she has older kids and still just does it! Puts it out there.
I begin my quest to meet artists in Madison, WI with Holly Meyers.
After moving to Madison she was inspired by life changes and her new city's creative energy to devote herself more fully to art. She tells me about how early in life she lost all of her artwork in a fire. Then took that opportunity to reinvent what she does.
We discuss how, even with kids and a job, she finds the time to create. Plus, she found out that claiming your living room as a studio on your taxes is an actual thing you can do!
Introducing "American Bandito" a new show about artists.
Join animator, cartoonist, and musician Tom Ray for weekly conversations with fellow artists about how they create, promote themselves and in the meantime still manage their own well-being.