Tag Archives: Creativity

Random Drawings: Miscreation #1

It’s been almost a solid year since I last posted. I thought I’d share a sketch I made with the iOS app Paper by Fifty-Three.

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New Store! New Coasters!

I’ve been wanting to launch a store on Etsy for a while now. It’s a great place for artists to sell their creations.  I’ve got a few items for sale in an attempt to ‘just do it’ and get the thing off the ground. Expect more creations and updates real soon. The store is called ‘Oh Rad! Makery.’ It’s a play on the title of this blog, and a word I made up (“makery” should totally be a word, right?)

The concept is simple. I make cool things out of common, everyday materials. For instance, the coasters pictured above started out as bathroom tiles. i have a lot of raw materials around my apartment, so I decided it was time to act. Call it creative decluttering, or profit-purging.

I want to transform the mundane into something magical. I want to change something insignificant into something inspirational.

I want to make you say: “Oh, Rad!”

Thanks in advance for the encouragement.

Visit the store.

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Sometimes, art takes time. My ideas usually have to marinate for a while before they come to fruition. In 2012, I want to learn to cook a quicker creative stew, to effectuate more than procrastinate. That said, the painting I’m revealing here today has been a long time coming, testing  even my considerable procrastination skills. Seriously, you don’t even want to know. 

The piece is called “Dreamers,” and it is a commissioned acrylic painting measuring five feet by four feet.* I was handed a check by a generous friend and simply told to ‘do something.’ After much self-doubt and deliberation, I opted to work from a quote that impacted me in two books I was reading concurrently:

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T.E. Lawrence

Okay. So my girl’s eyes are closed, but you get the point. What began as a lucrative art gig became a monument to my haphazard creative lifestyle. What should have been a two-month endeavor became a project older than some of my friends’ children. What started as sketch in my notebook became an image that speaks to me about self-realization. We create our preferred futures every day with our words and our actions.

Let’s be dreamers of the day.

*(Enjoy photos of the full painting below, with details and the original sketch).

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I hope your Christmas was an enjoyable day with family and friends. Me and mine had a lot of fun and a lot of food. More importantly, there was a unity between us that went unstated but it wasn’t unnoticed. There were several more of those “extraordinary, sacred moments” I alluded to last week, but enough of that drivel.  I wanted to share some of the homemade swag that my family produced. Most impressively, Mum made new stockings for everyone — including one for Millie the Shih Tzu princess. I made coaster sets for my mother and my big sister, as well as a painting for my little sister Asheley’s t-shirt line, Square Bear; the end product was moderately successful. Take a gander and tell me what you think.



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