Six Reasons to Prepare Early for a Big Show

1.  Your kid will inevitably strep throat along with vomiting three weeks before you’re scheduled to leave, resulting in three days home from school.

2.  Your other kid will get strep throat two weeks before you have to leave, resulting in three days home from school.

3.  You will get strep throat the week before you have to leave.  But at least the kids will be back in school and you can make yourself work…somewhat.

4.  You’ll decide a month before the show that you just have to start that new blog you’ve been kicking around.  And while you’re at it, why not re-design your web site too?

5.  You will get three huge wholesale orders right when you kick into production mode.

6.  You will probably get inspired by some new, great idea, when you should be making inventory for the show.

Kitty Litter Inspired Woman to New Artistic Heights

Do you wonder how people come up with really cool color combinations? I like to think of myself as a student of color. My focus has always been on layering colors and creating new colors. I love though, the color combinations that other people come up with. How the colors lay next to each other and highlight and accent each other. That doesn’t come to me naturally. That’s one that makes me have to think a little bit and I don’t like thinking too much. I like it when things flow out of me naturally.

kitty litter imageBut anyway, while writing a post for my other blog, the illustration picture was of, well, kitty litter. When I went to optimize the picture in Photoshop, the setting was set for the graphic I was working on previously to the .gif format. It showed, what I think is, the breakdown of the colors in the image. I was pleasantly surprised to see that clean kitty litter really has some beautiful colors.

At first glance the kitty litter looks pretty bland, boring and brown, like most everything else around me here in the middle of the desert. We forget to look more closely at what colors are really in there…at least, I do.

kitty litter breakdown - what makes kitty litter color

Look what Photoshop gave me when I used ‘save for web’ and choose the gif format. Of course, the steel blue scoop adds to the spectrum here but wow. Seeing something broken down this way has given me a whole slew of ideas. Why does that happen? I’m in production mode and this is twice in two days that I’ve been bombarded with new ideas. Anyway. Pretty cool, huh?

Inspiration – What’s Behind Door Number Two?

Have you ever been artistically inspired by something and don’t know what to do with it? Inspiration is a funny thing to me. To me it is a spark that ignites inside of me. It pushes me to work, excites me, compels me. But it doesn’t give me clear ideas of where to go. Sometimes I wish I could get that inspired feeling and sit down and create a masterpiece in one fervent sitting. Unfortunately, I don’t think it works that way.  At least, not for most of us. I think ‘inspiration’ can be a misleading word in what we think it is in our fantasy world. At least, for me.

lg080121a1bobgertzdoors.jpgBut anyway…I wrote about how I’m inspired by bright colors but don’t like to work in bright colors. That is still confusing to me. These days I’m being inspired by doors. That’s right. Doors. I’ve always loved pictures of crusty, paint-peeling southwest, mission style, Santa Fe-like doors.

This summer we were at an art show in Prescott, AZ and I got a triptych-type framed photo of three doors, photoshopped in lovely, lush colors by Bob Gertz. It’s big and it hangs over my desk.

I see doors as symbolic, mysterious. What is behind them? What do they lead to? What part of our psyche do they represent? What do they say about us? What about the fantasy of doors leading to alternate realities?

So much good stuff there. But what do I do with it? Right now I’m letting it stew in my own psyche. Something will come, but I know I can’t force it.