I am a firm believer in building and making with your hands. Yes, there is an absolute time and place for a computer and I love my Mac. However, for me, there is nothing more refreshing than the tactile feeling of folding, getting ink everywhere, drawing, sanding, and creating. It is easy for me to forget this but when I take the time, I never regret it.
My latest "refreshment" was a skateboard. I spent a number of years longboard but never skateboarding. This was new territory for me. Naturally, I put flowers on it.
When I first moved to the South, I was enchanted by the flowers on the trees. Magnolias are incredible to me. The sturdy beautiful leaves last all year long and for the shortest moments are accompanied by delicate, ivory blooms. As for the Dogwoods, that smell is nothing short of wonderful! Using paper and watercolor highlights, I made some of Charlotte's most lovely flowers.
This city is morphing in to a beautiful pattern of eclectic neighborhoods. This ideas absolutely needed be a part of the deck without being overly obvious or over powering. Through a collection of imperfect lines, I created an abstract grid of the city to act as a texture that seemed to almost "buzz" behind the delicate flowers.
Of course she need a name and The Queen City just made perfect sense.
And then... she was done!
She is now hanging in Gallery 22 amongst some incredible skateboards. Go to one of the best places in Charlotte, have a drink and enjoy some decks.
What is your way of refreshing? When is the last time to you did it? Today sounds like a great day to start! Happy Thursday!