Out of a Rut

Birds of America

Birds of America 2 | 2009-12 | 5.5" x 8" | Mixed media on paper

Birds of America 2 | 2009-12 | 5.5″ x 8″ | Mixed media on paper

I bought an old, beat up copy of Audubon’s Birds of America a while back, and initially intended to use it as reference book.  As it turned out, the text and the book itself became more interesting to me vs. the images.  I decided to use the book as a sketch book..creating small drawings, mixed media pieces and collages right onto the pages.

There was something very satisfying about taking something with so much existing character, feel and visual density and let it inspire, in some way, what was created.  It became a “recreated” book if you will.  I’ve jumped in and out, and back and forth to this book over the last couple years.  Picking it up and making a sketch, looking back at something at first disregarded but now fascinating, and allowing it to fill moments of low-motivation or ruts.

I felt one such rut weeks ago.  Normally creative ruts only lasts a few days for me, but this time it lasted weeks.  Ruts come when I’m busy with all the other stuff in life, ruts come when I’m sick and ruts come when energy is low.  So, I turned to my trusty rut-breaker…and it worked.  This time however, it required me to tear off both the front and back of the book, tear out pages, and essentially dismantle it.  I saved the best pieces within, and have grand plans for the choice bits still calling for manipulation.  Here is a sampling.  Cheers.

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