Current projects brewing here in the studio include a second music video for my friend and fab music maker, Kim Taylor (this gal makes a mean mocha latte too, btw). This time around, now that I have gotten my feet wet in both the movie making software and in the moving pictures realm, the video will probably include some stop motion animation. In searching for examples of others doing this type of “art meets music in video” work, I have stumbled across the following two videos:
The first is Rock My Boat by a band called DNTEL. I had never heard of them and really like this song as well as the amazing animation that accompanies it here.
The second video is one I came across on an art blog while researching a completely different project regarding Blue Heeler dogs (more on that later). It is by a band called Mum for their song They Made Frogs Smoke til They Exploded off of their album Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy. The art work and motion in this video are stunning, to put it simply.
I now know what to shoot for (at least eventually) in this line of work and I feel inspired that there are other artists out there doing it so beautifully. As for today… I am still in Daily Dog mode. Stewing and brewing these new ideas.
I read somewhere once that Zen Buddhists believe in the concept of Right Livelihood, or more simply, Right Work. To me this concept has something in common with the idea of “do what you love, the money will follow”. As an artist, it is sometimes difficult to get out of my own way and just show up everyday and do the work without questioning why or how. When I get into this frame of mind, I do an exercise I call the daily dog that gives me something creative to do. A small job that might get my art motor running.
Here is today’s dog. I saw this dog on top of a horse in Nashville Tennessee. Here he is talking to my mom. He was part of a horse drawn carriage tour of the city and seemed very Zen in his job. If only I could be so sure of my own work each day!
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring– it was peace.” -Milan Kundera
I love dogs. I love to hang out with them and play with them and, of course, draw them. I try to get at least a few dog drawings in a week if possible. Drawing dogs is a great exercise in paying close attention to form, as well as getting gestural movement down on paper. The other day our neighbor dog’s “cousin” Parker came over to visit. She is full of unabashed energy and abandon. And she smiles. I love that.