Posted by Jordan on 3/29/2020 to General
I tend to err on the side of optimism most of the time. I am not saying that I haven’t gotten more jaded in my old age with things, but I do try to look for the silver lining. One thing that I appreciate about our quarantine life right now is the opportunity many are taking to focus on art. Art is something that I never really attempted to pursue until I was in my 30’s "I’m 37 I’m not old" (comment on Facebook, Instagram, or our blog which movie that quote is from and let everyone know you are awesome) but flexing my artistic muscles has been very beneficial and impactful on my life in a positive way. I started with woodworking, largely working with broken skateboards. I chose those because I love skateboarding and have skated for 25 years, but also my niece as dating a sponsored skater so I had a free supply of wood. Since I was broke at the time, a free supply of wood was very nice as I couldn’t afford to buy any.
Since woodworking I have allowed this to expand to: digital graphics, photography, video production, painting and, my new favorite, block printing. Block printing is where you hand carve a design backwards on either a piece of plywood or linoleum, roll out ink, and press a piece of paper onto the design to transfer the image correctly. It’s like painting backwards with knives instead of brushes, which I find more manly. Pursuing art, mostly on a recreational level (some have solicited commissioned pieces from me commercially) has been a paradigm shift to allow me to see the world differently. I hope the art projects others create during this quarantine time will help them experience a similar paradigm shift as I experienced.?
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Quote of the Day: “If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent Van Gogh