Feeling Stuck?

Lillibridge modigliani brain exercise

When I am feeling really stuck on a problem or creative dilemma (yes, dilemma I looked it up) I have found that doing something other than trying to intellectually muscle my way through can be surprisingly successful.

So I have been reading directions and watching YouTube Videos about how to assemble a trampoline that just got delivered. Assembling things is one of my biggest challenges. I am ambidextrous. I am a visual learner and I like to jump in and not really plan my projects. I go with my gut and it has generally guided me well. However, I am pretty sure that if I use the same technique to assemble the trampoline that I will be putting people I love at risk.

So, I decided I needed to do something creative to pull myself out of my negative assembly loop. I did this quick computer sketch of Amadeo Modigliani’s Portrait of Franz Heller. Modigliani is one of my favorite painters. I think I’m ready to go lay out the parts and begin the process now. I am hoping a little creative exercise was all that I needed.

Here’s a link to Modigliani’s BIO at the GUGGENHEIM. Fascinating and truly magnificent portraits.

Modigliani, Eames & Rauschenberg

Lillibridge layering my favorite artists

Today I was doing a search for images of the artists I adore. I want to interpret them in my style when I get back into the studio Thursday morning. I’ve almost survived school break and it is now time for innovation, industry and solitude. OH, just me, a cup of coffee, NPR and a whole day to create—HEAVEN.

So, as I started pulling these images I began seeing patterns. They compliment each other. Now, you wouldn’t instantly think that Modigliani and Rauschenberg relate at all, but they do. And those Eames chairs, well they just look like Rauschenberg had a paint splattered one in his studio. You know, they connect in the way that the objects we’ve chosen for our homes or wardrobes somehow work because they are a reflection of different parts of us. I encourage you to take a close look at what you’re drawn to, patterns will emerge and it might give you a fresh sense of your own aesthetic.

As always, I appreciate your comments. Here’s to a ridiculously creative 2014!