Curiosity, Missoula, and the Muchmore Studio

Life is good at Muchmore and wherever I am when ideas flourish and there is energy and time to explore them. I cannot say that technology is my first love nor, indeed, a love at all. But I have always hovered in its warm steps because I am fascinated by the imagination it represents and the creative things it has allowed me to do. One of the great amusements of my life has been that my current position puts me square in the middle of directing new media systems for a large organization. I direct and compose some pretty interesting orchestrations of technology and creative problem solving—but I digress.

All the previous paragraph’s context is to establish my surprise at the spontaneous decision to experiment with ipad drawing apps. And beyond that, my experiments “doctoring” imports of some traditionally constructed artwork and artistic experiments like the Shibori dyed fabric below.

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It began as a curiosity and has grown into compulsion. Unexpected things happen when you allow yourself to play. Putting no expectations or pressure on outcome provides the environment in which discovery can happen. I find it also promotes the flow or mental state that often leads to uninhibited creation. the following three images are stages of experimentation and expansion on ideas added to the dye cloth with the “Sketches” drawing app. Very easy to learn and surprisingly sophisticated in response given I didn’t have a stylus and used my finger.

This has been a quick easy way to “exercise” my techniques, explorations in color, and compositing techniques. Every night I have done at least three studies. This exercise builds skill and broadens ability. Especially in this case, it has me intellectually and technically growing. And, that is exciting, stimulating, and priming me for creativity in other places of my life. Did I mention that I tried out my garage sale Krups ice cream maker? My first foray required augmenting the insufficient supply of lemon juice with flat gingerale. My lemon/ginger sorbet was delicious.

Although I would like to say that this trip into new media is responsible for my upcoming art adventure, it is not. Stay tuned, however, Friday I begin a 10 day art pilgrimage to Missoula, Montana —and the ipad and Sketches will join the bag of watercolor and oil supplies.

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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4 Responses to Curiosity, Missoula, and the Muchmore Studio

  1. Nice thing about “painting” on the iPad — no mess to clean up:)

    • vbassoc says:

      You are so right…and no set up which so often holds me up. I find that I am drawing in bed and anywhere I end up “perching.” What kinds of programs are you using to draw? And, do you use a stylus?

      • I have an app on my old iPad called ArtStudio, which was great when I first got it — but subsequent updates made less user friendly. I’m not much of an artist though! However, at the time I had a co-worker who IS a real artist (oils mainly) and he was really intrigued by the app when I showed it to him.

        I don’t have a stylus — just enjoy using my finger:)

  2. Mary Buhrmann says:

    Tell me more about the Missoula art trip…Kevin’s neck of the woods.

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