ambika, a blogger pal who writes (into)the fray a personal blog on her style, sewing, musings and all around sweetness tagged me and ask that i answer the following four q's. so here goes...
1. what's the story behind the name of your blog and your nickname?
it was a term of affection a friend sent to me over a text msg a little over a year ago. i'm a big believer in loving things whole heartedly and i'm not shy about my excitement when i really like something. so the name seemed perfect. i think it really conveys an intensity of love. sometimes i think in our culture there is a propensity to hide or be cynical about love, that if one is too 'over the top' you're a sap. i completely disagree w/ that, and think it's important to let your heart show.
i thought the name my love for you is a stampede of horses perfectly conveys the intensity and love i feel about the things i want to share in this blog.
2. Why did you start blogging in the first place?
i've carried a notebook w/ me for as long as i can remember. in it i keep scraps from magazines, notes, drawings, notes on music, art, fashion, inspirations and whatever else i want to remember in it. i really love connecting people and networking. i am always talking about new things i have discovered to friends, family and random strangers. i also really love the world wide intra webs, i am constantly finding stuff i love on here. so i wanted to do something w/ all the info i was finding. writing a blog seemed like a great way to combine all of the above. there were so many great blogs out there, i was a bit nervous at first and it took me about a yr to really come around. since i started i have become more focused on art since that is really where my passion lies.
3. What has been your best blogging related experience? What about the worst?
the whole experience has been totally positive for me. i think so far the best experiences i have is that i get to interact w/ really talented people all the time through the web. i am in constant contact w/ artists by email. it is rare that i do not get a response, and always, always, always they are so excited, kind and grateful. it's such a refreshing, wonderful experience to reach out to people whom you admire and have them reach back and be just as excited to talk about and share their work.
i have also had really positive experiences and interactions w/ fellow blogger gals who live all over the world. that has been truly inspiring and heartwarming.
i am happy to say that i have not had any bad experiences. i know that people leave lame comments, and i have seen it...but for some reason my blog doesn't seem to warrant a lot of comments either way. so luckily i have been free from the haters. people do send me emails, but they are always positive. i am grateful for that.
4. What do you think will happen to your blog in 2008?
i am really excited to see where things take me and my blog in 2008. i have found that things so far have just sort of developed on their own. but i do have specific goals for my blog. which i need to keep underwraps cause i'm superstitious! but most of all i am looking forward to getting to know more artists and help spread the creativity and love.
i'd like to hear from these ladies...
it may be too late to buy these gorgeous plates for friends or family this holiday season, but that's cool...you can take that money grandma sent you and buy them for yourself instead. who said you weren't thoughtful?
poketo and oksana badrak have teamed up to make two sets of beautiful melamine plates. these can be used for whatever your little heart desires; food, stuff and junk and things, wall hangings, whatevs really. they are just so stunning that you may not want to hide them away in the cabinet. get industrious and creative.
there is something about getting a peak into an artist's studio that can be very exciting in a creative peeping tom sort of way. you get to see where all the magic happens. doubley so when they give you a peak into a series they are working on in their sketch book.
christopher davison sent me some images of inside his studio. there is definite magic happening in there! the photos give you a good idea of how big some of his work is. he also sent me a link to a studio visit he had a while back w/ libby rosof from artblog (which is an awesome art blog based in philadelphia). i loved looking through the photos and didn't feel creeptastic at all about spying.
christopher's website is full of his amazing paintings, drawings and sculpture. as well as projects he's been working on. one such; in love with the devil is a series of drawings christopher started a while back that began w/ one drawing. in his own words:
"the inspiration for this series comes largely from the ills of america. central themes seem to hover around issues including government corruption, superfciality, the decline of education, the decline of culture, rise of relgious fanatiscm and belief in the supernatural, moral decay and the return to animal nature, celebrity worship, military aggression, obesity and over consumption, the arrogant and selfish, and the destruction of our environment."
christopher set out drawing on a weekly basis w/ three guidlines he had to follow: 1). use only 005, 01 and 02 black microns and number 2 pencils, 2). no paint. 3). no color except for slight tea washes. the drawings are intense and abundant w/ imagery of war, savagery, gluttony and waste, but some have small slivers, slight glimmers of hope. the drawings are impressive w/ their line work and detail. what did we ever do before microns?
christopher has a few projects in the works. i'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as more details avail. whatever they are though, i'm more than convinced they will be exciting.