Sunday, May 8

Portrait: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

illustration of gabriel garcia marquez by Nia Perry
illustration of gabriel garcia marquez by Nia Perry

The actual love of my life. There are no words for how I feel about this man. He has inspired some of my favorite creations. But even more than that he's taught me how to notice the magic in banality, the poetry in falling in love with strangers, and the genius that can be found in solitude.

I love you Gabo.

Friday, April 1

Getting Over a Creative Block.

black girl top knot illustrations by Nia Perry

I can only speak from experience, but for me the best way to get over a creative block is to stay in motion. Immersing yourself in a state of flow can unleash a maelstrom of creativity. The hard part is having enough self discipline to sit down and say "Okay, today I'm devoting 30 minutes to my craft even though I have no idea what i'm going to make, even though I really don't feel like it right now". The key is to let go of all expectation and trust that whatever you're creating needs to be brought into existence even if it isn't worthy of an audience.

Ideas lead to other ideas. And theres no way you're going to get to the good stuff, without exploring the obvious, cliche, and shitty concepts in your head. And yes, you have to actually explore them. Writing them down in a notebook is a good starting point, but it's not enough. We're all capable of having amazing, innovative thoughts, but unless you act on them and create something tangible, they don't mean anything. And nine times out of ten, that perfect idea requires a little more nurturing than you intended.

I read somewhere that great artists and designers aren't the ones with the best ideas, but the ones who created the most & were able to learn from their process and get to the really good stuff. I can't help but agree.

Allow yourself to be great - create more, even if it's not in your preferred medium. If you're a visual artist, why not try to make music? You don't have to share it with anyone! Just know that it's part of your process, and you're learning by staying in motion.

I challenge you - create something (anything!) everyday for 3 weeks, and I promise you something beautiful will come out of it.

PS: I'll be posting some creative prompts & activities this week! So check back later, or follow this blog!

Sunday, March 27

Finding Creativity.

We did it! We finally moved out of that terrible apartment and are settling into our new place. I'll admit; The first week was strange. I would wake up in the middle of the night, and the silence would shock me to my core. I was so accustomed to hearing cars rattling our windows at all hours of the day (perks of living on the corner of a busy street!)- my body kept trying to wake up from this new (sur)reality.

How do you convince your mind that it's okay to relax into comfort when the past two decades have revolved around survival, and constant focus to improve your situation? I don't want to get so comfortable that I lose sight of what matters.

I'm learning how to have fun - the past few weeks I allowed myself to let go. I danced my butt off at a bar, went to a concert in toronto with an old friend, went on two road trips (bucket list - check!) But now - its time to get focused.

I have the quiet and space I need to meditate, think, and create without distractions.

I feel inspired to finally breathe some life back into this blog.

Sunday, February 7

Work in Progress

A brief look into my workspace. Messy, small, cozy.
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