A little more collaborative creation. Glen wrote this short little mantra and I decided it reminded me of something you’d read in the Tao Te Ching. So I put the Wacom to use and brushed out some Chinese characters to display Glen’s wise words. The photo was taken a few years back while fishing on the Ogden river with my wife Angela. I will never forget those golden colors that blazed reflections on the water.
Text: Glen Gunnell
Photo: Tyler Toone
Chinese Writing: Tyler Toone
Here’s a little collaborative creative project that Glen Gunnell and I did. He did a blind scribble on the page and I had to come up with something. Well from that scribble the Dragon Samurai was born. It’s good to keep the mind fresh and the creative juices flowing.
Collaboration with Glen Gunnell
Text by Tyler Toone
Art by Glen Gunnell
Here’s my free-writing from September 30, 2014:
“I’m sitting in my car gazing over the valley as black clouds and streaming rain pours down upon the bustling city. Beyond the wall of rain the sun is brilliant white and yellow, and rays of sunshine pierce through giving a pristine, celestial glow to the world. I am in awe of this most magical site, and I’m glad to be sitting upon this hillside watching God’s creations and powerful weather patterns in action. Pausing you think, to take in such beauties is too often overlooked. I’m often guilty of this, but not today. Not today.”
“And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowlings
I got some inspiration this morning listening to J.K. Rowlings commencement speech at Harvard 5 years ago.
Take a few minutes to watch or listen to this amazing speech.
J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.
My friend Glen Gunnell recommended I read the book “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon, and it is a treasure box of amazing thoughts, ideas, habits, and simple truths. One chapter that rang true for me was “Step Away From the Screen.” I spend a lot of time in front of the screen, and while I enjoy it, there are times that I feel the life force being sucked out of me if I remain glued too long. Kleon quotes Lynda Barry, a cartoonist, “In the digital age, don’t forget to use your digits!”
“While I love my computer, I think computers have robbed us of the feeling that we’re actually making things.” – Austin Kleon
My Dad always told us to have a hobby or something that we can do with our hands. He always had his pocket knife or drawing pen, and during the years he suffered with cancer it was the drawing, sculpting, and carving that gave him the joy for life to keep a smile on his face in spite of the pain he had to endure.
Thanks for this life lesson Dad. I miss you, but every time I pick up a pen or my carving knife I think of the fun times we had.
You were a true artist Dad.