Change / Growth

My New Years resolution this year was to take more risks and have more fun. As well as my usual resolution of filling up a sketchbook. Well, I’ve had heaps of fun, already filled up one and a half Moleskines this year, so that leaves us with: “take more risks”

So……I’m moving to Melbourne next month! This bit of news is still a bit of a shock to me too and hasn’t fully sunk in yet, as I’m pretty settled here in New Zealand, which is why uprooting will be so hard. Especially leaving friends and family behind. To be honest it was all on a bit of a whim. But I feel like it’s a necessary move & a great opportunity, as I’ve started feeling a little bit stale and a little bit too comfortable here. Comfortability breeds complacency and complacency breeds idleness. I want to always be progressing and moving forward with each new challenge as a person, and also as an artist / designer. A rolling stone gathers no moss, you know the story. As ‘creative’ people, continuous transgression is part of the job description. However, you don’t need to move country to experience change and growth, it might just be undertaking the task that you’ve been putting off because of your own uncertainty to take on something you’ve never faced before.

‘If you want something you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.” – Nice

I’m looking forward to facing some new challenges of living in a new city. New struggles should really put some pressure on me to do something with myself and also set me on a bigger stage for me to achieve (or fail) my goals. Transgression isn’t only limited to success, as success is the continued repetition of a proven formula. In failure you still have room to grow. And the possibility of failing is a great motivator to succeed. You need enormous pressure to produce diamonds right? Facing the unknown is exciting. To paraphrase Milton Glaser, “Doubt is better than certainty. Deeply held beliefs of any kind prevent you from being open to experience”. Experience helps us grow.

I’ll leave you with this:

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

~ Christopher McCandless

So if you’re ever in Melbourne, “COME AT ME BRO”

Carapace

Legion

So much to catch up on from my sketchbook..

Noctem

A4, Pencil on Paper.

Noctem

Nidum

A4, Pencil on Paper.

Purgo

Diptych, Pencil, A5 Moleskine Diary.

Purgo

Inretus

A4, Pen on Paper. For Sale! email me at sam@inthewolf.com if you’re interested.

Self Portrait

Finished this self portrait a while back too. Sorry.. It’s hard keeping on top of online stuff at times so looks like I’m going back through old stuff to catch up with where I’m at these days.

self portrait

The Quick Brown Fox

Just finished this.

A4, Pen on Paper. Original framed drawing for sale.

Drink

A4, Pen on Paper.

Sold, and is going to Arizona, USA!

Commissions.

Finished these dog portrait commissions a while ago. They’ve gone to Sydney!

Both 10″ x 10″ Oil on canvas.

Kuma:
Kuma

Koko:
koko

Time Consuming. Life Consuming.

Too much going on. Took ages to do. But happy I committed to all that detail.

Jen

This is one of my favorite sketches I’ve done in my book. I enjoy the contrast between a full bleed page next to a very sparse central drawing.

Jen

Turmoil

T-Shirts are available!

The first run of T-Shirts are now available.

Stocks are limited at this point in time so get in quick.

There are 2 prints available. Here’s a small pic. You can see the larger versions further back in my blog.

& here’s what they look like on the shirts.

tshirts

Excuse the bad photos & crinkly shirts! I was too excited to put them up.

Men’s in White & Grey Marle. Small, Medium & Large
Women’s in White & Grey. Small, Medium & Large

$55 NZD per shirt.

Will be stocking more sizes in the future.

If you are interested in purchasing please send me an email sam@inthewolf.com

Finding your own style: The internal struggle

At the time of writing this, I’m sitting at my desk. Really wanting to paint. I started a painting last night, but not really happy with it. I guess mostly because of the image, but also it’s frustrating me that I haven’t really developed a style that is intrinsically ‘ME’. There’s a lot of elements to style in an artwork, the medium, how you express yourself with mark making, and how you express yourself in terms of imagery. There are so many things to consider.

Stylistically I don’t know where I am yet. Sometimes it feels that my work is a bit of a clutter of too many different influences and my process needs to be distilled and refined. You may have noticed that I’ve gone to painting realistically, while my drawings still sometimes delve into a more imaginative psyche. Painting at the moment is still very new to me, so for now I’m trying to learn to control the medium by using paint as a means of observation into the real world. This is to better understand shape, form and light. Hopefully when I feel like I am “good” enough (happy with my level of skill) I will be able to combine the technical ability with the ideas and expression I have in my mind.

The other problem that arises is that maybe sticking to one style all the time is perhaps not a good thing? As a person we want to develop and grow and explore new things. Will this become apparent in the work? Will people still recognise YOUR mark?

I guess the only way to find your own style is to KEEP WORKING and hopefully some similar characteristics will start shining through that you can pick up on. Hopefully this finds me soon, but only time will tell.

How did you find your style of working? Let me know!

‘Window Seat’

Just finished this painting last night. It seems like it took a while but I actually blasted through it pretty quick. I lost motivation for a while and didn’t pick up a brush for a month so it dragged on for another month or so, when in reality it really took a few weeks.

Oil on wooden board. 650mm x 450mm

Click on the image for a larger view.

Coming Soon…

It’s taken a while, but finally got off my behind and got A into G and have just made some tees. Anyway, I’m proud to announce WOLFRIK clothing! Coming soon.

Owl

Sketchbook stuff