It’s All About Perspective

Hola compradres and happy last day of September.

Work is humming along in the studio this week and last week was no exception.  We completed eight boards for two fantastic clients and we would like to share those with you.  But first, a few thoughts on perspective.  

per·spec·tive  (pr-spktv)n.

1.a. A view or vista.b. A mental view or outlook: “It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present”(Fabian Linden).
2. The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision.
3.a. The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem in the proper perspective.b. Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker.c. The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance: tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.
4. The technique of representing three-dimensional objects and depth relationships on a two-dimensional surface.
adj.Of, relating to, seen, or represented in perspective.

I actually love each definition of perspective.  It is integral to the fun and exciting artwork in our chalkboards and it is integral to living an interesting life.  

I had a visit from a very dear friend last week and for the sake of anonymity, let’s call her Sweetie LaRue.  Sweetie and I met when I was 19 and she was 43.  She taught me to look at life with a much wider lens than I thought I was capable of and my innocence gave her a fresh approach she needed at that time.  We laughed and cried ourselves silly for many years.  She moved to Timbuktu and our lives drifted apart but our hearts never did.

Fast forward 20+ years and our different perspectives still have a huge impact on one another in a breathtakingly positive way.  I think you just have to be open to it.  Perspective that is.  And I suppose anything else.  In art, perspective is a powerfully useful tool that I am learning more and more about each day. Perspective is a key ingredient that makes our chalkboards pop. How do we make that tomato look so juicy, so edible, so real?  Perspective. In life, perspective can be so tricky to hang onto but worth every bit of the effort.

From my perspective, last week’s clients were super duper folks to work with and the jobs were really fun too.  Firstly, Sheraton Vistana Resort had us create two large specials boards for their fabulous, new Tiki Bar/Restaurant.  Our contact was great to work with.  We did some email back-and-forthing while he was on his working vacation in Maui.  I like that perspective.  I can learn from that.  

Our other fantastic client was True Outdoorsa BC gem of an outdoors store with a location near you (depending on your perspective that is).  We made a-frame signs for each of their four stores. This was a really fun job and if there was ever a cartoon figure I would want to go out on a date with…this guy would be it.

I miss my friend Sweetie LaRue in a deep, cellular way.  If only Timbuktu and our little fantasy island could be snuggled up closer to one another.  But, when it comes to a tomato or a deep, long lasting friendship how I see it is all up to me. 

Here’s wishing you all a fun and funky touch of perspective this week,