Got a lot of emails after my griping the other day, tons of suggestions for entertaining me in English. Thank you all so much. One of the things I've really been enjoying are the Voo Doo Lounge Podcasts. Rice (pronouced like "Lisa" 'cept with an "R") has published a bunch of cool creative interviews.
I'm finding that I'm having a little trouble journaling and listening though. Before I thought it was only having the German TV or radio in the background that was short-wiring my brain, but it turns out I can't journal and listen to any conversation in any language. I can doodle & freestyle but can't actually formulate coherent writing while simultaneously tuned into something. Anybody else struggle? Or is it only my brain that's so cramped...?
One of Rice's podcasts has turned me onto Carla Sonheim. She walks you through a project for a "Picasso Dog." I thought this was fun because no matter how it turns out, you get what you get because you're simply following directions instead of instructing your hand according to your own ideas. This is especially appealing to me because if you hate your dog, then you can always blame the exercise and not yourself. Perfect! Turns out I totally love my mutt. And now I've got to figure out how to get Carla here in Germany so she can talk to me over walkie-talkies and tell me exactly how to draw stuff every day. Genius!