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Reverb 10, Day 6: Make

Over the month of December, I am taking part in Reverb 10, and the daily prompt for today from Gretchen Rubin is this:
Make.
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
The last thing that I made, aside from the look of this entire website, which I updated recently, was this masthead for John Bell's Digital Influence Mapping Project:

Digital Influence Mapping Project with John Bell

I used Photoshop and my keen eyes to build this masthead, and I'm pleased with the results. Hire me! *ahem*

In terms of something that I'd like to make, I don't know that I have ever voiced this desire openly before, but I would love to paint. I often imagine myself applying paint to canvas. I envision the weight and balance of colour and form.

The last time that I painted, though, was in 1996 while high on LSD and MDMA before a rave in Victoria, British Columbia. My acid trip had proved to be altogether too mild, so I threw in some ecstasy to relieve my boredom and grabbed an industrial paintbrush to paint a giant eye in neon colours on a canvas comprised of a shower curtain.

The painting was clumsy and childish, but it was well-received later that night by several hundred kids who were higher than I was. I sat at the back of the room and watched people convulse to a jungle beat and wondered who so thoroughly ate their childhoods that they had to dress like Sesame Street and carry plastic toys in their twenties?

I was absolutely sure that the drugs I'd eaten were bogus.

Fourteen years later, I want to paint again, only this time I want to do it without all the psychedelics and plastic shower curtains and nihilistic angst.

This Is What It Looks Like When You Fall Into Your Lamp With Your iPhone

Reverb 10, Day 5: Let Go