To Dream You Have To Rest

To Dream You Have to Rest To Dream You Have To Rest, and last week I was resting on holiday- a short break with my family.

We packed in lots of activity on the short holiday and it was really great fun. In Ireland we say a change is as good as a rest and that is so true.

When you make art it is really easy to get into a rut.

You noticed, of course, that I didn’t do my weekly post… That was because I was taking a digital break as well.

So I’m trying out lots of new things at the moment, new approaches to writing, to drawing and to playing music. More on that very soon…

Incoming

There are lots of dates with groups and different activities coming up. When I get confirmation on all of that I will announce them soon. Also there will soon be a “virtual album launch”… Watch this space…

Cover art

The image above is the image of three characters, three dream characters, I did it a good few months ago.

You can find all of these images here at this link.

https://www.instagram.com/macdarasmith/

Not much to say this weekend

I don’t really have much to say, its more work in progress at the moment…

Have a good week and make something!

 

 

 

I Have These Visions, I Have These Visions Every Day and Every Night

I Have These Visions, I Have These Visions Every Day and Every Night

I Have These Visions, I Have These Visions Every Day and Every Night but having them you never know how they will be used.

Right now I am in the middle of writing new things, trying to get new things ready and really it’s like fumbling in the dark. I don’t know where I am going, I don’t know where I’ve been… Plus I’m really busy. So I was looking back over my work and I thought it was funny to see this drawing in there:

I Have These Visions, I Have These Visions Every Day and Every Night
I Have These Visions

Funny because I’m singing a song at the moment, and I use those words. I did this drawing even before the group of music existed.

I’ve been looking at people who make how to videos (yes of course the funny one that’s NSFW (all depending on the work you do…))  but also ones that show you how to cross hatch etc.

So it got me to thinking about how would I make a video of how to write a song. I haven’t made the video yet but I will do soon. So I’m looking at my process a little more.

I was rehearsing with a group recently and I was improvising on a groove that they had just made up, and I took out my notebook and I just started throwing words out, to see what stuck. This was part of the process.

I thought about it afterwards. Those words that I was using as a springboard, were words that I had written on the métro. So how would I make a film of how I make songs? Or other aspects of my art. I never really think that the artist makes all his art at the time he makes it- that is to say, he makes more art away from the art.

Debate, huh?

Watch this space for the video and more questions about what creativity is…

Draw, draw everywhere, do it, do it everywhere

Draw, draw everywhere, do it, do it everywhere : I draw, I draw everywhere, I try to do it, to do it everywhere

Just sitting on the metro, drawing. Drawing in Paris on the metro has gotten strange.I always have my notebook with me so I can draw, draw everywhere, do it, do it everywhere!

It’s as if people can feel like a drawing could be dangerous. The drawing might get them into trouble or they might see something they don’t want to see. Not everyone agrees on this. Some people say they feel no different on the metro or in the street then before. But we all have a feeling of before. You see the world as you are I suppose.

I’ve been drawing for a long time on the metro. I draw people or ideas. I write lyrics. Sometimes I feel like I pick up things from the people around me (living or dead- or zombies ! That’s what it feels like in the rush hour sometimes…). I think you should always have a notebook on you. To capture whatever ideas are going through your head, or your body.

Ideas go through your body

Sometimes ideas are not going through your head. They go through different parts of your body.

It can be a feel or a physical gesture, I’m thinking of music, like a groove, or a certain effect that gives a certain colour or atmosphere.

¡¡11.11 live!!

Next week on Thursday I’m doing the first live show with 11.11 a new electro pop group that I play with. We have gone through many different ways of making this music. I go in with lyrics and Gabriel and Mathieu have music. Sometimes we get ideas from improvising. Sometimes I use bits of my lyrics from my notebooks. Some of the music we don’t even know what it is. It just feels good. Sometimes we think of images.We just do different things and then we listen back and see what works. We try to do it again, or recreate that feel.

If you’re in Paris come and check it out, it’s free… here’s the link to the venue :

Mains d’Oeuvres concert

This is where we are in residency, so it’ll be like playing at home.

We threw up a track on soundcloud, it’s a cover version, it’s Dream Baby Dream by Suicide.

dream baby dream by 11.11

Doing this song was interesting for us. They just repeat the same lyrics for nearly the wholoe song. And that is what makes it amazing. There is a drawing of a flower on our version there and this is something that we’re talking about in 11.11, these “simple” things…

I’m drawing a lot at the moment, it’s a way of taking notes. Seeing the world around us. Imagining other worlds.

Here are some selections : Draw, draw everywhere, do it, do it everywhere photo 2

Draw, draw everywhere, do it, do it everywhere

I think everyone should draw all the time, everyday. A couple of times.

Give yourself the freedom to draw badly. Tomorrow you might be dead ! And then it’ll be too late. There is so much crap in the world, impersonal, glossy, superficial crap. Looking perfect. Complete shit. So you know you might as well make your own shit…

That goes for all forms of art. Do what you want to do.