White Bedroom Walls: A Historical Account

Everyone has been really patient with me and I super appreciate that! I know I put down that I would do daily posts but as I work on this more and more I’m finding that the very minimum of a weekly post and the maximum of one post daily works way better into my schedule, just so you all know thats what I’m holding myself too now!

What to say about these? I know I said I’d pull out a lot of my older stuff for history’s sake. It’s funny, as I was pulling each piece out I remembered that almost every one, at some point or other, adorned the creepy white walls of each of my past apartments. What is it about sketchy college apartments that almost begs for these faded, yellowish, white wash paint jobs. The kind that get spattered all over what could be beautiful hardwood floors and is put on with such volume is often fills in the minor holes and scuffs left behind. I can distinctly remember each apartment I have (and probably will) live in has been painted in this manor. If you leave your room undecorated you wake each day seriously questioning if you were admitted to a mental hospital, so what you tend to find is each person makes their own style to cover up the creepy white walls and make their space more inviting. Tapestries, posters, lights, clothing, flags, art, all of this and more I have seen creatively utilized to personalize these blank spaces. When I was faced with this challenge it turned into a multiple year project where in which you would find the classic tapestries and string lights, posters and art, however, I had such a volume of these items (especially the odd ball doodles or small pieces featured above) that it got to a point where one could scarcely see the originally wall beneath my art. I like to think of it as my first version of a gallery, it was totally self centered but the truly unique thing about it was not everything was art but everything had a story. You could walk through the room, touch your hands to a number of different papers, trinkets, and pictures, and I could tell you a story about each.

Who decides what it is we consider art? When I lived in that apartment and woke each day in that space I almost felt as if I was a living piece of art, just part of a bigger whole that one could only get a glimpse of by knowing me. I drew power from those walls, they made me feel safe and excited at the same time. Art, beauty, creativity… it’s all so relative, the beauty of that room was never lost on me, but to some random on lookers, heck it could’ve looked like a mess! It was there I really developed my creative vision, that anyone, anywhere should be free and able to create, and that if one opens themselves to it, they can see how authentic creativity is one of the most powerful ways to interact and communicate with our world!

Nebulis #3

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I know I was off these last couple of day, there’s a lot of logistical stuff to this whole life thing!! Between my jobs (yes I now have more than two) and my family, and trying to set up fun things like MOVING BACK TO BURLINGTON! alas my art she suffers! Not really though, took a good bit of time today to work on my Nebulis piece. I love the color in this one, I keep freaking out because I think I ruin it and then suddenly it becomes better!! I want to add more, and not just black, I’m playing with the idea of white and possibly gold too! might be tacky, might be awesome, won’t know until I do it! Thanks so much for bearing with me on my off days, I’ll dig through my old drawings and post a historical account tonight to feed you cause of my absence!

Nebulis #2

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I know, I waited all day and this is a tiny little doodle, its more about demonstrating the direction I have finally decided to go in! The idea of adding color to my other design was urking me because I didn’t want to disrupt the rhythm of the pattern. Then I kept thinking about that water color blob I wanted to create and all I could think was “There’s my color!” I am absolutely trilled about the way this is looking so far, I’m definitely going to keep adding to it, although I am doing the design with a regularly tipped oil paint sharpie so the little details are harder to get right. I love the challenge and I am already playing with the idea of making the next in the series bigger so I can make the design more complex, I’ll have to keep playing with watercolors!! Lots of exciting projects to work on for me!

Nebulis #1

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Yay! I tried something new-ish today! Really water colors are an old friend to me, a relationship dating back to my first days playing with paints and pens. I’ve had this kind of nebula like water color blob on my mind for the last couple of days, today was more or less me getting back into the swing of it, which as you can see was a messy but fun endeavor! There are some spots, like in the top left corner, where I absolutely love how the colors melted together, but there are other spots where I feel it may have gotten a little bit too dark. Regardless I like it and I’m definitely going to add to it!

Growth!

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That guy grew a whole bunch today and yesterday, partly due to a power outage that stopped me from playing video games (a blessing in disguise you could say). I feel like this one grows more than anything else, before I mentioned how some of my drawing feel like I’m remembering something. When I work on this one, I feel like I’m tending to some beautiful garden, snipping off the dead bits, redirecting invading vines, and clearing the brush for my sunlight. Such a strange phenomenon that authentic art isn’t created, but rather it is more just the interaction, the relationship between the artist and the medium. I really want to add color to this design but I am struggling to figure out how, may need to do some experimentation!

Doodles!

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Didn’t go too crazy today, got a little caught up with other work and family things. I really miss doodling, you know? Like don’t get me wrong the only reason I ever doodled was because I was bored out of my mind in a class, but ever since classes have stopped being a regular part of my schedule I feel like I never doodle anymore. Is it odd that I feel like some of my best work is doodles? I did this one actually last night, I know I’m cheating again, I love the style of the straight and curves lines, when I draw these kinds of doodles I feel less like I’m creating something and more like I’m trying to remember something. A clock, a compass, coordinates for some alien world in a long lost language? I sure as hell don’t know!

Historical Account #1

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Haha makes me feel old to call this a “Historical Account” but I think that is the best way to define exactly what this is. Already breaking more rules, I know, but this is a re-post of an old drawing I found in my notebook while working on the one I did more recently. I had never shared it, only a few on a wild late night got to see its creation, and even fewer (not even myself) fully understand what it means. It is definitely an Ode to my love and fascination with Trees, but there are elements I do not fully understand and even though I am the artist I feel like this one ended up taking on a life of its own.

Better Late!

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So yea, as you can see I’m not the best with sticking to my own rules! Regardless I did actually create something new! I’ve been playing around with the thin tipped sharpies again, trying to build back up my permanent marker confidence. This one is definitely not complete so do expect updates about this, I feel like its reminiscent of aquatic/ocean/sea life, the kind of colorful growth one would see while scuba diving in the tropics, maybe I should add some color to help capture that? Whatever ends up happening with it I’m super happy I did some art stuffs!

Profile!

Ok inter-webz! Here it is, my blog! To help anyone who happens to care enough to check this out in this first post I’ll clarify a few things and lay down some of the rules and whatnot!

Intro: First things first, this is who I am, cause how can any of this be relevant if you don’t know who I am right? My name is Thomas Buffo, I am a very creative person, I graduated from Champlain College with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Digital Media but that in no way limits to scope of my creative ability. I love pushing myself to discover creative solutions and creating and immersing myself in fantasy or sci-fi environments. I love working with my hands but I also love the magical, almost super natural power, computers and technology can provide. With that philosophy I often find myself caught on the border between mediums or entire fields, some days I’m drawn to animation and 3D design and other days I’m smattering paint onto an improvised canvas. I truly believe the creative potential within each individual is both more unique and more powerful than we could ever expect. I feel it is my long term purpose in life to help other understand and explore their own creative potential and while on that journey discover more about myself.

Tech Specs: Human, Male, Caucasian, 22 years old, Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Digital Media, Avid Artist and Creative in variety of fields, Passionate about Nature, Natural Systems, Sustainability, and Permaculture, Making legitimate efforts to improve physical health (Regular exercise, Ayurvedic eating practices, Reduced bad habits).

Why?: Why? Why make this blog? Why do anything? Seriously If your looking for me to give you some straight forward reason as to why this blog is here I going to struggle, because I feel the need to express my creativity in more structured setting and I believe this is a good way for me to achieve the structure, that is the most clear answer I can give as to the purpose behind the blog.

Rules: Ok so here I’ll break down how I’m going to do this and how you can help if you feel you want to!

For me:

  1. At least one blog post per day! This one is super important for me because thats where I’ll build up the structure that should help me get into a better creative swing.
  2. Post Reflections, I think it’s also very important for me to look deeper at my work and even if I didn’t mean to imprint meaning into a piece it’s very important to understand meaning that others may derive.
  3. Original Content, I’m not going to shackle myself to this one because there is a lot that inspires me that I would love to share and there is past work I would like to highlight, WHAT I will hold myself to is to posting more original, newly created, content than older stuff, I think thats fair.
  4. Exploration, I want to see if I can push some of my creative boundaries, maybe I’ll play with music! maybe I’ll dive back into film, maybe I’ll get my hands dirty with some ceramics! The thing with this one is that by the point I’m deep into this I feel confident in a variety of mediums again!

For you:

  1. Keep checking things out, I’m going to be daily with this, even if its just one quick post, but feel free to check in every couple of days and give my recent stuff a view, I’m no hound for likes or follows or shares or whatevers, I just want to share my creative vision with the world!
  2. Constructive Critique! Absolutely feel free to critique any thing you see, I’m going to do my best to check and reply to comments and messages, but please do try to be constructive in your criticism, it’s the difference between “I don’t like it!” and “I think this could be different” and the difference between me crying and me growing into a better designer.
  3. Inspire! If you have an idea of something you’d like me to try that is easily one of the best ways for me to get inspired, lay it on me, throw it at me, there is no bad idea, worst comes to worst I might not have time, more likely I’ll jump all over it, do it amazing and we will both be super happy so seriously hit me with it!

This is also my About Page so you can check this out there anytime!