I know we all know we are being tracked these days, but every once in a while I am reminded of how much tracking is actually going on.
Did you know that since making art is a solo experience I often listen to audio books (and sometimes podcasts) while I draw and paint?
Well, the Audible APP knows this about me! They know EXACTLY how many hours I "read books."
The above stats are from 2022.
Are you shocked? I am! How did I read/listen 88 minutes a day? PS. I am almost embarrassed to say, I also read books via audio from the library, and these minutes are not tracked by Audible... gulp!
But yeah, that's me I listen and make. At the same time.
Right, so that's how I end up with full sketchbooks, new ideas, and new art. I am never actually alone, because in my studio while I am making work I am listening to stories and I am fully engaged—ears, eyes, hands. (I also listen to books while driving and while cooking, in case you wondered). Maybe you didn't, but anyway it is true. I love different narrators voices accompanying me throughout my day.
I gotta wonder tho: what WAS I doing on February 16th last year? What book was this? And how can anyone listen for almost NINE hours? LOL, apparently I can!
Here is another stat:
I listen to books almost every day! Crazy! Even I did not know that! 274 days of 2022 I read and read and read books..... nearly 3/4 of the year!
All this reading goes into the work I produce, you know that right?
I mean, how could I possibly consume so much fodder for thought and not share my production and ideas with you?
Yep, I share my wild and crazy brain on books! Making zines and paintings and filling sketchbooks. What goes in must come out, as the old adage says.