We were introduced to artist kenT Youngstrom on Instagram and have been happily following his beautiful art projects since then. We recently did a Modern Mastery feature on his creative works and are honored to have him back on the blog! He recently added ‘author’ to his many list of accomplishments as he released his first book last month, be something. if you want to make something. In the book, he encourages makers to stay in the moment and teaches how to allow ingenuity be the pace car. He’s sharing an excerpt from the book with us and we hope you enjoy his unique style, passion for inspiration, and his effervescent (yet very grounded) work ethic – take it away, kenT!
good day master minds. i’m kenT and i’m an artist + now an author. but still not the tortured kind. i’m on a mission to make the walls of your home, office or secret lair as memorable as you are.
to that end i am an unofficial ambassador of modern masters products. modern masters products are memorable. i may not remember everything about a room i am in, but a rust wall finish stays on my mind. a translucent metallic painting sticks to my brain. a twinkle from a pearlescent finish does not go away.
below are a few words from my new book – be something. if you want to make something. i’ve sprinkled in a few tidbits about modern masters products i use as well for a bit of spice. you can find the book on amazon.com.
be something. if you want to make something.
i’m pretty quiet – most of the time. yet i’m capable of volcanic eruptions of energy and frenzied moments of eruption. it’s just that i’m better with a brush than i am with verbalizing my words. i have said this repeatedly, but in many ways it can be hard for me to talk about my work. that’s why i paint – i’m trying to show you how i feel. and modern masters products give my a loud booming voice.
i am constantly asked by other artists how i’m able to make art a full-time gig. generally my answer is not taken well. it is not pretty, + it’s not easy. i didn’t start with a business plan, a studio, fancy business cards, or an art blog.
if i had only known then… actually – i did, and so do you. you know it now, + you can feel it – so do it. do what you love – now. do it at night. wake up two hours early. make it your second job. replace your television schedule with a making stuff schedule. whatever you have to do. do it. now.
don’t figure it out – because you won’t. i still haven’t; no one has. don’t wait for clients. don’t wait to be debt-free. don’t wait for the right situation, for things to settle down, for your kids to go to school, leave the house, or get out of diapers. don’t wait for less hours at work. don’t wait for summer. don’t wait for winter. don’t wait to settle down.
every day you wait is a day you won’t get back.
the world is full of people and corporations who claim to be authentic, creative, game-changing, innovative, inspiring, and paradigm-shifting. sounds great, but that’s not good enough. i want to be with/ work with/ collect the work of someone who shows fall-down, crazy-stupid love for his or her work and want to be surrounded by people who are alluring, beguiling, blazing, bursting, epic, frenzied, ravenous, and volcanic. i want passion to erupt.
be now. be active. try something new.
it surprises people /
and really isn’t that what it is all about? surprising people.
you know, like when it’s 7:30 pm, and i’m on the couch, flipping through instagram photos like my thumb has been injected with oxycontin. i glance through design magazines, and, while visually impressive, they all seem to land in the recycling bin. i’m assuming the bachelorette is kissing another dude and handing out more roses, someone is looking for a new house, or someone is naked and afraid. or maybe someone is kissing someone looking for a new house but is naked and afraid. i’m not sure. i can’t keep it all straight. the at screen remains off.
so what am i looking for?
i’m desperately seeking for something to grab my attention. it doesn’t even have to be susan.
what i want, what i really really want is for something to reach out, grab me, and pin me to the wall.
something to make my thumb halt. maybe even reverse. something more than just pretty. i need something to jump off the screen and into my repetitive thought system. i need a secret admirer. a mysterious fedex box. an exotic rendezvous.
or really all i need is a simple surprise.
something unexpected, a little out of the ordinary, something i don’t experience everyday.
want to make stuff for a living?
wake up. get off the couch. work your backside off. show up on time. and most importantly… surprise somebody.
i use modern masters products because they surprise.
What did you think of the sneak peek? If you LOVE it so far, grab your copy of be something. if you want to make something. on Amazon today. Want more kenT inspiration? Be sure to also catch him as he shares more of his beautiful Modern Masters projects on our Instagram account on May 14 + 15, 2016. See you there!