Of course, I would be stretching it if I said that it wasn't nice to find all kinds of brushes, pens, paper, and see big exhibits and hear great musicians and have events buzzing, clicking and streaming everywhere. Of course as well, access to a plethora of art and design magazines and journals everywhere and anywhere, almost.
But really after you've seen, bought, heard and read all that what do you do?
I've been pondering this fact.
Back home, though I didn't have ready access to these things, I can see that I was producing more. Or at least, writing more, or thinking more.
Now that I've surrendered myself to a strange amalgam of homesickness and 'cultural saturation', I am numbingly producing 'ñora art' 57 tiles of doodles. Am I merely refreshing drawing technique, resting the logical part of the process? Or I am just producing to convince myself that 'yes, being submerged in this environment helps the process.'
I think you are most creative, wherever you are. Maybe the lack of ready access to material and events even helps.
Be hub! Fake the hype. Make your own scene.