Along with writing in blogs I also like writing in journals. In maybe 2012 or beginning of 2013 I bought a journal at a bookstore that I fell in love with. I fell in love with it so much that I have a poster of the enlarged image that’s on the cover. The trouble is when I really appreciate the beauty of a journal, it’s very hard for me to start writing in it. It wasn’t until midway through last year that I started writing in it.
I am now ten pages away from finishing it.
I will miss my intimate experience with this journal but it occurred to me that maybe I can find more journals like it.
On the back of the journal it says this:
Aaron and Ayumi Piland are the fantastical magical duo known as APAK. They are a childlike husband and wife team who create artwork together as a way of exploring the beauty, mystery, and magic of life as well as expressing their love for life and each other.
This journal is dedicated to those who follow their hearts and pursue their dreams. -A+A 🙂 🙂
And the very end I saw this!
You can find out more about APAK at www.apakstudio.com
And I did!
In honor of my last few pages of this journal and my appreciation of the artwork and magical world created by Aaron and Ayumi I want to commemorate their work in a blog and express why I love it so much.
The beauty of Aaron and Ayumi’s artwork is in its simplicity, color and innocence. The content is imaginative and fanciful with gentle animals and little childlike characters exploring their world with an eye full of curiosity and wonder. They surf, ride in boats, climb on jungle-gym-looking structures, fly on birds, balance on objects, have tea together, draw together, and do many other heartwarming activities.
The sentiment in these images is very refreshing. The characters seem to have a deep connection to nature and their environment as they gather food, ride on deer, hike through woods, bird watch and sleep under the stars. Many of Aaron and Ayumi’s artwork are even done on pieces of wood.
There is something mythological about these images, something reminiscent of old folkloric stories of a world once inhabited by a people a long time ago who rowed canoes through the stars, before humans and their cars.
The worlds they roam are serene and elegant with gradients of color blending into each other for the background and geometric shapes made from thin lines in the foreground. I’ve been attracted to that type of design quality for a couple years now in but jewelry, clothes and other mediums. Seeing it here now in this form opens my eyes to all the creative possibilities to make these simple shapes into a bridge between the abstract and the conceptual, suspending reality.
This design element adds a sense of mystery, as if they are symbols left from another time or a clue to the mysterious mathematical equations found in the structure of nature and the universe. They appear as fractals revealing what little we know of the world’s natural magic.
The characters interact with each other but also with these geometric designs and the space around them. Their environments are mostly empty creating a vast, open mysterious feeling. The way that the characters interact with their environment makes the space almost appear like there’s someone invisible there, like the space itself is an imaginary friend. The space creates room for the imagination to dream in. Often my favorite images are the ones that look the most celestial with the characters dancing or suspending in darkness as if in outer space among the stars. They seem to be dancing and playing in a place where time doesn’t exist, connecting the ethereal, transcendental, and spiritual to the humbleness of a child at play.
When I see this artwork I feel I can vicariously go there, to that beautiful world and that mental state of introspection, daydreaming, and reverie. It’s relaxed and happy with no worried or cares, only a feeling of peace and beauty setting my spirit flying free.