Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This encompasses all I find good and needed - art in the most unexpected places, beauty for no reason, inspired thinking and yummy, yummy pancakes! I do sometimes work at the glorious Blue Moon Diner here on Main st in Charlottesville, and I am a friend to Jon Hampton, powdered sugar stenciler extraordinaire, but these are great all on their own.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Henry Darger was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a custodian in Chicago Illinois. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. Darger’s work has become one of the most celebrated examples of Outsider art.
Darger had troubles from the start with adults and children. He was diagnosed as being feeble minded at a young age and taken from his home and institutionalized. He himself felt that much of his problem was being able to see through adult lies and becoming a smart alec as a result, which often left him beaten by nuns. He also went through a lengthy phase of feeling compelled to make strange noises (akin to Tourette Syndrome), which irritated others. The Lincoln asylum’s practices included forced labor and severe punishments, which Darger seems to have worked into In the Realms of the Unreal. He later said that, to be fair, there were also good times there, he enjoyed some of the work, and he had friends as well as enemies.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Meet Dr. Lucia Capaccione, author of "Creative Journaling". This is a great site for very simple exercises that involve dialogue with your pictures, inner child work and more. Some people will find her far out, but for others this will be good medicine.
Here is a sample from her web page:
Close your eyes and ask yourself:
What does the word creative mean to me personally? How does the creative spirit live in me? How do I express my creativity in my everyday life, activities, relationships?
Meditate upon your creative self.
Draw your creative self in any graphic style that feels right for you: symbols, abstract design, doodles, cartoon, picture, etc.
Look at what you've drawn and write down your reactions. Then let your creative self speak to you (in the first person, singular), e.g. "I am your creative self . . ." and write it out in your journal. Have a conversation with your creative self, if you wish, asking questions and responding to what it says to you.
Uses: This exercise can help you explore and expand your definition of creativity and to actively experience and express this innate human characteristic. By recognizing and cherishing the creativity you already use without perhaps being consciously aware of it, you can tap hidden potential. This exercise helps you to affirm yourself as you are now and to build inner strength and self-esteem for taking on new challenges.