"The Return of Bubbles" - mixed media on reclaimed wood, 20" x 17". Ready to hang. This piece will be on display at World & Eye's "Stories of Home" exhibit opening this Saturday, March 25th. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post-festival Monday and the studio is in a shambles. Thank goodness I was super productive last week, because I may just have to dig out before I can paint today. :)
In the thick of reading Clear Seeing Place and a chapter called "Counting Sand", in which the author tells a tale of wanting to count every grain of sand on earth when he was a child. His point is a grand one: "Art is part skill and part insanity..." So many ideas seem outrageous when we begin, but oftentimes those either ARE the very best or lead us to another one that is. "Shout your nutty ideas to the world; we need more crazy," says Rutenberg. And that has me asking the question - how many of our own nutty ideas do we even explore, let alone shout to the world?
I am more likely to embrace my own loony projects when I feel supported and confident. Or very pissed off. Either one will light a fire under my creative time and foster bravery. The very best environment for nuttiness is when surrounded by a tribe of other nuts. You know the ones - they wear crazy hats when they want to, and do their own thing no matter what people say. I love creating art surrounded by folks who let their wild child run amok.
On the opposite end of that, there is nothing quite like a bunch of sensible folks and hard and fast rules to drive creativity into the compost heap with the cow dung. "Insulate your foolish self from sensible people," Rutenberg stresses. "If you're lucky, that insulation will last a lifetime." This chapter, this book, fills me with the determination to follow my own yellow brick road to wherever the magic appears.
I want to know, where do you, dear reader, feel most empowered to BE YOUR WILD SELF?
Jen Walls and her imaJENation