I don’t just take pictures, I do a lot of digital art, too. Its typically nature themed, but they are rather different, odd, vintage and colourful. Most of them have little backstories, or are inspired by a piece of music or podcast, show or just life. (I wrote a post on some of what I listen to here)
I made the above artwork while listening to The Message/LifeAfter. It was rainy, gloomy and cold outside, and I did the old check-over-the-shoulder-at-unknown-noise thing a couple of times LOL! Anyway, back to the art. I had watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade a couple days ago, so I got to thinking that I should do something with a cup. NOT The Grail, but still a cup of power, a cup of offerings, libation. Then, the snake, culturally a symbol of birth, rebirth, and creation tales. I got to really thinking that this was creativity, being born again and again from our own psyche, our own powers, pieces of us. Some deep shit right there. LOL. I love symbolism.
But, really, most things are created this way, from things we see, hear, and, well, from within, or a Muse. Muse, another recent obsession of mine. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these pieces. And I hope your creativity finds no end, like the never-ending snake, re-making itself again and again.
Lately, I have been trying to find information on the The Muses, the Greek Gods of the Arts. There is surprisingly very little out there, even though it has been the artists crutch/inspiration for hundreds of years. I research a lot behind the scenes for my books and art pieces, and this one quickly becoming a time consuming conquest. The reason I set off down this road was because I have never created so much art as I have with Roland. Starting in the last half of my pregnancy I have started or finished 40 different artworks (short stories, book projects, photos, digital art) and I thought hmmm Ro is my Muse! Then I thought I should write or make an art piece on the Muse….and here I am, reading a dissertation from 1993, which may be the best info I have found yet lol!! Anyway, if anyone out there knows a good book on muses, even a fiction/fantasy let me know!
Poetry Send Off is a weekly post published on a Friday, so that you can be sent off for the weekend with a new poem to wow your friends/family/date with. It may also cause deep conversations or friendly arguments over what the hell it means.
Its December already!! Man did November ever fly by!! And, with November ending, so did Nanowrimo! I didn’t get 50,000 words, but I did manage to write every day, taking the time to carve out an hour or so for myself at my house or coffee shop. I even joined up with other Nanowrimo’s in a local writing group and at the Kamloops Library, which was fantastic! I didn’t win, but I couldn’t be more happy with myself for actually sticking to it, forming a habit and putting myself out there.
So, now that its over, I am going to try to keep track of my daily writing count, AND learn Scrivener. I don’t know much about Scrivener except that everyone LOVES it and raves about it. I also have a massive to-read pile that I was putting off while writing through November. I’ll be adding some of the best to my to-read post here.
I also added another item to my store: Notebooks!! I am so excited about these, and love that you can get a large carry all pouch, notebook and give them as a gift for writers/artists etc.
My 30th Birthday just passed (where the hell did the time go???????) and my Husband bought me James Patterson’s Masterclass! 😀 It is quite good, and I zoomed through all the videos and will now start at the beginning and follow along in the Workbook. The best take away for me was outlining. It doesn’t really help you outline, but more encourages you to actually make one. So, now I am also trying to finds some good resources on how to outline a novel…… Anyway, if you need a little inspiration I recommend this course.
I usually link all my art to nature. I do landscape & travel photography, both my books have strong ties to mother nature, and it’s where I go to get most my ideas or clear my head. Its my muse and sanctuary. But, since becoming pregnant and developing symphysis pubis dysfunction (terrible name, I know), which is just lots of pain in the hips, back and legs, I haven’t been able to do much hiking. Or walking.
It began to feel like I was having a creative block, no great ideas coming in, and not much going out. The loss of having adventures hiking to the mountain top, around desolate lakes, in dark, ethereal pine woods, made my mind become dull. Pregnancy can be tough enough without your work, your passion, weighing down on you as well. Until I began reading Twyla Tharps The Creative Habit. She labels these times where your “creativity fails you” as ruts, “when you ‘re spinning your wheels and staying in place”, because that is literally what it felt like to me, both mentally and physically!
Before, I was driving my sports car, laughing madly, creating art as I cruised along. I was driving like Cruella and…. I hit the ditch. Now I’m stuck, because old rear wheeled sports cars don’t come out of deep, slick mud easily.
I was so stuck.
I may have also begun to feel a little sorry for myself, considering nature was the setting and an important theme in my books, AND in my LANDSCAPE photography LOL! UGGG! I was just so creatively depressed. I am sure many can relate with that sense of staring at the black page/canvas/etc.
I knew I had to switch gears. Twyla Tharp’s book made me see a little clearer. She writes,
“A rut can be the end product of bad timing. For some reason you are out of sync with the world. You can have the brightest vision with the most mind-blowing idea, but if the world isn’t ready for it you can spin your wheels for years”.
It was like a an epiphany, I was trying to finish my fantasy book (soooo close to being done!!) and prepping a second book that I planned to use for NaNoWriMo, both of which were closely tied to nature, but I couldn’t go and gather more ideas, more feelings, more information without the stark reminder that I was house bound. These books were just not a reflection of me in this time period.
Another section in The Creative Habit is about having an organizational system for your projects. At the beginning of every endeavor, she opens a box.
“I start every dance with a box. I write the project name on the box, and as the piece progresses I fill it up with every item that went into the making of the dance. This means notebooks, news clippings, CD’s videotapes of me working alone in my studio, videos of the dancer rehearsing, books and photographs and pieces of art that may have inspired me.”
What a fantastic idea. So I copied it. I put works in progress for my photography in folders, labeled clearly, saved for another day on my hard drive. I bought simple folders and moved my two books into them and filed them on my shelf. I know where they are, they aren’t just hidden away, lost causes from another life, but just put on hold. Still visible and within easy reach should I want them. Then I moved on.
And a funny thing happened. I started seeing beauty in simple objects. I wandered around my garden. I used different filters and styles to create photographs. And, slowly, I began creating OTHER things.
I’m finding ideas in the city now, instead of just nature. I take myself out for lunch more often and people watch. On weekends I go sit at my favorite coffee shop and daydream, write, and, again, people watch. I even take my writing with me when I go to the Doctors,
which, wow, can you EVER eavesdrop. Nurses gossiping, people running into friends (or frenemies), drug rep’s sales pitches, couples whisper fighting. Its brilliant. I NEVER would do things like that before, and I feel like It has opened up a whole new world of dialogue, insight, ideas and understanding for my art. I even go for car rides with my husband when he’s got running around to do, just to sit and listen to music, enjoy the drive, relax, LOL! (And, yes, the dog comes too, because us cooped-up free spirits need outings when we can take ’em!)
I even have a new book idea for NaNoWriMo, an urban fantasy/murder mystery ghost story. Its still developing, so I’m sure I won’t make the 50,000 words for November, but, really, its all about the spirit of forcing yourself to write daily. To rally yourself for a creative endeavor, where at the end you can congratulate yourself for at least trying, having fun, joining a community and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.