So what is the “x” factor that makes creating easy? i referred to it in my last blog. INSPIRATION!! With inspiration i am off and running to create the endless possibilities that “x” inspires. For me, inspiration comes from 2 places- what i call “assignment inspiration” and the other “Lady Luck or Muse Guidance”. In this blog i will talk about assignments- next time the Muse.
Assignments are suggestions/guidelines on what to create. Assignments get the ball rolling and i have found that once it starts to roll that endless possibilities begin to present themselves. For example, when i was invited to participate in Jill Berry’s book:“Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Map Making” she asked the participants to make maps based on her suggestions in the book. My “Globe Skimmer Dragonfly was inspired by the chapter on channeling something that is unable to make a map for itself- so i created a map highlighting the amazing adventures of the dragonfly as she migrates 11,000 miles from the west coast of India all the way across the ocean to Africa! Assignment can come from teachers- workshops are fabulous for this!!- in person or online or DVDs- some examples are: “Illustration Friday”, Dirty Footprints Studio, Art is You. Art Unraveled, Art Camp for Women, the store at Interweave, You Tube videos; from books (a fabulous one i recently picked up- from Off the Beaten Path in Steamboat, is Nick Bantock’s ” The Trickster’s Hat” -& magazines- “Cloth, Paper, Scissors”, “Stampington”-there are many other wonderful ones out there!
Or i can make up my own assignment because i want to meet certain conditions- because April is National Poetry Month- I wanted to make something inspired by a poem. My piece: “Reliquary for Gratitude for Nature was inspired by e.e. cummings poem:
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings;and of the gay
great happening ilimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any – lifted from the no
of all nothing – human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
Do you have any interesting assignments to suggest?
of course, after inspiration strikes one must actually do the work!!!
next blog- the Muse makes an appearance.