mad in pursuit journal

DISPATCHED FROM THE CROSSROADS, AT THE intersection OF inspired & insipid

door, take 2Pushing (My Humble) Creative Envelope

They call it the "blank canvas syndrome ." You're all primed for Creativity but your blank canvas (or blank page) taunts you. That fertile mind of yours goes AWOL or begins thinking about all the dusting you should be doing.

Last week I showed you the false start on my artsy bathroom door. Reboot.

So I learned how to glue.

The purpose of this project was not only to have something to stare at while on the pot (the inspiration seat) but also to experiment — to be spontaneous, fun, express my joie d' vivre. Picasso, playing.

Humph. I pasted down 2 starter pictures,* then went on to some torn paper. Better than disintegrating newspaper but about on par with a lazy-ass high school art project. I know it's just the beginning and beginnings are often ugly but I want to experience Flow, not Drip... Drip... Drip.

The collage book says: "Be working on two collages at once."

Tom BarrettGood idea. I take a 3.5 x 5.5 cardboard box and start working on an assemblage about the grandfather we I never knew — Tom Barrett. (Combining genealogy and scrapbooking is very hype on the craft racks these days.)

He seems like a good role model for striving to be both organized and creative. He had to drop out of high school to support his widowed mother and his siblings, but went on to create a grocery business from nothing and to invent and patent a board game.

This project went better and the result has that nice folk-artsy feel.




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*Frida Kahlo self-portrait and a Sergio Arau drawing of a girl with electrical cords for hair, which reminds me of myself.