Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Trying a new perspective

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Brenda and "the boys" as seen through a sea urchin.

This is an Artist's Happiness Challenge based loosely on the exercises of positive psychologists. Try this: Find yourself a new point of view. Look at the world upside down, or through a kaleidoscope. You may even laugh at how things look. Then create some art. So here I tried the world through a sea urchin. Wow, it's beautiful and it sparkles. And it also narrows the focus. Very surprising.

Then I tried to take this new point of view and create a photocollage in honor of my marvelous, creative wild women friends in Hamilton, Ontario, who have been known to dress up in clown attire when given half a chance.

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For Shirley, Sue, Donna, Maureen, and Mary.

Here are some quotes just for you.

"Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among the mysteries."
-Theodore Roethke

"At the very thought of "circus", a swarm of little long-imprisoned desires breaks jail. Armed with beauty and demanding justice and everywhere threatening us with curiosity and spring and childhood, this mob of forgotten wishes begins to storm the supposedly impregnable fortifications of our present."
-e. e. cummings

"... damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless, unrisking, inward turning, damn everything that won't get into the circle, that won't enjoy, that won't throw its heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus, the round world, the full existence..."
-Helen Kelly in a commentary on e. e. cummings' poem "damn everything but the circus"

For some amazing circus related art making stuff, see:
The Tattered Circus
And for Circus fonts (and really all fontaholics must see this whole website):

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