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A Spike in Creativity

The last week or so I have experienced a huge surge in creativity, especially a desire to delve into the visual arts.  In the past my outlets have mostly included writing and music, with a recent interest in photography.  Perhaps it is the uptick in the success of my photographs that I am wanting to branch out.  Perhaps it is because I am in the process of redefining myself and therefore not letting me hold my creativity back.  Of course, maybe it’s the medication.  

So I found myself yesterday at the hobby store throwing a bunch of different things into my cart. 

The first project I tackled was the simplest, and perhaps the most rudimentary.  I made a necklace for Lovely Wife.  Although this didn’t amount to much more than picking out the materials and stringing them together, I am rather pleased with the results.   I know that Lovely Wife will appreciated it due to the effort (however small) that was put into it, but I hope the she finds it aesthetically pleasing as well.

The second project is a clock that I will place in the man cave.  I have always been fascinated with clocks and watches (which I plan on discussing in an upcoming post) This I am also not going to build from scratch–I bought a movement, and therefore I just have to do something with the face.  Because I am really unsure how I want the end project to appear, I may put this one off for a while until inspiration truly hits.  Right now I am envisioning somewhat of a minimalist approach, with only a few or no numbers.  It will be interesting and satisfying to see how it turns out.

The last will be the most challenging and exciting for me.  I bought three small canvases, some oil paint, and an assortment of brushes.  It is exciting because my brush will take me to places that my camera cannot go.  It also gives me the opportunity to be less literal.  Objects won’t have to necessarily behave the way that they do in real life, or have the correct proportions.  However clichéd, I think that my first painting will be a boat, perhaps leaving the stormy waters behind and drifting towards the sunrise.  I think that it perhaps sounds a little corny, but it captures my mood (or at least my aspiration), and I have always been fascinated by the water and the sea.  I sometimes think that I should have joined the Navy or the Coast Guard, but then again, if I had I wouldn’t have met Lovely Wife.  In any event, however the boat picture turns out, whether a clipper at full sail or a fisherman in a rowboat, this will be going up in the wall of the man cave as well.  The second painting that I would do will hang in out kitchen/dining area.  My wife has collected various wine and vineyard themed art works since we have lived in the house, and I like the idea that I could contribute to this as well.  So far no concept has jelled for the final canvas.

The idea of painting is challenging because I am a complete neophyte.  I do remember in 8th grade or so painting a small scene with a mountain and a river.  While I didn’t think it was a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, I remember getting a C on the project and being a little disappointed.  As long as I did the assignment as per the instructions, isn’t grading art a little subjective?  Maybe this is why I haven’t painted all this time.  In any case, I think that the rawness of my technique may be an asset to my vision rather than a liability.

WEDNESDAY FUN: Photo Favorites

Yesterday evening I was outside playing with the kiddos when I spotted this first sure sign of spring.  Nobody poses for photos better than Mother Nature.

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An old fashioned blog tool

Part of the reason that I decided to blog about my journey through depression is that it would serve as a way of expressing the creative side of my personality.  The only problem is that it seems like the good ideas come at the most inopportune times.  I can’t tell you how many times a twist of phrase, or an idea for a photo, or a song melody has popped into my head in the middle of the work day, or while I’m lying in bed or even sitting in the “oval office”.

I needed to get out of the house yesterday, so I made my way to the local Barnes and Noble.  There I found the perfect tool:  a pocket-sized journal.

Remember Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?  Indy and his dad were looking for the Holy Grail.  When I watch that movie, I can’t help but think that although the Grail served as a good McGuffin, it wasn’t the most interesting treasure of the movie.  Sure, it would be a find of enormous historical and religious significance.  But if you did find it, who would really believe you?  No, the coolest (albeit fictional) artifact of the movie was Henry Jones Sr’s Grail Diary.  Here was a journal of history, legend, faith, art, and adventure. 

So when I saw the little pocket-sized journal at B&N, I couldn’t resist.  It was manufactured by ecosystem out of recycled materials.  While I can’t say that I am a true environmentalist, I do try my best to at least honor the idea of conservationism.  Ecosystem also puts a serial number in the back of their journals, which serves a cool double purpose: you can enter it in on their website to learn the origin of your humble tome, and also register it for lost and found. 

I hope to be able to use mine for drawings, musings, blog ideas, and notes on photos that I have taken.  Hopefully it will help my creativity as much as I think it will.

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MONDAY FUN: The World According to Little Guy

We generally have the radio on in the car while we are driving.  I tend to listen to either country or the local blues/oldies station, while Lovely Wife favors the local Christian music station.  The other day I was driving the kids to meet Lovely Wife somewhere.  The radio was off and both of the kiddos were pretty cranky.  I asked them if they wanted to listen to some tunes, to which Little Guy emphatically answered “Yeah!”.  So I turned on the radio.  He listened for a few seconds before saying, “No, Daddy!  I want the Jesus one!”

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