What it is

This post is going to be brief since i’m in a hurry to get out the door!  I’m in the beginning stages of creating an art journal page.  Last nite i got the idea to create a page of a woman’s legs with a bird cage ontop.  I’m not exactly sure where i’m going with this but i’m not trying to think too hard.  I believe that thinking gets in the way of art and ends up  ruining things.  If you think too much and become self-conscious about it then the art becomes contrived.  In Lynda Barry’s fabulous book “What it is”  she talks about how objects summon memories, what do real images feel like?   Lynda encourages the reader to keep their pen moving and when you do this – lo and behold you will feel alive again.  The book is about writing but also about art and how many of us quit drawing due to judgements at a young age.  Anyways it kind of felt like Lynda was inside my head since she documents what it felt like to be a geeky kid and how her artistic life saved her in many ways.  Her life mirrors my life in many ways.  I  was inspired to work on the above page after reading parts of What it is.

7 Comments on What it is

  1. Cheryl
    May 6, 2010 at 10:16 am (10 years ago)

    My dad used to sing this song to me: I’m just a bird in a gilded cage. I thought he had some reason for that, but I never figured it out.

  2. Wendy
    May 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm (10 years ago)

    Her hear and voice are caged – she’s free to run away – she has no arms and can’t defend herself – maybe she’s chosen to protect herself within the cage. We’ll all see different things because of our experiences – just go with what moves you – I’m looking forward to where this goes.

    Kia kaha

  3. Wendy
    May 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm (10 years ago)

    I meant her HEART and voice are caged – oh, and I guess her hearing and vision – maybe what is on the inside is preferable to what’s on the outside. You’ve got my imagination going now!

  4. Wendy
    May 7, 2010 at 12:55 am (10 years ago)

    I can’t get the image out of my head! Is she just checking the cage out? Is she inside trying to get out or outside trying to get in? Young women are referred to as birds – is she going to morph into one? Maybe she’s making a statement “I am a woman not a ‘bird’! See me for what I am!!” Oh dear . . . What are you going to do with this Violette – please make sure you post the result.

  5. linda
    May 7, 2010 at 12:57 am (10 years ago)

    Oh how wonderful…I agree you have to just let yourself go. I believe there’s meaning in everything we do, but it doesn’t mean we have to understand and analyze every moment 🙂

  6. tinker
    May 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm (10 years ago)

    I like the image – the sheer mystery of it.
    And I love ‘What It Is’ – one of my current (well, for the last year or two)favorites.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Violette!

  7. tinker
    May 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm (10 years ago)

    Oops – I just realized – that’s celebrated on a different day in Canada, isn’t it? I’m not sure now…if it is, please forgive my faux pas – and happy Mother’s Day to you for whichever day it falls on there!


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