Bucolepidopteous

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Day 16 – Invent a new word and illustrate or demonstrate its meaning.

Bucolepidopteous – descriptive of a a beautiful pastoral setting filled with butterflies.

Taken from bucolic, lepidoptera and beauteous:

Bucolic – adjective: of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.

Lepidoptera – is an order of insects that includes moths and butterflies.

Beauteous – full of beauty; beautiful; very handsome

Getting my walk on…

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Day 18 – Take a walk outdoors and create something using exclusively the materials you find along the way.

Just a few of the interesting things I come across on my two block walk from my office to the parking deck:

The courtyard in front of the office building…window displays and a leaf print in the concrete, two friendly iron critters…

Hidden Behind Myself

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Day 13 – Recreate a famous work of art in your own way.

I was really excited by this challenge and raced through ideas for Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the Birth of Venus. Eventually, I decided on The Son of Man by Rene Magritte, often referred to “Man in the Bowler Hat.”

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I could call my version “Daughter of Woman,” but I think I’ll go with “Hidden Behind Myself” inspired by the quote from Magritte below.

At least it hides the face partly well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.

This quote is what helped me finally decide to use this piece for inspiration. And, it got me pondering not necessarily about how everything is hidden behind something else and that we’re constantly seeking, but how true it is that we, especially artists, struggle between reveling who we are through our art and keeping our creations to ourselves for fear of exposure to the public eye.

Whenever someone confides in me their fear of putting their art out in the world, be it words or paint or photos, I always tell them that for every creative thing there is a person out there who will connect with it in some way. All too often, I find that I need to follow my own advice and bravely put my work out there whether I’m completely happy with it or not.

CreativeSprint has been the most creatively demanding exercise and the most emotionally supportive venue for exposing my art to the world.

 

Started, finished – Part 2

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Day 10 – Start something and have someone else finish it for you. Bonus: work with another sprinter to accomplish this.

Here is what I gave fellow CreativeSprint-er, Peter Cazacu. I composited two photos from a vacation in Puerto Rico.

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Well, as you can see, Peter totally rocked this out Trekkie style! I never noticed the resemblance to Spock before and now I’ll never be able to not see it. Totally loved collaborating on this project! It’s so wonderful to let go of preconceived notions and be open to someone else’s unique and surprising perspective.

Thanks again Peter, and as they say, “Live long and prosper.”

Started, finished – Part 1

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Day 10 – Start something and have someone else finish it for you. Bonus: work with another sprinter to accomplish this.

I teamed up with a fellow sprinter, Peter Cazacu. This was interesting, not only because this is the first time I’ve collaborated, but because Peter lives in Romania. What fun!

Here is what Peter gave me to play with:

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I added some scenery and some butterflies, of course!

I’ll share Part 2 when Peter posts his finished version of what I sent him.