Drawing from the Subconscious: Metamorphic Fairies from Synkroniciti

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We often limit our creativity to the fields in which we are trained. Can exploring new territory enrich our experience?

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Last fall I was attending a concert, a lovely performance, while exhausted and deeply afraid of falling asleep. In order to stay engaged with the music, I covered the back of my program with a variety of plantlike textures that the sounds suggested to me. The experience was so therapeutic that I have found myself drawing with increasing frequency.

The five drawings that I am sharing with you today form a set titled Metamorphic Fairies. They started out as free draws, something like large scale doodles.
The elements are organic shapes, some plantlike and others more animal in nature, fused and juxtaposed. They didn’t make much sense to me until I read Jo Walton’s novel Among Others, inhabited by strange organic fairies.

In the same way that oak trees…

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Quote for Today: Brian Froud

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Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor, England © mattharvey1 with CCLicense Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor, England
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In the countryside, the old stories seemed to come alive around me; the faeries were a tangible aspect of the landscape, pulses of spirit, emotion, and light. They “insisted” on taking form under my pencil, emerging on the page before me cloaked in archetypal shapes drawn from nature and myth. I’d attracted their attention, you see, and they hadn’t finished with me yet.

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Quote for Today: K.J. Bishop

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But we modern demiurges are prolific copyists; we give few things souls of their own. Locomotives, with their close resemblance to beasts, may be the great exception; but in nearly all else with which today’s poor humans are filling the world, I see a quelling of the numinous, an ashening of the fire of life. We are making an inert world; we are building a cemetery. And on the tombs, to remind us of life, we lay wreaths of poetry and bouquets of painting. You expressed this very condition, when you said that art beautifies life. No longer integral, the numinous has become optional, a luxury – one of which you, my dear friend, are fond, however unconsciously.

K.J. Bishop, The Etched City

Public Domain Image: Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY, USA

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Quote for Today: Elizabeth Gaskell

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The daily life into which people are born, and into which they are absorbed before they are well aware, forms chains which only one in a hundred has moral strength enough to despise, and to break when the right time comes – when an inward necessity for independent individual action arises, which is superior to all outward conventionalities. Therefore it is well to know what were the chains of daily domestic habit which were the natural leading-strings of our forefathers before they learnt to go alone.
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Quote for Today: Roald Dahl

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Illustration by Richard Doyle for Princess Nobody by Andrew Lang Illustration by Richard Doyle for Princess Nobody by Andrew Lang, 1884

Watch the robin especially because it always flies low, and you might see a nervous young Minpin perched on the feathers having its first flying lesson. And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Roald Dahl, The Minpins

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Tale of the Dreamtime: Waatji Pulyeri, The Blue Wren

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Waatji pulyeri  © JJ Harrison with CCLicense Waatji pulyeri
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The Aboriginal people of Australia have their own word for Creation. They call it the Dreamtime, a place where souls and dream animals move in the light and shadow of the mind of God and interact with the external world. Existing before and alongside reality, it is a place for myth and fable, laden with a generous sense of humor and folk wisdom. Here is an engrossing and entertaining story about an argument amongst the birds.

Video via tushington1000 on Youtube.

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Quote for Today: Catherynne M. Valente

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I see you go bare-shod. This is most likely extremely sensible. Shoes are no end of trouble for girls. . . . How many have danced to death in slippers of silk and glass and fur and wood? Too many to count—the graveyards, they are so full these days. You are very wise to let your soles become grubby with mud, to let them grow their own slippers of moss and clay and calluses. This is far preferable to shoes which may become wicked at any moment.

Catherynne M. ValenteIn the Cities of Coin and Spice

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