Monday, March 21, 2011

Step Six: There's no place like home.

The last couple of weeks in Paris have been very challenging. Even though Paris is a wonderful city full of beauty and imagination it still is a city. It still has its difficulties just like any other city. So, due to the challenges that I have experienced, this next piece that I have started was inspired by the simple fact that I miss home and family.

Thats why I decided to use Judy Garland in this piece. A beautiful actress that starred in many films, but more so, because she starred in the Wizard of Oz, a movie that takes place in Kansas... Where I call home. So I thought that doing piece with her could be of some symbolic meaning. The relationship that her and I have to traveling somewhere far off and mysterious and missing home, family, and friends in the process. So enjoy.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Step Five: what & who inspires you.

I think in this life you need to find things and people that make you reach for the most far off and distant nebulae (is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen gas, helium gas and other ionized gases.. this is the place where stars are created). If you don't do this you will slowly die... not in the realm of a physical death, but by way of a spiritual death, the essence of you will fade and you will find your self sitting next to your new best friend, named apathy.

I symbolically drew an image of someone that thought about the universe and its mechanics. I not only admire this man for his intelligence but his humbleness to share this beautiful information to us all.

So my question to you, (the readers) who inspires you? What makes you tick? What makes you move? Where are you aiming to go in life?

For me the people that most inspire me are:

-My Dad
-My mom
-My little brother
-Barack Obama
-Albert Einstein
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
-Leonardo Da Vinci
-Richard Branson
-Helen Keller
-John F. Kennedy
-Ray Vernon
-Dr. Trapp
-Mrs. Mills
-Mrs. Boch

I feel like this experiment on self improvement with painting and drawing is morphing into something more, which I kind of thought it would. Its becoming more than just art work, but yet, can be metaphorically linked back to just everyday life, the lines & layers we obtain through this life.

I'm constantly thinking... and sifting through all the layers... the people and moments that are still in the process of shaping me. (I will refer back to my first post)... I'm here to sort out all the mess of my life, on paper. All the pain the confusion the frustration with the externals and the internals. I'm here to cure myself. To... sort through the layers of my life and draw some lines... draw lines around what I want and layer up the good that I discover through all of this....

I asked one of the people on my list (from up above) this week, who inspires you and why? The response was, "adam, I'm inspired by people that share their ideas and give back." I could not
agree more to this response...

I just hope that whatever comes of "lines & layers" is that I can constantly give everyone something back. Like a funny story. Inspiration. The idea that messing up is okay to do. That we are all trying to figure this life out some way or another. We just have to do, in order to get results... And that when we boil all life down to its basic elements, we are left with people, and these people are our layers. The interactions with one another. The lines we follow and the layers of memories we can save from this experience on the way.