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Imagine All the People. . .

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I finally finished my inspirational people collage of people who I admire and wish to emulate in some way.  Some have an amazing spiritual vibration.  Many have been courageous.  Some are just ridiculously talented and creative.  (And I have one superhero on there.  I squeezed him on since I am focusing on emotions, and he is the epitome of released emotion!)  I have some renaissance people on there like DaVinci (a literal renaissance man!) and Shel Silverstein, who is famous for his children’s poetry and books, was first a cartoonist and was also a song writer (He wrote “Boy Named Sue”!)  Ginger Rogers was a talented actress (Check out Monkey Business!), as well as a wonderful dancer.  Patricia Polacco restored famous pieces of art for museums before she came a children’s book writer and artist.   And Steve Martin is a comedian, actor, novelist, singer, dancer (if we call that dancing! :-)) ,and banjo player!  (If they can do it all, why not me?)

I’m sure there are many others that I could have included and that I’ve only glimpsed the surface of those that I’ve chosen!  (Also, my friends and family aren’t on there, but they are also my heroes!)  Here are my inspirations, from top left across to bottom right: Eleanor Roosevelt, Anne Frank, Carmen Lomas Garza, Gilda Radner, Patricia Polacco, Steve Martin, Linda Ronstadt, Kyle Gray, Ben Kingsley, Sojourner Truth, Jane Goodall, Malala, Robin Williams, Wayne Dyer, Nikola Tesla, Malcolm X, Emma Thompson, Mother Teresa, Leonardo DaVinci, Kate Winslet, Georgia O’Keefe, Nelson Mandela, Ellen DeGeneres, St. Francis of Assissi, Mary (Mejugorje appearance) , Carrie Fisher, Tom Hanks, John Lennon, Diane Keaton, Tina Fey, Pink, Morgan Freeman, Evo Morales, Jesus, Buddha, Ayaan Hirsi, Ali, Jennifer Hudson, Enya, la Virgen de Guadalupe, Dolores Huerta, Deepak Chopra, Jaime Escalante, Jane Curtin, Hugo Chavez, Danny Kaye, Ginger Rogers, Harriet Tubman, Erin Gruwell, Gandhi, Stephen King, Chief Joseph, Dustin Hoffman, Bnejamin Franklin, Jim Gaffigan, Shirley Temple, Justin Timberlake, the Hulk, Frida Kahlo, Benny Goodman, Betty Williams, Harold Ramis, JRRawling, Marianne Williamson, Kevin Kline, Jimmy Carter, Hillary Swank, Diane Lane, and Bill Cosby.

Who goes on your inspirational people poster?

Lessons Learned: Patience and Persistence!

Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Last Wednesday morning I tried to print out my homework assignment for metaphysics class, and the page was gray and streak-y.  It had finally come time to change the ink cartridges.  Thankfully, I had prepared for this, and I quickly popped out the old black cartridge, popped in the new one, and printed it again.  And. . . gray and streaky.  What??  Ok, well, it was late, and I had to head off to work, so I figured I would turn my paper in as is (proof that I completed it!), promising to turn in a better copy next week. (My learning would have to wait 2 more days.)

So tonight, I was determined to work on my collage (still planning on finishing it after I type this!)  First I tried printing out my paper again, hoping the cartridge just needed some time or something.  Nope. (Sometimes that works, right?)  So, I gave up and tried printing out my pictures.  THOSE didn’t work out either.  Nelson Mandela had the orange-y skin of a self-tan gone wrong and Ayaan Hirsi Ali looked like a graphically designed super hero (kinda cool, but also really fake.)  (Steve Martin came out a cool faded gray, though, and Kyle Gray — the angel guy — had a nifty psychedelic rainbow-y look, so I actually decided to keep those two images.)

Soooooo . . .I called in the big guns. (“BRIIIIAAN!”)  He took a look at the printer menu, and — being the wonderful techy guy he is — he  knew exactly what buttons to push.  He asked me about the cartridges.  He asked me why I did this and how I did that what and yadda, yadda, yadda.  He looked up HP and followed their linear line of questions.  (Try this.  If that didn’t work, try ________.  Did that work?  If that didn’t work, try ______. . .)  We got to the bottom and it was still not printing correctly.  So, I finally sucked it up and called HP. (Learning time!)

The conversation began with gathering my information and ascertaining that my warranty had expired (which Brian had already figured out, in the infinite wisdom of his), and the tech guy telling me that normally this phonecall would be incur a  fee (“Ohhhh. . . I didn’t know that. . .”)  But, he said that that would not be the case this time.  (Thank goodness!) So,  I was led step-by-step through a series of actions — half of which, Brian had already tried — until finally we got to the printer head.  (I’m not even sure if that’s exactly what it’s called).  I didn’t even know what the heck a printer head was.  (But Brian said he had heard of it. :-P)  We were instructed to unplug the printer and clean the printer head and carriage, and that’s when Brian spotted the gunkyness that was the cause of all of my woes.   After lots of cleaning of heads and carriages and wheels (It’s like I’m talking about something else!) and messy inky hands (just Brian’s; I was in charge of the phone:-)) we ran the alignment and “clean printer head” for the 3rd time that evening, and finally got solid black ink.

I was so relieved.  An hour (51 minutes, actually), and a new warranty later (it came with a free ink cartridge, and I was totally grateful to the guy), I had my printer back.  I could have given up.  I could have gotten angry and frustrated.  But I didn’t. I persevered.  We did it!  And  I actually thanked Brian because he was the one getting frustrated throughout the process —  a mirror to my own internal frustrations — and since he was all agitated, I felt I needed to be calm, which worked out well because I was the one talking on the phone.  Team work!  Also, I struggled a lot to understand the technician’s accent, at times nearly beside myself. I alternated between asking him to repeat what he had just said and taking a guess.  (“Rub?  Did you say ‘rub the printer?’ Oh, unplug.  Got it.”  But at one point I remembered lines from one of my metaphysics lessons — about being a good listener — and I tried to really image what he was telling me and project my words clearly, too.  And it worked!  His words became clearer each time I did it.  At the end of our conversation he thanked me for my kindness and patience (and then said something else that I didn’t quite catch but sounded just as pleasant!), and we wished each other  a good night.

Persistence.  Patience.  Accomplishment.  A lot of learning today! (And now back to my collage.) 🙂

Collage Project: Me

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Weeks ago I started an art class.  I got into it a week late, so I combined the first two projects into one.  The first was supposed to be about me.  The second was supposed to be surrealist in nature. So, this is both.

This is me, mostly my sleeping me, but some images are from my consciousness.  The mask in the middle is meant to be my face. The mystery behind my face was inspired by the mirror exercises I was completing for the School of Metaphysics.  Through my experiences and learning I came to realize that I didn’t know who I really was.   The eyes are blank because I do not know the true self that lies behind them.

Much of the rest is my dreams.  My school dreams, especially the nightmares that I’m late for class, lost, can’t find my locker, etc.  The cat dreams: the lions of my childhood and the cats of my adult life.  There are 3 because I’d seen three cats lined up in a row together in one of my recent dreams.  I’d recently had many dreams about parking lots and had sometimes been driving, often struggling for control of my car.  And I’ve had many, many house dreams, especially of moving or of being in my childhood home.  I’d also had a few moon dreams spread out over my lifetime.  Most recently I’d dreamt that I was in a museum, studying a moon exhibit.

Behind the eyes of the mask are symbols from waking life and the dream world. Blood drips from behind my mask onto the scene of a beach from one of my dreams. A shadowy figure lies across the beach — a murdered female — who symbolizes a changed aspect of my conscious self.  The shadowy people spread throughout the collage symbolize strangers in my dream.  (I’ve had many lately!)  They represent unknown aspects of myself; males — subconscious elements, females — conscious elements.   Then, through the other eye we see  an egret, a beautiful animal symbol of my waking life that I believe is a spirit guide, reminding me to have hope in the future, faith in myself, and to watch for opportunity. (One just flew alongside my car today as I was just minutes from my house!).  Another of my frequent messengers and a relative of the egret — the blue heron — can be seen in the top right corner near the menacing funnel cloud, another symbol of change.  Finally, the girl in the upper left-hand corner is me, symbolized by the mask across her face.  She is topless — as I am in my dreams —  symbolizing taking risks and feeling vulnerable.  The journal behind her is my actual dream journal where I have recorded narratives for the many images from this picture.

The rest are symbols and messages from my waking life.  The “66” and “11” are numbers from messages I’ve received in the real world from my angels/spirit guides.  The 11 also is my birthdate numerology number, a master number that means “Illuminator,” which is also symbolized by the lantern just above it.  Light has been a constant in my life, an interest as a child “See?  Ight!”, part of a prayer I learned from my mother, and the first thing that popped into my head when prompted to state my life purpose during a life purpose workshop: “light. . .  bringer of light? I bring the light?”

There is one image that I did not explain.  Did anyone catch it?

I hope I didn’t spoil the fun of analyzing this piece yourselves. 🙂  I thoroughly enjoyed making this collage — it is one of the few moments in my life lately when I’ve effortlessly given my direct attention (without even having that intention!).  Now that I’ve finally posted this, I intent to continue my creations.

Creative Ventures

It’s been a goal of mine to be more creative.  Here are some recent artistic ventures:

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I’ll have to put this on a dark background next time.  This is my first full collage attempt. 🙂

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These are my first two attempts at watercolor.

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My favorite sketches.

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My attempts to brighten up the basement (now partially destroyed by gravity & the cats).

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Photography: The Canadian Rockies — One of the most gorgeous places on Earth

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And another. . .

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Simba?  Nope.  Still Canada. 🙂

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De-Lovely

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Brightens my morning.

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