8/22/2009

Free and Easy

The Time Traveler's Wife is a popular movie right now. I haven't seen it yet - but I will - because I sometimes feel like I am a time traveler. Maybe you are too.

I often talk about using photos as story prompts. You see me do it as I write this blog. You can read my talk about that in an article which is published on Storyteller.net.

But there are other ways to time travel - to touch base with other moments of your life.

Recovered these drawings when I was
cleaning out my studio recently.

I love to doodle with colored sharpies.

Photos are not the only way to remember a moment in time. These drawings were done in Pa. Looking at them I know when and where and a bit about how I was feeling that day.

It was hot. I was sitting in the den looking across an expanse of fields toward South Mountain where Lee led his troops into Gettysburg.



I try always to draw at least three sketches at one sitting so that I have a more complete look at the way I am selecting colors, lines and shapes. Three tells more about my mood and feelings of the moment. Is it any wonder artists hold onto sketch books and their works, finished and unfinished for years - each is a moment in time.

If I needed titles for these I would call them Landscapes, 1, 2 and 3 - but don't be fooled - I would be talking about my inner landscape.

Its a good thing to remember when you are looking at any art work - much of the meaning is private - the meaning you give it comes from you.

A good art teacher always asks the artist - what did you intend here - before they start telling them what to do - to fix it.

You know - like life!

4 comments:

Travelin'Oma said...

I love the concept of time travel. I think researching and telling stories about historical events is one way.

But I am definitely planning a time-travel extravaganza once I get to heaven. I am going EVERYWHERE! If this trip is not available there, I'm going to organize one. I want to visit everywhere, in lots of different periods of the world, and have the locals tell us what it was like. It's one of my basic reasons for trying to get to heaven!

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