Be wild, be free, be stone stupid and be all three !!

I recently came back from teaching a workshop about the Hero’s Journey, using the Major Arcana cards to reveal the epic path.   this quote I plucked from one of my most favourite books just about said it all.

“Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run with the Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman)

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A man who builds with sun, rain and shadows

Max Levy – Architect and creative genius.  Now this is what I call my kinda man, he creates with the elements,  sun, wind  and rain are are important to him, if not more than than the physical materials he uses.  He knows how important space is ,  the interaction with form, sun and shadow, he literally  paints surfaces with shadows.  A genius.  Please take time to watch the opening video on his site whee you can see him talking about how he works.

fifty thousand and growing

Today my flickr account reached 50,ooo hits, amazing I cant believe it……….

When I first started all my images where photographic, but then my creativity took another path and the images turned to my artwork.  Its been an incredible creative journey and interesting to see how its developed over the time since I joined.

Now the the number, its seem a lot of people hitting my site, most of them and a massive  percentage are hitting my paper cut images.  Dark Night the cat woman holding aloft skulls on the candelbra with a skirt full of secrets being the most hit image of all.  Then come the images of the flowers that formed my paper cut gardens…….  incredible really never thought at the time they would be so popular.

Then of course came the shoes, I have to say of all the paper pieces I have done they are among my favourites, they were the start of a massive ancestral journey.

I love the way my 50000 turned out, used illustrator and decorative brush to paint my number, a lovely rounded number that is still growing……………

Its official: swollen battery syndrome :( Oh no !

I awoke on Friday morning to find my precious laptop had swollen……………….  something  deep inside her was growing, was she pregnant I thought?  The battery housing plate was being forced up in a huge curve and the top plate surrounding the  keyboard was being prized off by this alien being swelling inside…  google the findings, rang my Mac man.  It was official my 17″ Macbook Pro has swollen battery system.  This phenomena has hit many, many 17″ Pros, it starts with sudden cut outs, and battery charging symbol not recognising the charger, all of the symptoms mine carried.  Then if left comes the full blow out.

However, on visiting the Genius Bar in Regent street today, they replaced the battery and top plate without any qualms whatsoever………….  what a relief.  So I am back tapping away, lap top bought back to optimum health.  One happy bunny!