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selfie-atop-the-princess-tower-by-alexander-remnevI am getting ready to start a very busy Friday as I am in final preparations for my solo show at the Principle Gallery. The last few details on a couple of paintings and assorted other tasks are on the agenda but I wanted to share this photo that was on TwistedSifter. It’s from a young photographer, Alexander Remnev, who was vacationing in Dubai. Remnev is a fan of rooftops and was touring the lofty rooftops of the soaring skyline of Dubai. He and friend went to the very top of the Princess Tower, which at 101-storeys and 1358 feet tall is the tallest residential tower in the world, and took this incredible selfie.

It’s a pretty amazing image, filled with striking details.  I think Mr. Remnev deserves the title as King of the Selfies until someone can knock him from his high throne.  You can see more of his high wire shots of Dubai at his LiveJournal blog.

Okay, on to the work at hand…

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Don’t Think

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I came across this quote from famed sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury on a post on the  TwistedSifter site that featured quotes on creativity.  This struck close to the bone for me as I have proudly not thought for years now.  I have long maintained that thinking usually inhibits my work, making it less fluid and rhythmic.

It’s a hard thing to get across because just in the process of doing anything there is a certain amount of thought required, with preliminary ideas and decisions to be made.  I think that the lack of thought I am talking about, as I also believe Bradbury refers, is once the process of creating begins.  At that point you have to try to free yourself of the conscious and let intuition and reaction take over, those qualities that operate on an instantaneous emotional level.

I can tell instantly when I have let my conscious push its way into my work and have over-thought the whole thing.  There’s a clunkiness and dullness in every aspect of it.  No flow.  No rhythm. No brightness or lightness.  Emotionally vacant and awkward.  Bradbury’s  choice in using the term  self-conscious is perfect because I have often been self-conscious in my life and that same uncomfortable awkwardness that comes in those instances translates well to what I see in this over-thought work.

So what’s the answer?  How do you let go of thought, to be less self-conscious?

I think Bradbury hits the nail on the head– you must simply do things.  This means trusting your subconscious to find a way through, to give the controls over to instinct.

And how do you do that?  I can’t speak for others but for myself it’s a matter of staying in my routine.  Painting every day even when it feels like a struggle.  Loading a brush with paint and making  a mark even when I have no idea at hand. Just doing things and not waiting for inspiration.

You don’t wait for inspiration– you create it.

So, stop thinking right  now and just start doing things.

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architectural-density-in-hong-kong-michael-wolf-8A friend sent me a link the other day to an article on TwistedSifter, a site that collects the most interesting visual images from the web on a daily basis.  While I enjoyed the article to which I was directed, about a French artist who makes creative use of the negative space in the photos he takes (I will feature his work here because it’s much more interesting than that), it was another image on the same page that really caught my eye.  It was a photo of several apartments towers in Hong Kong, the terraces filling the frame, shown here on the right.  It is a fascinating shot, with so much visual data that was both overwhelming and captivating with its abstraction and relentless chaos.

The photo is from the award-winning photographer Michael Wolf, who is German born but now resides in Hong Kong.  He has made a career out of capturing the imagery of the urban landscape.    This image is from his series and book, Architecture of Density, in which he takes away any glimpse of the sky or horizon, giving the viewer a claustrophobic feeling, as though there is no escape from the never-ending  sprawl.  It’s a bit scary but fascinating, nonetheless.

You can see more of Michael Wolf’s work at his site, photomichaelwolf.com.

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man-plants-guitar-shaped-forest-for-wife-in-pampas-argentina-5I came across these images and this story on a site pointed out to me by my friend , Scott in Ohio, that features wonderful visual imagery, TwistedSifter.   This particular story was about a couple in the Pampas region of  Argentina who had been flying over Argentina in the early 1970’s when the wife noticed a farm that looked to her like a milking pail.  The husband told her that they could do even better by making a large guitar, her favorite instrument,  on their farm for all to see from above.

A few years later, the wife died unexpectedly from a cerebral aneurysm and the husband and their children set about creating that guitar in her memory.  What they created is quite remarkable.  It is about 2/3 of a mile in length, formed from over 7000 trees that they planted and nurtured.  The outline of the body of the guitar and the star shape around the center are cypress  trees and the area making up the fretboard are eucalyptus trees which give it a beautiful blue tint.

It’s a magnificent tribute, a grand piece of land art.  I was struck by the satellite images that show the guitar from various altitudes.  The middle one below, in particular, is my favorite, looking as though it would be a great painting or quilt  with a simple guitar shape woven into its patchwork, with the varying colors laying out in front of it as though they represented the sound of the guitar’s music coming from it.

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