Inspirational Circle #11 – Dream

Remember being given a word, an idea or a theme and using that as inspiration? Remember the excitement that ran through your mind and traveled to your fingertips as your idea came to life?

The Inspirational Circle is back! This will be the last Circle of the year, and probably for a while, as I want to focus on compiling poems and promo videos for my poetry book starting next year.

To end the Circle with something fun and also contemplative, I have chosen “dream” as the theme 🙂  You can view it however you like (figurative dreams that you have at night, daydreams that you wish could happen, or realistic dreams that you want to pursue).  Make it fun, make it real, but most of all, make it “yours” as that is how the best art is created.  And, of course, share it with us on our Facebook Event!

All creative work will be considered – drawing, painting, photography, poetry, prose, mixed media, sculpture, etc. If you post the work of others  as inspiration, please cite the original source to give the artist credit. Please spread the word and invite others to join in.

Here’s a poem by Edgar Allen Poe that will give you some inspiration:

A Dream Within a Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow:
You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand–
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep–while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

And now a cute poem about childhood dreams that I found here: http://www.gigglepoetry.com/poetryclass/dream.htm

My Bed is Like a Sailing Ship

My bed is like a sailing ship-
when I’m tucked in, I take a trip.
I leave behind my busy day
and sail to places far away.

I sail past beaches, gleaming white,
with palm trees swaying in the night.
I watch the waves break on the shore,
and then I see my bedroom floor!

I blink my eyes, I scratch my head-
my ship is home, I’m back in bed.
My ships goes sailing every night
and sails home in the morning light.

And now for some photos that I found googling “dreams”

dream

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dream4

dream5

dream6

dream7

 

Inspirational Circle #10 – Family

Remember being given a word, an idea or a theme and using that as inspiration? Remember the excitement that ran through your mind and traveled to your fingertips as your idea came to life?

The Inspirational Circle is back! In honor of Thanksgiving, this month’s theme is “Family.” It’s time to capture your family, whether it’s happy, sad, weird, annoying, or just plain funny.  Make it unique and tell us what your family is like on our Facebook Event!

All creative work will be considered – drawing, painting, photography, poetry, prose, mixed media, sculpture, etc. If you post the work of others  as inspiration, please cite the original source to give the artist credit. Please spread the word and invite others to join in.

Here’s a perfect Thanksgiving poem to get you started:

Riches

© Jeanne D. Rhein
They say that times were tough then
That money was very tight
But I remember my childhood
And I know that can’t be rightMom would cook our dinner
Dad came home at five
We were all sitting at the table
Waiting for him to arriveWe wouldn’t eat from a microwave
Or a restaurant down the street
We all ate Mom’s home cooking
And boy that can’t be beatWe didn’t eat in front of the TV
Or with a phone in our hand
We weren’t plugged into a stereo
bopping to the latest bandWe would all sit at the table
Everyone in their place
There were never any surprises
We recognized every face

Brothers to the left of me
Sisters to the right
That’s the way we ate dinner
Every single night

We laughed we joked we talked we ate
We were a family don’t you see
Though some may have been raised poor
You can see it wasn’t me

We ate collards we ate biscuits
We ate fatback and blackeyed peas
We said yes sir we said no sir
We said thank you ma’am and please

So when you talk of family life
Or how it used to be
Though many had more money
None were as rich as me

Source: Riches, Poem about Family http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/riches#ixzz2BIIqiXK7
http://www.FamilyFriendPoems.com

Some other interesting poems:

A poem about generation gap

A poem about culture 

A sweet poem full of similes

Here’s a silly photo of my family:

My Family

My Family

And the beloved dysfunctional Family Guy

Inspirational Circle #9 – Found Art

Remember being given a word, an idea or a theme and using that as inspiration? Remember the excitement that ran through your mind and traveled to your fingertips as your idea came to life?

The Inspirational Circle is back! This month’s theme is “Found Art!” Go find some cool stuff and make a collage or a sculpture. Go walk around the streets and take photos of street art and graffiti, or make a photogram. Go find newspaper scraps and magazines and create a poem from it. Let go of your creative block, and let the Inspirational Circle inspire you. So go ahead and brainstorm brilliant ideas and share them here with your fellow peers on our Facebook Event!

All creative work will be considered – drawing, painting, photography, poetry, prose, mixed media, sculpture, etc. If you post the work of others as inspiration, please cite the original source to give the artist credit. Please spread the word and invite others to join in.

To get you started, here are some links that you can visit:

Street Art Utopia on Facebook has a lot of inspiring art done on the streets all over the world, utilizing the landscape to the fullest aesthetic beauty: http://www.facebook.com/streetartutopia?fref=ts

Etté Studios has beautiful butterfly sculptures composed of found art: http://www.ettestudios.com/2010/02/found-object-art-michele-stitzleins.html

The Broken Doll series has some interesting pieces
http://karenswhimsy.com/found-object-art.htm

And for the writers, here are some ideas on how to write Found Poetry: http://www.creative-writing-now.com/found-poetry.html

Collage work that I previously made in college:

collage

collage

collage box

collage box

Photos taken at the NY MOMA

coke bottle sculpture

Blanket Collage

Chair on the Wall

 

 

 

Random Food Posting

Last month’s Inspirational Circle was food, so i have some random postings for you 🙂  While I didn’t have time to do anything “amazing,” it’s nice to realize how the simplest of foods can appear beautiful under the right circumstances.  It can be pretty melodic.

Here is a simple image of lettuce and tomatoes in a bowl.  The contrasting colors and the juiciness of the tomato makes it very refreshing and appetizing.

lettuce

refreshing vegetables

This following photo was taken from my camera phone and not under the best lighting, but it deserves to be posted because it’s a sushi called “Little Jenny” (which reflects me) and also tastes pretty good.  This can be purchased at Cha Cha Sushi in San Jose.

Little Jenny

Little Jenny sushi dish

This next image was taken at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse for a friend’s birthday dinner.  The candle on top of the pizookie glowed in the dark and looked magical.

birthday pizookie

birthday pizookie

Now for something interesting, my friend found this link about S’mores Spaghetti, which was pretty awesome.  It’s a new twist to a traditional snack.

http://www.foodiggity.com/smores-spaghetti/

s'mores spaghetti

Breathing Life into Clay

 

Ever since I fell in love with making clay figurines in July starting with my turtle (see Clay Creations), I wanted to improve my craft and do more complicated sculptures.  For my most recent batch, I attempted to make a Bobby Head 🙂  What’s that?  Well, a couple of years ago, my friend gave me a Bobby Jack plush toy that I just came to love dearly.  I decided to make a little bobble head figurine of Bobby and call it a Bobby Head.

I have to admit that the journey wasn’t completely smooth.  The vision of what I wanted to mold was all in my head and I was ready for action, knowing that I may face challenges.  I first started off by molding Bobby’s head and then adding the ears and cheeks.  Unlike drawing or photography, you really need to understand ever angle of the subject/object to capture the 3-D form accurately.  I worked on it late at night and when I finally got it 90% complete, I noticed that it was a little uneven on the bottom.  In attempts to make it 100% perfect, I added some more clay.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of clay, if you change one area, there is a very high chance that another area would be affected.  When you fix the other affected area, it will affect another area and so forth.  Anyhow, by trying to make it 100% perfect, I messed up my entire bobby head.  After 1.5 hours, I was just exhausted and called it a night.  I was so discouraged that I had to send a text to my boyfriend and close friend to vent lol, and of course a tweet about the irony of perfection.

Alas, I did not give up.  I came back to it another day and started from scratch.  This time it was a little easier since I was familiar with the form.  The head wasn’t perfect, but this time I settled for that 🙂 and continued with the body.  After 1.5 hours, the sculpture was complete and actually bobbles.  What do you think?

Little Bobby Head

Bobby Head Complete

bobbyhead

Bobby holding his head

Bobby Mini

Bobby holding his Mini Me

Save Me

Mini Bobby looks scared, save him

Bobby Balance

I love how the back view looks

With my leftover clay, I decided to make a Linny (the guinea pig from Wonder Pets) as well.  I didn’t have that much brown, so I only molded her head.  No worries, I went for a pencil decoration and added her cape as well.  It turned out really adorable.  I just wished I made her cheeks more wide to match the actual stuffed animal.

Linny presenting Mini Linny

Linny presenting Mini Linny

Hello There

Linny facing her Mini Me

Face Off

Linny facing her Mini Me

Let's Fly

Flying Off to save the World

Next, my brother wanted me to make a Stitch figurine. Since I wanted to save my blue clay for a beaded necklace, I decided to make him a Leroy instead. The red clay was difficult to mold because it was so soft and would mush together or stick to other colors. It was a real hassle. I think it turned out well, except that one of his eyes was rotated incorrectly, so when I actually drew in the eyes, he didn’t look as “smart” 🙂

Stitch and Mini Stitch

Stitch and Mini Stitch

Lil Devil

Lil Devil

Presenting Leroy

Presenting Leroy

Tag Along

Tag Along

After making all these figurines (with an average of 1.5 hours a piece), I decided to make something simple, clay beads. I picked my favorite colors: light blue, blue, and a whitish silver. It looked awesome. I’ll model them in a later post 🙂

Baking Beads

Baking Beads

Bead Necklace + Bracelet

Bead Necklace + Bracelet

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed the pieces. My next clay projects will include a purple squirrel and a glowing Jack-O-Lantern. Until then, Bobby, Stitch and Linny would like to say ta-ta!

Ta-Ta

Ta-Ta

 

Inspirational Circle #7: Texture

Remember being given a word, an idea or a theme and using that as inspiration?  Remember the excitement that ran through your mind and traveled to your fingertips as your idea came to life?

The Inspirational Circle is back!  This month’s theme is “texture.”  Let go of your creative block, and let the Inspirational Circle inspire you.  So go ahead and brainstorm brilliant ideas and share them here with your fellow peers on our Facebook Event!

All creative work will be considered – drawing, painting, photography, poetry, prose, mixed media, sculpture, etc.  If you post the work of others as inspiration, please cite the original source to give the artist credit.  Please spread the word and invite others to join in.

Alright, to get started, here are definitions of texture.  This is a fun theme to experiment with, whether you choose to focus on something two-dimensional or three-dimensional (slabs of paint on canvas, some mixed media work of random material, a sculpture, a descriptive poem, a photograph, a photogram, whatever you choose).  Don’t be afraid to do something out of the ordinary 🙂

Here are some images that I found online that will inspire you.  The first four photos are mine. :)

Some Rhythmic Repetition

Some Rhythmic Repetition

This month’s Inspirational Circle was “rhythm and repetition” and while I was looking through some of the recent photos in my camera, I thought these were some fun examples.

Photos taken at the Berkeley Marina

Fishing on the deck

Bird, waves, rock, deck – natural rhythm

Photos taken at The Japanese Garden in SF, Legion of Honors & Land’s End

A serene path in the Japanese Garden

Me at the Legion of Honors

I love the forced perspective here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statues at the Legion of Honors

Railing at the Legion of Honors

Railing at the Legion of Honors

A path along Land’s End