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”

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dream4

dream5

dream6

dream7

 

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

 

 

 

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

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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. :)

Clay Creations

Clay Creations

After 40 long hours of work each week staring at the computer, it becomes difficult for me to be motivated to use the computer on my time off.  Personal projects and this blog often get put on hold because I’m simply not in the mood to turn on my laptop.  Photos often stay in my camera for a month and a half before I manage to upload them for all to see.

With all this in mind, it becomes really refreshing to be able to do something with my bare hands, to be able to mold, shape and breathe life into an inanimate geometric object.  My boyfriend had bought me some Sculpey clay for Christmas and I recently got more into it while I was making some clay dice for his birthday.  It was then that I realized that the desire to become a “toy designer” never really left my subconscious.  That was my career goal when I was in the 4th grade and I know I can still have fun with that idea today.

Well, without further ado, here are some of my recent creations 🙂

jade turtle and dice

Jade Turtle and Dice

Turtle following turtle

Turtle following turtle

Jenuine Chocolates + Jade Creations

 

Jenuine Chocolates presented to my boyfriend

 

 

Inspirational Circle #6: Rhythm and Repetition

Inspirational Circle #6: Rhythm and Repetition

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 “rhythm and repetition.”  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 rhythm and repetition.  This is one of my favorite themes because the idea of rhythm and repetition is all around you, everywhere you look – from stairs, to lakes, to dancing, it just captivates your eyes, your ears and your body.  For a visual artist, an image that captures “rhythm” will let your ears hear music (whether it’s the thumping of footsteps or the sound of running water).  It will make you feel like you were present in the photo, art or writing based on the movement of the piece.  It’s simply beautiful.

Here are some images that I recently took that will inspire you. :)

And now for a poem that I wrote based on the word “music.”

Frozen in Time, The Beat Goes On

Sparkling glitter and gold,
swaying side to side,
she captures my eyes,
keeping me hypnotized.
Longing for her touch,
wanting to know her name,
my heart beats faster
as I gasp for breath.
The beat goes on.

Music filling my ears,
her body filling my mind.
I dance and dance,
swinging and shaking
trying to catch her eye.
Waiting… longing…
hesitating…
holding my breath,
she looks my way
and I am lost.
Lost in my mind,
frozen in time,
caught in her eyes,
hypnotized.
The beat goes on.

Working her way
through the crowd,
sliding and gliding
to be by my side.
She’s grasping my hand,
I’m gasping for air,
but without a care,
she dances,
seducing me with her hips.
The beat goes on.

How can I ever forget
the girl who captured my heart.
The girl like an angel,
but with mischief
in her eyes.
My little witch
who kept my heart beating
as our bodies swayed,
our lips met,
minds collide
on that special night,
our souls touched
and I lost my sight
blinded by love.
The beat goes on.

Inspirational Circle #5 – Friendship

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 sunshine and summer, this month’s theme is “friendship”.  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 friendship.  This isn’t limited to the relationship between two friends.  It can also be the friendship between lovers, family members, pets and objects.  When you’re happy, who do you share your joy with?  When you’re sad, who do you go talk to?  Make it as fun and casual as you like, or as deep and emotional as you prefer.  Go out there and spend some time with your loved ones or go people-watching and be a spectator of others.  Don’t forget to take your pen, your sketchpad, your notebook, your camera, or whatever you need to capture the magic between people.

Here are some images that I found online that would inspire you 🙂

Aside from all this, I would like to request that everyone do a simple exercise, go through all your photos (whether it’s digital or traditional film) and look through all your precious memories that capture the “idea” of friendship.  I started doing this to gather examples and was sort of amazed by what I saw.  Not all of them are photos that I took (since I was in some of them), but it was really nice to go back and see the people who touched my life in one way or another.  To see the pure love, trust and joy in everyone’s faces at that moment in time is really something.  I think I will go through my photos and capture the ones that really speak to me in a Facebook album, and reach out to all the people who had touched my heart in the past, just to say “thank you” and “keep in touch” 🙂