This afternoon, my incredible God Daughter Alyssa participated in Oakland's Open Studios. She's a photographer, and my GOD she is talented. She is just incredibly talented. She creates these extraordinarily sensuous photos, that somehow remain innocent, becaus she knows just where to place an errant puzzle piece or penny. I"m so proud of her.
Afterwards we had dinner at her mom's house, my best friend Jenna. Jenna is recovering from a lumpectomy and is getting ready to begin radiation treatments. It's invasive Breast Cancer but it doesn't look like any of those nasty cells got into her lymph nodes, so we are all holding our breath and breathing at the same time. Isn't it funny how life is like that?
I doodled away while I hung out at her house. Here's my silly little girls:
I think I was preoccupied with women and strength. What do you think? :D
They were using the dolls to project their dreams of their own futures as adult women. Ruth Handler
The quote above is - in short - the philosophy behind why children love dolls so. But I, an adult with a true doll obsession, find it interesting that the reasoning has flipped.
I now play with dolls to relive a childhood, that in many ways, I never had. My dolls get tucked in at night. My dolls have clothing pieces that are more expensive than my own! And most fervently, my dolls are loved.
And we are excited to be reviving Art Doll Daily on the ZNE Dollz blog! http://www.ZNEDOLLS.com
Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead. - Lucille Ball
As evidenced in just about every picture I post, I truy can't draw a straight line. And yet, I've learned to love doodling. I keep all my colored pencils and a pencil sharpner and 110 different drawing pads in a big huge gift bag beside my bed.
My love affair with doodling began when I realized how many incredibly talented artists are self deprecating about their talent. I have a broad philosophy about creativity - I think we all have some floaing around inside, and instead of judging it, we should just - you know - let it flow.
The outcome is not important, it is the ability to free your conscious mind from judgement about the outcome, and to just go for it.
So several years ago, I began doodling these silly figures and drawings. You know, even though I can't draw. I like to lay in bed at night and doodle away the knots (physical and emotional) that I have accumulated throughout the day.
The outcome doesn't really matter. But letting my creative side take over for a bit helps the rest of me settle down.
So last night before bed, Red Headed Ruby came for a visit. Some people like warm milk. I prefer nicely sharpened colored pencils. What can I say?
Here is to hoping that you allow yourselves some creative freedom today.
Here's to hoping that fate throws some queens your way, today!
(PS - I posted about Bi Polar Disorder on And Also My Healing. I am not bi-polar, but so many in the artist community (and all other communities) suffer from this disease, I thought I would post about it.)