Creativity: Escape XI

It’s been several weeks since the last episode of my altered book “Escape”, as I’ve been doing other things, but I’m back to the book today.

This page is fairly simple – yellow paint slapped over the whole page (but not to the edges), and then a rough block of pink in the middle. The flower stamp has been hand-coloured with some green on the leaves, and a quote added. I’ve said it before, I may say it again, you can’t have too many stamps! Or inspiring quotes…

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The facing page has a similar foundation , only the pink is in two patches. A scrap with a graphic print is pasted on, and doodles inspired by the print are done with green metallic pen. Then a camera sticker and  Jung quote to finish – a very apt quote in an altered book playfully dedicated to creativity. Escape 32

On this third page, the original text is completely obscured with a page torn out of an art magazine – and used upside down. There a some splodges of the pink paint used elsewhere, and the border of the page is filled in with closely packed little circles. drawn with a brush pen. The text written over the photo uses a white ink pen. Once again, I have used the book as a place to try out new art supplies – to just have a play, and see what they do. I’ve also used a gold filigree heart sticker (hiding text) and I’ve stitched a sequin at the top of the page. The Ararat Regional Art Gallery, where I work as a volunteer, shares the building with the Performing Arts Centre: sometimes there are dance events and competitions, which lead to me finding sequins lost from the costumes of dancing girls. I keep them and add them to books – why not?! They sparkle…Escape 33

More Quotes

Storm 4

“When one follows the path of individuation, when one lives one’s own life, one must make mistakes into the bargain; life would not be complete without them.
There is no guarantee – not for a moment – that we will not fall into error or stumble into deadly peril.
We may think there’s a sure road. But that would be the road of death.
Then nothing happens any longer – at any rate, not the right things.
Anyone who takes the sure road is as good as dead.”

C.G. Jung

‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections’Storm 3

“We were born to learn, to grow, to expand, to love, to create, to see the beauty in all things – including ourselves.
But we weren’t born to be perfect!”

Susan Jeffers

‘End the Struggle and Dance With Life.’Storm 1

“I want to know the mind of God. The rest is all details.”
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvels, is as good as dead.”

Albert Einsteinstorm 5“We are players in the universe, actors and actresses on a cosmic stage in a twenty-billion-year-old awesome unfolding display of creation and generativity.
Our play is not only prayer and art as meditation, it is also the expression of our role in the universe – it is a revelation of display  of the unique image of God, that unique ‘I am’ that is our unique way of being in the world.
Each of us displays a different aspect of the divine face, divine humour, and divine hands by the ways we choose to live put our spirituality and our lives. Our co-creation is a display and revelation of the divine essence.”

Matthew Fox

‘The Coming of the Cosmic Christ’Storm 2 (Thor)There was a brief storm over Ararat last Tuesday, two massive rolls of thunder, a spate of rain, and magnificent, roiling clouds.
Luckily, I was on my lunch break and had my phone in my bag…if you look at the last photo here, you may be able to make out what looks like a human figure in a rather theatrical pose.
We are pretty sure it’s Thor himself.
I can’t be certain, but when I look at that beautiful sky, so full of  threats and promise, I am strongly inclined to think that a divine sense of humour is on display!