SRAOC #17 Calligraphy…

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity (#SRAOC) is a weekly invitation to explore a word, or phrase, through whichever creative avenue, platform or modality the participant wishes. It is intended to be a philosophical or creative catalyst moreso than a straight up writing prompt.

This week’s prompt was: Calligraphy of the heart and mind.

JODI

This reminded me how much I’d like to learn proper calligraphy as well as Japanese brushstroke like Adam has a crack at while he was away.

I’ve reworked Kim Falconer’s LOA Astro Flash for today. Image is Splendour of Love and Glory by Lourry Legarde.

ADAM

this doubtful faith
strange as neighbours
an estrangement of familiarity
from man’s capacity to be a vessel
for the divine, this leaking jar of clay
drawing forth from Jacob’s well
waiting for the overflow of continuous water
flooded from the spring to feed the source
and provide grace for this Judas

RUS

I’ve always had a passionate connection between love and ideas when putting the pen to parchment. It’s a magical thing to see my thoughts, pushed through the pen with love, materialize on the page.

I have several fountain pens that I have collected through the years – various nib sizes for different writing occasions. Each one serves a unique purpose. The fine nib – filled exclusively with purple ink – is for carefully composed thoughts. The medium nib – filled with a blend of blues and reds – is my madman writer, lines composed wildly and with no inhibition. The bold nib – filled exclusively with a blend of blacks and blues – is for invitations and notecard expressions to friends and loved ones.

Ink spilled on to the page is just about the most authentic connection my heart and mind can make with the world eternal. It is deeply meditative, spiritual, and revealing.

 

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity #18

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity (#SRAOC) is a weekly invitation to explore a word, or phrase, through whichever creative avenue, platform or modality the participant wishes. It is intended to be a philosophical or creative catalyst moreso than a straight up writing prompt.

Small

Make it accessible for yourself. Easeful. Invite yourself into a place and a space free from the pressure of overwhelm. Pressure to perform. Keep it simple. Small is not subjugation. Small is not less than. Small carries a power all of its own. Gift yourself 5 minutes. Sometimes it doesn’t need to be anything more.

Rebellious

Rebel against apathy, procrastination, perfection, self contempt, self doubt, lack of confidence, lack of time, other people’s antagonism, lack of belief, the voice of the inner critic, and anything else that wants to tell you ‘no’. Flip the bird at your Imposter Complex. Interrogate. Innovate. Initiate. This is a space for saying yes.

Act Of

Do. Doable. Doing. Done. Even if it’s five bed-headed minutes, on a Wednesday morning, with your first infusion of caffeine for the day, tapping a list of ten things into your phone. Make a space. Fill it.

Creativity

Make something from nothing. Anything. The possibilities are endless. Draw. Paint. Build. Dance in the shower. Play. Howl. Doodle. Bake. Cut up poetry. Block out text. Collage magazine pictures. Snap a photograph. Garden. Read something aloud. Send someone a card. Make a digital mash-up. Create a playlist. Hum a song. Journal. Daybook. Write a list. Instagram a favourite quote. Play the instrument you have buried away in your cupboard.

This week’s invitation is…

We will be back Monday to share our meanderings and renderings and to see where ‘perception’ took you during the week.

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity #17

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity (#SRAOC) is a weekly invitation to explore a word, or phrase, through whichever creative avenue, platform or modality the participant wishes. It is intended to be a philosophical or creative catalyst moreso than a straight up writing prompt.

Small

Make it accessible for yourself. Easeful. Invite yourself into a place and a space free from the pressure of overwhelm. Pressure to perform. Keep it simple. Small is not subjugation. Small is not less than. Small carries a power all of its own. Gift yourself 5 minutes. Sometimes it doesn’t need to be anything more.

Rebellious

Rebel against apathy, procrastination, perfection, self contempt, self doubt, lack of confidence, lack of time, other people’s antagonism, lack of belief, the voice of the inner critic, and anything else that wants to tell you ‘no’. Flip the bird at your Imposter Complex. Interrogate. Innovate. Initiate. This is a space for saying yes.

Act Of

Do. Doable. Doing. Done. Even if it’s five bed-headed minutes, on a Wednesday morning, with your first infusion of caffeine for the day, tapping a list of ten things into your phone. Make a space. Fill it.

Creativity

Make something from nothing. Anything. The possibilities are endless. Draw. Paint. Build. Dance in the shower. Play. Howl. Doodle. Bake. Cut up poetry. Block out text. Collage magazine pictures. Snap a photograph. Garden. Read something aloud. Send someone a card. Make a digital mash-up. Create a playlist. Hum a song. Journal. Daybook. Write a list. Instagram a favourite quote. Play the instrument you have buried away in your cupboard.

This week’s invitation is…

We will be back Sunday to share our meanderings and renderings and to see where ‘calligraphy of the heart and mind’ took you during the week.

SRAOC #16 Seasonal Discord

Small Rebellious Acts of Creativity (#SRAOC) is a weekly invitation to explore a word, or phrase, through whichever creative avenue, platform or modality the participant wishes. It is intended to be a philosophical or creative catalyst moreso than a straight up writing prompt.

This week’s prompt was: Seasonal Discord

JODI

A very very last minute effort from me – playing with the juxtapositions of seasonal elements and experimenting more with photography.

This week is also the precursor to solstice and I’m really feeling the point where the cobwebs of summer are about to leave me. (And we also had a whopper of a thunderstorm yesterday afternoon which is more aligned with summer than winter!)

ADAM

the bones of capitalism
will slowly rust
as the elements seek to reclaim
and ingest what had been forcibly
removed only to find the saltiness
leeched away

RUS

“The sky was yellow and the sun was blue…” ~Grateful Dead, “Scarlet Begonias”

I think we all have lyrics that stick with us. From The Grateful Dead, this is one of them. I’ve been carrying around a few images in my mind for the last 15 years about what this line might look like in a sketch book. After we pulled “Seasonal Discord” from the jar, I realized immediately it was time to bring this line to life.

The finished product is below. I’ve always been fascinated with contrasts in lyrics. It seems to me that this was a pretty common thing to do in the late ’70s. The poetry behind it is deeper than the lyrics lend us at first (or second) pass. Sketching this made me slow down. Waaaaay down, to the point that coloring it was rather therapeutic.

Which leads me to the second part of this prompt. Creating in June is antithetical to anything I’ve ever really done. It’s always been my “dry” season. But getting off of social media and focusing more on creating and publishing, I’m seeing a surging energy within that is keeping me creative, focused, and productive.

So if that means the sky is yellow and the sun is blue, then I’m okay with it.