Category Archives: Art

“By the hand” – a picture I created digitally

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Here’s my new creation…

  

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What if we lived forever? Would we still create?

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Gandhi

We are moved by lost time. We are moved by birthdays, funerals and by transition steps like weddings, which start something new and end something forever: things will never be the same as before. We are moved by new people coming into this world: by “mini-me”-s, because we know we’re going to die one day and hopefully they will remain. Creativity comes from emotions that shake us up. Would we still create if we were to live forever?

Carpe diem can only be practiced when you know your time is limited… You want to use all the resources that you have before it’s too late… experience all the things you dream of… bucket lists and stuff… Otherwise you get bored with life. You take things for granted. Everyday life becomes uninteresting.

If you were to live forever, would you create? Or, would you just consume instead, and swim in the luxury of infinity? Only because we’re mortals, we want to save every moment, leave something, express our feelings of longing… of missing something… of lost time… We want to take pictures and preserve memories in a form of postcards and letters because one day everything will be gone. And these things may remain. Not any of the events that triggered them. Not even us.

Is art a way to show us what we miss? The nature, the softness, the essence that sometimes is hidden in our everyday life? Is it a way to understand our world, see the invisible, think the unthinkable and… leave it for others? Is it a way to cross the mundane, to find ourselves in a new space?

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Pablo Picasso

Art asks more questions than it answers. And maybe it should. It’s easy to go through life overwhelmed by urgent things to do all the time. This is a kind of anaesthetic we are used to living on – busyness. It makes us run when we really could stop for a second and listen. That’s where art gets created. In the mental space of this second of listening. To the world. Inside and outside.

So, coming back to our question, what would happen if we lived forever? Would we ever stop and contemplate the temporary nature of our existence? Would we ever take risks? Or would we succumb to the overflowing time for everything we want to do and just… live? Live and procrastinate? Because when time is unlimited, procrastination also can be… What do you think?

photo credit: july2014 411 via photopin (license)

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Sadness matters. How to embrace your tears.

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Sadness. The “blue creature” that’s inside your head and makes you notice gloomy things. Something that makes you emotional, nostalgic and down. Shoulder-length hair, round glasses, a sweater… here we go. That’s Sadness character in the Pixar’s movie “Inside Out”, speaking (and crying) with the voice of Phyllis Smith. I love how fairy tales can simplify and depict complex concepts in a way that is amusing, fun to watch and has a grain (or two) of truth.

Sometimes we think sadness is not welcome. It takes our power away and makes us feel miserable… It can take away our pleasures and cause us to be lonely… It can make us cry instead of enjoying our day. But should we really distrust sadness, hide it and treat it as a guest who comes uninvited and stays for too long? Do we really (as numerous self-help books suggest) need to strive for joy and think positively most of the time? I am not so sure.

Sadness can mess up many things, right? We are bombarded with pictures of happy people everywhere. Celebrities with perfect smiles (and lives, seemingly); success stories to hold onto (when we’ve just seen end results of someone’s achievements); pictures on Facebook that show only the best moments of someone’s life; self-help sections in book stores that lead you to believe that you must feel upbeat all the time to achieve fulfilment of personal and professional goals; job offers that accentuate traits such as being outgoing and bubbly… because you need to emanate happiness in order to attract customers to a brand, right? Well, that sounds a bit unreal to me.

We all experience all kinds of emotions. Sometimes at the same time. It may be easy to think that to keep up with all our obligations, commitments and activities, we need loads of positive energy all the time. However, life is not as sweet as a movie. Why struggle to be happy all the time?

Sadness has many benefits. Our tears are cleansing both our emotions and our eyes.

Forcing yourself to stay constantly “upbeat and positive” in your job can lead to frustration or even a breakdown, because it is an unattainable ideal. Everyone has bad days at some point, so why not feel them instead of trying to hide them? People actually connect with you when you are having a bad day. Sometimes even more than when you are emanating with happiness… Practiced. People like to show compassion to other human beings.

Feeling down always tells us something. Like pain. Physical pain is an indication that something is not going right in our organism. If you kill the pain, you kill the symptoms. The causes of it might still be there. Same with sadness. If we try to hide it under a fake smile, under “I’m alright” or under tons of work/entertainment, it will not automatically disappear. Well, it may, for a short time. But it may still be there when you check next time. There is a Zen practice of “looking deeply” that helps recognise the exact emotions we are feeling and what they point at. It is a really useful practice.

Sadness can sometimes bring fear, but running away from it doesn’t help. Fear is an elaborated fantasy of what may go wrong. Only embracing your sadness and trying to understand it can help shine light on what is really going on inside. This can bring marvellous results. Otherwise this unexplored emotional terrain might be scary.

Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters: united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvels. (Goya)

 

Goya – The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (picture from Wikipedia)

Featured image photo credit: Sadness via photopin (license)

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Wings for your mind

Someone has made an aeroplane entirely out of paper… Recreating tiny little details, including how the engine behaves when the plane is landing… That is some true dedication.

I could not believe when I saw it with my eyes. Although people make airplane models and I have seen some of them in my life, this one has completely stunned me. A person spending five years on it, perfecting every single detail of it, taking care of every minute imperfection, making sure everything matches the original… The seats upholstery, the head rests on every single one of its 400 seats or so… My awe is unstoppable.

The dedication of this guy reminds me of Birdy (the William Wharton one), who wanted to become a bird badly enough, that eventually, through struggle and pain and in due course, with time, he became one… This is so realistically beautiful, but I do not mean its shape (although it is very impressive and detailed), I mean the beauty of the person’s dedication. I see their meticulous cutting and structuring of tiny paper elements in every single part of this plane. Excellence of manual skills is an understatement.

I hope that one day it will fly. And not fly in the air, like a big metal plane, but to fly into your imagination and inspire more of it. Not only more of paper plane models, but more of that motivation to spend your time and energy (and a lot of it!) to create something that will touch the other person. To me, it’s a miniature of our world. It’s a symbol of times. It’s a Western worldview made of paper. It’s so many things. To you, it can be something completely different. Or it can just be a paper model. I have been told that I have a vivid imagination.

Whatever your thought is, whatever your feelings are, please enjoy it. Enjoy this meticulous journey (welcome aboard), sit back and relax, and be inspired to perfect your own work of art – your life.

Period.

Oh, and here is the link: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/01/paper-bowing-airplane/

What do you think?

 

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Overwhelmed in the city

Something surreal today.

What would happen if a giant panda unexpectedly sat in your neighbourhood, or if you could see  a giant rabbit through your window, sitting between buildings and just hanging out there? Would you be surprised?

Well, if you’ve ever wondered what such a situation might be like, have a look at these pictures. They have been made by a young Chinese photographer, Di Liu.

Here you go, just click here: Di Liu’s Animals in Cities Photographs

The pictures explore our relationship with nature, which is, let’s say, a bit tense nowadays ;)

The pictures seem surreal too. The animals craving to reclaim the habitat taken from them, turned into an urban jungle. How many meanings could you spot in these pictures? This is just one of them.

At the end of the day, it’s about the meaning that you notice yourself.

There’s something disturbing in these pictures. Something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Like this music video:

Have a nice week :)

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