Got your costume? Desktop Art for October

Click on the image link to view and download the media file. I created these original images for use each month. Hope you enjoy. If you want to know more about this image – read the post about Jem and Synergy.

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Painting Romeo and Juliet

Why Romeo and Juliet? William Shakespeare wrote a number of famous plays that have had a profound impact on the US culture. Many of his play’s include tragic love stories, perhaps the most famous being Romeo and Juliet. It was the first Shakespeare play that I saw – on TV – the 1968 version that…

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Magical and powerful potential of theatre in love and war

This week at the Pacifica Graduate Institute my reading focused on symbols of love and war in Shakespeare’s plays. Theater is a magical place where opposing forces can confront each other. Theatre brings the mysterious collective unconscious to life, stimulating untapped creative power in actors and audiences alike. The transformational power of theatre is magical. One scene…

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American Soul, Myth, Active Imagination, and Amplification to understand Political issues

I recently finished reading, American Soul: A Cultural Narrative. It was not easy to read but offered an important and unique way of looking at large scale traumatic events. The author, Ronald Schenk, states in the intro, “American soul is a book based on psychology, and as the psyche is in an indefinable concept in itself, it reflects…

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Amplification in the creative process. #WARNING might lead to the true nature of #reality

Amplification is the 3rd step in developing a creative idea using Jung’s techniques for accessing the unconscious. Stage 1 is intuition – choose an image from a powerful dream or feeling or a response from something in your life. Stage 2 is bringing the intuition into the consciousness. What is going on here? What does it…

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Drawing cartoon inspired by ‘Jem and the Holograms’

I’m working on a new youth led art gallery in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara. It’s called YI Creative Studio and it’s a program from the non profit Youth Interactive. Our first show is coming up in October and the youth artists choose the theme, Cartoons that have impacted your life. Many of the emerging…

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The Necessity of Theatre by P. Woodruff

In his book, The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched, Woodruff defines theatre in the broadest possible terms. He states that theatre is the art of making human action worth watching. True theatre in not something you are happy to see on TV – but an event where YOU JUST HAVE TO BE THERE. Theatre has…

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Active Imagination Technique and how it helps the creative process.

“In his creative work the artist is dependent on sources and resources deriving from the spiritual unconscious.”  ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning Active imagination was devised as a therapeutic practice, by Carl Jung, to help patients that were depressed or had a lot of bad feelings. In the practice the goal is to grow relationships…

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Is #America stuck in the forest #hunting #monsters?

Three new ideas came to light this week; reimagining a mythic narrative as a means for getting unstuck, using myth as a way to navigate between the known and the unknown, reinterpreting the words in a myth to discover parallel narratives. Recently I started thinking about Gilgamesh’s conquest over Humbaba. (See pervious post) There are multiple references…

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