On the Creative Process of Living and Dying

I hesitate to objectify the creative process by attempting to define it any other way than listing attributes. Life itself is an unfolding mystery with infinite creative potential. Both life and creativity are undoubtedly subjective and find honest expression through language that reaches known limits of the quality spectrum from bliss to despair. In part,…

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A self-experiment

The overall theme of the book is how Jung regains his soul and overcomes the contemporary malaise of spiritual alienation. (Jung, 2012, Location 892-893). In 1913, Carl Jung began, what he called, a self-experiment that lasted for 17 years (Jung, 2012). The commitment to his experiment, it terms of the time alone, is an extraordinary…

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Growing Down

    Hillman’s book (1997), The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling, offers an innovative perspective on childhood that he refers to as the acorn theory. By using famous peoples lives as examples, he explains how a person’s calling and character makes itself present from the start. Like an acorn that contains the…

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Opportunity Women in New Media

Technology links everyone and everything in my world. Narrowing down a big topic like technology, to a manageable scale, is what I attempt in the following pages. The goal of the paper is to identify what, if any, special opportunities are available for female artists today. My unique contribution to this subject is based on…

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Everyday Gems: Tips for Contemporary Artists

Famous author and teacher, Joseph Campbell, had a gift for making ancient stories come to life. This paper introduces Campbell and offers tips for contemporary artists by weaving together stories from real life and art history. The main focus is a universal story Campbell called the hero’s journey. Using examples, I illustrate the fundamental hero…

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The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction

Quotes Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” in Illuminations, pp. 217 – 254 (37 pp.) They (concepts on art and production)  are, on the other hand, useful for the formulation of revolutionary demands in the politics of art. p218 Since the eye perceives more swiftly then the hand can draw,…

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Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information

Quotes Davis, Erik (2015-03-17). TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information. North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition. of all technologies, it is the technologies of information and communication that most mold and shape the source of all mystical glimmerings: the human self. information technology transcends its status as a thing, simply because it…

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Longing and the Secret Garden

Finished my painting this weekend. ‘Everyday Gems’ 24×48. It’s inspired by my class on Joseph Campbell and his work on comparative mythology. At some point in our lives, we each go through the process of finding something valuable that has been lost. It can be a literal search for lost treasure or an inner quest…

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Memory Palace

Memory plays a big role in my creative process. Journaling is one way I reference my past. Photography is another way I document and reference my past visual art work. In looking back through my work, both for inspiration and as a reference, I find many inaccuracies in my memory. I also recognize lies or…

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The power of myth – quotes

Quotes from Campbell, J., & Moyers, B. (2011). The Power of Myth. Anchor. Myth in the modern world When the story is in your mind, then you see its relevance to something happening in your life. It gives you perspective on what’s happening to you. page 2 It is the imperfections of life that are lovable.…

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