Sometimes there’s no words,
only the magic of the layers of
memory – peeled back
and re-layered to say something of
the dreaming that is
the journey from childhood to youth
and the times
family are together . . .
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This morning I began working on words to go with some of my collage art and the picture that accompanies this post was inspired by some time spent with one of my friends at the beach with her sons.
I find this way of working is a good way to keep my creativity agile when I have a lot of things to do, but want to keep writing something.
It works so differently than when I write without an image in front of me.
This link to Visual Writing Visual Editions – is now inspiring me to move my collages into video and to think about text moving in three dimensions. So much to explore! Ah well, one step at a time. I have purchased a cheap video editing program, until I can afford another one- and will test all it’s limits.
I spent some time with Suzie Cray, the new producer for ABC Open from Cairns, and some of my family, working on a video postcard. I’m in the midst of editing it.
Suzie looked at my script drafts and then worked to help me visually translate the most doable script for the day. I had one script she loved, but it had a vaste time range and is one I can work on by myself for that reason (it included a sunrise, sunset and a few other things like music around the camp fire.)
We were open to things that happened unscripted – like a bee heading onto a flower, a tourist taking a photograph at the falls, and a rustic mystical sign, Peter’s Organic Farm.
I’m nearly there with it, and will share it when it’s polished. The most important thing I took away from the day was that I could edit the words from the script, when I showed it. I cut half my script due to the work of the visuals, and immensely enjoyed the process of editing it down. Thanks Suzy for travelling all that way to mentor me!
I’m feeling more confident about developing my video work further, and especially gaining more skills in editing before I meet up with Suzy again.
The other exciting announcement is I have a mystery guest blogger, who will be appearing soon! Awesome. It’s lovely to have guest bloggers grace the space and I hope to introduce you to more of them in the coming months.
So this week’s writing sagas is a day late, and the reasons, I’ve been busy working in other art forms and this week my youngest was very ill and I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep.
Today I reflect on how the various forms of art ripple in my everyday life.
I’ve been creating some collages, like the one above, to make into posters and cards to sell and fund raise for other projects.
When I make these I enter a zone – to find the combinations that work, as I want them to have a simplicity to them that invites you in, to dream and see the possible, but they have to have something intriguing you can think about as well.
I’ve just had the wonderful news that many of my photographs of Queensland are to be featured in a writer’s anthology, all the way through a book.
I have some writing going in too, but I am excited about the images to be included as I love books featuring images and graphics supporting the writing. (I have a collection of writing currently with Paulien Bats who is illustrating and designing a book with some of my photos as well).
I’ll let you know where you can purchase both books when they come out. I am as excited as when words are published and can’t wait to see how the designer has incorporated them into the book.
One of the images which may be featured is this, but others more abstract are also on the cards. But let’s wait and see.
This week I’ve been working hard on the craft of video editing. I’ve a piece well on the way, but it will be a while before I share it. I want to begin to make my editing more creative, fluid, more like the collages I do. I want to master the technology that is the programs!
For inspiration in all I do, I’ve been watching lots of biographies of musicians lately – Buffy Sainte- Marie and George Harrison. George Harrison was an intense searcher for the truth. He sought detachment from material things. I might not live my life the way he did, but I can see a lot of wisdom in some of his philosophy and his meditation practice was definitely a plus in his life, as was his friendship with Ravi Shankar.
Buffy is a person who travels across art forms in her quest for creativity. She paints, educates, creates, writes, plays and always looks for ways to create more understanding of First nations issues and rights. I love this quote from her and I like to think spoken and written expression can also ‘shine through.’
“In my own language, there is no word for art.”
Instead, they say, “It shines through him.
That is the mystery — the artist is a vehicle for the Creator. ”
Buffy Sainte- Marie
How would you describe how your writing is influenced by the other art forms?
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