visual alchemy

Gleaning some collage inspiration from the chaotic beauty of dou_ble_you on Flickr.

A couple nights ago, a friend and I sat down at my coffee table with some chocolate covered goji berries (new addiction) and tore apart magazines, art books and catalogs looking for images to inspire some collage-like creations. It’s been a long time since I fanned the flames of collage inspiration (other than timed group exercises in one of my various ‘creative circles,’ where I feel rushed and afraid of glue commitment!) I need to make more time in my life for this kind of exploration. I’d forgotten the thrill of treasure hunting for tantalizing images that when layered together create a magical visual alchemy. The next morning while brewing my morning tea, I felt particularly bright-eyed and motivated, forgotten creative intentions were primary in my mind. At first I didn’t make the connection, but then realized that the previous night’s creative session probably exercised the half of my brain that I’ve been neglecting… which reminded me of this spinning dancer a friend emailed me a couple months ago. Supposedly, if you see her spinning clockwise, you are primarily right brain (if she spins counter clockwise you are left brained.) The morning after my collage session, she was changing directions every time I closed my eyes. Interesting! See if you can get her to change direction.

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