The NaBloPoMo prompt for today:
What is the first thing you see when you walk in your house?
Right now, the first thing anybody sees is Sam’s desk. No, that isn’t precisely right. If you’re looking straight ahead at the wall, you see a collage by Katie, which is much lovelier.
The image is a bit large
I received the NaBloPoMo newsletter today and learned that this month’s theme is Art. On the one hand, I thought, “I have nothing to say! I’m not an artist. Blah.”
On the other hand, I’m coming to realize that I must have order in my life or I start dying, bit by bit. “Enemy of Entropy” isn’t just a fanciful blog title. Disorder is painful to me. Dull colors, harsh lighting, loud sounds, poor ventilation, and pervasive odors can drag anyone down, but they make me ill very rapidly.
If you find me surrounded by chaos you can be sure that either I haven’t been in that space long enough to impose order, or that something is very, very wrong.
I’m healthiest and happiest when I’m when I find ways to increase the amount of harmony and beauty around me. There is beauty in order, and art, for me, involves order — some kind of order, even if it isn’t always obvious.
I’m never going to be an Artist in any classical sense of the word. I have, however, established peaceful, joyful spaces for my family and friends to live in and visit. I put together fabric and fibers to create unique works of embroidery. When I sing, alone or with others, the result is no less beautiful for its ephemerality.
I’ll be trying to explore my own kind of art this month through blogging, my identity as an artist. And I’ll be working on getting back to blogging regularly, obviously. This is a new sort of blog post for me, more introspective. We’ll see how that goes.
"Another blue sweater? You have four of those. Why not get something different for a change?"
"No, I have navy, cornflower, Williamsburg, and baby blue sweaters. This one is royal blue. That's totally different!"
Okay guys, I know that you thought women were making up some of the color names we use. Chartreuse? Why not say green? And garnet—that's red, right? What's this about plum, amethyst, grape, violet, mauve, and fuschia all being different? They're all purple, aren't they?
No, really, they aren't. We don't make them up just to vex you. They're all very, very different, which is why we would never consider wearing brick red lipstick with a cherry red sweater. Ick!
Now there's help for you. Free help, even!
This joyous image was an Honorable Mention award winner in the People category of the 2nd Annual Spider Awards in 2006. The contest, apparently well known in the art world, seeks the best in black and white photography from around the world by both professionals and amateurs. I spent quite a while looking through the galleries of nominated and winning photographs from the past three years. Early entries are being accepted now for this year’s competition.
More of photographer Laurie Rhodes’ beautiful work can be seen in her gallery.
Via The Daily Buzzz