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September 2010 NaBloPoMo Theme: Art

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.

Color Clues, or Why Four Blue Sweaters Isn’t Enough

"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!

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Baby in the Sink


Black and white photograph of a naked baby playing joyfully while being bathed in a kitchen sink, taken by Laurie Rhodes

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