Late afternoon along the coast in Maine

Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him. – CHINUA ACHEB

I mention these quotes quite often as a way of digging a little deeper to understand the creative drive that propels me. Its not that I see myself as a great artist or anything, but merely someone who likes to express himself. To take frequent journeys back to that age of innocence and youthful creative play…..

During one of those expressive journeys with the digital crayons, I created the image below, but never really thought it was worthy of hanging it on the refrigerator. Something said “use the shadows and textures in the image to tell the story” and that’s when I took it into a NikFX plugin and made the image above. Now, to be honest with you, I’m not sure if  I like the one above, the one below, or wish I had never posted either of them…lol. I guess the take away here is more about the process. Feel free to play and experiment as that is where all magic begins……(or possibly not as in this case).

I think that if given the chance, we all would do that more often…..take the time to create (and travel, but thats of course another blog post altogether!) I mean, we all seem to start off that way right? Crayons in hand and not a care in the world of what anyone else thinks of our creations. Egoless, carefree, and worry free. A great way to be if you can hold on to it. Dig a little deeper when you can and you just might find it….

I’ll see you in the sandbox!

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