Friday, June 11, 2021

Labyrinth Project Creators Journal - Richard Alan Scott (New Entry 06/11/21)

Author: Richard Alan Scott
Rhode Island, USA


About thirteen years ago I was involved in my very first adult Writers' group. It was a statewide program that was run out of a psychologist's office where she did Family Counseling. She also happened to be the President of said Writers' group, which advertised her as a well-known and successful playwright. Now I had been in the theater, including professionally, for thirty years before I began writing as a profession, and certainly I had never heard of her. Later Bios did show that her work was performed by a very obscure acting company that I had also, despite decades working in my home state's top companies, never heard of. But of course we know how that goes. One did have to submit some writing and be accepted into the group, so why not? Could be legit.

So I got in, had the aforementioned woman in my first writing "class," and I was ready to participate. One of our assignments had to do with creating a piece of non-fiction which could read as a short story. There was a giant issue in my life that I was certain I'd have enough material about to cover the assignment, and that was the death of my mother when I was fifteen. Many lose their parents but not often so young, and I had a thought swirling in my brain that that event had informed the way I dealt with life afterward.

At this point I was 51 and I had not gone through my own near-death health experiences, nor had I given up on Catholicism. I have gone through a bit of losing my Mom (and a story about a witch telling me I'd hear on my Birthday, the decision on a story I had submitted in Ireland, which did occur), in earlier of these journals, so please scroll down for those discussions. But as I wrote this non-fiction story, entitled "Anna's Lost Little Boy" I had a backlog of a whole slew of weird stories surrounding my mother being in the afterlife. These were the days when I still believed there was an afterlife and that yes, people were constantly trying to communicate with us from there. Sort of an unseen Facebook.

The cross that had been displayed on my mother's open casket was given to me after her funeral. Me, the kid who would watch something like The Wolfman late at night and believe Talbot was making his way to my neighborhood. I was the last person anyone in their right mind should give this cross to, but who's gonna argue with their Pastor? So one day, in a spiritual mood, I hung the cross over my bed's headboard on the wall. That night, my Dad had to wake me from screaming nightmares, where I saw my Mom in her coffin all deteriorated and maggot-ridden, saying, "Dicky help me, help meee!" Okay, down comes the cross. A few months later, "Oh, I just had a bad dream, I shouldn't be so foolish," and up goes the cross again.

That night I'm dreaming of a snowstorm going on and we were sent home from school early. I walked the three or four blocks to and from school, so I'm walking on the street adjacent to mine, silent in the snow, nearly home. I see my across-the-street neighbor's van parked by the roadside. I think, "Huh, why didn't Kenny and Pat put their van in their yard? I guess it broke down in the storm." It was a very distinct van, you could never mistake it. It was purple with big sixties balloon letters proclaiming "NEMESIS" on the side, and the requisite wheel flames, etc. Kenny was a drummer in a rock group. He used to practice loud to a Blood, Sweat and Tears album in the afternoon. I loved it but my parents did not. Anyway, I get home and my mother opens the door. She looks like herself, not a zombie, and she says "I made chicken noodle soup." Nice dream, right? I wake up, all cozy. "See, the cross is fine."

I go downstairs and my Dad looks all solemn. "The neighbors got into a big crash with their van. Kenny has a broken leg but Pat is fighting for life, and will need reconstructive surgery." Oh, shit, that's why I saw the van out of place, Ma was telling me something. Cross down, Pat made it through.

Next time more messages from beyond and the weirdest writing feedback I ever got, when Anna's Lost Little Boy continues.

Friday, June 4, 2021

The Chaos Sessions (The Complete Series)

The Chaos Sessions are a study in the art of Structural Chaos. It is the exploration of both geometry and abstraction within the same piece of art.

Using abstract body painting, the projects attempts to turn the human form into an abstract piece of art which is in harmony with the surrounding geometry. The model sinks into the overall art piece until he is no longer a body standing in front of the art, but part of the art itself. The geometry of the background also expands to the foreground using a geometric web of ropes crisscrossing the background and the model. 

Not only does the project explore Structural Chaos, but it explores the basic assumption that no piece of art is ever truly finished (Metatranscience). The surrounding geometric background changes constantly during the body painting. These changes take place repeatedly with each subsequent body painting forcing a constant evolution into new art every time a model is introduced into the matrix of the painting. 

There are 6 sessions in the first phase of the project. 

To view the full piece of art click the image.


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Boosting Your Income: Essential Tips for Artists - By Marissa Perez


Contrary to the stereotype, professional artists don’t have to starve. However, running a profitable art business can be challenging. If you’re an artist selling your services to clients, you may be wondering how you can maximize your earning potential. Here are some valuable resources to help you grow your business: 

Marketing Your Business

Improving your marketing strategy will help you find new clients that need your current services. Here’s how to expand your reach. 

  • Make sure that you’re active on Instagram and regularly share your work on this visual platform. 
  • Don’t overlook the potential of promoting your work on YouTube! You can share videos of your design process and film tutorials. 
  • You can also market your art on Twitter by creating small photo galleries and using hashtags.
  • Investing in Facebook advertising can get your art in front of thousands of eyes!

New Products and Services

Ready to diversify your offerings to create new income streams? These resources will help you get inspired!

  • Consider offering your services to businesses as part of larger branding packages, which can be more lucrative.
  • If you’re interested in furthering your education, you could study medical illustration.
  • To help your clients share important data, you can offer to design infographics. 

Networking Opportunities

Your professional network can hook you up with fantastic clients. Follow these tips to grow your circle. 

  • Join your local chamber of commerce for free marketing and invitations to events for local entrepreneurs!
  • Register your business as an LLC for a more professional status (Here’s info on how to do so in Louisiana) — this will help you gain credibility for potential clients. 
  • Apply to exhibit and sell your work at craft shows. These events can be fun, social, and quite profitable!

When you have a creative career, you can always adapt your business and pivot to new sources of income. As an artist, you already have an innovative streak! When you apply this mindset to your business, there is nothing you can’t achieve.

Photo via Pexels

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The 2020 U.S. Wildfires - A Complete Index to a Climate Crisis

Crisis Point Art is art based on actual video footage of any given crisis filmed during the crisis. This can include video from news or independent sources captured on anything from an IPhone to Video Cameras.  

The process involves reviewing video taken in and around the crisis and isolating single frames of the video which are then screen captured as a low resolution image. The image is then transformed to a surreal high resolution piece of art which captures both the essence of the crisis and elements that create an emotional surreal view of the crisis at hand.

The California Wildfires