My Angel

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Her hollow form echoes-
echoes what?
I do not know.

The mountains rejoice-
The valleys weep,
As the angel comes for me.

Hands clasped, lips pursed-
revealing the fate Destiny determined.

-nothing

Angel of Death Picture

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Creativity

Inspiration is a build-up. It has no clear start. In its true form, it has no end. It’s a cycle that requires a lifetime to create and nurture. It cannot be easily faked or forced. Forced creativity is just as bad as self-limited creativity.

Thankfully, not all creativity is equal. Some of us are given brushes while others are given words. Those whose hands were meant to write, tend to criticize their painted creations with Frankensteinian contempt. Their hands are meant to express what the tongue speaks, not what the eyes imagine.

Within the vast land of creativity, there are degrees of creativity. Not every painter was meant to bring the Mona Lisa or The Scream to life. Some are da Vinci or Edvard Munch, but we all have a statement that can be made through art.

That’s all art should be: your emotionalized statement.

It should convey some message in an unassuming form. This is why individuals with a keen eye will analyze works for hours at a time. They want to discover the artists’ purpose in the art. An artist is their work.

That’s the beauty of art. It’s not defined by what it is, but by what can be done with it.

Things To Do With Your Creativity:

I am a visual learner. These are visual representations that can be transformed into any art form.

Add:

Give your art medium a special piece of you that expresses one of your loves through a passion. Find something that has already resonated with you and give it your spin. Weird Al has made a living off of this and if he could do it, so can you.

Connect:

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Drawing by John Neathery

This piece was make by meticulously placing thousands of dots. On their own they were insignificant. Together, they create this stunning image. Art is simultaneously divisible and indivisible. It takes brushstrokes, words, notes… to create a full piece.

Disconnect:

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Photo by Courtney Clark

Take something and just blow it up (figuratively or literally, both are art in my world). Art doesn’t have to make sense. It’s open for interpretation. If art made perfect sense, then no one would go to concerts or pay for someone else’s ideas on paper. The best reflection of our lives, beliefs, emotions-humanity-tends to be a beautiful, jumbled mess.

I wish I could claim these works as my own, but as I stated earlier, my medium is not in the expression of eyes.

Author’s Note: I’m proud to say that these pieces came from my high school art show, which featured art from all grade levels.

Diamond Mind

Passion

 

A passion consumes you. It steals you away in the middle of the night. Then it robs you of your sleep and time. Have one intense passion and you’re guaranteed to go insane (to some degree). Have more than one passion and you’ve signed your life away to a mental circus and you star in the tightrope balancing act.

 

Those with one passion are referred to as crazy and obsessed. And those who balance are superhuman. We forget that we have passions as well. We forget that the obsessively insane and balancing superheroes are just human.

Natural DiamondA passion is a diamond in the rough. Conceptually, you know what it can be transformed into, but you don’t believe it can be done. You only see the dirty hunk in front of you. You have to be obsessed or a superhuman to turn it into a ring-worthy stone. Luckily, everyone has the ability and potential to be driven to obsession.

Yet, not every diamond is created equally. Some diamonds are the Hope while others adorn ladies’ fingers. Either way, the diamond will be adored and cherished. These diamonds will be put on display, some to a greater degree than others, but they’ll all be seen.

Then there are the hopeless diamonds. The diamonds that have been mined, but haven’t been adopted by the mind. The mind of their miner has abandoned them and they will always lack the luster needed to be a prized decoration. These jewels are nothing more than industrial grade pebbles. The diamonds will spend their existence cutting away at materials that will be used to construct something greater than the diamonds that cut it.

Inspirational Passion

Unpolished and Uncut Diamond Photograph

Sports Prompt

SportsUltimate Frisbee is rapidly gaining popularity while older events, such as Curling, have maintained their competitive nature. Famous sports, such as Quidditch, were conceived in print and realized as a sport (Muggle Quidditch).

Although the world is not in the midst of a sports shortage crisis, it can’t hurt to have more.

What sports would you combine to make the ultimate game? Would you make a sport marathon in which competitors must participate in different sports? Would you borrow a few rules from different sports to make your event more comprehensive?  

Some Suggestions: Ultimate American Football (Ultimate Frisbee + American Football),  Horse Tag (Horse Back Riding + Flag Football), and Ski Painting (Cross Country Skiing + Paintball)

The Odyssey Sports Picture