Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Perennial" - Illustration Friday July 22/2011

Inspired by the Illustration Friday quote:
"A good scientist is a person in whom the childhood quality of perennial curiosity lingers on. Once he gets an answer, he has other questions". - Frederick Seitz

Childhood curiosity leads us with a string of questions into unexplored territory. Finding one answer, the mind is already wondering about the next question. And the next. And the next. Observations shed in the quest for a particular answer surface later for further exploration.

Monday, July 18, 2011

I.F. July 15 "Gesture"

From the Illustration Friday Quote: "Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence" - Henri Matisse

Pondering the word and the quote, I wandered off into thinking about gestures in general, and those with more or less permanent effects.

Gestures on the highway are generally held to have little permanence, though they tend to cheapen the maker and leave an unpleasant taste for those on the receiving end. I wonder if this effect, observed in themselves, led so many cultures to ascribe magical powers to gestures - and to spend energy either in warding against them or learning to use them to advantage?

Here is one person, making a gesture in a very impermanent surface, previous gestures swirling around her, clinging to her every surface, changing her form, her appearance and filtering the world in which she moves.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Threshhold "stay" Illustration Friday July 8/2011

From the Illustration Friday quote: "Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them." - Jim Carrey

Pondering on what the fear described might be based, so many times one turns a corner and finds the unknown too much to face - open doorway, blank page, empty calendar - no matter how vast the blank, all filled one step, one word, one action at a time.

And despite the inference of the above quote, no need to overcome fear to take that first step, accept the opportunities that develop, write that first word - and the next and the next... just do it despite the fear, and then forget all about fear in discovery, growth and all that they bring.