A Moment of Introspection

A Moment of Introspection

There’s an elegance to this picture, and yet when I relax into the scene, I wonder about the situations this represents. In reality, a person who (metaphorically) sails the sea speaks of living a life which is likely to involve being swallowed by whirlpools or caught out by a lightening strike. Symbolically, she’s not in a bad place ~ she stands on rock, not sand, so her foundations are solid. The waves are coming in close to her feet and as she looks out you can only be drawn to imagine what she sees. Her mind as a boat, is it referring to freedom of mind? Or freedom for her emotions to sail the seas at leisure? There’s a hint of longing in how she faces out towards the open water. Does a part of her yearn for the unpredictability that only the open water can bring? But that’s a sailboat, not a pirate ship nor a submarine; they conjure sunny blue skies with only wisps of white cloud, and plenty of warning if there’s a chance of rain or storm.

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Some Open Questions About The Work of Paul Rumsey...

Some Open Questions About The Work of Paul Rumsey...

Paul Rumsey is the artist responsible for creating some of the best penis drawings I’ve ever seen. He’s a great artist irrespective of the content, but the ones containing man’s best friend are just brilliant. Blatantly graphic yet surprisingly analytic. He is one of those people I’d like to sit and talk to for an hour or two. Actually, that’s a bit of a lie, what I’d really like to do is fire a load of questions at him then sit and listen to him doing the talking. I’m intrigued as to whether he sees men in two distinct camps, one of which is just a dick and the others which are mentally complex, like to compartmentalize, 

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Quiet Time

Quiet Time

I know very little of Novus41, other than he’s a Polish forty-three-year-old who goes by the name of Stanley. Well, that’s not quite all, his bio, translated for free with good ol’ Google translate, says that he does physical work by day and his art is created in his spare time. Stanley also writes short stories and has links to those on his DeviantArt page if you can read Polish.

I was first attracted to one of his latest pictures called Parting, and when I looked through the rest of his work found I could identify with many of his images. Stanley is capable of producing imagery that has a “quiet” feel to it. In particular, I’m drawn to both Parting, and Contrition for this very reason. 

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Art As Therapy

Art As Therapy

These images are all the work of Susanne, a woman who lives on the west coast of Sweden. I found her work on DeviantArt; she runs the Art-Psychology group on there…and openly admits to using art as a form of therapy, along with any writing she does to go alongside it. I didn’t have the time to read everything but certainly enough to know this is someone who is not only sensitive but actively engaged in a dialogue with herself. And no, not ALL artists are sensitive and conscious of the therapeutic process going on within. The writing is in Swedish, and I had to rely on good old Google Translate to do the hard stuff, and I only wish I was able to make more sense of the details. What I did manage to grasp - Susanne has plenty of shit going around her which has affected her mentally and emotionally and she consciously uses art and writing to not only express herself but to balance and calm her internal torment. 

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Bird Call

Bird Call

Someone sent this to me a couple of days ago, and it was the second time in as many days that she privately tagged me with a picture attached. Both contained a bird. My mythically inclined self was unable to keep quiet on the arrival of the second and not-so-quietly suggested that it may be appropriate to take a closer look and maybe ponder on the deeper significance which may lurk beneath the random gestures of a faraway friend. Because it appeared in both images, the first symbol I needed to look at was the bird. Whenever a large black bird appears in imagery, 

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