Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Morphing Art

I've been intrigued by the 'morphing' of faces in art & film in the past, mainly from a psychological perspective. Some of us remember an experiment done with babies where a large portrait of Paul Newman, considered an attractive man in our culture & a less 'attractive' portrait of another man were put side by side in front of the babies, with plenty of room to crawl. About 95% of the time the babies crawled to Newman, 'proving' that even babies are more attracted to attractive people. It actually boils down to symmetry; the more closely matched the left & right halves of the face, the more attractive we humans consider those folks to be.

The first example of morphing above is relatively old; intriguing in a way, but all the women seem to me to be based on an Anglo-European vision of beauty. I was fascinated however when I came across the second, more recent example of morphing. Low & behold, even death masks, stone Buddhas, as well as other ancient statues have symmetry too & 'morph' just as easily as the women do!

Hmmmm..... maybe the human race is more aligned in a universal version of what's considered attractive after all!

One Week & Into The Wild

I have put some recommendations for  'ART ' movies on this blog & having recently expanded my view of what ART is, so am also expanding my list.

'One Week' & 'Into The Wild' are to me about LIFE as ART. Both include the winning components of SELF discovery, creativity, adventure, relationship & what it takes to remain TRUE to self, in order to be AUTHENTIC with others.

One Week This is a recent movie about a guy who finds out he has cancer & goes west on a motorcycle. Familiar premise, but a GREAT commentary about 'what would you do if you had a short time to live?' It's a Canadian movie filmed from east to west, PLUS this movie IS the soundtrack & visa versa. I've never watched a movie before where the great music actually TELLS the story as a character. ( http/www.imdb.com/title/tt1104806/soundtrack)

Into the Wild Some might say that this guy should have grown up. His innocent approach to life & his tragic end in a bus in the wilds of Alaska wouldn't have happened if he had achieved a certain maturity that comes with life. On the other hand he probably packed more deep experience into his short but rich life then most of us do in a lifetime.

So, if you're looking to be inspired by Life AS Art ; check out these two films for inspiration and a maybe a few tears. xo

Monday, May 23, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's NOT what you think

What Are Women Over 50 Worried About? It's NOT what you think.
"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the new jobs that were created during the last 12 months, 90 percent went to men, in large part because employers are still MORE sympathetic to an unemployed man than an unemployed woman. Given that more and more women are the main breadwinners for their families, and an increasing number head up single-parent homes, this outdated idea must be revisited and revised. Nothing less." 

Friday, May 13, 2011

small steps to milestones

Went down to the store in town that sells my art; saw this little forgotten shadow box on a wall.  I had completely forgotten it was there. Took her home, painted a little angel & placed her inside. I haven't really created much in a long time. It was rewarding to place this little girl in her shadow box home & make it new. Small steps to milestones.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Mom's Day!!

Look what my boy made for Mom! Does he know me or WHAT? : >

And here's his beautiful smile! Happy Mom's Day to ME! xo