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ACTIVITY: Setting Intention… Flying Wishes

Flying Wishes-Patron of the Arts-Lyrica Glory

“An intention is the starting point of any dream, wish or focus. Setting forth an intention, or a wish is a powerful practice for bringing fourth creative energy into any area of your life.

For our most recent celebration we set forth “Flying Wishes,” into the Universe. Flying Wishes is a magical activity that all ages will enjoy. Using the special “wish kit” really adds  magic and delight to the process of sending a wish into the Universe- but you can using this same process using paper and a fire place(practice proper fire safety).

FLYING WISHES

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In a group or alone, write down your wish on the wish paper;  set forth a strong, positive intention into the Universe. Once written crumple up the paper, this is the process of releasing  control over your hearts desire and surrendering to the powers of the Universe. If you are using the wish kit,  roll the wish into a tube and place it on the paper,light it and watch your wish fly off into the Universe blessing this process with a flying feather.

Flying wishes and setting forth positive powerful intention adds unexpectected fun and delight to any celebration- festive, creative, mellow or even somber.

A Note on Setting Forth Intention:

As with anything, stop take a deep breath. Just let your self breathe for 5-17 seconds. You want to let the day’s energy settle, replacing the volume of your breathing with the volume of your thoughts. Find a space of peace and calm. Then ask yourself, “what is it that I want?”

Allow yourself to focus on the clarity of the answer. Look for the emotional desires, not the intellectual ones; follow the emotions of relief and fun.

As you begin to write your intention, use emotional, positive words to describe what you want. Your intention can be as simple or as detailed as feels right for you in that moment.

“Every journey begins with the first step of articulating the intention, and then becoming the intention.”

DETAILS:

-Adult Supervision Required
-For Indoor Use Only
-Please read instructions carefully.
-Only try this with the “Flying Wish Kit

Quote:

by Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

FLYING WISHES

GRANT YOUR

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-photographed & written by, Lyrica Glory, founder of Patron of the Arts

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall: I Am…

Marc Chagall in studio“I am a child who is getting on.” –Marc Chagall

“Chagall, the Russian-born painter who went against the current of 20th-century art with his fanciful images of blue cows, flying lovers, biblical prophets and green-faced fiddlers on roofs, had a firm idea of who he was and what he wanted to accomplish. But when it came to guarding his privacy, he was a master of deflection. Sometimes when people approached to ask if he was that famous painter Marc Chagall, he would answer, “No,” or more absurdly, “I don’t think so,” or point to someone else and say slyly, “Maybe that’s him.” With his slanting, pale-blue eyes, his unruly hair and the mobile face of a mischievous faun, Chagall gave one biographer the impression that he was “always slightly hallucinating.” One of those who knew him best, Virginia Haggard McNeil, David’s mother and Chagall’s companion for seven years, characterized him as “full of contradictions—generous and guarded, naïve and shrewd, explosive and secret, humorous and sad, vulnerable and strong.”

“Chagall himself said he was a dreamer who never woke up. “Some art historians have sought to decrypt his symbols,” says Jean-Michel Foray, director of the Marc Chagall Biblical Message Museum in Nice, “but there’s no consensus on what they mean. We cannot interpret them because they are simply part of his world, like figures from a dream.” Pablo Picasso, his sometime friend and rival (“What a genius, that Picasso,” Chagall once joked. “It’s a pity he doesn’t paint”), marveled at the Russian’s feeling for light and the originality of his imagery. “I don’t know where he gets those images. . . . ” said Picasso. “He must have an angel in his head.” -Smithsonian

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Inspiration

Creative Humor

Inspired by the Sunday paper funnies, we’ve compiled some of our favorite humorous creative and art related cartoons. Enjoy!

 

The Incidental Comic, Grant Snider:

In Addition, check out some of our favorite art related documentaries:

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Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock: Every Good Artists Paints What He Is

Jackson Pollock, In Reflection
“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” -Jackson Pollock

The Depression Era

“During the Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt started a program called the Public Works of Art Project, one of many intended to jumpstart the economy. Pollock and his brother Sanford, known as Sande, both found work with PWA’s mural division. The WPA program resulted in thousands of works of art by Pollock and contemporaries such as José Clemente Orozco, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko.

“But despite being busy with work, Pollock could not stop drinking. In 1937, he began receiving psychiatric treatment for alcoholism from a Jungian analyst who fueled his interest in symbolism and Native American art. In 1939, Pollock discovered Pablo Picasso’s show at the Museum of Modern Art. Picasso’s artistic experimentation encouraged Pollock to push the boundaries of his own work.” -Biography

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Making Your Unknown Known

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“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing–and keeping the unknown always beyond you.” -Georgia O’Keeffe

“One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was devoted to creating imagery that expressed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” She was a leading member of the Stieglitz Circle artists, headed by Alfred Stieglitz, America’s first advocate of modern art in America. These avant-garde artists began to flourish in New York in the 1910s. O’Keeffe’s images—instantly recognizable as her own —include abstractions, large-scale depictions of flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, bones and other natural forms, New York cityscapes and paintings of the unusual shapes and colors of architectural and landscape forms of northern New Mexico.” -The Georgia O’keeffe Museum

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell: Self Portrait

Norman Rockwell Self Portrait

“I’ll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I’d like to.” -Norman Rockwell

“Norman Rockwell thought of himself first and foremost a commercial illustrator. Hesitant to consider it art, he harbored deep insecurities about his work. What is unmistakable, however, is that Rockwell tapped into the nostalgia of a people for a time that was kinder and simpler. His ability to create visual stories that expressed the wants of a nation helped to clarify and, in a sense, create that nation’s vision. His prolific career spanned the days of horse-drawn carriages to the momentous leap that landed mankind on the moon. While history was in the making all around him, Rockwell chose to fill his canvases with the small details and nuances of ordinary people in everyday life. Taken together, his many paintings capture something much more elusive and transcendent — the essence of the American spirit. “I paint life as I would like it to be,” Rockwell once said. Mythical, idealistic, innocent, his paintings evoke a longing for a time and place that existed only in the rarefied realm of his rich imagination and in the hopes and aspirations of the nation. According to filmmaker Steven Spielberg, “Rockwell painted the American dream — better than anyone.” -PBS

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Pablo Picasso

Picasso: Art Washes Away…

A Very Young Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso (circa 1914)

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso

“Though he was a relatively poor student, Picasso displayed a prodigious talent for drawing at a very young age. According to legend, his first words were “piz, piz,” his childish attempt at saying “lápiz,” the Spanish word for pencil. Picasso’s father began teaching him to draw and paint when he was a child, and by the time he was 13 years old, his skill level had surpassed his father’s. Soon, Picasso lost all desire to do any schoolwork, choosing to spend the school days doodling in his notebook instead. “For being a bad student, I was banished to the ‘calaboose,’ a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on,” he later remembered. “I liked it there, because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly … I could have stayed there forever, drawing without stopping.”

“In 1895, when Picasso was 14 years old, he moved with his family to Barcelona, Spain. where he quickly applied to the city’s prestigious School of Fine Arts. Although the school typically only accepted students several years his senior, Picasso’s entrance exam was so extraordinary that he was granted an exception and admitted. Nevertheless, Picasso chafed at the School of Fine Arts’ strict rules and formalities, and began skipping class so that he could roam the streets of Barcelona, sketching the city scenes he observed.” –Biography

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso: Father of Modern Art

Picasso In Studio- Women with Artichoke
photographed by Richard Ham, 1942

“The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” -Pablo Picasso

“Now known as the father of modern art, Pablo Picasso has a major impact on the art work which is produced today and into the future. Picasso’s free spirit, his eccentric style, and his complete disregard for what others thought of his work and creative style, made him a catalyst for artists to follow. Picasso’s originality touched every major artist and art movement that followed in his wake. Even as of today, his life and works continue to invite countless scholarly interpretation and attract thousands of followers around the world. No one has achieved the same degree of widespread fame or displayed such incredible versatility as Pablo Picasso has in the art history.” -PabloPicasso.org

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Frida Kahlo

The Style of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo in front of Picasso

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” -Frida Kahlo

“Kahlo produced only about 200 paintings—primarily still lifes and portraits of herself, family and friends. She also kept an illustrated journal and did dozens of drawings. With techniques learned from both her husband and her father, a professional architectural photographer, she created haunting, sensual and stunningly original paintings that fused elements of surrealism, fantasy and folklore into powerful narratives. In contrast to the 20th-century trend toward abstract art, her work was uncompromisingly figurative. Although she received occasional commissions for portraits, she sold relatively few paintings during her lifetime. Today her works fetch astronomical prices at auction. In 2000, a 1929 self-portrait sold for more than $5 million.” -Smithsonian

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Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait

Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”  -Frida Kahlo

“When you look at Kahlo’s art, there is no getting away from the woman herself. Even if you have never engaged with her work, never stopped in a gallery to peer at one of her small canvases, you will be familiar with her face – its slight monobrow and moustache, its smooth black hair and full mouth.

“With the familiarity of her look comes also the fame of her personality and her story. Ever since Hayden Herrera’s influential biography was published in 1983 – and even more since the Hollywood biopic, Frida, starring Salma Hayek, was released in 2002 – Kahlo’s highly coloured and passionate life has been as eagerly consumed, or even more eagerly consumed, than her highly coloured and passionate art. Kahlo’s life seems to be a kind of template for how a female bohemian should behave, with her vivid clothes, rebellious social behaviour, affairs with men (including Trotsky) and women, and her tempestuous marriage to fellow artist and communist Diego Rivera.

“Given this adherence to an ideal artistic temperament and biography, it’s hardly surprising that Kahlo occupies such a comfortable niche in modern celebrity. Her most famous collector is Madonna; fashion designers claim her as their “muse”; the US postal service has put her on a stamp in order to show their “commitment to diversity”; Volvo has used her image in advertisements. And the National Portrait Gallery is currently showing not her work, but photographs of Kahlo herself.” -The Guadian

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