Friday, 28 March 2008

The Art of Imagination

I was going through my bookshelves the other day and stumbled upon a couple of SARK publications. What a fun, inspiring artist she is!! One of her books, "Inspiration Sandwich" has a little story called "Imagine Yourself Magic". Sark reminiscences about the time she rode her bicycle as a child when it could still be a horse. She'd pack some kind of lunch and ride until her "horse" got tired. If you remember back to when you were a child you will also remember how clear your vision of magic was. Imagination was the key of course, and that is how we can still capture the magic today.

As artists. imagination is the magic behind the paintbrush. When a bike really can become a horse! The surrealists and the magic realists knew this best of all, but so did Picasso!

Imagination helps us to represent the world around us, not directly imitate it. When Picasso painted the picture above (one of a series of portraits in the late 1930s) he deployed his imagination to come to the conclusion that "You see the person's profile and their full face both at once--two eyes on one side of a nose!--and your mental picture of the friend you're looking at is actually a composite of the information conveyed by both perspectives." Another way of looking at this painting is to imagine that you are a child again. As a very young child I remember covering my eyes in order to make myself invisible to others; likewise, many young children believe that both their eyes are on one side of their face.

So why not extend your imagination?

For some fun activities, you could try:

Imagine (thanks humanity quest!)

OR, If you're into recycling and want to inspire your kids, take a look at:

The Imagination Factory (the great recycling machine):

Of course, being the librarian that I am, I have to urge you to read:

You could join a society:

Art of Imagination (society for the)

or be inspired by these guys:


Need some clarity?
Imagination wiki

Have fun with your imagination!!


Joel Rougie (The White Horse Bike)

Picasso (Nusch Éluard -portrait)


MadSilence said...

Thanks. Some inspirational links. I'm off to an arts&craft fair today to learn what's new&exciting. Currently reading: Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, authors David Bayles and Ted Orland. An artist's insights into creativity and art making.


The Governess said...

Hey that sounds like a good read - would like to hear your thoughts on it once you've finished reading it. I'll try and track down a copy myself!

anthonynorth said...

Imagination is key to so much. Interesting thoughts.

The Governess said...

Thanks Anthony, liked your poem about Freud and Picasso. The subconscoius, I guess, is the seat of our imagination - dreams have solved many a problem - even scientific ones: the benzene ring being one of them, I think!

anthonynorth said...

Very true. Modern intellect itself began with Descartes and 'I think, therefore I am'. A journey that began when he fell asleep in an 'oven' and had a series of dreams.

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