2013: Foster Creativity…

One thing that I know was majorly lacking from 2012 for me was creative endeavors. I had big plans for several things and I continued to work towards my eventual career shift, but that work was mostly on the technical side.  But, I didn’t really foster my creativity. I did one Talenthouse invite, and admittedly even that was kind of half-assed just due to the many demands on my time.

So this year, I’m making it a priority to work on creative things.  Luckily, I finally get to start taking some more artistic classes – so that should help. But, I want to do more than just my required schoolwork. For one thing, I know it makes me happier and usually provides stress relief as well.  That in of itself is a good reason to attempt more creative projects.  I’m not putting any definitions on what they can be either. Decorating cupcakes and cakes and writing blog posts are just as valid as working on paintings and drawings.

But as they say, goals and resolutions should have some specificity to ensure measurable progress.  As such, I have come up with a few specific objectives. I want to participate in at least four Talenthouse creative invites. And as of last night, I have decided on another specific, measurable creative endeavor for the year.

Philip Pullman's Fiary Tales from the Brothers Grimm book coverI received Philip Pullman’s Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version from the publisher as a promotion.  As I read the introduction last night I was struck by the comment that fairy tales are composed of flat, stock characters <maybe extract a direct quote>.  Essentially, fairy tales are about telling the story and as such they lack distinct character development, descriptive passages, and defined settings.  Any descriptions that are present are very generic (deep forest, golden hair, etc.).  The stories change based on the person telling the tale.  This is what makes fairy tales so ripe for interpretation.  Recently, we have seen many new takes on fairy tales (Once Upon a Time, Grimm, Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters, Snow White and the Huntsman  Mirror Mirror).  However, this is not a new phenomenon.  Consider the Disney interpretations over the years, Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theater, the series of Fairy Tale movies that included Puss in Boots with Christopher Walken, etc.  You need only do a search of Snow White or Sleeping Beauty on IMDB to find out how frequently fairy tales are reinterpreted.

So what is my point in all this? I’ve decided that I want to visually interpret every tale included in Pullman’s book (there are 50).  I’m not making any rules other than that I will do one a week (and my week will begin on Mondays – this should help by providing a full weekend at the end of the week to complete each piece).  This week – it’s The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich.  So, before next Monday expect to see something related to the aforementioned tale.

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