Life obliges me to do something, so I paint. ~ Rene Magritte
So, a Surrealist is a person whose creative work shows, juxtaposition, sensitivity and imagination! I've been into digital forms of surrealism for a while now. In photography,It's most often characterized as either Conceptual, Surreal, and Abstract.
"Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist." -Rene Magritte
These forms appeal to me because I believe that it reawakens the sense of imagination. I can remember seeing flier flies for the first time. Me and my younger brother were outside our new house, playing "Mystery". "Mystery" was a game I made up, to get him to come outside to walk around with flashlights. It was pitch black outside and our flashlights were weak, but all of the sudden the darkness around us lite up! We looked at each other with saucer eyes and ran inside to report to our parents!
My mom jumped up excited and grabbed a jar from the kitchen and began to empty and clean it's contents! Me and my brother looked on confused. She quickly ran outside, us in her shadow. She began to catch the pieces of the night that lite up between her lid and her jar. Once caught, she turned to us and said these are fire flies! I, ever the inquisitive wanted to know why they lite up and was the light hot like a bulb, and was there a shortage that was causing it to flicker and not just stay on. Per usual, my mom shrugged (no Google) and said she only knew, that when they died, you could use the tails as glow in the dark chalk. That was good enough for me and my brother.
We ran back into the house through the door that had been left open from my mom's excitement and began emptying, with mom's help, two more jars! We must of stayed out there all night! Twirling into the night capturing the lights between the our lids and jars.
I tell this story for surrealism because both my brother and I remember that day of our childhood vividly. Also because my mother cemented in me this "Peter Pan" philosophy that you never grow up. That your sense of imagination and wonder have no age of expiration but live on inside of you as long as you allow it to come alive and live.
It's always cool to see parents or adults with kids. They always feel this sense of responsibility to create this sense of wonderment in their lives. Because to most of us, that sense of wonderment is childhood. I think what we miss is how much fun we have imagining. playing in glitter/confetti, and play dough, and attending tea parties.
Life Obliges me to do something, So I Light the night. ~Liv
I've not lost this. Not one bit. I'm totally at home talking to a 5 year old as I would be an adult. I secretly want a Tee Pea, Fly kites when it's windy and still love animated movies! But you do too. Don't you? The other day my sister presented me with something random she'd bought me, it was Ninja Turtle Tooth Paste! TURTLE POWER! I was to excited! My mom buys me all sorts of cute imaginative things. Not everything I have or receive as gifts is this. My point is, let your imagination run free, it doesn't have to make sense, and watch the laughter, and giggles overflow in your life, and the wonderment and light heartedness that made childhood sparkle, come back to your life!
About This weeks Artist : Rene Magritte
A Belgian surrealist painter, Rene Magritte’s witty and thought-provoking paintings sought to have viewers question their perceptions of reality, and become hypersensitive to the world around them. Magritte’s mother was a suicidal woman, which led her husband, Magritte’s father, to lock her up in her room. One day, she escaped, and was found down a nearby river dead, having drowned herself. According to legend, 13 year old Magritte was there when they retrieved the body from the river. As she was pulled from the water, her dress covered her face. This later became a theme in many of Magritte’s paintings in the 1920’s, portraying people with cloth covering their faces.Reference and read more
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