In 1903, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke responded by letter to a young man seeking his advice. Rilke eventually wrote ten letters now collectively known and much published as "Letters to a Young Poet." They are heartfelt advice from a successful (but still struggling) artist to another who was deeply mired in self-doubt. The classic language of these letters soars in beauty as well as lofty good sense. His idealism is applicable today to all who might pursue any sort of creative activity. Here, are some of Rilke's ideas:
Your work needs to be independent of others' work.
You must not compare yourself to others.
No one can help you.
You have to help yourself.
Criticism leads to misunderstandings and defeatism.
Work from necessity and your compulsion to do it.
Work on what you know and what you are sure you love.
Don't observe yourself too closely, just let it happen.
Don't let yourself be controlled by too much irony.
Live in and love the activity of your work.
Be free of thoughts of sin, guilt and misgiving.
Be touched by the beautiful anxiety of life.
Be patient with the unresolved in your heart.
Try to be in love with the questions themselves.
Love your solitude and try to sing with its pain.
Be gentle to all of those who stay behind.
Your inner self is worth your entire concentration.
Allow your art to make extraordinary demands on you.
Bear your sadness with greater trust than your joy.
Do not persecute yourself with how things are going.
It's good to be solitary, because solitude is difficult.
It's good to love, because love is difficult.
You are not a prisoner of anything or anyone.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was born in Czechoslovakia and died in Switzerland. Dogged by fragile health and the constant search for inexpensive and healthful accommodation, he anxiously moved from one climate to another. Considered the greatest modern poet in the German language, Rilke counselled the young poet, known only as Mr. Kappus, over a five-year period. No evidence exists that they ever met.
In my other art life... this is what I do!! I create and make wearable art, not the type of wearables that you would wear to the supermarket...more performance art.
Kitsane was acquired by the "World of Wearable Art" in Nelson, New Zealand. This museum has 12 of my costumes that they display periodically!!
If you would like to see more of my 'exotic art' click here... http://www.glenysmann.viviti.com/wearable-images
Thought I would give you a 'snippet' of part of Australia's dark past!
Blackbirding refers to the recruitment of people through trickery and kidnappings to work on the sugar cane plantations of Australia and Fiji.
Those ‘blackbirded’ were recruited from the indigenous populations of nearby Pacific islands or northern Queensland. In the early days of the pearling industry in Broome, local Aboriginal people were blackbirded from the surrounding areas, including aboriginal people from desert areas. Over a period of 40 years, from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, native non-European labourers for the sugar cane fields of Queensland, were “recruited” from Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia as well as Niue. The “recruitment” process almost always included an element of coercive recruitment (not unlike the press-gangs once employed by the Royal Navy in England) and indentured servitude. Some 62,000 South Sea Islanders were taken to Australia.
Welcome to my first challenge for the Collage Obsession team. I offer you the word 'Transform'... this image is my interpretation. As tattoos can ‘transform’ a person’s image.. as a chameleon is transformed into camouflage… the challenge? ‘Transform’ anything into something else. The Challenge is open to all kinds of art: digital, ATC’s, cards, journals, etc. There are no rules, let your imagination take you places. Create and have fun. Thanks for taking part. Glenys.
Face scanned from a magazine.
Flowers scanned from a book.
Filters, exposure, brushes and many blending modes from Photoshop… make up this image.
I posted this comment on Take a Word the other day...thought you would like to read what I said...
I have just scrolled through all of the challenges that have been posted so far, left a message on most... but I would like to comment on the standard of the work...if I may!!
I have been with the 3 Muses and Take a Word for about 12 months now and I an truly astonished in the calibre of the challenges. The bar seems to have been lifted, with the very high standard that is in the collages that I am seeing now. I would, as an artist and a fan of these pages, like to congratulate all of the artists that contribute to these challenges and say 'extremely' well done on what you are producing at the moment. It is a credit to you all and it is a pleasure to scroll through all of this fabulous inspirational art work....what more can I say..
I would like to introduce you to the amazing 'fashion' of Japenese 'fashionistas'. This is what the site says about the "HARAKUKU' style.
Click here to see more!
Just simply amazing!
Harajuku clothing style involves mixing and (mis) matching different fashions and styles. Harajuku fashion changes and evolves constantly, sometimes mixing traditional Japanese clothing such as kimonos and geta sandals with other styles. Everything from punk, goth to designer clothes can be mixed and mismatched with colorful accessories to create a unique and individual style.
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I have always been very fascinated with the street art of the world...not 'tagging'... but 'proper' spray can art that has been very much maligned for many years.
The tide has turned and there are now many 'outdoor' galleries in lane ways, on buses, on abandoned anything...but in Melbourne, Australia they have taken it a step further and have opened galleries in lane ways that change about every couple of months. Some of these works are now being 'collected' by the National Gallery of Victoria as part of their art collection. How do they do this? By simply buying a piece on the wall and covering it with a sheet of perspex to keep it from being covered with other art.
It blows my mind... the talent of these "Secret Artists"!!
Not that I have much time.... but of recent weeks I have given myself a 'holiday' from my normal 'job' ( do I have a normal job? never sure about that!!) to play with Photoshop, catch up with my blogs and learning a whole lot of new techniques, so that I can be up to speed when I do the challenges for Collage Obsession, Take a Word and Three Muses
Cabaret Reflection is just one of the 'trial' pieces... different, eh?
You will see this face on the Collage Obsession blog site! Why? I have had the honour of being selected by Itkupilli to be a team member and a contributor for this blog.
Along with Eila, from Finland, Rick and Tiffany from California and Itkupilli... we will present to you challenges that are exciting and encourage you to extend your artistic imagination.
I will be setting a challenge for you once a month and I look forward to being a part of this fabulous team!