Friday, November 23, 2007

Lady in Green with Red Fan

Non! This is not the full view of the Lady in Green with Red Fan. Scroll just below to see the full image in my new SlideShow as 8mm film, 'Eugenie's Mirror'...this is but a detail of a dancer loosening her shoe ribbons.

Or snugging them up...

artists who want to evolve

Here's my recent Newsletter from artist Robert Genn:

Getting to 'must'

November 23, 2007

Psychologist Abraham Maslow has written, "A musician must make
music, an artist must paint, a poet must write--if he is to be
ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must
be." The question for many would-be creators is simply how to
get to "must."

Maslow spent a lifetime researching mental health and human
potential. He emphasized the study of healthy minds and
successful systems rather than the abnormal and the ill.

He was particularly interested in the hierarchy of needs,
meta-needs, self-actualizing persons, purposeful play, and
peak experiences. Leader of the humanistic school of psychology,
he referred to his ideas as a "third force"--beyond Freudian
theory and behaviourism.

Maslow saw human beings' needs arranged like a ladder. The most
basic needs, at the bottom, were physical--air, water, food,
etc. Then came safety needs--security, stability, comfort. Then
psychological or social needs--belonging, love, acceptance.

At the top were the self-actualizing needs--the need to fulfill
oneself, to become all that one is capable of becoming. Maslow
felt that unfulfilled needs lower on the ladder inhibited a
person from climbing to the next step.

For example, someone dying of thirst is not likely to write or
paint. People who managed the higher needs are what he called
self-actualizing people. These folks, he found, are able to focus
on problems outside themselves, have a clear sense of what is true
and what is phony, and are spontaneous, creative, and not bound
too strictly by social conventions.

Here are a few of Maslow's ideas for artists wishing to
further evolve:

Systematically study, understand and neutralize the effects of
lower needs. Accept the world in all of its complexity, mystery
and ambiguity. Take cues from the winners in this world, not
the losers. Keep the company of the doers, not the talkers.
Play your personal game on as many levels as you're able.

Fall in love with your processes, innovations, dreams and higher
ideals. Be sensitive to and welcome the arrival of peak
experiences. Have no guilt when you see yourself becoming
compulsive and proactive. Allow yourself to be swept up in your
personal "must."

Best regards,

Robert Genn

PS: "Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled?
A good question might be not why do people create, but why do
people not create?" (Abraham Maslow, 1908-1970)

Esoterica: Peak experiences are profound moments of love,
understanding, happiness or rapture, when a person feels more
whole, alive, self-sufficient and yet a part of the world--more
aware of truth, justice, harmony and goodness.

Maslow found self-actualizing people have many such peak experiences.
Acts of art can be structured so an individual sets himself up for a
series of them. He feels good, becomes habituated and demands
their repetition. Maslow was not a snob about his conclusions.
"A first-rate soup," he said, "is more creative than a
second-rate painting."

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information or observations to this or other letters, please do
so. Write: rgenn at saraphina dot com

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(c) Copyright 2007 Robert Genn.

Thanks for your friendship.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

saucy cosmic art in Slide's '8mm'

Presenting! from this very online gallery, here's my latest project of the racier sort of
figure drawing...some images from my Boudoir Blossoms Collection,
some perhaps you've seen before.

Slide's '8mm' style for displaying my artwork gives all 9 images a green-hued
look as some of the Cosmic Persona Designs ladies Go Green!

note: in my IE7 the SlideShow is slightly impinging ont the sidebar on the right...if you experience problems with this application, please let me know forthwith.

contact: judecowell at gmail dot com

Saturday, November 17, 2007

loose depiction of the Pleiades sisters

In their Taurean splendor...presenting: the Pleiades sisters. Or at least, a small rendition of them by yours truly.

drawing by jude cowell (c) 2007 Cosmic Persona Designs

Monday, November 05, 2007

Panacea's Pink Fringe

Panacea's Pink Fringe by Jude Cowell (c) 2007

Panacea (Gr: Panakeia, all healing), goddess of cures, was daughter of Aeslepius, god of medicine, and granddaughter of Apollo, god of healing. Panacea was known for her poultices and potions which healed the sick.

I've been known to enjoy a good poultice now and then myself, how about you? For insect stings and bites, try a poultice of activated charcoal (preferrably with heat) for 4 or 5 hours and it will draw out the poison. Pink fringe is optional!

You'll find two new drawimgs: Magda Green and The Raven Sisters at my Lulu Storefront for easy and affordable download!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Paula's Petulant Pout

Paula's Petulant Pout is a new image completed a few minutes ago using my favorites: Prismacolor oil and Rexel Derwent Watercolour pencils.

You may also visit Secret Moon Art if you wish!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Anima Snakerton

Archetypally yours, it's Anima Snakerton.

drawing by jude cowell (c) 2007

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