Is it an "art"? Is it a "craft"? Does it really qualify? And what the heck is the story here?
Then a couple of nights ago, I was treated to one of those really vivid dreams about romance that I am fortunate to have a couple times a year. Even though I haven't thought a whole lot about Benjamin Linus since "Lost" aired its series finale, he was the star of this dream.
I know I have more than a few readers who understand how such a thing could have happened.
I woke up from this dream pretty dang happy. I think if I could have dreams like that at will, I'd never get out of bed. And within a day's time, it occurred to me that somehow I had to celebrate this dream for the Creative Challenge.
Living Beyond Reality: A Jungian Primer for Enhancing Your Life I talk a lot about the animus, a sort of embodiment of our desires that can manifest itself in celebrity crushes. I discuss ways to tap into or connect with that "spirit," including writing about the personalities that so strongly attract the soul. I also mention another approach that I've found effective, and that's to draw or paint or otherwise focus on the physical image of the animus-bearing person.
Creating this digital art of Professor Linus was that sort of exercise, complimented by my little bit of free verse explaining what the portrait signifies to me. Doing it, I did revive some emotions I had felt in my dream. Which I assure you, Blog, was quite fun.
Meanwhile, it's a bit of a nutshell expression of my belief that if you are infatuated with an imaginary person, then real or not, that person matters. The importance is not really the actual celebrity or character, but rather what he signifies to you and your psyche. So there you go.
But does this digital art--a little interpretive Photoshopping and graphic design--constitute a creative craft? All I know is, it most certainly served as a creative way of celebrating the theme of "dream."