Seeing like an artist.

…John Ruskin, when he launched his ambitious plan to teach factory workers to draw, had no desire to fill London’s parks with labourers toting sketchbooks and charcoal, his desire was to teach them to see. For their own sakes, not to make them better artists, but to have their vision constantly refreshed. Drawing, whether in nature or from some interior landscape, is a form of meditation, an effacing of self, a suspension of time and conscious thought. The local park or the banks of the Anduin: little difference, just a question of detail.

…There is something of the archaeological in illustrating Middle-Earth. means staking out a dig, working down through strata of meaning, explicit and implicit, layer upon layer of influence and culture. […] It is, in a sense, digging in air, which has always been the business of artists.

… [Tolkien’s] drawings are drawn out of himself not from a desire to determine once and for all the visual details of his word, but to provide something tangible to satisfy an urge to see, however imperfectly, those places of the imagination that are so hard to describe in words, but are so well depicted by describing the emotions of the protagonists. Naturally, while this means facing mundane issues of draughtsmanship, perspective and colour, it provides opportunities to distil reality on another plane.

– “From Babel to Barad-dûr” (emphasis mine),
John Howe

New Day Come

A new day come
We’ve only just begun
Like the day is young
We’ve only just begun to find our momentum

Like the day is young
Like the day is young
Like the new day come
We’ve only just begun to find our momentum

You gotta stand straight up
Straighten the backbone
Stay physical, keep warm in the lyrical
Then we go for stretching a parameter
To hammer the beat down
And minister sweet sound

Now you see that there is a bigger picture
We can go together, outseek the stormy weather
Like birds a-feather, we run together
We’re on a mission, some call it revolution

And I think that it’s about time that we take
‘Cause then because we gotta pull together now
And if we perform as one we shall overcome
And we go run over the boundaries
And nothing shall ever come between
What we have right here
We’re team and will gladly lay it down for crew
And I will always go the distance
Break down defenses
True, I’ll do this and so much more

So what we’ve got right here is so precious
So special, it’s like the new morning light
We gotta make sure we never lose focus
Concentration, meditation, be the truth aright
With every step we take we grow stronger
Our determination holds us high
‘Cause we know the direction we’re heading
Could well and truly turn out to be a bumpy ride

And everything we see happens for a reason
And everything we do is like cause and effect
And everything that matters is gonna take some time
But why, my friends
The day is young
We’ve only just begun

Oh, that the day is young
Let the new day come
Let the new day come

A new day come
We’ve only just begun
Like the day is young
We’ve only just begun to find our momentum

Like the day is young
Like the day is young
Like the new day come
We’ve only just begun to find our momentum

 

– Shapeshifter, Soulstice (2006)

The Charter

Seeking a Unified Theory of this Imaginary Universe, amongst other Expressions of Creativity.

Axiom One. I am not a writer. I am an Artist.

Axiom Two. Creativity is a sometimes-violent reflex and an insatiable need. To not make is an unconceivable notion.

Axiom Three. This creativity is but a dim shadow of the divine Creator’s. He is my Father, I am made in His image. Therefore, as a child, I follow in His footsteps and also create, though they may be naïve and callow imitations of His boundless imagination.