Saturday, August 11, 2012

Various Things - Ink Stream of Consciousness.

08112012art1web by megan_n_smith_99
08112012art1web, a photo by megan_n_smith_99 on Flickr.

I think this drawing might be like my week. I feel sort of scattered. I did not feel very well this week, hence my being so quiet. I did do some art but spent more time reading. I did not leave the house much, which was not really a good thing. I am going to try to think of something interesting to do today. and I am going to my favorite 5-year-old's birthday party tomorrow.

I did draw in my sketch journal. It's not really what most people seem to mean when they say "art journal" - though in theory there should be as many of types of art journals as there are people to create them. Mine is entirely in pen and ink and it's not so different from this drawing here - something like ink "Stream of consciousness".

I just got curious about the phrase, "Stream of consciousness" so I looked it up --"the continuous flow of sense‐perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and memories in the human mind... a method of representing a blending of mental processes in fictional characters, usually in an unpunctuated or disjointed form of interior monologue" It was coined by psychologist William James in a publication from 1890.

I like the idea. It's as if we are all connected by out own little artesian wells to the same vast underground river -- the "Collective consciousness" -- "the shared beliefs and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society." -- coined by French sociologist, Émile Durkheim (1858–1917).

And this is just a little bit of flotsam and jetsam washing up on the shores of my underground river.

Various Things
5 x 13"
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