Friday, January 1, 2010

Hear a color? Synesthesia?

Finally I have some time and I’ve started setting up my shops again, I hope this will be the year that I can give them the attention that they deserve.

I’ve chosen Romans 15:32 to be my mission statement for Merry’s Musings.
"That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you, be refreshed. "

When I first conceived of the shop, it was named after the fairy 'Merry' of Walt Disney and Cinderella fame,

“In a far away land, long ago,” says the storybook, a daughter is born to a king and queen, which they name Aurora. The kingdom assembles for her christening, at which time the infant princess is betrothed to the young Prince Philip. Three fairies, Flora (dressed in pink), Fauna (in green) and Merryweather (in blue) arrive to present Aurora with blessings.”

I do sort of resemble her, nice and pudgy, sort of flying around seeking to bless people in whatever I do on a daily basis. And that scolding look? Yes they nailed me to a T.

I have to confess, I cannot fly. Too bad, oh what I could do if I could fly.

But to the point, I find that my art is a little more personal to me than the thwumpt of a wand waved, then voila! …it’s done.

I (as do most every one who make art) take joy in the stroke of color that’s laid; I take joy in the colors and how they form my vision. Good or badly done, I think my art is a gift from God, and I do take pleasure in the creation of it.

Each piece is submitted for approval only when it is done, and not before. In crafting each piece there are many places to stop, but only I know when it is really done. I just love the life in art, when the piece comes to life.

And so I include and underscore the ending of that scripture, 'and may with you be refreshed' in my mission statement. I find such refreshment in crafting, may you too find refreshment.

By definition, Art: The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.

Wouldn’t it be neat to see a sound? Hear a color? Synesthesia?

How does violin music smell? What does the reflection of trees in a lake sound like? What color is Thursday? To most people, these questions might seem completely nonsensical, but to people with synesthesia they sound perfectly reasonable.

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