A New Series

Hello everyone out there in Cyberland! It’s me again, Margaret. I know it has been a Very long time, and while I may not have been updating, I’ve never forgotten you blog!

So I decided it was time to get back into this thing (kind of). By that I mean, I’ve started an art series that centers around Disney princesses, and I wanted to share.

So here is part 1 in “A Series of Princesses”

Let me know what you think (unless you don’t like it, in which case, you can totally just hang onto that thought for yourself).

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The Mother

 

I’ve been reading about mothers characters tonight for Mother’s Day. I found a really great blog that I can’t wait to read more of. The author writes about several topics I can’t wait to read about. The blog is http://talesoffaerie.blogspot.com/

And I read and learned about Carl Jung and his archetypes. I learned that Mr. Jung and I share similar ideas.

I love it when that happens. When I have thoughts and ideas about subjects and then I learn that someone else has already had the same thoughts, theorized about them, wrote essays o them, and even named them. I think aha! I knew it!

Also I love how things connect. In the first blog I found, the different posts in the blog are on things I have thought about writing! And it’s good to see that someone else has had similar ideas.

This used to bother me. If I had an idea for something, and someone else did something similar, I would think, oh what’s the point not?

But now I think I’ve changed my mind. I like to find similar things, because I can draw inspiration from it, and whatever I had originally wanted to do wasn’t exactly what they did anyways.

 

Jung says that “The mother archetype is symbolized by the primordial mother or “earth mother” of mythology, by Eve and Mary in western traditions, and by less personal symbols such as the church, the nation, a forest, or the ocean. According to Jung, someone whose own mother failed to satisfy the demands of the archetype may well be one that spends his or her life seeking comfort in the church, or in identification with “the motherland,” or in meditating upon the figure of Mary, or in a life at sea.” That quote is taken from http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/jung.html

Tonight I give you a picture of my mother!  Happy Mother’s Day!Image

River Styx

I went out of town this past weekend, so I haven’t been posting the last few days. I was on a mountain without cell service. 

So I figure I will do a few photo posts to make up for it. 

The first one I give you, is The River Styx, the River from Earth to HadesImage

 

Contrarian Mary

Today’s photo comes from the nursery rhyme, Mary, Mary Quite Contrary and is dedicated and inspired by Rarasaur. She left me a comment with the idea for it, and now her blog is probably my new favorite blog. So I’m quite honored you found me somehow on these interwebs.

The photo I used was actually from a previous photoshoot for my portrait of the Red Queen. However, during that photoshoot I took some photos with my small Dexter-like knife, and they didn’t fit in with the Red Queen. And while I wanted to do a photoshoot today, I just did not  have the time, so as I was scrounging for photos that I haven’t used or could edit together to create the Contrarian Mary, I found this one. Perfect, I thought. I tried to use a few and spell out the whole nursery rhyme. However, I didn’t think it had the same ummph filled meaning as the humpty dumpty one. After editing and playing with a few different options, I decided that the solo photo with the first line from the nursery rhyme packed the most power.

The nursery rhyme goes

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, how does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells and Cockle Shells
And pretty maids all in a row

Like any good, old tale, this short one has a mysterious and arguable origin. Some people say that Mary represents the Catholic Church. Others say it is Mary Queen of Scots. My inspiration was Bloody Mary! In the version that I took inspiration from, the silver bells and cockle shells were different torture devices, and the pretty maids in a row were from the people waiting in line at the guillotine. Enjoy!

 

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Belle and the Beast: Celebrating the Duality of Us Creatures

I’ve been thinking today about what’s missing from my blog.

I think there’s something missing, perhaps the point of it all.

I’ve been thinking about why exactly beauty and the beast is stuck in my head. I mean the symbols are awesome, the rose, the teacup, the books, etc. etc. etc. I love the fact that it’s such an old fairy tale. And probably one of the ones that Disney didn’t change TOO much. ( I love disney eiher way tho) 

But there’s something missing. What is it, exactly? I had a conversation today with a fellow actor and artist, and he said something about how as an artist we should become more sensitive as we age, or at least more affected by people and things. However, some people become hardened. That made me think about Beauty and the Beast. The Beast has become hardened by life, whereas beautiful belle is still soft and caring. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about how Beauty and the Beast is almost a dichotomy of a person, how it could almost represent the duality of people. I know in the story there are actually two characters. It’s not Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, but in every person there is a soft vulnerable side and a more beastly side. I really wanted to do a photoshoot where I was both beauty and the beast, in a fashion similar to Dr. Jeckyll, Mr. Hyde, or a photoshoot were beauty IS the Beast, but I just haven’t had time. 

I’ve been trying to develop art based on my thoughts and life, related to beauty and the beast. The photos I was just working on you can’t even tell it was once based on that particular fairy tale. And maybe that is my point. I want to create, create, create! Like the greeks. Something new. Something original. Something old. Something collaborated. Hey, this sounds like a wedding. I want to create something from something, but something new. HAHA oh the paradox. 

And from all that, here are some photos. I don’t think I’m completely done with these, and I couldn’t decide which one I liked best. So, I’ve decided to post the different versions. I have a friend who always reminds me of Andy Warhol, and once when I was at his house posting pics onto facebook, I couldn’t decide between two versions of the same photo I had edited in two very different ways. I didn’t want to post the same pic twice, even tho they were radically different, due to the crazy photo editing I had done. He told me to post them both, because they weren’t the same. I had thought they were the same bc of the photo being the same, but he reminded that what I had turned them into had made them two very different art pieces altogether. The fact that these photos tonight look a little Warholish is solely a coincidence, by the way. 

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In the tale of Beauty and the Beast, Belle wanted a rose. That is what led her down the road to falling in love with a beast. But maybe the beast is just symbolic, symbolic for allowing ourselves to love. To love every part of ourselves, the beautiful and the beastly. For when we allow ourselves to truly love ourselves, the judgement and fear are released and we are free to be who we were always meant to be. And that, my friend, makes us beautiful.
Or maybe not. Maybe there was just a girl in love with the beauty of a rose. And then she got Stockholm syndrome.  

 

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The Rose: Beauty and the Beast Themes and Motifs

So, Since I’m dissecting Beauty and the Beast one photo at a time. Tonight’s photo is inspired from the Rose from Beauty and the Beast. And my photo is kind of, sort of,  supposed to look like an old book cover. However, I don’t actually have photoshop, and I’m also not an excerpt at turning my photos into what I want them to be. Plus,  I actually really like to give you the essence of something through a photo and not necessarily the realistic version of it. So the photo I have transcribed tonight reminds me of an old book cover, but feel free to comment and let me know what it reminds YOU of.

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