posted by Ian Summers on February 9th, 2012

February 2012 Edition
Copyright © 2012 Ian Summers

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Dear Reader.

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I hope this finds you well and thriving.

Today’s edition offers opportunities to participate

in an alternative application for the visual arts.

Here are some good reasons to

create personal work applying idea stimulators.

and  the wisdom of the sages.

One of my articles published by Agency Access about

creating work that comes from your heart recieved

the honor of being named one of the

best 100 photography blogposts of 2011.

Manifest Passion,

Ian

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Copyright © 2011 Michael Regnier

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About two years ago, when commercial markets were ravaged by the recession and fear was pervasive, my Heartstorming Think Tank Team Teleconference groups began to seek new venues to sell their work; not instead of what they were already doing, but as additional markets. We explored, researched and discussed creating a company that would offer healing art to the healthcare and corporate markets, among many other alternatives. Eight of my clients and I invested time and money to bring GlowArtworks into being.

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Copyright © 2011 Cameron Davidson

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Our website went live about six months ago and we are learning, exploring,creating, taking risks, making mistakes, curating, selling, promoting, publicizing, and growing. Our curators are seeking the most diverse and excellent fine art collection of files that are printed on-demand by artisans in most any size and substrate. Click the logo to visit our site. You may wish to contribute some of your work to be curated. You will find a PDF that will guide you in choosing and preparing your submission. If you have questions, call me at 610-393-6816.

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Art has deep roots as a primal healing force. From the moment the first cave painters imprinted their hands dripping with clay on the walls of a cave to the most recent installations by healthcare facility designers, Art has awakened archetypes and aroused the human spirit. It has the power to heal, to change, to create a world of peace, hope, and community.

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Copyright © 2010 Ian Summers

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There are times when Art appeals to patients seeking tranquility; there are times when Art helps people get in touch with their sadness, their joy, their fears. We believe that Art in healthcare facilities should be as varied as people themselves. Art that does not challenge the eye and heart may quickly become wallpaper. We believe that healing Art should be tasteful but not timid.

Art affects patients, as well as their loved ones. The hospital environment, the doctors, nurses, orderlies, cafeteria workers, custodians, and administrators can all be positively affected by Art. In essence, consciously chosen Art sets the stage for the healing environment. Art may take the focus away from pain and fear – even for a moment – thus encouraging healing.

Our work is a labor of love, and love in itself is a healing force.

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Copyright © 2007 Ian Summers

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1001 More Pithy Quotes Questions & Pondering on

The Creative Process with Idea Stimulators

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Lao-Tzu said…

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ALL BEHAVIOR consists of opposites… Learn to see things backward, inside out, and upside down.

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SELECT A CREATIVE PROBLEM you have been working on. Make a list of all the truths you know about it. Then make a list of the opposites of all the truths. In what ways does thinking contrarily help to see things differently?


Susan Sontag said…

THE RELATION of a still photograph is a film is intrinsically misleading. To quote from a movie is not the same as quoting from a book. Wereas the reading time of a book is up to the reader, the viewing time of a film is set by the film maker and the images are perceived only as fast or as slowly as the editing permits. Thus, a still, which allows one to linger over a single moment as long as one likes, contradicts the very form of film, which is a process, a flow in time. The photographed world stands in the same, essentially inaccurate relation to the real world as stills to to movies. Live is not about significant details, illuminate in a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are.

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SONTAG OFFERS a most acute analysis of the differences between still and video photography. It is foolish to believe that because camera manufacturers include HD video in their product, that still photographers would be passionate or naturally adept at this alternative form. The ways still photographers see and work are actually contradictory to shooting film. If you are a photographer and do not feel the calling to become a film maker, find alternative or additional markets that help to manifest your art. Video is not a panacea for all still photographers.

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I DEAL PRIMARILY with mystery and in the presentation of mystery. If I cast someone in plaster, it is the mystery of a human being that is presented. If I put him next to an object, it also raises a question about the nature of that object.

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HOW IS MYSTERY represented in your work? In what ways does juxtaposition create mystery? What questions does your work ask?.

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Announcing a Free Series of

Pithy Heartstorming Quote Salons

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Over a thousand copies of my free eBook, 1001 Quotes, Questions & Pondering on The Creative Process have been distributed to my clients and readers of this newsletter. Thanks for all the kind words. The next edition of 1001 More Pithy Quotes… will be published in May. Readers have been commenting on how my Idea Stimulators accompanying each quote have been helpful, challenging, interesting, and useful in their own creative process. The salon will meet for an hour and a half every other Wednesday morning at noon EST. Upon enrolling, you will be sent three quotes for discussion and protocols for the salon. We will create a Google + video conference hangout. You will need to enroll in Google + and have a video camera on your computer. I will facilitate a lively discussion and encourage you to create inspired personal work in response to the discussion and to share it at our next session.

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Who Should Attend

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.Anyone who wants to grow creatively

including photographers, illustrators, videographers, painters,

poets, novelists, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, etc.

If you are creating personal work, this is for you.

Call me for more information and to enroll at 610-393-6816

Google + allows only ten people on a videoconference at one time.

So enroll now and save your seat.

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When

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First Session on Wed. February 22nd at noon EST.

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Fee

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This is my gift to the community.

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Call me for more information about my

group and individual coaching services.

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Does your organization need a sp.eaker

for your next event?

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Ian Summers, Raconteur

Career Coach, Public Speaker, Workshop Presenter, Artist

145 South Eleventh Street, Loft #4

Easton PA 18042

610-393-6816

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eMail
www.heartstorming.com

www.iansummersartwork.com

www.glowartworks.com

New Articles by Ian Summers at Agency Access
The Creative Lab

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Gail Mooney and Tom Kelly document a group of students retracing the steps of the Freedom Riders of the early sixties. The students will never forget this event. After seeing this documentarty, neither will I.

Gail and Tom know that I am a long time fan. A trailer for Open Your Eyes. Gail ‘s nine month adventure with her daughter Erin may be seen Gail’s blog. . It is superb and proves that anything may be done when it comes from the heart.

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posted by Ian Summers on December 18th, 2011


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I have been following Lou Beach’s work since the 70s. He is a master illustrator. This book marks his mastery of words. Each story is told in 420 characters or less and is every bit as vivid as his artwork. These are word pictures and I doubt that any two people would see the story the same way in their mind’s eye. Each story was posted as a status update on Facebook. Each entry is a short story in its own right.

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You may peek inside of this book on Amazon.com or read excerpts at 420characters.com While at the website you may listen to readings by Jeff Bridges, Ian McShane, and Dave Alvin.

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Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: Lou Beach takes the prize for best Facebook status update on nearly every page of 420 Characters. Most of us find it difficult to reduce the day’s events or our current emotional state to just 420 characters with spaces and punctuation, yet Beach manages to tell entire stories within these strict confines without losing anything you’d expect from a story with no character limit. These micro-stories range from funny to tragic to absurd, illustrated by Beach’s original artwork and collages. Taken separately, they’re the stories of dreams, both broken and realized; of relationships healthy and strange; of disillusionment and contentment. Taken together, they’re the story of life–or lives. Though there aren’t any overtly recurring characters, the stories still combine into a powerful cohesive whole that’s just as fun to read straight through as it is to read in chunks of 420 characters or less. –Malissa Kent

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