Feste's Lute

Scribbles & Sketches of the Unspeakable

Tag: inspiration

Inhale and Exhale

Systole then diastole.

From the inward breath, Aleph, inspiration… to the first utterance, Bereshith, creation.

We take in so we may give.

We receive not for ourselves alone.

The greatest giver is always the most gifted.

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Many pro authors say you should try a dumb trick if your writing is moving frustratingly slowly: just banish a certain part of your A to Z for a bit. This paragraph can’t contain any “A”s. Try it. You find that your brain has to slow down and focus on that arbitrary limit. It distracts you, making you pick all of your words with caution.

Okay, that was just one paragraph without using the letter “E” and it took me about three hours to assemble. It’s a great writing trick because all too often, you get trapped by your own writing style. Water carves grooves in rock after a number of years, you see. When that happens, that’s becomes the only path the water wants to take. An arbitrary but ironclad rule forces your writing to flow into new directions.

The Wheel Of Fortune Comment Moderation System – Andy Ihnatko’s Celestial Waste of Bandwidth (BETA)

A great post on website comments that introduced me to a new idea.

Our Return from Spectrum

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We had an amazing time at Spectrum. It was inspiring to see and talk to so many artists that are actively moving forward with their work. Just looking at the level of technique displayed made me want to go home and create. I’m so thrilled that Kansas City got a chance to host this festival.

We ended up getting quite a few smaller prints. The artists at the show were selling things at very reasonable prices and it felt good to support them. I’ve listed the pieces with the pictures below. Check ‘em out.

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OMAR RAYYAN
http://studiorayyan.com/
“Tea Time”, “Contessa with Squid”, “Fluffy”, & “Interlude with the Gryphon”

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JASMINE BECKET-GRIFFITH
http://www.strangeling.com/
“Alice and Snow White” & “Alice in a Dali Dream”

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MICHAEL MANOMIVIBUL
http://www.mikemanoart.com/
“A Seed”, “Flem”, & “Journey”

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ANNIE STEGG
http://www.anniestegg.com/
“Black Moor” & “Pearl Ryukin”

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KIRSTEN ZIRNGIBL
http://www.kirstenzirngibl.com/
“Self-Portrait”

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TEETERING BULB (KURT HUGGINS & ZELDA DEVON)
http://teeteringbulb.com
“Fragments” & “Drowned Ball”

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Top Left – BRIAN DESPAIN
http://despainart.com
“The Sparrow King”

Top Right – BRYNN METHENEY
http://brynnart.com
“Amber”

Bottom Left and Right – IMAGINISM STUDIOS
“Trumpet” by Kei Acedera
“Bread and Butterflies” by Kei Acedera
http://imaginismstudios.com

Songs for life’s lost lovers
bitter sweet their healing
Their prayers prayed under covers
need not kneeling
God’s one miracle
moves in circles

All My Life – Echo and the Bunnymen

(This lyric is consistently one of my favorites. I aspire to write something like this someday.)

What a mess

An active fool
with addled aspirations seeks
something to sop up this
encroaching puddle of words.