Inner portrait creation

by on November 20, 2012
in Mind Maps

Imagine birthing through art the ‘you’ within. What might it look like?

What if you expressed the ‘you’ within on a canvas in colour?

How about expressing the ‘you’ within using only lines, scribbles, dots, shapes etc.? Electric or static?

Artistic expression of the ‘you’ within, with or without words – the image of the inner you. You could analyse your creations or see them for what they are in terms of spontaneous art. Inner portrait creation – transferring emotions and feelings onto art. The mind map structure serves the idea well, being radial and organic growing from the centre outwards. You could include words or use images only or use colours and shapes.

This exercise would require limited drawing abilities if tackled from an abstract angle or you could explore representational images of your inner realm. The portraits are likely to change, naturally, so you could effectively create silent thrashings out from within to without at different times. Birth the feelings within through artistic expression using the freedom to explore your emotions.

On the inside: What do you see? What do you hear? What do you sense? What do you feel? How might you transfer the ‘you’ within, in the moment, onto paper or canvas? Try birthing the ‘you’ within in an unguided and spontaneous fashion.

Might your art from the inside appear different depending what activity you are undertaking at the time? Perhaps tapping past memories, good or bad, may birth wildly different styles and creations? Moods into media, from turbulence to tranquillity.

As a form of art therapy, potentially relaxing and therapeutic, birthing your inner portrait creation may unearth past, present or future.

What of a group creation on a large canvas? Mixing moods and feelings, flowing in unison, to create a collaborative masterpiece. Imagine the unique fingerprints of each participant. Spontaneous painting, drawing, sketching and doodling may release tensions or highlight love and joy in action.

What if soothing music were played before creation? Contrast that with heavy rock. Contemplate creating an inner portrait creation out in nature. Perhaps a hands-on approach may reveal different results; applying paint by hand for example? You might incorporate mixed media or unusual materials, potentially creating a unique collage.

The example I have created explores different methods as an illustration of possibilities rather than representing my inner state :)

Imagination and invention, dreams and desires, you could build a portfolio of inner expression, tapping and harnessing your individuality and originality.

Inner portrait creation – what might you create?

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Above money

by on November 13, 2012
in Mind Maps

This mind map explores some of the many areas in our lives that stand above money. The precious and the priceless; the memories and visions and the dreams transformed into realities.

What means more to you in your life than money?

How do you measure success?

What really matters most to you?

Which areas of your life are priceless?

Family – that’s above money
Nature – that’s above money
Love – that’s above money
Friendship – that’s above money
Support – that’s above money
Being there – that’s above money
Caring – that’s above money
Sharing – that’s above money
Reaching out – that’s above money
Making a difference – that’s above money
Kindness – that’s above money
Peace – that’s above money
Freedom – that’s above money
Happiness – that’s above money
Faith – that’s above money
Respect – that’s above money
Acceptance – that’s above money
Understanding – that’s above money
Legacy – that’s above money
Manners – that’s above money

Better than a million stars is one thank you. The lives you touch, the lives you better – the priceless gems from your heart to the hearts of others – that’s above money.
There are many others; what are yours?

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