This first post quite illustrate the way I see. Even in a morne gray first appearence, any day has it’s own hidden treasure.
A precious one, just for you! Few exemples will follow, taken from the movie “Amelie” (Le fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain,
in french), ” Inception”, and one of my own little notebooks.
It’s very simple and enjoyable. Now, let’s get into it:
So you have just pulled yourself out of the pyjama, and are ready to take a cup of tea or coffee. Outside your window things
are deeply grayed, maybe even opaque. It’s time to do the first thing to catch a treasure! How? By opening your attention to
every detail around you. Yes, all of them! From inside to outside, or visa-versa.
Start with your room. Take your time. Just observe and be still. Notice things. Tea leaves, coffee drops, spider net. Expand
with outside. The view from your window frame, the street (go outside), subway, offices, parcs ( a huge place for this exercice! :p).
Be and stay aware of how your perception is getting richer, how the plane gray you begined with is fadind away…
A simple pattern on a dress or a tie you crossed, a glow of a marble on the ground, the shape of a patch of ink your collegue
dropped from his ink pen. It’s exponential. And can be anything, anywhere.
The next thing to do, is to take time to “make it speak”, deliver it’s content in a way^^. Draw it. Question it. Read about it.
Open your dictionnaries, anthologies wide. What does it symbolise? Does it recall you of something? Search within your history and
History. Among movies, strips, books. Look up at as many ramification as you want. I bet it’s roots are huges.
Let’s see some examples:
– in “Amelie” film, the young girl find a boy’s box and see a rabbit among the sky . Childs sees easily narrative forms everywhere as hidden treasures…signs…
– Now from my notebooks. This is a drawing I made after visiting a beautiful japanese private garden.
And another one simply after a glance at the mirror on the bathroom wall.
-” Inception”. Here the spinning top of the hero, acted by Leonardo di Caprio shows that his treasure-object, artifact, can be seen as Totem. It became sense-maker, it symbolise a link to and through the world to the hero…
In conclusion, try to pay some additional attention to everything around you. Place yourself in a very zen attitude, and if not expressing yourself, en-rich you and cheer ;)! Feel free to leave your comments.