On April 1st, the 2018 Blogging A-Z Challenge launches and with it, I shut off from the real world and immerse myself in yet another uber-ambitious theme. Something that not only requires a lot of research, but also having my thinking cap switched onto “Genius”,. This could be dangerous. Two years ago, when my theme was “Letters To Dead Poets”, my brain went into overdrive. Steam and sparks were flying out my ears. My circuits blew up. By the end of the month, I was a zombie staring blankly at an empty screen. So, to prevent an all-systems collapse, I’m trying to get as much down before it starts.
If I was being true to myself, my theme would be “Ways of Procrastinating” using all 26 letters of the alphabet. After all, this weekend alone, I have:
- Bought new stationery for the challenge.
- I also bought a cork board with a world map printed onto it so I can pin the relevant places and link them up with red string as we go.
- I’ve cleaned my desk, including my desk drawers and vacated a drawer especially for my April Challenge material.
- Last night, I watched a couple of old movies…The Jackal and Play Misty For Me.
- Today, I took my daughter shopping to spend her birthday money.
- I also took the dog for a walk…another proven procrastination strategy.
However, that ISN’T my theme for 2018.
Rather, following on from the success of Letters to Dead Poets, this time I’ll be writing…
Letters to Dead Artists!
For those of you who aren’t aware, I’m Australian and so I’ll be featuring a number of Australian Artists you might not have heard of, but art is universal. However, I have diverse tastes and I’ve managed to include an artist from all five inhabited continents.
“A picture is a poem without words.”
I’m not going to ruin the suspense by listing all the artists now. However, the point of this series is that I’ll be writing to artists who have impacted on me personally and where there’s some kind of history, memories, a story. These stories revisit 9 months I backpacked through Europe in 1992, travels through Australia and also my undergraduate History Honours thesis: The Cult of Ugliness The Modernist Threat to the Bush Legend.
“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
So, stay tuned for the launch on April 1st and I hope you’ll also share some of your thoughts and passions about these artists in the comments.
Wish me luck!