Tuesday, May 5, 2009

art and freaking out


a while back my pal lisa had mentioned something about 'art' and 'freaking out' in the same sentence, and the words have been dangling in my mind ever since. i knew there was a relationship somewhere, but wasn't sure what it was. then it hit me this morning that art is what KEEPS me from freaking out. it helps me to make sense of the random stuff that life spawns, or at least it helps me to make fun of it.

so during a rare spare hour this afternoon i found a cafe where i could sketch this out, and then appeared the human sample to test my theory. in this large, nearly empty place with tables aplenty, a professor-looking type decided he was going to sit with ME. with my art crap scattered all over this small table, and a sleeping child parked next to me, he made a extraordinary deal of setting up his computer and installing himself at my workstation. so i asked him if he was conducting a psychology experiment - possibly to gauge my reaction to his invasion of my personal space? "oh, no!" he said cheerily. "not at all."

that made it easy to zip up this doodle tonight. the goofy person in the canvas is my version of the space invader, except out of spite i made him look like a grandma with a blue bun and a ruffled collar.

art. it keeps me from freaking out.

37 comments:

PixiePirate said...

LOOOOOVE it, 'cause it's the same for me, too.

Bella Sinclair said...

Heeeeheeeee! Well, it looks like the powers-that-be have a wicked sense of humor. :) Either that or Allen Funt is one of the undead working at the cheese shop.

You are absolutely right. Art is a superb outlet for freaking out in a confined space. Very cool piece, blue-bunned grandma included. I like how the "U" in "out" looks like a smile.

daisy janie : scoutie girl said...

I'll bet he's retelling that story on his blog right now: psych 101: theories in practice.

cindy : quaint said...

and your art does that for me ;).

Megan Coyle said...

It keeps me from freaking out too :)

aimee said...

yes, i fear i've ended up in someone's graduate research paper, or worse, on candid camera.

what, cindy? my art makes you freak out? ;)

messyfish said...

Oh I hate that...lucky you were doing this, or you WOULD have freaked out on him. Its like when I am at the beach...the whole big beach, and a family parks right in front of me. I hate that!

That Girl Designs said...

i just told my husband the other day, that i've been spending every possible moment in my art studio, creating, because it helps keep the anxiety at bay. so, pretty much the same for me....art keeps me sane!

Carmen said...

I would have been so uncomfortable had that happened to me. I love this piece. Art is so therapeutic.

City.Girl.Em said...

Your art is incredible. I love your style.

I'm sure this guy who installed himself in your space wanted to be there for a reason. He probably wanted to be a part of your creative space...it was a good vibe.

Try to forgive him. lol...

Kirstin said...

So true. I hadn't really thought about it until I read this today but it certainly explains why I've spent so much time at my art table this last week while neglecting my household chores.

Your art is wonderful.

kla_texasgirl said...

Your style definitely inspires me and it helps me not freak out. Thank you for sharing and letting people like me live vicariously through your art!

steve said...

Well there you go - you conducted your own experiment and have concluded this theory of art and freak out, thanks to the space invader.

This is funny, 'cause I was discussing something similar with a freind recenly, though the focus was art being a sort of drug, or anti-drug. I then realized that this would not apply to everyone, judging by all the artists who have been known to abuse drugs. I guess, basically it was a discussion about how many people lack a sort of personal freedom within themselves to find creative outlets and to (constructively) escape life's doldrums. Excellent page in the meantime!

Christy said...

me too.

May said...

OMG! Me too! I started drawing again as a type of self-therapy and it can relax me when nothing else does. Gotta love that :)

●• Tiny Red said...

may it keep us all from it! amen :)

Kelly said...

interesting that he would do that. hmmm...makes you wonder. very fun piece!

BloggingQueen said...

Ya know, there's a song called "Personal Space Invader" by Sugar Ray. I wish I could find a link to the video!

Tomorrow morning I'm going to continue not freaking out, after I've dropped off the kids at day care.

Katrina said...

i love it! and i love that the space invader became a lovely grandma type. perfect.

kendalee said...

Perhaps he was just drawn to your lovely arty vibe and wanted to be near it? Not very considerate of your personal space though! I love how you've channeled all that into this piece 'cause I'd probably have just freaked out and this is SO much better - beautiful! :o)

e.beck.artist said...

funny story!!
and art keeps me from freaking out too!

Ricë said...

ah, the joys of Age: we were sitting outside at starbucks yesterday, and a young woman with a cigarette sat down at the table next to us. i very nicely asked her to move away.

she did. i smiled. no freaking out; but, alas, no art, either.

Nicky Linzey said...

How true. Hope the space invader doesn't read your blog!!!

painted fish studio said...

seriously, dude, why?!

loving your posts lately, have been a girl of few words...

hanna-happenings said...

Art is the way to sanity!

BT said...

Oh that did make me laugh. Can you credit what some people do?? And even after your remark he didn't move!! Lovely piece of work as a result anyway! Well done you. Oh, the word verification is very appropriate
TALENT!!

Veja cecilia said...

great story. Art is the best way to stay focused for me. To be creative is the way to live life!

Gracia said...

Yes, it is the same for me as well though I often forget it in times of stress and panic. A simple remedy to keep one sane and to simultaneously ground the feet to the ear and take the head to the clouds (if that makes sense?)... seems I ought to shufle off the computer soon and pick up a pen and perhaps later some scissors.

be well, g xo

Gracia said...

That 'shufle' was intended to be a 'shuffle'... it clearly had other ideas.

;)

L'Atelier said...

hahaha i hate it when people invade personal space, especially mINE! love how the nerdy cheery guy became a granny with lace collar- you go girl revenge is sweet!! xo

Ria said...

Just want to drop by and congrats you on being in Artful Blogging!! Yay!! You are my idol,Aimee! Keep on the fabulous art!

Valerie Lorimer said...

Oh, Aimee, I can SO relate to this! Unfortunately, I haven't been getting enough art time lately...the freak outs are not pretty! Love this piece!

violette said...

Oh this is a wonderful page....you made me smile....loved the story which accompanied it too!

Love, Violette
p.s. i saw your work in Artful Blogging and fell in love with it!

Art Fan Ako said...

I've not seen anything like your work. Very colorful! Thumbs up!

aimee said...

thank you!! you all keep me from freaking out, too :)

ArtSparker said...

Keep in mind that some men like a challenge. My handsome brother in law got hit on several times in the Castro district when my sister left him outside with a sleeping baby in a stroller.

soulbrush said...

oh yes absolutely, it has changed my life.hugs.