I snapped this photo watching “Better Call Saul” the other night. Our beloved cat, Ms. Karen Lillibridge Govoni is hanging with my husband, Jeff. When I looked at all of the textures in this image it looked like a renaissance portrait to me.
I liked how it was so layered—Karen’s paw hanging, Jeff’s stripey socks, my crow painting, the $10/10-year-old blanket from the airport in Vegas, the industrial lamp and the stack of books (Willa Cather’s My Antonia is the white jacket in the middle). I took this on my iphone 5S. My family has new iphones and I don’t. I’m not too bitter about giving up my upgrade, that’s what Moms do, right? I think I only have to wait until 2019.
When I started playing with this photo in Adobeillustrator I wished that I could shift perspectives on how I see things in the world as easily as I can manipulate them by using design software.
I have been cleaning my studio and sorting my work and I took a new look at this piece. I call it “Unknown Flora”, but I think it most closely resembles Queen Anne’s Lace. I am so interested in the way things look from another point of view…upside down, another perspective, in repetition etc.
This applies to both how we communicate and how we see things. I get stuck in the same thinking patterns and need to change it up or I get intellectually/emotionally bored (and this thinking type of thinking is exhausting). When we seek different ways of seeing we are opening ourselves up for a shift, a possibility or some grace…depending on what your life needs at the time. So, today turn (whatever needs a shift) upside down, or sideways and see what happens.
1. a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective.
2.a picture employing this technique, especially one in which it is prominent: an architect’s perspective of a house.
3.a visible scene, especially one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate.
4. the state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building’s composition is a failure in perspective.
5. the state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
We shift our perspectives all the time. But, when we do it deliberately it is more empowering than when we do it out of necessity. I have teenagers. I am trying to see different perspectives all the time. I thought this quote from Jung is a good guide for shifting perspectives. Good Luck!
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”