"Lord of the Rings", "Beauty and the Beast" and Igor Stravinsky

When TheOneRing.net posted the image on the right to their facebook page, it really really inspired me.

All of the sudden lately, I find myself attracted to concentrated artistic endeavors. I've been a jack of all trades, master of none for so many years now that I think my attention is being captured by people and artists who have a singular focus and an easily identifiable outlet for that focus.  

I followed the link to the page where the stunning image came from, Geek Art Gallery, and I really fell down the rabbit hole. I love the style of the image and the way that it has that kind of Mary Blair-like whimsicality and the specific stained glass style that reminds me of "Beauty and the Beast". 

I also got a bug about searching down specific filming locations that I love. I've always had this dream vacation in mind where I go across the country just visiting my favorite filming locations from movies that I love. I think it would make a smashing documentary, providing that the characters along for the ride had a good secondary storyline going on. 

So I Googled some of the locations from "Return to Me" (a movie I ADORE done by the comedic genius Bonnie Hunt) and found the following blog that I also spent a couple of hours on. It's called "It's Filmed There" and it's packed with good stuff. I particularly enjoyed the Chicago section, I really love that city and some of the most inspiring moments of my life have happened there. 

I think what's going on is that it's time for me to get more specific than I ever have and to treat what I do as art. The danger in making a living as a creative professional is that if you aren't careful, you look up from your laptop one day and business has taken over your entire life. You aren't doing anything for fun anymore. Everything is about money somehow. So I'm making some adjustments. Trying to schedule out time for new artistic adventures. Trying to work in new formats. Getting out of my comfort zone. Putting the "business" of creative business back where it belongs...in the second half of that phrase. 

And I'm intentionally not going to talk about it on this blog. I have a nasty habit of talking about the things I want to do and then NEVER doing them. So I don't want to blog about any of this stuff until it has manifested in such a way that I can take a picture of it once it's underway or SHOW you a final product. 

"My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the chains that shackle the spirit."

                                                                                             Igor StravinskyPoetics of Music