Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sketching for health!

Yesterday Amy, Theo, Emily and I went and saw a Herzog movie called the Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser. It was totally rad! I enjoyed it most for all of its prompts for thought that it gave me. The story itself is full of mystery and questions, so you feel left with many. I found myself in a state of strange comfort simply listening to its Hero speaking. His voice had an interesting quality on its own and the character had a slow speech that gave you the feeling he was choosing his words with much care and visualizing them as a form coming from his mouth.
After the movie I began to experience a nearly mentionless itch at my 1st finger on my power hand. It seemed like just a harmless scratch from a passing bush along our walk to the theater.
Theo, Amy & I went and talked about the movie over a Beer. Over the coarse of conversation the drive to draw came over Amy, and she began doing portraits of the 2 of us on tiny squares. They were totally beautiful! Theo seemed to be at a loss without paper so I slid him my sketch pad and he began to go at it right away!
Soon Theo and I had the need for some Pizza conveniently across the way! We were each able to select our individual allotted topping and promptly pizza Jammed!
I asked Theo if he wanted to keep his drawing. With a glare of the unknown he left it in my hands.
The next morning (today) I woke up and was totally astonished and near panicked to find my finger who told me it was a little itchy, had swelled to enormous proportions!!! I was terrified. I did all of the things one must do to get it to a doctor, and made haste for it with the aid of Amy and our friend Arial as they set off to go to a waterfall adventure together.
Once at the Clinic, I needed to find something to occupy my mind and distract from my paranoid germy surroundings that are not dissimilar from my day job that I have negative feeling for as well. I found the comfort of Theo's sketch in my bag and it reminded me of a strange and magical story he told me a few days before about a magic and mysterious thing he happened upon. I began to draw and add on to it. It made me almost completely forget my troubled finger, and assured me it would all be ok and I would still be able to draw. Creation is powerful magic.
The image above is the picture.


Graham said...

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser is AMAZING. I'm glad you liked it. Sadly, Bruno S., the gentleman who played Kaspar, passed away a week ago.

Heart of Glass and Fitzcarraldo are my two favorite Herzog films. Have you seen either one of them?

Graham said...

Also, sorry to hear about your finger. I hope you and it are able to get back to maximum radness soon.

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Sean Christensen Awesome But True said...

Graham! YEAH DOOD!
I just found out he had passed also.
What A bummer, I am glad his voice is forever recorded for us to enjoy.
An odd note about that too! I found out a speculation I had the night of the movie about His voice being the opening sample on Ratatat's new album for the song "Drugs" was true! It had the same affect on me in the song as it did in the movie. The sample is from Stroszek. I haven't seen it since I was maybe 14. Fitzcarraldo is my favorite of his films I have seen. Its truly a masterpiece of mad reality/ and conjured reality at its most intense absurdity!
We should be watching more movies together my man!
Have you seen his documentary, "Encounters at the end of the world". It is extremely conductive of inspiring energy!
Oh! My finger is less wierd and more realistic looking again. I never want to experience any of my parts save for one, appearing obscenely enlarged and foreign to me. It also has no more pain and can make a fist. It was so funny to me that it, while at its worst was most comfortable coloring and drawing. But it hurt to scratch my cat.
Thanks again my man!

Graham said...

Glad to hear about your finger getting better. I would very highly recommend hunting down "Heart of Glass". All of the actors were hypnotized before giving their performances, and it involves a woodsman who is going blind because he can see further and further into the future! It's an insane, beautiful experience.

I have seen "Encounters at the End of the World". Only Herzog could film a suicidal penguin.