Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lynda Barry and the creative process

Reading the NY Times Magazine article about Lynda Barry lead me to purchase two of her books, one on writing, and the other on making art. In these journal-like books, she addresses the changes in attitude and behavior children go through as they grow into teens and adults and what happens to their creativity. Each page seems as a stand alone collage and it's refreshing to read this way, as you can get lost in each page. Taking the books as a whole, they are motivators, encouraging the free flow of words, and lines... streams of consciousness, or unconsciousness. Lynda's catchphrase..."Good, Good" as she teaches, is meant to encourage each participant to zip out of their self conscious judgemental mode, and open themselves up to the discovery of who they truly are.