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Grateful Dead Lyrics Inspired Art

Grateful Dead lyrics can be so beautiful, mysterious and with lovely nature references.  The piece below was inspired by the song, Ripple, written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia.  Here are some of the lyrics:

“If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?…
 
Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow
Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again…”
 
grateful dead song lyric inspired art poster design of ripple, harp with no strings, trippy hippie artwork by artist Laura Lynne
Ripple #2, 2018, Digitally Altered Mixed Media Papercut Collage
 

 

Often, I’ll digitally alter my art to create a few different color versions for prints.  The original hand cut paper collage was light green and white, but I really like how the red and light blue one turned out.  (Sometimes I like the digitally colored versions better than the original!)

Grateful Dead Fan Art based on ripple song lyrics with ripple, musical bars, harp with no strings
Ripple #2, 2018, Digitally Altered Mixed Media Papercut Collage

Prints are available in my shop.  All prints are archival, printed with ink on 100% cotton fine art paper.  They are open edition because they are giclee prints AND it would suck if my favorite musicians only released 200 copies of their songs.  I would never do that to you.  🙂

Also, check out my Scarlet Begonias lyric inspired piece and Dark Star inspired art here.

 

Thank you so much for visiting!

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com.

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Creativity Hierarchy of Needs

Yoga and Love help to make room for great creativity. T-shirt design and philosophy

Giving this working artist bit a try, I have a lot of time to think all day now that my baby is in full day kindergarten…  I’m also reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.  It has led me to thinking about how to sustain creativity and health.  What do we need to do to refuel our creative tank, be healthy and a productive art maker?

I think about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and what he wrote about being your best self.  He studied famous people in history, like Abraham Lincoln, to find out what they did to become fully actualized human beings.  Maslow found that we need first to have our physiological needs met, then safety, love/belonging, esteem and only then can we have self-actualization and reach our highest potential.

Yoga, also, is a system for self-actualization.  It helps your mind, body and spirit be the healthiest it can be.  It helps your body to sit or stand comfortably for long periods of time while writing, painting, drawing or playing music.  If I were to create a heirarchy for creativity, it would look something like the one below.

Laura Lynne Art's Version of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

I feel so very lucky to have my basic needs, or bottom tier, met (thanks to my dear husband, his employer, and living within our means) and wish everyone in the world had theirs met too.  How amazing would our world be if everyone was walking around with a full belly, a peaceful mind, and had the capacity to work on their creative projects?

For the sake of design and t-shirt design, I simplified my little hierarchy to this:

Yoga and Love help to make room for great creativity. T-shirt design and philosophy
Laura Lynne Art Hierarchy of Needs Based on Maslow’s Psychology

Here is the papercut work in progress:

Papercut work in progress
Hierarchy of Needs Papercut Work in Progress

To find out more about Maslow and see his hierarchy, click here.

extra large yoga tote bag or grocery bag with art love yoga pyramid
Yoga Tote Bag

 

Please message me to check pricing and availability of tote bags and t-shirts at hello@lauralynneart.com

 

Laura Lynne Art Portrait Photo

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com.