Monday, February 4, 2008

What's the Rumpus?

I want to thank everyone who stopped by and left wonderful comments on my first entry into Michelle Ward's GPP Street Team Crusades. It was so great to meet so many of you and view your inspiring and invigorating work. Thank you!

Today's journal entry came from a quote that popped into my head when everyone welcomed me to the party -- "Let the wild rumpus start!" I would guess that anyone who has been a mom -- or a kid! -- has read Maurice Sendak's masterpiece, "Where the Wild Things Are." If you haven't, it's a picture book about Max, a naughty boy sent to his room for being a "wild thing." Vines grow on his ceiling and a boat appears, so Max sails to the world of wild things and they make him their king. His first act is to declare a rumpus and they dance under the moon.

Eventually, Max realizes he misses being in a place "where someone loved him best of all" and leaves the wild things and travels home. Once back in his room, his dinner is waiting for him, in spite of having been naughty, and it's still hot.

I think art is part divine inspiration and part letting our inner wild thing out to play. After many years of following a career path that was more about pleasing clients than self expression, it felt wonderful to get back in touch with the little girl who loved picture books and let the wild thing loose. She wants to join the celebration and make art.

Let the wild rumpus start!

1 comment:

Ursula Clamer said...

Enjoy your wildness!
another great journal page.