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AARON LEE GIVAN, Ph.D.
Copyright. 2004. Aaron Givan.
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PNEUMAGRAPHS: THE ***ART*** OF THE SOUL--THE CREATION, THE SELF
"Chaos, Meaning, and the Cosmos"
The term "pneumagraph" was created by me some years ago to formalize the process*** of letting the hidden facets of the media and artistic process surface more easily and add to the imaging, meaning and inspiration a fine art piece can provide the viewer.
A pneumagraph ("spirit writing") is an artifact/fine art piece that reflects the spirit of nature through whatever creative means seems appropriate to the vision of the artistic message reflected in the work at hand. For example, a bricolage approach (see 'bricolagework.com')--using whatever is at hand--may produce a work emphasizing the remnants of an artistic mode; special effects may be created within the media being used--perhaps watercolors, and the like...
The art works that have been created from this process*** for me are:
1. A series of water colors using traditional (air brush, cascading washes, etc.) and special effects along with auxiliary media--for example, torn, hand-made paper to help add dimension to a forest scene--that measure 22x30 inches on heavy water color paper.
2. A series of images using digital and photographic technology--in a number of sizes (8x10 inch to 22x30 inch)--that includes a random element that allows unexpected color and image variations, an element of surprise and fun...
The results of these artistic processes*** have allowed a refinement of macro-images and micro-images of the cosmos to emerge that have personally aided me in my thinking and research about our place and space in times past, present and future. More specifically, this process has allowed the development of specific measurement/inventory (see "metavoicesystems.com') tools and theoretical models of human personality that focus on the structure of human values (see 'ethicsclasses.com'), the place of the spiritual domain, and the dynamic behavior possibilities (see 'center4.org) that allow us to live interesting, productive daily lives.
--Aaron Givan, Rolla, North Dakota: 11/15/2004
SINCE 1994 NATURE PHOTOS HAVE BEEN COLLECTED AND FILED AND FORM THE BASIS*** FOR PNEUMAGRAPHS, AS MENTIONED ABOVE. OF SPECIAL INTEREST HAS BEEN THE WOODS AND SEASHORES OF MARYLAND. A SPECIAL COLLETION OF THE WILD FLORAL PLANTS OF THE D.C. AREA AND PHOTOS OF THE PLANTS IN THEIR NATURAL STATE WAS CONDUCTED--1995-1997--AS A PERSONAL GROWTH PROJECT FOR THE Ph.D.(1997) AT THE UNION INSTITUTE AND UNIVERSITY.
THIS COLLECTION PROCESS AND THE RESULTING FINE ART PIECES HAVE PRODUCED A PORTFOLIO OF OVER 5O WATER COLORS--MOSTLY 22X30 INCHES ON ACID FREE PAPERS.
THE PHOTOGRAPHY PROCESS INCLUDES A COLLECTION OF 35MM CAMERAS, VARIOUS LENSES, AND FILTERS; THE FUN OF PHOTOGRAPHY HAS BEEN AMPLIFIED INTO THE FOSTERING AND AMPLIFICATION OF THE CREATIVITY PROCESS. THIS CREATIVITY PROCESS HAS SPILLED OVER INTO TRANSDISCIPLINARY LEARNING EXPERIENCES. ONE RECENT FOCUS HAS BEEN THE USE OF ART AS A DOOR TO IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES AT THE DOCTORAL LEVEL...
1. The Place of Art In Education
By Aaron Givan, Ph.D.
Copyright. 2005. Aaron Givan.
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
“Some of his poetry compares favorably with Shakespeare’s.” --McDannald. (1942.) The Modern Concise Encyclopedia. NY; Unicorn Press, p. 1469.
Francis Bacon (1561-1622)
Author of ESSAYS—“A treasure of English style…[like] the works of Shakespeare.” –McDannald, 1942, p. 181.
George Santayana (1863-1952)
Author of “The Life of Reason…and several volumes of verse.”—McDannald, 1942, p. 1995
“Poetry is central to all creativity.” This thesis is something I have played with and thought about since the mid-1980’s. Recently, I hung the likenesses of the three writers-poets listed above in my study to help foster a sense of creativity, research and productivity.
I have since started a volume of verse that I will compose as opportunity affords; the creative act of writing, I find—for me, fosters more of the same—whether it is
prose, poetry, fiction, or research….
At one time I mentored a class on basic English. The final project was the public reading of a poem to the rest of the class. One person had not completed the work and sat in the back of the room. Not wanting to leave her out, I asked if she had a contribution to make when the other people had finished their readings. She paused and made an impromptu, extemporaneous, verbal presentation of a poem that summarized very well what the others had presented and her learnings for the term.
At one point in my career, I thought about the place of art in the educational process. For me, thinking about how water colors are produced—the artistic process—and how the fine art pieces are used provided a model for research and writing. The production of my own watercolors was enhanced by this process.
Challenge: Produce one or more poems during this term as part of your work for this class; keep them in a journal, along with other thoughts suggested by your activities; and summarize the importance of this exercise as part of the ending of your work for the term.
2. ART AND EDUCATION:
Poetry--An aid to creativity...
Using poetry to promote thinking skills:
Researching new topics and how they relate to specific problems—often hard ones, like in ethics or philosophy of leadership—often involves moments of insight or an epiphany. The application of the insight is sometimes spur-of-the-moment and can be easily lost if not written down quickly.
Practice in writing things down quickly using whatever ideas or things that are around—called bricolage—can be practiced by writing poetry when something gives you an inspiration—like the poem posted below, written in about 10 minutes after looking out the window and hearing the geese fly over. For some people, doing poetry as a new experience eases the struggle when working on deciding a dissertation topic. Sometimes topics are “found” in an improvisation process—using topics that have been done, but looking for the next extension that will “make a contribution to the field.”
Water colors and music pieces can be derived in the same way. I do nature scenes with an air brush and an easel table that can be tilted and/or one that can be spun rapidly.
A. On the Coming of Spring...
Looking out the window for the coming of spring....
Makes my heart and voice want to sing.
Hearing the calls of the geese on the wing...
Makes my heart and voice want to sing.
Feeling the warm south breezes with the promises of soft grasses and
flowers that they bring...
Makes my heart and voice want to sing.
Knowing the days are growing and the hopes and desires of others
with expectations are glowing ...
B. "UNDER THE SAGUARO"
UNDER the Saguaro
There lies a warrior fallen...
The Mighty Arms of the great Arizona cactus
Lift the memory of the old soldier to a higher plane...
Though in BATTLE he was not slain,
Yet, he gave of his best to you and to me
As he lived out his LIFE within a MEMORY...
A MEMORY of the din of war
And the cries of the WARRIOR--and other WARRIORS--
Who are HERE no more;
Those FRIENDS are also gone,
And only WE are left to sing
We and the lone SAGUARO............
--IN MEMORIUM, 5-26-2008, for a lone soldier, with no family, laid to rest in the 1980's in the ARIZONA NATIONAL CEMETERY, PHOENIX, AZ.
--Aaron Givan, D.Min., Ph.D., VA Chaplain, Retired
[Aaron Givan, Ph.D.
The Center For Environmental Management for Success
[An Intrapsychic-Ecological Approach]
(Established 1982, Phoenix AZ)
Wholeness Within the Self as ART
ABSTRACT: Within the structures of everything are the elements of "living beauty": the key/secret to finding and participating in this living beauty is to look long and hard at "X"--in this case the self--so that you see/perceive/understand the structure and relationships of behaviors to the patterns of structures within--in this case, the self....AND make moment-to-moment small adjustments about the tasks of living using the whole self--reasoning AND feelings...Real, living beauty depends on this connection, the small decisions/adaptations, so that things are lived rightly, placed just right, or seen in the light of the larger WHOLE, the cosmos....
TERMS RELATED TO PNEUMAGRAPH PRODUCTION PROCESS:***
“UNsight”—a non-directional epiphany: related to the pneumagraph process; alternate gloss, “looking around.”
“UnSIGHT”—a secondary, directional epiphany: related to the pneumagraph process; alternate gloss, “looking beyond.”
[Terms first coined 10:00 AM, 9/3/2008, at Rolla, ND, A. Givan, Ph.D.]
***See 'dreamanalysis.us"; dreaming skills can enhance the "pneumagraph production process" and act as useful tools for creativity development and enhanced problem solving skills.