I need to start drawing again. Not like big ambitious drawings that require a giant sized sketch pad and an easel to complete, but I at least need to break out the old sketchbooks and put them to use.
I mean, I used to be so into art that I was the creepster that would draw pictures of you while you were sleeping on the train.
But now it’s all awkward because without a sketch pad I’m just the creepster that stares at you for an uncomfortable amount of time until you wonder if I’m about to steal your money. (Alright fine, in reality I respect people’s space and do my best not to stare, but it’s hard to fight those natural instincts.)
So hey, maybe this can be my “art” blog. Maybe I’ll be more compelled to keep a sketchbook if I know I’m going to have a place to post the drawings. But as we all know (and by “we” I mean me, the sole reader of this little webpage), I’m still not sure what direction this thing is going in, so I’ll keep up the random disconnected posts for the time being and just pretend it’ll allll work itself out in the end.
I suppose I should explain why I named this blog “Casella’s Song”. Honestly, I just like the way it sounds. Casella is Dante’s friend who shows up at the beginning of Purgatory, the second book in The Divine Comedy. He’s a musician, hence the “song” part of the title. That’s really as far as my thought process went.
But there’s also a reason that Dante has been on my mind these days (I’d like to say it’s because I’m some super intelligent person that’s always contemplating poetry in my down time, but I’d be lying). Basically, I need to start a big painting and/or drawing and/or photography project for a show I have coming up, and I have no idea what to do. Also, I used to know Italian really well, but after months of not using it at all I’m starting to forget it completely. So, my brilliant solution: (re)read The Divine Comedy so that I can use it as inspiration for an art project and hopefully hang onto whatever foreign language skills I still have. Two birds, one stone. Perfect, right? Well I’m an expert procrastinator so we’ll see how long it actually takes me to follow through on this plan. I’m hoping that just writing it down here might hold me somewhat accountable.
Although… I just realized that I’m using a story set in Hell as a jumping-off point for a project that’s bound to be pretty difficult and time-consuming. Let’s hope that’s not too symbolic…