|The only thing I wanted for Christmas 2008 was his book, The Journey is the Destination. (I do not own the rights to this)|
The professor told us to start keeping visual diaries, an assignment that changed my life. Recording my life with words AND art made such a huge change in my perspective that I suggest that everyone keep a visual diary.
My professor encouraged us to buy a big sketchbook, to use it to plan out our work, to brainstorm, and to create within its pages.
|A recent project I completed in my own visual diary.|
|This took forEVER...|
|I combine magazine clips with written word and my own painting.|
|I let my eye do the deciding and eventually, something is created.|
African DanThe whole project began because of Dan and the love of his mother and sister. Dan grew up as a compassionate person who empathized with the Africans who saw war, hunger, and corrupt government everyday of their lives.
Dan became the youngest photojournalist for Reuters at the age of twenty-two and documented the war-torn continent. His compassion and his job also brought him to his death, as he was stoned to death in Somalia in July 1993 by a mob reacting to the United Nations bombing raid on the suspected headquarters of General Mohammed Farah Aidid.
|A view into Dan's book. (I do not own the rights to this)|
Neither the organization's website nor Dan's book mention any specific Christian mission, but they do a lot of good for people in need.
|Another page from Dan's book. (I do not own the rights to this)|
|One more page...(I do not own the rights to this)|
A few years ago, I got so involved in politics and the drive behind it that I forgot about the best mission: living to help other people. I haven't finished deciding how I'm going to use my talents to accomplish this mission, but having Dan as an art role model is very telling of how much we can do on Earth after we've gone.
(My parents purchased Dan Eldon's book, The Journey is the Destination, and I took pictures of open pages, though I do not have the rights to any of them)