Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bohemian Rhapsody

Sometimes I sign up for art swaps then wonder what the hell I've done. Recently, I came across a  "bohemian" swap, and instantly hit the "join" button. Yet, as of this morning I'd done nothing to get the swap completed. 

In a general sense, I know what bohemian means.

If I look up bohemian art or bohemian style of clothing or decorating, I get a confusing mishmash of hippie and hipster.

Wikipedia says, "Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.This use of the word bohemian first appeared in the English language in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities. Bohemians were associated with unorthodox or anti-establishment political or social viewpoints, which often were expressed through free lovefrugality, and—in some cases—voluntary poverty."

That's all fine and good, but it still wasn't inspiring me to create something for my swap partner...

Finally, I settled upon trying for a visualization of the wanderer/adventurer component. I altered a Moleskine notebook by glueing two pages together and alternately tearing out 3 pages in between. I went with a color scheme of black, white, cream, and metal colors.

And here's the result: