Janis Joplin – Jacki Kellum – Watercolor
Jacki Kellum essentially has 3 masters degrees–one of which is in painting and one of which is in English, with an emphasis in writing. For her master’s degree in English, Kellum wrote her thesis on William Blake, the author and illustrator of Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Like William Blake, Jacki Kellum both writes and makes visual art. Also like Blake, much of Kellum’s research has to do with childhood, the inner child, and how the loss of the inner child affects the human spirit. Kellum views the writing of Memoir as a way to reclaim one’s inner childhood and to channel that childhood in finding one’s voice.
Being an artist or a writer is a way of Being–of Becoming Aware–of Increasing from Within–of Wondering–and of Inventing because of that Wonder. – Jacki Kellum
The Free Event Mine Your Memories is designed to help writers write through their pasts and to reclaim their authentic voices that are buried there–within their intuitions.
Michelangelo alluded to this artist’s intuition in saying that his sculptures lay within the stone and in sculpting, he merely followed the path that he sensed within the rock. Michelangelo was talking about the process of allowing his intuition to speak to him and to coach him as he created.
When writers can access the words that lie within themselves, they begin to write more authentically. Sometimes this is referred to as writing from “ The Zone,” but it is actually writing from the intuition, a reservoir of thoughts and emotions that run deeply within each person. The secret is tapping into that reservoir. Mine Your Memories, the 36-Day Free Memoir Challenge, is designed to help writers reclaim their intuitive voices, which lie within their pasts.
Each day, the writer will be offered a different writing prompt that will help him to recall the things that were central to his becoming who he is. In creating through those memories, the writer’s mind will be recharged, and the writer himself will learn how to write with his unique voice, which is locked within his memory.
The writing assignments are not difficult and should not require a great deal of time. In fact, they are fairly open-ended, so that each writer can tailor the prompts to fit their own circumstances.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner
Most people would like to forget or bury some of the chapters of their pasts, but that is not actually possible. In trying to forget who we are and where we have been, we only succeed in numbing ourselves and killing our authentic writing voices. The secret to becoming a better writer is to tap into one’s past and to harness it and allow it to sail him forward.
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens – by Arthur Rackham
“You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.” – James M. Barrie
[ Author of Peter Pan]
People who participate in the Free Mine Your Memories Event will not be asked to share their writings with anyone, but they can, if they wish. Writing is what heals us. Sharing is simply something else that we may elect to do.
Jacki Kellum been teaching a Face-to-Face Memoir Class, and she knows that the Mine Your Memories plan works. She has watched people open up, because of the course, and begin to express themselves beautifully.
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” – Bill Keane
Because of her work with visual art, Jacki Kellum is particularly sensitive to visual images associated with writing and blogging. Many of the Free Mine Your Memories exercises are designed to help participants sharpen their appreciations of visual imagery and to help them write more descriptively. While teaching art in schools, Jacki Kellum was named National Teacher of the Year by Target Stores of America. Kellum has also received grants from Highlights for Children Magazine Foundation.
Jacki Kellum’s Main Blog Site is Here.
In the Pink – Watercolor – Painted 2015
Thanksgiving Across the Lake – Watercolor Painted 2014
December – Watercolor Painted 2014 – Painting Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Wild Arnica & Alpine Painted on Location in Alaska 2012