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Well, it finally happened. I missed an Illustration Friday. I am trying not to feel bad about it because I can only do so much. I always think I can do everything. I always say "yes". But I'm starting to realize that I can't. This week I am still swamped with client work (knock on wood). And I find myself really sick again. I have croup. I think I'm the only adult I know of who gets croup. (I had it a lot as a child, and I guess I'm just still susceptible to it.) So, I'm sitting here wrapped in a blanket with vick's vapor rub slathered under my nose, trying to feel better and trying not to feel guilty. Ugh.

But I'd like to give you some good stuff to check out till I feel better... This is taken directly from the last newsletter I sent:

Need some inspiration? I have just the thing. "In the Realms of the Unreal". It's a movie showing in different arts theaters. (Or you can just check out the website...but it's no substitute for seeing it in person.) It's about a poor recluse named Henry Darger. He didn't have much going for him in his outer life...he was a poor, simple janitor who spoke to no one. But his inner life was a very rich one. He created heart-breakingly beautiful paintings, wrote epic stories about characters he made up, and got lost in his own world of art. He didn't show anyone. They only discovered his space when he died. His small apartment filled to the brim with pastels and watercolors, photo references he snipped out of newspapers, reams of butcher paper... A whole world waiting and sleeping till it was time to be found.

The film does a really good job of animating his paintings. Children with elaborate butterfly wings fly around, dragons with rabbit faces slither through the sky, trees sway in the wind. It's so dream-like and fluid.

I left the theater feeling like the whole world was just little bits of wonder waiting to be pieced together into art. I just had to get off my duff and do something about it.

So, please see the movie. You'll love it.

Click here to see the website: In the Realms of the Unreal