I Watched Night Turn Into Day

...is the Solresol form of the image below.

I've finished the translation of Rumi's Pure Light. I've animated the entire film. Next comes sound. I'm very excited to finish this one. It's very calm, and it calms me to create it.

Next up is to complete the puppet for my 2nd personal piece.

I'm approaching these much differently than in the past. I used to over-design, over-work, give myself too much and then disappoint myself when I didn't have Hollywood-esque equipment to complete everything. Learning to approach each new project with the love of the art of creation, rather than the need for an amazing piece, is the best lesson from the last year.

It's odd that it took me until recently to fully understand.


In Solresol, "refasila" means "work," or "worker."

I had to de-install a gallery show at work today. I really missed the feeling of drywall on my hands.

There's just something about grit and grime that makes me feel proud. Those smudges and stains on my skin and clothes mean I put in work. It's nice.

Pure Light

Two posts back to back. I haven't been as regular as I would like. I say that often, but I mean it.

I've been translating Rumi's poem, "Pure Light," into Solresol. It's going slowly, but I need to do it for my own sanity.

Pure Light from Janelle Smith on Vimeo.

A few notes:
1) The brownish color is supposed to be orange.
2) It goes rather quickly. At the moment, I'm just dropping things in before I perfect the timing.
3) For those who didn't bother to click the link above, Solresol is a language invented in the late 1800s by a French gentleman named Franรงois Sudre. It combines the 7 colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV) into words and phrases. These colors correspond to the 7 main musical notes (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, and Ti), for an entirely visual and equally musical language.

In other words, it's a whole crazy world of fun, and it's keeping me sane. Ish.