Meet Sandy Brown Jensen, creative writing instructor, photographer and Digital Storyteller.
As a creative writing instructor, I work daily thinking of ways to encourage creativity.
I am on a journey to learn everything I can to be a digital storyteller. I am gathering allies and helpers as I walk the perilous Road of Trials into the dark Belly of the Whale. I fail and I succeed; I find the White Goddess only to lose her again in my search for the elixir of life in the magical bottle of digital storytelling. I hope someday to become Mistress of Two Worlds, but as I plunge deeper and deeper into the jungle of multimedia, I need friends and companions to whistle with me on my way down the road.
Let me introduce myself here:
When I am asked questions such as, “What is your definition of creativity? Why is creativity important to you? How do you foster your own creativity?” I want to escape the confines of text and turn to the magical powers of the digital story. In this video, “The Current is Everything,” I answer those questions.
As a creative writing instructor, I work daily thinking of ways to encourage creativity in my students, but there is a larger world to reach, and I do that by telling stories, thinking out loud about the creative process in my digital stories. This video, “Water, Air, Earth, Fire” tells the story of how I personally learned about the creative process.
Also, my artist sister Cheryl Renee Long and I have started an online art class called “Mysterious Night Vision Field Journal: Intuitive Art from the Well of Soul,” which is about using colored pencil and bright gel pen on black paper.
The most important driving force in my developing creativity was my dad, Warren Brown, who became a photographer after a hard journey through WW II. I tell his story and make the link between up in this digital story called “Sharpshooter.”
However, in post-internet days, I draw inspiration from the magic of an online cohort called DS106. In this digital story, I connect the virtual world with the real. It incidentally tells of how I met Cathleen Nardi and through her ended up HERE.
I added the Creative Inspiration Challenge for five days to two other daily challenges I follow. I have been doing them for so long that I probably work a whole lot faster than the average digital artist because, yes, I DO have a day job! I enjoy jumping sideways out of the box, if I can, so for example, with the word prompt “home,” I posted a short video of rough surf at the Devil’s Churn on the Oregon Coast because all of Oregon is my home and that is a place I particularly love.
It is perhaps worth adding that I have a photography website at Mind on Fire.net, and I have an artist’s statement posted there that is still true for me:
In my photography, I attempt to make things look as if they were imbued with a dramatic underlying force.
I photograph to discover traces of the luminous fingerprints of the divine.
Photography takes me out of my head and into the world of light and shadow, form and composition.
I seek source imagery–those images that for me are emerging from some fresh spring of the world right now.
There is a relationship with memory, dream, and reflection to be explored, photographed, suggested, and known.
Check out Sandy’s Digital Storytelling blog: Mind on Fire.