A student on the forum was searching for ideas for a surrealist painting including the following elements an object, animal, person/portrait in an unusual setting. A book I am reading called “Wild at heart” by John Elderedge prompted my suggestion. This book talks about why “boys need to be boys”. It insists that men need a level of wild excitement in their life, as it is natural to them. In the Bible men where created from the dust of the earth outside of Eden in the wilderness. Women were created from man. It is no wonder the guys like to roam and explore the earth while women want to be close to their men and are prompted to domesticate them to keep them near.
Wild at heart is a book that gives men permission to be men and find a healthy balance, and women insight into the freedom they need to express themselves in a way that is natural to them. I suggested to Natalie that she could paint the inner-man in men. The wild animal/hunter/warrior/hero they need to be to feel whole. Men are made from and attracted to the wild. Drawn to what is risky and exciting. However women although attracted to the wild and excitement in men they themselves are generally the nurturing and more domesticated beings. I thought this could be a great theme to explore myself. Although I am of the Eve species I have learned so much recently about the wonderful differences of men and women that make us so wonderfully unique and special and I think this would be exciting to explore.