I've never really said where the name of my site--"Brain Sprinkles Art"--came from, so here it goes:
I don't know that I've ever stated it here before, but I've been a high school special needs teacher for a little over twenty years. (Frankly, it's a career decision that I've regretted more and more as the years have gone by; but, hey, regret--or at least, in my case, the mitigation of regret's affect on my psyche--is a HUGE part of life, so I just deal with it.) Anyway, before Shrub Bush and Teddy Kennedy's demon child (AKA: No Child Left Behind) was born and I was suddenly transformed by edict into someone "no longer qualified" to teach writing, I used to teach a remedial writing course to special needs kids with writing disabilities.
Not unexpectedly, many of my students had difficulty with the prewriting process. Try as they might, they just couldn't grasp the concept of brainstorming, the notion that they should jot down any idea, no matter how ridiculous. Over the course of their schooling, my special needs students had convinced themselves (or, perhaps more accurately, others had convinced them) that their ideas weren't worth writing about. So rather than face the ridicule they'd perhaps experienced in previous writing courses, they chose to not write at all. Therefore, in my feeble attempts to pull the written word out of them, I came up with "brain sprinkles."
"Don't worry about generating an entire storm," I told them. "After all, thunderstorms sometimes begin with sprinkles." I hoped to convey in them that even tiny ideas are important because--who knows?--they have the potential to grow into something profound.
Honestly, my idea generated mixed results in regard to my students' prewriting. But to this day I continue to believe wholeheartedly in the concept of the brain sprinkle. It's my belief that a big idea--a torrential downpour of creativity--can begin from one seemingly insignificant drop. And while this began as an exercise in writing, it most certainly translates into my process as an artist.
And, thus, the origin of Brain Sprinkles Art.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.