poetry, paintings and stories galore from the palest hue to the
bluebird soaring high, blue excites, calms and finds its way into
N-EW tools, canvas, supplies, paints, seasons, a baby animal each signal a start which create endorphins all their own.
Thank you Sara for such an amazing photo reference!
S-UPPORTIVE friends and peers, Julia Cameron calls these
individuals "believing mirrors". This is the individual to whom I
can say "I'm having trouble seeing where that tail is coming
from". And rather than a criticism, it is an aha, "so that's
what's bothering me!" Sometimes we are too close to our work
what is niggling us. Uplifting friends hold a special place in our
lives! These individuals encourage, keep us on track and inspire!
|Linda Murphy Marshall, Linda Hendrickson, Tara Funk Grim, Morgan Golladay at Bethany Beach, DE
P-LACE, the beach , the mountains, for each of us there is a
happy place where PLAY becomes easy and free. Where is yours?
Is it in the woods naming the trillium, the dogwood and snowdrops or is it by the lake listening to the loon and watching, waiting for a
jump? Maybe your spot is at the ocean letting the waves roll
in and lull you to sleep. Is this spot as close as your back
porch with the fan running and the birds at the feeder? The
rhythm of life seems slow enough to free a wealth of inspiration
in your happy place.
Linda Hendrickson painting at Lake McDonald,
I-DEA Popcorn ideas bouncing and exploding off each other, a brainstorm of possibilities each with their own tangent to
explore and an entire series that could be born out of every one.
R-EST, if tired it is hard to get excited, to act on possibilities. There is a great deal of research to suggest a nap is in order!
|Molly, the Queen of Resting! Looking good at 14.5 years!
A-PPRECIATION, thankfulness, gratitude, looking on the bright side is the way to clear life of the detritus building up to block
our paths to creativity. "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a
meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." -- Melody Beattie
Haystack Falls, Glacier National Park
T-RAVEL to a new place, start a new sketch book and ask
yourself what makes this so _______ (French, or Greek, or wherever you are)? Collect the sights, sounds, smells and
flavors. Make a list of the foods you like unique to the region.
Tara Funk Grim in Over Sur Oise, France
I-MPULSES to explore an idea in this very moment, follow your
dream, play in the rain, let the mud squish through you toes.
O-PULENT, abundant, extravagant, exuberant, lavish, plentiful, prolific, rich, sumptuous are all the descriptors which come to mind when you show up to begin a project. Like gratitude, focus on the full life you have and ideas will flow for the project at hand.
Iris outside the Van Gogh Museum in Over Sur Oise, France.
N-OW spontaneous acting on a desire to create, make it happen. Urgently seize the moment, act NOW before something else vies for your attention. For example, go to an Art Show such as the one listed below where you will find six of my pieces.
"Log Jam" 24" X 48" Mixed Media Acrylic