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Treading too lightly

The alarm clock sounded, to my dread, it was Monday. My morning began the same way, it was familiar.  The day felt like it was scripted from the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. I questioned my routine. Just before I bolted out the door to work, I received a text message from a good friend, it was a link to an article titled,  5 Ways to have a Ridiculously Amazing Life.  The article was exactly what I needed to read, and confirmed what I was feeling.

Though my day didn’t change much from any other work day, I came to the conclusion that I have been treading too lightly through my days. Should shake up old routines, stomp through obstacles and squash complacency. I came out of hibernation today not to predict the weather (although I sense an early spring) but to predict an amazing life daily!

** If you feel stuck, or complacent in your days, the above mentioned article might be a good place to start.

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Art Grab

Welcome October! I want to have a little fun this month, in honor of my birthday, I decided to give away some of my art.. I will be placing random creations in the open throughout Philadelphia, all ripe for the grab. Dates and picture clues will be announced on social media..

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Watercolor, pen on paper

Transform

Days shift to nights

we try to hide

we blanket our fears

we are exposed

we wake

we begin to see clearly

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From my sketchbook:  Pencil and pen sketch on toned paper

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The page is my friend

I try to uphold to a morning routine by carving out time for myself before the hectic throws of the day. My commitment to writing three long hand pages (morning pages) began many years ago when I read the book, The Artist Way, by Julia Cameron. The routine of writing everyday clears the mind, relieves stress and allows you to tap into your well of creativity on a regular basis.  My writing this morning inspired this doodle.

My sketch book, pencil, pen on paper.

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Take flight

When the artwork was created, I let the brush and paint guide me. The pattern and color took shape on the canvas and I intuitively let the image come forth.  As I viewed the painting today for the first time in months, I understand the message. Today the image spoke to me.

Step out of the shadows, be light, take flight. You never know what you can achieve until you try!

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Creativity is electric

Live it, create it, draw it, paint it, perform it, design it, write it out

and stay true to self.

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Pen, color pencil, nail polish on paper

gnome place like home

What do books, artwork and a gnome with a broken foot have in common?  Nothing! I am in search of  inspiration in any form. I have been caught in a dust storm of sorts, a creative dry spell. I am finding ways to replenish thy soul, by doing the things I enjoy, like reading books from my favorite authors. It helps to know that this will pass, to be patient and to do the things that will fill my well of inspiration.

I would love your feedback. How do you cope with a creative dry spell?

IMG_1365Other books I enjoy reading when in need of inspiration:

Julia Cameron, The Artist Way

Henriette Anne Klauser, Write It Down Make It Happen

David Usher, Let The Elephants Run

Finding Inspiration

Inspiration was lost to me for a few days, gone was the desire to create for my 100 artworks challenge.  This weekend a change of scenery is what I needed, and it came knocking. A hike in nature with a friend,  a visit to an artists studio space and viewing art was very uplifting. It was exactly what I needed to keep going.

16/100  My interpretation of the Blessed Mother, this is a gift for my mother-in-law.   Mixed media, decorative paper, watercolor, pen on wood panel.

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Finding a way Day 20

Inspiring words seem to arrive when you least expect it. Explaining my frustrations of the day, friends gave me great advice.

“Don’t always have to wait on others to accomplish what you want, just find your own way to create your ideas, your dreams.”

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The dreaded white blank canvas

I have all good intentions to create, to draw out the ideas swimming in my mind. Over the course of the day life happens and I slowly dismiss all my creative nudges. At the end of the day when I didn’t make the time to do what I love, I am grumpy and irritable.  And this brings me to the dreaded blank canvas, the one I stare at on a daily basis. My goal is to allow myself one minute, one stroke of the brush one line of the pencil at a time to make my art. Some days a few minutes is all I have, and by allowing myself to enjoy the process of beginning maybe that is all I need.

-where the white blank canvas lives…..

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Inspiration comes in many forms, the following is a list of recent books I found helpful and thought provoking:

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The Sound of Paper, by Julia Cameron

Hero, by Rhonda Byrne

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  -H. Jackson Brown Jr.