Monday, January 23, 2017
"Inspiration" - where does it come from? What prompts us to look at something and think "YES"?
Some of my favorite sources of inspiration have come from "Somerset Studio" magazine. Looking at the most recent issue, which features the art of Janet Eskridge, has stirred both my heart and my imagination.
While she works in encaustics her use of words and found objects and story just 'zapped' something in me. Each piece has a beautifully written story. How can I transfer the feelings I have when looking at her work, into the work that I do? Especially when they are so different in materials and craft.
"Inspiration" is a perfect word as I go into this new year. Looking a bit beyond what I'm doing now -- to add to or subtract or substitute. What wonders lie ahead? What is your inspiration during these cold winter days and nights?
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Amgelou
Monday, January 16, 2017
Would that we each could find a key to open doors we'd never dream of opening on our own.
Imagine that you are walking along and there is a door -- it can be any type of door your mind dreams up. BUT there seems to be a lock on the door and you are ready to walk by. Looking down you see a key at your feet.
What might you find if you put the key in the lock and open that door? Perhaps this new year, with all its possibilities and opportunities lying ahead, will provide you with just the right key.
"I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen." - Louisa May Alcott
Monday, January 9, 2017
What do you think when you hear the word "magic"? For me the word conjures up good things. I like to think that all the good things in my life are 'magic' and should be treated as such -- not taking anything for granted.
Since we all know I'm a 'word junkie' -- I've decided to make "Magic" my word of this new year. Each day I will reflect on all the magic in my life -- being thankful -- being in the moment -- living a 'magical' life.
The first 'magical' event was a video sent to me by my granddaughter showing my great grandson opening his first year birthday gifts. Oh how adorable he is and what a gift he is to our family.
The second was the snow that came down and covered everything in beautiful white blankets.
The third was a new-to-me tea, flavored with Chamomile and Lavender.
Just think, more to come! Yes, magic does exist!!!
Monday, January 2, 2017
We are officially into Winter now - but I'm behind the times, letting Autumn stay a little longer in my studio.
I crave the warm colors of Fall as Winter brings with it bare branchs, grey days, dampness and cold.
At least now I have a remnant of that most favorite season of mine.
"Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance." -
Monday, December 26, 2016
The other day, as I looked out the kitchen window, I realized that the leaves on the trees were gone. I was looking at the bare bones of the trees that share this small space with me.
For the first time in many months I could see beyond the trees. I could see the blue sky. I could see each branch as it reached for the sky.
Some trees had tangled their branches with another -- as if reaching out to each other. Others stood proud showing just how very, very tall they are. And I viewed them in silence and with awe that I should have this beautiful, magical forest outside my back door.
"When one sees the tree in leaf, one thinks the beauty of the tree is in its leaves, and then one sees the bare tree." - Sarah Brana Barak