Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Some April Moon Ramblings...

Hello Dear Blog Readers,
April Moon 14 is a daily writing challenge hosted by Kat McNally with a new word for each day to reflect on. I've been trying to keep up but living one day behind, geographically speaking, has been a challenge! However, I thought I'd take a moment to reflect on some of the prompts that have been calling to me..

TEXTURE
What feelings does this word evoke? What sorts of memories does it recall? Which of your senses start to tingle? How would you represent what this word means to you?

I love, love, LOVE texture! I love the feel of fabrics in my hands and the feel of foods as I eat them, but I think I love the textures that can be found in LIFE best of all...









WILD
What feelings does this word evoke? What sorts of memories does it recall? Which of your senses start to tingle? How would you represent what this word means to you?

THIS is what I call a loaded word...

Being an artist implies that one is innately wild, not to be controlled, not to be tamed.

No one is comfortable with the wild, the uncontrollable and the untamed, which are the things that the word ARTIST conjures up, much to my chagrin. Because of this connotation, it has taken me a VERY LONG TIME to verbally claim myself to be an Artist. It was easy to claim to myself that I am an Artist since no one else could get inside my head, but if I uttered the words "I am an Artist", oh, the looks I would get! Do you get them too?

Those looks from people who become wary when you tell them you are an Artist, who look at you sideways as if you will just cut off your ear for art (or maybe you will cut off THEIR ear for art!!) or worry that you might begin screaming like a banshee, because that is what WILD things do - they do wild and crazy things with no warning, acting ON INSTINCT, which is is definitely NOT what civilized people do...

It's my personal theory that many people are just not comfortable with the concept of WILD, not comfortable with the uncontrollable and the untamed and it is my personal belief that this is why many people resist giving in to their natural impulse to create, TO BE ARTISTS, even if it only to the artist of their own lives. They are AFRAID that they will become unglued and WILD, unable to return to their state of civility, a state of being that I know they have worked hard at, because it really is a lot of HARD WORK to sublimate your natural tendencies, especially when those tendencies are to CREATE.

But I think it's more dangerous to stifle one's CREATIVITY than it is to be an ARTIST. And I think this quote really sums this up for me:

"...creating art...keeps us balanced by creating joy in place of stress, beauty in place of ambiguity"
Cherie Haas, Editor at Cloth Paper Scissors online

And to this I would say that I create to keep the insanity at bay!

YEARNING 
What feelings does this word evoke? What sorts of memories does it recall? Which of your senses start to tingle? How would you represent what this word means to you?

This word is tugging at me.

I have been doing a lot lately, continuing to carve out a creative career for myself and it's been a lot of work.

I've also felt a level of isolation lately since I don't know many folks who are attempting self-employment or creative entrepreneurship and I feel like I have no one to talk with about my struggles.

I have been feeling the need for a vacation but this idea is some ways off...and the idea of finding like-minded creative entrepreneurs also feels like a distant dream, but I will keep thinking of them both and know that each one will reach me when the time is right...in the meantime, viewing my photos of Ventura will feel like a vacation! ;)







Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Snippets

Hello Dear Blog Readers,
Today is Sunday Snippets, where I share a peek at my week in pictures...











What was a highlight from YOUR week? I'd love to hear about it!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April Moon - Sacred Focus

Hello Dear Blog Readers,
I'm participating in April Moon, a 2-week writing challenge hosted by Kat McNally. I'm not always able to write about each prompt individually, as they come, so I've been grouping some of my writings together. Today I'm writing on 2 words...


SACRED

 What feelings does this word evoke? What sorts of memories does it recall? Which of your senses start to tingle? How would you represent what this word means to you?


It is a quiet Sunday morning and I am walking along a narrow road, with only the sound of local birds to keep me company. I love being the only person out on such a morning.

Suddenly I am aware of a buzzing sound overhead, but I don't see anything nearby until I look up, over my head. It is a hummingbird that is hovering closer than I would expect any hummingbird to do.

I sense he is trying to get my attention but I don't know why. I do not see a nest, but would I recognize a hummingbird nest if I saw one? I remember that I have seen pictures of hummingbird nests, so I would indeed recognize one if it was in my path, but a hummingbird nest is not in my path today...

I try to get closer to the hummingbird in the hopes I will capture a photo of him, to prove that this bird was hovering so close over my head, but he quickly flies out of my reach, too far to be photographed.

I keep still a few moments, hoping he will come close again, but he keeps his distance.

I begin to resume my walk when I hear the buzzing sound again. I turn to see the hummingbird close overhead, and when I try, yet again, to get close for a photo, he zips away out of reach.

I think of waiting it out, but realize it's time to head home so I can begin my day. I begin to walk and this time the hummingbird does not follow me.

If I only knew how to speak hummingbird I might have understood what he was trying to convey as he hovered close over my head. Maybe he was just saying "Good morning".

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FOCUS

 What feelings does this word evoke? What sorts of memories does it recall? Which of your senses start to tingle? How would you represent what this word means to you?

Some days I have great focus and other days, my focus is not so great, and it's a challenge to stay on task with my never-ending list of things to be done and ever-growing list of projects I want to make.

Some days I work with my to-do list and some days I fight with it.

Some days I use my cell phone alarm to get work done in 10-15 minutes bites and some days I can effortlessly accomplish all my tasks without the need of a timer...

I have a daily morning meditation routine but I've learned that meditation is not necessarily about emptying your mind of thoughts, but about learning how to live with them and not let them overtake your life.

Being creative and taking creative actions is a great way to focus, but some days, just being quiet and breathing goes a long way...


...And some days, hand embroidery is the best meditation of all!