Tending my creative fire

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.  – Rumi

I have been tending my own creative fire with the help of Lisa Sonora’s eWorkshop Creative+Practice. The workshop has ended, but I continue on. After my daily meditation, I write in my “Map Book” (sketchbook) every day while in my art studio, and then I get to work… or play as I really think of it! Painting is joyful… challenging and hard sometimes, but mostly joyful, playful, especially when it is going well. It is so rewarding! I want to share that with others. Inspire others. So I have been preparing for a teaching session – This weekend I will be giving a Creative Drawing Workshop at The Babe Cave on Hamsa Hands – symbols for prosperity and protection in the New Year. Just like Mandalas, I have been enjoying the meditative practice of drawing these symbols with pens and color pencils, experimenting on white and black paper. Together we will fan the flames of our creative passions.

I am an igniter, sparking the latent creativity in others… setting fire to their creative passions…

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Art for appetizers – At the beach!

One of my favorite places in the world is the beach… the soft sand, the flotsam and jetsam left ashore by rough waves from yesterday’s storm, the endless horizon of water reaching for sky and sometimes disappearing into it… the flying, swooping birds, the pelicans that skim low across the water, the dolphins’ fins arching gracefully up and back into the sea… the ever-changing sky above! The QUIET. It’s a place to sit and stare, breathe, read, write letters and maybe do some watercolor sketching!

Restful, relaxing, rejuvenating…

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I love boxes!

Boxes! I love everything about them. They hold a surprise, a mystery… when closed and then open they are full of possibility. What’s inside? I just finished making another pochade watercolor box for one of my creative sisters. Again, like the one I made for myself I used an old wooden cigar box that has a lid that doubles as an easel for a small watercolor pad.  I decorated the top with a photo collage from Bella Grace magazine. The box is great for working outside or in smaller places. It carries all you need for small watercolor sketches. I use mine in the house on my lap and sometimes in the car on longer trips. And, of course on picnic tables when camping and sometimes at the beach! Do you have a special box that you love? What secrets does it hold?

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Small Paintings in progress…

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I am still working on these. It takes what seems like forever sometimes, but I am trying to take more risks, stepping out from my previous approach to this series of 8″x10″ paintings. I am also doing journaling around my Creative+Practice and learning even more journaling techniques from the textile designer Dionne Swift. In the back of my mind I am working on some little journals/ books that I would like to make. They are still just ethereal ideas at the point, but I am excited about the concept. Story boxes are brewing in the side lines too, so the creative mix here is quite active and diverse at the moment. I am always charged up at the beginning of a new year. What are you charged up about?

From my journal – Just some words today…

I pledge allegiance to the Earth, and to the flora, fauna and human life that it supports, one planet, indivisible, with safe air, water and soil, economic justice, equal rights and peace for all. –Women’s Foreign Policy Council

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action; and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. You must keep that channel open. It is not for you to determine how good it is, nor how valuable. Nor how it compares with other expressions. It is for you to keep it yours, clearly and directly.” —Martha Graham