Monday, August 29, 2011

Go Forth and Create!

Friday is my day of creation; a day set aside every week to do nothing but create art. A day to explore new mediums, play with paints and markers and collage. To pick up the guitar when I get stuck, strum a little, sing a few songs. Stare out the window at the mountains, breathe deep, smile inside. Then get back to work, um...or, I mean play. Retired from the work force (for the most part), and dumping cable TV has opened up luscious blocks of time in which to create. For me, painting is play, whereas writing is work and I must set aside ample time for both;  I don't wait for the Muse to appear though she is invited to bring her ideas to the table at any time.

I bought a bunch of 6 x6" canvases and started playing with acrylics and collage. This one is called Conversation with a Tree.

"We have no art," say the Balinese. "We just do everything beautifully." The jewelry making and wood carving and weaving and cooking were not called "art" until the westerner arrived and decided to make it so, thus creating marketable commodities to buy and sell (it figures...).

Imagine being so mindful of everything you do throughout the day that each activity is done artfully, with pleasure and full attention. Why, that one thing could change the world!

A friend once told me, many years ago, that if you want something in your life, you have to create it. You can't wait for others to motivate you; can't sit around and complain about what is lacking in your community. My friend opened up the first health food store in Marquette, Michigan. Then he went on to contribute to the city's fine art community. I've never forgotten what he said; if you have a vision, act on it. Maybe you'll draw other people in, maybe you won't. But you have to do what makes you happy, what creates beauty, what inspires you into a frenzied, passionate state (OK, a calm, passionate state).
My creation this fall will be starting a Women's Art Circle, one Friday a month, to meet with other women and create art. Drawing, painting, knitting, felting, beading, photography... any type of creative endeavor where we can exchange ideas, problem solve, try new mediums, and feed off each other's inspirational energy.

But most of all, we'll laugh. Yep. Laughing is good.


  1. beautiful thoughts shared, love your wisdom.

  2. Hello,

    Hope all is well.

    Appreciated your support to Jingle Poetry Community, your inputs add light to our place, we would love to see you around weekly…

    Welcome sharing your talent in our new garden home.

    Random piece or old ones are welcome too.

    Bless you.
    Happy End of August.
    Hope to see you share today.

  3. Hello Gooseberry...thank you for the reminder. As Duke Ellington said, "I don't need time; what I need is a deadline."

  4. I'm learning how to post. This is a test.
    I love your artwork. Wish I could join your group and share art. What a great idea.

  5. I wished we lived closer, Amy. Hang out like the old days!

  6. I like your painting - it has an autumn feel to it. The Women's Art Circle sounds wonderful! I went to a craft circle years ago...

  7. Our winters here are long, and I'm hoping to stay inspired throughout...