Over the years I've come to realize that my greatest desire in life is simply to leave some small contribution.
Something creative and positive to share with others. It is only too obvious that our time here is but a brief cycle in the grand scheme of things.
To me that means not a moment to waste…. no stone left unturned. And while it can be a challenge to follow an unpredictable fickle muse…. if that is where you thrive…. make a concerted effort to seek it out at all costs. You can only be rewarded.
By choosing to pursue an uncertain route you are opening yourself up to the absolute adventure life truly is.
Start from a predetermined point and gradually move outward, step by step into larger and larger ever widening spirals.
Compromise when you must while fully cultivating your imaginations…. a huge endeavor to be sure and one that calls for bravery but well worth it.
The reward is your own accomplishment,
a sense of deep fulfillment at having witnessed your own eclipse!
"Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and
The definition of Inspire: to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative…. to stimulate, motivate, encourage, influence, rouse, move, stir, energize, awaken, ignite, trigger…. One look at the new WHERE WOMEN CREATE magazine cover tells you it is an exceptional issue! Beginning with the magazines Creator and Editor In Chief, Jo Packham's "From my Kitchen Table" letter….. to the artist featured in my "Creative Rituals" column - the incredibly talented Christiane Cegavske: Creator of Many Things. The creative insights shared through its pages are priceless… meaningful and may just be the one last little thread you have been waiting for to help push you into awe inspiring creative endeavors of your own!!! Oooo, just got chills! Check it out at Stampington & Company, or Where Women Create.
We race through our lives, silently…. repeatedly walking into the fire, treading daily thru vast mine fields, surrounded by interruptions and yes, armed sometimes solely by our delusions. All the while the challenge is to remain focused.
To continue forward thinking. To be creative and constructive. To get in there and open things up. To discover the pearls. To learn a lot. To explore eternally and enjoy profoundly….repeatedly.
To exhaust and relinquish ourselves…. repeatedly.
Ignite the spark, creating tall flames that in turn prevent poverty of the mind. So what if we submit to fear and sadness once in a while… run thru it to the other side.
We are limitless if we so choose. Let the answer to all your questions always be YES, Absolutely. YES will guide you to the magic!
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ART CONNECTS US I want to share something that has truly reminded me that CREATING ART is a liberty we may sometimes take for granted. It's something we don't have to ask for, or need permission to do. We can create anytime we want… we are lucky. So fortunate we don't even appreciate it at times…. I know I am guilty of that too. As many of you know I curate the WHERE WOMEN CREATE column CREATIVE RITUALS, several months back I contacted a wonderful clay artist named Nika Htozkaya about being featured in the column. We were moving forward when suddenly all communication with her stopped, below is the actual email I received from her yesterday:
Sorry for a long silence, but due to tragical events in my country I can’t participate in such a great idea now. It’s a real war in the region I live in, I hope some day there will be peace and I could be back to work creating. I volunteer as a psychologist now as it is my first profession and really see that it is helpful. Two months ago I created a small organization to help people psychologically injured with war, so at least fifty percent of my time and money goes into that endeavor. Hope in a few weeks my organization won’t be so vitally needed.
This wonderfully talented artist lives and creates in Kyiv, Ukraine and maybe thats just an anonymous place most have only heard about on the news but the reality is we are all truly connected in ways we may not even be aware of. Create every opportunity you get…. don't ever take that freedom for granted. Simply by engaging in the constructive act of creativity we are fighting destructive acts and for our right to live in a happy, peaceful world while making a very important contribution to our society as a whole. In Nika's floral words, "Have a Good Day!" Please share this message with as many people as you can…. because we can and maybe, just maybe we can make a difference even if it is in a small way by showing the love we have in our hearts for each other! https://www.etsy.com/shop/Htozkaya https://www.facebook.com/htozkaya?fref=browse_search
There was a single specific moment in time when it struck me, " I just might be an artist!" And I must admit it was quite a relief. This explains everything, it all makes perfect sense now! Those frantic urges to quickly search out paper and pen, a lack of attention for the ordinary and mundane but endless patience and diligence for anything frivolous or whimsical!
Then there are those impulses bordering on near obsession with all things quirky and impractical. As my squirreled away misfit collections of the odd and interesting grew so did the desire to create, the two traveled happily hand in hand. I have always admired my sisters beautiful singing voice, although I try, I can't sing a note. I do however sing through my art! I am a contributing artist, designer and writer to Where Women Create, Where Women Cook, Somerset Life, Romantic Homes, Somerset Studio, Artful Blogging and various other magazines. I've authored several books including Fanciful Paper Projects and most recent Fanciful Paper Flowers. Stampington & Company has recently released my fourth line of rubber stamps.