Magic Moments-At Risk

Guard the Flame of Creativity that lights our path.

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As I have been struggling with waves of depression over the last year and a half or more, I have come to realize how fragile our creative souls really are. It is hard enough to be creative in the normal chaos and distraction of living our lives; it becomes a challenge to find the will to even try when lost in depression that won’t lift.

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The Christmas cards from 2014 and 2015 were a joy to paint

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I’m hoping someday to even mount another show and that this year I may once again design a Christmas card for my friends as I did in 2014 and 2015. Last year I couldn’t even do a card design let alone mount a show. But, I sure am not giving up.

So guard the light of creativity and let yours shine. It lights the way for all of us and we are so grateful.

 

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Magic Moments- within

Depression can take a terrible tole on one’s life and on ones loved ones too. The last post i made included a painting of a nuthatch in our red-bud. I actually had begun this painting  almost 2 years ago and was only recently able to return to it and finish it by painting in the tree branches. For over a year i have struggled to return to the intense happiness that painting used to bring. i don’t know yet where my story will end Holly angel sculture by Kelsey but i can say that it is so important to have people who care and believe in you. If you know of someone suffering from depression don’t give up on them.

For me a turning point surely occurred when I discovered this early photo of me on the breakfast table a few weeks ago.

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It was snapped while I was out sketching on the hillside behind the trailer we used to live in up in Vermont.  With the photo was just a little note in my husbands hand,”I’d like this person back.” It makes all the difference to know someone cares. He loves the artist in me, and knowing that is so important to me.

I am working on finding and reconstructing her. it may take a while but I’ll do my best. If I post less frequently its because I only want to post solid accomplishments: paintings i feel good about.  In the mean time I continue to avidly read  your posts and deeply appreciate your comments. Keep up the good camaraderie and enjoy your work! And, please don’t forget to look for mine rare though it may be!

I shall repeat this poem of Rumi’s from my last post. For me it speaks volumes.

“Let yourself be silently drawn,

by the strange pull

of what you really love.

It will not lead you astray.”

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Magic Moments-in R-verse

Can I write my Muse a poem?

 

 

Pen picks up as paint brush falls

Can I write my Muse a poem?

Reaching out ‘cross time he calls

On plaintive cry of circling gulls

Beyond wave on wave of foam

Stranded there so far from home

 

The home that I would wish were ours

A place secure in peacefulness

Serene and dark beneath the stars

Where less is more and more is less

A place where I could set my head to rest

In love and contemplation on his chest.

 

Then mind and body melting into one

That steady beat would drown all sound

Till our two hearts leap welcome to the sun

  The center of our universe is found

 With darkness gone, a New Day starts

While we content, embrace our arts

 

 In joy the paintbrush dances bright with fun

And colors pulse and move and run

 

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PS i lack the focus required to paint the peach and cherry the way i would like to. Luckily I’m about to head off to a concert and that should divert my mind. Hurray for music-especially live music.

Magic Moments- Within

To be human is to share and to support the creative spirit which springs from love.

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The flame of compassionate creativity exists within each of us and once lit may need careful shielding to prevent its being blown out by the disappointments and vicissitudes of life. Sometimes the only protection comes from some hidden source of strength within. I am humbled with gratitude for having that wave of strength wash over me whatever its source may be.

. “I live each day wondering how I will get through it and then I remember that you would want me to-“Life with purpose merits exploring, especially after a significant loss. Purpose is the seat of the soul….”-from “A Beautiful Mind”

Today I will do a personal yoga practice and continue on the painting I started for our show. Others will follow their own paths for “we each must go our way to greet the New Day”.

And, I shall be eager to know if Shari manages to draw 20 different people, if Carsten manages to paint again during night shift or if Carol or Debi have another w/c challenge to share, if Mer manages a good day, if Barbara finds time to paint, and how you have done as well. There are so many wonderful people-more than I can name here, more than I can ever know and all cradling the flame of creative humanity within themselves and sharing it with others.

God Bless You

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