Round about December 2012 it happened to me. Suddenly I was dropped from the jet steam of creative muse.
Left with just my ordinary dull mind the world seemed to have lost its luster. Things I never had time nor interest in filled the gap. I started listening to NPR, main stream media and TV. Shrill, shocking news and events since I last surfed the main stream wave. Yet somehow nothing had really changed. A whirlwind of smoke and mirrors revealing nothing of importance to me but it filled in time.
I blame it on hormones, stars, sun and moon. Lack of vitamin D, E and C.
I remembered a bit of wisdom I picked up from somewhere. Show gratitude and or wonder in the most ordinary of things. It started to work. I looked at the world with fresh eyes. Even cityscapes of concrete, metal and decay held some treasure.
Glistening rain drops sparkling on a car hood.
The soft fur on my cats ears.
Pink buds emerging on bushes and trees.
Cracks and crevices of broken concrete creating patterns like beautiful mandala’s.
City parks showing their wonder.
Ever so slowly sparks and wisps of smoke from the eternal creative consciousness started to enter my awareness.
I don’t feel entirely back but enough energy came thru to inspire a video I call “New City”.
Colors are all around us yet do we ever stop and think about how they make us feel?
Driving to work this week I noticed trees that were changing to the fall colors of red, orange and yellow mixed with fading shades of green. They stood out like huge sentries ushering in the new season.
The colors were a smorgasboard of delight and wonder on an ordinary day. They dramatically lifted my spirits. I wonder who else was inspired by this sight?
How did it make them feel?
Colors and Chakras go together each representing a color and feeling and state of being. Get to know the main Chakras and their Colors. How do they make you feel?
As an artist trusting my intuition is paramount. Allowing ideas, pictures, words and impressions to freely come into my consciousness is what I strive for.
This is not always easy. When you are under stress or have many things on your mind it is impossible. For me it is important to set aside time to allow this process to come to fruition.
About 5 months ago I visited a Tibetan Buddhist Temple and took some pictures and video with a friend. I knew at some point I was going to make a video featuring the beautiful copper prayer wheels. I just didn’t think it would take this long.
Last weekend the ideas for this video started to flow. Dreamy, fluid and mysterious was the theme that came to me. I was able to create this video in about 2 days.
Have you ever thought life is just a series of choices? If you consider this thought, what it actually means is – at any given time you have unlimited power.
Even in the midst of a dark or painful time when it feels like circumstances have pushed you into a corner and there seems to be no hope – you can choose. Choose how you respond or react in the moment.
It is not easy to start down this path of self-empowerment. Fears and emotions can really take us for a ride but if you choose to rise above the emotional roller coaster and strive for neutrality you are on your way.
To me this is akin to the idea of living in the “now” a concept that is much bandied about in certain circles.
For me one of the easiest ways to see joy and inspiration is to look to nature. The world we live in is constantly renewing, growing and changing. We have a world of life surrounding us if we only take time to look.
During a dark time in my past when I was so overcome with grief and emotion my only solace was to walk around a lake in my neighborhood.
Overcome with thoughts it seemed like I walked this 2.8 mile path in seconds not noticing a thing. But I always felt better after the walk. After time I began to notice the water, grasses, trees, birds and sky. Nature was truly healing me.
Not only is the natural world beautiful but also healing in a very real way.
Inspired by my surroundings and nature I made the following video. I hope you enjoy it.
I recently had to put down one of my cats. It happened so fast, crisis, emergency vet hospital, no good solution but the humane letting go to prevent further suffering.
I was left with one cat the litter mate of Toby II who I had to put down. They were extremely close and Thea would yawl and look for her brother. I thought about getting another cat briefly – certainly not very seriously.
Then my Mom talked me into going to “just look” at cats at her local pet shelter. My Mom is a big cat lover. She had just been thru a painful procedure at an emergency clinic. I thought looking at cats and petting some would cheer her up.
At the shelter most of the cats were listless and dull in their cages. A few kittens had some spark. I got to the last cage on the bottom and there was a little guy half asleep in the back of the cage.
I looked in and said “Hello”. immediately he opened his eyes revealing deep orange orbs. He jumped up and started pawing my hand thru the cage and rubbing against the bars.
“Take me” he insisted.
It was unexpected and unnerving with my recent loss so near in my mind. We left but I couldn’t stop thinking about him. He was young and male a good match for my Thea.
The next day I called up the webpage of the shelter and found him. Again his distinct orange eyes made the picture. I showed my boss (another cat lover) and soon we were on the road headed to get him.
He came with some problems, big bite on back now a healing set of scabs, mites, bag of bones and soon to find out a fearless, wild child / devil personality. It is a understatement to say my household is adjusting.
He was a perfect candidate to try out my evolving video skills on…
It is spring here in the northwest and a sign of this time and summer to come is blooming poppies. My favorite are called dinner plate poppies named after their large size. These beautiful poppies can get up to 10 inches in diameter.
I have pink and red ones in my front yard but my neighbor around the corner beats me by a mile. She has red, white, orange, red, black red ones plus giant irises and other assorted flowers.
They are in full bloom now and it inspired the following video. Please like, share and enjoy if they inspire you as much as they did me. 🙂