Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
The crickets are singing outside the open windows as I speak to you this day of the beauty of life within. There are many things we can do, and lists we can make to accomplish this and that, but at the end of the day when we lay our head on the pillow, we only want peace.
Art is like prayer when in the zone, there is peace in the doing because I'm not really "doing" anything, just "being" creative. To find inspiration and encouragement for making art it's necessary to let go of all that I've been thinking and doing, so I can just be. I take one day a week to have a day of rest and I make myself rest. It's work to rest-I have found-because I am so used to doing.
I read a lot, take naps. I fast. I go outside. I pet the cats. Nothing much happens on the outside, but on the inside I become more aware of my always talking mind. And after some time, I just feel like I do right now. The questions, examination and process just get quiet and I enjoy the sound of the refrigerator hum, the crickets, the typing of the key.
After a day like this, all the things I would have done are still there to do, but now I've been thoughtful with those things as they have crossed my mind during my day of rest. I have a different way of seeing those things, I might tackle a project differently, let it go completely. My mind is in newness and so is the world and how I approach it. It's a golden place to start.
Take a day of rest whenever possible. Don't wait until you are so tired you have to take a vacation. You will end up getting more work done by not working. When you go back to work, you will have a new and fresh approach and the work might change in direction. Being creative takes energy, rest is part of the process. Renewing and regenerating within, makes it possible to hear and feel the buzz and hum of flowing in gratitude.
Be thankful for all that is around, under and especially inside. This is the place to begin again.
Animals are naturally good at being in the state of grace.
A stranger will be living alone in my house, sleeping in my bed and cooking meals in my kitchen. This is what happens when a house sitter found on line enters into an agreement based on the ad I placed.
II'm just beginning my explorations into ink and dye making and I'm so excited! What I love about making ink from natural ingredients is that I can find what I need in my yard, the refrigerator, the sidewalk. I'll share two of my favorite resources and a short video here.
I listened with all my body to a NPR broadcast: Elizabeth Layton, a seventy year old,depressed housewife took a drawing class and it changed her life. Layton felt her sadness lift as she used colored pencils to illustrate herself, husband and her everyday life. I remember thinking "There is hope for me."
Susan Ball Faedar has been teaching people about the Japanese culture through textiles. Having just finished her last tour there, she is now free to work on her own art. On my way through Lewisburg I stop to have lunch with my friend. Our time together consists of conversations about the time we have left to get out all the creativity we want to express.
It takes courage to admit to yourself what you really think and feel about what you are capable of. At least that is true for me. When I think about making art, I never just jump up and say oh yeah, let's make a masterpiece right now. I hope that's what will happen, but then there are so many doubts.