You Must Make Deposits if You Want to Withdraw

Do you take enough time for yourself? I don’t mean relaxing on the beach or snoozing by the pool. I mean time to relax but be aware and really look around.

My kids think we went on a walk for physical exercise. Nope. We went on a walk to explore. To see what was around us. To smell the pine needles and see the wildflowers up close. We chatted and laughed. We saw butterflies and heart shaped leaves. We worked on filling up our visual dictionary.

Creativity is so downplayed. Just having the time to be creative without expectation, without explanation, It’s such a necessary part of me. So when I take little excursions I use every moment to look around. I listen. I touch.

Inspiration comes from many directions. It comes from experiences big and small. Where do you draw your creativity from?

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Long Key Sunrise

Waking up for four days on the Atlantic was so relaxing and peaceful. I keep traveling back to the memory and creating a perfect meditative place. I find it is a necessity to create a calming place to escape the increasing toxicity of our world. A few moments of peace and I am ready to face the next hurdle.

Art Journal – “Connections”

Playing around in my art journal. I had started the page gluing the word ‘connections’ and playing with some paint. I then started browsing older sketches and came across a black-napped oriole I had met at the zoo years ago. So he became my model. Orioles symbolize friendship and I thought it fitting for the theme. Who knows what else will end up on the page?