|Spectacular color on this pansy!|
I think modern day living makes it easy to become isolated - especially when one has the luxury of working from home. With the click of a mouse, I can be be (virtually) anywhere in the world I choose, learning and/or watching and listening to anything my little heart desires.
|A stormy sky at dawn|
The thing is, "real" life evolves around us as we sit hunched over the keyboard, in front of the easel or buried in a journal. As we become engrossed in our own thoughts and ideas, we miss the beauty and wonder of the outdoors as well as the interaction and unique perspectives of other people.
|Keynote Speaker for the annual Lakeland Community College Woman of Achievment Award ceremony,|
Ohio State Senator, Nina Turner. (And an awesome talk it was!)
Let's face it - a stagnant life leads to stagnant art. Stagnant art is boring art. To paraphrase Julia Cameron from the book, The Artist's Way, we have to "feed the well" (of creativity). We need fresh ideas and new experiences in which to fill the well that is the source of our creativity. We need the interaction with people and nature.
|Woman of Achievement 2012 recipient, (and my adoptive Mom!),|
Go exploring in a local park, the woods, or the beach. Take a stroll through the city where you usually only travel by car or other transportation. Take a camera. Notice architectural details and surface textures. Take note of creative endeavors made by others.
|A pyramid sculpture on the beach at Headlands State Park|
Really look at the beauty and mystique of the things you walk past every day. (If you're lucky, you may even find some new treasures!).
|Large pieces of beach glass collected by Keith and me.|
So get out of the house. Get out of the studio. Get out of your rut. Go outside and get some fresh air and some new inspiration for your creative well.
|A little blurry, but this is a praying mantis cocoon waiting to hatch (soon!) in our forsythia bushes|
Go outside in the early morning and listen to the birds. Go outside after dark and look up at the sky. We live on a pretty spectacular planet with some pretty amazing people. Get out of the house and have an adventure!
|Did you see the great allighnments of the moon, Jupiter and Venus this past month?|
Photo: Keith Thompson
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