There are two parts to this blog - the fun stuff, and the really fun stuff.
So, let's get started with the fun stuff.
You know how you have that seashell on your desk from vacation because it reminds you of how fun and relaxing it was? Or maybe it's the goofy wind-up toy your college roommate gave you years ago. These are GEMs - the Good Energy Makers we keep around so they can give us that little 'zing' of good, happy energy whenever we see them. These items are important! They have meaning to us, and I believe our creative hearts need to look at things that encourage us instead of reminding us that we are responsible adults. As an artist I have them all over the studio, and each one has a different but powerful 'good energy zing' connected to it.
One of my favorites include this little guy in a spaceship (left) from my dear friend Susan. In an odd display of our maturity and refined sense of style, each year we search for a goofy, tacky Christmas ornament to bestow upon each other. This one did not get put away with the holiday decorations - it stays out to remind me that I have kindred spirits who are with me in this earth orbit. It also reminds me to go with the flow and not take things too seriously. So, that makes it the perfect GEM! Happy, silly and filled with inspiration.
Now for the really fun stuff. Just as there are many ways to create a painting, there are many ways to change things up in life and work. Upcoming posts will feature interviews with people who have imagined something they wanted to create and the steps they took to make it real. I think stories like this are fascinating, and I always learn something! This creative crowd includes: artists of all disciplines, change makers, career re-inventors, and major life curve-ball navigators. AND they'll choose a favorite GEM and share the cool story behind it.
First up - an artist who primarily relies on dreams as subject matter for his paintings. How does he remember them? How does he hang onto the image long enough to create an amazing painting from it? How can I learn more from my own dreams? Check back soon.....