Well ... I am beginning to think that busy unfocused people may need more boredom than old hermits do ...
I received a jolt of enthusiasm yesterday that sparked all kinds of ideas. I need infusions of excitement, not more boredom, I think.
My first issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors arrived yesterday. In it were all kinds of wonderful projects, images and ideas. My very favourite was several pages of Earth Mother dolls created by participants in one of their contests. I loved them! Then there was the mixed media piece on landscape ... empty skyscape.
I opened my eyes this morning and looked out my window at the tree line across the lake with brand new eyes. All the things Tamarak has written about tree shapes came to mind, and the words of my sketch booking teacher filtered in ... it was magical.
I think I now have a germ of an idea for the chair for The Well, and some other ideas for smaller pieces ... and I am going to Tamarak's official show opening today so I am sure I will come away even more inspired by what she has done with this FLOW series. Most of them are ones I have not yet seen. All of her abstract work glows with vibrant colour and in these FLOW paintings, the the three dimensional flow lines become the horizons and create landscapes.
So ... as Julia Cameron prescribes ... For the next while I am going to rediscover my creativity by drinking deeply of the waters in the well that feeds the imagination. I am going to replenish myself by feasting on art and drama and other people's creativity. Later I can settle down at the lake and be bored enough to let that other brain begin making its own magic.
On a totally different topic ... This morning I read about a man convicted of white collar crime who was imprisoned in a leprosarium. He has written a memoir called In the Sanctuary of Outcasts which I am ordering. It is all about self acceptance ... taught to the author by an 80 year old leper who understood that her sense of self worth came from within, not from the world.