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Creative Monday

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Welcome to Creative Monday!

I’ve been doing a lot of editing prior to the release of my next major work, and the process got me thinking about how much our brain relies on patterns in order to function. So much so that if we understand a pattern well enough our brain will fill in missing blanks for us without us being aware. (You may have noticed this when editing your own writing. Sometimes its easier to find errors if you read it backwards so you lose context.)

That made me realize the potential to miss major aspects of the world around us due to the fact our brain is adjusting everything we percieve to fit into patterns we have previously observed.

So, this week my challenge to you is to create something backwards. Or upsidedown. Or sideways. Change up the way you create and see if you can observe something you missed before.

Have fun!

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Creative Monday

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It’s creative Monday again! Welcome!

This week’s challenge focuses on simplicity. My husband often reminds me that “It’s the simple things in life” that matter most. I realize how right he is everytime I see one of my little nieces or nephews delighting in the discovery of something I have for decades taken for granted.

As artists, we often focus on technique or the portrayal of deep, hidden, and often dark emotions. We seek to express things that need to be expressed. This is not only admirable, but necessary for society to grow. And yet, it is important to remember that many profound ideas and closely held emotions, while perhaps still difficult to express, are very simple.

So this week my challenge for you is to create a piece in whatever medium you wish that portrays something simple and often overlooked with the sense of wonder that a child might experience if discovering it for the first time.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Elusive Lady Muse

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Out of reach, among the stars, hides Lady Muse I’m told. Like an ancient goddess, she resides in the cosmos waiting for an exceptional mortal to catch her eye. She searches for an individual gifted with both sensitivity and skill. One who will abide by her desires and bend to her whim.

Once selected, she descends on her new favorite, blessing them with an artist’s inspiration. Still, like many celestial beings that make their home just out of human reach, she is fickle and often leaves as quickly as she came, abandoning her hapless ward. Or, so the story goes.

Yet, despite what I’ve been told about this capricious divinity, I have always found her here on earth, ready to whisper inspiration in one’s ear if one will merely stop to listen. I see her graceful curves playing in the ocean surf. I hear her giggle as a chipmunk stuffs its puffy cheeks. I feel her pride as I stand before an artist’s finished work. I see her sorrow in the tears of a stranger. She is present when new life is born, and remains grieving long after death.

I have never known her to conceal herself within the inanimate expanse of space. Where life exists, where tormented beings struggle for survival and hope reveals undiscovered beauty, there dwells Lady Muse. She speaks through untold stories. She manifests herself within the depths of human emotion and through the experiences that define a life. She stands by with glistening tears as tragedies unfold and reaches out to comfort the victims. She bends tenderly over the desk of a child the first time crayon touches paper, excited to see what this new mind will create.

My lady is not, as many would have you believe, arbitrary or elusive. She waits within the living, breathing world to inspire any artist willing to pause, and listen to the voices of the world around them.


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