Tuesday, 25 November 2014
The Sleeping Trees
As the last leaves drop from the trees and as the trees let go of what was they let themselves go bare. Allowing themselves to stand naked, no foliage to hide behind. They stand alone together to sleep and to dream allowing Winter to envelope and throw a blanket of darkness over them.
They go within.
A reminder to let go of what was and be open to what will come. Stay in the moment. Remember that hibernation and reflection allows for much needed down time. Allow for it. A rest from action. A time to repair, to empty and let new ideas germinate and grow.
Even creativity needs a rest. To regenerate, to renew and to refill.
Write ideas down, sketch but don’t force it. Be like the trees..allow for the silence. The ideas will come and creativity will come back.
It always does.
Enjoy the dreamtime!
Sunday, 5 October 2014
The light is dimming. Mornings are dark, hard to catch a ray of sun after 6pm.
A little less outward energy, with a little more reflection and self-reflection.
Creative fires are dimming.
Getting ready for the big sleep.
The ideas/projects/dreams of Spring or Summer not come to fruition?
Not enough time? Not good timing? Not finished?
Discard the frustrating ones. Keep the important ones. Some of the creative embers from the fires of other seasons can be dreamt with until Spring.
Curl up and dream with them but remember to dream other dreams too. Realize that there will always be new dreams, new ideas and new creative projects. If the embers of old dreams cant be brought back to life know that there will always be something new to spark creativity. That is what Spring is all about. That is what life is all about.
Prepare to hibernate. Until then draw something, write something and create something every day. These may well become the ‘slow builders’ in the Dreamtime of Winter to re-emerge in the Spring as the catalysts to spark the creative forces within.
Happy preparation for the Dreamtime!
Monday, 1 September 2014
Remembering the Spring with all its hope, aspirations and dreams. Newness and sparks all gone. The Summer short-lived is fizzling out. We stand on the edge of Fall.
It brings with it a sense of “cleaning house”, finishing-up, focusing and grounding.
Finish off all the projects half done, ideas put aside. Re-paint that canvas that isn’t working. Whether that be a real canvas, an idea, a relationship or a story. Tie up loose ends with projects and people. Cut cords, squash projects and ideas that don’t work. Your energy is needed and deserved elsewhere. The creative gardens need to be turned over, re-worked and in some cases put to rest. Do what needs to be done. It is a perfect time to sow some new seeds for a Fall and Winter ‘creative garden’. Open your senses: see the differences in the sun light and the shadows, feel the changing temperature on your skin, notice the foliage of the plants and the scent of the earth, acknowledge the subtle changes that another cycle is ending and another is beginning. Let it feed your creativity. Start something new. No need to hibernate yet!
Get inspired looking forward.
Don’t look back.
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Artworks by Jyne: My Walks with Canadain Artist Doris McCarthy: When I was 9yrs old I had my own business of removing unwanted ground hogs from people’s property. Had I ever done it? No! I had my pla...
When I was 9yrs old I had my own business of removing unwanted ground hogs from people’s property. Had I ever done it? No! I had my plans. I think I just wanted to hang out with the groundhogs truthfully. I was going door to door in my neighborhood and stumbled upon this beautiful, whimsical house on the Bluffs. I had wandered here before. I rang the doorbell and a woman came to the door all dressed up in a gown, there was classical music playing and people milling about inside. I was told it was an art show and I was invited in. Doris McCarthy was the artist. I told her I was an artist too! I took in her paintings of icebergs & landscapes and fell in love with it all. It was the first time I had a stuffed cheery tomato. What an exciting adventure! Thus began our friendship and many walks along the Bluffs. She inspired me. We bonded over our love of nature, the bluffs, and the outdoors.
My teenage years came and I rebelled against everything that had meaning for me. We lost touch.
I later went to the U of T Fine Arts program. I admired her from afar. I never forgot our bond or our love and respect for the Canadian landscape.
I still walk our trail from time to time. I walk with her ghost and my Mother’s. I get re-inspired to create and capture the beauty that has always touched me.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
When I first started to create art pieces they were about me and for me. Every piece whether a landscape, a portrait or a still life was from my perspective; from me, about me. How I saw life at the time. Abstract or realistic.
It has always been hard giving away and selling pieces. They are all memories of places, dreams, people, moments in times and emotions. All melded together.
I did learn that other people loving and wanting the art made it easier to let go.
When you have no place for them except in your heart letting them go allows them to live somewhere else with love and admiration. Same goes for people, places and things that you no longer have a place for. Letting go allows space for new experiences, love and life.
As hard as letting go is it can be the most freeing, liberating thing to do. Allowing space to create life..whether that be art, music, new relationships or new experiences can be the best thing you can give yourself.
Let go and create!