I love love love walking/hiking/gardening/treadmilling while listening to inspiring podcasts, or downloaded awesome brain feed. One in particular podcast I love is GoodLifeProject. Today as I was once again brutally aware of how many things I truly desire doing between the hours of 5 am and 10 am, I am out at 7am making sure I got a walk in before it got into the 90’s and I was confronted by Jonathan Fields of GLP as he spoke directly to me ( or so it seemed) concerning the issue of not wasting our personal precious 5 star creative hours doing the stuff that is so easy to fall into ie FB, emails, news etc. ( and yes I know that is a run on sentence, get over it. ) AND yet for some of us ,is there not a conflict between when to get excercise and when to let our creative juices/ productivity flow? And what of getting kids to school and the parents that are filled with creative sparks at that time. SO when I get up tomorrow and make tea even while standing in the kitchen waiting for that wistle, I am going to start writing instead of just checking my you know what.
Sometimes I feel that my attempt at gardening in the summer is truly some sick joke I am playing on myself. After months of pampering, and after finally getting 5 yummy pickling cucumbers … I have now successfully killed several more plants it seems. Too much/ too little water, gazillion degree heat, too much or too little fish emulsion, etc etc. Wondering if these will be the last cucumbers I include in my art for many many many months ? AND I LOVE CUCUMBERS!!!! Ironically I have grown to also love dripping paint, which by the way is really not a good summer outdoor activity here either. The paint seems to dry before it even hits the canvas. I have been thinking… ( dangerous I know ) …this paint technique with this color paint makes me think that the desert dweller mother nature’s mascara is running .
Well I am starting to test the waters with proposals and researching funding and looking for space ( including checking out creating a Kickstarter and other crowd funding opportunities ) all to make this project really happen. If you would be interested in seeing the proposal or more details for this multi sensory healing and research project, let me know. Here is a vignette of part of one wall. Now visualize yourself in a room surrounded by work like this all in this color. Green, the Chakra color for the heart. Just one of several rooms. Much more to the project with smells and sounds and interactive questions with audience. Is Chakra system mumbo jumbo?
Working on the Chakra healing series of paintings does not always result in happy feeling paintings. Between my concern and attention to listening to what varied sources are saying here and abroad about the nuclear deal with Iran …and the fact that I finally watched the movie American Sniper movie the other night….prickly pear Cactus fruit appeared much more ominous when I was handling it this week.
I have been “attempting” to have a daily gratitude, meditation and affirmation and visualization practice for years and years…. and can honestly not tell you how hard it has been. True ugly confession. I have fallen off those wagons many a time to be run over ( in my own mind) by the daily meditation wheels of enlightenment.
Intellectually I feel they are all truly wonderful and helpful and blah blah blah!
Consistency . Really does make a difference. That is exactly my challenge. Dirty secret.
Well as long as it is a desirable temperature for me for swimming I think I have found a really cool ( pun intended ) way to keep up my practice . 45 minutes doing laps. I breath really well when I swim, and I am in isolation and then lock my brain in on repeating, affirmations, gratitude list, mantra , rinse repeat , stroke, breath, stroke, breath…. 45minutes later….. ah…..
Please let me know if you try it what you think. Can be the difference of going from dirt to delicious !
Although I have not been posting as regularly as I had hoped to when I got this blog started it CERTAINLY is not because I have not been working on content.
With that said I would like to add that having spent 12 days this summer between NY and DC areas really were inspiring. It was great being back in the mode of my street photography, and running around museums and galleries ( literally burned off some edges of some new sneakers ) . The trip really put a creative fire in my belly. It has been 4 weeks ( today ) since I got home and I have been cranking it up with painting, mixed media, shooting photos in my garden and in my studio with treasures from my garden against Chakra Healing Series. I have messing with photos from the trip to make a separate blog from the images and get family photo treasures scene by …. well family! AND big reality check…. working on write up and visual support materials to get funding and exhibition …. and with that said I thought this recent busy bee image I shot in our garden with a night bloomer in it’s full brief beauty seemed very approriate.