Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit


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Catching Up

This week has flown by and soon I will be flying to Utah.  The week’s primary creativity endeavors involved making pieces to fill wholesale orders.

However, I did complete another doodle:

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And started working on backgrounds for my Soul Collage cards:

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The studio will be closed for a few days while I visit Utah and get in some skiing.

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Full Wolf Moon

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The Full Wolf Moon is so named because of the wolf packs that howled outside the Native American villages.  This moon is also referred to as the Old Moon or the Moon after Yule.

Have you ever howled at the full moon?

Give it a try.  It made me laugh.  And laughter is always good.

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Photo by Bryan Harry


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Prescription for Creativity

I was a bit under the weather toward the end of last week which put a damper on my endeavors to be creative everyday.  Feeling blah and not very motivated,  I wrote myself a prescription for creativity:

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Following the requirements of the prescription, I bought some wild socks

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Did some doodling (I think I have a thing for circles)

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And tried my hand at making paper fabric

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The paper fabric was created using directions from Beryl Taylor in her wonderful book Mixed Media Explorations: Blending Paper, Fabric, and Embellishment to Create Inspired Designs.

The prescription seems to have worked.  I’m feeling much better now.  And thanks to Rice Freeman-Zachary’s book, Living the Creative Life, for the inspiration to write that prescription.


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Creative Everyday Challenge 2008

creativeeveryday.jpgThis week I joined the Creative Everyday Challenge.  I think this will be a great challenge because the idea behind it is to think about being creative everyday in all forms, not just art.  It could be a creative approach taken to solve a problem.  It could be creative cooking.  It could be as simple as making a snow angel, making up a game, writing a poem, or watching the sunset.

You can read the specifics of this challenge here.

Sounds like a great way to live creatively.


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Hope to Atone (What the Snow Melt Revealed) Postcard

For my second postcard for the WCA exhibit, I planned to collect some items found during a walk in the neighborhood and was going to title the postcard “What the Snow Melt Revealed.”

I collected bits of trash, including a crumpled newspaper page, candy wrappers, a straw and a crushed can.  It wasn’t until I started to wrap the newspaper around the cardboard base that I noticed the words in the headline “…hope to atone.”

It was a serendipitous moment.  The newspaper revealed to me the true name of this postcard.  To me it says we, as humans, are hoping to atone for what we’ve done to our earth.

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Hope to Atone (What the Snow Melt Revealed)
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The Energy Vampires

This week in the Great Big Dreams e-seminar we are discussing energy and those things that drain our energy.  I refer to them as “energy sucks.”  They are like little energy vampires that slowly drain you.

We all experience this at some time or another and sometimes several times a day.  These are the incidents, the crap, the people, the stuff, that bring us down when we’re feeling up.  Or perhaps it happens before you even roll out of bed and, in a nutshell, it makes your whole day suck.

And you know when it happens.  You feel agitated or depressed or angry or whatever.

Here are some of my energy vampires:

Complaining & Negativity:  You’re with friends or family and someone starts complaining about the wart on her big toe.  Then someone else needs to one up that complaint and regales you with details of some minor surgery and how the doctor apparently screwed up.  Add to it a third person who has to be the winning complainer and well, you get the picture.  You’re sitting there amongst all this complaining and negativity feeling like maybe you should make up something just to join in the “fun” because well, you really don’t have anything to add to the conversation.

Instead you get out of your chair and walk out of the room and maybe someone asks “Was it something I said?”

This is also a big one at shows, especially when attendance is down and/or people aren’t buying (or at least not buying your work.)  At my last show I visualized that my booth was filled with and surrounded by positive energy.  Only one person with a negative attitude broke through that barrier and it wasn’t an artist.  I had to go outside of my booth to hear artist’s complaining.

It is so easy to feed into negativity and once you jump on that wagon you just bring yourself down.  You feel it happen as soon as the words come out of your mouth.  When I find myself in these situations,  I might say something “whitty” or nod my head and give a noncommital “mm-hmm.”  Most times I stay quiet and insulate myself from the negative vibe.

Comparisons:  Do you recognize this one? 
I wish I could be like________. 
I wish my art was as good as ______________. 
I wish I could sell my work like ____________.

Well, while you’re doing all that wishing it means that you’re not BEING and DOING.  Comparing ourselves to others is a cruel human habit.  We’re too busy looking outside ourselves for what we want instead of getting quiet and looking inside ourselves.  And I know that isn’t easy because you don’t always know what you’ll find.  Yet if we don’t start with ourselves, our wants and desires and intentions, we’ll never be happy inside.

Fear:  Yep, the big F-word.  The one thing that keeps us from making decisions in life.  The one thing that we hope will go away so we can get on with our lives and make those decisions.  The one thing that keeps us from progressing.

Inner critics (or gremlins ).  You know this one.  It is the voice that promotes the fear; the voice that states those comparisons; the voice that makes negative statements.  A while back I decided to name my inner critic Esther.  Her voice is like that of a stroke patient I worked with years ago; a former smoker with a heart of gold and a stubborn attitude to boot.  Inner voice Esther wants to exert her independence and protect me from being hurt or embarassed or from taking a chance.  Esther has been relatively quiet for a few months though recently she is speaking up again.  I think we need to have a talk.

I’m sure there are more, many more energy vampires out there.  These are the biggies on my list at the moment that I will be confronting.  Perhaps I will drive a symbolic stake through their “hearts.”

What are your energy vampires?

Note: You can also read Christine Kane’s post on energy leaks here

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