It takes a shock – a sudden burst of beauty – to wake us to the wonder of our reality.

I’ve been thinking a lot about being more creative lately, but you already know that.  I’ve been basking in other people’s art, buying it and trying to surround myself with imaginative creations.  I’ve been in touch with some new people and I’ve been trying to spend some time talking to and in the presence of artists (Vanessa is my special inspiration every day – her art arrived and it is GORGEOUS!) and have made a point of spending more time with people who are positive and encouraging for me and less time with those who are not.  One of them has proven to be far more supportive and constructive than I’d ever imagined and I’ve followed through with the promise that I made to him that I’d spend an hour every day being creative.  I honestly think that alone has helped.

The other day at work, I saw a girl that I’d only met briefly, someone who I’d been told does very creative work painting and doing body casting.  I asked her about being an artist (it was a good laugh that she thought that when I’d said "(someone) told me you’re an artist" she thought I’d said "(someone) told me you’re retarded") and we talked a little about her art school education and her creative work, but I never got up the guts to ask her how she fosters her own creativity.

The next morning when she left for work, I called out for her that she’d left a book and her rubik’s cube on the table.  She told me she’d just leave it until she came back.  When I took a second look, I was surprised to see a copy of The Artist’s Way.  I had a psychic reading a few years back where I was told that I had great artistic potential and that I should read that exact book.   As I looked at it laying there, I wondered if that is what she’d have told me to do if I had asked her when I’d had the chance.  Turns out that no, it isn’t.  She’s never read it either.  Still, I took it as a sign and pulled my pristine copy off of my bookshelf and cracked it open over the weekend.  So far, so good.

I’m still looking for suggestions on how to get the creative juices flowing.  I was surprised that more of you didn’t speak up.  Let me know how you motivate yourself to get stuff done. 

The phrase at the top of the post is what came out of the fortune cookie bath bomb that Kelly gave me a while ago.  I thought it sounded nice and its appearance was quite timely.  I’ve been seeing a lot of beauty lately and even basking a little in my reality as a result.  (Shut up, Steve.)

The image here is the work of Vanessa Valencia and available at the A Fanciful Twist Etsy Store.


5 Responses to “Signs”

  1. Vegas Princess Says:

    I have been wanting to read An Artist’s Way too! I think I will have to pick up a copy for myself.

    When I need motivation I try to envision myself after I have completed my task. Seeing me so happy to have finished something is usually how I get my lazy butt into gear. As for being creative, listen to your soul. I know it sounds corny but it’s true. Walk talks to you, what makes you feel good? Don’t wourry about being perfect or even being really good right away. If you enjoy it then you are doing what is right.

  2. chuck Says:

    Yes, as John Keats said – “A thing of beauty is a joy forever, its loveliness increases; it will never
    pass into nothingness.” Ahhh, yes, I totally agree!

  3. Grady Says:

    Creativity, for me, always came is spurts when it felt like it wanted to. Maybe I never figured out how to tap into it, but “meditation” seemed to bring me closer to my raw/creative side. I am not talking about meditation in the incense/sitting cross-legged sense, but just turning off anything electric and sitting still to clear my head.

  4. Piera Says:

    I think you are very creative already, you have shown it time and time agian on this blog!!!

  5. A Fanciful Twist Says:

    I think you are amazing! And, I love that she thought you asked if she was R. That is so cute.

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