Starting Over

I began this web-log on another site in January of 2011, but decided (for various reasons which I won’t go into right now) to switch to Word Press. I will be entering all the posts from the other blog to this one within the next few weeks.

This web journal has several intentions:

 1. To express my awe of the innate beauty in nature and how it has inspired me throughout my life.

2. To share the ways in which that inspiration has evolved, not only as an art form, but as a keystone that anchors me in this life.

3. And, most importantly, to help those who believe they have no creative spirit unlock the expression of that aspect of their soul, and recognize that it has been there for them to access all along.

 Creative expression has been dotted throughout my family as far back as I’ve been able to research (without delving into the National Archives), and has been articulated in many ways. There have been physicians, botanists, scientists, and pure artists. Some combined all in that list, as one great grandfather who was a physician, but who also wrote a book on the unique relationship of plants and animals (mostly insects) and illustrated the entire book from observations he made in the field. Don’t see that much these days.

 The native artistic gene is rampant in our family and includes not only grandparents back a few generations but both my parents, a nephew, two of my brothers, and my son (who has talent in art and music). Despite being born into this clan, the expression of art per se has never been quite as easy for me as it has been for many in our family. I have always had to work at it, and still do not consider myself an artist in the traditional sense. However the thing I have in common with these “natural” artists is a need to express my creative spirit, which bursts the seams of my soul.

 Understand that I believe the need to be creative is not unique to me, or my family, or anyone in particular that seems to have a talent for art…or music…or writing. Everyone – that means everyone – has a desire to create. It’s in our genes. It is part of being human. However, somehow the need to express that desire has become synonymous with frivolity in the day-to-day grind of making a living, taking care of a family, and lately simply surviving. The idea has been submerged so much that people are not even aware of when they are letting it leak out. (grin)

 In the coming months I want to share my concern that the decline of creative expression has been slowly unraveling the weave of our existence. But also my belief that if we reconnect with that vital instinct, the anger, negativity, resentment, and the overall unhappiness that has pervaded our current culture will evaporate. Creating makes you at least content, and at best joyful. It balances the scale of burden we take on ourselves, relieving some of the overpowering weight, so that life doesn’t feel so…, well, heavy.

 Join me in finding (or rediscovering) that joy for yourself. My prayer is that in sharing my love of creativity, your doorway to expression and inspiration will open for you. If you are already there, share it with others. If you do not believe yourself to be creative then follow me. I will help you find the ember that has been waiting for you to ignite.

 My next entry will be a discussion of what creativity looks like. Sometimes those who lament a lack of it will soon realize it has always been there.

 Till next time, wishing you a peaceful passage.

 Louise

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  1. Louise! I’m so excited for your new blog!

    I’m generally one of those fake craft people – I get all the supplies, and then never make a darn thing. I’m hoping you’ll be my inspiration!

    Thanks so much,
    KP


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