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“After all, hope is a form of planning. If our hopes weren’t already real within us, we couldn’t even hope them.”Gloria Steinem

Thursday, January 12, 2017

thoughtful Thursday

thoughtful Thursday          

 So Thursdays are as good as any day to be thoughtful. i have many thoughts daily
  that stop me in my tracks, some that start me to ponder and just like the sound
 of  and  although i am thoughtful daily many times, i like to zero in some days on 
  something i am mentally chewing on. 
Thoughtful might mean i see/think something
  but put no out loud words to it to anyone, so i  chew on it mentally. 
This Thursday i am wondering how i spend my energy and try to balance it, 
  as  not to  give it away in anger, frustration, etc... 
  and rather to  spend it with more wisdom like compassion
 anhow that just might make a difference in my day and attitude.
java rice sparrow

"Be aware of wonder.
 Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and 
draw and paint
 and sing and dance
 and play and work every day some."
 Robert Fulghum 

 What wise words !
Be well, Sonja

Monday, January 9, 2017

How i get unstuck in my art works...

 when i get stuck 
 i do one of several things to get back on track: breathe deeply, stretch like my cat Ruby,
walk away, walk in the yard and see what nature has made and pay attention as there is always something newly sprouted, bloomed, withered, dropped as in a blue and lime green feather in the driveway today.
get a glass of cool water, stare at the horizon, take out the trash to recycle bin, make a salad, eat a peach, wash my face, check the snail mail wonder i say art is not a straight one  but a wondrous meandering line through the day!  Now i can go back to the task at had with fresh eyes, attitude, and an oxygenated brain!
If that doesn't perk me up, i get an sun ice tea and approach another piece of work i have started to see if the next step is ready to Freddy! ideas need time to simmer.mostly.
This simmering process takes as long as it needs and wears no watch ....  
Oh ,making a birthday card for a friend is also a mini vacation, as i think of the things we have shared and i have the time to be grateful we met and are still fond of each other.
(In January before i put the old calendar aside, i copy over birthday dates to the new year!!)

So, I find the shifting of thought/seeing/doing/non doing/body movement/still, a change of perception/direction helpful
 for my creative self to move on.

I call this photo "What if I..."
(sorry i don't know who to credit)

Happy New Year 2017!