Wednesday, September 30, 2015
These powerful words from Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear really resonated with me this afternoon:
Creative Living, Defined
So this, I believe, is the central question which creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?
Look, I don't know what's hidden within you. I have no way of knowing such a thing. You yourself may barely know, although I suspect you've caught glimpses. I don't know your capacities, your aspirations, your longings, your secret talents. But surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.
The hunt to uncover those jewels-- that's creative living.
The courage to go on that hunt in the first place-- that's what separates the mundane existence from a more enchanted one.
The often surprising results of that hunt-- that's what I call Big Magic.
And finally, I would have to say that the biggest highlight, surprise, and joy of this month has been my painting. I've felt so compelled to begin this journey back to the world of visual art. Not just admiring other artists and their work, but finally being able to develop my own gifts as an artist. (I now can proudly say that I am an artist!)
After all these years that have passed from the days of my young womanhood, something I've never felt a desire to do until this month. An undertaking I thought so frightening, intimidating, and overwhelming. But my muse won't let up! Thoughts and images of what to paint come to me as I'm running in the mornings or when I'm dreaming at night. It is deeply healing work, exhilarating work, fulfilling work, and happy work. A wondrous and interesting and curious thing to see how all of this is unfolding in my life.
These last three images from my most recent painting:
"To the Deep"
Lots of excavating and layering expressing both the physical and emotional aspects of this painting.
Monday, September 14, 2015
:: the simple pleasure of a rainy day at home.
:: garden produce deliveries from thoughtful, generous friends.
:: jugs of happy sunflowers.
:: receiving the bus driver's friendly, encouraging smiles and waves every morning when I'm out running.
:: apple this and apple that. So excited to welcome my favorite time of year!
:: patches of red, orange, and gold on the mountainside.
:: working on my art journal.
:: seeing each of my children flourishing and happy.
:: the deep satisfaction and happiness I feel in assisting my clients to their well-being.
:: the absolute joy and fulfillment I feel in creating two new paintings these last few weeks. Finding peace and purpose and solace in this room. Playing with color and form, bringing my ideas and longings and vision to the canvas. Feeling a deep connection to the Divine, to the creator within me that desires expression.
A struggle to bring her to the canvas, but tears of joy at the end. Didn't quite know what to do with her halo. Inspired to use a decoupage of a recent journal page. I'm pleased with the effect, and it now means all the more to me.
One of the first steps for me in the creation of this painting: Writing a love letter from my Muse to me. My answer to her in return. Before I started the painting, I wrote her letter in charcoal on the blank canvas.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Emily's "Top Ten" list
of our final vay-cay days:
:: greeting Isaac and Eliza at the airport. I can't tell you how good it was to have them back in my arms, see their wide, happy smiles, be all together once again.
:: LA freeways. Enough said.
:: relaxing day at the beach near our rental in San Clemente. Relaxing, yes, but all that sun resulting in lobster-red arms and legs. My lips one big blistering mess.
:: Eliza's amazing "Mermaid Girl" attracting admiring smiles.
:: squealing like a little girl on our way to Disneyland.
:: this sweet boy wanting to hold my hand the entire time. He and I leading the way, skipping with joy.
:: Isaac's birthday celebration starting a few days early... so many friendly "Happy Birthday" wishes. And being selected for the Jedi Training... it just doesn't get any better than this.
:: our first time experiencing California Adventure... Awesome!
:: chocolate-covered bananas, Dole pineapple freezes, and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln-- our late afternoon salvation and survival.
:: these poor feet just barely making it after two 14 hour days of non-stop walking and standing in long lines.
:: air-conditioning breaking down just in time for our long drive back home to Utah. (And through the Mohave Desert, too.)
Saturday, September 5, 2015
We'll continue with our travel log...
Here are some of my favorite things from this leg of our trip:
:: enjoyed a nice sunset stroll along the beach that evening. Fun to do some birdwatching and search for sand dollars, too.
:: our next stop was lovely Santa Barbara.
I told Keith I could live in this city.
:: Couldn't miss an opportunity to visit another old Spanish mission. More lovely gardens, a peaceful cemetery, and an interesting museum to wander, this place continues to serve an order of Franciscan friars.
:: finished our day with some killer Mexican food and a little browsing through some cool shops.
Next up: the kids join us in San Clemente... we hit the beach and go to Disneyland!