What Inspires Me?

IMG_0283That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the topic for March’s Blog-o-Sphere Think tank is a monstrous one.  What Inspires Me?  Whoofta….where do I begin? How all encompassing is that question? And yes, I signed up to write about this topic because it means so much to me.  However, I’m going to limit my response to just one thing and one aspect within it.

As an artist, my answer is one that may seem trite.  But it isn’t when you think about the scope of it.

What inspires me?  Nature!  It is at the top of the list.  Let me explain why.

My dad was a landscaper.  I consider him to have been an artist who worked wonders with landscapes of the homes in the town where I grew up.  My work is heavily influenced by my observations of him working his magic.   Manicuring an evergreen from something that was unruly and overgrown to a finely coiffed thing of delicate beauty, turning an unsightly back yard into a lush setting, taking great care and respect toward everything that grows.

Just last week a dear friend brought back a gift for me from her visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLW) Taliesin West.  A book filled with quotes from the man himself, FLW.  The first of his quotes that captured my attention was:

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”

The next quote that spoke to me was:

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.”

Where my art jewelry is concerned, those two statements are very true.  I found my artistic voice once I started creating shapes from things in nature.  Our backyard aspens have become the models for many of my pieces.

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As I prune our aspens, I save various branches to serve as my models.  The details preserved in the leaves and branches help me to capture them in metal.  I refer to them often as I work.
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The graceful way they flow out from the tree is what I try to capture in the cuffs I make that are part of my Botanical series.

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I don’t limit my inspiration to aspens.  Yet I do incorporated them frequently in my works.  I think these photos exemplify what influence and inspiration our aspens provide.  A single leaf is as unique as our fingerprints.  The details of the veins that bring life to every cell within the leaf.  God’s beautiful creation embodied in a leaf, a branch, a tree.  I find it wondrous.  So my work, just as things are in nature, is unique.  No two pieces of my work are identical because they are hand made by me.

I feel truly blessed that I can escape to our back yard and soak in the beauty of being in the great outdoors.  A view of Pikes Peak is in the distance.  During the summer months, I enjoy the whispers our Quaking Aspens make with those leaves.  The fresh, clean air with clouds traveling across a turquoise blue sky.  The occasional whinny of a neighbor’s horse.  One of our bassets batting at me for attention as I try to drink it all in.  Sure, a lot of artists say they are inspired by nature and yes, I am one of them.  It cleanses and refreshes my soul, my imagination, my creativity.  Just one of the many things where I find inspiration.

Now lets see what my fellow bloggers had to say on this topic.

Andes Cruz:  https://andescruz.wordpress.com
Pallavi Gandhi: https://studioat605.wordpress.com/
marie bell ::  www.pencilfox.com
Tosca Teran:  http://nanopod.me/2015/03/11/inspiration
Catherine Witherell:  http://happydayart.typepad.com
Beth Cyr – http://bethcyr.com/blog/
Allegra Sleep: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/allegra-sleep.html?tab=blog
K. Skiles Studio: http://kaskiles.com
Shelagh Blatz: www.designsbyshelagh.com/blog

Namaste

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Do you believe in destiny?

October’s topic for our Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank group is: Do you believe in destiny?

My answer to that question is yes with this caveat…..it is our choices in life that determine our destiny.

Our life path, our destiny, is one we make by each choice we make.  Certainly unforeseen circumstances can put us on a path we would not have taken. However, we still have a choice even when the unexpected occurs.  When that happens, it is our decision, our choice, that will direct us again.

I believe we are guided, with encouragement, to help find our path, our destiny.  It depends on how tuned in we are as individuals to that guidance from the Universe.  Our inner voice, our intuition in tune with our Creator will instinctively know what we need to do to find our destiny.

When things fall into place easily, I know this is the right direction for me and I am being guided to the road that will help me find my destiny…the reason I came into this world.

I think we are all seeking our destiny.  If you look for it too hard, it will hide.  I have found the secret is to be open and receptive for guidance; I know it will come.  Have faith and give gratitude.  Listen and hear.  This is how I have found my pathway to my destiny.

To quote Merida from the Disney movie Brave, “Our fate lies within us, we only have to be brave enough to find it!”

Now let’s see what my fellow bloggers shared on this topic:

Andes Cruz: http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com
pencilfox www.pencilfox.com
Beth Cyr: http://www.bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com
Catherine Witherell:  http://happydayart.typepad.com

Namaste.