Dusted Off The Sketch Book

It felt so good to pick up my sketch book again! My skills are rusty, but I want to share it anyway, simply for the joy that it brought me to do it. The sketch I’m sharing today is one of chicory. Even though chicory isn’t something I care for the taste of, it has a place in my heart. My grandfather used to grow it in a little hot bed beside his house, along with other things. The chicory was always a big favorite of mine in that little bed, because of its cheerful look and beautiful color. This is a simple graphite sketch, but I can see that vivid blue in my mind’s eye just like it was yesterday, instead of close to forty years ago. Here goes:

Hoping to keep the inspiration flowing. Drawing botanicals used to be one of my favorite things to do, and I’d love to get my skill level back up there, and even beyond. Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday, and hope that seeing this post inspires you to jump in there with your own creativity, without worry of it needing to be perfect. Have fun!

Inspired By Winter’s Starkness

This morning, I woke up to temperatures in the twenties, a gorgeous layer of low lying fog, and the first frost of the season. I felt a long awaited tingle of creative awakening. Words cannot adequately express how grateful I am to be feeling these stirrings, as it has been a few years. I’m not going to dwell on the gap in my creativity, as I simply wish to reflect on, and revel in the inspiration.

There is something about the starkness of the late fall and Winter which brings an ease of reflecting inward, and the ability to bring what’s inside to the outer world. Between the colder weather, and the beauty of stillness, I find myself at my most inspired.

For the past nine years, I have been living in an urban setting for the first time in my life. I’ve never really adjusted to the busyness and noise of it. Admittedly, for the first few years there was a novelty to it which gave me a lot of inspiration. After that though, I began to struggle to reach my inner creative core. I acknowledge that the best setting for me is somewhere that I can easily commune with the earth and nature. I’m not in that type of setting yet, but it’s getting closer. Until then though, I’m going to tap in to the energy of the season and run with it.

I’ve got so much within me which needs to be expressed outwardly, and I’m ready to tap into that momentum. To feel the energy of creativity and spirituality flowing through me again is something which brings tears to my eyes. This is who I’ve always been, this is who I am, this is who I wish to be. There is definitely rust on my skills and my dedication to my artistic work and expression, but hey, it’ll be fun to scrub it away by putting words and images to paper again, and I’m looking forward to it. So, keep your eyes open for more activity around here.

How do the Fall and Winter seasons impact your creative energies? I’d love to hear about it.