Inspiration has struck!
The last few months I have not been inspired like I usually am this time of year. Instead of seeking inspiration, I have been looking back, pondering where it has gone, why it is lost and how do I get it back. Stuck more in the "where has it gone" then anything. Typically this time of year I have, designed wearable art pieces, created a New Years list a mile long, made holiday gifts, written blogs, taken a million pictures of things I feel are inspirational, read magazines and have stacks of tear sheets piled up on my studio floor. But not this year, instead I keep saying to myself, "I got nuttin'", as I watch entry deadlines come and go...
But this morning, as I'm drawn outside and down the stairs to my back patio, I'm greeted by warm rays of sunshine. Delighted, I pull up a chair next to my cat BB and together we close our eyes and look to the sun. Its there I felt it, warm inspiration, ray by ray, it slowly fills me. I smile as I slowly open my eyes and see in front of me, my yard. Sunlight streams through drops that drip slowly from the dormant grape vines still recovering from last nights rain. Behind the vines my bird bath statue Naxos, peering down at rain soaked leaves, is also touched by the winter sun. The adjacent grass and hedges appear deeper green on this teaser of a Pacific Northwest December 27th morning. Wishing I had my camera, but staying put, not wanting to leave this rare moment, I look around and I see beauty everywhere. I'm beginning to feel inspiration stir inside of me, but I force myself to continue to sit and look and take it in.
Fast forward an afternoon later the wind and rain have blown in, almost as if inspiration blew in on the clouds itself. In this time I have scoured magazines, dug out my camera (a real camera) rearranged the living room, currently working on the design of a new garment and thinking about cleaning up my studio. I look out the window and between the clouds I see blue skies peeking through.
Thanks to the simple sweet rays of the winter sun, I'm feeling excited now and anticipating the new year.
Wishing you an Inspirational and Happy New Year!