Recreate and Create!

Lakeside Studio

Special summer spots…

Summer is a time to play in the great outdoors. Maine is called “Vacationland”, a perennial place to recreate and create in a beautiful natural environment. Our state offers limitless organic vistas with miles of rambling rocky coastline, and nearly 3000 lakes and ponds fed by pristine river systems that run through green mountains and valleys. It’s July, and wherever your special summer spot is, get there and get creating. Physical activities and travel get mind, body and spirit moving. Going to a destination where we see places and people, new and familiar, can be inspiring and exhilarating.

Creativity kits are a good thing to have in the field of play. This may be a picnic basket with goodies to eat and read, or a fishing rod with tackle and fresh bait. A creativity kit is something you can personalize with the things you love to do when you can get away and play. I am a painter and my creativity kit includes a set of watercolors with brushes, drawing materials, sketchbook, and paper for various media. Being a fresh air artist I dress for the weather and pack my camera, a bottle of water, snack and all my materials in my well-loved LL Bean tote. It is enjoyable to prepare my creativity kit with the anticipation of getting away, beyond the mundane and the horizon. Continue Reading →

Thriving in Full Leaf

Art HOPE Creative Wellness Walks

Strong, beautiful and thriving.

The northland is a sea of green with every tree in full leaf. A fresh shot of fresh oxygen that invigorates and inspires, and with one deep breath…aaah…THRIVE! Alive, well and thriving. This first Sunday in June marks the 27th annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day in honor of the over 14 million Americans living with a history of cancer, from diagnosis to death, and the healthcare providers, family and friends who support them on the journey. We are “thrivers” in full flower and affect, celebrating milestones and recognizing the challenges we have overcome. More people with cancer are living longer and with a better quality of life than ever, supported with medical interventions and therapies in combination with a wellness-based lifestyle.

Universally, trees are a poignant metaphor for personal thriving and wellness. We root ourselves in the fertile ground and grow upward toward the light, our buds, leaves, blossoms, and fruits all radiant in season. Now in full bloom, take creative wellness time and enjoy the shade and fresh air of your favorite tree. Sit under it, on it, hug it. Yes, talk to it. Like the tree, embrace your perennial strength and beauty in full leaf. The textures, colors and sounds of a tree’s canopy can enliven the artist’s senses. As you find your tree retreat, you may sit in quiet meditation with a creative medium close at hand. A journal for writing and drawing or a set watercolors are organic ways to let words, images and musical notations find their way to original expression. Continue Reading →

LOVE Your Mother, Ask Her to Dance!

Natural Love

Celebrate your birth mama and earth mama!

May! Our senses welcome the fertile green landscapes, warm blue skies and bright yellow sun. Birds singing and the radio music from an open air vehicle with the tank-top clad driver crooning in harmony, are the sounds of a warm day. Lilies of the valley and lilacs scent the air with an ambrosia of spring flowers and rain. A part of us was sleeping and now Mother Earth asks us to awaken our creative senses and dance! Embrace the life-giving energy of May in bloom.

Creatively celebrate Mothers this month, the one who gave you life and the one who sustains all life. Creating life is creativity at its best. Mother dances with father in a loving tango and creates a baby. The Mother Earth has soil, seeds, seasons, and other miracles that create all we need to create life. Our birth mother and the earth mother are soul sisters, rocking the cradle and the world with nurturing abilities that provide the habitat needed to survive in the maternal womb and the material world. Mama mia and mothership earth provide a home base, the place where we can love and be loved. Mom and nature are our first teachers, guiding our senses and helping us learn about our presence in our environment. Modern mothers face challenges everyday to balance responsibilities and home life, and are the first to show up at the soccer game, help out with homework, cheer brilliant accomplishments, like our posts, and be good grandmas. Our modern Mother Earth faces challenges everyday that threaten her resources and sustainability, and still she gives natural gifts that grow our food, maintain our shelter, fill our senses with beauty, and provide a good life. Let’s celebrate the Mother Earth and all Mothers everyday! Continue Reading →