The River Of Creativity

The moving flow of creativity.

Sitting on the shore, the river rushes by my feet. The ancient rock where I am perched, once carved and tumbled by these waters, gives me a point of view and a place to wonder. I feel safe and happy here, yet yearning to move and go with the flow of the water cascading over the rocky river bed. The rushing currents create sculptural swirls and contours that catch the brightest light and the darkest depths of the little river on its way to the big ocean. My artist’s eye and instinct are transfixed. 

Water is often a metaphor for expression, the intuitive and intelligent imagination flowing and finding its way to the river of creativity. The substance of water can have therapeutic effect whether we are in it, around it, or imagining it. The average human body is about 60% water and the total percentage of water on the planet’s surface is about 70%. We are like water. Expressed by philosopher, painter, poet, or musician, the moving flow of water is a universal theme that draws the connection between consciousness and unconsciousness, and the deep, pure source from which creativity emerges. Water is a symbolic metaphor for FLOW and the movement of creativity.

From the shore, I feel the water flowing with all my senses. The meditative sounds and fresh fragrance, the colors and contrasting shapes. I lean into the scene and touch the cool water. It satisfies a thirst and desire. My pencil swims across a journal page and the moment is remembered with an animated sketch. Drawing or painting water is humbling for a Maine artist. My mind moves with the rhythms of the Earth and I know why I came seeking this sacred spot. Nature is the model for life and art. The river tells me to swim to the fertile creative middle, don’t hold onto the shore. It beckons me to take a risk and move to create something new with fluidity and confidence. If I resist and hold onto the old ways of thinking, doing and being, I will miss the growth and enrichment that comes with change. I thank the river for the wellness moment. Refreshed and liberated, I welcome the changes that will come with moving forward. 

Art in nature heals the mind-body-spirit. It is a way to reflect on our connectedness to Earth and everything. Being in nature opens our sensory awareness to new forms of personal expression and to the things we need to make us well. The last days of spring are fresh with new energy from the rainy thunderstorms that make the rivers rush and the flowers grow. It is a time to fill the well in wellness. We all need retreat time in the natural places that make us whole, happy, and hopeful. Find and follow the river of creativity flowing in, around, and through you.

Resiliency In Bloom

A blue jewel emerges, a symbol of resiliency.

A lion of winter roars no more in the Northeast as March welcomes spring. The angle of the vernal sun is at its equinox, an annular balance of day and night. With chilly temperatures and more than a few snowy Nor’easters this month, it’s hard to be feeling springy. Yet, where the sun reaches the bare Earth, she warms, rousing her fertile mud to sprout a miracle.
When wellness walking at this time of year, I look for the first spring flowers along an oak-lined path near the old town cemetery. Through layers of composting leaves and lingering patches of snow, an early blossom emerges. These tiny flowers are scilla siberica. They defy the coldest spring temperatures and still bloom in brilliant large patches, thriving in the rich organic peat. As the season of hardship ends their hardiness is a reminder that the perennials will spring forth with color and beauty. Beyond the winter blues, this little blue jewel appears as a symbol of resiliency, a gift for having survived the dormant months. Continue Reading

The Heart Of Art-giving

Love is the gift at the heart of art.

Art-making, art-taking, and art-giving. These are ways to creative wellness; when we are present in the moment, engaged in the experience of creating, experiencing what is created, and sharing creative experience.

At the heart is art-giving, creating and connecting for the greater good. It is something creative, self-actualized or acquired, that is enlivened by sharing to uplift and help others. In a communal experience, it is our singular creativity combining with the beauty and diversity of other people to make a unique work of art. Together, our true colors shine brightly. Our shared creative rhythms are the vibrations that celebrate life. We make and take art in life every day. When we give art, to Self and others, it can express love in ways that strengthen and heal. Art given can care for a need or desire, show how and what we feel. Love is the gift at the heart of art. Continue Reading