Love Is Creative

Because we love we create.

Love is creative. Loving and being loved opens the flow of creativity. Like a free fall into amour, creativity requires taking a risk and letting go, and trusting this enlivened flow, leaning into it, to see what the Universe offers. The artistic free will to express with an open heart can move us to create something of value for Self, others, and the world. Inspired by infatuation, we express our thoughts and feelings, our needs and desires. Because we love, we create our best lives.

Love motivates creativity. A spark that lights the way, it is our co-creator that fuels the process. It kindles purpose and ignites passion. When ardor leads, doing a loved creative thing expresses our true voice, fully, clearly, and unconditionally. Art-making, art-taking, and art-giving are ways we feel and express affection and experience this joy. An artist mentor of mine wore a necklace with beads that spelled, art loves you. She would jiggle them and smile as she offered her cure-all blessing and a hug. The devotion of self-nurture and self-care through creative self-expression is healing. A ready-remedy in your medicine bag, it is always there to affirm and comfort.

Love knows that life is not always easy, so it gives the gift of creative resiliency to keep us strong and balanced. Devotion helps our creativity turn obstacles into benefactors. It is how and why we create hope. In the good times and bad, happy and sad, love rises to uplift our mind-body-spirit and to remind us what is most essential and meaningful. The art of life could not exist without love, nor a flower without the sun. It just is.

With color, light, and wet paint I make images of the sentiment I feel. With head, hands, and heart I craft my ideas and visions. Creativity is an angel in my pocket, a muse who gives me the stamina and confidence to do anything. She is me and I am she. She is love and love is eternal and creative. Like an angel, it is an affinity that never leaves. And, with a wink and a nod, she lifts me up with wings to fly. Creativity loves me, and so blessed, I make art with hope and all my love. 

To love and be loved, to create and be created for, celebrate the season of love with creativity.

Creative Gifting: Handmade With Love

Handmade with love.

So loved is the artful gift made with hands and heart. The love and thoughtfulness that went into creating it, and the love and joy felt receiving it. 

Through art-making, the experience of creating, we express our love by crafting an idea, image or object. Through art-giving, sharing a creative experience, we express our gratitude and appreciation for the people we care about. Through art-taking, experiencing what is created, we receive the gifts of creativity and feel the love of its expression. These are ways to creative wellness. Continue Reading

Monarchs, Mums, and Metamorphosis in Maine

A feast before taking flight.

Nature amazes and inspires in every season. It is October in Maine, the light is bright and low in the sky, and the air is crisp as the sun moves southward. Brilliantly colored foliage and hardy flowering plants give up their splendor to leaf peepers and creative wellness seekers. What could be more refreshing than a post-card perfect fall day in New England? Then, a pause and a feeling of awe as I catch a glimpse of the feeding habits of a butterfly.
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