Monthly Archives: March 2014

the mess in the middle

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I’m tempted to walk away in this moment where everything feels disjointed, sounds out of tune, has no rhyme or reason…I’m in the middle of the mess in the middle and all of it seems to be sliding around like mud.  Do I stay?

I think every creative process goes through an “ugly duckling” stage…usually more than one. It’s a difficult place to be. Sometimes I step back for a while (or longer) before I do something I might regret. It’s a risk. I could completely lose focus or interest and be unable to find my way again. But it’s a chance to get a different perspective – to let the light and space shift what I’m seeing…

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and find movement where I thought there was none.

I’m taking this little boat further into the journey, and hopefully out of the mire into some place where people can connect with the song it is singing…the story it wants to tell…

So if you are in the middle of your working and everything is sliding, well done! You may have lost your way but you’ve made it this far. Seriously. There can be a truer sound, a sharper focus that comes with the working and reworking and reworking of something we are in the middle of creating. Be encouraged today.

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painting my peace

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What to do in a storm? Some artists work through their circumstance – spilling out raw emotion onto canvas as a way of expressing what words cannot tell. Others find that heartache pulls a shade down on their creative process, rendering them speechless for a season, or longer if they cannot heal. I myself have written of my wounds, closed the door to my studio, sat without a creative thought as a colourless numb closed my eyes to both the pain and purpose. But now I choose to paint my peace…a place or thought or idea of where I could drift into the presence of surrounding stillness…

no matter the season…

or time of day.

A place of sound and colour that speaks to my own heart…

that gives me hope and a horizon line…

This new exercise has not been easy – this painting has taken a long time. The process to get here was not what I expected, but it has helped me to stay open and express my heart in a positive way. The outcome appears simple, but that is simply not the case. The same could be said of our journey in creativity. and in life! May you find a way to paint your peace.

Be encouraged.