Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Inspiration, New Motivation

I visited the Sunshine Coast last week and the experience was a breath of fresh air. It was so neat to go to a community where being an artist is the norm; where the work of the local artists is revered.

In Roberts Creek, every path was one of discovery among the dense forest. Moss covered cottages were dripping with inspiration, and quiet forests whispered to my soul.

Then on to Gibsons, where every corner uncovered a spontaneous work of art that weaved a history about this artistic community. I just loved this fence mural. We're all in this together. Yes, we are.

This trip was about finding new inspiration, but also about grounding me for the hard work that starts now. I was able to use the time to fine tune my business plan for ecocessories and establish the next steps. I'm back in the studio and creating more than I ever have before - 21 pairs of earrings were created yesterday alone!

The production cycle will continue today, and I'll hope for some rays of sunshine tomorrow so I can photograph the new designs in natural light, and list them in the shop.

"Near the rose, in this grove of sun-parched, wind-warped madrones
Among half dead trees. I came upon the true ease of myself,
As if another person appeared out of the depths of my being,
And I stood outside of myself,
Beyond becoming and perishing.
As if something wholly other,
As if I swayed on the wildest wave alive,
And yet I was still.
And I rejoiced in being what I was."

- Theodore Roethke

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