This new image is titled “Another Life Analogy”, and is one of my newest digital paintings, which is a new direction I’m taking on my artist journey.
I decided to make a calendar of some of my images last night, and with the help of lulu.com, it is already a “thing”! If you are interested in purchasing one, you can click here and get yours. At the purchasing page, you can get a preview of all the images that I included in the calendar.
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I recently vacationed to Oceanside, California. Before leaving from my hometown, I made the intention to “unplug” as much as possible, only checking my email and Facebook once in a while. Little did I know that my destination would conspire to make sure that happened. Upon arriving, I found that my device obtained very little 3G and the wi-fi in our rental was very poor. Honestly, I found myself stressing a little. I mean, it’s one thing to put the phone down with the knowing you can check in on emails if you want, but it’s another when the connection just isn’t there and you can’t. [Read more…]
I just got back from a trip to Minneapolis where I got to experience the awesome group Rush in concert (which was in St. Paul). Minneapolis was my home for about 5 years, but a long time ago. So long ago that now I feel like a tourist when I visit, but every time I get back to The Cities, I’m the “inspired” tourist.
So while I was there this time, I was paying attention to what inspired me, what caught my eye. I didn’t want to just passively observe, I wanted to dig a little deeper.
Most of us have the opinion that life happens to us, when it’s really the other way around…we create the life we experience. In my life, when things don’t happen as I’d like them, then I’m the victim of my own previous thoughts and feelings. It’s not anyone else’s fault but my own. It’s something that I need to own and take responsibility for. This is the Law of Deliberate Creation.
The best part of this universal law is that when everything is going great in my life, I can take responsibility for that as well. What an awesome feeling it is to have great things happening to me and know that I’ve created the intention and manifestation, and now I’m reaping the rewards of my desires. After all, we are here on this earth to enjoy ourselves and to expand our experiences. It really is so simple.
For the last few weeks I’ve been getting interested in honing my illustrating skills. It’s been since my high school/college days that I’ve drawn much of anything, and for some reason illustrating is becoming something that I want to pursue. I’m really not sure where I’m coming from…you know, why all of a sudden am I having this need to draw?
Let’s be clear on something, I’m really not a great drawer at this point. Please excuse the negative comment I just made of myself. I’m usually the one who really dislikes any negative comments. After all, if you tell yourself you can’t, then you can’t and won’t. But my comment isn’t deeply felt through my energy. It’s just a observation of where I am at right now.
Have you ever had an idea just explode in your head, like a lightning bolt hit you? And then felt that exhilarating determination to make it a reality? I can’t think of any better high than that! You’re completely focused and your body is moving in sync with some mysterious guidance. I love it, and I’ve experienced that feeling many times. I call that Divine Inspiration.
When Divine Inspiration hits, you are in complete alignment with manifesting a particular desire. In the arena of creativity, the output of expression or problem solving is the goal. But really, in every area of our lives, we are in constant motion to take the next step, and when inspiration flows and alignment is apparent, we feel joy, exhilaration and a very satisfying feeling of accomplishment.
Imagination is thought.
I could stop there because that is what imagination is in a nutshell. But as with anything, there is more to the story. Nothing in our existence is really plain and simple. If it were, there would be no gray areas, only black and white, and what kind of fun would that be (sarcastic Kim says). The gray area is where all the creation and expression lives.
Imagination is somehow always connected to creativity. “You have such a good imagination” is said to the artist, musician, comedian or writer. Kids, while playing, are using their imagination with toy cars and dolls or whatever, and we think it’s cute. Both of these circumstances are absolute scenarios of using our imagination.
However, we use our imagination (or thoughts) every second of every minute of every day. When we’re thinking of what to order for lunch on the menu, we are using imagination. “Hmm, what am I craving right now?” When we are pondering what activity to do after work, we are using our imagination. “Maybe I will make dinner and then settle in to read my new book.” Imagination is creation at every level, not just creativity!