This is a book that Diahn left with me when she came for a visit. It's one of the ways in which she inspires me. It's by Danny Gregory, who also wrote, Everyday Matters, a virtual Bible for sketchers and artists from all walks of life. It proved to be such an inspiration that now it has it's own Superblog, a community for artists that issues weekly challenges. Pretty cool. It makes me wish I were an artist.
I do think there's an artist in all of us. What is an artist afterall? Someone who takes the simple, mundane, objects and emotions of everyday life and shines a light on them...so that you see the beauty. Beauty comes in all forms and if it moves you, if it takes you somewhere, it's beautiful. So, although I'm not a painter or a sketcher, I'm an artist. One of my favorite forms of expression is poetry. I love packing as much emotion into the smallest of spaces.
I've been in a very weird place lately and have been feeling extremely, well, for lack of a better word, dull. Dull in the routine of my everyday life and dull in a mental capacity. I've blamed it on everything from diet to the hectic pace of my life but I don't think that's the problem. I read a book a couple of years ago that talks about how we're created in the image of God, who is the great creator, which means that the drive to create is in everyone of us. And if I believe that, and I do, it's one way that I can feel closer to God. Which in turn, always fulfills me. Nothing else comes close.
Who knows, maybe I'll pick up a sketch book and start an illustrated journal. Maybe there's a poem in all of this that's waiting to be written. Or maybe, just maybe, I'll finish that book I started. Maybe, I'll wake up early tomorrow and take a brisk walk with the sunrise.
Time to move.