Awake, thou wintry earth Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth Your ancient gladness! - From “An Easter Hymn,” Thomas Blackburn Watercolor-painted copy of Ostara (1884) by Johannes Gehrts
I am looking for confluences this morning. Some magical firing of creative synapses that will say “take this and make it into this!” The second “this” being something interesting or witty or thoughtful to add to this blog. I have been looking for confluences like a child looking for colored treasures on Easter morning –… Continue reading Confluences
Inspiration is an intangible yet inseparable part of the creative process. Nearly all creative possibilities are related to the muses that inspire us. The ancient Greeks believed that all creation, whether artistic or scientific in nature, was motivated by goddesses who served as the literal embodiment of inspiration. These were the Muses — the givers… Continue reading Compelled to Create
Vision Prayer, ©2009, Jen Payne. Mixed media collage: hand-made paper, acrylic paint, gold leaf, rubber stamping, image transfer, Magnetic Poetry®, postage stamp.
Ann reaches across her lover and pulls the curtain back. The early-spring sun caresses her arm as she investigates the polka-dots. “Ladybugs!” she sings, like a little girl discovering something for the first time. She can be that way with him — child-like and silly. For the first time in a long time, she feels… Continue reading Feeding Ladybugs and Other Love Stories
On a recent Sunday, I had the chance to visit The Book Barn in Niantic, Connecticut. To call it a “store” would be insulting — The Book Barn houses more than 350,000 used books on its main campus and two adjunct shops. The main location is — quite literally — a barn, complete with outbuildings… Continue reading A book is like a garden…
“Look at your work and it tells you how it is when you hold back or when you embrace. When you are lazy, your art is lazy; when you hold back, it holds back; when you hesitate, it stands there staring, hands in its pockets. But when you commit, it comes on like blazes.” From:… Continue reading What happens when…