Archive | September 2016

Prompt 39, Imaginary Places

72546271-ogndalvy-17shangrilathelosthorizon“Then the whole range, much nearer now, paled into fresh splendor; a full moon rose, touching each peak in succession like some celestial lamplighter, until the long horizon glittered against a blue-black sky.”
Lost Horizon by James Hilton

The book Lost Horizon by James Hilton is one of my favorite novels. Three men and women traveling in a plane, crash on the side of a very high mountain. They are led to safety by a mysterious stranger to a imaginary Utopia of a Tibetan lamasery. The residents live extended lives and people practice the best of civilization living a peaceful existence in beautiful surroundings. The mystical setting of the story is named Shangri-La by the author.

For this prompt please select an imaginary place you have read about, saw in a movie, or create your own. Respond by drawing, painting, digital media, photographs and or writing about an aspect of that place. The ability of imagination is such an important part of ourselves as creative individuals. To be mindful of our imagination leads us to more creativity.


Prompt 38, Take Time


For your response to this week’s prompt make a creation that takes 15 minutes. As always your response can be art, drawing, digital media, writing and/or your photographs.

I love to create art. Sometimes all the other things I need to do get in the way. Days continue to go by and before you know it there is a layer of dust on all your supplies. Before it gets to the cobweb stage , you can start today to make some time to make art. Read below for “quick create”  ideas.

When my children were little, and my life was full with work and the responsibilities of a family I would set my alarm for 15 minutes earlier than I needed to get up. In this time I would read before I got out of bed. It would take a long time to get through a novel, but I still accomplished finishing the book. Using the 15 minute method creating art can also be accomplished.

suppliesMany artist have posted about travel kits to take art on the road. You can also use this concept to make a “quick create” kit for home. All your supplies can be placed in a basket. Some ideas are artist trading cards, a small pad or journal, small sized tags, markers,gelatos, a small plastic envelope with ephemera, small squares of tissue paper, watercolors, scissors, a glue stick and a tape runner.



Prompt 37, Believe in Your Dreams


Do you have dreams? Are they large or small? Do they seem possible or do view them as unrealistic?

For this week’s response reflect on what your dreams are, are you moving towards making them become a reality, if not what is preventing you, if you are, how did you make this happen?

The first stage of having a dream is when an idea is born in our imagination. It may just stay there and then slowly float away into our subconscious or we may start to make plans to bring it into reality. Our dreams represent a part of us, it helps us to stay connected to who we really are. If a big dream isn’t possible at this time, smaller dreams can be realized.

I may want to have a large art studio, if space or financial concerns prevent this, instead I can devote a corner of a room to creating. I read a story once about a woman who lived a small apartment, she used the space in one of her kitchen cabinets to store her art supplies. Her dream was creating art and she was going to make sure she was able to,even though she had limited space.

Make your dreams happen, even if they have to be altered a bit to bring them to reality!



Prompt 36, Impatience

inner peace

I found the above image while searching for the word impatience. Most people have lives that are filled with a list of must do this and must do that. We don’t have time to wait around for inner peace to appear.

In Mindfulness, A Practical Guide by Tessa Watt one section talks about teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s advocacy of washing dishes.

I can hear everyone saying, It’s not my turn!

Hanh says, ” While washing the dishes one should be only washing the dishes -being completely aware of the washing while you are doing it, and not even thinking about the results. You can try it, enjoying the warmth and soapiness of the water, the satisfaction as you clean things, the reflection of light on the plates.”

The author goes on to say,” Bringing mindfulness to our daily activities like this brings us out of our rumination into the here and now. It can also help us to shift our feeling of boredom and impatience with so much of what we do in our daily lives.”

For this weeks prompt respond by expressing your thoughts on impatience, possibly what are you most impatient about. I know I am very impatient when standing in line at a store or the bank. What could possibly being taking this long “?”….. sigh. For this week’s prompt I can ask myself is there anything that I could be doing with those moments instead of  just sighing and possibly tapping my foot ?