“As artists, we must learn to be self nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them –
to restock the trout pond, so to speak.”
My brushes are resting. It is the time of year I think we all naturally take inventory of many things. A time to reflect on the days gone by and look forward to the coming year. To count our blessings, to celebrate the season, to work through the successes and the failures we have experienced – a time to reflect on many things. I missed being in the studio working and I told myself I would get back in this week – thinking I could squeeze out a few solid days of painting – but the focus is just not there. I need to recognize that my muse, having a mind of her own, has gone on vacation. I thought about Robert Genn’s insightful quote, “Never forget that the nurturing and preservation of your own muse is job one. Lose it and you may be losing a great deal.” Self nourishment of the mind, the body, and all the creative resources is so important. It is an emotionally packed time of year and sometimes it is best to just step back and reflect. To enjoy family and friends, count my blessings, to make cookies, to spend time with all the important people in my life, to remember those who have gone on, to celebrate the season and in doing that, “restock the trout pond, so to speak”.
Wishing you Peace, Joy and Inspiration now and in the coming New Year!
“Often the Muse will not respond to direct and logical requests.
She must be lured in with the playful and gentle.”