Friday, October 22, 2010

savoring new mediums


Emerging creativity is an activity we savor in this family.  Whether its photography, watercolour painting, dance, theatre arts, fashion design, writing, or a new form of collage and paint, creative pursuits allow you the gift of moving out and beyond yourself even for a short stint.  It tickles imagination fancies and awakens new soul tributaries which hold colour compositions just waiting to be discovered.  It heightens confidence, teaches focus, offers expressive outlets one may not even know existed.  Zesty savoring!

Creativity is exploration into the realm of turning dreams into action.  How life affirming is that?

I took this photo of my daughter Martha last night after she arrived home from one of the Art classes she is taking in the evening.  On top of a full load of courses in her last year of high school, she is taking 2 evening courses at the Craft College in order to help her develop a portfolio to be submitted with her application into the Fine Arts program at Mount Allison University.   

So determined!  So full of purpose!  She is on the cusp of transitioning into a whole new world and is very busy trying to make it happen.   Last night, the little girl in her was revealed again.  Excitement radiated from her smiling eyes while she described the process of a new technique she had applied and her gleeful satisfaction on the finished product.  

I wanted to savor the moment.  I wanted Martha too as well.  So, as she signed her artwork (one that will eventually be framed and hung in the dining room because I love it too!) we took a moment in the middle of a very busy Autumn to recognize our mutual love of creative expression.  It will always be a tie that binds.....past, present and future.

Like me, Martha will forever have a project on the go.  Her hands will be covered in whatever paint or glue or ink continuously.  Her ticking brain is constantly gazing both inside and outside.  The way she looks at the world around her is seen through an every changing lens of imagination.  And when she gets an idea in her head, she has to follow through on it in order to let go of it.  It's hilarious to listen to her when she has a new project in mind!  I hear the echo of me in her!   

And in turn, I hear the echo of Martha in me........  it makes me smile every time I think of this.  Man oh, man I'm going to miss her next year when she head off to University.  Where does the time go?

Savor, savor, savor..........

For more photo interpretations on the word "Savor,"  check out Carmi's blog.......

5 comments:

Karen Sather said...

I think you captured the moment quite well, and savouring it is! Thanks!

swile67 said...

seeing other people "awaken" their creativity excites me! hey, a little tangent...you would have LOVED the Chantal Kreviazuk evening I went to on Wed. night. She is an advocate for mental health so she spoke in WHitby and sang 4 of her songs..oh and we saw her film called "pretty broken." I think one of her immediate family members has bipolar...she was vague just saying a "loved one," however, i think it was someone very close to her because the character she portrayed in the film came from a deep place. She told us the film was for her...helping her cope with this loved one's illness. She used her creativity to get it out of her and it was amazing! I'm so glad your kids are using their creativity!

Robert said...

very soulful and life-enhancing dana!!! Sounds like you and martha shall always be kindred spirits in many ways so cool Glad to check in and see your muse is as colorful and enjoyable as always :D

TheMuddledMarketPlace said...

your daughter is so fortunate to have a mother who understands and nourishes this....

awareness said...

Karen. Thank you. It was a nice piece to write.

Karyne.... I need to email you about the grassroots organization I'm involved in right now. Quite amazing you've written about mental health issues. It's to try to get the province to agree finally on developing a treatment centre here for youth.
Creativity is such a important outlet for healthy living and expression.

Robert, in many ways I think we are. I'm blessed to be connected to her like this. I always enjoy spending time with her. Good to see you here again!

MMP.... why thank you....... it nourishes me too. It warms my heart to watch her when she is engaged in something creative and purposeful. AND then lets me get involved!