It has been a long time since I have sat down and had time to write. I've been LOVING this summer, probably because last summer I had a tiny human that needed me and I wasn't able to enjoy my summer so this year, oh man, we have been doing all of the things!
So I sit here with time and think, what do I write about? What do you want to know, what do I want to share?
A part of me has been un-inspired the past few months. I'm in a lull. They happen to all artists and so as I'm in this moment I've been asking myself the question, 'Why does inspiration matter?'
Here are several things that came to mind.
1. My camera is getting rusty, and I'm still completely happy with my life. Ok, so it's not literally rusty but we went to Capitol Reef National Park last week and I didn't even think about my camera until the drive down. It didn't cross my mind once. I'm starting to realize the value of enjoying the moments when you are in them, no camera needed. Sure I had my phone, but those photos were for the memories with kids and not because I was planning on doing anything with the photos later. I don't always need a camera attached to my hip anymore, maybe one day I will have kids that like hiking and will walk the whole way themselves so I can have a camera on my hip again. But right now, I'm enjoying being present, looking with my eyes and not through my lens.
This is inspiring. Why? Because it is filling me with ideas, memories, and soul happiness for lack of a better word. It's filling the part of me that needs energy to be creative down the road. It's enjoy beauty for what it is.
2. The desert is truly inspiring to me. I think it always has been but it has taken me a long time to realize it, and appreciate it. There is a vast emptiness in the desert, a feeling of openness that stretches out for miles and to me it's like looking at a blank canvas where anything is possible. In Capitol Reef, I was amazed as always by the rock formations and colors in the desert. So many different shapes are formed in the rocks over thousands of years and it is amazing that you can see it. The line formations from the rain, the layers that pile up over time, I could stare at those rocks every day and never tire of them. When you look closely you can see the variety of colors in the rocks. Mostly reds and browns but on one hike I looked down and in the dirt right on the trail, there were yellow and green tones, some that even looked purple too. All of that against a blue sky is color magic.
What are the things that inspire you? Where are the places you go to get re-charged, to feel the magic of nature, where you can sit and enjoy, appreciate, and marvel at the world we live in? And, are you making time to do this often? I think I also noted on this trip, that I don't give myself enough time in nature daily. So I'm also working on that this summer, and I'll keep building up my reservoir of inspiration for the days when the heat of summer passes.
Oh Hey! it's me, Amy
These are stories about my art, experiences I've had in my career, and some other fun stuff too. I will probably overshare, sometimes I can't help it. Enjoy!