‘Circling the Abyss’

#iArtDaily Challenge Day 8: Stepping Stones

“Each moment is a stepping stone to the destination of your day.” ~ LeAura Alderson, author, podcaster, entrepreneur, co-founder-iCreateDaily

I love stepping stones — in actuality and in concept. There’s nothing more peaceful than walking across a stream on low-lying flattened stones, even pausing to sit on one for a few moments in the bright sunlight.

Stepping stones are also those times in life that have led you to where you are today. They take you from one bank to the other, from here to there, from start to finish.

For today’s prompt, I found this photo of stepping stones in Sedona, Arizona, on Wikimedia Commons.

As I ran the photo through the various tools in my phone app, it took a different shape.

Suddenly I recalled a memoir title I’ve had in my head for several years: “Circling the Abyss,” and the combination of that along with stepping stones is beginning to provide a structure for this memoir idea.

My stepping stones have led to the many destinations in my life, but they always have me walking just on the edge.

I’ll be pondering this more in the days to come … and taking notes!

Come alive!

#iArtDaily Challenge Day 7

Never underestimate the power of music to kindle your heart and remind you of what’s possible.

Today the challenge was to listen and respond to “Come Alive,” a song from “The Greatest Showman.”

I have to say, this one was tricky for me. I’d never heard of the show, and I detest circuses. For me there is nothing magical or invoking of fantasy about circuses. I’m terrified of clowns and have never appreciated the performing animals, which even as a child looked more like abuse to me. I listened and read the words, but I wasn’t moved.

So I had to leave the circus behind and play with this question: When are we most alive? When we are children, or grown-ups who bring out the childlike quality in themselves. When we are surprised by everyday miracles, when we are wide-open to learning, we come alive.

I started with this photo of my 2 1/2 year old grandson, looking up in wonder at the clouds.

Then I played around in PicsArt, and came up with this one.

Yes, this reflects the magic and mystery of what it means to “Come Alive.”

May I remember it always.

‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!’

iArtDaily Challenge Day 6: What do you envision?

Here’s the prompt:

“Envision the life you want then head in that direction each day through the goals you set and the actions you take.” ~ LeAura Alderson, author, podcaster, entrepreneur, co-founder-iCreateDaily

My birthday was Thursday; I turned 63. I’m also still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. ☺️ I’m learning that I’m not unusual in this.

The photo for today, which I played with only slightly in PicsArt, is of a perfect little nest I discovered on the ground a couple of weeks ago. I had just buried my cat, Mitchell, and had already seen a small snake about a foot away. I thought that odd, in winter. It was a feisty little garner snake, which struck out to try to attack when I bent low to take the photo with my phone. From what I read, this means it was a juvenile. Adults usually bolt.

This is the “before” pic.

And this is the “after.”

For me it symbolizes a need to have both a safe refuge where I can birth and nurture new ideas and the wings to take the risk to fly with them. Either one by itself is foolhardy.

Here’s one more, a bit whimsical. I love the colors in this one.

Henry David Thoreau said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. …” Tomorrow is day 7 of this challenge. I’m building stamina for the journey!

As time disappears

#iartdaily Challenge: Day 5

“In creating, time disappears into space as stars blanket my shoulders in embrace, and imbue every cell of my being with love.” ~ LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, iCreateDaily

Today’s prompt brought to mind space and stardust, the beginning of time and the end of it, maybe through a Big Bang at either end … or both?

I started with a photo of the dried leftovers of an echinacea flower in my garden, because it looked like a star to me, shooting across the galaxy, exploding or imploding.

After some doctoring with my photo app, it became this: a psychedelic star doing what stars do.

I like it.

A Fish Out of Water

Day 3: What are you feeling?

“A picture is a work of art, not because it is ‘modern,’ nor because it is ‘ancient,’ but because it is a sincere expression of human feeling.” ~ John F. Carlson, Swedish-born American Impressionist painter

Prompt: If what you’re thinking and feeling right now was created as your art, what would it look like (read like, etc)?

I’ve just spent 10 days with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson in a metropolitan area in a different state. I always feel like a fish out of water when I arrive, coming from my home in a small rural area in West Michigan.

I feel like that fish again as I prepare to go home, not only sad to leave my family but also to return to a place without a bookstore, ethnic restaurants … or much diversity in general.

This was on my mind as I created this piece for today’s #iArtDaily challenge.

P.S. This one, too.

Life is in the details

Day 2

“Art is born in attention. Its midwife is detail.” ~ Julia Cameron, American artist, author and teacher

Prompt: What does attention reveal?

So the iCreateDaily for Creators challenge for today was about paying attention and noticing.

I started by taking a couple of photos of tissue paper balls (in shades of pink, for my newest grandbaby, coming this spring).

After playing with them in PicsArt, I really liked the one below, turned sideways to create an ocean and sky at sunrise. Then I paired it with a perfect quote.

“This morning the sun made me adore it. It had, behind the dripping pine trees, the oriental brightness, orange and crimson, of a living being, a rose and an apple, in the physical and ideal fusion of a true and daily paradise.” ~ Juan Ramón Jiménez

Am I cheating by using technology? It does help me to create beauty inspired by a real object in life. If that’s not art, what is?