Yesterday, for the first time in what feels like such a long time, the sun shone and the sky was blue. There was a cold wind and the birds were singing and flitting about, that delicious feeling of Spring arriving washed over me in a happy, joyous wave - how I look forward to this day when suddenly it is a given - despite all the foul weather and the cold - things are happening and growing, the light and the warmth is returning!
I spent a good hour or so tidying the garden feeling rather blissful about it all, I don't do winter very well, although I try my best to appreciate all the seasons. I'm a person who craves light and heat, and in the darker months I feel myself retreating and lying low. Perhaps this is necessary, a modern hibernation to regenerate the spirit and develop new ideas. Spending time in the garden always relaxes me and lifts my mood though - it's such a tonic to work with plants and earth - and it was a pleasure to have that time where I didn't have to really think about anything else other than the tasks I was working on.
After my gardening spree I headed off to the shops to pick up some groceries and stumbled upon these gorgeously scented tiny daffodils, and sprigs of pussy willow - does it remind anyone else of soft rabbit tails?
I brought them home, and instantly knew that I would want to paint them. I spent some time faffing with them, rearranging them and enjoying their fresh perfume. I could picture the painting in my mind, and it seems like a good one to start as I carry on with my large commission job (I love commissions, but I also like to have something of my own to potter along with too).
When the idea to paint these flowers arrived, I felt instantly excited about it. Inspiration doesn't always strike so vividly but this as I've discovered before, is the best way to let it happen. The trouble is, you can't force it, or manipulate it. This kind of vision comes out of the blue, somewhat randomly and very unexpectedly. You need to seize it when it does because the energy of it doesn't linger. Get the idea on paper, photograph it, write about it...keep it alive in your journal or your camera if you cannot get on with it straight away. It's essential to capture the magic of the new idea, and by doing these things it means you can come back to it and refresh your memory with the feelings it initially provoked.
You see, you can spend hours on social media or Pinterest and so on, admiring what other people are doing or purposefully seeking out something to emulate or do. This is fine, we learn as we go from what others have done before us but there is nothing as original as a bolt of inspiration that you create with your own imagination and feelings.
The trick to receiving these is to be mindfully aware of what's going on around you. Start to take notice of the ordinary things happening in your life, take time out to breathe in and out, to notice what sounds you can hear, scents you can smell, what the weather might be doing...how does the sun feel on your skin? How does the birdsong make you feel?
Taking a walk is usually a catalyst to firing up the inspiration channels, it works every time for me in some way - problems are solved, ideas magically appear. It's about switching off from our routines and letting our bodies soak up each moment.
You'll know when the magic is happening because you'll feel a firework of excitement go off in your belly, your whole being will light up in anticipation - it feels right and good, and you know you're on the right track. Start taking a few moments in your day to tune in to what's going on around you, immerse yourself in your tasks really paying attention to the smaller details and see what magic comes up for you.
I have a new range of prints and cards coming to my shop very soon, titled Happiness, it is such a bright and joyful picture!
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