Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Morning Muse

Morning Meditation
Something odd and wonderful has been happening. Several mornings ago, somewhere between dream and reality, I heard a distinctive voice say;
Can't wait.
Not here.
Must go.
Waking up to a haiku is pretty special, even though the message did leave me with a sense of loss. 
Then today, at the wee hour of 3 am, I woke to this poem;
I am a paradox.
I am a conundrum.
I am not unusual,
           but I am unique.
I am a human,
I got up, made coffee, grabbed my journal and started to write. 
With so much time on my hands, I  finished reading The Mixed Media Artist by Seth Apter. Among the pages I saw some of my favorite artists; Geoffrey Gorman, Jeane Myers, Crystal Neubauer and Laura Lein-Svencner.

In the section, Beyond the Surface, Seth asked the artists in-depth questions regarding their inspirations and philosophies. I found that part most interesting. Of course the book is full of wonderful art, great tips and techniques. Each artist has a two page spread, with the artist in their studio and a featured work of art. They  also share their most inspiring art quote, 4 things in their studio and 3 things that inspire them (only 3!).

So I asked myself, what inspires me and I couldn't just think of 3, so I made 10 categories, with 3 inspirations per category. That was a lot of fun, and I could have gone beyond 10, but I stopped and took that creativity into my studio where I was able to get a couple of hours in before heading out to yoga.

Here are a few of my categories:
Category #1
* My eyes, they allow me to see the beauty around me.
* My feet, they carry me near and far.
* My spirit, which leads me to that mysterious place where creation and creativity reside.

Category # 3
* Love
* Touch
* Kindness

Category #6
* Baking bread
* Cooking
* Eating

I believe in engaging all my senses. They were given to us to explore, love and learn from.


  1. I am so happy to hear that you have enjoyed the book. And I am very pleased that you were inspired to create your own lists! Thank you.

  2. So nice to hear from you, Seth.
    Next time you put together a book, I would love to be considered. My website is

  3. 3:00 am is called midnight of the soul, kind of interesting that you woke up at that time with words floating around you. what a great feeling to be creating in the wee hours of the morning when everyone is fast asleep in our part of the world. thanks for sharing your inspiring experiences.

  4. I am enjoying the book each day as well. Thanks for sharing your categories.

  5. Eve thanks for including me in your post. I am a fan of your work as well. And I'm pretty inspired by your lists of inspiration this morning!

  6. The problem? with categories, they can be infinite, in a good way:-)
    Thanks for the comments.

  7. I'm going to have to read my copy!