I painted my friend Sarah’s back for the photo shoot of the upcoming EP of her electronica project: Bionic Motion. It was an interesting process as I have only painted someone once, years ago, laying on the beach and struck with inspiration to do so. The photo shoot was held in my old studio that I had just moved out of, empty and ready for one last creative surge.
As I was painting, I recalled thoughts months prior of painting the human form on canvas, little did I realize I would be using the human form AS the canvas. This is something that has been done many times before and I see why. How beautiful to create and then wash it off. I can see where this could become a therapeutic process in itself.
A few people have expressed interest in being painted, perhaps a future project is in the works. My list continues to grow and I have my entire life to continue to create and make sight of these visions. This is a nice thought, very centering and encouraging to what is today.
Today, sitting in the coffee shop, watching the snow fall and being thankful for this winter and the creations that will arise from it. This is the warmth of winter.
Create. Create. Share. Surrender. Accept. Create. Share. Joy.
Life continues to move, change and evolve. I can choose to flow against the stream, fighting and questioning why? or I can choose to flow with the waters as they wash me, bring me to new perspectives or back to those I once followed.
Steady and streaming, a preparation for the winter months by easing into daily living. These small steps are what bring buoyancy to my life, the ability to be joyful each day through various activities that are a part of simple living such as doing laundry and taking Roosevelt to the dog park, connecting with others and acknowledging in each human, “I am that, I am.”
Highlights of the last month include: Charlie Parr and dancing techno, Reiki on myself each day, moving to the top floor of my apartment building in downtown Saint Paul, creating a reality of winter that I look forward to participating in and attending my first Tai Chi classes. Creation continues to prompt me to look within myself for all that I am seeking. God continues to guide me in this surrendering to the greatness that simply IS. I keep laughing at the beauty that is created everywhere.
Look around you. You are everywhere. You are creating each moment. What is it that you are creating? What is it that you want to create? What qualities are those you feel brightest existing within?
To give into your highest self, to give into enjoying each moment and learning lessons, is a giving for all people and an act of letting go. Any good that I do for myself extends to the higher vibration and joy of humanity. With this in mind, it allows the lessons of love to infiltrate all aspects of this human journey.
As I meander through, picking up the beautiful stones that cross my path, I learn to live and let go. There is such infinite beauty in each stone, however, it becomes even greater as I pass it along to the hands of another. Any challenge I perceive in letting go is in turn a gift, waiting to be discovered as it unfolds in each step of living the questions. I am often reminded of a few favorite lines from Ranier Maria Rilke,
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Sphie continues to give back through her music, yoga and life. Take this opportunity to give back to her by viewing this video. She has entered a singer/songwriter competition and needs to receive as many views as possible this week. Thanks for watching, friends. Enjoy the beauty!
Please watch the video in the following link, as this is how votes are accumulated: http://songwriter.revimage.com/channels/SphieMusic.
Thank you, friends!
A collection of all my photographs from July and August 2012 in sequential order. Music by Stars.
Oregon in January, too beautiful not to share.