It is all too easy to get caught up in the grind of daily life and overlook the things that move us when we’re at our best. As an artist, my senses lead me and define me. I’ve realized that is the exact reason why I have trouble creating and letting inspiration in when I’m stressed or in the wrong frame of mind. At those times I blow right past the things that move me and inspire me to create without a thought. Luckily the moments when I realize it’s happened and that I need to slow down and breath come frequently and easily.
Tonight I was scrambling, trying to do too many things at once, already looking ahead to tomorrow’s “List”, while still trying to catch up on last week’s. On a quick run out to my studio, I stepped out into the cool night air and it hit me and stopped me in my tracks. The air had a hint of a frost to come and wood smoke, the low and distant hum of the interstates across the valley barely audible. The stars bright and the three quarter moon illuminating shadows of a lone tractor next to the already harvested corn fields. I stood there next to the weeping cherry in my yard, bathing my face in the glow as if it were the warm summer sun shinning down on me. The peaceful night washed over me and I just breathed like I hadn’t in I don’t know how long. I relaxed and it stirred up ideas that were lying just beneath the surface, changed my mood and my mindset. I slowed down. When I returned to the house I felt energized and productive again.
My surroundings have always inspired me. I could find things to move me when I lived in the city just as I can now living in the mountains. There’s always something to play on my senses. I pull from it continually and I am so amazingly thankful for it. As an artist it’s so deeply important to recognize what moves you. It’s a wonderful surprise when it sneaks up and rejuvenates you when you least expect it yet need it most. Even more, it’s an amazing gift to be able to realize when you need it, seek it out, pull the inspiration you need to create, and make it work for you.