Sunday, March 01, 2009

Good Sunday morning to you.

I have a cup of fresh brewed coffee, come and sit with me and let's talk.
My son, mentioned to my husband that it seemed like I had starting writing more in my blog. I don't know what exactly he meant by that other than the obvious. Too much mail in his email box? He knows where the delete key is.
On the other hand, he's right, I have been because I think of YOU, my blog reader as a good friend that has stopped by and we are catching up on things. I wish it weren't so one sided. Please do leave comments I love to hear from you. In the meantime you get to listen to me ramble on about this and that and you too know where the delete key is.
I consider myself an Outsider artist. No papers, no formal training but since 2004 I had wonderful, caring, artists sharing their experiences, techniques, wisdom with me. I think I learned from the best.
"creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is to fit together and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating- whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day." Corita
Today, Corita Kent, (1918-1986) teacher and chairman of the art department at what used to be, Immaculate Heart College in California, is my inspiration.
"As teachers we try to participate in the process of empowering people to be the artists they are. And as artists, we accept responsibility to create- to realize our immense powers to change things, to fit things together in a new way. As artists we work every day. We make our own lives every day; we care for our family every day. It is hard daily work, this IS creative process. But it is also greater than personal. We are asked to care for others as well- helping them to create their lives as we were helped. Our work is global- we are asked literally to help make the countries of the world fit together in new ways. We begin this making, of course, in our own selves, our homes, our own country-but we can't stop there. To dream about painting and not also to work at it doesn't ever bring about a painting. To dream about creating a new world that is not teetering on the edge of total destruction and not to work at it doesn't make a peaceful world. So it is important that we are creative people working daily on the greater picture as well, bringing to it all our skills of imagination and making. We make this larger picture also with hard daily work, by specific action. All our creative skills are needed to keep up this tremendous work. And we work on it so that we and our children may have a world in which to fulfill our reason for being here- WHICH IS TO CREATE.
There is an energy in the creative process that belongs in the league of those energies which can uplift, unify and harmonize all of us.
This energy, which we call "making" is the relating of parts to make a new whole. The result might be a painting, a symphony, a building. If the job is done well, the work of art gives us an experience of wholeness called ecstasy= a moment of rising above our feelings of separateness, competition, divisiveness to a state of exalted delight in which normal understand is felt to be surpassed.
In a way, the maker (artist) gives us a small taste of that larger art - the new world we are trying to build- a world in which each person, each country, lives in harmonious relationship with each other person and country.
There is a Zen statement, After ecstasy the laundry, which we might reverse to say, After much laundry comes a moment of ecstasy. The smaller ecstasies (arts) keep us nourished so that we have the strength to continue working on the larger art." Corita, 1986
So, dear friends I want you to start, today, looking at each day a little differently. Looking at every decision, every choice you make as your opportunity to create. Let me know how you are doing. :)Bea


  1. Busy Bea! You sure know how to keep things going! I finally had a chance to catch up on blog land and found lots of interesting reads, especially here. It'll be a challenge for me to encounter my journeys through the eyes of a child but one I'm ready for. I'm going to my parent's home today and I think I'm going to use their home as one for my experiment. I'm going to take my camera to shoot photos of those "places" I used to hide and play in. It's my childhood home too. Aren't I lucky? Nowadays so many people don't have roots. I'll post what happens on my blog so you can check it out later. Probably tomorrow.
    Btw, what's that a picture of? Not the clouds. LOL! The next one looks like glitter in a wind storm. LOL! Using my child eyes!

  2. Good for you to accept the challenge. I think these kinds of things help us grow as human beings. What a wonderful experience to be able to go back to the home that you grew up in. I will be checking your blog to see those pictures. Have fun! :)bea

  3. aaaaahh the picture, I thought that might generate some questions! lol
    It's a picture of ice on top of my flower planter which is underneath the bird feeder so what you see are trapped pieces of bird seed. Cool, huh? :)Bea

  4. "each time we fit things together we are creating- whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day."
    I like that - creating art by fitting things together...
    I'm glad I happened onto your blog - you made my day. Judy

  5. I'm glad you stopped by too. Do come again and spend some time and share some thoughts with us. :)Bea