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Creating Change

July 4, 2012

Similar to a Memory – Collage, 4×4″

Have you ever made such subtle changes in your way of life, your self, or your routine, that you notice them only after the fact? I sometimes think it’s the best and smartest way to make changes. No epiphanies, no fanfare, no pronouncements, no boasting. Just quiet, gradual changes going on in the background that bring us into closer harmony with our core beliefs and value systems.

Not that I’m feeling self-righteous by any stretch. It’s just that I’m noticing that I sleep a little better at night and am calmer and less stressed.

Gradually, over the past couple of years, I have been:

  • reading more and surfing less
  • spending more time outside
  • exercising more
  • eating a healthy diet (and getting healthier!)
  • being more present with family and neighbors

For right now, my art is just as much about my garden as it is about going to the studio.

It’s as much about creating and cultivating relationships with real, living and breathing humans as it is relationships between textures and colors.

It’s as much about creating a beautiful and celebratory meal with family gathered around as it is about mixing paints on my palette.

It’s all creative energy. I no longer wring my hands if I don’t get into the studio as much as I think I “should.” In fact, I am eliminating the word “should” from my vocabulary where possible.

Note to readers: This blog will be on vacation for the next few days. I hope you’ll stop in and check on things after my return to regular blogging. We have a new grandson to meet and spoil! Happy Summer to all of you!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Polly Cross permalink
    July 4, 2012 6:45 pm

    Martha, Quit that shoulding on yourself.

  2. July 4, 2012 7:36 pm

    Good for you. Changing in the way you describe is so healthy, especially adding more to your personal relationships and creativity in your home instead of feeling the shoulds of studio life. I envy you that new baby. They grow up way too fast.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    July 4, 2012 9:07 pm

    You are correct….it is all about balance….do one small change and it leads to another = better health and a well rounded life style…………..keep it going. Karin Lynn

  4. July 4, 2012 9:42 pm

    Sounds super! Thanks for being inspirational in every way!

  5. Sandra permalink
    July 5, 2012 3:13 am

    I have noticed positive changes in your art, doubtless mirroring the positive changes in your life. Keep on enjoying all that life has to offer, I am sure that it will subtly reflect in your art.

  6. July 5, 2012 4:02 am

    One of your best Martha. Have a great trIp.

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