Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Muse

Lady With Lotus
Original Watercolour Illustration
by Carolynn Anctil © 2016

Yesterday I was drowning. Today, I'm sailing under clear blue skies again.

I'm mixing metaphors, I know. 

I admitted I was lost, ceased struggling and that, I believe, made all the difference.

After I wrote the previous post, I remembered that I'd recently acquired a new book by Niya C. Sisk entitled Seducing the Muse, Get Unstuck with a Creative Love Affair*. I'd been looking forward to reading it and the timing could not have been better or the content more suited to my current needs.

I pulled up a chair and sitting outside in the shade, I began to read. Let me just say this - I love this book. I felt like I was in the company of an old friend who knew exactly what I needed to hear and how to say it. Someone who understood the intimate nature of one's relationship with her Muse. It can be a mystical, magical dance of mutual admiration. 

Niya's is a book I will refer to again and again.

As I was drifting off to sleep at the end of the day, I wondered how long I'd be adrift on the creative sea. It was then that my Muse appeared.

"Oh, Honey," she said in her sweetest voice. Holding out a cool glass of ice water to me, she said, "Here, drink this."

And, as she did, a vision popped into my head of a graphic image, something I was excited to create, something completely different from anything I'd done so far and oh so compelling.

We hope you like it. This may be the start of something new. 

Lady With Lotus is now available to purchase in my Society6 shop.


*Seducing the Muse, Get Unstuck With a Creative love Affair by Niya C. Sisk is available for FREE for a limited time on Amazon Kindle.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Well is Dry

Original Photograph
© Carolynn Anctil 2016

When it's no longer fun to create, I know something isn't right.

When something I normally love to do becomes a should - I should spend some time in my studio, I should finish that piece I started, I should (fill in the blank) - then I know the creative well has run dry.

Onion Blossom Bee
Original Photography
© Carolynn Anctil 2016

I know these swells and valleys well. Today I'm in the trough, tomorrow I may well be riding the crest of a wave again. Experience has taught me that it's best to just ride it out. 

Stealth Kitty
Original Photograph
© Carolynn Anctil 2016

So, I'm taking this time to breathe in the sweet rain scented air after a summer storm, to listen to the coyote call to the full moon, and watch our resident fox hunt mice in the far field.

Wild Sage
Original Photograph
© Carolynn Anctil 2016

To collect wild sage and wrap it with a length of pretty ribbon on the front porch, a refreshing glass of iced tea beside me.

All things have their season. What season are you in today?

"Oh the freedom of the day 
that yielded to no rule or time..."
Diane Ackerman
Searching for the Comet