Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Art

"The creative act is courageous, an ancient gesture, a dynamic exploration of the dark mystery that is human existence."   - Adriana Diaz from The Soul of Creativity.

Late in December, winter paints a structure of strength in trees and foliage. Silence snuggles in its morning cloak and pads through the neighborhood.  Along the railings of bridges, spider webs sport their graffiti sparkled by frost. Leaves continue to fall and land with a crackle and cackle.

Besides the bite of cold air, why do some dislike winter?

Find time to revel in this time of change that provides an opportunity to delve into the basics. The slower pace stimulates a search inward.

Nature reveals the landscape in an array of bare bones. As auxins drain into the roots, squirrels scamper to store their cache of nuts.

Everything moves into its simple form as a gesture for us to follow.

I search my skeletal soul where ideas percolate and words wrap in layers. Nature's art swirls. Creation continues in the silent exhalation of trees sculptured by the season's change. Creativity thrives in the spaces among branches.

There's a need for moments in reverence and joy to celebrate the change a winter outlook provides. How the words of winter entice with their requests for ways to adorn the emptiness. This begins the search for mysteries in enrichment and growth that will blossom by spring.

Become courageous. Get to the basics of your writing as art. Use a winter theme to explore what weighs you down. What will it feel like to remove the excess and rest in silence?

What will listening accomplish?  Write about the skeletal beginnings of your art.

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