“I have often felt we are moved as rivers with Gods blessing afloat in us.”
I met Shelley Hitz on facebook through Matt Tommey’s Created To Thrive Artist Group. Among other achievements she is the author of “Even Broken Crayons Still Colour”. The other day she posted on Facebook a personal experience with obstacles. A lot of people responded to the post. Here is mine:
I have always remembered what Helen Gurley Brown said in a TV interview. “Creative people are like rivers. When they are stopped, they find their way around what has stopped them because they are creative, and they must move.” I have often felt we are moved as rivers with Gods blessing afloat in us. What stops us is just an illusion or at least a time to float and see what the clouds show...
This TV interview with Helen Gurley Brown took place in the ’80s while I was out at the ranch. I have never forgotten it. At the time, I was trying to understand all the detours of my career. But a successful woman was putting it into perspective, and now everything was making sense.
It’s been my experience that creative people inspire creative people. There is an authentic exchange when we know our creativity comes from the creator. Any detours we have to make are opportunities. So I love the analogy of the “River” in this.
I can recommend following Shelley Hitz if you are a creative person. She will teach you how to sell on Etsy, write your book and give you free calligraphy sheets to practise. I expect as a “River” she will be about even more than what I’ve listed here. I know I am.
right now I am missing painting on location. There is still too much snow and last week the temperatures dipped to minus 27. So I am posting “Island In The Sun” in memory of a warm day and sunshine!
Paintings done on location come with lots of memories. In this case it was 2012 and a few months before my mother would pass away in a care home. I was exhausted and this trip to Howard and to paint was medicine for me.
I cared for my mother for 4 years after her stroke while she was in a facility. She was able to talk and to write and recall her life. However she had lost the use of the left side of her body. She needed so much help and assistance. I learned how to use the lift and filled in the many blanks left by our senior care system. We had a great time together and as one of my mentors she continued to teach me.
So like I said. Painting on location and the paintings that come out of these trips are memories of the road travelled at the time.
Right now I am looking at expanding on my current art theme which is “The Expression Of Life”. I am planning a series of quick conte sketch’s capturing the essence of the expression. Pictures like Apache. Wish me well and I hope to hear from you. Has it been a long winter in your neck of the woods?
I love Howard Lake. It is off the grid and there are no lights around the lake.
I put some of my father’s ashes on the lake there and later as I was to get out of the boat I mysteriously fell in…
You should know, I have received visitors there. The likes of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and for my friends who often listen to the earth…I once heard it there. I am afraid to describe it as I have yet to talk to them about what they heard…
The fishing is great. Except the last fish I caught at Howard played dead and I’ve yet to figure out the significance of this. I let it go, at which point it came to life. Like I said, I Love Howard Lake!
Water Colour Paintings from Howard Lake
In the picture above “Oneness”, depending on your browser you may see an “orb”. I did not put it there. It showed up after drying on the back of the couch and while I was cooking supper in our motor home. I have seen orbs in photo’s. I did not expect to see one in a painting!
Do you have a favourite place to paint? Here’s to your adventure painting!
Wendy Liddle, use to live down the road from me in a little town called Clinton. While she lived there we got busy exchanging my cowboy gags for her drawings. Several magical moments came out of our working together. One was the way she sketched my cartoon on my horse Trigger. At the time it didn’t look like me. Years later when the Mill Girls (who also hailed from Clinton) asked me to join them – that’s exactly what I looked like! Wendy of course was long gone from town…
Wendy illustrated my poem, “Let Life” with a ballerina on a horse. How did she know? I never told her (or anyone) I had once been a ballerina…what seemed a lifetime ago and at the other end of the country!
Well here is the poem from my book “Well Hell” along with Wendy’s drawing for it.
Poem and Drawing
Lift your chin
Stir your heart
Dance your limbs.
Take its course…
In the 70’s I helped the “play therapists” in what was then the kids ward of the Vancouver General. Before the Children’s Hospital was built. I brought my guitar and voice and played to the kids of all ages in all conditions. It was heart touching and memorable. For the young teens I played what was on the radio!
Looking back at the Mother who grabbed me and wanted me to know that her baby hadn’t slept for days….but fell asleep while I was singing! I am reminded of another time on the ranch…when I created my nursery collage and songs and recorded them to play in a bedroom without me! It worked too! Maybe better because I wasn’t present to stimulate.
So I created a web site where people could go and play my recording if they needed a voice in the room for their little ones to fall asleep to.
You might surprise yourself at how many of these tunes and rhymes you already know!
Here are the Mother Goose Rhymes I recorded.
Did you notice how I changed the “Old Woman In A Shoe”?
Here are the nursery songs I recorded as a collage.
Katie sings Mother Goose has its own website. Hear the continuous loop of rhyme and song at this site and see if it helps to put your little one into happy sleep!