The Royal Wedding has come and gone, Wills and Kate are happily married, and now it is time to get off the couch and get on with our creative work! A lovely distraction indeed! In fact it was a perfect opportunity to explore creative approaches to celebrating a wedding from afar (I heard the breakfast celebration at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto was a sell out!) not to mention the creative approaches to hair adornment. The word FASCINATOR has now been added to our collective consciousness and vocabularies! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascinator What that tells me is that there are opportunities to live (and dress) creatively wherever we may be going. Like the fascinator, creativity comes in many forms and shapes and so does inspiration!
Over the past week I have been thinking about inspiration and what it is that gets us off the couch and into creative gear. Pablo Picasso said “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”
In this virtual world we live in (if you are reading this you live there too!) there are many excellent sources of inspiration on line. One of my favorite is Robert Genn’s Twice- Weekly Letter with a basket of ideas and resources for artists. http://painterskeys.com/about.php
I have discovered that if you have a question or are musing on something so are many other people who are happy to share their thoughts (thus the success of blogs and twitter). Or if you want to be inspired by great artists, poets, athletes or thinkers, you can find them on line any time of the day or night. Although this may be surfing, it doesn’t get you off the couch!
People and their actions inspire us! This week I was truly inspired by a group of Toronto women who recently formed an organization called Art for Cancer Foundation, “Where heart connects with art.” Inspired by the vision of founder Cid Palacio and supported by a group of dedicated board members and volunteers, this organization provides a creative outlet for people living with cancer, while supporting research into the cause, control and cure of cancer. The first workshop called “Creating from Within” is scheduled for May 9th at ART Works, 238 Jane St. Toronto and is offered for free to anyone living with cancer (including families and care providers). No artistic skill or experience is necessary! If you or anyone you know might be interested please pass along this information. Registration information and further details on the organization’s vision, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities can be found on the website www.artforcancerfoundation.org Stay tuned as this truly inspirational and creative impulse blossoms!
Inspiration is everywhere! I am inspired by people who are training for a marathon. I am inspired by people who start a business or a not for profit organization. I am inspired by the elderly who approach learning new skills with courage and bravado! I am inspired by people who start a blog! I am inspired by cancer survivors who ride in the “Ride to Conquer Cancer”. They all have one thing in common; they aren’t sitting on the couch! Note to self: Get going!
Creatively yours, Angela
p.s. I’d love to hear what inspires you!