For this weeks artist’s date I went to different ethnic stores and then made vegan lasagna from one of my recipe books. The total time spent preparing and cooking this dish was 3hrs, but man was it worth it! As my first attempt at making lasagna, I believe I nailed it! ~ ^_^
While running a quick errand for my father, I decided to stop and eat an amazing black bean burger at Players Bar and Grill, then drop into the local Arboretum. I was going to have my artist date later in the week, but the timing and weather was too perfect to pass up. Since I had my camera with me I thought “why not?”
Gotta Love Flowers
I found a new setting on my camera (extreme close-up) and had a great time playing around with different angles ^_^.
Leaves and Things
I captured my palm tree friend after seeing their sad umbrella tops. As I walked around in the grass I found the design of a decaying leafs’ veins intriguing. The one below gave me a sense of fun and play as if the budding leaf were a fairy ready to dance. The other pictures unmentioned had appealing color compositions such as: cool colors, complimentary colors, and contrast of light and dark.
Do You See What I See?
Towards the end of my Artist Date I looked down and saw little hearts here and there upon my jeans. Yet another good day~ ❤
P.S. Thank you dad for giving me the opportunity to have a wonderful day 😉
Yay! I was sooo happy to see this one again! This is the second time dancer came up so I guess I better dance more ^_^. I forgot to add a carpenter object though. The reason why I put that one down was b/c I’d like to build my own tiny house someday and knowing the skills how to would be nice.
If I had money what adventures would I do:
Learn from indigenous tribes and do my best to protect them and their land
I kind of laughed when the exercise said to find a picture in a magazine or to sketch my ideal place. I thought “ha, for as much as I love nature, I haven’t really drawn it much so I guess that’s what I’ll do.” I found my dream place to be in the warm summer sun. I saw waves first, then rocks or mountains, the sand, trees and grass came last.
I wondered at first if my picture was from living near the five great lakes all my life, like it was in my physiology to want to be near water. When I lived in Iowa I often found myself near some form of water. In times of need lakes have always been a comfort to my soul. They wash away my cares and cleanse away any doubt. They help me stay true to myself.
This exercise was to figure out the qualities of idols I was drawn to and if I feel the need to live out similar experiences for myself.
I was always drawn to the strength of Mother Teresa’s faith and service. The compassion and care she gave to the sick and dying was another quality that I have wanted to establish within myself.
I had Georgia O’keefe as an artist study in highschool and saw her as an amazing woman artist. I enjoyed the vibrant colors she used for her flowers, landscapes, and skulls.
I see Gandhi as the ultimate peaceful warrior. He stuck with his peaceful protests and fought for many things that he believed in.
Henry David Thoreau
One of my favorite nature writers is Thoreau and he had similar nature philosophy as me. My favorite quote from him is “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined”.
I am intrigued by all shamans from different cultures, on how they heal people with spiritual channeling and with plants from the environment. This “old” form of medicine feels necessary today with all the cultural disconnection from nature.
I have gone through most of my idols occupations, I worked as a home health aid, I love to express myself through artistic mediums, and this blog is an outlet for my nature writings. The only qualities of my idols I haven’t developed are more towards spiritual faith and finding something that I believe in to share with the world.
I had another Artist Date for myself today and it was one that would help me face my grandest fear, public speaking.
When I was in college, presentations were my worst nightmare. I would have to write out small phrases on my hands or cards to keep me on topic or from forgetting my speech altogether. I remember one time I had felt the room spinning, my right leg was going numb from quivering, and my voice was rattling from my nerves. I enjoy talking to people one on one, but as a group “No way!”.
Just an Idea
I was told by one of my teachers that there was a group in town that helped people with their confidence in speaking, but had never gone. Luckily these groups are located in practically every city. Today was my day though and I decided to check out this “Toastmasters Club” group.
I expected to see all business men and women preforming immaculate presentations with a seriousness that made you listen. Or people that would be grading me as I spoke, but I was wrong beyond all measures. Everyone was pretty animated in their talks, fun and light hearted. The interaction of standing up at the podium was only but a minute or two and I felt no judgment of grading me at my performance. I am glad that I went and that I had the courage to try something that I have been afraid of all my life. The one thing I love about Artist Dates is that you never know what to expect when you explore an interest for fun or for improvement.
An Artist’s Date In the Book “The Artist’s Way” each week you set a date for yourself and your creativity, these are always done by yourself. Usually from 2hrs or more you pick something interesting to do and do it or fall into something else and find something wonderful. My Artist date was a walk in the woods with my camera and journal. Here were my findings about myself and nature.
New Discoveries About the Self I almost deleted this part out because it reveals a lot about myself , but this is what this month is about, to share my inner and outer progress through “the Artist’s Way”. So here it is, my journal entry during my walk.
I feel at ease when I am with nature, like the feeling you get from returning home after a long trip. I often feel alone within myself, but when I am outside I feel whole. Amongst the wind, trees, and animals I feel an instant connection. I do not care about connecting with them because its already there, they need nothing from me. Sometimes I find it hard to connect with people and keep a conversation going. I always want acceptance from people so I try hard to start and keep a conversation going, sometimes to the point of awkwardness. I feel I am expected to talk or almost entertain when around people, but deep down I feel I am a quiet soul. One who likes to observe, shy is what most people think. For me, watching others is just my way of learning, not on how to be, but about how the world works.
I found this interesting about myself because I never looked into why I wasn’t more of an “outgoing person” or why I got anxious around people. I feel expected to act a certain way and my fear of my original self not living up to those expectations has stopped my from showing people who I really am.
A Perfect End to the Day
After writing I felt like I learned something new about myself and when I ran across this, I knew I was on the right track to finding a better connection with myself and others.
So far I have had my ups and downs while working through this week. I’m not the type of person that likes to read books unless it has an exciting adventure for a character. I got through it, but with more of a “I must do this attitude” rather than having an open mind. I think this is because I have gone through the first part of the book many times now on different occasions. Though when I got to the exercises for this week I had a spark of creativity ignite.
I was happy to see that the dream lives exercise was on this weeks as well. I had fun drawing myself in the many different lives and thought “hey maybe this could be a fun idea for a comic series”. So more to come about that in upcoming posts ;). The other exercise I chose was the life pie, you put a dot in the middle for least fulfillment and most fulfillment near the edge. I found this disheartening that I only felt satisfied in one area, so next week I will try to add more fun things to each category.
*Sunday’s Post will be about my scheduled “Artist Date” for myself, which will be a nice long walk in the woods with my camera. See you then 😉 ~