Creativity is a little bit unpredictable in my world. I have days when I long to create but the body or the brain or both will not cooperate. I have days when I do not feel creative but instead more receptive. I read a lot on those days, study images and if I'm fortunate enough to have some stamina I get out. Sometimes I want to be out amongst people and other times alone with nature. It's rare that I both paint and write fiction on the same day; it is likely to be one or the other but I do sometimes have days of manic creativity too. It takes me a very long time to actually finish a painting. The process is slow because I paint what I see inside me not what I see outside of me. I have to look with more than just my eyes. I often make a start, shapes, outlines, colours, an idea onto the canvas and then I wait to know what else is needed.
It's a grey but mild day on Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. Today is also my son's birthday and I am looking forward to going out for dinner with him. I treasure time for just the two of us. Not being a religious person, I do not particularly give any thanks to a deity for what makes me happy though our language does not allow me to express these feelings without some degree of belief creeping in. I can say I am blessed or fortunate, but I am most inclined to say I am lucky. I am trying to make the best life I can make out of what I have and to remember, on a daily basis and not just on Thanksgiving, the joys I am lucky to experience due to the many wonderful people who surround me, the beautiful place I live in, and the fact that I have the means to live a comfortable and pleasant life. I do not wish to take any of those things for granted, though I attribute much of them to random luck. I do believe that what you make of what you have contributes some portion of happiness to life.
Today is as good a day as any to mention the pleasure that meeting so many wonderful people through blogging has brought me. My life is enriched by you and I treasure the comments you leave for me and the treat of reading your blogs. You are part of what gives my inner world such colour so I celebrate your creative Goddess powers today.