Inspiration how-to – Take 5!

The quality of life, is in porportion, always to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.

I have to be honest, I have not been feeling all that inspired these days. I hate to talk about the weather, but unfortunately it dictates most of what goes on in this small ski town. We are weather dependent here. Our businesses require it and our outdoor fun depends on it. I am not just talking sun either…we need it to rain.We need lots of precipitation November to March so that the mountains are chock full of snow.We need lots of summer sunshine so that the village is bustling and the patios full. The need for rain and the need for sun are about equal here.. For those of us who live here full time, it makes an impact no matter how you look at it.

In my backyard..no end to the inspiration one can find here

1. 22/365, 2. Alta Lake, 3. A touch of red, 4. Wedge

It is breathtaking here. Rainy days included. There is nothing like the clouds hanging gently mid mountain or the smell of the forest after the rain. The peacefulness is good for the soul.

BUT it is summer. It doesnt feel like summer, but according to my calendar it is summer and almost over. We have yet to experience a good, hot, baking kind of summer. Lazy, long days at the lake. Sweaty, hot days mountainbiking in the trails. Hanging at the local patio having a beer with friends. Unfortunately it has been just a wee bit too cold and overcast for these….

So my inspiration has changed to frustration.I just need to channel that into something good. Check out my first landscape painting (which I really cant believe I am posting..)..looking a wee bit dark for July!

I am not a landscape painter….yet!

I thought I would try something new and while it was fun..frustrating..I dont think my future holds a lot of landscape work.Never say never though – I am sure I will explore this avenue once more.

Back to the safer side of things….

While I do find nature awe-inspiring, I have had to work at being awestruck. My 2011 mantra is “in the moment”. Take the time to slow down and really pay attention. Instead of always looking at the big picture, stop, and notice the details.

The smaller things in life...

1. Bursting at the seams, 2. Raindrop Reflections, 3. waiting to dry.., 4. DSC_0330, 5. Daisy, 6. Looks good..tastes great!, 7. IMG_2166, 8. on the go.., 9. Loreta

Well 2011 has had many challenging moments..and did I mention never ending grayness. I have had to trick myself at getting outside with my camera and shooting. My newest trick which I have learned to apply to everything I am resistant to..is the 5 minute rule.

Give it 5 minutes and see where it leads you…

I often find that it is all it takes to get the creative juices flowing. I usually end up an hour later immersed in it all!

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5 thoughts on “Inspiration how-to – Take 5!

  1. Hi Julie,
    Stopping by from the e-course. I’ve heard Whistler is beautiful. I have a sister-n-law (also named Julie) who goes there every summer. I used to live in Idaho and the photos and your painting remind me of there. Those Tamaracks in the fall are amazing. Beautiful photos of the small things in life. Even when we are surrounded with beauty and the people we love, it can still be hard to stay inspired. Keep exploring the painting. Even though it is a little dark, I like how you used your colors, like the yellows.

  2. Hey-You are the lady from Whistler!!! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I love your blog! We were up your way not too long ago-my daughter was looking at Quest University. Can’t wait to get to know you through class.

  3. Your photos of your area are spectacular, as well as your landscape painting. I love the looseness to it. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m so excited about KRR class!

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