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#1 Way to Capture Your Creative Juices

Posted on December 26, 2016 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
As the New Year unfolds it's time for resolutions and improvements. Over the years I've aimed high and most times fallen short, but this one I love ... and it's easy! You may, too.
#1 way to improve: Write it down!
Look closely at the photo above and you'll notice it not only includes my painterly work station but a piece of paper I use to write down thoughts. As I get "lost" in the painting process my mind wanders and random inspirations hit me. It can be as ho-hum as remembering to pick up dry cleaning, or as creative as the next art idea. But I've learned to snatch a pencil and write down the thought. Otherwise it's gone as fast as the idea flourished.
At night, I use a light-up pen! I click it on and it illuminates the tip with just enough light to scribble a thought. 
So I encourage you, take a deep breath, let it out slow. As your mind roams and you get lost in nothingness, out of nowhere, a thought will pop up.
Here's a few places you may find your mind drifting:
  • During mundane tasks, like washing dishes, dusting.
  • Places of monotony: the car wash, waiting in a drive-up window.
  • Running, exercising, taking a walk. 
  • In the shower.
  • Sitting somewhere quiet: at a dog park ... sipping a latte.
Just remember, if you don't come up with a prize-winning thought at least you enjoyed a bit of quiet time which is good for the soul. Happy New Year. 

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    2 Ways To Let Water Soothe You

    Posted on September 07, 2015 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

    Pond verses Lake ... here's my story.   

    Have you ever fallen in love at first sight? I did when I met Lake Michigan. Growing up in the hub of Detroit, I spent summers frolicking in swimming pools. Then in my college years I met the Big Lake – all its vastness and glimmering glory. Instantly I was mesmerized.

       Years later I moved to Douglas in southwestern Michigan several blocks from the enchanting Lake Michigan. Daily, whenever I drove by or walked down, I was captivated by the lake’s calming beauty.
       It was at that time I met my friend, Karol, who had a pond in front of her home. She would rave about her pond: “We pumped the paddle boat today,” … “The kids dragged nets to scoop minnows.” Every day, every season, Karol had new praise for her beloved pond.
       As she boasted I silently smirked about her over-the-top pond infatuation. How could a spit-across pond compete with the endless serenity of Lake Michigan’s mile-after-mile open water?
       Then I moved.
        Downsizing to a condo … with a pond!
        The first morning a low fog kissed the water. The golden sun rose and turned a vicious, vibrant orange, setting fire to the sunrise. A breeze picked up and the misty air cleared. As the sun peeked higher, the sky grew bluer. The glistening mirror-like water reflections filled me with tranquility.
       Hourly the pond changed color, texture and patterns. Karol was right. Magnificence doesn’t come in size! Water is the beauty. Don’t you agree? 

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    About the Artsy Shopkeeper

    Hi, I'm Kate Moynihan. Yes, I am a baby boomer, and my professional life has taken a few interesting twists and turns. The journey began as a registered nurse. After thirteen years of caring for others, however, I got the creative itch. At the time, I was a single mom living in North Dakota; that’s when I caught this bug to paint pictures. Now, twenty-seven years later, I have some stories to tell about my artistic journey. Read more...

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