When this gorgeous photo of Lake Teedyuskung at Woodloch Pines's appeared on my Facebook News feed recently, I was pulled into the picture and dazzled by the absolute calm and beauty of this gift of nature. While the political world around me is filled with static and unwanted noise, looking at this photograph is a place to find peace and quiet. Spending decades vacationing at this popular resort, I have painted or sketched this lake scene over and over in all seasons. But this photograph by a gifted photographer unknown to me, taken on this winter day, reminded me that I can always find inspiration and solace in my art and in nature. The photo was also a reminder to me that I must work hard to protect that which is cherished, taken for granted or compromised.
Have you ever thought of your artistic inertia as a blessing and not a curse? Many creative types put a negative spin on such dormant episodes, calling these phases of hibernation "ARTISTIC BLOCK". No, no...these are critical relaxation periods for creative types when their pilot light is in reset mode. Shortly after these "breaks in action" the reset will generate a spark which often results in new ideas, turning points or revisions in one's approach to their work. A lot is always going on inside the minds of true artists. Like a sponge, the brains of creative people seem to be soaking up the world inside and around them. even when they are in a so called quiet period. These phases are not symptoms of inertia but rather recharging sessions which are critical to honor and cherish.