Inspiration In A Beautiful Day

This summer the weather has been either beautiful. To find inspiration in a beautiful day you have to expect the unexpected. You have to be willing to take whatever comes and to be spontaneous. Most times you don’t even have to look for it.

And so it started

I’d like to tell you about a beautiful day that had endless solid blue skies and big clouds with definitions. That day was filled with activities I enjoy most. It started with early morning coffee on the deck. I’m not talking 7 a.m. but 5:00 a.m., a half an hour after the morning sky starts to turn from black to tired gray. A bird was calling in the wood that I’d never heard before. The call was so clear the cliche “cut through the air” came to mind. I sat there for a long time before going inside.

After breakfast

The garden is looking great this summer. We have had a fair amount of rain in the evenings. My Lenten roses have had two blooming cycles! The variety of lilies are extra tall and the hydrangea is loaded with blooms. Whilst finding the hidden weeds to pull I was delighted to see my first blue dasher dragonfly of the season. He was beautiful and enjoying a sit down in the early morning sun on a phlox stalk.

Early afternoon

Sitting in the Adirondack chair with my big floppy hat reading a great book. I try to read once a day when events will let me. Reading, like gardening feeds my soul. Up until that time the sun was relentlessly beaming down making the woods smell heavenly. A shadow cast down and for a moment my eyes on the page sighed a sigh of relief. Looking up I saw clouds, big burly clouds of white with gradients of gray. They were handsome so I decided to try and take a picture. Below is the result.

A photograph of big billowing clouds with a very blue sky.
Dramatic and inspirational.

The evening

Dinner table conversations with my family sometimes gives me inspiration for my work. I have two nearly adult children home for the summer. Though I see how much they have matured, I realized my job as a parent is to keep encouraging them to follow their passions. Reaching goals or having dreams doesn’t stop at a certain age. In fact, if you think about it, aspirations and goals never stops in a human life.

We all need a little reaffirming of our dreams so I decided to do something with the picture of clouds I had taken earlier. The results are the canvas print and tote bag shown below.

May you be inspired to rise above.

Photograph of a blue sky with clouds and inspirational quote.
Canvas prints in various options
Tote bag with photograph of a blue sky with clouds and inspirational quote.
This tote is available in two sizes and two styles.

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Be The Water

Be The Water was inspired by the iconic Kung Fu master Bruce Lee. Though I’ve never seen a Bruce Lee movie, I was taken by his style and charisma with a video I saw on YouTube. In this video he speaks of how water is formless. When you put water in a glass it becomes the glass. I’ll let his own words tell you.

As you know I enjoy abstract and water is easily created conveyed with fluid brush strokes. Blending long sweeps of greens, yellows and white to give the impression of flowing water. The paint was acrylic and I wanted to give a modern feel and added the words “be the water”, a play on Bruce Lee’s own words.

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Fluid brush strokes gives this painting flowing water appearance.You

I was very pleased with Be The Water and found it looks great in my Redbubble shop.

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Hope Springs Into Stars

Hope springs into stars. That is what I feel as I look into the summer night sky. If I am lucky I can find a place away from man made light and see what the heavens really look like. Those pin pricks in blue black velvet above lets hope shine through to us small beings on Earth.  Whether you are spiritual or not, those stars are pretty amazing to witness as you stand in inky blackness.

Hope is pretty amazing too. Like the stars, hope transforms how you feel about who you are and what you are capable of being. Hope keeps you moving and if the clouds come you know it is still there even though you can’t physically touch it. The stars will always be there just like hope.

Abstract painting of stars in the sky, an arch and a bright white light.
The stars will always be there just like hope.

Although shown below in a framed print you can also find more quality options in my Lasgalen Arts Redbubble store.

Framed print of a painting with stars, arch and snow.
Choose your frame style, matte color and more.

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