When Love Sleeps

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Love had been working hard all day. It’s not always easy being Love, and today had been especially tough.

First, there was cold cereal when she really wanted bacon and eggs.

Then, she had to wait outside in the cold a long time before her ride arrived. And then almost everyone had been grumpy and out of sorts.

It just wasn’t fair.

But she was Love after all, and she had made up her mind to be OK with whoever and whatever came her way. Even when she wasn’t really OK with it.

Resentment was pouty. Anger was rude. And Sadness just sat in the corner and moped dabbing those weepy eyes…

 

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Play Without Fear

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I was watching one of those home remodeling shows and there was a brief scene at the end showing the family enjoying their new space. There was a little boy sitting at the coffee table playing with one of his toys, completely oblivious to the cameras and utterly unselfconscious.

He was just completely wrapped up in his inner world and couldn’t care less about what anyone else thought. So much so that whatever anyone else may have been thinking about his playing didn’t even exist in his universe.

So…?

So that’s how I try to be when I’m creating. But of course I do care what other people think about my creations. So the time for that kind of thinking has to be after I’ve finished the work, not before or during. You can’t self-censor creativity at that stage and hope to produce anything authentic. It’s so easy to get into second guessing yourself and completely wrecking the flow.

And it’s scary — all you creative types know exactly what I’m talking about, because the deeper you go into that inner place where nothing exists except you and your work/play, the more of your tender inner soul is exposed to the world for potential criticism.

Which is why I think more people probably aren’t creative, or actually it’s more like they don’t think they are. Fear of exposing deep tender parts of their inner selves. It’s not that they’re not creative, it’s just that fear of being hurt. It’s self protection, and it’s completely understandable.

If you’re going to be creative, and by that I mean true to yourself, you have to be vulnerable, and that’s never easy. But it’s the only way the world will ever get to share your gifts.

And our gifts don’t have to be super important or significant, just authentic. Just a tangible expression of us having fun, enjoying ourselves, making something, even it’s just like something that’s been done a thousand times before. The fact is, we did that particular thing.

Like a child, happily saying “look what I did!”

Seeing others’ raw authenticity somehow connects us to our own, and gives us permission to really be ourselves. And I think that’s what we respond to when we encounter something someone else made — it’s not necessarily how polished or “professional” it is (although that can be part of it), it’s the unselfconscious honesty about it that gets us.

What do you think?

Heartfall

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It was fall in Heartland again. It had been a lovely Summerheart, with long warm days and sunshine and lots of time to play and run and love it all.

But now the season called Heartfall was beginning. It was that beautiful bright colorful time of year again.

Soon it would be Winterheart, the time of indoors and blankets and looking out windows and snuggling.

But before all that, there was so much of Heartfall to love and enjoy, and no-one loved Heartfall more than the children of Heartville.

Now Heartville was a friendly little ville, with no bullies and no rude people or trolls. That is, until the family from Ickytown moved in (no-one knew why)…

 

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Inside an Artist’s Head (not scary)

So somebody asked me — well OK nobody actually asked me it’s just me, but I have conversations with myself all the time, and I’m somebody so I guess somebody really did ask me. It was me.

Here’s what me asked me: Your paintings look like coloring book art. You’re not really painting, are you? You’re just filling in the outlines. The implication being that it isn’t real art. Not like Van Gogh or Monet or…

OK, fair enough.

But.

I drew the outlines. I used actual paint to fill in the colors. I added embellishments, and I had a lot of fun playing with the colors and shapes. Mostly with paint brushes, a little with very thin paint in a pen. So I’m good with it.

So I told myself to stop asking myself stupid borderline rude questions.

You see what it’s like to be an artist? At least this artist…

Sheesh.

The Fish That Got Away or The Curious Case of the Poached Eggs in the Meadow

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Oh, so you thought the bee was the one that got away. Well, no. What if the fish ate the bee and the bee stung the fish? Not good for either of them.

So things aren’t always what they seem.

Look at the poached eggs in the meadow, for instance. What’s that? Flowers you say?

No no no no no.

But they can’t possibly be the poached eggs that they seem to be, can they now? I mean, what would poached eggs be doing in a meadow?

Well it was all because of Fannie Farmer. Fannie had a hen who laid the most spectacular delicious eggs. So Fannie had this egg-cellent idea one day…

 

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The Road That Turns In On Itself

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StoryStarters 13

–  Hang on a minute — this sounds like the road isn’t actually going anywhere.

+ Well you see, it is and it isn’t. But it’s the surest road to happiness.

– You’re not making any sense.

+ Now you’re starting to get it. Trying to make sense of it will just take you in the wrong direction.

– You really can be so confusing sometimes.

+ So are you more confused or curious now?

– Curious… I guess.

+ Good. Now listen to the story of how the Happy Flower got happy, because she wasn’t always. Happy, that is. In fact..

 

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Right This Way

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StoryStarters 12

“So it’s about time you paid attention to me,” said the angel.

“What are you talking about? I’ve never seen you before — who are you anyway?”

“The only reason you haven’t seen me is because you haven’t been paying proper attention. I’m always with you. Now step right this way please.”

“Wait up — I still don’t know who you are, and how do I know if I can trust you.”

“Boy, you sure can be dense when you want to be. I’m your personal angel, now hurry up and step this way, we haven’t much time.”

“Time for what? What’s going on here?”

“Oh, boy. Come on, I’ll explain on the way…”

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Heartland

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StoryStarters 11

“Hey, wait a second” he thought, “nothing’s making sense here. Things just look… off…  Nice, but not quite right.”

And he was right. But actually, things were very pretty here. And he felt oddly calm and safe. He was definitely not expecting that.

Not to mention there was something about that setting sun that felt really good. “Oh,” he thought “I get it — maybe this is a land where things don’t make sense in your brain, but they make sense in your heart.”

And once again he was right, because the place he found himself in was called Heartland. He wasn’t really sure how he got there, but he wasn’t scared.

“I wonder what’s on the other side of that lake,” he thought as he started walking…

 

8”x10” Acrylic on 140lb watercolor paper. $24.99, free shipping US only. Includes printed StoryStarter & Certificate of Authenticity.

The Love Boat

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8”x10” Acrylic on stretched canvas. $49.99, free shipping US only. Includes printed StoryStarter & Certificate of Authenticity. Sawtooth hanger, edges painted black so you can hang it up as is, but honestly, it’ll look really good in a frame.

This is the first StoryStarter on canvas rather than watercolor paper.

As I was writing this, I was thinking of all the kids who are sailing along all safe and cozy and then Mom and Dad break up, leaving Mom to captain their ship. I know it doesn’t always happen this way, but I couldn’t get it out of my head, and the analogy might help a family struggling with a breakup.

And of course, the story can go in a thousand different directions besides that one. Anyway, here’s…

The Love Boat

Well they were just out sailing along happily (like they always did).

But suddenly things weren’t looking so good.

Where did all these gigantic waves and sudden nightfall come from? Where did the bright sun and the gentle warm breezes go?

Everybody on the Love Boat was starting to get more than a little nervous. This had never happened before.

On the other hand, the captain didn’t seem the least bit bothered about it. In fact, she was as calm as a cucumber. (Cucumbers are normally very calm.)

And so… very calmly… the captain took firm hold of the ship’s wheel and…

Three Amigas and One Amigo

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StoryStarters 7:

Well of course they were friends, everybody could see that they grew up together.

But they were even more than best friends forever, they were a grove.

And not just any grove. They were a grove of LightBringers. Whenever darkness threatened the land, they would call out to the Light with their hearts.

And because their roots were intertwined and their hearts beat as one, whenever they called the Light would come.

But one day a deep, deep darkness came upon the land, darker than anything they had ever known, and they were afraid.

And this time when they called the Light…

 

8”x10” Acrylic on 140lb watercolor paper. $25, free shipping US only. Includes printed StoryStarter & Certificate of Authenticity.