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I am UmberDove.

And by that, I mean an artist.  One who hears stories in the wind, who paints because it is what her soul tells her to do, who smiths because the muse moves through her fingertips, who loves nothing more than the promise of an unexplored trail, the sound of the ocean in her ears, and scent of a serious cup of coffee.

Week 1 - The Spark

Digging in and Expanding wide

Kelly Clark

Hello Ladies!  Those lists we began on Wednesday, full of the things in life that inspire us?  Have 'em handy as today we'll begin expanding and exploring them! 

Below are some of the questions I regularly ask myself - as you begin playing with your own list, remember this is just a starting place.  See what answers come up and just get them down in your sketchbook; there is no such thing as a bad idea, or a lesser association.  When we put it on paper, it simply exists as an option, as a potential starting point or at the very least, a way to get all those thoughts swirling above out of your head to make more room!

- If the inspiration is a physical object, place, person, can you look at it from various angles?  What do you see from above, from below, from microscopically close or from a great distance?  Can you touch it - does it have a texture, a warmth, a weight?  Is it colorful, and does that color intrigue you?  Are there any details that you can see that spark your curiosity?

- When you close your eyes and think on your inspiration, are there any singular elements that stand out?  With eyes closed, do you see a silhouette, a color, a line?  What other senses are engaged - is there a scent, a temperature, a physical feeling?  

- Does your inspiration trigger any memories or experiences?  Are there places on earth or in time and are they highly specific or sweepingly broad?   Are there any word associations that spring to mind?  Emotional responses - do you feel joyful, strong, bittersweet, full of love?

- Does your [or can your] inspiration symbolize something you're currently experiencing or working on in life?  Can you relate it to anything you're learning about - be it through books or the school of hard knocks?

As you play with your list, feel utterly free to expand as much as you like on some ideas and as little comes up on others.  Make notes, use single words, put down little sketches, add some colors or imagery (I love taping little photos, cut out pictures from postcards, little pieces of magazines, and eternally, drawings or ideas I have after I've left the house with nothing but a napkin!).  NOTHING is off limits here!   


Be well sisters, and most importantly, have FUN with this! 

See you next week when we'll dive into intuition! 

- K