Yours truly in front of the studio
Some of the stationary items for sale.
Mr. Gee decided to repair the dragonfly (that is normally perched on the front of the magic cottage) in the backyard.
Friends Susan and Rob dropped by for a visit with their little pooch Sam.
Signs were made and displayed to show the way…
Betty Ann – a frequent visitor of this blog dropped in! Thanks Betty Ann!
Jess Rice, a local artist and friend came by. Thanks for the flowers Jess!
I will post some more photos tomorrow.
Escaping the corporate world for the creative life
I often receive emails from people asking me for advice regarding making the transition from the corporate world, looking after children and family, and retiring to a more creative life (read less structure). Where do you begin? I think first of all that it’s important to not criticize yourself and have the same expectations you had in your previous life. You are after all embarking on a new chapter in your life and you’re navigating different waters. How exciting to be starting out on this journey. I think when you come from a background of structure such as working a corporate job, or looking after children you feel lost when you’re standing in front of a proverbial candy counter of creative possibilities.
Now, I feel that since I lack a lot of structure in my life and often struggle with organization that I’m not one to ask. However since you did ask (or some of you did) – here’s what I think:
Sit down with a piece of paper and begin to write down all of your creative dreams. Did you ever hope that one day you’d have enough time to learn how to collage? Or did you want to learn how to sculpt clay? Were you always fascinated by the human body and wanted to learn how to draw from life? Write down all of these dreams without censoring. On another page write down the things you love to do as a child. My list would look like this – playing marbles, being in nature – close to water, drawing, daydreaming and playing school. The next thing I would do is to create a mind map with perhaps creative life written in the center. Here’s an example of a mind map: