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"Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, saute it, whatever. b2ap3_thumbnail_Surprise_20150423-020945_1.JPGMAKE." - Joss Whedon

I love the simplicity yet direct words in this quote.  Often times we procrastinate in waiting for the right time to do something.  Waiting for the season to pass, waiting for more money to be generated, or waiting for inspiration to come.  Maybe we’re waiting for life to just slow down.  Sometimes we need to make the time and do it.  Start writing that book you’ve been talking about, print and frame those beautiful photographs, start cooking your favorite recipes, plant that herb garden, learn how to paint or crochet, take a class and see where it takes you.  Surprise yourself!

The colors in this painting are like rainbows. A rainbow symbolizes creation and life.  Stop procrastinating and start creating!  Give life to your passions.  You’ll find that once you make the time and follow through, you’ll feel rejuvenated.

Explore the possibilities…

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The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” – Leonardo da Vinci

I am dedicating this month’s blog to Leonardo da Vinci as he was born over 560 years ago today, April 15th.  His curiosity about life was impeccable.  His brilliance has been an inspiration and a mystery for centuries.

Imagine if Leonardo da Vinci was complacent with mediocrity and had given up on learning, seeking and discovering…

Da Vinci used the 67 years of his existence to challenge life as we know it today.  We may not be off the charts on the genius scale but how are we using our potential to innovate?

Many of us are content with just getting by on what we’ve been taught or what we read in passing on the internet.  We’ve taken shortcuts, and our challenges are diminishing.  Are we really using our potential to discover and create?  There’s an entire world of information and history, and our minds are unlimited!

Explore the possibilities…
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“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” – John Meada    

Making the decision to simplify our lives is the first cornerstone to actually starting the process. It is definitely a process and not something that we expect to complete as a task in one day. Creating a complicated, even stressful life took probably years to build.  But there is hope. If simplicity is what you desire that is half the battle. It is important to note that in a frenetic state of mind our concentration suffers. We are running around making mistakes, wasting energy and not really thinking clearly. Slowing down your thoughts and actions or simplifying is actually more productive because you will regain composure and be able to prioritize what needs to be done first. When we take time to breathe it replenishes our thoughts, reduces stress, and we see the big picture more clearly. As a result we get more accomplished in less time. If you make the decision to simplify, and commit to it, incredible things will happen.
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“We have two types of responses to color and one is biological.” – Leslie   Harrington 
     
Blue is an overwhelming "favorite color." Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed. The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and has been scientifically proven to cause the body to produce chemicals that calm, lower heart rate and blood pressure. People are more productive in blue rooms because it is ideal for concentration.  However, not all blues are serene and sedate.
Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic -- an engaging color that expresses exhilaration.
Indigo, a deeper blue, symbolizes wisdom and spiritual realization. While blue is the color of communication with others, indigo turns the blue inward to increase personal thought and profound insights. Blue happens to be a hue I love to work with perhaps as a result of its wonderful qualities. My affinity for blue has always been part of my journey as an artist.
 
“If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.”—Paul Gauguin  
 
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Yesterday I was in the kitchen making a berry smoothie. As usual, I was on the phone, multitasking through my workday. You guessed it – I left the lid off the blender in my haste to do three things at once. Purple goo flew everywhere, including all over me. My first reaction was irritation at my own mistake. Quickly, the artist within me began to transform my interpretation of the situation, and I started admiring the colors and patterns that now adorned every surface in my kitchen.

Art is everywhere and art is anything. A canvas can appear when you least expect it. The artist must then decide to paint or not to paint.

Before I embraced the power of art, I would see a tree and think “Green Tree.” Now I look closely and marvel at the hundreds of greens that shift and change in the breeze. I see the shapes of leaves and the movement of branches. Everything is more alive now that I can appreciate the world through the context of art. A “Blue Sky” is now imbued with shades of gray, white, rose, and copper. A flower garden? Unlimited possibilities and passion. I see so many colors and I yearn to understand them. How would I re-create that red? What is that exact shade of yellow? The universe around us is the original artist, and she holds the ultimate paint box with the most diverse palette.

As I mopped up blueberry smoothie, I became uplifted instead of annoyed. The colors were inspiring, and I figured the blender was simply trying to express itself!

Allow yourself to be inspired by the everywhereness of art. In a dropped pile of papers see a collage. Celebrate the sculpture in that broken lamp. Savor the colors of your garden. You may not want to willingly remove the lid from your blender, but even when calamity happens, let your relationship with art transform each moment into personal inspiration.

Has serendipity had an impact on your art? I’d love to hear your story.

Ralph White
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