A pile of gnarly branches have been tucked into the corner of our living room for months. I knew my husband's intention - they are an interesting material for Ikebana arrangements. Last weekend I cleaned and decluttered the living room except for this pile of branches. Earlier this morning a gorgeous pink lily opened up and without hesitation, I randomly pulled out a branch and made an arrangement. (Be sure to click the horizontal photos in this blog post to see them enlarged.)
This is the sort of arrangement that arranges itself. There is no need to plan, think, hem and ha. Just follow the lines.
The interesting lines in the branches reach out and the blossom with its stout petals provide an anchor.
Looking down on the arrangement you can see the sweeping line ---- lovely isn't it?
Moving in we get into the thick of the bramble. I could look at this arrangement for hours tracing the various lines and getting lost in the twists and turns.
Stepping back you can see how it looks on my kitchen table.
I pulled out my "Dabbler's Journal" and watercolor paints.
Flowers, arranging flowers, photography, and journaling all bring me creative joy. Oh and I mustn't forget - sharing it here on my blog and on Facebook - yes, creating and connecting - this is what brings me creative joy.
I can't resist moving in on those interesting lines...
and then changing the focus.
It feels so good to be creating again and more regularly. I think I was stuck in a bramble of sorts, but now my creative cycle has shifted and I am experiencing a blossoming period.
The best part of this creative surge is that I've given myself permission to create for the sake of creating. There is no other motivation or intention. I love this sense of creative freedom.
How is your creative cycle these days? Are you stuck in the brambles or are you blossoming?
Here's to honoring what brings us creative joy.
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva and Creative Dabbler