Monday, October 5, 2009

Nature has many surprises!

So when you look at this image (above) what do you see? A ghost? A swirl of spiritual mist appearing real and solid only to elude your grasp? Well, nature can surprise you. I was holding one half of a mussel shell - while zoning out in front of the tube (when I should have been doing something creative - sigh) and I turned it over to see revealed this image! I found this shell on my walks along the beach and harbor near my home. I have had this item for months and never noticed until my mind was quiet, not really listening to the video I have seen 100 times - and bang there it was a ghost's imprint - could it be the imprint of the soul of the mollusk left behind?
This is what the whole shell looks like.

So, how does this inspire me? Well, if nature gave me the gift of creativity and then this little ghost has a reminded me of this. So, though I don't have anything to show for my effort yet, I actually turned the boob tube off and pulled out the art supplies that I recently and neatly reorganized so I could find them and got cracking. I just played - no agenda - just played all afternoon. It was a beautiful autumn afternoon in California and I just played.

Nature keeps it real for me. Nature keeps me looking, smelling, tasting, feeling and listen. Food for art and thought is right there everyday - enjoy it.


  1. Oh, reading your post gave me goosebumps. Not that pix of mussel is freaking me out. It's your A-ha moment. I have the same lots of time.

    I could be walking past the same house for years and never look at it until one day when I was thinking of where to place my character in a story, I raised my head, I saw this house and that's it!

    Great post! And love to know what the mussel shell brings to your drawings. :)

  2. Thanks for visiting. I think we so often go into auto pilot when we go through our daily routines that we don't notice the interesting things that surround us and make life worth enjoying. So, cheers to us that actually stop and dare I say it, smell the roses? Smile ag

  3. What a wonderful gift the shell brought to you and it's the perfect time of year for it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hooray for play!

    And I truly believe in the need for zoning out, so don't beat yourself up over it. Heck, it led you to see your mussel shell in a wonderful new way!