Thursday, July 9, 2009

Summer Fun with Halloween and Christmas, and Thoughts on Creating Mindfully

What's that, you say?

Summer and Halloween and Christmas don't go together?

Well, I suppose not in the real world, but this is most definitely NOT the real world (as my commuting, office working husband is ever so fond of reminding me, hehe)...

In this world, holidays are inspiration and cause for celebration 365 days a year!

Take this piece (a sneak peek at tomorrow night's PFATT Marketplace offering!)...It was created "mindfully" (something I've been experimenting with lately). You can click on it to make it larger:


To explain the whole "mindful" thing, a couple of years ago I purchased a book called "Knitting for Peace". It's basically all about the tradition of charity knitting, and was the first time I'd read about creating something while meditating or praying for the person who will be receiving it. I was hooked. (I've completed two prayer shawls now and am working on a third)

And it got me thinking - if I can do this with knitting, why not with art?

I mean, sure - I think about my subject. And I try to set the right mood while I'm painting...I brew tea, I light candles, I play inspiring music. But it's not usually a conscious meditation.

So what would happen if I were deliberately mindful of the feeling I'm trying to convey with a piece? If I'm wishing, praying, meditating - whatever you want to call it - for a specific intention as I paint? What would it do for the art? What would it do for the recipient? Would it make the piece more special to them, more treasured? What would it do for me? Would it feel like even more of a blessing to create it, to send it out into the world?

It's of course a positive way to create anything, whether we're painting, cooking, gardening - whatever. And I think it does improve both the process and the outcome - not to mention doing wonders for the soul as we create.

So this piece was created with peace in mind. With the blessings of the season, and a world without turmoil. Peace, serenity, beauty...those things were the focus, and I hope I succeeded in conveying them. :)

TODAY'S piece is another story entirely, and the focus is just on whimsy and fun: "Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn and cauldron bubble"....a magical, whimsical Halloween footstool....Stay tuned.

I'm going have another go at mindful creating over the weekend though, with a piece about the blessings of hearth and home, and perhaps another about cats. I'll try to post the progress. :)

That's about all that's going on, except for the boring, mundane stuff like grocery shopping, which I'm also doing this weekend.

Oh! And cooking, which is NOT so boring and mundane. I'll be doing a bit of that this weekend too. In fact, I'll leave you with one of my favorite summer recipes, a very simple fruit salad. Soooooooooo simple you don't even have to measure:

cantelope pieces
fresh blueberies
a good squeeze or two of fresh lemon
finely chopped fresh mint

That's it - mix it up in a bowl - instant, refreshing summer side salad or light desssert. ;)

I'm off now!! Back again soon....

♥ Carolee


black eyed susans kitchen said...

As usual Carolee, you have a lot going on. I have always loved the concept of Christmas in July as a little mind get away from the heat and realities of summer, and well Halloween is welcome at anytime in my reality. I love the concept of being more aware of your surroundings as well.
♥, Susan

William Bezek said...

I would like to know how to knit, I should look for that book!

Robin Armstrong Seeber said...

each time I visit here I am just that much more in awe! thanks to you my work has changed with the angle brushes! hugs, robin

Lisa said...

Thanks, for the mindful creating, we all seem to forget why we create in the first place. I am going to give it a try...after I make the salad.

Heather said...

well, I am with you! I am so ready for halloween...and christmas...i am so over all this hot! And what a beautiful creation you've made! its lovely~

Kristen Beason Designs said...

That's a wonderful thing you are doing with your knitting. I wish I could knit. So many beautiful things to make these days.


Angela Recada said...

Hello there! It's my first visit here, and I love it already!

The idea of mindful creation is terrific. Even if the recipient doesn't feel the intention, the creator of the piece still benefits. I really like this idea!
Best wishes from Wisconsin,

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I'm a bit more into Hallowe'en than Christmas - but this is a lovely piece! Very (ahem) peaceful.

pamelahuntington said...

HI Carolee..
Love your work all so beautiful..
and thank you for adding me to
your facebook friends..!

Janine said...

Hi Carolee, I had recently some problems with opening your blog.
But now Iám here to tell you , that I love your peace-on-earzh-kitty-angel.