I’ve been enjoying sharing my own creative notes on Instagram, much like how an artist used to note everything down in a trusty moleskine. Albeit with some editing. And whilst this website has been about encouraging others to get creative, I use Instagram to share the little moments of beauty I notice or create. Inspired by Emily’s post last week on blogging like it is 2009, I’ve decided to corral some of my creative notes from Instagram by month here, to connect and share with you.
I find it a great practice to go back over a month to see what struck me, what I noticed, what I created and what God might be saying through it all. Here is part of my April 2018.
April started with Easter Sunday falling on April Fool’s Day. This is what I created for Easter Sunday. I put my Easter cockerel, eggs, mint herb plants for the lamb and tulips for spring and my hope pebble into a flat lay. It was a kind of mindful, meaningful composition and I loved making it.
I went shopping with my daughter in Oxford who spent some of her birthday money on a beret! A beret! Is that not the requirement for any artist to own? I’ve never owned one and at 13 years old, she’s more adventurous than me.
I wrote a post for April on the stories that I and others used to tell myself that held me back from creating, in the hope that you might identify with some of them too, examine whether they are true and put them away if they get in your way.
For Christmas, I gave my husband tickets to see the last Nashville tour. We binged watched Nashville (the tv show) a couple of summers ago when we didn’t get to holiday anywhere. I enjoyed those summer evenings dreaming of country music. It was fun to go to a show on the farewell tour. We have to schedule in the fun sometimes otherwise it gets lost in the mundane.
The weather has been up and down and round and round. A hot mid-April meant the first load of laundry hung outside on the line to dry coincided with what felt like summer. Spring weather has been unpredictable to say the least. Do you see the fly that I managed to photograph there?
I must have flowers, always, and always.’ Monet
Bunches of tulips this Spring. Tulip season is nearly over. I’ve loved them this year.
Flowers have always been real for me but I found some nearly passable fake ones.
I made this little stop motion and loved playing with it. I know my creativity gets stuck in a rut sometimes so I am playing with new techniques at the moment and taking a course which will help. This one is for the writers who create beauty.
Also, nature’s beauty at it’s best. In just a couple of days. It went from this in April:
to this today…
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