Archive for the ‘change’ Category

The Journey, Evolution and New Life

February 21, 2011

Pillars by Cheryl McDonald

Evolution is an amazing thing. We talk about evolution as if it is something that happened in the past, not something that is happening daily. We forget that evolution is about change and that is what we experience everyday whether we like it or not. This year is full of new beginnings, great amounts of creative energy are flowing throughout the world. Major changes are happening in most of our lives. I am excited about what is evolving and see new opportunities for change and evolution daily.

Creativity does not stand still. Artists and scientists and all of those who create are not very good at settling for what they know, they are always looking for the next answer to questions that are constantly erupting in their brains or consciousness. It energizes me when I know that there is a new project or experience coming my way. It is nice to remember where I have been and the portfolio I have created, however the reason I create is not for the finished product so much as for the experience of the creating. Being in that “zone” is an experience that I look for, yearn for more and more. The flow of energy is amazing. And the finished product is for me an expression of the voice of the Divine.

My newest means of creating for the last couple of years has been digital photography. Learning to use the camera, capturing a feeling, an experience a moment in time that will never come again has been an exhilarating experience for me. And now I see that the camera is a tool that will now be a part of my creative arsenal along with the mediums of drawing and watercolor and computer technology. Learning to use Photoshop for more than just processing pictures or paintings for print is giving me the means to create images from various mediums to create art that is new and exciting. I am starting to imagine how all of these mediums can come together to express. It is awesome. My latest series is called the Journey and so far it is only images created from combining photographs, but that is about to change as well. Stay tuned for what comes next.

This week is also exciting for me because I get to start sharing what I know about painting and the creative process with others. My first watercolor class here in Ridgecrest begins Thursday night. I love the synergy that is created when creative people come together. We learn from each other and that creative energy just flows on and on.

How has your creativity evolved? What new mediums are you incorporating into your work? Can you see how this process brings new life to yourself and your work? These are questions I am working with and struggling and at the same time loving the process of rebirth. But that is how new life begins isn’t it. And so it is!

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Change that makes sense… surprisingly

November 16, 2010
Eastern Sierras-5 fingers mountain by Cheryl McDonald

Eastern Sierras-5 fingers mountain

When you are the captain of your own ship and suddenly the ship vers off in a completely different direction from where you have set the course, what do you do? Well I guess there are several things you can do:

option 1

You could use all your strength and might and try to turn the ship back around and keep banging your head on the same wall over and over hoping that at some point you will knock it over and you can have what you think you want on the other side.

or option 2

You could take stock of where you thought you were headed, was it really the right direction? Were you making the progress you wanted to make or had you just gotten bogged down in the muck and may as well have dropped anchor.

or option 3

You can look at the new course you are on, brought about by circumstances, and decide that hey! this is a direction I had never thought about before and Hey! maybe this will actually get me where I wanted to go in the first place!

I have chosen option 3

I have moved the ship of Passions at Play Art and Design to the Mojave desert. Ships in the desert? Yes I know, but these are interesting times and we need new and interesting solutions. Now located in Ridgecrest, California, in a valley between the Sierras and the Panamint Mountains, I have found a warm and comfortable community in which to create and develop. Through the wonders of the internet and UPS I can conduct business with  clients anywhere right from my little home in the desert.

So now that I have established myself here physically, I can now more fully establish my business here as well. This blog is the first step to letting you all know that I am still here, still creating and still available to help you add beauty through photography and watercolor to your homes, offices and business materials and books. Let’s create the beautiful world we all want to live in. This blog will be evolving as I evolve and Passions at Play evolves. More Art that inspires and supports a peaceful world is where I am headed at the moment. Web presence will be updated to include ways to purchase prints and other items. And I will be doing more exhibits and fairs and showings so that I can meet the people who inspire me to paint and photograph.

Change can be a difficult thing or it can be an easy thing, but one thing is for sure change is inevitable and we can either accept it and make the most of it and be happy or fight it and be miserable. I choose to be happy.

Creativity is humanities expression of its inherent divinity.

this I believe

So this is the next big Adventure!

August 12, 2010

Well it is not Monday and I really don’t have any new pictures to share, just some observations. Hope you can indulge me.

The passing of my sister Linda has created an incredible void in my life. I knew we were close, but did not realize just how much I depended on her joyful observations and enlightenments every week.

I have decided to move into the family home. Not sure for how long, that will depend on several things. But hey- one day at a time…

So I have started moving my things down from San Francisco a van load at a time. I think doing it in bits and pieces will be better for me than one fell swoop- as they say. It gives me time to drive, to ponder, to clean and organize and also to exorcise the ghosts and memories of 45+ years of being connected with this house. I remember when my parents built it, I was 11 years old I think.They hired a contractor, worked with him on the design, the layout and the materials. My Father was an electrician and a very handy man having grown up on a farm, so he/we did a lot of the work ourselves. I remember painting all of the walls- choosing colors with Mom. Finishing the kitchen cabinets and choosing the fixtures for the sinks, lighting and all. It seemed like such a big house, and still is compared to where I was living in San Francisco. 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms a big yard and a beautiful kitchen. The garage has been converted into a room and will become my art studio. I have visions of fruit trees, vegetable garden and a place to entertain.

I remember being a teenager in this house, an above ground pool in the backyard and a pool table in the family room. I remember the night of my wedding and the after party my parents had here for their friends. I remember my children running through the living room and my Mother asking them to slow down! so they would not fall into the sliding glass door.  There have been so many good memories of happenings in this house and there has also been much sadness in this house. The illnesses and passing of both parents and my sister. The heartache that all of that has entailed. It became a dark, sad place that none of us really wanted to be in. Amazing how that can happen over the years.

I really had no expectations of taking on this project at this point in my life. I just knew Linda was going to get better and I, having given up my apartment in SF in June, was going to be traveling and house-sitting and exploring, helping Linda as I could. Well that all changed in July.

So rewind, reverse, change directions and here I am with a beautiful home that needs to be loved. It needs to be filled once more with laughter and creativity and joy and beauty. And even though I really had no intentions of being the one to do it, I am now stating the intention that this is now what I want to do. This is the place I want to be and this is the task I have set for myself.

There will be a lot of work, a lot of change and a lot of sorting and clearing of memories, things and a lot of healing. I am looking forward to building a life, an art studio and a home here in the desert.

At some point soon, I hope I will be ready for visitors, right now I have my work cut out for me! And I must say it is all good.

blessings

Cheryl

Cheryl McDonald is the owner of Passions at Play Art & Design. She is an artist, illustrator and designer, working in photography, watercolor and more! To see some of her work.

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