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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


Artist, Illustrator, or Designer…yes!

February 9, 2010

letting go-by cheryl mcdonald

The last couple of weeks I have been doing a lot of self- evaluation- again- I keep going through this I guess, because I just can’t possibly believe that it is possible to be able to promote all of the things I do! Most of the art and design gurus tell us that it is important to focus on one style or one medium or at least one profession- So I keep trying to figure out which of these things I should be working on. The trouble is I have successes in all of these things- illustration, fine art, and graphic design and I love doing them all! I also have several different styles and work in several different mediums, and am told that I do them all rather successfully. It is interesting to me also that all of these things sort of rotate through my life. And I am beginning to see that, that is how I should work them- Putting the money and attention and resources on the one that is creating the fullness and bringing the most passion to my life at the moment. I have had this feeling that if I could just get “someone who knows” to tell me what I should do, then I could just do it. Guess what, everyone has a different opinion on what I should do and where I should focus. All of them credible in their fields. What I am learning- actually re-learning is that I really need to trust myself on this, follow my passions which just happen to be all of these things and use all of the tools I know to share my multiple talents to create the beauty and truth and wisdom I am given every day.

What I also realize is that discipline is necessary to carry out what needs to be done to accomplish the goals I have for each of these aspects. And that also is only something I can do for myself. As a business owner, I am in charge of my day- so I need to follow through on the tasks that need to be done. It is my responsibility to do the promotion, the daily connecting with clients as well as the daily creating. How lucky am I to have to create everyday!

There are no limits and the more I learn, the more I have to share. I guess the real issue is just being in balance and that is a subject for another day.

Just maybe that is the beauty of the name of my company- Passions at Play Art & Design.

Art and Design are my passion, and my way of playing through life.

Am I making a beneficial difference?

January 5, 2010
It's a match

working together means finding the right fit

I guess you could say that change is the constant of life. Although change occurs everyday in our lives, 2009 brought drastic change to many people on this planet. We are really evolving into a new paradigm. And this paradigm will effect every aspect of our lives. Business, personal, social, and spiritual. Many of the ways we have interacted in all of these areas simply do not work anymore for our good and for the good of others.

I have spent the last few weeks before January 1, 2010 accessing what works and what doesn’t for myself and my business. One of the changes I want to incorporate into how I do business is that when I am working with a client or preparing to work with a client I need to add the questions of “how can I make a positive difference for this client? And how can I help this client make a positive difference in the world” Of course it is kind of the point of working together -to make a difference- to make a change- why work with a designer and put out the money if you just want to maintain the status quo? But for me to consciously incorporate these statements into my business practices adds a level of care and understanding that this project for this client is about them and their business and not about me.

With all of the experience and contacts that I have accumulated over the last 10 years as a graphic and web designer, I have a huge knowledge base to draw from, and answering the deeper questions beyond the bottom line need to be part of the focus on an individual basis.

Gone are the days of thinking on an individual level, global is the new community. And yet the way to work on a global level requires that you work on a personal level first- one to one, individual to individual, business to business. The original idea of ‘business’ was to fill a need and to benefit both parties. That has not changed, it has just been clouded over. So the “new paradigm” is really about getting back to the old definition. Working for the benefit of all.

So the question I asked at the beginning of this blog- Am I making a difference? I say let’s get back to the original idea. How can we be a benefit to each other? How can we create a world that benefits us all?

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