Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

A Bright Spot in the Forest

March 4, 2011

A Bright Spot in the Forest by Cheryl McDonald

Do you ever have weeks where you think everything is going along great. You feel good, projects are going well, you have an awesome sense of joy and excitement about what is coming to fruition and then suddenly one morning you wake up in a cold sweat and wonder- “What will become of me? Where am I going? And How am I going to get there?”

That is what happened to me this morning. I was awake at 3:30 having a worry fit about what will happen in the future! So after some deep breathing, some writing in my journal and a prayer to bring me back to sanity, I fell back to sleep and when I awoke a couple of hours later, there were ideas and directions on what to do next right there in my mind where just a few hours ago had been chaos and fear. Wow! Sometimes I feel like that little yellow flower in the image at the top of the page- surrounded in the deep dark forest fighting for just a bit of light and fresh air.

Living the nontraditional life that I live, can be an interesting challenge. Learning not to listen to the fears of others is probably one of the biggest challenges. What I am working to accomplish is beyond reason sometimes, and yet deep down in my heart I know that I am on the right path and that this creative path that I am on is bringing much to this world that is needed.

Finding the path of our destiny is difficult for many to figure out. For me it has been easy to know but harder to follow and stay focused. Each day I find more and more to be grateful for and more that I can share. Each day I have all that I need and more. When you think of your version of security, can you really say that it will be there forever, no matter what? I know that the flow of life that I experience daily is as secure as it can get. No matter what, and that is what I know today.

Cheryl McDonald is and artist and philosopher who now lives in the desert in Southern California. To see her latest work please go to www.cherylmcdonaldcreative.com or www.passionsatplay.com

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

A Walk in the Cemetery??

June 28, 2010
Watching the squirrel by Cheryl McDonald

Watching that Squirrel

One of the things I get to do daily while I am here in Oakland is to take Miss Marlena for a walk twice a day. One of her favorite places to go is actually this beautiful cemetery at the end of Piedmont Street. I could not find the name of it but it is attached to the Chapel of the Chimes which was designed by Julia Morgan and is a very beautiful and a very large mortuary and mausoleum. I have been here before for meetings. They invite people to hold all kinds of meetings there, just to prove it is not a scary place. Which I will have to say it certainly is not.

Standing Stones by Cheryl McDonald

A view from up on the hill above the park

Anyway, this cemetery is really a wonderful place to walk, it has winding paths that go through all the way to the top of the hill where one can get an amazing view of the bay, Oakland and San Francisco. This is a very old cemetery and there is some really amazing history that can be found here. I can just imagine the stories of all the lives that have been laid to rest here in this place.

Waiting Angel in Sepia by Cheryl McDonald

Thoughtful Angel in Sepia by Cheryl McDonald

Sympathy by Cheryl McDonald

The Lightbearer in Sepia by Cheryl McDonald

While walking through this cemetery almost everyday, I started taking pictures of the sculptures and the view and the grounds. It also started me contemplating death- of course…

I am completely amazed at the beauty and grandeur of many of the shrines that people have created to honor and memorialize their loved ones. This cemetery is certainly not a place for the dead but is a place for the living to remember those that were somehow important in their lives, some for better and most probably some for worse.

Reflections within and without in sepia by Cheryl McDonald

Lofty in sepia by Cheryl McDonald

I have also been reading a lot this week and one of the books I read was called “the Untethered Soul” by Michael Sanger. I was drawn to it because of the title, as of course I have decided to untether my life in many ways. He is an eloquent and down to earth writer and he talks a great deal about how to let go of those energies that we store in our bodies relating to past experiences and how this can help us to be more present here in the moment where we actually live. One of the concepts he talks about is death and how death is actually our friend because without it there would be no urgency to experience and enjoy the life that we have.

dog walk by Cheryl McDonald

Deer in the woods by Cheryl McDonald

So as I am walking through this wonderful cemetery I am noticing all the life that is actually going on here. All of the people walking dogs and baby carriages and the squirrels and deer and gophers and birds that are free to experience this beautiful setting and are part of the experience of being in this place.

Leaning in by Cheryl McDonald

Can't take it with you by Cheryl McDonald

Death is a difficult thing for us, particularly in this culture as we either dramatize it, demonize it, fear it, or ignore it. However death is part of life and it is something we all do at some point. It really is only a moment away and we never know when that moment might be. I have very much enjoyed my time in this cemetery and the experience of walking among the dead and all the life that this place holds as well. It has given me much appreciation for the value of this moment in this my untethered life. Thank you Michael Sanger

Cheryl is the owner of Passions at Play Art & Design, doing photography, watercolor, fine art and illustration please check out her work at www.passionsatplay.com