Monthly Archives: July 2021

#dyicad2021 Day 57/ #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 27

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Of course, you knew I couldn’t do a two-month art challenge without including a unicorn:

Day 57/ Day 27

Muse in the Morning

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An interesting thing happened the other morning, something I haven’t experienced in a long time.

I got woken up early, much earlier than I needed to get up. I went to the bathroom and got back into bed and cocooned myself (yes, I am one of those weirdos who must wrap up in a quilt, even in July in the Arizona desert), hoping to fall back asleep for another 45 minutes.

It didn’t happen.

Instead, I dozed, and my imagination began working on the seed of a poem.

You see, the night before I read about a wonderful contest the people at Palette Poetry are putting on. They are looking for a poem that “speaks to what poetry is and can be for our world today.”

Hmm. I don’t think I have a poem in my files that fits that bill. I wish I did, though, because the top prize is $4000. Now, that’s real money.

Believe it or not, in my half-asleep-half-awake state, my brain came up with a few stanzas that represent a good start on a great poem. When my alarm went off, I jogged straight to my laptop and typed it all down, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to remember it by my afternoon writing time.

Later, I googled “muse in the morning” to see what other people have written about this serendipitous phenomenon. I found two pieces of artwork by that name which I wish I could post here, but I couldn’t find any information on whether they are in the public domain, so, sorry. Then, while browsing writing blogs, I found this article, which describes a practice whereby you can activate your imagination by encouraging yourself into a dreamy state.

I am passing on the contest information and the dreamzoning article because we creatives are a supportive community. I know I’ve benefitted from advice from my writing friends and also from fellow writers online. Let’s continue to assist each other and cheer one another along. I wish you success.

Monday Morning Wisdom #320

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Monday Morning Wisdom #320

I decided to learn to play the drums, which is the best medicine. For me, at least–maybe not so much for those around me.

~ Bubba Wallace

#dyicad2021 Day 55/ #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 25

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Drawing (and painting) a person (or part of a person) most days in July for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month.

Day 55/ Day 25

From the Creator’s Heart #317

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Chopin

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Delacroix: Portrait of Chopin
Delacroix: Portrait of Chopin

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist who profoundly influenced music in the romantic era. He is one of the most beloved composers of piano music ever. His works are favorites of audiences and critics, and pianists beginner through professional level.

Vladimir Horowitz: Introduction and Rondo by Chopin:

He was born in Warsaw, and in 1831 moved to Paris, where he lived the rest of his life, except for travels. He never married, but had a long-term, often troubled relationship with the writer George Sand.

Lang Lang: Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 by Chopin:

He was a renowned performer and a sought-after teacher. He maintained friendships with some of the top musicians of his day, including Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann.

Yundi Li: “Fantasie” Impromptu Op. 66 by Chopin:

Sickly for most of his life, he passed away at age 39.

Valentina Lisitsa: Etude Op. 10 No. 12 (Revolutionary) by Chopin:

His output, mostly for solo piano, was prodigious: 4 ballades, 27 études, 4 impromptus, 59 mazurkas, 22 nocturnes, 16 polonaises, 28 preludes, 4 rondos, 4 scherzos, 3 sonatas, 9 variations, 19 waltzes, 2 concertos, 19 songs, and many miscellaneous pieces.

Umi Garrett: Grande Valse Brilliante Op. 18 No. 1 by Chopin:

#dyicad2021 Day 53/ #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 23

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Drawing (and painting) a person (or part of a person) every day in July for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month.

Day 53/ Day 23

Creative Juice #252

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Creative Juice #252

Beauty, brilliance, utility, and laughs.

#dyicad2021 Day 52/ #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 22

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Drawing (and painting) a person (or part of a person) every day in July for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month.

Day 52/ Day 22

Video of the Week #315: Appreciating the Beauty of . . . Chickens

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Didn’t get enough beautiful chickens?