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In Search of. . . + a Giveaway!

You and I and everyone else on this planet are in search of something we can’t define. We aren’t sure what we are looking for but if lucky, we know it when we find it. You have such a hard time finding it because it’s not a thing you are looking for. It’s a feeling.Whether you realize it or not, you are in an unending search for the experience of awe and Aha.

You want to be wonderstruck.

As little children, we spend our first five or so years in awe and Aha. Everything is new and exciting to us. At some point, usually when we enter school, we tend to shut down our wonder. We want to fit in, act “cool” and pretend we know everything. We create a shell of sorts to protect our fragile desire to experience awe. Our Aha moments become suppressed.

Years pass and sadly, many of us stop looking for or noticing the awe and Aha moments. We pass them by like cars on a freeway, hurrying someplace, maybe even in search of that something, that special feeling, that is buried deeply in our heart and memory.

Being a creative, an artist of any sort, places you in a position to be close to the awe and Aha, but even still, you might fail to notice or forget to look for it. The opportunity to be wonderstruck is everywhere, all the time. You may find it in the evening’s sunset, the way the clouds drift across the sea. You can find wonder in the beat of your heart, the way a pastel crumbles color onto your page. The smooth flow of ink from you favorite new pen (Uniball Signo 207), the way your companion’s eyes twinkle when you make them laugh.

Aha! As I write this, one of my favorite quotes comes to mind:

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked
it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
Franz Kafka

What you are in search of is all around you. You just have to be looking. . .and reminded to look. It’s savoring and noticing the little things. Sometimes I just sit and stare at my hand. I am in awe of both what it does and what I do with it.

Pretty awesome isn’t it?


 

 

BONUS BOOK GIVEAWAY! I am in love with the techniques in Alternative Art Surfaces by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Durran Wilson.

Leave a comment letting me now if this blog post resonates with you.

When are you wonderstruck? I’ll choose a randomly generated number from Random.org on Wednesday, July 2 at noon. Good luck!

P.S. Listen to a most fun interview I did with Darlene on Art & Soul Radio HERE.