Thursday, October 14, 2010

What Color is Your Town Today?

In June, the view from the dock at the bottom of 6th was blue and sparkle, full of promise. Even in the Pacific Northwest you can safely promise a few brilliant, warm summer days. Summer here, though beautiful, is more about the sense of touch to me: the warm sun on my upturned face, the cool breeze ruffling my hair.

But Autumn? Autumn is visual. It's all about the color. Even the blue water is swirled with gold and softened with mist.

Huh. I just noticed the bug silhouette on that oak leaf. Interesting.

Monday, October 11, 2010


My good friend Paula is, among many wonderful things, a creativity coach, and as such is interested in what inspires people. She asked me a question the other day that got me thinking. What do I gather around me, besides raw material, that gives rise to that first idea? Lotsa stuff, apparently. Some treasured since childhood.

Rocks, shells, beetle wings, a tiny origami turtle atop a set of plaster teeth, pictures cut from magazines, feathers, arrowheads, petrified wood, mysterious vertebrae, a Oaxacan rabbit...

...and a lot of books.

Wait. Are those Usagi Yojimbo comics, you ask?
Why yes. How clever of you to notice.