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Indian Fantasy by artist Marsden Hartley, 1914, Oil on Canvas

I, (fill in your name), a creator,
made in the image
of the Great Creator,
hereby pledge
not to live life
as 
a humdrum loop-de-loop
of numb footsteps.

I promise to
stay awake to
shades of color,
clashing textures,
wafting smells,
sweet and savory tastes,
heartbeat sounds.

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Tapestry Work in the African Collection

I promise to take
a regular play date to
inspire my being
with wisdom from
those who’ve come
before me who bring
ideas to spark my spirit.

I promise to be gentle
with my emotions
that arise throughout
the day, letting
them ebb and flow,
loving myself
along the way.

I promise to
be adventurous,
try new experiences,
play with odd materials,
listen to a different perspective,
consider ancient symbols
investigate metaphor.

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Lines That Link Humanity by El Anatsui, 2008

I promise to
engage other creators
with questions about
technique, what fuels them
so I learn from their process
releasing comparison,
embracing unity.

I promise to
use my creative
forces for the
betterment of
a broken world,
to be a healer,
not a hurter.


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Close up of Lines That Link Humanity

It’s hard to make a regular play date to stay inspired. But, as idea seekers, vision hunters, creators (of word, art, dance, song), we need to fuel ourselves from time to time. Fueling oneself doesn’t have to be a difficult task. It can be as simple as listening to a new type of music or browsing through a magazine. Every once in a while, it’s good to get out of your normal place/space to glean life from a different perspective. This past weekend, my family and I drove ninety minutes to the NC Museum of Art. A wonderful museum, we got to take in some inspiring pieces of art. Sprinkled throughout this post are a few of my favorites from our trip. Maybe you will see something in them to spark your work this week.

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Night Flight of Dread and Delight by Skunder Boghossian, 1964

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Close Up of Night Flight of Dread and Delight