“You can only feel creative when there is joy. When there is a sense of passion.”
Passion is an essential part of our life. Without passion what do we have. Our passion can extend to family, friends, hobbies, work and a multitude of things. But I think passion reaches deeper inside, and is more about a happiness for life…for being alive.
When I started my garden, I was creating an oasis…in the style of an English country garden. Then I wanted to start a vegetable garden, and slowly we added one raised bed after another moving some flowers out. And as the passion of creating our own organic produce took hold…. we also added lots of containers and grow bags littering our patio to give us even more space for produce production. And every year we devote lots of time and love to this passion, these plants, all grown from seed as they give back as delicious food that nourishes our bodies.
Nature Is My Muse
Whenever I want to connect to my passion, I find myself in nature….planting a garden, cutting flowers for a vase, taking pictures, observing wildlife and plants, writing poetry. Nature has always been my muse. It connects me to my true self, where my creativity and inspiration resides….unabashed and free of doubt (most times).
Passion can take us in so many directions. For me, it is less about loving things passionately, but more about tapping into the flow of passionate love, passionate creativity. And once you feel that passionate flow of creativity, it seems to transform you….opening you up to more imagination, more play, more abundance, more connections.
Recently I have been playing with what some call ‘artsy photos’. Using phone apps to change photos to add overlays, colors and styles. At first, I thought oh no, many will not accept these new photos as they look more like paintings and less like photos. But then I remembered I am making these photos to share my passion….what I love to create.
And you know, I have so many people who tell me they love these photos….the artsy aspect of the photos touches them passionately too. I will warn you it is addictive as most passions are. And I really think creating these photos, has had a wonderful side benefit. It has improved my photography skills. I am better at using my iPod Touch camera, and better yet with staging and perspective. The photos on this post are the same mailbox clematis taken from different perspectives….and then edited in different ways. They are related, but each stands on its own….each showing a different view of passionate creativity.
What is your creative muse? What do you love to passionately create?
Another creative passion that continues for me is creating vases. Even when I couldn’t blog or garden, I still made vases. Each unique and different….finding flowers that call to me to fill a vase….finding just the right vase or container and then staging them against a complementary backdrop.
I made 1 a day in May, and it was a labor of love….a calling to celebrate the garden that was abundantly and slowly blooming. I shared the vases on Facebook. Now I share a picture a day on Instagram too.
This simple early summer vase, from late June, speaks of the colors and smells of summer….orangey California poppy, pink Echinacea and incredible lavender.
And this vase is simply fresh oregano picked before it flowered to use in my daily scrambled eggs. I love topping them with fresh oregano and other herbs from my garden like chives or thyme. Herbs make such a sweet smelling, simple vase.
I am joining Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful In A Vase on Monday meme. The pictures shared here were created with my iPod Touch camera and two free apps, Pixlr and Prisma.
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