Good Morning Sunshine! Sunday! All-day long!

Acrylic Chiaroscuro by Pejj

Good morning! Everyone! This image comes from a black and white photo I took, of an old Yellow Transparent Apple tree at my childhood home. I have added a focal point of color using pastels since this photo. Very light color. Within the image, I have a few seemingly hidden things.

It’s Sunday____but I think I will do some writing. I love to write or do art when the sun shines. I will move into the domestic stuff too, so it’s done for the week. And I may cook something.

I did the Maine Writers Publishers Alliance lecture on dialog yesterday. Doing it was very satisfying, reminded me of being in college, a five-hour-long session with short breaks. All about creating dialog; there were three stories to read, preparing for discussion. I will rattle it around by writing it in a writing journal. I will also email Tanya Whiton regarding the writing of a manual or educational book. See if she knows a fellow writer or herself? Who can aid me with the endeavor? Tanya Whiton will be offering two online workshops on Narrative Elements through her own website this spring. Part 1—March 16–April 20, 2022, Wednesdays from 6–8:30 p.m.—will focus on scene writing and characterization. Part 2, May 11–June 15 (same time) will focus on summary, exposition, and interiority. I will be signing up for this too. There were 15 or16 of us counting Tanya Whiton. Good-sized group.

I feel good about being deliberate in my endeavors to move forward. Being deliberate, having a purpose, and intent____these things are important along with a maintained focus. Keeping goals in mind. Journals do help, and they show where you have been as well as where you are going. Things are noted and worked out. I view them as think tanks. It is just me, but ideas come and evolve; so the effort is worthwhile.

In addition to these thoughts, know that we can not do everything and write or be creative with art. My early days I expected myself to do everything! This ended in frustration as I was also a parent. Something has to give. Prioritizing, letting go, scaling those other things back or down so you have a great workspace free of unnecessary clutter is important. The organization of home and studio does help but not when it is done in an obsessive way, remember we don’t have to do it all. It took a while for me to “get that one!” You see I do own books, nicker-brac, music____art supplies and I use them. LOL

Today’s cards? Card #1, “____fear is a thing. It’s just another object in the universe that you are capable of experiencing.” I am thinking for everything there is an opposite, and we would not know what either was without understanding this as so. To know fear is to know not having fear. Not giving into the things that make us fearful prevents us from being stuck in that mode.

Card #2. “Spiritual energy is what you’re experiencing when you’re enthused by something and all this high energy comes up inside you.” There is this sense of being on the right track at such times.

Card #3. “The highest state you have ever experience is simply the result of how open you were. If you don’t close, it can be like that all the time.” I feel like I have found this state of being. Taking the year after Tom died. Being present with myself, I found I could be open to new changes. I examined my thoughts, finding a way not to “go there” with what bound me to something. I came to realize the importance of thinking about new ways to do and look at things that came up. I learned changing my thoughts about things that came up that these things came up less often and the new way of thinking replaced those thoughts. It became easier to change old thoughts that bring me to a place where I feel stuck with it. I learned the reason things come up is because the mind is ever ready to predict what I want because of all the things I have thought of prior. It is these things we can change! Knowing this gives you confidence in yourself with taking charge of your life.

By Pejj Nunes

I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is https://www.anisettestudios.com/ Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.” Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj

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