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Deepen Your Curiosity: Gaze

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

Walking with his gaze on the ragged grass in front of him, a five-year old so immersed in his looking he’s in slow motion. The boy lowers himself like each movement is a slide from an old view master, finally turning over a broken ceramic bowl sticking out of the ground. The smell of fresh dirt fills the air. Maybe it’s a water bowl for a dog? he asks. Artists, too, are drawn to certain experiences. We may not be digging in the dirt anymore, but when curiosity is piqued, our attention arises from a deeper sense of aliveness. We have to keep looking.

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A Cat Looks at Inspiration

“It you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Have you ever felt like a cat who looks like she’s sleeping on the sunny windowsill, but she’s really listening to every sound, every movement? Well, that’s been me for the past six weeks. I feel a need to hang out a bit, store up energy, sleep, and maybe hibernate a little. Some days I can’t get enough of it, sleep that is. Seeing the sun first thing in the morning—who needs it, except to curl up in?  And some nights I am ready to go to bed at 9:00, but push myself to stay awake until 10:00. Maybe these urges are less about hibernation and more about self-preservation. The state of somnolence can teach us a lot: we learn from our dreams, especially the recurring ones. I’m paying close attention to what my dreams are telling me—because I need some inspiration.

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