Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 31, 2014

Day 19 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge: Creativity Prompt #3

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 19: Creativity Prompt #3 (A Long Time Ago)

Use the following Creativity Prompt as inspiration for a work of art. Write a story. Paint a picture. Sketch the setting on your canvas. Or, come up with a themed menu for a dinner party.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

SETTING: You’re standing in the middle of a cemetery, gravestones all around you.

  • SIGHT: What does the setting look like? Is the sun rising or setting? Are there other people present? Are the headstones new and towering? Have some headstones fallen over or sunk into the ground, covered by overgrown weeds? Do flags adorn some of the gravestones?
  • SOUND: What do you hear? Is the cemetery near a busy intersection or surrounded only by nature? Airplanes flying overhead? Train whistles in the distance? Is someone praying over a loved one’s grave
  • AROMA: Perhaps you brought flowers with you. Maybe there’s an older gentlemen sitting on a bench smoking a cigar. Can you smell your beloved grandfather’s favorite cologne or grandmother’s perfume? Are you holding a cup of coffee in your hand?
  • TASTE: Are you chewing gum or sucking on a mint? Is it tradition to have a picnicked lunch at the family plot every year? Does the very idea of visiting a grave make you feel ill?
  • TOUCH: What does it feel like to brush your hands over the gravestone’s inscription? Do you sense a supernatural presence? Is someone next to you squeezing your hand tight as you pay your respects?

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 93 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 30, 2014

Day 18 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge: Lighthouse

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Long Beach, CA

Long Beach, CA

Day 18: Artistic Reflections

 

Reflections skim the surface

The setting sun kissing the horizon

The clouds stretch across the backdrop

And the trees brush the sky

 

A scene of simple beauty

Calm, peaceful, yet inspiring

My imagination flutters

And my spirit yearns to create

 

The lighthouse guides my way

Towards creativity and spirituality

Reflecting my truth,

I can both create beauty and be inspired by it.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 94 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 29, 2014

Day 17 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge: Writer/Artist

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 17: Creating art through writing

We create. We move. We inspire. We are artists!

An Artistic Stamp

Through my time participating in writing groups, I’ve noticed that many newbie writers start off with, “I’m not a writer, but…” then proceed in sharing with us material that disapproves their original claim. If you write, you are a writer. If you create art, you are an artist. I consider myself a “Creative Writer” because I seek to stress the creativity aspect. I create stories, characters, and prose through screenwriting, playwriting, and novels.

Our choice of words and their arrangement may not appear in any art gallery, but writers are artists all the same. We paint scenes, sculpt characters, and create worlds just as our fine art counterparts. Yet, how many of us consider writers as artists? Does the general public? Do we, the content creators, bestow that label upon ourselves? I proudly wear the “Writer” sash but top it off with the “Artistic Spirit” crown. (I’d absolutely wear those, by the way, if such a thing existed!)

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 95 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 28, 2014

Day 16 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

 

Day 16: Spreading My Wings

One of my jewelry creations

 

Excitement courses through every nerve

Swirling like butterflies in the abdomen

The music swells, the crowd applauds

Performers exit stage left

 

Your breath is shallow

Your lips parched

Your hands shake

And your legs are like pudding

 

You face the dark house

A single spotlight the only comfort

You stare ahead towards the clock on the wall

And walk closer to the microphone downstage center

 

The butterflies soar with the first note

Your voice clear and echoing throughout

The body hums and senses heighten

As the energy fills your being

 

Exhilaration fades to doubt

When the music ceases

The unknown and faceless crowd sits still and quiet

Silence exists but briefly once you’ve taken your bow.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 96 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 27, 2014

Day 15 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 15: Creativity Prompt result

On Friday (Day 12 of the pledge), I posted the following prompt -

What does this inspire you to create?

What does this inspire you to create?

Using the photo above as artistic inspiration, create a piece of art (writing, sculpting, painting, music composition, etc.) through a medium that you haven’t tried in a while. For instance, last week I made a necklace. This week, I’ll choose something different.

After a bit of artistic block, I realized that I’d spent most of my time doing genealogy research this weekend.  Hence, the following piece:

They trail behind me – men, women, and children of various ages and time periods. Some lives were lived in squalor and some in comfort. My Irish immigrant ancestor converses with the coal miner from my other branch, two men who died much too young. My maternal Eastern European great-great grandma stands next to the French-Canadian counterpart on my paternal side. Women whose existence remains a mystery wrapped in strength.

Their faces carry the weight of experience, both joy and sorrow. Clothing tattered and stained contrasts the fashionable dresses in both color and quality. Despite their circumstances in life, the spirits walk in unison along the path I trod ahead.

I journey forward with the love, strength, and support of those who’ve long since passed. I will succeed in the pursuit of my dreams knowing so many of the ones before me never saw theirs come true.

 

Were you artistically inspired this weekend?  Discuss in the comment section!

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 97 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 26, 2014

Day 14 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Singing in the car

Day 14: Sing Like No One’s Watching

With the windows rolled down, and the sun shining in, I belt along to the music blaring from the car radio. I could care less if drivers next to me at a red light give me an odd glare – I am in my element and alive to the energy of the moment.

 Some sing in the shower while others prefer to only sing with the aid of an alcoholic beverage. For me, singing in the car is therapeutic, stimulating, and calming. Many of us get riled up when behind the wheel – most times when surrounded by just plain bad drivers. Our blood pressure rises, our hands stay on the horn, and our language becomes filled with expletives. When I get frustrated or am rushing to reach a destination, I turn up the radio and sing. I can’t make another driver decrease their own rage, but I can control how I respond.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 98 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 25, 2014

Day 13 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Autumn Inspiration

Autumn Inspiration

Day 13: An Autumn Dance in the Leaves

 

Surrounded by fall remnants

and aided by a chilled breeze,

Two toddlers play in Autumn’s leaves

 

Their laughter lightens my load

Their smiles brighten my day

Their imaginative spirits inspire mine

And remind me we’re all intertwined

 

I do my part with a rake and a smile

Standing aside as they jump

I watch their joyful interaction, fatigue waning

Inspired by an image that’s as stunning as a painting.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 99 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 24, 2014

Day 12 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 12: CREATIVITY PROMPT (Scenic View)

What does this inspire you to create?

What does this inspire you to create?

Using the photo above as artistic inspiration, create a piece of art (writing, sculpting, painting, music composition, etc.) through a medium that you haven’t tried in a while. For instance, last week I made a necklace. This week, I’ll choose something different.

I’ll post mine on Monday. Please stop back and tell me about your experience. Happy creating!

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 100 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 23, 2014

Day 11 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

A Starry Day

Day 11: Stars in My Eyes and A Dream in My Heart

This past February, one artistically inspiring day changed the course of my life – both professionally and personally.

My heart fluttered and my spirit soared as I stood outside the theatre where in a little more than 24 hours the entertainment industry would reward the year’s best work with little golden statuettes. Standing on one the upper levels of the Hollywood & Highland shopping area, I watched with awe as they rolled out the red carpet. I saw media equipment getting set up and reporters rehearsing with their camera operators. There were larger versions of the well-known award statuette scattered throughout the lower level even as a light rain fell.  Though only a spectator and not a participant, I felt part of something greater than myself.

“This is what I love. This is what I want to do.”

I knew without hesitation or question that being a part of an entertainment event like that is a dream I very much wanted to come true. It felt surreal, like I was walking on air. My sister and I stood in front of the large main stairway with the red carpet behind us and smiled. Staring up at the star-studded, concave ceiling, I felt at home for the first time in a very long time and knew unequivocally that one day I’d return – whether as a nominee, entertainment reporter, or event planner I knew not. I still don’t know how or when, but I’m certain that the passion I have for the craft will guide me back home.

There are so many ways that the entertainment industry inspires me, and you’ll read more throughout the coming months.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 101 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 22, 2014

Day 10 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

 

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Cloudy Day

Photo courtesy of my sister, Jen

Day 10: In the Moment

Standing with my arms outstretched and my head tilted back, I relish each drop of rain. They kiss my eyelids as gently as a mother would and slide down my cheek until they reach my lips – without the salty taste that tears create. I listen closely to the echoing wind, flags flapping in the distance, and smile at the lack of tires on the pavement.

I open my eyes and relish the sight above. The leaves hold on tight to their homes while a single ray of light streams through the thinning clouds above. As the sun pushes through, the rain subsides and the birds call. I close my eyes once more and let the sun’s rays warm my very being.

The rain will return, and I will welcome it with my arms wide open!

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 102 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

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