Posted by: Kelly Deeny | November 21, 2014

Day 39 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, I’m posting Day 39 today in lieu of yesterday.  I had it written but couldn’t get to a computer.*

Day 39: ART-IN-TEXTURE

A Philly View

A Philly View

Lining the street with color and design

History stands waiting for acknowledgement

Men, women, and children pass by

Focused on their destination not the journey

 

The architecture tells a story

With its intricate detailing

Straight lines and curves accentuate the frame

Creating art at every angle

 

Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder

But does it exist if no one stops to behold 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 72 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 | November 19, 2014

Day 38 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 38: Un-Bridled Emotion

Located at the Terranea Resort - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Located at the Terranea Resort - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

The sun shone bright despite the shadows around her heart

Anger, resentment, bitterness inhabited her soul

Eating away the joy and hope that once defined her

 

Not once did she expect to be a jilted bride

Yet the realization sunk in with each call of the wind

Memories flooded her senses

Regret stung her eyes

 

She’d loved him for years

Too much or too little she’d determine in time

For now, she let the warmth dry her tears

Knowing it’ll be quite a while until she returns.

*The above is fictionalized – this did not happen to me nor to anyone I know!*

**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 73 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 | November 18, 2014

Day 37 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 37: Floral Design

I don’t quite know why I’m so fascinated by flowers. Especially since my thumb is nowhere near green. Perhaps it’s the wide array of colors or the multitude of fragrance that draws me in. Maybe it’s the shape of the petals or the length of the leaves. I venture a guess that my fascination stems (like what I did there) from a combination of all of the above.

I noticed in my collection of hand-made necklaces, I used many flower pendants – all of various styles, colors, and intricacies. I’ve made two new pieces, just within the past 24 hours, both of which are floral in design.

 

WINTER'S WARMTH - From my own collection

WINTER’S WARMTH – From my own collection

WOODN'T IT BE LOVELY - From my own collection

WOODN’T IT BE LOVELY – From my own collection

I’m intrigued by the symbolic use of flowers and am very interested in learning more about this topic. For instance, roses are linked with romance. Is it just red roses or a rose by any color; it may smell as sweet, but does it share in symbolism with that of its siblings?

Regardless of why I’m so interested in flowers, gardens, and beautiful landscapes, I’ll continue to let their natural essence inspired me on a creative level.

 

**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 74 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 | November 17, 2014

Day 36 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 36: Ancestral Conversations

The Creativity Prompt posted on Friday (Day 33 of the pledge) was as follows:

Continuing with the theme from yesterday’s post, imagine two of your ancestors (one from your paternal side and the other from the maternal branch of your tree) are standing on the beach. Now, write a conversation between the two of them.

 

I picked one of my great-grand aunts on my paternal side and one of my 2nd great-grandmother’s on my mom’s side of the tree.  I know very little about both of these women, who died much too young, but took what I did know and fictionalized the rest.  This was a fun conversation to write!

Ancestral Conversations

Standing on the beach, Margaret and Birdie gazed out towards the horizon. So much left behind but beauty awaits them.

BIRDIE: Who is mourning you?

MARGARET:  My sisters…in the convent…my mother, sister and brother. You?

BIRDIE:  My husband and children

MARGARET:  Oh, I’m so sorry. How many children?

BIRDIE:  Fourteen

MARGARET:  Fourteen?! Oh, God bless you.

BIRDIE:  (laughs) Some days I needed many blessings.

MARGARET:  Did you know that you were coming here?

BIRDIE:  (shakes head) I got very sick, very quickly. Thank God for my husband and older children. They looked after the younger ones. My babies. It must be so confusing for them.

MARGARET:  My Papa died when I was nine. He had cancer of the stomach. My mother was a saint – hard working and strong. Yet, I still missed my father very much.

BIRDIE:  I worry about my children holding onto grief instead of being happy kids. Will the pain pass?

MARGARET:  It does. I felt lost for many years, but I realized that I now had two fathers in Heaven. While I couldn’t be with one, I’d devote my life to the other.

BIRDIE:  That’s a brave decision, making such a life-changing choice.

MARGARET:  It was an easy one to make. My mother took us to mass regularly. It was like home to me more times than not.

BIRDIE:  I miss home. We moved to Trenton a few years ago, but I always considered Pennsylvania home. I missed the open land, the community feel, and the sense of belonging.

MARGARET:  I didn’t like living in a big city. Living with my sisters and fellow teachers I knew I belonged.

The two women refocus their attention on the now setting sun.

BIRDIE:  Look, it’s nearly time.

MARGARET:  Yes, nearly. Do you have anyone waiting for you upon our entrance?

BIRDIE:  (nods) I do. I want to see my parents again.

MARGARET:  Then we should not keep our loved ones waiting. Take my hand, Bertha, and we’ll go together.

END SCENE

**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 75 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 | November 16, 2014

Day 35 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 35: Word Association

Water Please

I struggled quite a bit with a topic for today’s blog post.  When I get stuck, I tend to free-write, playing word association until I get a result that makes some semblance of sense.  So, I used the photo above as inspiration and went to work.

Water…Droplets…Rain…Umbrella…Puddles…Dancing…Gene Kelly…Musicals…BROADWAY…Performers…Actors…Writers…Stage…Screen…Television…Camera…Photography…Black & White…Social Injustice…Civil Rights…Community…Growth…Action…Inaction…Politics…Jaded…Motivated…Compassionate…Hopeful…Empathetic…Artistic…Dreamer…Creator…Nourish the Soul…Feed the Spirit…Art…Spirit…Artistic Spirit…More than Halfway Full

I had a lot of fun with that, and it helped me draft tomorrow’s blog post too!

 

**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 76 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 | November 15, 2014

Day 34 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 34: A Home Unresided

Bonjour!

Bonjour!

A place I’ve never lived

Yet a piece of my spirit resides within

Gorgeous gardens, historic estates

Villages absorbed in art and culture

 

How can it be that I know it well

Despite a lack of presence and vision

Perhaps my home in another time,

It calls to me – Write…Create…Sing

 

I’m drawn to the lyrical language,

The delectable cuisine, and the artistic beauty

The French countryside exists in the stories I write

And in the musicals that I love.

 

**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 77 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 | November 14, 2014

Day 33 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 33: CREATIVITY PROMPT #5 (Ancestral Conversations)

Continuing with the theme from yesterday’s post, imagine two of your ancestors (one from your paternal side and the other from the maternal branch of your tree) are standing on the beach. Now, write a conversation between the two of them.

Ancestral Conversations

I’ll post my “discussion” on Monday.  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 78 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 | November 13, 2014

Day 32 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 32: Do Artistic Spirits Rest Here?

Artistic Spirits?

Artistic Spirits?

115 years ago today, my great-great grandfather was laid to rest at the age of 45. He emigrated from Ireland around the mid-1880’s, got married (once he arrived in Philly, I believe), and had five children by the time of his passing in 1899. Thomas and his wife Elizabeth are mysterious yet intriguing figures to me. I want to know more about their lives in Ireland, why they chose to immigrate to the states, why they chose Philadelphia, and what life was like once they arrived.

Why include this topic during the Artistic Spirit Pledge? The answer is two-fold.

Firstly, I yearn to know more about how art influenced their lives in the late 1800’s. Did Thomas or Elizabeth have creative skills like singing, dancing, knitting, glass-blowing? When Thomas returned from a long day’s labor, did he find solace in playing a musical instrument for his family or singing Irish folk tunes?

Secondly, by asking the questions above I am inspired to create fictional stories. It’s as though I’m creating characters and developing them with each new detail I imagine. My ancestors weren’t just names, birth dates , and cemetery plot markers – they were experiencing life in their time and place. Ancestry research stimulates my creativity, sharpens my data research skills, and inspires me to not only tell my story but to tell those of my ancestors.

Have you done family history research?  Do you have some interesting characters in your tree?

 

**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 79 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 | November 12, 2014

Day 31 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

I write characters better than I sketch them!

I write characters better than I sketch them!

Day 31: Dramatic Writing

Working as a writer on a dramatic series was a dream that belonged to a teenage girl who hoped and wished. I now know without hesitation that the dream is not only possible but probable. It’ll take hard work – work that I’m ready, willing, and able to manage.

Throughout years of volunteer work with teenagers, I took great pride in telling them to reach for their dreams and to believe in themselves. After many years of not practicing what I preached, I turned the advice inward. I gave credence to the talents that I valued but seldom trusted would guide me forward on a professional level.

Right before I started this pledge, I wrote about my journey towards an entertainment-related career. While declaring my passion for various forms of artistic endeavors, I came to the realization that I have something beneficial to offer the entertainment industry.

  • COMPLEX CHARACTERS: The characters I create and those I root for on dramatic series must have inner turmoil on some level. I strive to develop situations where there the labels of “protagonist” and “antagonist” no longer apply. It is through conflict exploration both internal and external that the characters develop, thus adding depth and complexity to the entire canvas.
  • DIALOGUE: When I start a new story, it’s the dialogue that moves it forward. I can write idea after idea about what’s going to happen, but once the characters start conversing, the story takes on a life all its own. I find it not only exciting but creatively stimulating to create dialogue for each character that gives them a unique voice.
  • APPRECIATION: The profound respect, admiration, and appreciation I have for the TV drama industry continues to inspire me on a daily basis. I love watching behind-the-scenes videos, reading interviews from Executive Producers and Show Runners, and discussing the episodes with viewers who share in my excitement. I hold this industry in high regard while also being able to look at it objectively.

In this pursuit, I would love to gain insight from those currently in the Dramatic Writing profession. Understanding the paths they took may help guide me along my own.

 

**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 80 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 | November 11, 2014

Day 30 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 30: What You Leave Behind

What You Leave Behind

Journeying down a straightened path

Focused on each step

You could easily veer off course

If you lose sight of your goal

 

Racing towards the focal point

You breeze by options left and right

You must reach the finish line

And not let distractions sway your goal

 

Walking towards an unforeseen destination

You take your time, turning left and right

Absorbing all that surrounds you

Knowing that reaching the goal will be all the sweeter.

 

**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 81 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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