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.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 21, 2014

Day 9 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Cliffs of Mohr

Cliffs of Mohr

Day 9: Irish and Native American Music

Irish music and Native American melodies fill my soul. One lifts while the other reaches the deepest crevices of my tattered spirit.

As the fiddle grounds me, the Irish flute raises my spirit and sends it dancing. The beautiful melodies of the harp bring the angels to earth, and the pure, crisp tone of a Celtic voice sends the music back to the heavens.

The haunting melodies of Native American music spoke to me even before I knew of our rumored ancestral connection. The interweaving notes blend, creating a piece that needs no lyrics to convey its message. I listen to the sounds of my ancestors even though I’ve yet to find the roots in my continued family history research.

Cultural music represents, reflects, and highlights tradition in each heritage. Incorporating Celtic and Native American music into my musical listening repertoire deepens the connection I have to those who came before and motivates me to tread along my own spiritual path.

 

**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 103 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 20, 2014

Day 8 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

How I define Spirituality

How I define Spirituality

Day 8: An Artistic Representation of Spirituality

 

Fueled by nourishment of what grounds us and surrounds us

We grow – vivid in color and rich with beauty

Our petals reach in varying directions

As we stretch towards new destinations and goals

 

We’re rooted in the Earth, yet extend towards the sky

Swaying in gentle waves or brutal wind

Our hands seek help while our feet keep us solid

Dependent on nature’s maternal clock

 

Our colors bloom and fade from day-to-day

As we react to both internal and external stimuli

Earth, Air, Fire, Wind – we’re exposed to them all

What elements do we let harm and what strengthens?

 

**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 104 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 19, 2014

Day 7 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 7:  The Five Reasons I Enjoy Watching ABC’s Revenge!

In Day 2’s post, I wrote about how television drama series can inspire me on a creative level.  They keep my artistic juices flowing and my creativity engaged.

Less than a dozen TV dramas made it onto my list of all-time favorite shows in the past 30 plus years, ABC’s Revenge being one of them. (Stay tuned through the Artistic Spirit Pledge to discover more from that list!)

Click here to read my in-depth review from 2013!

Now in its fourth season, Revenge holds my attention and keeps me glued to my seat all hour-long.  Let’s examine why…

  • Complex characters: Many of the characters on this serialized TV show make choices driven by intentions both well-meaning and malicious.  While their experiences move the story forward, the characters struggle along a path blocked by hurdles that are oftentimes of their own creation.  Watching them encounter challenges, face them, and deal with the repercussions (or not, as the case may be) provides the viewers with individuals we can root both for and against.
  • Writing that surprises and impresses: Without boring me or trying too hard to be clever, the Revenge writing team continuously leads us on a rollercoaster ride of drama, intrigue, and action. I can’t multi-task while watching, my focus placed squarely on the events unfolding on-screen. I enjoy figuring out how the plot will twist and turn but am just as excited when the story takes a sharp left and I need to pick my jaw up off the floor.
  • A little bit of romance: The love lives of Revenge characters most times suffer from a severe lack of love.  So when they encounter a relationship built on trust, support, and mutual affection the romantic entanglements are all the more intriguing.  Plus, I’m a sucker for a will they/won’t they pairing! Watching to see when “Jack “and “Emily’s” (aka “Amanda”) relationship proceeds past friendship is just one perk of watching each week.
  • Family:  While many of the romantic pairings are riddled with pain, betrayal, and manipulation, the moments of genuine affection and caring give Revenge its heart.  “Victoria’s” actions are continuously defended by her claim of protecting her children, but her love and concern for them is evident – though frequently unhealthy. “Emily’s” love for her father brought her to the Hamptons, but the relationships she’s built since keep her both grounded and determined.
  • Anticipation: In a technology-driven society, we have the capability of watching our favorite shows on our own time schedule; yet there’s something to be said for watching a drama series when it first airs. Building anticipation, promoting discussion, and garnering immediate reaction are not just positives for those involved with the program but those of us who watch it on a regular basis.

For all the reasons listed above and much more,  Revenge is the one show I can’t wait to watch each week!

*DISCLAIMER: No endorsement by anyone affiliated with Revenge is implied.*

**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 105 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 18, 2014

Day 6 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

A Notable Spirit

Day 6: A NOTABLE SPIRIT

A spirit tattered and worn

Bruised by self-inflicted wounds

It floats and falls

The wind hissing through the torn flaps

 

A single note soaring with ease

Rising and falling in rhythm with friends

It blends and spins

The wind humming out a lullaby

 

The music and the spirit collide

Tears and holes soon patched and healed

They intersect and become one

Riding the wind back home.

 

**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 106 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 17, 2014

Day 5 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Let's Get Inspired!

Let’s Get Inspired!

DAY FIVE: Creativity Prompt

Using your preferred medium (writing, sculpting, painting, music composition, etc.), create a piece of art that represents your definition of spirituality.

I’ll post mine 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 107 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 16, 2014

Day 4 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Acting I "classroom"

Acting I “classroom”

DAY FOUR:  I Wish My Foray into Acting Had Been Longer

“Have you ever considered pursuing this as a career?” my acting instructor asked.

I shook my head in response but let the idea linger. “I’m a singer,” I reminded myself. “That’s my dream.” Yet, those three semesters studying acting provided some of the most life-changing, spirit-moving, and artistically-inspired moments of my life.

I signed up for Acting I on a whim, wanting to spice up my boring class schedule that included Algebra, Health & Wellness, and Psychology. I spent the first few weeks tentative to step out of my comfort zone until I belted out a beloved musical theatre number – acapella style – during one of our class assignments. A door opened for me, and I no longer held back. I challenged myself with each scene assignment, tried comedy, and reveled in the Shakespeare and Medea monologues. Dramatic acting came as naturally to me as breathing. Just like writing a story, acting involved dissecting a character’s motivation and making her actions understandable.

I felt at home on stage, energized by the lights and inspired by my classmates’ performances. The Kelly that emerged from that time period was a young woman filled with self-confidence, pride, and an artistic spirit. I only wish I’d listened to my professor’s advice.

 

**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 108 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 15, 2014

Day 3 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

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 109 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.

DAY THREE:  Musical Theatre Sends My Spirit Soaring

Energy, electricity, and anticipation pulsate through my every pore long before the theatre lights dim and the house quiets. The overture begins, sending the beloved melody soaring towards each wall until it reaches not only my ears but my spirit. The love, care, and dedication that went in to the creation of each note placement mesmerizes and impresses. Voices echo from the stage, creating both a desire to cry from the beauty and a smile that spreads from ear to ear. I’m enthralled, entranced, and yet alert to appreciate the talent before me. When the lights return and the curtain call begins I rise to my feet in celebration. My applause signifies my respect and admiration to those on stage and behind it that put their heart and soul into two-and-a-half hours that moved this artistic spirit!

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