I’ve been thinking that some of you might not understand how art can be an adventure or an adventure be art. Well, all of life is an adventure and putting it into art just makes it more interesting.

People tell me how busy I am. Well, of course, I know I’m busy, but you see, life is for living and if you’re not filling it up, then what is it for at all? Every day should be full of stuff–hopefully stuff that is creative and rewarding and fun. Even drudgery can be meditation. Even the dullest things can be fun.

For example, I have a quarter-acre of land (minus the house) to keep cleared of weeds. I don’t believe in using chemicals, so that means getting on my hands and knees and pulling out the little buggers before they turn to seed. Now, this is the desert, so an over abundance of weeds isn’t usually a problem, but we had a good deal of rain last year. That means all bets are off. So, I put on my sun protection, including a really ugly hat, grab up my kneeling pad and digger and go after the weeds. Nothing interferes and I find that I am at peace with the world. I watch ants working to bring in the harvest, lizards scurrying off to hide under a rock and the neighbors cat slinking along the fence. If we put seed out in the feeders, I am accompanied by a chorus of little finches fighting over the feed sock. 

All of this can be turned into art. I discovered that one of my cactus plants has at least 30 buds getting ready to burst into bloom. Have you ever seen the desert in bloom? It is magnificent. This plant is showing its spring blessings in fuscha. I also have red and yellow and purple blooming around the yard.

There is inspiration in the color, the texture, the form. Nature gives us all we need to be inspired. And we are all creative creatures that need to express ourselves, whether in words, song, paint, dance, craft or movement.

Adventure becomes art when it is carefully thought out and planned for and then executed with design and gratitude. It can be as simple as a picnic in the desert or a 10 day campout in Canyonlands (which we are doing in Sept.). Just take your creative nature along with you and see what happens. I will take my sketch pad, my camera and a beading project, but I don’t need to leave home for a creative fix. I can walk out my back door and there it is. I am surrounded by life and the adventure of living.

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This is just one of many cacti that bloom in the spring.

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