Holiday Horse

Hi again!  It is nice to be back in the blogosphere after an over-month-long hiatus.  I can’t wait to catch up with what I’ve missed.

An overseas move to the U.S. + holidays in Canada + another move within Chicago (in the snow and up 4 flights of stairs, no less!) = not being as creatively productive as I would have liked in these past few weeks.  January, however, is the month of making (and keeping) resolutions. Top of my list: becoming more aware of how I spend my time, and giving regular attention to what I like to call the ‘drawing tree’  🙂  I’m learning that my ability to be productive results from carefully ‘stewarding’ the thing that allows the drawings to happen–tending to something complex, dynamic and living that can wilt or flourish depending on the conditions.

For people who also like to make things: What do you like to call this thing? Do you have a name for it, or an image that conveys the process?  And what things do you do regularly to keep your creativity-tap running?

Speaking of trees and other twiggy things, I thought I’d share some of the holiday greetings I drew over the next few days.  This watercolor wreath was made for a certain little girl in love with horses.  More to come.

horse wreath 1


7 thoughts on “Holiday Horse

  1. Hi Shirley,
    It’s great to have you back! Wow, you’ve really been through the ringer [as they used to say]. May 2014 be your year!

    I’m inspired by images of all sorts for my writing. [The same for my jewelry, back when I used to make jewelry.] No wonder I enjoy your sketches. 🙂

    Love the horse. She has just enough “sassy” shining through to make me wonder what she’s thinking… and then the words to a story would begin to flow if I weren’t on my way to work.



    1. Hi Teagan! Thanks for your comments. I love the way your work builds on, or begins with arresting images. I admire the wonderful synaesthetic sense you have as a writer. Wishing you a happy almost-Friday! 🙂

      Btw, it would be lovely to see your jewelry some day. 🙂


    1. Woo hoo! Maybe this could be an image in your game? The character needs to successfully jump through a moving holiday wreath. The reward? The choice of “Horse” or “Joke” 😉


  2. This is s gorgeous!!! You are back with a boom! I love it 😀
    The details on this is so nice, very inspiring!

    For the question; for me it’s everything around me. It can be something I read, see or memories of a feeling.
    When I’m blacked out for inspiration I look at pictures and pick a pose or a pattern on clothes and start working from that and turn it into something else or just a re-interpretation of the actual image 🙂

    Lovely to have you back ^_^


  3. It’s beautiful Shirley! I can’t believe I missed this back in Jan! I hope the near future will provide you with the mind space to work and play. Your creations are breath taking!


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