One night this summer, I grabbed the fancy chalks and headed to the patio to doodle a colorful mandala. The mandala was fairly quickly forgotten, being merely a piece of meditative art that has served its purpose once it is created.
The kids had other uses for the chalks on their minds, though, and their feline inspiration shone brightly. James and Kate do adore our cats! Moochie is just older than James, and Momo was a Christmas present of sorts a few years ago. Kate likes to play "cat whisperer," teaching Osiris to sit and follow her.
As far as these children are concerned, the cats are connected to them by cords of love so strong as to never be broken. Cats being cats, sometimes they respond accordingly... and sometimes they blow ya off just for looking at them.
My point, if there is one in this rambling, is that James and Kate made some incredible pictures that night, and the electricity in their images was definitely fueled by their love of their subject. James' vibrant chalk cats were especially amazing to me because he is the child who usually doesn't want to draw or make things. Ah, but when his subject was near and dear to him, his hands were on fire with passion, his creativity was ignited.
We all know loving what we do is important. We all know artists are inspired by the people and things they love. We all know it's important to follow our hearts.
And we all tend to forget these things, or put them on the backburner, from time to time. Don't let another day go by without doing something you love! It may be as simple as stopping on the sidewalk to pick up a leaf with all the burnished oranges and glorious reds of autumn. It may be as complicated as heading to your studio and spending hours making something just for yourself. Remember your heart, and do your soul happy today!