52 Fridays: #5 – California

Oh, California – how I love you.  How I long for you when I’m not with you.  Since I can’t be there today, I guess I’ll take this opportunity to look at some of your Cali-licious art!

I enjoyed this post so much – it does seem like rich natural beauty has to inspire abundant creativity, doesn’t it?  There’s so much to love here, but I think if I were to dig a little deeper, I’d spend time checking out California’s prolific street art and the interesting work done with plants.  Take a look, and then tell me what you like best!

california photography

Surfing by Graphylife - Huntington Beach

california jewelry artists

Silver Spinner Ring by Form and Funktion - Santa Rosa

California artists

Anderson Valley by Linda Donohue - Petaluma

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Sea Anemones (polymer clay) by Angela Schwer - Windsor

california pottery

Handcarved Oil Bottle by Rachel of Sierra Clay Art - South Lake Tahoe

California flower art

Succulent Wreath Rose Garden by Pamela Newman - Los Osos

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Hana Teapot by Kazem Arshi - Orange County

California painters

Lion on Tightrope by Kim West - Los Angelos

big wall art mural

Mural in Barcelona by El Mac - Los Angelos

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Air Plant Installation by Petit Beast - Long Beach

A Good Idea is (Not) Hard to Find – Part 2: The Honeymoon is Over

So yes, I fall fast and hard for good ideas, and can be rather obsessive about them… lots of daydreaming and the like.  The trouble is, once it seems like I’m moving toward something a bit more long term, a bit like commitment, trouble sets in.

For instance:

Me, to Idea #1:  ”You know, we’ve been spending an awful lot of time together lately. Frankly, it’s a bit tedious.  I feel like all we do is research tax codes and profit margins and try to make websites.  We used to have fun!”

To Idea #2:  ”I had another idea last night, and as much as I like you, I’m just really feeling like it might be “the one”.  You know?  I’m not sure why I ever thought we were a good match anyways…”

I guess this is the stage at which I’ve gotten close enough to see the dark side…

  • My ideas usually require a lot more work and time than I imagined they would.
  • Often, I must do cumbersome behind the scenes tasks before I get to the fun stuff.
  • Sometimes, my ideas just seem stupid the next day.
  • Sometimes, I am too full of self doubt to see how any of it could work out.
So, if I’m not to be the kind of girl who just hops from one good idea to the next, what am I to do?
Next time, read + comment on “I Learn to Commit” – an open forum for creatives to share what is working, and not working for them!