March Magic!

Happy March everyone! ¬†It sure is coming in like a lion ūüėČ ¬†But I’ve never been more excited about it. ¬†I’m very happy to see February go, mostly because it means spring is right around the corner.

I started thinking about the best way to welcome a new month and the coming of a new season.  How about with some magic!

I recently read a great article online titled, “33 Ways to Invite & Invoke More Magic Into Your Life” by Kara Maria Ananda, a Healing Arts Educator, Holistic Business Coach, Speaker and Writer. ¬†I’d like to highlight a few of my favorites, some of which I plan to focus on for this year.

  • Drink more water.
  • Dance, stretch, do yoga and move your body.
  • Play with children.
  • Go somewhere new in your own town.
  • Pay attention to synchronicity.
  • Get a massage.
  • Meditate.
  • Leave secret notes with positive messages¬†in public places for people to find.
  • Make art.
  • Read your favorite¬†books from your childhood.
  • Walk barefoot on the Earth.
  • Get all dressed up just because.

Check out Ananda’s article to find out even more ways to cultivate magic in your life.

And here are a few magical quotes from some books I’ve been reading lately. ¬†The first is from a book I just started called The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle¬†by Janet Fox. ¬†The other¬†two quotes are from the 2017 Newbery-winning book, The Girl Who Drank the Moon¬†by Kelly Barnhill, which¬†I highly recommend. ¬†The quotes from these books take two very different tones but they intersect in interesting ways, just like everything in life.

“In times like these, according to Great-Aunt Margaret, magic bubbled up, rising out of the confusion and strife of war. ¬†Troubled times stirred up magic like dumplings in a stew.”

“And there was something else, too.¬† This surging feeling in her bones.¬† This clicking inside her head.¬† This feeling as though she had an invisible gear inside her, pushing her, inch by inch, towards…something. ¬†Her whole life, she never knew what. ¬†Magic, her bones said.”

“Her grandmother had taught Luna…how a caterpillar lives, growing big and fat and sweet-tempered, until it forms a chrysalis.¬† And inside the chrysalis, it changes.¬† Its body unmakes.¬† Every portion of itself unravels, unwinds, undoes, and reforms into something else… ¬†“It feels like magic,” her grandmother had said…”

Magic is my word for the year, so it is always fun to see where it pops up. ¬†I think everyone can use a little more magic in their lives. ¬†It’s that spark that makes life meaningful and gives us hope.

How will you invite magic into your life this month?  Please share!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Springing Ahead with Homemade Cards

Happy almost spring, dear readers!  Are you getting pumped for the time change?  I know I am.  Sure, we lose an hour, but we gain a whole hour of daylight!

I’m celebrating the end of hibernation by making my own cards, which I haven’t done in years. ¬†I’m excited to reignite this pastime, which one of my dearest friends got me hooked on ages ago. ¬†Here’s a little poem for inspiration.

Go towards the daylight

go willingly

even if it ends in sleep–

Catch stars in your wings

For you were born among them

Shine brighter than the sun and moon combined

 

© 2016 Angie Kidd all rights reserved

Daily Quote: Goals

Spring has sprung dear readers!

I recently finished reading author Kwame Alexander’s Newbery-winning novel in verse¬†The Crossover. ¬†I thought I would share with you one of my favorite quotes from the poem entitled¬†“Basketball Rule #3.”

“Never let anyone lower your goals.¬† Others’ expectations of you are determined by their limitations of life.¬† The sky is your limit, sons.¬† Always shoot for the sun and you will shine.”

Happy Friday ūüôā

 

 

Like a Lumberjack

It’s a rainy, cold, blustery spring evening–perfect for curling up with a mug of tea and reading a good book, watching a movie…or writing!

I read a great article earlier this year in the January/February issue of the SCBWI Bulletin. ¬†Author Miranda Paul talks about the West African concept “Ndanka, Ndanka,” which means “slowly, slowly.” ¬†It’s a common response from someone in the Gambia when asked about how a certain project is going.

I think it applies to most projects we undertake. ¬†Anything worth doing always ends up being more than we bargained for. ¬†But it has to be, doesn’t it? ¬†Otherwise, we would probably never get started.

But I think the best advice is to surrender to the task. ¬†Enjoy the deliciousness of working slowly. ¬†Savor it. ¬†Surrender into it. ¬†Swim with it. ¬†Even if it means some days you feel like a lumberjack–slowly, slowly chipping away at your work.

Eventually you’ll finish–never doubt that. ¬†But it’s the murky middle, as we say in writing and perhaps in life, where all the magic happens. ¬†You don’t want to miss that! ¬†But you will…if you don’t get started–or worse–if you finish too soon.

Spring Sumi-e Sketches

Bring on Spring!

Slot Canyon

Hummingbird

Petroglyphs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I created these acrylic paintings last summer, but haven’t had a chance to show them until now.¬† I thought they’d be a great way to welcome spring.¬† The character on the right is known as Kokopelli.¬† This figure is¬†considered a fertility god in the Southwest.¬† His symbol is found carved on many¬†ancient rocks.¬† He also represents music and storytelling.¬† By playing¬†his flute, he is said to chase away winter and call forth¬†spring.¬† Some consider him a¬†trickster similar to the Greek god Pan, which is fitting for this April Fools’ week ūüėȬ† Kokopelli is often associated with the hummingbird as well.

My husband¬†and I first¬†encountered the Kokopelli symbol on a trip to Sedona, Arizona.¬† And then again in Utah.¬† These paintings are based on photographs we took¬†while hiking there.¬† They’re a gift to my husband.¬†¬†For some reason we¬†feel very at home in the Southwest.¬† While we were in Utah, we¬†walked through narrow slot canyons, saw hummingbirds¬†feeding near a ranger station, and viewed petroglyphs¬†at Capitol Reef National Park.¬†¬†We saw many¬†little¬†lizards¬†scurrying around, too.

The hummingbird is a symbol of optimism and the lizard is a symbol of dreams.  I hope you feel optimistic about your dreams as you approach springtime!  If not, consider making a change.  Both of these animals are also symbols of adaptability.

Happy spring!

I Am the Canvas

acrylic

This painting represents the holiday Holi which is an ancient Hindu festival  observed in India, Nepal, and other places.  To celebrate spring, people spray each other with colored water.  I was fascinated when a friend told me about this tradition.  I wish I could participate!  The closest thing we have is The Color Run in Ypsilanti.

What makes this event so special?  As an artist, I would say it is the opportunity to be a blank canvas again and then turn yourself into a rainbow.  We wear a lot of masks in society, some of them are thrust upon us while others we don ourselves.  What if we could take them off for one day?  Would it make any difference?

Given the opportunity, how would you paint yourself to the world?  Please share!

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