Saturday, April 5, 2014

"When once you have tasted flight..."

"When once you have tasted flight you will always walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward: for there you have been and there you will always be.”
~Henry Van Dyke
I wonder sometimes if the only thing that keeps us from flight is our fright.  I was not sure how this was going to go.  I bought a large canvas.  It is the largest I have ever tried.  I wonder sometimes if we are all just little children in different times, even as adults.  For, when you try something new, you are new in that moment.
I wanted to try a very messy mixed media with cupcake papers and lovebirds and hot air balloons at my Netherworld Circus!  I was unsure for a couple hours one morning contemplating how to begin. 
I just had to listen to myself, ask wonderful, thoughtful, people and the air and fire I needed for lift-off came to me! I am smitten.
I actually have a crush on cupcake papers, now after doing this painting!
(I think the feeling is mutual, hee hee). They made whimsical additions to a art piece that truly made me feel that love was in the air. 
I wonder if the sweet couple's embrace could have ever happened without them, for it was the cupcake papers that called to tell the story of love and celebration and all the songs of the heart.
It is uplifting to listen to your heart.
Try it.
Let it take you places you never dared to go.
 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The World of Kindness walks hand-in-hand with The World of Creation


The Netherworld I have created is to give to you, for I gave it to myself, first ,with being kind to myself in the face of my fears and doubts. The journey towards writing your own story of gentle strength is what I wish for you. 
I created this new beginning for myself last year at Yule and New Year in order to help myself to understand my fears and to build upon my loves, strengths, and modes of compassion to create an inner world, a world deep within.  This Netherworld I like to call it, is in all of us.  It is what is underneath.  It may be a place you need to go to when you are feeling low and want to get to the bottom of things.  It may be a place where you need to start fresh with innocence and inspiration.  I think it can be these things and so much more.  What more do we have than what is underneath?  We must understand how we create, how we explore new paths, how we can live with our choices or the events that have come to us.  But, most of all we need to “write our own faerytale.”  The circus paintings, the fairytale paintings, I create, filled with light, color, adventure, and joy are the result of understanding what I feared about the ride in front of me.  Without those fears, I would not have grown uncomfortable with my circumstance, just standing, shaking, in line.  I had to decide the trepidations were worth it as I bought my ticket to this life and decided to jump on! 

I am glad I did. 

You see, I am glad, because, I can only listen to my voice in the Netherworld.  In that creative place inside my heart, that is the only voice that matters. No one else can make me feel as though I can’t be happy.  That is always up to me.

My goal is to blur the lines between definitions of what people consider a successful life in order to create a new inner world that will bring my light and gifts to my experience.

Once upon a time, a lady of sweet spirit decided to show the sometimes cold, painful, mysterious, world, the colors of her heart.  That lady was me and the paintings I create, now, are a result of listening to myself and letting myself grow. 

Create what you like, make your life all it could be, live only to give joy and compassion and it remarkable how work becomes play, limits set by others, disappear, and perceived rejections become clear opportunities to be who you were trying to be. 


When you are on the carnival ride of life and the view seems a blur and even scary, it is time to take a breath and look within for what you want to see.

 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

How you see is how you will be...

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes, the whole world around you.  Because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
~Roald Dahl
I feel the healthiest choice in creating balance, positivity, and creativity, in life is to recognize how we see the world and make a decision to be clear about our thoughts.
It can feel like one is walking in the dark, at times, in our day to day lives.  I know, though, there is always, an unexpected light in the night.  We know it is not gone, we just aren't seeing it.  For many, seeing is believing, but, as the old turn around goes, I often feel that believing is seeing.  We have to be careful what thoughts we believe.  Are they blocking our path to an answer we have been seeking?
Find your light, see your might, and yes, it will turn out right. 
There are things that I do

in order

to

remember how to see...

I question everything... even what I think is true.

I look at beauty.

I recognize other's efforts.

I count each day as one I have the opportunity to give to myself.

I remember who I am.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Once upon a time...

"Once upon a time,
simple, wonderful, wishes
grew into
beautiful blossoms."
Art and words for you from Amy Sperry Faldet
Off to crawl into my cozy tree for a little nap, you see.
Blessings and light.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dream little dreamer... dream.

"All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties us all together."~ Jack Kerouac
Dutch Lovebirds at the Circus Series by Amy Sperry Faldet
I am so excited to say there will be an article about my art someday~ See Somerset Studio in March for a sweet, lovely, article on my inspiration for my Circus art! Love and blessings, Amy

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

As I sit waiting for the molding paste to dry...

I am reminded of Shakespeare's quote...
"My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy."
Painting beginnings of The Lost Crown for my art journal book to include
The Netherworld Faerytales
and
The Netherworld Circus
by
Amy Sperry Faldet 
It will be awhile before the book is finished,
but,
I am content
with that.

Monday, January 6, 2014

She was content...

She was content... yet, still she grew.
She was content... yet, still she flew.

She was content... with all she'd sown.
She was content... with what she'd known.

She was content... and so, she was magic.

She was content...
all who aren't make the world tragic.

Create your faerytale, be an enthusiastic participant in your circus; it is your gift to yourself.
Words and Netherworld Faerytale Series painting by Amy Sperry Faldet