Creative Seasons, More Austin Kleon and Fall

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“I feel that great new things are happening very quietly inside of me.” -Corita Kent.

Summer has been a whirlwind of work and new ideas and playing outside and reminding myself how to relax and also confirming that I can really kick some ass when I need to. Overall it’s been great. I am not ready to think about Fall yet because it signals the end of the year and the end of the elusive beauty that is summer (yes, I know summer is hot and humid but it’s when everything is alive and out and awake and I love it) and prepare for the cerebral time that is winter.


At least, that’s the vision. And how I feel things are supposed to work. As it is, I know that winter is going to busy and full of things like holidays and sales and making and trying to capitalize on some of these ideas and things that summer has cultivated. I think that’s why this particular article Austin Kleon sent my way via his newsletter this week grabbed my attention. On one hand I feel like all I’ve done is produce and do and make and accomplish the past few months and on the other, I feel as though I have a lot of ideas and unfinished ideas to spend time realizing as we move into the winter months and prepare for next year’s spring.

The quote from Corita Kent seems very appropriate as does the excerpt from her book that I borrowed from Kleon’s Tumblr account: I worry a lot about my work being an expression of myself and what I’m feeling. Perhaps that is something I need to reconsider. Because, at the end, don’t I know how I feel about something? Most times, yes and I find that it’s not really what I’m concerned with expressing because I largely understand it. It’s when I don’t understand it that the surprise happens. And so, I am tucking this idea into the back of my mind.


While I was perusing Kleon’s Tumblr account section, I also found this:


Which is literally brilliant and also a little dangerous–I already keep everything! I need to get rid of some things to make room for all the things I keep!

But the point is taken–the only rule is work and we are always breaking the rules.

There are so many wonderful things going on right now–goals are within reach and new ideas are on the horizon.

Time to go explore.