Friday, May 13, 2011


Have I mentioned lately how much I love my little studio? 

 I do!

Today I started the process of reorganizing all my "stuff" as I haven't since I moved to this new spot.  I more or less just dumped everything in there and worked around it but today the sun was shining  and I was feeling inspired.  Although my studio is small and a tad cramped I still smile whenever I walk through the door ... mostly cause I'm grateful to have a place to be ...

to create ...

to dream...

that's all mine.  

work in progress........

The last year one my of most favourite books has been Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Tao Te Ching... I keep it on my night table.

In eighty one brief chapters, The Tao Te Ching or Book of The Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit and teaches us how to work for the good with effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao - the basic principle of the universe.

The passage that is resonating with me most these days reads as follows:

Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.

Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt

Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench

Care about people's approval
and you will be their prisoner

Do your work and then step back
The only path to serenity

(Tao Te Ching, translation by Stephen Mitchell)


Rita Vindedzis said...

What a nice post Melody. It's great that you enjoy your space so much. I like your woks in progress-did you also paint the figures in the painting behind the landscapes?

andrea said...

Great post, Melody, and I love the quote. I think I'll borrow it for my photo blog!