My Yellow "Brick" Road

Working as an Artist, Inspiring Others, Struggles to be Creative, Florals-Family-Faith, Cindy Rippe
Finding my path - quote from The Wizard of Oz - photo ©CindyRippe2013
Throughout my years as an artist and designer I've found myself on many paths.  I've searched for knowledge, and practiced my skills, as I worked towards each goal. Some of the goals were personal, others for my design business but all fulfilled a need in me to create.  I've been very lucky to use these experiences in my design business and have shared the knowledge that I've gathered during all those years as an artist, teacher, author, and consultant.  I've always hoped to inspire others to find the creative spark inside them, as I share a bit of my faith and love for family and friends along the way.

The other day I came upon this bed of seeds that had fallen from the trees and covered the street.  I was intrigued by the colors, as usual, and shot a few photos.  Later, while I reviewed the images, it reminded me of the Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard of Oz stories.  On second glance I noticed the stop sign.  The entire scene seemed to sum up my creative life over the last few years.  I have been letting life's struggles get me down and every time I try to follow my path I let the stop sign become the focal point and just quit.  Or worse yet, I would think of an idea, make plans and then just stop there.

Thankfully, over this past year things have changed for me.  I'm still working on new, design, ideas and plans.  There are still stop signs, but now I take the time to make a complete stop (like I should, according to the Rules of the Road book) and then I carefully continue on my path.  I may not be able to move forward as fast as I want to, there are speed limits after all, but at least I'm moving forward. After all, I have a huge sketchbook and portfolio of ideas to complete!  Take another look at the picture.  After the stop sign there is a clear path ahead.  That's where I'm going.  I'll be making my own path and hope to inspire you to join me on my creative adventures!

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Albert Einstein

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