10 October 2010

Evening Musings

The weather has been beautiful lately, tempting me endlessly to enjoy the lingering warmth of summer. Sadly, though, I will not be able to go freely into nature until the end of this week - midterms have snuck up already and I have been spending my time studying all sorts of wonderful things and preparing for tests.

I recently came across two new words which I found completely enchanting: meraki and duende. The first is Greek and the second is Spanish; both describe things for which there is no translation in English. Meraki is used to describe "doing something with soul, creativity, or love -- when you 'put something of yourself' into what you're doing, whatever it may be". Duende "captures an entire world of passion, energy, and artistic excellence" and implies a whirlwind of zest in creation. Oh, what lovely ideas! Big thanks to Micaela for sharing.

I have a few posts in mind - including a recent art journal page - and do hope to share them soon! In the meantime, play in your art journal and explore autumn colors, moods, and ideas; let your pen flow across crisp white paper to describe all the beauties of this month; listen to this wonderful piece of music; explore Michelle's art challenges; go for a long walk with a camera in hand; and create warm things for the coming winter. Cuddle in bed and drink steaming tea when you can - my favorite flavor at the moment is black currant!

Recently I've been inspired by dancing golden leaves, blue skies, cello concertos, tights, the thud of acorns falling, Jacqueline du Pré, books, bright scarves, red lipstick, and dripping rain. How about you?

Sending love to all the corners of the world!


Jesse Noe Mendez said...


I was looking through your blog, and I really like the style and themes you have here. I have an invitation for you to visit my art blog, and if you follow me, I will follow you... :)

So what do you think?

I hope to hear from you soon.


Tomo said...

i found your paints and brushes and everything else to be quite wonderful. i feel like a kid again playing with them. looking at my art journal has never made me feel better than now :)

thank you, to everyone who contributed to the art supplies given to me two months ago.

and thank you so much ingrid. your kindness, not just towards me but towards everyone, is always greatly and eternally appreciated.


Dyche Designs said...

I love it when I stumble upon new words.

Really love the day of the dead journal page.

Lying in bed with a cup of tea sounds perfect.

iHanna said...

Thanks for including an art journal detail from my art journal (reminding me how fun it is to go out and picking leaves at autumn)! :-) I too love new words, these are great words so move into and stay with. Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

I love those two words (spanish and greek) you wrote about. Very interesting!

Did you do that art in the beginning? I love it!

Brandi said...

Absolutely love the new words, Ingrid. I could so eat those up.
I was hoping to get a good dose of autumn leaves this weekend, but it seems the trees on the east coast haven't started to change quite yet. I did get to attend a gorgeous outdoor wedding -- I think you would have loved it too.

Michelle said...

Aw thanks for posting my journal page in your mosaic - that was nice to see this morning in my Google Reader! :)

I love those two words too. Good luck on midterms!

Lianne said...

Those words are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Glenys said...

Nice pictures.


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