Finding the Extraordiary in the Ordinary – Dream Time Continued (On-line art lesson #22)


Pot of Gold in the Studio Garden - L Kennedy - Boulder, CO

Can you find the Pot of Gold in your garden? Please share this site with your friends!

I try to start the day by writing and gazing at the garden.  There is no end to the reverie.  Often my fingers wander from the keyboard to the drawing pad.

In the next few days, allow yourself to be spellbound by the ordinary beauty and mystery of life in your own backyard.   Whether it’s a suburban lawn or city street, I guarantee that you can find magic and beauty.  You can vicariously participate as life pushes through cracks, crawls out of seeds, or buzzes about you.  Let your fingers creep over to your pencil.

L Kennedy Garden photo

Reflect on Your Garden.

Last week was an odd one in Cyberspace.  The  Robot woke up from the hammock after forgetting to send the Lesson #21 and spontaneously sent subscribers Lesson # 12 again.   Even Robots can seem to have an apparently unique life force; perhaps the solar flares  inspired it.  Regardless of motivation, several people let me know that they liked the Rerun of #12.

Janette Rozene left these  quotes in a her comment on the last lesson . They brought the topic to life and made me feel kinship with other artists at other times:

Sometimes, on a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in reverie. ~Henry David Thoreau

 Garden Mysteries - L Kennedy - Boulder,CO

Garden Mysteries Abound! Photos from my studio garden in Boulder. LKennedy

It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presence may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. ~James Douglas

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. ~Neil Gaiman


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4 Responses to Finding the Extraordiary in the Ordinary – Dream Time Continued (On-line art lesson #22)

  1. Ann Hayes says:

    Lillian – How beautiful – your thoughts, your words, your images . . . I’m dreaming.

  2. Late spring has now become my favorite time of year. I can once again enjoy my backyard swing and gaze at the large trees around me and the green-ness of the grass. I do so enjoy the sunshine! I dream about what the flower seeds I planted will look like (unless the squirrels and birds eat them first!) This is a place of relaxation to give my mind a rest from things I have to do. It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold…my mind wanders and I am happy.

  3. Yes it is all hapening right here, now. It’s not about getting more , its about taking care of what we already have and recognizing beauty abounding. A soft gaze thins the viels of separation between subject and object. “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Buddha
    Elizabeth Ault

    • Lillian Kennedy says:

      Thank you for adding this comment. It’s a beautiful reminder – one that I needed this morning!

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