Hope you are enjoying the summer?
I am. The past days with the Olympics to follow has provided plenty of reasons to feel inspired and hopeful.
Now it has to be said, I'm not much of a sporty person. I keep active, but am usually happy to do something other than sit and watch sport. Yet this summer has been different. The olympics has got me, I'm hooked.
There's something different about the olympics that captures my imagination and heart. I think it's knowing what it must have taken for each competitor to have reached that moment where they are there, going for gold, knowing that this may be their one hope of achieving it. It's not so much about watching sport, but watching a life's work and goals accomplished, and for the gold medalists it's a dream fulfilled....
It's also knowing that in the four years since the last olympics, each athlete would have dedicated their life to endless hours of practice to reach the point where they are now i.e. in Rio, making the seemingly impossible look effortless.
And there it is, a little word that to me makes all the difference - practice
So strong a word that it compels me get back to my desk and put in a little extra time, because as those olympians prove, it is the only way to achieve great things...
Going with this flow, my sketchbook is seeing lots more action as I doodle and play with line drawings. Patterns are emerging on my screen as I take my sketches onto my computer and mess around with colour and add in elements from previous designs....
I seem to be developing lots more wildlife themed designs. There have been lots of days out with our girls recently, so plenty of chances to see the local countryside up close - that may be why I feel attracted to this as a theme....
Whatever the reason, I'm not thinking too hard about it because to me, the most important thing is it's got me creating and practicing more - which can only be a good thing.
Funny how inspiration can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places.
Hope you have an inspiring week too.