Twice Around

Today is twice around the calendar year for Creative Potager. As part of my seasonal rest period, I have not posted for 25 days. It has been almost a month since I entertained a sprout question or gathered together my thoughts for a submission to all you wonderful creative beings. Yet, I have been thinking about Creative Potager – about its purpose and how it provides a sustaining sense of direction and community for me and maybe even for you.

The year of 2011 has seen many paintings completed and photographs captured. There have been interviews and guest post on other blogs. We have entertained special Salish Sea Saving days, home studio tours and seen publications of work in brochures, newspapers and on the glossy front page of a regional magazine Island Gals.

There has been the release of my new book Precious Seconds – Mayne Island in painting and photographs which many of you now have in your possession.

There has been the successful STUDY OF BLUE solo exhibition with more than half of my original oil paintings sold and finding their way to new homes.

I have received recognition for my photography and won several website features. Paintings, books and photography and painting prints, calendars and cards have been sold to buyers around the world. The introduction of Google Plus has offered a whole new community of more than 10,000 artists, photographers and art lovers have “circled” my profile.

I have been invited by a new online Gallery ArtsyHome to show my paintings and my latest original paintings are now easily available for purchase by international buyers.

On all fronts, it has been a creatively successful fine art year for me, one where Creative Potager has been a central connection for sharing my adventures.

However, a question seems to be presenting itself without a satisfying or conclusive answer:


What is next for Creative Potager?


My Google plus has scooped up much of my Twitter community and its micro blogging with gorgeous image capacity makes separate blog posting less of a necessity and in many ways less of a hub for connecting with my much larger Google Plus community. My Facebook has always been about family and closer friends for but it is not really a place of deeper contemplation and creative connection. I link these readers to Creative Potager for this even if they reply on Facebook. Some of you are part of all of my various social platforms. Others connect only here on Creative Potager or in only one or two other networks. So there is always the risk of repeating posts for some of you and of missing out on opportunities for others. Each platform comes with its own time commitment which is starting to take away from, rather than enhance, my actual creative process. I know I must shift and change something.


What should I do?


Some ideas are taking root but nothing has grown large enough to be a distinguishable pattern of lines and shapes. So, though it is the second anniversary of our creative connection here in the blogosphere, we must be patient until such time as the flip-flopping musings inside my head settle into a discernible direction. In the meantime, I shall post more frequently in a micro blogging fashion that is dispersed across my various social networking platforms. As my readers, you can choose your favourite means of connection to engage in our conversations. It matters not really though I do like to see the comments directly on the blog post because they are more lasting here and it is easier to skip through to your own posts.


The “sprout question” will become more sparsely presented as simply “Sprout.”


I shall also add a “Seed” which is a seed for creativity, learning and discover. It is a study element that I am introducing into my upcoming year. I thought you might like to be privy to this “seed planting” as well. “Seeds” shall generally have links and will only share a snippet to entice further exploration.


Possibly, not all posts will have a “seed” or “sprout.” Some may only have a photograph, a paragraph or painting. We shall just have to wait and see. Posts will have no prescribed time of day or days of the week. By now I trust that I shall post regularly. I desire maximum flexibility to create and to connect with a spontaneity that keeps both fresh and engaging and exciting. This is built on my belief and trust that both shall happen without prescription because they do.


Intention: For me, according to the answer to my I Ching question, this is anticipated to be a year of modesty and moderation. It appears to be a time of balancing extremes and harmonizing interests and requires a modest and sincere attitude and the limiting of obvious excesses while exposing myself to new areas of experience.  This is also a time of conflict, external or internal, and one of spiritual maturing. It may lead to reconsidering my original premise. My intention is to be open, curious and unattached to what I know to be true so I can explore and honour what is yet unknown to me. Oh where might this take us? It promises to be a grand adventure.


As the sun comes close to setting on 2011, thank you so much for being and continuing to be part of my creative journey.

(image may be purchased HERE

As we shoot for the moon…

(image may be purchased HERE


with our arms full of flowers…

(image may be purchased HERE


Sprout: What is currently soft and undefined in your creativity?


Seed: What new might we learn about composition? Has it changed through time? Are their histories of creativity that have handled composition with different views? These are the questions I am musing about as I begin my next painting. Let’s start with a good grounding in the basics of composition that are available on wikipedia.



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12 thoughts on “Twice Around

  1. Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary w/blogging Terril. I have enjoyed your posts, hearing your perspective, seeing your art work and photography. I am so happy that 2011 was a great success for you and your work. I will keep my ear to the ground in anticipation of the creative forces within you tapping out signals leading to the complete story line of what’s on the horizon. . . . the finding out of which will probably, as usual, empower your readers.

    • Alison it is a pleasure to share this adventure with you and to get to know you over this expanse of time. I am hoping you are right and the answer does empower all of us to create and live our lives to the fullest. Warm hugs and the best of the New Year to you!

  2. I, too, have enjoyed your postings at Creative Potager, especially your process shots.

    You’ve had wonderful successes this year, and I’m so pleased I had a chance to take a peek at what produced them. Wishing you continued and fulfilling, inspirational art-making in 2012!

    • Thank you Maureen and your poetry has been a lovely spark in my year as well. There is so much richness in a creative life and being part of a creative community. I am extremely happy to make this connection with you.

  3. Terrill –

    It’s been a long day and the photographs you’ve sprinkled throughout your blog are a wonderfully refreshing pick-me-up, thank you.

    I love when you exclaim: “It promises to be a grand adventure.” Game on! I’m ready for the color, excitement, and wind whipping through my hair as we follow wherever you may lead.

    Sprout: What is currently soft and undefined in your creativity?

    A 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop that Santa brought for Christmas. My decades of experience are PC-ONLY and I’m currently climbing a soft and undefined learning curve. But I’ll get it…

    • Oh what a wonderful gift Laurie! When you get it all figured out you will have to let me know because that would be a good time for me to get mine so I could follow your tracks into the Mac wilderness. Though my first computer back in 1994 was a Mac it was a very long time ago indeed. I think you have a beauty there and I am looking forward to what you do with it. So here is another year of you and I flying through cyberspace together!

  4. Terrill,

    Congratulations on the two year mark! Your blog has been grand source of information on creativity and process… I am most grateful for this opportunity each time.

    What is currently soft and undefined in your creativity? I have been reconsidering my own blog and my store front at redbubble.

    As for composition: I seem to be reconsidering what I am photographing, expanding my focus….

    • Jeff it has been awesome to have you visit here so regularly and to share our passion for photography. I have opened a storefront on smugmug. The shelves are looking a little bare yet but it will gradually fill up as I have time. I wanted a place for my clients who I do special shoots to be able to access their images in high resolution that wasn’t just open to the public for download. I also have heard good things about their quality and backup of originals. Here is the link to my site but don’t tell anyone. It is a secret yet 😉

      I am looking forward to seeing your new work Jeff with this expanded focus that you are considering. Here is a high five to photography and 2012 YES!

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