Fly With It!

When my daughter Bea was a little girl, she found a seed in a seedless Satsuma, and planted it in a paper cup.  Our little Satsuma tree has lived on our kitchen windowsill for years now, as a reminder that with a little faith, anything can grow.   Creativity is like that too.

Sometimes we see beauty in the ordinary.

Or, upon reflection, we take the ordinary and transform it.

Sometimes inspiration comes to us in a flood.

Sometimes in a flash.

Or even in hindsight.

More often,  it comes in disguise.

Or as a creative response to something we feel passionate about.

Perhaps we are inspired by another artist…as in Bea’s sculpture, The Ice Scream.

I love working with a creative team…

Sometimes it’s a process.

…but the end result is worth it.

However it comes to you, wherever you find your inspiration, you are never too young…

Or too old….

…To fly with it!

May all your ideas and inspirations be fruitful!

All images and words Copyright 2012 Naomi Baltuck

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  1. Beautifully interpreted in true, creative, Baltuck style 🙂 Love every one of your images, but the ice scream and that pink haired little monkey are particularly endearing.

  2. I love the flamenco dancer! I mean, I love the whole post, but there is something mysterious and magical in the flamenco culture. It calls to me. Great post, Naomi!

    1. Thanks, Katie! It was an older woman–she must have been at least 65, although her hair was dyed black. But when she started dancing, she was wild and free, as if she had brought into her art all the passion and fire she had accrued over her lifetime, and her age was an asset rather than a detriment.

  3. Such nice words to go with your pictures. 🙂 I love the first one–looking at just the shadow, it’s the world at your fingertips. Also, the ice scream made me giggle. And I definitely want the “fly with it” feeling!

    1. Dear Mary,
      Thank you! With your music and your storytelling, I know that you are brimming with creativity. We listened to “Idle road” recently, and sent good thoughts your way.

    1. Mine too. It was a standing stone circle in Killarney, and we didn’t mean to be irreverent, but we had such a silly good time–we even pulled my husband into the silliness–that particular photo will always be one of my favorites. Thanks so much for your visit, and for taking the time to comment.

  4. Loved the images and the prose melded together like this! Very fun to read and got me feeling inspired. 🙂

    1. Funny! I went through the post again trying to figure out which pair of glasses or sunglasses you wear, and then I realized you must mean the drinking glass. You have great taste, Cara. That photo was taken in the cafe at the Eva Peron Museum in Buenos Aires!

      1. Ha! I wondered if I should clarify, or chosen my words better. Oh my . . . well, then maybe they only “look” similar; because, as far as I know we have not been to Buenos Aires, nor have we had glassware shipped from there. Either way, lovely glassware!

    1. Thank you, Jamie. My last child just graduated high school. I either have to keep luring them along on our travels, or see if I can’t jolly my husband into posing for more of my fun shots. I was surprised that he played along, and actually photographed that last shot in the standing stone circle (while Bea kept watch for other tourists).

  5. They all are really amazing and cool.
    Iloved the ones where you are working in team with your family, Sure the result is worth it!
    Also, the second photo of the flamenco dancer is stunning.
    WIshing you a great week Naomi.!

  6. As usual Naomi, you guide us on a spectacular journey through the heart of imagination and creativity while ensuring that we have one foot in what is the most important of all–love and family. Your marriage of words and images really show that how we deal with the everyday is what truly generates greatness. Thanks for your wonderful blog. It is a place I visit I need a smile that reaches deep.

    1. Dear Sabrina, coming from you especially, this is a high compliment, as I have a great respect for your sharp powers of observation, your ability to see straight into the heart of the subject, and your eloquence in addressing the same. I so look forward to reading your novella! Thank you again for your visit and your thoughtful comments.

    1. Dear First and Fabulous, the pleasure was mine! I really appreciate your stopping by, and taking the time to comment. I look forward to more visits to your blog, too!

  7. Although she must have been 65….uh… i’m up for that, yet my hair hasn’t been coloured yet either…. so what? What does your process mean? I am not old. I am adventurous! What about YOU/

    1. I guess what I’m saying, Tess, is that age doesn’t matter. She was so sensual, so magnificent, she had stepped out of time! Anyone can do that if they have the spirit, and yours is a fiery one, Tess. I can ‘hear’ it in your voice.

  8. Pre 2012 I was always envious of other people’s creativity. 2013 forward I am planning to be inspired by it. You’ve inspired me. 🙂

  9. I enjoyed the gallery of photos you have here. Filled with effervescence and bursting with so much energy and life. That is the essence of ‘create’ as you very well know. Perfect. This made me smile today.

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