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Sunday, October 01, 2017

M for Motivation

I am trying to stay motivated....

but finding inspiration is difficult these days. I am so tired just doing everyday things. I have little energy for anything else.

I have been trying to draw faces, I have been practising as I have always had trouble recognising faces all my life.

As a child I was very blind but did not get glasses until I was about 14 years old and could finally see things then. Apparently the brain does not adjust to facial recognition unless it is learnt as a very young child so I developed some other skills. I mostly see people as colors, their aura and the sound of their inner voice. I feel them more than I see them.

I have also been trying to do some of my paintings like I used to do before but I seem to have several unfinished canvases just sitting there. I have a box of ideas. Still not doing them. Lost my talent and inspiration.

I used to dye and paint fabric and sew quilts and loved the texture of fabric as art. I worked with children for many years and they were my creations and they all became creative also.

Then I tried my hand at water color and went to a terrible class where the teacher was an architect wanted me to reproduce exactly as a photograph would be. So the watercolors still sit there on the desk. They look sad.

Motivation is a funny thing. Unless I have a deadline to publish or a commitment to produce something, I watch TV, look at the computer, blog and talk on Facebook. The person I thought I was is not doing the things I thought she would be doing. I was taken over by this new technical person with a fierce hunger for creativity in a new world in a new way where all things are possible with a click.

I discovered the camera a few years ago, not that long ago, seven or eight years ago. It took me to places I never thought I would be able to go. It gave me the ability to produce art and reality. I combined it with the computer. I only was able to get a camera with video a few years ago and that was that. Love at first video. I am still learning.

I discovered the computer about ten years ago, my son had a computer in the basement and I watched the Hornby Eagle cam for the very first time on the computer. That was the first time I was aware of how it completely connected people together. I had never been on the computer before. I quickly figured it out. Computers operate mathematically and logically it seems. Computers make all kinds of art and creatively possible to everyone as well as the feeling of being connected to something.

So that is a history of my lack of motivation and my evolution into this hobby of blogging, Facebooking, photoing, and now YouTubing. I sometimes wonder if I will ever go back to putting a pencil or paint brush to the paper again. I seem to be ever expanding into a virtual reality of this thing that is nothingness but is something. I cannot touch it, it is not tangible but it is a world that is there. It is a world of people who connect through the world in the web sphere. A new connection is formed in all of our brains, a new way of evolving and communicating and creating. I love it.
But I have a lingering doubt about what would happen if it all went away, we are so dependent upon the internet and our technology.

I have been writing my life stories out also and my poems but have not found a home for them so they will have to fall in here I guess. I could go to my Wordpress and try that. Not sure where to put the writing yet probably in here.

Writing about yourself takes courage and a certain amount of selfishness and ego to share it. Writing about another character is easy. It is when you shred your own emotions and memories bare in public that is a little bit frightening. I will try it and click delete many times I think.

Mom Eagle Sidney Nest 2

Young Eaglet Up Close Zoom Out

Hawk and Young Eaglets Learn to Fly

Looks like Spunky Not Him2

I am on Facebook so you can find me there, link in contact on the top. You can see my Island Rambles Fan Page where I post every day and also my own Facebook. I have started on Instagram also so you can find my photos there also. I post a video every day on my Island Rambles YouTube Channel also.

Thank you to these meme hosts for allowing bloggers to share their story.  Click on these links to find great blogs and photos. This post is for these wonderful bloggers: Here are some pictures for them.

The Bird D'Pot  Sunday Thank you Hootin' Anni
Nature Notes Tuesday Thank you to Ramblingwoods
Our World Tuesday  Thank you to the Our World Team, Lady Fi
Wild Bird Wednesday Thank you to Stewart
ABC Wednesday   Thank you to Melody and team, we are at M for Motivation



  1. Wow Nora. I learned so much about you through this post. I didn't realize you were unable to recognize faces. That is really something. But the skills you developed as an artist are fantastic! Your work was and is beautiful just as your new digital art and creativity is beautiful. Perhaps some day you will want to go back to the former ways of creating but if not, you enjoyed it once and that is enough. I hope you continue to find enjoyment in the digital and internet world and in the sharing with others. I know we viewers enjoy what you are sharing. xx

  2. Hello, your drawings are beautiful. It is nice to learn more about you, your photography and writing are wonderful. I hope you do not give up! Happy Monday, enjoy your day and week ahead.

  3. Oh my gosh! I am in awe of your talents! Faces are a challenge...i've tried a few myself. My favorite that I've drawn is Willie Nelson (you can see it from my personal blog Hootin' Anni's. http://hootin--anni.blogspit.com ...sidebar My Art dropdown menu) I ALWAYS enjoy viewing art!

    And your bird photos & video are outstanding. Thank you for linking up.

  4. Hello Nora, I too think your drawings are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing them. I was sorry to read the experience you had with the watercolour teacher. When I used to get a bit frustrated at not being able to paint things as I thought they should be my dear hubby would say... well, if you wanted it picture perfect, then take a picture! So true.
    You're certainly on a journey and I wish you all the best with all your wonderful and varied interests. Perhaps because you feel so tired now, the motivation seems to have gone but as you become used to your new way of feeling, things will come together once more.
    Big hugs and cheerio for now :D) xx

  5. Hello! I like your drawings. Videos are so great.

  6. I'm right there with you. Motivation and inspiration come in spurts for me. At least they come, I tell myself, even if for a short while. I've come to terms that I'm tired and it's okay if I don't feel like executing ideas--and like you, I have a lot of them. Be well and take care of yourself. Relax. You're a creative being. Creativity hasn't disappeared, it's merely taking a rest. That's what I've been telling myself. Some days I'm better at believing it and enjoying where I am today. Big hugs to you.

  7. I'm fascinated by your facial recognition issues. I think most people are oblivious to how differently we literally see the world differently.

  8. It is a struggle, isn't it? To find room enough for all the things you want to do and need to do... It is difficult to choose whether the 'fun' whether the 'obligation'... Wishing you a peacefull mind and more space to do what is needed and wanted

    Have a ♥-warming ABC-Wesnes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  9. Hugs from here. (Medicine Hat)

  10. I didn't know that you had that challenge or that as children is when we "learn", but I have seen stories of people who have some kind of issue making them unable to recognize faces. Your art work is lovely Nora. I understand fatigue. Some days a shower looks like a huge challenge yet needs to be done. We hired someone to clean so that I wouldn't have to waste energy in that way so I could be outside. It is hard if you have not faced that to understand what true fatigue is....sending hugs..Michelle

  11. Thanks so much for coming and giving me a comment on my blog.

  12. Thanks so much for the comments to me. I have not had the time to reply to many of the comments over the last few months, I hope I can catch up.


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