on isle of capri and the explanation to blogging

on our 45 minute drive to isle of capri yesterday morning, i slumped in the passenger seat, my feet propped up on the dash, chewing on my pen, lost in the words of brenda ueland, a sister recommendation (if you want to write: a book about art, independence and spirit). and as i read, i feverishly underlined. this is it, i thought. this is so why i blog, why i take pictures, why i string it all together and tell stories of our life. brilliant, her words.

she likens this whole writing, telling, etc. thing to art. to van gogh…

on creative impulse:

it is a feeling of love and enthusiasm for something, and in a direct, simple, passionate and true way, you try to show this beauty in things to others by drawing it. …and van gogh…was a work of art because he loved the sky and the frail lamppost against it so seriously that he made the drawing with the most exquisite conscientiousness and care. he made it as much like what he loved as he could.

and, oh i love this next part…

by painting the sky, van gogh was really able to see it and adore it better than if he had just looked at it.

i think there is something necessary and life-giving about ‘creative work.’ a state of excitement. and it is like a faucet: nothing comes unless you turn it on, and the more you turn it on, the more comes.

i learned…inspiriation does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing…i learned that you should feel when writing, not like lord byron on a mountaintop, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten–happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.

and there you have it. that’s what i do…just happily putting my beads together, turning on a faucet, and “painting the sky” because it makes me love it more and delve for beauty that would, perhaps otherwise, go unnoticed.

and with all that said…a repeated post with yet another trip to isle of capri, but then again…van gogh did paint the same things over and over and yet every one looked different and beautiful.

a colorful day it was.

oh…and major excited about THIS summer plan!

mid-june…can’t wait.


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  1. just beautiful you are. yesterday was so fun. i am learning so much from our friendship. women. kids. babies. husbands. or for me a special man in my life. your words….inspiring. you, ms. kelle…are incredible.

  2. ‘that’s what i do…just happily putting my beads together, turning on a faucet, and “painting the sky” because it makes me love it more and delve for beauty that would, perhaps otherwise, go unnoticed.’ yes!!! this is you so much…stated perfectly! love brenda~she was a pretty smart girl.

    i know you would have made her waffles…shared coffee and insight on life and how to enjoy all the small things! you two would just ‘get’ each other. I just know it!

    these pics are AMAZING! today will be great! your dad started me off well with kind words & stingy tears…love you crydermans!!!!

  3. And today…amid the fun of a beautiful vacation day, I can share a few maudlin moments as I remember some will go to cemetaries this weekend, where a fresh American flag marks a son, a daughter, a dad, an uncle. And they left parties and parents and went away to assure we could enjoy today…so our babies could have futures wrapped in freedom. So somewhere, amid the festivities and fun of the day, think about these brave folks and say a prayer of thanks. If your children are old enough, make sure they know what today is about. Lovin’ u!

  4. kelle,
    happy, happy holiday weekend!
    thanks for the tears. b/c you’re right, so right!

  5. yes, the post was beautiful, but all that’s stuck in my head is road trip to…MICHIGAN in June?! when in june? i’m going to be bummed if its the week i’m in Atlanta.

  6. so nice to be back and check in on your colorful life. I want to go to the Isle of Capri. M has that bathing suit…wore it just last weekend. Love the why-you-blog segment. yep.

  7. what a bright fun colorful day.
    yep … i agree. it makes me view things so much more … alertly. (is that a word?)
    i love that my eyes are opened in that way.
    and i love seeing what you capture with your eyes. and in your words. beautiful.

  8. Oh, how i LOVE the look of this place. Fantastic!!!

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