As the riverboat vibrates to life and begins to push away from the dock, moving out onto Lake Buchanan, a sense of adventure arises within me, though we sit at tables within glass windows shielded from the chill winds outside. I've got my sketchbook open and I draw glimpses of certain aspects of my surroundings: parts of the boat, birds flying across the choppy waters, intriguing banks of grey clouds, gnarled branches of drowned trees revealed due to the low level of water.
Because of 2 years of drought--and despite some recent rains--the boat will not be able to move up the Colorado River into the Canyon of the Eagles. However, we do see great blue herons, cormorants, pelicans, gulls, ospreys, and some fascinating geography... plus it's simply magnificent to be out there on the water despite the cold and wind.
After a cruise of several hours, when we get back into the van and start the drive home, swirls of snow begin to spin down--something quite rare here in the Hill Country of Texas! This thickens to clumps of flakes, and such frozen precipitation speaks to something inside me--for one thing, my years of living in Colorado where most winters brought plenty of snowfall.
Making sketches connects the external experience of these intriguing surroundings within myself in the process of drawing, as I decide what and how to draw and create the simple sketches... which is really not a matter of thinking, rather it's trusting something within me. It weaves me deeper into the experience.
The ancient Egyptians spoke of a quality they called "Intelligence of Heart," which they considered more important than brain smarts. This quality combines intuition with gut feelings, and trusting yourself to know from within you. It involves listening... sometimes on deeper levels than we often do, given all of the distractions of our modern lifestyles.
It really helps on this rapidly changing planet to reach deeper inside at times, as we will do in just over two weeks with the workshop I offer, "Reclaiming Your Ancient Egyptian SOUL." This can be like finding an important piece of yourself that you may have misplaced--or it can simply be fun!