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New Work: How Does an Artist Know When a Piece is Finished?

Blue Moon Fire Spiral, detail; June 4, 2017Nest Study #1: The Floating Nest, in progress June 1, 2017Nest Study #2 - The Vortex Nest, in progress June 28, 2017Nest Study #3: The Tangled Nest, in progress July 4, 2017

Blue Moon Fire Spiral. A question that artists hear a lot is, “How do you know when you are finished with a piece?” My college painting professor had the best answer:
 
“When he or she stops working on it.”
 
Traditional painting wisdom dictates that we should work all over the entire composition at the same rate of speed, so that at any point in time, our creation might look complete to an outside viewer – and better yet, giving us the option to stop at any point along the way. In oil painting, there are additional important technical reasons why this is a sound approach. Not every artist works in this manner, of course, and the method doesn’t necessarily work with all media.
 
The way I would answer the question of how I know that I am finished is when my vision for a piece of art is fulfilled. Not every work ends up looking exactly like it did in my head when it was just an idea; after all, someone originated the saying, “The best things in art happen by accident.” But depending on the size or complexity of a work, I tend to have a mental or physical checklist of what remains to be addressed before I consider a piece to be completed. Once I mark the items off that to-do list and am pleased with the way that the individual compositional components are working as a whole, I am finished.
 
During my Spring Subscribers’ Studio Soirée, visitors saw the completed version of my first interactive meditative watercolor, Blue Moon Fire Spiral. However, I am living with it for awhile before I show everyone the entire work.
 
Watercolor is an exacting task master, so if there is an aspect that does not turn out to match your original intentions, it is not as forgiving as oil. I may decide to alter a particular aspect of this piece – we shall see. After all, we are talking about a painting that, early in its development, I purposefully burned off the bottom edges of the paper!
 
As soon as I am decisively satisfied with it, I will present it here and in my newsletter. In the meantime, I have included a detail of the main action to tantalize you! I really like how this central area takes on a vortex-like depth if you let your eye travel the curve of the snake to the center, as you would a mandala.
 
Studies for The Bird’s Nest Mudras triptych, in progress. My longtime newsletter subscribers may recall that I have been exploring various oil application techniques in order to increase the speed of my painting time while still achieving a similar final appearance. To this end, I have enjoyed working on some studies of three bird’s nests specifically in preparation for an upcoming triptych. This process has been very educational, and I now feel that I have a good direction in which to head by using a version of the indirect painting method. For non-painters, this means applying a layer of paint to a previous dry layer, rather than working wet-in-wet.
 
In the first panel, Nest Study #1: The Floating Nest, I employed an approach very similar to what I have traditionally used. I started by wiping out the highlights from a wet underpainting. I followed this step by applying a wet-in-wet layer with several values, and then once that was dry, I worked on top with subsequent layers — though, since this is a study, not to the level of detail to which I would ordinarily go.

Nest Study #2: The Vortex Nest is a hybrid of sorts, while with Nest Study #3: The Tangled Nest, I employed a more purely indirect technique by layering thin, translucent glazes and scumbles on top of a dry initial layer of flatter, local color.
 
Each little nest and their respective eggs now only lack some highlights and simple background information. The cobalt blue you still see in the backgrounds of Nest Study #2 and #3 is still the original underpainting.

You can get a good sense of how I am building lights on the darker values in Nest Study #2: The Vortex Nest — I have finished the top portion with highlights, but have not yet addressed the closer rim of the nest. As you can see above, I have not yet applied any of the lightest lights to Nest Study #3: The Tangled Nest. You can view three of the colors of my Nests palette with the last article below.

The recipe for your style and creative practice tends to just evolve organically as you continually add items from your growing artistic experiential buffet. It is very interesting to step back and purposefully recalculate your route so as to navigate a different path to reach your desired destination! To stretch yourself in this way, or through a residency or workshop, keeps your practice fresh and keeps you growing as an artist. Get out of your comfort zone: explore, examine, and experience.

Once they are completed and have informed my approach for the final triptych, these studies will be framed and available for purchase. Please contact me for further information.

To see other in-progress images of these studies and Blue Moon Fire Spiral, please visit my Works in Progress gallery.

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Ready, Set…Go! Rabbit Races Turtle

Which painting should I print next as a greeting card? Cast your vote today in the Comments section below.

Turtle took the leg on the 24 hour #RabbitRacesTurtle Twitter poll, but I am accepting votes here through January 31st! Scroll below to learn who won!

Manifestation of RabbitTurtle's Progress

First contestant: Rabbit

The original version of this article was first published in my March 2015 newsletter, Off the Easel, as “Counting Rabbits!”

In February 2015, I tweeted the painting above, The Manifestation of Rabbit. I asked followers to count how many invisible rabbits they could find, and I think a few people all over the world are still counting rabbits!

Local subscribers may recall seeing this work in person, and if you have visited my downtown studio, I probably had you looking for rabbits. But do you know the full backstory of the piece? As I always say, everything I paint really happened.

On our first trip to Ireland in the fall of 2001, I was thrilled to visit the Lough Gur region, around half an hour south of Limerick. Lough Gur is an area rich in both archaeological remains and legend. Nearby, in Knockainy, is the sacred hill Cnoc Áine,the ceremonial inauguration site for the ancient kings of Munster, the southwestern “fifth” division of Éire.

Cnoc Áine features several prehistoric sites, including a burial mound at the summit said to be the sidhe1 mound of the Irish Celtic Goddess Áine. A Goddess of love, fertility, animals, and prosperity, Áine created Lough Gur, and local legends about her abound. Honored on Cnoc Áine at Midsummer, in more recent times, she also became known as Queen of the Faeries.2

My map of the sites on the cnoc left a lot to be desired. I was searching for what was labeled a holy well, but we were completely turned around. Once we started heading in the correct direction, we crossed field after field, carefully dodging the electric wire fences that ran between each segment of land. Then at last, in the distance, we saw a fairly short standing stone.

As we approached, a rabbit ran out, appearing to form out of the stone itself! He is depicted here, but how many invisible rabbits can you find? Be sure to take a few moments with the painting before you read further.

There is also a secret to the stone. Do you see it?

After our rabbit friend ran away, I felt compelled to run my hands along the edges of the stone.3 It felt quite smooth, as if I was not the first person to have this idea — though it had likely also been rubbed by generations of cattle.

What surprised me, though, is how for all the world, the stone felt like the contours of a woman’s body. Inspired by the art of the Celts, in which they represented neither one thing nor another but both, I wanted to depict the stone as a woman with raised arms.

I did not have to alter the stone’s actual appearance much at all to create this effect. I tried to put the semblance of facial features on the stone with lichen to play with the balance, but this was way too much — thus confirming that I had the illusion exactly in the middle where it needed to be.

When seeking rabbits, some viewers see a running hare in the long, low cloud on the right — I wish I had thought of that! Some find a rabbit in the stone instead of a woman — her breasts become the cheeks; her arms, the ears. Rabbits multiply, and I agree she looks rabbit-like. Some viewers see her raised arms as angel wings.

I imagine she is Áine.

Want to know how many intentional rabbits there are and their location? Email me for the answer and the rest of the story!

Keep counting rabbits! High quality giclée reproductions, printed on archival rag watercolor paper with archival inks, are available of this painting. Visit my shopping cart page for details on pricing and available sizes.


1. Sidhe (singular sidh; pron. “shee”) or  is Irish Gaelic for fairy. For example, Bean Sidhe is Bean (woman) + Sidhe (fairy) = Banshee.

2.  These beings are respectfully referred to by a more indirect phrase, such as the Fair Folk or Good People.

3. Please note that when visiting such sites, one should take great care not to disturb any lichens or mosses growing on standing stones or other antiquities. In many cases, they can be quite old and valuable in their own right! 


Second contestant: Turtle

The original version of this article was first published in my April 2015 newsletter, Off the Easel, as “Turtle Always Gets There.

Not all of my paintings are derived from physical sacred sites — some are a result of meditation. One such work is Turtle’s Progress.

A few years ago, I experienced a temporary knee injury. During the rehab process, while meditating on the issue, I saw myself as a turtle, heading towards my higher self — my future healed self, if you will. The uplifting thought I came away with from this image was,

“It may take Turtle awhile to get there, but Turtle always gets there.”

My husband took the reference photographs of me in a field at a park just north of our city. I was pleased that daffodils were blooming at the time, because I saw them as a symbol of the new beginnings and growth that I felt was inherent in the message of the painting.

As for the turtle, my model was Jack from a nearby Nature Science Center. I selected him from three candidates, and after I described what I needed to the Center’s helper, she placed Jack on the floor, heading in the direction of the light.

That box turtle could really move! He was quite the sprinter — I have several reference shots that are out of focus because he was moving so quickly! A couple of years later, I was delighted to see Jack again and to learn that he and his wife were expecting, as she had recently laid a clutch of eggs: Turtle’s new beginnings.


Vote now!

Who will win, Rabbit or Turtle? Vote now in the Comments section below!

Fans of the animal last to the finish line need not despair, however — eventually, images of both works will be available in the greeting card format.

Thank you for voting!

All the best, and Namaste,

Amy


 

And the Winner is…Rabbit!

In the end, Turtle couldn’t maintain his initial lead even with some additional votes, and his long-eared friend overtook him. Rabbit won by more than a “hare” with a final total of 61% of the votes.

I deeply appreciated the various thoughtful comments I received about both works. Several people remarked that they liked both paintings, and found the decision to be a difficult one. Much appreciation to all those who voted!

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Your Best New Year’s Resolution: Sing Like a Bird

It's Hard to Sing With Your Mouth Full Adult Carolina Wren digital photograph © Amy Funderburk 2013 All Rights Reserved

It’s Hard to Sing With Your Mouth Full
Adult Carolina Wren
digital photograph
© Amy Funderburk 2013 All Rights Reserved

First edition originally published January 3, 2015

The start of January naturally symbolizes new beginnings to most people as they take down last year’s calendar and pin up a fresh one, but the New Year’s Resolution is an often dreaded thing. Of those who do not scoff but earnestly attempt to shift habits, most try to take on too much in one way or another when they make such grand proclamations of change.

“New Year’s Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” – Mark Twain

Others talk of reasons why resolutions often fail. Perhaps someone has listed way too many things they want to change about their life, thus he or she becomes easily overwhelmed and discouraged. Maybe others give up because the change seems too vast, too deep, and too high; instead of taking small stepping stones to eventually reach the goal, these people try to leap to the top of the tall building in a single bound, so they give up.

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.” – Anonymous

I offer an additional reason why you may have given up on a resolution in the past — it may have been something you tried because it was something you thought you should do — something that someone else thought you needed to change, but it wasn’t an earnest desire stemming from within you.

My Kundalini Yoga teacher reminded me last week that there are no “shoulds” — only your personal truth regarding what you want to do or not. Practitioners of Kundalini Yoga address each other by saying “Sat Nam” in the way that other yogic traditions say “Namaste.” The mantra Sat Nam means “Truth is my identity.” In that spirit, I offer a potential resolution for you to consider.

My suggestion for a New Year’s Resolution is a one-size-fits-all goal that will fit every person according to individual need. It is a message I have been seeing in a variety of ways for the past month or two, popping up in quotes and other forms like dandelions in my organic yard.  It is a simple yet profound thing:

To be your authentic self.

You may have read of another way to say this in my previous blog post, A Relaxed Mind is a Creative Mind. One of my favorite inspirational tea tag quotes I mentioned in that post is by Traditional Medicinals:

Be yourself  1 

This can mean whatever it needs to according to each individual. What would this mean for you? It can be general or specific, and could pertain to the spiritual inner aspect of your life as well as the outer physical.

For example, are you in a job you dislike because it is a path that someone else dictated for you, or are you following your dreams? Even if you are walking your chosen road to prosperity, are you being true to yourself?

If you are a fellow artist — are you creating from your heart, then finding the matching target market, or are you only trying to paint, sculpt, or photograph what you think will sell?

Being your true self — listening to your own inner voice of guidance each day and not worrying about what the Peanut Gallery thinks — is a concept beautifully encapsulated by Rumi in a quote I came across recently:

I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.

This quote seems particularly important for artists. We put our heart and soul into our work, and then we display these tangible symbols of our innermost secrets and insights to the public in hopes that someone will like our expressions enough to purchase the product. Artists can feel vulnerable when their unproven new work is on display.

This is a good time to remember how subjective art is, and that doing your best and speaking your truth are all you can do. Art is a “visual opinion,” and there is someone out there somewhere who will agree with that point of view. It is merely a question of finding the right fit of audience to artwork.

For a solo show in 2012, my creative team and I built The Wishing Tree installation. Visitors tied their paper wishes to the removable oak branches. After the exhibit was over, I cataloged all the open wishes before burning them, and am now creating drawings from the wish categories using the resulting ash and charcoal. One thing that some participants wished for was “To be my true self.” A powerful wish.

My most memorable and best New Year’s Resolution was one I made over ten years ago: to start practicing yoga. Always the last picked for teams in gym class, the non-competitive, spiritual, and holistic nature of yoga appealed to me, so it was a perfect fit.

The practice was something that had been calling to me for some time. I was fueled by the desire to do it, and I did not try to overload myself with a lengthy resolution list. I think these are two reasons why I bought the beginners’ DVD and my first purple mat. Since the day I made those purchases, I haven’t looked back — unless the asana I am practicing is a twist that calls for it.

I chose a photograph of the Carolina Wren to accompany this post. They are songsters, but I consider them to be curious, spunky birds that constantly delight us with their vast array of loud, wacky noises. Wren seem to be a bird who makes the precise sound it wants to make at any given time without a care in the world what anyone else thinks.

What is your New Year’s Resolution? Does it fall under the heading of being your authentic self? I look forward to seeing your own Resolutions in the comments.

Happy New Year, and all the best,

Amy


 1 “Be Yourself” is a tea tag quote from Traditional Medicinals, www.traditionalmedicinals.com .  Used with permission.

 

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Setting Your Intention

First edition originally published July 14, 2014

At the beginning of yoga class, an instructor might suggest that we set a positive intention for our practice — perhaps to release something, or to create further calm and focus during our time on the mat. By dedicating the practice to someone, an intention is also a way to send our best thoughts to a friend who needs a boost.

While attending a yoga workshop in 2014, I learned a more focused, determined way to utilize the intention — in Sanskrit, the sankalpa. The instructor suggested that we repeat the same intention twice daily with sincerity and feeling until the desired effect is attained. She recommended that we be concise and simplify our sankalpa to as few words as possible — in a sense, to create a self-crafted mantra.

I thought for a moment about a few various topics, but in the end, I chose two words that together could serve as an umbrella to shade each of the more specific issues —

Freedom and joy.

I have since found that if I am feeling uncertain or concern over a issue in my life, I can ask myself: “Does this help me to feel free? Do I feel joy?” The sankalpa has become a ruler by which I measure certain aspects of my life.

If something does not fit the criteria of my sankalpa, I may wish to reconsider the issue or shift priorities. Asking those questions really brings a certain simplicity to my day, and creates a fertile environment to nurture a positive, self-fulfilling prophecy. If I keep seeking joy, I will find joy.

The sankalpa has become my personal equivalent of a business model in my art practice. When I start to feel frustrated during a painting session (yes, it occasionally happens to all of us), I stop to ask myself those questions. When I paint, I certainly want to feel free and joyous. If I am not happy with what I am doing, it is a good indication for me to switch to a different piece or media, or perhaps to write a new blog post or work on my website, until I can come back to the easel with a fresh perspective.

When I was teaching oil painting regularly, I would always tell my students to move to a different area of the canvas if things were not going well where they were working. Keeping my ideals of freedom and joy in mind helps me to practice what I had preached!

You do not have to practice the physical asanas to apply the benefits of a sankalpa meditation to your life. An online search will yield you much more information about the practice. Whether you consider it an intention, a prayer, or a resolution, if you try the technique, I hope it will prove as beneficial for you as it has been for me.

In the time since I first started using the sankalpa, I have added to it, including:

Expansion. 

What is your intention? If you would like to share your sankalpa, I welcome you to do so via the Comments box.

All the best, and Namaste.

Amy Funderburk

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“A Relaxed Mind is a Creative Mind”

Inspiration Iris digital photograph © 2014 Amy Funderburk, All Rights Reserved

Inspiration Iris
digital photograph
© 2014 Amy Funderburk
All Rights Reserved

First edition originally published May 21, 2014

A relaxed mind is a creative mind. 1 

That quote is on both my home studio door and on the inspiration board at my downtown studio. It comes from the tag on a tea bag by Yogi Teas.

The brand Traditional Medicinals also features inspirational quotes on their tea tags, but they take a more Zen-like approach by using just one or two words, such as two of my favorites:

Breathe 

 and

Be heard. 

As I savor my tea each morning, I also enjoy a dip into Carl Jung’s pool of synchronicity as I read the daily wisdom printed on a small paper rectangle and suspended by a string from my steaming mug. These words can point me in the direction of inner peace as I start each day.

In addition to A relaxed mind is a creative mind, and along with a few particularly pertinent fortune cookie fortunes, I have the following tea tags on my studio inspiration board. I hope that some of these quotes speak to you as well:

Inspiration is an unlimited power. 1

When the mind is backed by will, miracles happen.1

Be yourself 2

Live from your heart, you will be most effective.1

Let your heart guide you.1

May your inner self be happy and secure.1

The Universe is a stage on which you dance, guided by your heart. 1

Empty yourself and let the Universe fill you.1

Peace 2

Joy is the essence of success. 1

Dream 2

Your intuition is your best friend.1

You are a living consciousness. 1

Have wisdom in your actions and faith in your merits. 1

In the spring, when time permits, I also like to start my day with a brief stroll around my garden to photograph the new blooms.

By enlarging the size of flowers that most people might walk hurriedly past, Georgia O’Keefe taught us to take time to notice the diminutive, thereby expanding our awareness of our surroundings. The shapes, inner light, and colors of a German Bearded Iris can become like flames — my plan for part of a particular future painting.

Irises also have a lovely scent — something that not everyone realizes. The purple ones usually smell like grapes, while the yellow ones have an lemon chiffon aroma.

Unfortunately, these dramatic showstoppers of my garden are temporary — my later bloomers didn’t produce this spring, so my iris season is now over until next year. Perhaps their temporary nature makes them all the more treasured when they reappear.

With memories of such walking meditations, I leave you with one last tea tag quote by Yogi Teas:

Meditation is the medicine of the mind.

All the best, and Namaste,

Amy


Yogi tea tag quote. www.yogiproducts.com  Used with permission.

Traditional Medicinals, http://traditionalmedicinals.com/  Used with permission.

All material, unless otherwise noted, is copyright Amy Funderburk, All Rights Reserved.

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Seeking “whelment”

First edition originally published April 8, 2014

As my husband once cleverly pointed out, people never talk about feeling “whelmed.” They only go on about being overwhelmed. At very busy periods like we’ve been recently experiencing, we would prefer to just feel whelmed.

In the lovely book The Tao of Pooh, author Benjamin Hoff takes us on a tour of the Hundred Acre Wood as seen through the lens of Taoism and illustrates this Eastern wisdom through A.A. Milne’s characters. Hoff describes the Western, Type A, doing-too-much-without-enough-time personality as a Bisy Backson.

One day, Christopher Robin left a note on his door that should have read “Busy — back soon,” but instead he spelled it “Bisy Backson.” Hoff describes this personality as being “almost desperately active.” As you may recall from the A. A. Milne classic, Rabbit was the perfect example of a Bisy Backson.1

During overwhelming, Bisy Backson times, I remind myself to prioritize; whatever I don’t get done can wait. I remember to breathe as I try to quiet my mind. Hopefully, the screeching monkey thoughts that race quickly through the trees of my brain turn into puffy clouds, gently floating above the green canopy as they slowly drift across the cerulean sky. At such busy times, I am happy to come across an inspirational quote as if it was a mental life raft.

My sister-in-law Judy gave me a wonderful birthday gift last year. I call it the Judy Jar. Purple ribbons hang out of the top of the jar like the lush center of a peony, each tied to a different quote Judy selected for me.

One of my favorite quotes from the Judy Jar is often on my mantle:

“You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy.”

This seems a particularly good quote for springtime, a time of new beginnings — by putting down that which is heavy, we become lighter like all the things we associate with this time of year. I did not know the origin of this quote until I did a web search for the purpose of this blog post. It comes from author C. Joybell C., and the remainder of the quote is:

“So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.” 2

One of my favorite yoga books is by Judith Hanson Lasater: A Year of Living Your Yoga: Daily Practices to Shape Your Life. 3 This small volume is a perpetual calendar of daily quotes and short meditative paragraphs to accompany them.

For those of you who have seen my painting Savasana — The Release with its grainy hardwood floor, you may be as amused as I was by the entry for my birthday. “We are seeking wholeness, not perfection,” Lasater begins. What a good meditation for someone who, ahem, may have tried not to paint every splinter within those wooden boards, but somehow managed to do it anyway.

Lasater then suggests you look at the knots and irregularities in a wood floor, pointing out that “these imperfections are what give the floor its beauty and character; they make it real.” True enough, had I painted each board of that hardwood floor like identical soldiers in a row, it would never had looked accurate, but would have become my stylized symbol for the floor. This, however, is one of the very things that led me to work in a photorealistic style — I wanted to make my surreal subject matter look real.

Forgetting that it is about painting “the masses, the whole,” as one of the Old Masters said, is admittedly one of my heavy things to put down. Why not let the viewer’s brain and eye fill in some of the blanks? There is no need to paint every blade of grass when the viewer could perceive the holistic massed texture of the grass instead. Advice I have given to many painting students I now give to myself so as to paint in a more “whelmed” way.

Johannes Vermeer painted in this manner — his clean style is what I love about his paintings. Everything you need is there; the extraneous is omitted. He may have only completed 35 attributed paintings in his short 43 years, but visually, Vermeer had no weights around his ankles.

What then is the best way to find whelment?

I think the secret lies my very favorite quote — Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your Bliss.” I will leave it to you to look up the remainder of his statement, but the essence of Campbell’s wisdom is encapsulated in those three introductory words.

All the best, and Namaste,

Amy


 

  1. Hoff, Benjamin.The Tao of Pooh. Penguin Books/Viking Penguin, 1982. ISBN 0-14-006747-7 Used with permission from the publisher.
  2. http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4114218.C_JoyBell_C_ This quote is available under Public License via http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
  3. From Year of Living Your Yoga: Daily Practices to Shape Your Life, copyright © 2006 byJudith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T. Used with permission from Rodmell Press.

All material, unless otherwise noted, is copyright Amy Funderburk, All Rights Reserved.

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What is your word?

First edition originally published March 18, 2014

One night at the beginning of Restorative Yoga class, the instructor suggested we select a word to mentally repeat on our inhale, and another for our exhale. I chose the words “Allow…release. Allow… release.”

Some time ago, my husband Jimmy Williams told me about an app that was patterned after the work of street artist Shepard Fairey. Perhaps you saw Fairey in the 2010 fantastic documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, or have seen his graphic, black and white image of Andre the Giant’s face with the word “Obey” underneath in all capital letters on a red field, but you definitely know his iconic Hope poster that the artist created for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. This work became the springboard for the HOPE Poster Photo Filter app,1 which features several options for changing the style of your image, and the opportunity for you to input your own word in lieu of “hope” or “obey”.

Hearing about this app made me think – what would my word be? What one word would I select to sum up my true self, my personality, my existence?

For someone so verbal, it seemed an important, daunting task – almost like a New Year’s Resolution that had to be condensed into one word. I savored several contenders like one amuse bouche after another.

During my contemplation, I thought of a scene from Eat, Pray, Love.  While in Rome, Liz Gilbert had a conversation with her friends. They told Liz that each person and city has a representational word (though I personally did not agree with the word they selected for London!).2 At first, Liz can only think of defining herself as “writer”, a word vetoed by her friends as being her profession rather than who she is. 3

What word would you select? How would you sum up your individuality and inner self?

At last, I decided on a word that I felt could mean many things, and could be applied to various areas of my life, though on the surface, it may seem just a reflection of my career. I chose…

…Create.

All the best, and Namaste,

Amy Funderburk


 

The HOPE Poster Photo Filter app, 2010, copyright 3DTOPO Inc., is available on iTunes for iPhone and iPad.

2 “Stuffy” was their word for London, which didn’t reflect my experience there. I haven’t yet been to Paris or Rome, but so far, London is my favorite major city in the world.

3 Liz ultimately decides that her word is an Italian one:  Attraversiamo, meaning “Let’s cross over.”

 

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