Saturday, January 12, 2013

Focus on Life Week 2 Your Word

Dig Deeper

This week we were prompted to take a photo that expressed the word we picked to guide us for 2013. This year I am choosing the phrase DIG DEEPER.  It is actually a line from the popular TV show Bones but it popped into my mind the minute I thought about a word for 2013.  For me it has so many nice, encouraging suggestions for getting more into anything that I am doing,.  I wrote about this briefly in my New Year's Day post.  At that time, and still,  I am very interested in making clay beads.  I kind of set a rule for myself as I make them, following the dig deeper idea-- that I would make a bead and then make 10 of them to see where the design idea would lead to.  It was fun to see an idea evolve and a bead shape change as I went along.  I think that creativity needs time and a loosening of inhibitions.  I often engage in a similar activity when I am hand painting my ceramic work.  I will start with some colors and do a number of little pieces that are a warm up before I really get going.  Dig Deeper is also going to mean for me that I do some in depth seed beading pieces and let new shapes and forms come to life.   How will it apply to my daily life.  Easy!  I need to dig deeper into getting my living and work spaces better organized and less cluttered.

You can see what all the other participants have come up with here.

37 comments:

  1. what a great word/phrase for the year, and a wonderful photo to illustrate it!
    may you find real treasure as you dig...
    I'm no. 21 on the list btw :)

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    1. Thanks so much Claire for the wish to find treasure. And for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am on my way to 21.

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    2. you're welcome, mary, and thank you for your lovely comment :)

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  2. These are wonderful words to live by, Mary! While the creative process may be different from person to person, I agree that creativity in and of itself requires a loosening of inhibitions. I'd like to add that I wish I could dig deeper in my own backyard and find those gorgeous gems of yours in my next shoveful of snow! Your photo intrepretation made me smile!

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    1. Hi Patti, You are making me laugh about the shovelful of snow!! Thanks so for your good wishes and for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  3. Mary, another clever photo for the Focus on Life prompts! :-) You have chosen a very inspirational phrase to focus on for the year - it certainly says it all. Just printing out those words and placing them in visible places would be a great jolt of a reminder whenever necessary! I smiled too when I read Patti's comment because we both live in northern VA and there hasn't been any snow...we'll both have to really dig deep! :-)

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    1. Thank you Cindy for the great encouraging comment. I hadn't thought about you all not having any snow when I was laughing-I hope I am not wishing it on you!!

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    1. That is a great comfort!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Lorelei.

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  5. Perfect photo and I think did deeper is a great intention for the year!

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    1. Thanks so much Sandi. I took quite a few to get it to look OK.

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  6. fantastic picture! and great words to live by!!

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    1. Thanks so for stopping by and being so supportive.

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  7. Thanks Niky. It was fun to dig around in the snow to get it looking OK. The beads are so small it took some doing to get them in scale.

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  8. I love doing that with designs! I call it 'riffing' but its the same thing...what an imaginative photograph too...love the way you chose to illustrate what you are talking about here...

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  9. That is just an awesome photo. I bet it was fun to set up. :). Your word is great also. It has such a great meaning.

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  10. What great words to live by. Often I have so much going on that I move from one thing to the other and really don't take the time to dig deeper. This shows mostly in my jewelry creations. Thanks for planting the idea to dig deeper in everything we do.

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  11. Excellent photo. Very creative interpretation of your phrase for the year.

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  12. What a clever photo! My first thought was 'did any of those beads get lost in the snow"? I look forward to seeing where your words take you!

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  13. I watch Bones, too! Fun interpretation of your word. Good to go beyond the surface. You never know what goodies you will unearth.

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  14. Such a evocative photo. I love it as it reflects your dig deeper theme.

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  15. Super word/phrase - I love it! And your photo brought such a smile to my face. It's awesome, thank you for that!!

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  17. Awesome photo - it put a smile on my face. Wonderful phrase and can't wait to see where this phrase takes you!

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  18. Excellent phrase, and excellent show!!! I am a Bones Fan through and through! I was thinking your phrase really goes with my word Growth...to grow you need to dig deep to get to the best soil...

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  19. Hi Mary,
    To dig deeper is a wonderful concept. Love the photo of your beads and the shovel in the snow.
    Therese

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  20. Great words and great advice! Your photo is fantastic!

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  21. What great phrase to guide you through 2013 and to encourage you to further explore concepts and ideas. I have always admired artists who manage to take a design and 'play with it further', yet not lose the original concept. Good luck with your 'digging' through the year.
    Jenni

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  22. Love your phrase, you never know what treasures you'll find when you dig deeper!

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  23. I like you words "Dig Deeper." It is a good concept to live and learn by. Good luck.

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  24. I love this word for relating to your creative process. It's something I will try to remember for myself! Great photo too!

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  25. That picture made me smile! You are bound to strike at the heart of the matter, maybe even treasure! as you dig deeper.

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  26. Perfect phrase, wonderful photo!! "Dig deeper" congers up so many possibilities and can be applied in so many area's of your life!

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  27. Love the play on words and beads!The picture is so you too!

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  28. Ooh! Good phrase! What that says to me is that all that you need is within you. You only need to dig deeper, to go under the surface, to plumb your soul to make the truth rise to the top! I look forward to seeing what you do with this! I wish you joy in the journey this year! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  29. Dig deeper can have so many wonderful connotations, I like it. As for more organized, I need to use the word excavate when it comes to my studio and the clutter that has taken over so many areas of my life! :)

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