Monday, June 14, 2010

A Peek Into My Creative Space & Work in Progress

Savor the seasons of life. 
Bloom where you are planted. 
Don't blink. 
Embrace your place.
*All of these phrases reflect a corner of my heart to be shared*
Over the past 2-3 years, I have been intentionally looking
to embrace and behold the beauty in this place that I live. 
The people.  The location.  The time of my life.
My family.
Shaw Ranch.
White Owl Creek.
South Dakota. 
Many people drive through the prairie of South Dakota and see it as a desolate place of nothingness. 
But with it's sparse trees, wide open rolling hills, and vast sky of vibrant sunrises, sunsets and star-filled nights ~ desolation and nothingness could not be further from the truth.
The full richness of this prairie is one of the things that I desire to portray in my art, photography and writing.  To celebrate this prairie.  The beauty of savoring it with all five senses.

So, this work-in-progress "Prairie Song" piece that I am working on is
a celebration of the sounds of the prairie. 
And I've included a little peek into my creative space...
the corner of my kitchen...
my bird books~3 had belonged to my Grandma Marj...
my Grandma Edna's buffet
{that holds art/photo/writing/scrapbooking supplies
instead of dishes, tableclothes, placemats and silverware}
360 new pages of patterned paper bliss {K&Company}
Kelly Rae Roberts' Taking Flight book ~see her at
my singing toy robin from my friend Shelane...
my Stampin' Up rubber stamps from Shirrise...
an old Coca-Cola bottle crate from a yard sale
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle {} is
the book I use as a framework to "tell my own story of metamorphosis"
and is also an inspiration of collage art.
My creative space.

Photos, Prairie Song art and text copyright 2010 Jodene (Jodi) Shaw.


  1. Both Grandma's would be proud of how you use their books and buffet........just as proud as your mother. Love, Mom

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Jodi! Love all the bird imagery in relation to our flying lessons - and, of course, I love how you're seeing beauty in each moment. :)

  3. I just love you! You made me miss SD even more! And thank you for your thoughtful comment on my blog. I wonder if it is sometimes harder to be left than to leave. I hate either one! So glad that you are still in my life though! Have a great day.

  4. Hi Liv, you are welcome! Thanks for your visit as well! Yes we share a heart for seeing beauty in everyday life...Boedee, my friend, I love you back! You know...I think you are right, it has always seemed harder to be left than to leave. I remember when my parents would come visit me in college in Wyoming, or when Jim would come was always agonizing when they would leave, but easier when I was the one driving away from the visit. I think when we stay, we see and feel the hole that is left in their absence, and while they have that too, there is all the things of leaving/moving that occupy the mind for that immediate time. However it's always hard to be away from loved ones!! HUGS!


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