All About the Music by Anna Thoreau

A Reflection on Artworks


Art can comfort, teach, keep us company, energize us and inspire. True art has a spirit and life of its own, which is contributed to by the admirer, appreciator, or the experiencer of the art work regardless of the medium.

Art is a fire, art can make a contribution on its own once it has been realized by the artist into this big blue world! Or, it can just express and be a much needed outlet.

Sublimating is a healthy choice for expression of feelings and emotions especially negative and destructive ones. In this manner, art can live on and make an impact in the world all by itself. This mode of expression, to make artwork, naturally requires discipline and practice in the chosen medium so that the creator can produce via their chosen artistic language.

Art can provide us with healthy distraction, as well as company, or even an often desired/needed escape.

Art is an outlet and can be cathartic and or metaphorical, it can teach, entertain, or both.

I am so grateful for art, by other humans as well as my own. Thank goodness for art, and for style.


Creativity and Creating


Creativity is an asset that can be cultivated and developed. Some ways that strengthen creativity are:

A friendly word with neighbors and good chats with friends. Human connection is highly stimulating.

Nature encounters and immersions for any length of time.

Bike Rides; Skates; walks or runs can be tranquilizing and/ or invigorating.

wild flowers

Peace, and peaceful time. Walking by the water, taking hikes; quieting the mind are all beneficial to creativity, and desirable to incorporate into one’s routine.

Cleanliness and order. It is really easy to make a big mess during the creative process, but starting with a blank canvass, or a clean workbench so to speak can be extremely helpful in getting started with a creative work because of the space. Space is essential for creation.

Ideas to kindle the inner fire of creativity:

Go on a Creative Retreat for however long you can manage it.

Taking creative retreats to explore new places and green areas with lots of trees. The aire is so much better and nourishing and it’s sweet to commune with the wildlife and it’s so inspiring and feeds creativity and the creative spirit. Nature is the best medicine. Tree canopies are so favorable to the senses and the planet and the aire.

red berries

Find a change of scenery. It’s been fun taking care of some really cute bunny rabbits back up in the Pacific Northwest. Environment is so important, and as people, we can do a lot to create our own environment, a bubble of sanctuary. Creating an environmental bubble and how to do that is a rabbit hole worthy of exploration.

Protect your creative time.

Find your sanctuary and spend time there creating from your heart, do whatever it takes to carve out creative time to explore your unique expression.

Have positive creative like minded friends, they are a blessing and they are fire to your creativity. Co-arting is an awesome synerguistic activity for buddies to make dates for on a regular basis.

Regarding creating: just start with your intention. From there, take good actions and your mind will get on the track of producing your unique works. You will find yourself having bright ideas that will take your projects to the next level at all sorts of times: like driving, while out for a walk or run, in the bath. Just start.

Inspiration is Essential to the Creative Mind


Happy Spring! We’re headed on the road for a trip up to the Pacific Northwest with the goal of finding a good home with big trees in the backyard for building my off the grid treehouse.


I’ve been down in SoCal for all of 2022 and it’s had its highlights naturally. Got to explore Idyllwild forests some and met a really cool bass player and played out some with him, and also had fun dancing at shows for his main project The Odd Advantage (TOA), especially memorable is the Saint Paddy’s show in a parking lot in Menifee. More good times playing music definetely include the historic Hemet Theater.

Love the Ska Band “The Odd Advantage” playing all over SoCal, they’re based in Hemet.

Inspiration is vital for the Creative Mind and constant progress and development hence, the trip up North has me fired up!

Exploring the local music scene. Riverside Idyllwild. And more Cattooning here on our official feed @Crookshanks in the Multiverse on IG.

Follow along with Crookshanks as he explores the many realms to explore.

Keeping the spirit of the Pacific Northwest alive as I’ve been wondering around down south is The Creative Solutions Collective co-founded by my artsy creative fire of friend Kayla Cabe @KaylaCabePaints and yours truly. Thanks for being a great creative force with me Kayla and for our creative streak of nearly weekly creative synergy since around late 2018.

Creative people need other creative people, or at least it sure seems like it to me, keep creating and building community citizens of Planet Home.

Creative Living


What does it mean to live a life based in Creativity? I believe that means you have all kinds of ideas to realize into life including reinventing things and a compulsion to make and share these creations. In my case, I am only truly satisfied when I am creating and sharing what I have created. Some ideas are much bigger than others.

This time around it’s one of the small ideas, I wanted to embellish my kitchen with a pretty flower mini-mural on the cabinets. And it really is a bit of a thrill bringing my idea to life thus far!

Big blossoms comin up!

I’ll post again with the finished result, I’m working on it in the evenings after work so far.

Another way I enjoy expressing my creativity is making an impact to help the world be more sustainable, by reusing packaging and insisting that our own reusable containers be allowed to be used again and again, and that mode become the norm. I was very active with the Sunrise Movement last Spring and Summer. Ultimately I want to influence the system toward sustainable energy, products, food, community, the list goes on and on. I am ever open to collaborations to this end invite you all, dear like-minded friends of the world to continue to believe in a sustainable equitable society in which folks can spend their lives using their gifts to contribute positively to an equitable society that values fellow human, flora, and fauna life. Enjoy the flowers, hug the trees, and bring your own: bottle, cup, utensils, bags, and respect our beautiful life giving oceans. Until next time.