I have loved SARK since the 1980s when my friend, Lisa (aka Dirt) introduced me to this book, A Creative Companion.

Her ideas are so free, so fun and most of all just from that place in your heart where you know all of your most inspirational ideas sprout from. I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area at the time, and SARK is a "city girl." She tells of her magical cottage that she lives in and makes all of her dreams come true. What I would give to have had a day where I could go meet her and hang out with her to feel her loving spirit. She gives you the courage to maybe one day think that you, too, could be an artist. All of her books and posters and greeting cards are written in true handwriting...not a fancy font that you can use your mouse to pull down. It is "art" the old fashioned way...by hand.

Well, this thing we call life brings us to so many different twists and turns. And just last week a dear friend sent me a picture of SARK's Creative Companion book I had sent her years ago. She said, "Corinne, I still read this and love every page."

And, that just made me feel like I had been sent a gift. The gift of remembering that book. I immediately went to go find it...and the page I love so very much..."How to be an Artist"

How can it be as I read this book now, I can read every line and know that it is even more true than it was 30 years ago when I first fell in love with these pages, words and invitations to be playful and do art!

For now, I have had the most painful chapter of my life to push my heart wide open, flailing into an art form that has left me spinning with so much love, support, friendships and happiness. How my form of "art" has transpired into bracelets that help me heal from my brother being gone...and have found an entire community of people that feel this same connection.

A connection to something in their heart. Whether it is because of loss, celebration, a new job, a new wish, a new friend. Every bracelet that someone orders has an amazing story with so much meaning and so much heart. Sometimes as I make the bracelet, I can feel how deeply this is going to touch someone...the colors, the numbers, the patterns of the beads telling their story...a love story. The story of wanting to remember, heal and eventually celebrate that we are all here together and we have been given a new day. We must remember that, no matter how much we ache.

This is a big week for me and all of those that knew Keith Lockett Pruitt. May his presence, love and memory shine in everyone's hearts forever. May this week be one of remembrance and love for everyone who has lost a loved one.

And may we all keep love in our hearts...even when it is so hard.

Peace to all.

Art - noun
The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a casual form such as a painting, sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

The quality, production, expression or real, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter or counteract the work of nature.

The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements.

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