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I am inspired by theatrical music that gives rise to vast worlds within my mind. I am inspired by the colors and soft sounds of a brilliant sunrise or sunset on these red red rocks. I am inspired by truthful words well spoken and laughter skillfully evoked. I am inspired by my own optimistic dreams and thoughts. I am inspired by peace, tranquility and balance. I am inspired by science and beauty and can recognize beauty in science. I am inspired by children who question everything about the world they live in. I am inspired by altruism.

What inspires you?

Inspiration comes in endless forms and countless ways, all unique to each and every one of us. It could find its way to us by way of birds singing, people dancing or something more subtle like a pattern, shape or color seen arbitrarily. It can be found hidden within a painting or far off in a cloudy memory of times long past. Or perhaps your muse is found in chain emails, discount coupons or thrift stores. These breakthroughs are a powerful force that can shape the world when not left to stagnate.

I want you to think for a moment on what influences you most. Allow your thoughts to drift away and remember what caused that painting to be born; that poem to be penned; that song to be sung; that sculpture to be carved? Think on what it is that motivates you to create, act or be driven to a purpose...

...and then experience it; change it; shape it - over and over again, each and every day.

Embrace that which inspires you. Fall deeply into your thoughts and dreams. Don't let the mundane in life slow the momentum of any new found enthusiasm. Take advantage of each edifying moment and use it to create something new that will perhaps give impetus to others. Illuminate the world with your ennobling words, music and art. Flow with life; flow with innovation.


Whether you are an artist or not, take a moment each day to feel the inspiration art bestows you. Appreciate the sounds of nature, music and the entire world around you. Become involved with those who create and inspire others. Share your creativity with your fellow human and living thing equally. Find your muse, welcome it and change the world.


Remember: grow; learn; conserve; preserve; create; question; educate; change; and free your mind.

*Are you a potter or ceramicist that needs more motivation? There’s no greater inspiration than helping to create loving bowls for charity. Volunteer your skills every Thursday from 1 – 4 at Sedona Arts Center’s ceramics department to create either wheel-thrown or hand-built bowls. This year’s fund-raising will benefit Sedona Arts Center, The Sedona Community Center and The Sedona Food Bank. Call 928.282.3809 to see how you can help.


About: Kelli Klymenko is an artist, a faculty member and the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Sedona Arts Center: a gathering place where artists can learn, teach, and exhibit their works at the center’s School of the Arts and Fine Art Gallery in uptown Sedona.


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  • Cynde

    What a beautifully-written, inspiring article!

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