Okay, Cindy, lets get started with a quick warm-up … Do you make your bed in the morning? Yes! What is your favorite highway or karaoke song? Footloose by Kenny Loggins. What are you wearing right now? Blue jeans and white t-shirt, my usual at home wear. Cookie, cake, pie or donut? Apple pie. I make some of the best apple pie. Secret is using three apple varieties for one pie, such as Gala, Fuji, and Jonathan. If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? Paris, France. Something colorful and comfortable with a touch of class.Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks. Polka Dot. I like to have fun. Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then? Yes. Smile and enjoy life! How about a favorite quote? Neil Gaiman’s, “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year? To be a 2016 Adobe Creative Resident so that I may reach farther in my quest to inspire creativity through my project of empowering women and children. I also wish to learn from my mentors, new ones from Adobe and beyond, so that I may learn to be a mentor myself. I applied 2/29/16 and I am to hear back by March 31st! How do you approach a new project or idea? I usually let the idea or project roll around in my head so that it can take shape inside of me. I let this idea settle. Then I am usually nudged to begin by this idea or my intuition because the idea wants to see and be seen, to be, and to become. When I begin, I might start with sketches, but many times I just start by working on the actual project. Where or how do you get your inspiration? Inspiration comes to me by always being observant, through looking for the magic. I might be walking in nature, driving the car, reading a book, looking at other artist’s work, or in the shower. There are times when the idea just pops in, usually when I am quiet with an open mind, or it might be right before sleep or come in one of my dreams. Inspiration is all around, you just have to be open to it. What do you do when in a creative dry spell? I go back to drawing everyday, sketching, and playing with paint. I am always looking through art books to see if some technique or process might grab my attention. I play. I enjoy life. I breathe. I soak in the sunshine or stand outside to gaze at the moon. I might ask my spirit guides that are at the highest level of unconditional love to inspire me through my dreams. Often times, I just need to kick off my shoes and dance. Have you always painted or are you a late bloomer? I was born an artist. I have drawn what was around me or interested me all of my life. My mother told me that, at the age of five, I explained to her that I was going to be a famous artist and marry a rich farmer. I am still progressing towards the rich and famous. What informs your subject matter? When I create my digital posts for my Facebook pages, I ask for guidance to know what needs to be heard or seen for that post. I look for a quote or try to come up with my own. Then I search my artwork and my photographs to create the post around the quote. I use the Adobe Photoshop program to pull it all together. (I am still learning from online classes.) When I am creating a painting, sculpture or drawing, I like to pull together photographs, either from books or online to use for references. Creating is my zen moment. I breathe, I listen to classical music, and then I open up to draw my strength and inspiration from the divine. Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative space. My creative space can be anywhere I have an interesting subject, sketchbook and pen, pencil and/or watercolors. However, learning to sketch wherever I am is an ongoing process that can still feel daunting. My comfortable spot to create is my art studio. Sixteen years ago, we enclosed the garage and made it my artist studio. Of course, this space also includes storage for camping equipment and games, plus it serves as the laundry room and a guest room. But mainly, it is my space for creativity! I enjoyed having team practices for my Improv teams over many years in this space. I have also taught art classes in my studio. My intention for this space was to make it easily changeable for whatever creativity came my way. I have storage space and work space combined with cabinets and a counter. Tables can be put up or taken down. My drawing table is at the center of the west wall with my altar to the left. In addition, I grounded my room with my log cabin wall hanging where I pulled in the earth colors yellow and green.
Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with artist, adventurer, and creative collaborator, Cindy Blosser Winfrey of CL Winfrey, artist – the Facebook page where her “Joyful Soul Sparks from the Heartland” – and co-owner of Twin Sis Creations – the Etsy shop she shares with her twin sister, Cheryl. She is also April's facilitating muse in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide) as well as a contributing muse for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. Cindy enjoys using many different mediums to get her message of love out into this world and has learned that the most amazing way to produce art is to give your inner child permission to come out and play. To allow yourself to make a beautiful mess! So, before this messy room gets any messier, lets jump in and find out what makes this muse tick.