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The Ghostly, Mythic, Tarot & Fairy Tale musings of Lisa Hunt

Dealing with the Chaos Monster

Rough sketches from my sketchbook. Here is a good way to deal with the chaos monster.

Rough sketches from my sketchbook. Here is a good way to deal with the chaos monster.

 

I pride myself on consistency, efficiency and productivity, but April and May turned out to be a long dance with the “Chaos Monster“. Not all chaos is negative. Sometimes we need that kind of whirling energy to get things done! At other times it adds to life’s challenges and calls for one to prioritize and sacrifice the illusion of perfection.

Entropy can lead to explosive creativity. I needed to write and draw to clean off the brain …and that is what I did. This is the positive side of the Chaos Monster’s presence. With disorder comes creative order , a restorative exercise and something akin to balance.

Taming the beast with pencil and paper. Illustration sketches for book idea.

Taming the beast with pencil and paper. Spontaneous sketches for book idea.

But the Chaos Monster also ate our car. Our beloved 2002 VW Passat’s engine was damaged after flash floods engulfed it. It was a reminder that we live in a place where towns are built on sand, and canals are more prevalent than roadways. Our mini-van also suffered from the heavy flooding.

When I chose to live in a South Florida, I made a mental agreement with the weather spirits. It’s understood that anything can happen anytime in a place famous for its hurricanes. I’ve lived through my share already. This notion has fatalistic overtones, but it also serves as a reminder: ‘Live the moment and observe the volatile beauty with awe, because nothing ever stays the same’. We live in a place where we feel “unfettered and alive” — where a continuous supply of inspiration is fed by the very elements that can also instill fear and sadness. I’m at peace with the Chaos Monster in all its forms because it’s a life force that keeps us fully engaged and aware of our surroundings.

Sketching and photographing birds on the beach.

Sketching and photographing birds on the beach.

Left, frequent heron visitor in our backyard. Right, Kyra enjoying beach time.

Left, frequent heron visitor in our backyard. Right, Kyra enjoying beach time.

 

In other studio news:
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*Ghosts and Spirits Tarot is going into a second printing (yeay!)

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*Ghosts and Spirits Tarot is being developed into an app by the fabulous folks at the Fool’s Dog, a company that offers an impressive list of tarot apps.

 

 

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*Fantastical Creatures Tarot is now in a second printing!

*Winged Enchantment Oracle is almost finished with an estimated Fall 2013 completion date. A new, updated slide show is coming soon!

*Lisa Hunt Art is going strong. I have been happily creating custom order packages for my customers all Spring long. I find the soulful task of creating artwork from my house to be displayed in yours, my lovely fans and friends, to be a joyful experience. I’ve added a few more deck package offers and my pencils are always ready to create something special for you.

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Here's a photo of some of my special packages.

Here’s a photo of some of recent special packages

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One Response to “Dealing with the Chaos Monster”

  1. Arwen Lynch says:

    Yikes! Glad your creativity helped keep you sane.