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  • Writer's pictureDiane Binder


It doesn't take much imagination to see that I am inspired by children and the things they enjoy doing. I've produced several art pieces with this very theme. Reading is what opened up a bigger world for me as a child, a wide open space to imagine and dream. I have fond memories of finding special spots where I could read, you may have found me under a tree, in a hammock, or lying beneath a table enshrouded by blankets. The library continues to give me a rush of warm and cozy feelings upon entering. "The Little Reader" was my first reading themed piece. I enjoyed adding the little animals upon the arm of the chair, and the bird just above the little one's head, to reveal the child's imagination at work.

Imagination is such a powerful thing. It has the power to inspire us to create, invoke us to act, and ignite hope. Unfortunately it can also, if we allow it, overshadow us with fear, doubt, anger and so on. It takes practice to turn away from the latter and practice with intentionality the art of noticing all that evokes our imagination toward good. There is much more to my life than being an artist, it is just a small portion of me. I wanted to be one for as long as I can remember. Some of the delayed response to my dream was due to allowing fear and doubt to invade my imagination and thwart my journey in that direction. What is it that inspires you? Nature, children, animals, family, your faith, all can be something that you may want to pay closer attention to, and imagine, if you will, what could be. Imagine with me.

"...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Phillipians 4:8

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