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PASSION FOR PURPOSE

Follow daily progress on a 30 day personal challenge to stretch out of my comfort zone and cultivate creative passion into a sustainable life.  

DAY 30 The Beginning

 Island Scope, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Island Scope, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

☛  In Opening

 

30 successful days are up.  Every goal not achieved to a T but important groundwork and base structure put in place.  Learned how to create websites and integrate creative work into them, open an online shop, sell creative work and keep a blog.  Learned how to value and love myself a little more.  More than anything, direction and understanding became clearer.  I was able to learn how vital nature is to me right now and that I enjoy this type of creative life.  Working creatively, working mostly by myself, growing outside of my comfort zone, finding financial and personal value in the work.  Life responded to the work I put out.  Around 20 short stories and twice as many poems were written.  Thousands of photographs taken.  Hundreds of Ideas generated. Beauty perceived.  Love fueled.  Music made.    

The last couple days it was hard to imagine the time there would end.  The rocks, woods and ocean seemed like they would always be part of the day.  Red squirrels, eagles and secret hollows.  Cold air rising up from underground between moss covered boulders.  The ocean in it’s depth and fury.  If the weather hadn’t been turning, I would have found a way to stay.  

The last week out of Maine has been great.  Spending time sharing with family, continuing to open up.  As the days turn to a week and I’m pulled in different directions in social settings, the confidence and grounding I’ve gained is challenged.  I’m also not around nature as much.  I can’t walk outside as easily and be overwhelmed by it.  It’s a drive away and I’m starting to feel the gap.  It feels like this is a time of transition, an opportunity to take on different ways of interacting with life and evolving the truer aspects of myself.  Finding the next jump to continue this work has been more challenging than I thought and I’m not sure what the next step is.  All I know is if I let this moment of growth go, slide back into what I know, I’ll regret it.  I have to move forward.  It’s started to work like magic but I haven’t had enough practice at this type of life yet for it to stick and become my baseline.  And I need to.     

P.S. All Images in this blog post are for sale.  (Except for the picture of the book below)  They may not be in the shop yet but contact me direct at Cliff@CliffsOcean.com for prints, or to say hey.

☛  Music

I know I haven't shared much music during this journey,

so here's a little snippet.

On Our Toes, Music/Vid by Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd


☛  Voice Work / Cliff's Notes

Recording on the go is a bit of a challenge so here's an old recording of one of my favorite books.  The Stray by Betsy James Wyeth, illustrations by Jamie Wyeth.  I recorded the entire book in 2014 as a Christmas present and it was one of my first longer experiences with voice over work.  And challenging.  

This book has always felt just right to me.  The emotional baseline in it is familiar and calming.  It has the right amount of magic and mystery in every day experience.  The Wyeth family is an incredible family and they've been both in Pennsylvania right around where I'm from and also in Maine.  There's more talented Wyeths than days in a month.  

 

How can I always create this feeling of enjoyment in the environment?

What other places can I go to right now that will feed this connection? What other people are out there that share similar feelings and how can I spend more time with them?  

Who can I link up with that can teach me more about nature?  What are concrete steps I need to take to make this life sustainable?  

The ocean, spirit, animals, trees, rocks, sky, birds,

beauty, love.  I need more of it.  

I’ve gotten better at asking questions since I’ve been here.  To myself, deeply and to people around me, sincerely.  I’ve gained more appreciation and value for myself and can hear inside better.  

 

☛  Right Place, Right Time

 

I showed you my favorite house in a past post.  

Here it is again, with a story.  

Every day that I went to the cliffs I passed my favorite house.  In all that time I never saw anyone there.  On my last day I walked towards the cliffs and saw a truck parked in the driveway.  A man was walking out and I asked if it was his place and told him how much I appreciated it.  We talked for a minute and he offered to show me the place on the way back if I wanted.  I spent some time by the ocean soaking it in and eventually walked back towards his place.  One thing led to another and we ended up spending the next few hours talking, enjoying the view, looking off the incredible deck.  The house was built by his grandfather in 1903 or 1906, I can’t remember.  The sprawling stone hearth, the memories lining the walls, the unique structure and layout.  This house is it.      

 Limber Loss - The Favorite House - Whale Watcher, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Limber Loss - The Favorite House - Whale Watcher, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Fred was full of history, stories and hospitality.   Treating me like an old friend, he shared family stories of adventure, accomplishment, history of the house.  The island in front of the house that is now conservation owned?  At one point someone offered it to his grandmother for $50.  The narrow strip of water between the island and the jutting rocks of low tide?  They used to steer their unbelievable 90 foot boat into it.  Cool cars?  At one point Fred drove a Cobra and has plenty of stories to match the horsepower.  Interesting family lineage?  Absolutely.  I’ve been curious about learning how to sail for some time.  Is Fred an accomplished sailor that has been on boats all his life?  Of course.  

 The 90 Foot Dream, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

The 90 Foot Dream, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Everything about meeting Fred and spending time in this house

felt fortuitous.  

This house I’d been passing and admiring every day, my last night here I get to really see it from the inside out as well as hear about the history that went into it.  I walked away that night feeling how much Five Islands has given me.  How much of the right place I had been in the right time, how much I created for myself and how much was given to me.  

It was awesome to meet Fred and I hope to keep in touch,

do some sailing and hear more stories from him next Summer.  

Thanks Fred!

 

☛  Progress Manifest

 

 Man of Ocean, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Man of Ocean, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd


The first piece that I sold is called Man of Ocean and went to two people I'm happy to have had the opportunity to get to know.  Damon and Mary Ann are inspiring couple, full of life and adventure.  The second best part after getting to know them was seeing how they took a blank piece of wood, even giving me the history on some of the wood and then made a frame from it. It's amazing to see people respond to your work and even more so to see them add their own beauty and design to it.  Very grateful they were my first photography clients, a good omen. And grateful to see my work displayed in such a beautifully considered way.   

 Final Man of Ocean in Hand Crafted Frame by Damon

Final Man of Ocean in Hand Crafted Frame by Damon

 Here's How the Frame Starts

Here's How the Frame Starts

 Damon, Building the Frame

Damon, Building the Frame

Damon and Mary Ann enjoyed Man of Ocean so Much that they purchased this piece as well. Thanks guys, it looks great!

 Piece #2 The Conversation/ World for Two, Frame by Damon

Piece #2 The Conversation/ World for Two, Frame by Damon

 

☛  Nature Finds

 

High seas, Eagles, Artifacts, Love.  I'll miss this place.  And I'll be back.  

Anybody want to invest in beauty with me?  Let's Live.  

It's more affordable than you think. 

Cliff@CliffsOcean.com

 Seaweed in the Clouds, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Seaweed in the Clouds, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Ghost Vortex, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Ghost Vortex, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Island Roots, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Island Roots, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Touching Bright Wave, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Touching Bright Wave, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Light Map, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Light Map, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 W. White Clay Pipe, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

W. White Clay Pipe, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Among many cool artifacts and treasures, I found this old Clay Pipe in the sea bed of the harbor.  

 Garnett Eyes, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Garnett Eyes, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Autumn in the Ocean

 Reaching Light Snail, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Reaching Light Snail, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Autumn Island, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Autumn Island, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Touching World, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Touching World, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Leafs Life Lines, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Leafs Life Lines, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

☛  Poetry

 

Master Captain

 

There in your easy chair

I watch you reading

Playing master captain 

In your heart

You are like a child

Pure as light 

On the water’s rim

You will always be my love

If other lives bring others into my arms

If my heart is filled with another’s blood

Ruby and jeweled 

My eyes like a giant cat

Green galaxy

For her

Or him

You

Will still be my love

Always a place in my heart

That is warm

From the cold of pitiless nature

Soft 

From the jagged edges of learning

Will wait for you

To come and go as you please

For as long as you want

I will be there 

Around you always

The walls will be made of my love

The food will be made of love

And will be inside you

Your feet 

So human

It amazes me

They carry around

Infinity

 

 Presence, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Presence, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Seed, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Seed, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Last Days Here... For Now

 End of the World, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

End of the World, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Sunlight Sea Rain, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Sunlight Sea Rain, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Remember, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Remember, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Earth Island I, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Earth Island I, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Earth Island II, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Earth Island II, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Sand Design, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Sand Design, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Out from the Islands

 Deer Season Hiking Attire, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Deer Season Hiking Attire, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Sailor's shack, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Sailor's shack, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Sea Dance, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Sea Dance, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Light, Water, Love.

 Helena's Aspect I, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Helena's Aspect I, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 

☛  California

I made it to California.  I'm going to continue this adventure here.  There's beauty and Ocean everywhere and I know my job right now is to be with it.  I'm going to continue this blog too.  Maybe not in the exact same way but in some way.  I've been grateful to be able to share it.  Get ahold of me if you connected with it, I'd love to hear your thoughts and about what your up to.  

If you know of any beautiful places that I can stay to continue this journey, please, please, let me know.  I can't wait to be there.  

 Turtle the Van, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Turtle the Van, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Artist Blessing, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd  (James J. Lloyd - Sculpture Light Source)

Artist Blessing, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd  (James J. Lloyd - Sculpture Light Source)

The Most Inspiring Artist and Man I know

 Artist Retrospective, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd  (James J. Lloyd - Sculpture Light Source) 

Artist Retrospective, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd  (James J. Lloyd - Sculpture Light Source) 

 The American Farm of the Anderson's, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

The American Farm of the Anderson's, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Nini, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Nini, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Walnuts & Obsidian, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Walnuts & Obsidian, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Bobcat!

 Bobcat Communion, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Bobcat Communion, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

 Bobcat - Different World, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Bobcat - Different World, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd

Love Continued

 Dream Water Light, Cliff Kuhn-LLoyd

Dream Water Light, Cliff Kuhn-LLoyd

 Slide Sunset, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd (Sutro Baths, San Francisco)

Slide Sunset, Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd (Sutro Baths, San Francisco)

It's been amazing to be here with you.  

Thank you for sharing the time and space with me.  

See you soon.  

 

All my best,

Cliff Kuhn-Lloyd