Seeking Inspiration

Inspiration Comes Calling_pe

Once when traveling, I saw a flock of birds that flew in the shape of one bird. Her head was dotted with the wings of many and they extended in a perfect form across a violet-gray sky. All their tiny bodies united making up the magnificent form of this great bird, this royal giant in the sky.

How do they know how to fly in this pattern? Do they come into this world just knowing this by nature? Are they taught by other birds and why do they follow in such a tremendous flock behind a few, all so carefully spaces and within a sphere of perfect flowing?

Now I know the explanation that when birds travel is swarm intelligence, but usually, they fly in a V formation. This was extraordinary as they flew curved, rounded out with a perfectly formed beak outlined in a hundred birds.

It wasn’t missed on me that on some level they had created their own pointillism painting, a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Nature is its own artistry, but these birds had gone a level beyond.

Our creative swarm intelligence is always at work in its own vibrational flux, eternal and ever-changing. We as artists are drawn into the vast realms of possibilities’, combinations, mixing media, shaping stone, connecting notes and so forth out of this source, co-creating as we go, uniting as it were, the threads of all material light and sound, form and shape breathing life into a kaleidoscopic wheel.

The techniques, the styles are not lost and can be learned from masters in a study and in connecting to this Swarm Intelligence. It is not lost, they still exist, the echoes of their voices and all the works of before, still remain in the source, the vortex, the mind of God. They can be accessed in the stillness of mediation in the activity of the one creating and in the language of the Perfect attunement that is available for all.

You know there are those moments, usually for me, right before I fall asleep, I see the words of a poem, or hear a melody and think, I should get up and write this down or otherwise it will be lost to me forever. It was in one of those moments that the words were flowing through in an eloquent stream, trailing off into space somewhere, that I saw pages, pages flying to a shelf, my dream paintings hanging on walls and music everywhere like a spinning record that I could touch and play the lost songs born in dream time. There is no despair in anything purely created for creation sake. It matters not if another sees or likes it or pays you a million dollars for, it is the generating of the creational frequency itself that matters. It truly is the life breathed back and outwards, it is the touchstone for the weary, the inspiration for the muse of your innate soul and the beauty of it all that is brought into the world. Outsider Art, Fine Art it is all the same in the mind of God, it is all respected in his infinite applause of co-creation in itself.

As I watched those beautiful birds flying in their own painting, I felt so honored to be in the presence of their performance art, blessed to recognize the perspective of their truly participatory movement in co-creation.

We are like them, all moving individually to form a creator’s consciousness in the world. It matters you matter and all of our highest and deepest soul intentions are present in the here and now.

Kindred soul unfold…your fragrant ardor to behold your Passion quest in a new renaissance, for the path that our dreamers took their carriage rides across in cobbled hooves, still abounds.

The water of nightly rivers is not a forgotten place it is the exception thereof, where many romantics still watch over from their hovering golden moons

Those long picnics of pen and wine now linger only in old photographs and linen prints that may lay in darken trunks and archives have not vanished, they are in the reaches of your deepest part.

How is that we think that time must go so fast when there is no definitive end to creation, expanding the co-creation of universes, of works far greater in purpose than we know?

How is it that deed and service and production of art must be hurried? Where roses aren’t gathered and children are left alone in their imagination to wither and fall unnoticed of the beauty they so lovingly portray with nurturing their imagination

Kindred spirits unite in the band of light painters

Who by grace are given talents to awaken and sustain the artistry in the young so fair with promise and affirmation?

A legacy of sanctuary finds us in hallowed halls

Breathing of inspiration and belonging.

Providers of dreams come upon us and bless our gathering place that all might pursue their dreams in comfort and acceptance.

There is a place for us, ready and waiting alive in a wellspring of technique and masterful manifestations of our creative beings.


summer 17 flyer

Neverlands News

2016 – Grants for projects programs are now available. For details, please visit the Arkansas Arts Council  link.


AIE Arts Curriculum Project

Awarded to help support special projects that foster the inclusion of the arts in school curriculum. Arts in Education Roster artists or outside consultants may be used to provide special expertise.

AIE After-School/Summer Residency

Places professional artists in residencies outside the school environment, school day or school year. The settings include after-school and summer programs and can be located in community centers, low income housing projects, juvenile facilities, social service centers, parks/recreation programs, boys and girls clubs and other community-based or governmental organizations and institutions.

AIE Arts for Lifelong Learning Mini-Grants

Short-term residencies of up to 10 days where professional artists listed on the AIE roster provide hands-on arts activities for adult populations in community-based or governmental organizations and institutions. An in-service workshop may also be included in the mini-residency program.

AIE In-School Residency Program

Places professional artists in residencies during the school day or school year at specific school sites or in conjunction with other not-for-profit community or government organizations and institutions. These residencies may last from 10 days to the entire school year.

AIE Mini-Grants

The Arts in Education Mini-Grants are short-term residencies of up to 10 days where professional artists provide curriculum-based arts activities in a school environment or other location, or provide a teachers’ professional development workshop. Artists must be selected from the Arts in Education Artist Roster.

Aftertime Tales

After Time Tales

After Time Tales by Laura Botsford


     The secret was not far away perhaps you may have heard it yourself?

   Not long ago, right around the time you born, a light filled the world once more. You see, it had been a long time coming, for there was a time when the world was dark and plagued with an awful ruler. His name was Yicca the Awful and he was known to rob people of their joy and leave them helpless. He had a league of many angry and bothersome people called the Angerdahs who sought out happy people and made them all grouchy, uncaring and hopeless.

   This was until the great day on Harp Wind Hill, when the people of Emeria all joined hands and prayed. They put their hands up in the air and light beams came straight out of their palms. Their mouths opened and they spoke only loving words. Each word spilled over the mountain and out into the air until the Angerdahs melted into pools of aqua sea drops and many fish came to spur them out to sea, where they are adrift to this day.

   The people of Emeria rejoiced, they gathered flowers and put them in a basket of light and sent them to Moorea, the gypsy king, who in exchange promised them all wishes of their own. And because they knew how to make and believe, they are coming true.

   Travel with Emma and Brody as they are called to adventures from the Land Of Emeria to help bring the knowledge of Make and Believe to other lands. Watch how they defeat the Angerdahs and Yicca the Awful. Erase your fears and gather your love into a vision of how you too can make the world a better place to live in.

About After Time Tales

Travel with Emma and Brody as they are called to adventures from the Land Of Emeria to help bring the knowledge of Make and Believe to other lands. See how they defeat the Angerdahs and Yicca the Awful. Erase your fears and gather your love into a vision of how you too can make the world a better place to live in with kindness, a fun circus to restore the thrones of contentment and joy.

This tale is an adventure of the power of Make and Believe, a true teaching tale in positive thinking.

Now available on lulu.com with color illustrations. $20.00

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year from Neverlands in 2014 !

Best Wishes and Prosperity in Mind, Body and Most of all Spirit!

Illustration by Teddi Rutchman

Illustration by Teddi Rutschman

Poetry of Youth by Laura Botsford

Oh that when the doors of midnight swings open, that the threshold of a prosperous new year be shown

With  wondrous places, belief and recognition that all our childhood fairs have known

For this post please Share this short link: http://wp.me/p1aPL6-u

New Year Press

Whispering Spring Musical- April 29th-2013

The play is a tremendous success! The children were fabulous and best of all, everyone that came to see it felt the hope of spring.  There will be DVD’s available soon of the performance, so reserve your copy in the school office or on my website. Here is a little preview of the opening song.

Whispering Spring Musical-2013 Portland Elementary

Whispering Spring Musical-2013 Portland Elementary

2013- Press Release- March 6th-

Whispering Spring

Natural Sister

Arriving soon in the regal rural area in Southeast Arkansas is a project called, Whispering Spring. It plans to be an original play by the Students of Portland Elementary in the Spring, under the direction of Laura Botsford.
Original music by Laura Botsford.

Frozen in Spring

We are silent, like snow in winter, falling gently down from clouds  above us

Lost in a sea-son so cold with reasons to be sad with our smiles lying on the ground

They are waiting in the earth a-round us; they are waiting to bloom with rain.

We are the voices of all spring’s hope. We all remember nature’s song
Though you can’t see us we will soon surround you and change your tears into

The smiles where you be-long

We are just frozen in time just waiting for love to wake us, all once a-gain.

Come hold the hands of sun-rays forgiveness be kind to all in the words you say

The earth is waiting for you to shine like sun-light smell every rose a-long the way.

Instrumental:  Come feel the joy of life that’s beginning; op-en the flower of all you are

(tag) The flower of all you are

WPDB Radio Show

Oasis in the Delta

Come see the Show! If you miss it we will have pod casts and radio time later after the final Performance! Family Friendly  with Chicken Spaghetti, Salad, Homemade Bread and Tea.

A good time shall be had by all-

. Pod Cast

Our upcoming summer is going to feature some programs for kids at the farmers market. recyle art, can planters, seed art and who knows. What is your idea?

Find us on facebook and give us a “Like” Be a friend and contribute your ideas and comments.

Neverlands Inc. Arts.  on Facebook

Recycle wood art

Wooden scrap shapes were painted and arranged on a wooden board. This was a summer project for the Museum of Chicot County and Neverlands Inc.  Arts event. Neverlands offers free consulting to enhance your fund raiser, events and cultural history programs.

contact laurabotsford@yahoo.com

Tooty Fruity

   The people of our fair village in Portland, Arkansas have all formed a city wide circle of friends and neighbors.

Our wonderful group is called the

Portland Downtown Beautification Project

Non-profit Neverlands Inc. Arts is planning some very unique, and wonderfilled  exciting programs for all of             the community.

Soon it will be picking time and with the start of the summer season we plan to bring an artist in to work with our area kids with a  hands on workshop to polish up their drawing skills.  How about some local farm and garden tools in works of cool  recycled art?  Let’s make some  Tooty Fruity projects to commenmerate our first Farmers Market event downtown. What can an old can become or a piece of fruit? Check back to see what our kids come up with.  In the meantime, you can be thinking of what dress will your orange be wearing?

   –  Mrs. Potato Head

Imagine What Creative Writing Slides

Free writing slides for your class to get the juices flowing.

Posing questions and spark the imagination. Starting with a power point slide show is very effective. The age group for these slides is K through 5th grade.

Oftentimes music will aid in the imaginative process as well. Chose something that is in kinship for the project. Fast and action packed for adventure stories, slow and dreamy for fairy tales. Writing to classical songs can also spur the student to dramatize in a cinematic style.

Each class seems to set on a beat that appeals to them. So you might want to play a couple of songs and let them choose what the stories will be about and add them into the finished on line book or oral reading in a production.

I have even taken instrumentals and wrote lyrics for them to sing. In our Portland Elementary School Spring musical, Whispering Spring,  I wrote lyrics to Secret Garden’s, Frozen in Time; which by the way I am honored to say they liked very much.    There is much more I can share with you or your students if you are interested in a United Imaginations Workshop, feel free to visit my website to see all the wonderful things we can create together or contact me at laurabotsford@yahoo.com      website: Laura Botsford AIE 

Whats Your Story?