Creativity Snapshot

January 28th, 2008

Here's a look at the table I was working on today. You can see some of the "Subway Stories" pieces that I've been varnishing and painting the sides of, my sketchbook that contains a poem by Hafiz that has inspired two ideas for artwork, and a bunch of quickie collages done on gessoed postcards. I think I was starving for color after doing so many black and white pieces "Subway Stories" pieces in a row.

For the mini collages, I used scrap papers I had in my collection of random stuffs plus pieces of prints oopses. A print oops, is simply a printing mistake or experiment that happened when making my prints. Instead of just tossing the paper (which is expensive), I've saved it and today I put some into these little collages, which are 4"x6". I will probably paint, write, and or work on these collages some more, but I thought you might enjoy a little peek into what I've been up to today. I've felt in great creative spirits which is always nice.

And now, I've gotta go off and do some house chores...not exactly the most fun part of the day, but it's gotta get done. So, in the spirit of CED, I'm going to approach it with some fun and creativity in mind. It's funny how such a small shift in perspective can make it all seem like less of a chore and more of an experience. For example, I need to do some dishes. Not so exciting, I know. But if I shift my thinking, I remember my apple green dish washing gloves from Williams and Sonoma that make me smile, I consider lighting a candle, enjoying the tulips in the kitchen, listening to Yo Yo Ma as I work, and the yummy smell of soap bubbling up in warm water. Sounds lovely to me now. Ahh. Happy creating all y'alls!

13 Responses

Leah you are so great! That ’shift’ in thinking is the nudge we all need sometimes to put simple things like housework into perspective and make our everyday tasks creative. I do often forget that while yes, the sewing, knitting, creating, that I do is in itself obviously creative, the simple everyday tasks can be just as creative and fulfilling:-)

I always enjoy seeing what you have been up to!

I do creative dish washing with lots of suds and pink latex gloves. The fun part is stacking the dishes in the dish rack so that they will all fit and I won’t need to hand dry them. Then I find creative solutions to fitting everything in the cabinets in my small kitchen. See? Creative Every Day!

I have a bit more trouble getting into house cleaning mode than you do evidently. Then again, I don’t have pretty gloves, just a cheap clumsy vacuum. And boy, I do need to clean but first I have to get as close to finished on my projects that are due by the end of the month. Maybe I’ll just put off that cleaning till the first! I get laughed at for saving gift wrap but my daughter buys such lovely stuff I can’t help but save it.

Love this image and seeing how you work! Love the mini collages too!

Nice post! I listen to music a lot while at home. House cleaning requires special music with lots of fun energy. Art making requires other kinds of music. Lately, mornings around here have been piano music.

It’s fun seeing your work table. I understand about being starved for color after working black and white for a while!

A snapshot of beauty! What a treat – a little window into your creative world.

Hi Leah
Thanks for your comments on my blog. I am loving the Zazzle shop I set up, it’s really cool to see my paintings on different products, you should definitely try it.

That quote by Hafiz inside the house is cool – can’t wait to see what you’ll make of it! The brownish gray slush outside is making me thirsty for color so it was refreshing to hear about your apple green gloves. Work is SO much more fun when you are creative.

I love your perspective and your determination to put creativity into everything and everyday!

I have such a hard time working in black and white–but yet I love how soothing your Subway stories are, and it makes me want to try something more toned down than I usually lay on the canvas :)

I love peeking in on other people’s work space!! Thanks for sharing a snippet of yours!

Love those mini-collages – good idea to re-use things that didn’t come out quite right like that.

I love seeing others work spaces. Its fun to see how how other artist work their magic….

i love this little creative snapshot. i can’t get enough of collage these days so they are very fun to see. i also am now inspired to go light a candle, turn on some nice music and do some of those “other” things that are calling my name. wonderful!!

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