On a Roll of Creative Goodness

January 9th, 2008

Oo, I've got a tummy ache! So, why am I here? Well, call me obsessed, but I'm on a roll today, feeling good and want to share. And immediately after I write this post, I'll be getting into cozy pajamas and curling up with my journal and maybe going to bed early.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm working on a book about creativity and in the comments of that post, I got a generous offer of editing help from Sarah. It was scary to email the drafts of the introduction and first chapter off to Sarah, but I did (and I survived.) I got her comments back today and already her feedback has been so helpful.

Before I got her comments back, I was thinking about the intro and wondered how some of my favorite authors did it. I pulled out a few books from my bookshelf and flipped through the pages. One of the books was SARK's Succulent Wild Woman and the first page I opened to had one of SARK's drawings of a woman on a bicycle. Beneath the drawing was written, "We are all riding creative cycles." Immediately I was reminded of the art piece I did last week, "Memory Cycles" which focused on the cycles in our lives. I love little bits of synchronicity like that. (And I've found that when synchronicity is popping up everywhere, I'm on the right track. So, hoorah!)

I closed SARK's book and flipped open to a random page in Jan Phillips' Marry Your Muse and in the margins was this quote (which I had circled and underlined previously) by Corita Kent ,

Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is "to fit together" and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating - whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.

How perfect is that? That seems to encapsulate the essence of what I want to encourage in others in the Creative Every Day 2008 project.

My creativity activities today ran the gamut of playing silly games with young children of my friends to writing and designing the monthly newsletter for my art website. By the way, subscribers to the newsletter are automatically entered into a monthly drawing for a free print! You can sign up in the lower left corner of the website.

How bout some more fun linkage? I can't help myself.

- This is a video by Creative Every Day 2008 participant, Kris Cahill. Kris makes these amazing paintings in reverse on vinyl. Go watch and be amazed!

- I love this challenge posted on JustBeConnected today. Hostess for the week, Patti has posted a fun (and creative!) way to beat those pesky winter blues. Her challenge is another example of how being creative every day often involves changing your perspective a bit.

- Karen posted this hilarious list (a kids say the darndest things kind of list) the other day and it totally cracked me up. Check it out if you need a giggle.

- Need more laughs? This blog is sure to crack you up. Go check out: Tiny Art Director

TTFN, Ta-ta-for-now

11 Responses

hey leah,
here is a another *synchronicity* for you: check out Sabrina-Ward Harrison’s books…all of her intros are very cool…and, guess what one of them entails?! Building FORTS out of blankets!!!!! Really you have to see her books…or perhaps you already have them. Another funny aside she was compared to and told that her art was very reflective of guess who?! Corita Kent!! And, she had NO idea who in the world Corita was! So, there you go…you are definitely on the right track. Cool, this, isn’t it? I am beginning to believe the thinking that says what you put your thought energy into truly comes into fruition!!
take care and thanks for always sharing your inspirations…:)
~Carla

Hello!

One of my favorite definitions of art is from Eric Booth’s “The Everyday Work of Art” – and it boils down to this: to make art is to make meaning. Again, the idea is the same: it’s something we all do -every day, we’re engaged in making meaning out of our surroundings and our lives . . . And congrats on all the yummy synchronicity and creative juice!

Warmly, Bridget

Hi Leah – thanks for welcoming me back to blogging.

I love your woman and bicycles picture – she looks very thoughtful to me – when younger people would always say “Cheer up!” to me when all I was doing was thinking… or daydreaming!

And of course I love the synchronicities.

Glad you’ve got a book project on the go – I can’t wait to buy it!

Hello!
I read about your creative every day challenge on Chantal’s blog, is it too late for me to join?
How exciting to be writing a book, I hope it all goes well!

That sounds splendid! I hope you will enjoy creating this book, and I sure look forward to reading it someday too.

And yes please, add me to your list of participants

Have a great day
Mel

I just love synchronicities. When they happen, you gotta pay attention.

Thanks for all the fun links, too. That in itself is a way of being creative….searching out the interesting, the unusual, the quirky….and then sharing it with us.

There are no coincidences, which means you are definitely on the right track. I too am in the process of writing a book as well and I have been putting off working on it. Your excitement has ignited my interest in picking up my pen and art tools once again.Thanks for that…Let’s keep encouraging one another. …and keep on rolling!
June

Isn’t so super-fantastic when the Universe aligns to help you out! Yay!

I hope your tummy feels much better soon.

*hugs*

Sarah

Hi Leah,
Thanks so much for the link today! I’ve written about it in my post tonight, and included a link back to you. I’m glad you liked the video. It was so fun to do, and I hope to do another one soon. Have a lovely day!

Hi Leah-Thank you so much for the mention. I can’t wait to see peoples photos.

Just to let you know, I posted about our Create Every Day tonight .. maybe we will get some more takers.

http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2008/01/11/two-things-challenge-plainpeanut/

Good luck with it all!

~ Diane Clancy
http://dianeclancy.com/blog

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