Creative Every Day Check-In: April 16 – 22

April 16th, 2012

This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.

Join in the Challenge: You can now sign-up for the 2012 Challenge here!

Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) about your creative activities during the days of 4/16/12 - 4/22/12.

The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link to a blog post (or posts) or flickr image during the week listed. Or if you have a bunch of posts and don't want to link to all of them, you can link to your main blog page once. Do it in a way that makes sense and is fun for you! If you're unsure about how to use the widget, check out the "How to use the Mr. Linky widget" section on the Creative Every Day Challenge page. (If you're reading this in a RSS reader or email subscription, you will not see the "Mr. Linky widget", so click on over to the blog to use it.) If the Mr. Linky widget is missing from this blog post, it's probably a problem with their server and it will come back as soon as it's fixed. You can always leave your link in the comments.

You can also take advantage of the great CED flickr group to post your images and see what others are up to. If you're on Twitter, you can use the hashtag #CED2012!

Theme: The (totally optional) theme for April is Language which you can read more about here

Happy Creating!

23 Responses

Love those subway pieces! They definitely tell a story!

. . . around the backyard fire pit, as the moon is waning, setting free all the things that hinders my creativity (among other things), I stumbled upon your website. How could I resist?

Wonderful site ~ very creative ~ thanks for hosting ~ enjoy the week ~ thanks, namaste ^_^

This week’s post is about the search for magic and beauty in the world, and then finally finding it within ourselves.

I love your subway collages, very clever and creative. How you can say so much with simple imagery is very impressive. I posted about new beginnings and an ATC swap, learning remedial watercolor… Thanks for letting me play!

I shared the spontaneous art lesson a friend gave my son.

Daily life on the ranch. Funny and sweet. Terah

Wonderful sunny day here on the farm in Ontario! I’ll be working on artwork of the Ker Church ground for the NiagaraHERE project and will post images on my blog as I work. Also, I donated a painting to a local gallery run by artists, so will post about their upcoming Silent Auction. Have a creative week everyone! :-)

Getting back into the ritual of the studio. By the way, does anyone have any resources or techniques for figuring out what art to make? I’ve got lots of skills (painting, collage, stitch, etc) but when I try to articulate what subjects inspire me I seem to hit a wall. I’m sure I’m not alone in this . . . help please!

A very busy week. I had a craft show on Sunday…I was a flop, but it sure kept me busy this week!

Crazy couple of weeks if I hadn’t made a commitment to myself to take part in several art challenges a week I would not be doing any creative work. Thanks for providing the push :)

Hi Erin,

Couple recommendations for inspiration for art work for you:

Carry a camera and sketchbook with you and just draw and snap photos of everything around you. Things that to others seem mundane can be great inspiration. The act of sketching keeps your artistic sensibilities engaged, so the more you draw, even if you don’t think what you are drawing is something you will use for a final piece of artwork, the more receptive you will be to ideas for artwork. Get out of the creative block by just creating without the end product in mind.

Also, Art Synectics by Nicholas Roukes is a great book to get ideas and inpiration. I used it when I taught high school art, and it really got kids out of a rut and brought out their creativity.

I’m working on getting back to my writing, and it’s taking some organization, planning, and obsession. So I’m making a planner to work on the steps that I need to take to finish my book. There are some things I’m frightened of in there. I need to pin those down and find some way to get through them.

I finished a drawing I’ve been working on (:

Hi! Hope I’m right by signing in…
I’m trying to do something artful everyday, even small and insignificant things, to keep in touch with my creative side while I work to make art my new job…

Thank goodness for the Yahoo group :journal challenges, and the Sunday Postcard Art , and The Crazy Amigos challenge Blogs! They help to keep me creating when my muse is hiding!

This is the inspiration I need everyday! Seeing your wonderful creations and the themes you post really help to keep me creative. I thank you for all the creativity you put into helping motivate others. <3

I have been having some fun experimenting with painting on paint chips….

It’s been a kind of mania, but a happy one. I HAVE been creative every day; I’ve been finishing things every 2-3 days or so, pretty good for me. :)

I don’t know why I can’t remember to link up to this fun celebration of talent! I love visiting the variety of projects….but I just can’t get to everyone. Keep creating!

The wider I keep the definition of creative, the more free I feel each day. I am enjoying the daily reshifting of my mindset to allow myself to revision what being creative is. And as I do that, I find I have more and more time for what I would traditionally have considered creative. I think it’s because I’m having more fun tackling projects that have stymied and sucked up energy and stalled my general activities. But the more creative approach I take, the more I get done, the more I am able to do. Life is opening up. On good days. Some days are still stymied, but few and fewer. Thanks for the help.

I decided back in December (2011) that I was going to write a poem every day during 2012, so finding your blog and Creative Every Day project was a delightful surprise! So far this year I have written 118 poems, and today is the 113th day, so I’m hanging in there. My most recent blog article is about “Dealing With the Dry Spells,” and your monthly themes will certainly give me new things to think about as I continue my own quest!

My blog is not just about my poem a day project, although there are some poems posted there. I write about many different things, but creativity is embedded in many different forms, in most of my writing. I have put your widget in my sidebar because I feel truly linked to your ideas. Thank you for what you do!

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