August 26, 2009

Colorful Affirmations

All summer I have wanted to create something with oil pastels.....

An idea finally came to me when I organized my precious collection of letter openers. I knew I wanted to wrap a letter opener with wire and hang or attach something to it.

The most colorful letter opener called out to me and thus I decided to make this piece colorful. I decided it should be a little book of affirmations for my ride on the creative road. keep my soul happy

.....what i most need

...stay true to myself

... my creative self

...seeing my work in my creative space and my blog; inspiring others; being inspired by other creative souls

... stay positive and believe in myself

...abundant opportunities to grow

Creative time is a good thing. Enjoy your creative time!

August 18, 2009

Art Journal

this is one of my art journals; experimenting with paints, fabric, wires, charms........

August 17, 2009

"Sometimes it's hard to find the path you were meant to take in this life....."

Perhaps you are familiar with the song "Que Sera Sera (Whatever will be will be). When I was young, I wanted to be a fashion designer. In high school, my favorite class was Home Economics where I learned to use a sewing machine and made my first shirt and shorts. I loved drawing and painting. Somewhere along the way I got sidetracked (way sidetracked). If you look at my undergraduate college transcript, you will see courses in education, wildlife science, and history. My graduate work is in education and speech communication. I have worked in libraries, college admissions, and college teaching. Here I am today....finally discovering more about myself by trying to live a more creative life. So it isn't about "whatever will be will be", embracing and nurturing our creativity is necessary in order to stay on the right track. My brother wrote a song titled "In Your Eyes." I used some phrases as the title of this post. Yes, "sometimes it's hard to find the path you were meant to take in this life......but I'll find my way" (louis orozco-copyright 2002). Even though I am 36 years old, I feel like I have started to truly develop my passion and nurture my creative soul.

August 13, 2009

From my creative space

Collage of "Love in Three Languages"
some art journals and fabric book
part of a current project
paint chips
first carved stamps: here and here.
part of my inspiration board
These frames are from small stretched canvas that I bought. I removed the canvas to use and decided that the frames should decorate my space (for now anyway).
A few images of what decorates my creative space (corner of the room); past and current projects; other stories waiting to be told.

August 11, 2009

A little bit of this and that

Every Monday I feel like I need a good song to start my week. This song (and video) are mine for yesterday (a day late in posting). It is also on my playlist on the sidebar. If you want to join, find a song every Monday that would make your Monday a little brighter. I also decided to join Self-Portrait Wednesday (a day early). Had some fun playing around with this website and here is my self-portrait.

August 5, 2009

the fabric of my life: brown and blue; what an amazing combination. the fabric has so much texture. it has inspired me to do a project that is a complete joy. another color i love is blue charcoal; i am trying to find some unresistable fabric in this color.

August 3, 2009

To be...To think...To create like a child

When I have no or slow inspirational days, I often think about how I would look at something if I was 8 years old. While surfing the Internet, I came upon this article. Number 5 lists some simple activities that we can do to spark creativity in children. Three of them caught my attention as I reflected on my childhood. (the picture above is my son trying to make a new "friend" in New York City.)

1. Pencil Talk. The idea is to "take a large sheet of shelf paper, some pencils, markers or crayons, and have a "conversation" with your child. The catch: You can't talk; you have to draw what you want to say. This might even turn into an ongoing visual dialogue or a pictorial story lasting several days. Ask everyone in the family to join in."

Take this example of a story I wrote when I was 8 years old. In this particular case, my mom asked me to write and/or draw about an event that had just happened. I wrote a story about a bird. I wrote the story in Spanish (you can see my mom's corrections) so it's not the same when you translate it. However, here is the gist. Basically, it is a story about a bird I found and brought it home because it was so cold outside. I kept it warm and gave it food. He flew around the house and we couldn't catch it. In the morning, we found that it had died so we went to bury it. I was sad, but I told myself not to cry. That night I dreamt it was alive.
That was a wonderful "conversation" I had with my mom through writing and visual imagery.

2. Big Box Blow-Out. The idea is to "get a large cardboard box from an appliance store and let your child decide what he'd like it to be. A spaceship? A house? A puppet theater? Let him paint or draw his own designs on it."

I wish I had pictures of this experience I had with my brother. It was truly a creative time. We actually cut and painted a large appliance box into a robot. Once we had played with it for a while as we had intended, we put the box over us and went out to the hall. We bumped from side to side bouncing off the wall until the "robot" was no longer a robot, but pieces. What great fun; we just let go. We'll have to re-create this creative time soon.
3. Record-O-Rama. The idea is to "provide your child with a tape recorder, camera or camcorder, and let her create her own "stories" from the sounds and sights she puts together. Give her the opportunity (if she wishes) to present her production to the family."
What my siblings and I did was create our own radio show. My brother would cover the news; my sister would play her flute; I covered sports and weather. We actually still have one of those recordings which I might share once I figure it how to make it available. It is pretty embarrassing, but quite funny. For now, know that listening to it not only makes us laugh but also lets us see how creative we can be.

The story I wrote about the bird inspired me to create this bird stamp with all its imperfections.

Lessons learned: be...think...create like a child from time to time; reflect on your childhood......we just might be inspired.