Tag: creativity


For over 25 years we lived in a home that we remember with fondness for the beautiful grape vine fence that defined one of the property lines of our yard. Although the grape vines belonged to our neighbors, this 8+ foot high wall was gladly attended to by both of us. In the spring, it always was announced when one of us first saw the vines begin to grow upwards to the first wire. We noted the new change of the vines as we noted the return of the robins.

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Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.

~ Rumi

Last week, when I was feeling sorry for myself about the new wrinkles around my eyes, the aches of arthritis, and the banged up hand from falling I heard a radio interview about aging. (Ever notice when you need something it appears?) The podcast was about aging and the person who was being interviewed made the statement,

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Seeing the world one drawing at a time.

“ As artists, our job is to get people to enjoy their vision, instead of just using it to get around”

I love the work of Maira Kalman. I love the ideas of Maira Kalman such as  “I walk everywhere in the city. Any city. You see everything you need to see for a lifetime. Every emotion. Every condition. Every fashion. Every glory.” She sees the world as she walks. Maira records the moments most people don’t even notice and makes them beautiful.

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Oblique Strategies


“Look closely at the most embarrassing details and amplify”  Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt-Oblique Strategies

I love when I stumble upon something I had never heard about. My latest “stumble upon” came from a blog I was reading that mentioned “Oblique Strategies.” The other amazing thing was that I was reading this blog in a creative “dry period” that I have been experiencing since the studio open house from a couple weeks ago.

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Hey, maybe starting over is not such a bad idea. I am not sure how “life” got in the way of once a week blogging but it did. I kept thinking about topics. I would start to write and then never finish the writing in order to post. Hmmm, what was that all about?

Procrastination, perhaps? Procrastination is an easy way that all of us get stuck. I had tons of logical reasons why I did not blog.

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