Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart Blog Event

This is the 5th and last year of the One World One Heart blog event by A Whimsical Bohemian.  The theme this year is Flying on the Wings of One World One Heart. It is great fun, like a big international party where you get to visit many homes and studios in just one month's time while you sit on your couch in your jammies.  

For those of you that are new to my blog, here is just a bit about me.  I am an artist specializing in animal portraiture, altered art, and mixed media painting.  As they are truly my first love, animals find their way into most of my finished pieces.  Considering the heaviness of much of life, my goal is to produce art that reminds us of the delights of life.  I am also an art teacher teaching drawing, painting, and mixed media altered art.  I teach local and online classes to adults as well as children.  Pictured here are two of my studio assistants.

The "door prize" I am offering for the One World One Heart drawing is this delightfully decorated original mini moleskine journal. The journal is titled Fairytales by You.  Notice her butterfly wings?  How could she fly as is the theme without wings?  This would be a great place for you to record your thoughts, hopes, dreams, and even a 'to do' list or two. It is small enough to fit into even the smallest of purses or on your nightstand.  One of the rules for the One World One Heart event is that you must have a blog to participate in the drawings.  Be sure and give me a link back to your blog so I can contact you should you be the winner.  On Thursday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. Central time I will place all the names in a special vintage basket, mix them up, and draw the winner's name.  Good luck!  And thank you for stopping by for a visit.  

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Living A More Creative Life, Part 1

Sometimes life comes along and just sits on your heart challenging you to even breath.  These are the times when creativity is elusive.  And yet, finding creative expression can be a life saver at just such moments.  Some of you are artist by vocation or by hobby. Others may just enjoy art. For the artist, hard times can lead to a creative block.  But for all of us, hard times are, well just that - hard!  

Finding ways to incorporate creativity into your daily life can be like a breath of fresh air in a heavy time.  This is Part 1 of a series of posts on Living A More Creative Life.  It is my hope that it will help you begin to think in a new direction as you come up with ways to bring creativity into your day to day life.  If this series inspires you or you come up with new ideas, please come here and share your ideas with us all.   

Creativity comes from the right side of our brains.  If you've read anything about the right brain/left brain differences, you know that scientist have learned that the left sides of our brains are our logical sides.  (My husband says I don't have a left side.  But we won't get into that!)  And our right sides are where we find our creativity and our feelings.  Creativity is a mindset.  And most certainly it is about taking risks and having fun.  If its not fun then what is the point?    

Creativity is more than painting or drawing or pasting or sculpting.  It is tapping into the feeling right side of your brain to find a solution to a problem.  Creativity is breaking out of accepted patterns and solutions in order to find a new way of doing something.

In Part 2 of Living A More Creative Life we will talk about some practical ways to move your life into a more creative direction.  

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