Choose The Perspective

Today’s task: make a game for two.  This is a game of cooperation inspired by my friend and fellow artist, Diane.

Move the circular frame until you both agree on a pleasing composition within it.  Best played while drinking tea.

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She’s His Cat

I married a man with a cat last fall.  Sweetie the cat, adopted when his daughter moved, is the empress of the domain. ( and I am fine with that because she never enters my studio.).

The persnickety puss loves moving water.  She has an endearing meow which I interpret as, “Get that faucet turned on now.  I am languishing.”  She prefers that her human serve her, immediately.  This is a well established pattern for both cat and man.


I turned on the faucet today.  The slow head turn, the inaudible sigh, the unmistakable disdain.  She’s all cat, but she still pussy-footed her way to the water.

The Creative Sprint task for today: do someone else’s role.

Hold In Reverence

“Ask a friend for help,” Creative Sprint assigns today.

We had a wonderful catching up about art and books and family and the pursuit of dreams.  I departed energized and affirmed.  I had been in the sacred space of friendship.  Today a bit of visual and verbal creativity:

Practicing creativity,

I reach the pause

before the swirl zone.

It is here, dear friend,

where I hold you in thought,

where I hold you in reverence.

Practice And Collaboration

Today marks the 2/3 point of CreativeSprint.  I agreed to try this practice because my assertive younger sister told me I needed to loosen up about sharing work that is either incomplete or just nor very good.  Ouch.  It does take the magic out of the practice of art.  It also makes me more aware of the mystery.

Today’s task is to make a pie chart or a Venn diagram.  What happens when the gray-haired girl and the red-haired sister get creative together (as we often do)?  The light and the heat show up!  Fire!

The best part of today’s activity was discovering that the daily inspirational quotation was from my sister Beth Nyland!  Here are her words: “Through daily practice, I strengthened my creative muscles. And those muscles have memory. Now I’m quicker to think of solutions to problems, new angles on writing projects, even suggestions for my children when they’re bored. I’m seldom “stuck” or at a loss for ideas. “

Child’s Play

Make a doll!  That is my first response to today’s challenge from CreativeSprint.

As I cut a shape from hand painted silk, Vachel Lindsay’s poem about the Irish Potato Fairy began to dance in my head: down cellar said the cricket.

Here she is, the Irish Potato Fairy.

I want to illustrate a children’s book.  Perhaps, just for the child in me.

Guess The Recipient

CreativeSprint wants me to make a post card and send it.

I don’t want to do that.

But I did make a card I will not send and I am giving myself 5 minutes to think who could be the recipient.

I am having a good time and I am glad ________ is not here. X O

 

Giving It Away

My favorite gift to give is encouragement.  One of my new art friends will be surprised to get the result of today’s task from. CreativeSprint.

Encouragement with a New Look

I carry a fabric tag inside my purse that reminds me to be BOLD.

It is the half way point in CreativeSprint, and I am bending the task to suit me.  Instead of carrying something I have made and documenting locations, I am bringing BOLD back to the studio in a little frame.  Thanks to Another Limited Rebellion for the encourage to practice creativity with discipline.

Ask Someone to Help With a New Technique

I started a poetry MOOC yesterday.  One of the presenters talked about her technique of collecting words she encountered through her day.  When she was ready to write, she intuitively combined different parts of her collection and found pleasing rhythm and observation. Today I cross trained my poetry lesson into CreativeSprint: collection and juxtaposition.

Head apparel

Monday is about embracing the work week.

But some Monday’s I would rather not be age appropriate.

Today’s task from CreativeSprint: make a hat or something to wear on your head.  My spirit says it’s time for flowers in my hair.