Saturday, September 24, 2011

Soul Repair Garage

Collage by Lani with textures from FlyPaper Textures and from Skeletal Mess

The idea for this post comes from Jen Lemen, who has a category for blog posts called Soul Repair Garage. What a wonderful idea!   If you could take your soul into a garage made just for souls, what would that look like for you?  Mine would be called the Paradise Garage.

While exploring the back roads of Nova Scotia I came across this garage sign (Paradise Garage) which I added to the collage of the girls and their red roadster.  My Soul Repair Garage would be a simple place, with plenty of tools so you could repair anything, where there would be plenty of art materials and maybe a cafe attached  where a band might be playing some blues live (if your soul needs repair, I think live blues are just the thing).

If you get a chance Visit Jen Lemen's blog, and especially all posts relating to soul repair.  Lovely!  Here's one.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Amusement Institution"

"Amusement Institution" digital collage by Lani

Here's another Digital Whisper challenge.  These challenges are serious fun, I have to say.  This one started with the background, the grungey red and "white" stripes.  We were given a few links to look for other circus imagery, so I ended up in the Deviant Scrap Shop and playing with Tumble Fish Studio My Picks kit.  Here's the final result with a little extra help from FlyPaper Textures and Ode to a Muse.

Monday, September 19, 2011

More on "Finish This Book" by Keri Smith

Collage by Lani for Keri Smith's "Finish This Book"
Oh boy oh boy oh boy!  I am so enjoying Keri Smith's "Finish This Book"!  That's the mysterious book I found on my doorstep (you can read about that here) which is actually about someone finding a mysterious instruction manual and she asks the reader to help her put the book together.   I've been working with it, trying to puzzle out the mystery.  The readers gets to play the role of a sleuth in this book to kind of co-create it.  So of course when the book I found on my doorstep is finished, it will be a completely different book from everyone else's.  So not only am I wanting to find out how my book turns out but I also want to find out how others' turn out.  Such a great collaborative and interactive concept for a book.  I love "Finish This Book" and can't wait to share more!  Find a copy and play, and don't forget to let me know how it goes for you!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Reptitude and Creativity

Collage by Lani for Six Easy Lessons
 Barbara Martin has a coaching and creativity website called Reptitude Center for Creativity, and a creativity spot, phone in line where you can listen to a little experiment to increase your creativity.
This week's phone line has a great exercise in using curiosity to enhance your creativity.  Say for example you are stuck in line somewhere, or perhaps stuck in traffic.  Rather than getting upset or spending your mental energy worrying about what you should be doing instead, take advantage of the situation and start noticing what is going on around you.

Notice what is unusual in the midst of the usual.  Find the non sequitur, the out of kilter, the serendipitous.  These things are always there, around us all the time, we just forget to notice.  It is these small noticings that move us into a more creative space.  Once we notice something unusual, then we can start to wonder how this came to be, who created this, why, how?  Barbara Martin calls it the "look around game".  I just call it fun!  When we strengthen the parts of the brain that does all this noticing and the parts that create connections and insights, we actually feel better in our lives.

Creativity is undoubtedly very good for us!  Want more creativity in your life?  Try eWorkshops!  You can take them in the privacy of your own art space.  There are many choices out there I know, but I can vouch for 6 Degrees of Creativity and of course my own eCourses.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Want to encourage your creativity in 6 different ways?

Collage by Lani
Have you wondered what your life, work, passions, relationships would be like if you applied a little more artful creativity to them?  Why not join us and find out.  We are six artists and art therapists and we are here to encourage your creativity in six different ways!  Kristina Bell DiTullo will be working on found objects and relevant social issues, I will be working on the Happy Artist's Life, using art  to create positive neural experiences and other good things, Cathy Malchiodi will be working on Gratitude and Affirmation in Art, Gretchen Miller will be working on Artist Trading Cards to celebrate the goodness in our lives, Jenny Navarro will be teaching us some lovely Beeswax techniques, and finally Kat Thorsen will be teaching us Sock Monkey Therapy.  For Six Easy Lessons for a Happy Artist's Life (and the other five marvelous ways to grow your creativity) click here.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Having a little Collage and Fotoshop Fun!

Collage for Digital Whisper at Ning
Do you know Digital Whisper?  (Thanks William Charlebois for this link!)  They have a lot of inspiration, challenges, links, support, and other good stuff.   For more exploration in combining photo manipulation and collage, please consider the eCourse which is starting next week.  (The discount for blog readers is over on the right hand side of this post, just scroll down a tiny bit and you will see it.)

The above piece came from this image from Moonchild which is the background for the current challenge.  (I can't wait to explore the other challenges):

Then I added an old photo, a collage sheet face from ArtTeaLife, and a texture from PaperWhimsy.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

So What is Our Big Work?

Cover for Six Easy Lessons eZine (for 6 Degrees of Creativity)

After reading Michael Nobbs new eBook (see previous post) I started wondering: How do we define our big work?  Or how do I define my big work.

Do you ever get one of those big inner smiles from creating something that seems to resonate or be in alignment with everything you believe in? Or maybe you feel that inner smile when you walk into an art gallery and suddenly recognize this same resonance or alignment in someone else's work. What ever the cause, it's those marvelous smiles of alignment, resonance, and wonder that I'm after. If I can find more ways to encourage that smile both internally and in the world, I think I would have found my big work!

Actually, with the fun I am having creating the videos and eZine for my workshop that is a part of 6 Degrees of Creativity, I'm feeling wonder, resonance, and alignment right now, right here.  So many magically beautiful things just fell into place for this, it's quite exciting (and there are 5 other workshops to look forward to)!  I have one of those inner smiles right now.

Collage for Six Easy Lessons.
What is your big work?  Does it make you smile?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Michael Nobbs has a new eBook!

"Forget about seizing the day, enjoy it instead (a gentler translation of carpe diem)"
- Michael Nobbs

What I love about Michael Nobbs, besides his wonderful drawings, his blog and morning chats with tea, is that it's all about trying to keep things simple.  In the '90s he was diagnosed with ME/CFS and, over the last decade, has had to learn about sustaining a creative career with limited energy.  He feels very strongly about living a creative and sustainable life with limited energy, so much so that he  considers this to be his "Important Work".  Through his blog, pod casts, drawings, and eBooks, he teaches us all that it is possible to live a creative life with what ever our limitations might be.  Very inspiring!   Go immediately and get yourself a copy of "Getting Your Important Work Done" and then start today, getting your own important work done.

Here are some of the topics he's working with in this book: • The Importance of Choices • Get a timer! • The Importance of “No” • Why on some days it’s a good idea to say “no” even to to your
Important Work • The importance of putting energy back into the Energy Bank • Wabi-sabi: the beauty of imperfection • Don’t do today, what you could put off until tomorrow • Forget about seizing the day, enjoy it instead (a gentler translation of carpe diem) • Remember to celebrate your achievements  •Take some time to look back at all you’ve achieved • Why it’s okay (even essential) to stop completely • Deciding to schedule a catch-up day into my week • In praise of working on one thing at a time • Stop trying to catch-up, work from where you are • Learning to be compassionate with ourselves to get our Important Work done • Why we need to avoid the “jam tomorrow” tendency if we want to keep getting our Important Work done • Reaching and accepting limits • Learning to stop (especially when we most think we can’t) • Giving ourselves what we need helps get our Important Work done • Do a little something to raise your spirits (and help get your Important Work done!)  •Taking a holiday to make sure we stay on track with our Important Work
(Nice, eh?)

Do check out the other books as well, while you are at it.   I  love "Start to Draw Your Life" and it's free.  And there's Sustainable Creative and The Beanie #4 as well, all good and worth checking into here!