Friday, May 23, 2014

The power of finding beauty and my new blogger app.

"The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes ... life lovely." 
Quote by Loisa May Alcott,Collage by Lani,  & textures by FlyPaper.

Having fun with collage materials from Teesha Moore, Lynne Parrella, and the Artstronauts Club.  Tried to like my new blogger app, but find the computer so much easier.  Well, it may be good for when I'm on the road!

The Possibilities of Play

"To play made her feel wonderful about life itself" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
 (#96 out of thousand ways to have a happy life ) 

A Fred Rogers quote/meme popped up on my FaceBook feed the other day:
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood."
It made me wonder when play stops being the real work of humanity, if ever?  For me play is really the work of adulthood too. I certainly couldn't create or live without it.  In fact, philosopher and Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, Martha Nusbaum, lists play as one of our inalienable human capabilities and rights.  It is our Right to Play, to be able to laugh, play, and enjoy recreational activities.  It is my 96th way out of a thousand ways to have a happy life.

AND speaking of play, here's something I'm looking forward to that is going to encourage me to play just a little more.  My friend, playmate, and fellow 14 Secrets buddy, William Charlebois, has a class coming up, “Help Heal Your Heart With Dollar Store Art,” over on  He has a very reasonable early bird special price ($10) so check it out and try play as a way of creating more possibilities for yourself!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

What do you do when the creative blahs set in?

"Change your glasses, have courage, and flourish now" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
Over at 14 Secrets the question came up, "what do you do when you find yourself in a creative funk?" and there were so many fun answers I thought I'd put them down here.
What about permission slips or tickets for yourself??  Give yourself permission to do what you need to do.  Need an idea?  A while back we made a zine full of permissions and there are LOTS of VERY fun ideas.  You can find the zine here.  Just to give you a taste of the over 100 permissions:
Permission to Breathe Deeply
 Permission to Forgive 
Permission to Be Silly
 Permission to Love
 Permission to Create
 Permission to be Brave
 Permission to Sleep
 Permission to Take The Leap 
Permission to Make Mistakes 
Permission to Rest
 Permission to forget My Past 
Permission to Be In The Present

This little adventure in permissions started with Patricia Mosca's book, “Permission Slips... For Your Heart and Soul”.   It has 52 permission slips in full lovely color for every possible situation. (The book began when Patricia was in a transitional space, feeling stuck. A friend asked her what would help to move her forward and she realized permission would help her.  So she set about working on her permission slips, creating them as part of her daily journaling practice.)

Here are some more ideas for creative funk busting: 
Get into nature.
Paint with your feet...
Do anything that takes you out of the ordinary, even if it just means taking a new way to work.
Funk is just a way to tell you to see the fun in things ;) again, in order to do that, try looking at things differently with new eyes, maybe.  (Or new glasses, maybe?)
How about going to a movie--a really good comedy. Laughing is good for the soul and very uplifting. Shopping? Even the dollar store has some fun things that are inexpensive and interesting to look at.
You can always scribble on a large sheet of newsprint and color in an image that you find.
Look in the mirror and make funny faces...
Take a bubble bath with LOTS of bubbles.
Visit an exhibit at the museum that is motivating....a flower show in the area.....
Buy yourself some flowers and place them right where you can see them at home, or buy some plants, maybe pansies...they have lovely faces!
Listening to music that you really like to dance to may be just what you need....listen to the video on youtube: Happy by Pharrell Williams Play it over and over and sing along with it.
If I hear the HAPPY song I'm going to be silly. Works best when its in the low-energy hours of the faster than coffee too.
 Organizing my art area also helps... putting away some materials or shifting items about helps the mental clutter and soon enough I'm making a "to be used immediately" pile.
"Play that funky music, white girl. Play that funky music right!"
(#66-95 out of thousand ways to have a happy life )