Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 10th Creativity Boot Camp "Grow"



Here are my boyz standing infront of their marks on the door frame in our home.  You can see how they "grow" and quickly too!
We mesure them about every six months.

Yes when I leave this house the door frame will too!

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365-169 Ring My Bell


Another Lake Shot - (Heavy Metal?)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

365-167 Slug


I loved the smooth and the rough of this shot!

Creativity Boot Camp Day 3 - Multilayered

Day Three assignment is to seek out MULTILAYERED -
Here are the two things I found!

I love the first image because it includes lights and darks, and three different hard textures.
This is not one solid wall, the darker stones are closest to me, the an iron fence with a stone wall set back further then the lighter color and softer texture of the building higher up and set back even more!



Then there are these golden yummy layered treats!
Cookies and cream set on a colorful plate and nastry 60's wallpaper on my kitchen wall!

Care to join us? Click on this link!

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June 8th Creativity Boot Camp Day Three - Buzz Kill....

Journal Prompts: Now it’s your turn. Name some of your biggest creative buzz kills, including a person or two, and disarm them! ....For example: A classic creative buzz kill is thinking that you just don’t have the talent that other people have. But the truth is that most people are born with a drive that they work on and perfect which then becomes a talent. For proof of this, try to dig around online and view some of your favorite artist’s early work. Everyone starts somewhere…and for most of us, it’s at the bottom.

As I mentioned yesterday I have always felt that need to create. From knitting, crocheting, drawing, building, photography, scrapbooking to whatever moves me. I love to write and I am not always the best at it, but I get my thoughts down and move forward from there. But having a "creative buzz kill" really bites.

In our society today I see that it is not one person, place or thing that can bring us down, but more like a whole group or "society" that can bring us down or back down to the start of our creative places. But I am always reminded of a great song by Harry Chapin that details the stiffleing of a child’s creativity:

Flowers Are Red

The little boy went first day of school
He got some crayons and started to draw
He put colors all over the paper
For colors was what he saw
And the teacher said.. What you doin' young man
I'm paintin' flowers he said
She said... It's not the time for art young man
And anyway flowers are green and red

There's a time for everything young man
And a way it should be done
You've got to show concern for everyone else
For you're not the only one

And she said...
Flowers are red young man, Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

But the little boy said...
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one
Well the teacher said.. You're sassy
There's ways that things should be
And you'll paint flowers the way they are
So repeat after me.....

And she said...
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen
But the little boy said...
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one
The teacher put him in a corner
She said.. It's for your own good..
And you won't come out 'til you get it right
And all responding like you should
Well finally he got lonely
Frightened thoughts filled his head
And he went up to the teacher
And this is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen
Time went by like it always does
And they moved to another town
And the little boy went to another school
And this is what he found
The teacher there was smilin'
She said...Painting should be fun
And there are so many colors in a flower
So let's use every one
But that little boy painted flowers
In neat rows of green and red
And when the teacher asked him why
This is what he said.. and he said
Flowers are red, green leaves are green
there's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

This Song has always helped me see things from the child’s eye and allows me to help my children to be creative and open about their creations.  So if approached by a person that wants to rain on my parade, what can I do? FORGETABOUTIT! Be who you are when you are and whenever you wanna tobe! Who are you being creative for? You or THEM? Make a choice and then deal with it! Disarm my buzzkills? Well I do not disarm, I like to plant one right on their lips and make them see that creativity is "in the eyes of the beholder"! Lame quote but true!

June 7th Day Two of Creativity Boot Camp

Day Two ~ Journal Prompt:
Do you shy away from calling yourself an artist? If so, what do you think makes someone else an artist and not you? What are some ways that you can start today to outwardly reflect your inner artist? Name three people who you would be comfortable sharing your creative work and projects with.

Do I shy away?  I would have to say NO, I do not shy away from calling myself an artist! I love Art and I love to create! I can see why others have a hard time claiming to be an artist, but I was raised by a woman who is very creative, and very artistic. She has lots talent, more than I do! I have different talents then she does but we both can stand proud to say that we are artistic and we love to be creative.

I do have to admit that I have to show my inner artist more!
Even though, I love to paint, knit, write, take photos and in general create,
I have very few ways of sharing my creative nature. Ways (ie outlets!) Even I have plenty of art work that I have done over the years, but an outlet is missing.

Now who would I like to show my creative work with is a totally different question from sharing with “people who you would be comfortable sharing your creative work and projects with”. But I can say that I love sharing my work with Pati my executive director at the Non-Profit I work for and my co-worker Robin, who has an appreciation for a creative heart. Then there is a friend who I have known a short time, but has an understanding for a creative heart, I have shared some stuff with them, but sharing more is a need more than a desire for me. So a I will set a goal to share more and more with others.  Including the three mentioned above.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Day Two of Creativity Boot Camp - PICNIC

Pretty hard assignment since my family and I were traveling on our way home all day today! 
So I tried hard to figure out how I could find or use "Picnic" and in our travels (7 hours of travel)
I found a non-traditional picnic.


Let me tell you that my 8yo told me that the tables looked like large pickles on top of burger buns
and the trashcans looked like fry boxes. 
No need to wonder where he gets his tought process!!

365-166 Reverse Steps to Lake



Sunday, June 6, 2010

365-165 Steps


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These are the steps at my parents house they travel fromt he Lake to the house.
They are also wide and deep and a major cause of most boo boos at their house,
especially with two young (fast) boys!

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