Wednesday 30 October 2013

Being creative

Balancing family and artwork is always a challenge. Family will always come first as relationships are the most important things in life.  Being with those you love and enhancing relationships with those you love is the most important work that can ever be done.  

However I have found though that I can't give to those 
relationships without being creative.

 Dieter F. Uchtdorf  said

"Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.  Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop 
ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.

Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.

What you create doesn't have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don't let fear of failure discourage you. Don't let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.
If you still feel incapable of creating, start small. Try to see how many smiles you can create, write a letter of appreciation, learn a new skill, identify a space and beautify it."

If the families needs today are greater than art in the studio, there are still many ways to be creative. So much can still be accomplished.  One person is capable of making huge differences in a small part of this huge world.  It may be one stitch,  one smile,  one meal, one drawing or one hug. By changing the thought process of what creativity is , creativity can be found in every corner of life.

Kantha map
15cm x15cm

This little kantha embroidery was created a few stitches at a time during a very busy time of my life.  I picked it up when I could and little by little the project was completed.

I try and carry a sketchbook around with me so when a moment arises I can draw,  I try and make an effort to present all our meals in our home with flair and I try to make my home a beautiful place to live in.  I am working on a beautiful garden done little by little.

With a little effort there are many ways to create. 

An art card.  A small way to create and make art.

Ideas to be creative

  1. Present a meal beautifully.  Be a master chef for the day. Even a plain bowl of soup can look elegant with parsley on top, a dollop of cream and some crusty bread.
  2. Cut some flowers for the table
  3. Tidy up.  The carpet wasn't there before :)
  4. Take a photo of the sunrise

5. Plant a tree or a veggie garden
6. Read a book
7. Write a poem
8. Make a art card one stitch at a time
9. Set the timer for 5 minutes and sketch
10. Dance in the rain or sprinkler on your own or with a friend
11. Daydream and think.  
12. Bake a cake
13. Re organise a room.  Even move furniture around for a new look.
14. Play music
15. If you can play an instrument make music.

16. Write a letter
17. Laugh
18. Create a .......from cardboard boxes
19. Take time to talk and discuss
20. Love

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