As bloggers we are all creative. Creativity can take many forms and sometimes it’s good to indulge. Over the years I’ve found that doing something regularly is the best way to warm up the creative juices and find something we really enjoy. I’ve blogged about this before when I first joined postaday a few years ago. Now I still post every day – but in a variety of places according to topic. It isn’t the blogging every day that has been important but the doing something that has enabled me to go on and do more.Every day I squeeze in just 15 minutes (obviously more if I can) and do something creative. I keep misquoting Picasso – but as he said ‘Inspiration comes, but it has to find you working’
This coming weekend is destined to be a creative weekend why not join us? Find 15 minutes – more if the fancy takes you – and do SOMETHING! Maybe try something new – or indulge yourself in something you LOVE! Take a look here on Facebook This is the Friday page – but if Saturday or Sunday suit you better then there are events scheduled for then too. Then join us in the group It’s a closed group – that just means that you have to be approved. As it’s me doing the approving you can always let me know who you are blogwise if you wish. So far there are people from the UK, USA, SA, Aus and NZ. Several from Europe too. After last year’s illness I’m still finding it difficult to do the things I really love – but I’m determined to get back into full flow this year and finish all my outstanding commitments and work on some new ideas.
I hope you will join us, but even if you can’t maybe you will spread the word. It could be a GREAT BUMPER WEEKEND. What qualifies? Almost anything – photography, writing, poetry, blogging, art, textiles, stitching, embroidery, quilting ….. even numbers are creative – so…… what’s your excuse?
I’ve been reading a lot of blogs with emphasis on a word for the new year. I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.
Yes, I’m afraid it’s true. One word is not enough. I’m currently working with far more than one, but today I will only share one with you.
A New Year brings change, and who knows what the rest of the year has in store. I’m using these words in my art and the second one is Renew. It might be a while before you discover any more – there are quite a few.
This doesn’t really count as a work of art – it’s just a quick expression.
Time for change – I can feel it happening already.
You have seen these before. I don’t think I told you much about them – and that’s because they are really just samples in preparation for a new body of work. I’ve done a few more since then, and am slowly working my way, now around stitching techniques.
I spent some time this afternoon creating a few more surfaces – both fabric and paper – like the above. I’ll probably collage a few of them to get the feel of the colours and textures, and then it will time to get on with the stitching. The project is around Dementia and Alzheimers. As I’ve mentioned before my mother has the disease, and I know that it has had an emotional effect on every member of our family. I also know that there are more and more families being affected, and from what we hear the situation will become more and more widespread.
Have you been affected? If so I’d love to hear from you. I would like to hear about thoughts and feelings specifically, but anything you want to add will be treated in the strictest confidence. Some words might be included in the finished artwork, but anonymously and only with permission. If you aren’t specifically affected but know someone who is, please will you point them to this blog – or to the page accessed via the header above.
This will be a longterm project. If you wish to add to your initial information you can do so at any time. Please pass the word.
It will come as no surprise to those of you that follow my blog on a regular basis to discover that I share my life with colour. In fact, I think you might be disappointed if I didn’t admit it! I am happiest when I am silently working on a project, whether I am using paper, or fabric. The following gallery is just a glimpse into part of my life. I am totally at ease and comfortable when I am engrossed.
These are just a few of the projects that have taken my time during the last few weeks. I didn’t dare show you all of them. I also included a picture of pears and a plum which is my current choice of inspiration. My poor husband tolerates my passion.
Full details of this challenge, and lots more information can be found here. Don’t forget to pop over to Just Snaps too.
Earlier this week I mentioned my attempt to raise £100 during June. As an update, I thought I’d let you all know that I’m already half way there. Thanks to everyone that has contributed, but thanks too to those who have spread the word. I know that we all have our favourite charities so don’t expect everyone to contribute, but spreading the word has resulted in at least a couple of the received donations.
If you want to follow my progress you can find a link to the card I make each day here. I also make a few more ‘Pot Luck’ cards which will be travelling with me later this month when I’m at a couple of selling venues. If I’m likely to see you at one of these you will be able to view them in person.
Now, you didn’t think I’d allow this Photo Challenge to pass by without an entry, did you? Honestly? Well, there’s one at Just Snaps too, because I play with colour each and every day. So here’s a gallery for you, some colour studies for an exhibition that will eventually rear it’s head before I know it…..
Full details of the challenge can be found here. I’m not taking as easy a way out as you might think! The picture below illustrates not only a universal symbol of ‘Love’, but is made using a process that I ‘love’ to use.
Scraps of hand dyed paper stitched to make a new surface and applied to hand made paper
There is another similar illustration on Just Snaps