Monday, August 23, 2010

Originally posted on Lani's blog but it should be here too!

Collage by Lani and layers from Flypaper Textures.

Over at 14 Secrets we are having a birthday bash this week, because our group is 4 years old and because several of us have our own personal birthdays as well.  We decided since we are a virtual group we can celebrate any way we would like, so a virtual art retreat cruise to Hawaii seemed to be the just the thing.  We want it to be a week of Creative Juju collecting, creating, and sharing.  Like Cynthia Morris's workshops, we want to gather Juju, and one of the best ways to do that is get together with your artist friends and explore the world.  We'll have our art journals  with us and we will keep our senses wide open and play with generosity.  We will look for joy and juju in design and in all we see.  Some of us are filling the ship with flowers; frangipani, orchids, and rudbeckias.  We will find juju in stories and sounds around us, listening to the waves, seagulls, and each other.  Of course there will be new scents to breathe in and all of it will be memorable.  There will be new tastes, meals to share...  Exotic tropical fruit will be available at any time, along with teas and lattes.  Mmmmm.  Maybe some chocolate?  There will be much laughter and delight.  Want to join us?  All you need is your imagination.
We will have workshops on board our virtual ship, one being altered boxes with Patti.   Maybe I could do a little art doll workshop.  Any other offers?

'I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than complex.'
Mr. Rogers to Benjamin Wagner

Monday, August 9, 2010

Oh my goodness, check out this video and blog...

And here's the blog that's filled with this inspiration, more videos, and tons of great ideas!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Giveaway alert

Oh boy, Zura is offering a spot in my Fotoshop Fun eCourse, tomorrow.  Check out her great new website and tomorrow you could win a spot in my class.  (The class starts September 6)

Muse swap anyone?

Here is a fantastic blog post by Deb Gilchrist on Quinn's muse swap!  Wow, read on:


Recently, on the 14 Secrets group, Quinn proposed a very intriguing idea. She suggested that we identify what characteristic(s) our Muses exhibit that might actually hinder our creative process. Then... she suggested that we exchange Muses for a short time, to see what ours might inspire in another person and vice versa. Whoa – crazy. But hey, it might just work. Check out her blog post at the link above to see what other folks' madcap Muses have been up to (or not up to, as the case may be).

Quinn did the swapping and assigned each of us our new Muse. I exchanged with Pete, who thinks he doesn't have a Muse. Quinn is certain she's there, and, well... I will give away no secrets before their time. I did give Pete a wee clue, though, about my sometimes-fickle Muse. Quite often, she will work for a bit of chocolate. Good chocolate. A glass of wine sweetens the deal. Sometimes, a glass of wine goes a long way. Hmm, I'm not sure if I mentioned that.

We've been encouraged to tap into the upcoming full moon energy. Creativity always overflows for me during a full moon, so this will be interesting. We are to create in whatever form our visiting Muses wish to explore. Pete's Muse and I have become acquainted. (No pressure, Pete.) I'm very interested to see how everyone fares with their guest Muses.

Now you might be wondering what the photo above has to do with any of this. Nothing, really.... unless your Muse is fast asleep.... or perhaps to serve as a reminder that rest and nourishment are needed to fuel our Muses... feel free to stretch it however you choose.

Truth is, the munchkin fell asleep in his dinner. I can't share what I'm working on for the Muse exchange with you just yet, so I took advantage of this opportunity to express my grandma vibe. ;)

Someone I know is squeezing every ounce out of his summertime experience. Just like his daddy (who also never-ever-ever wanted to come in out of the rain). And, just like his daddy, he falls asleep in his dinner. (Somewhere, I have a photo of his dad, at the same age, actually asleep on his feet. Really.)

The Muse is alive and well in this little guy. I so enjoy watching him at play, allowing even the smallest things to spark his imagination. Everything is possible in his world.

The moon is half past waxing gibbous. Pete's Muse (I call her Stella) and I will catch ya on the flip side. 

Want to read more?  Check Deb's blog!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Art Fest and other courses for the passionate artist

Teesha Moore has posted the ArtFest schedule for 2010 and it LOOKS GOOD!!!  I can't imagine a more fun way to nourish creative growth than by attending ArtFest.

However that's a long way off and a girl's got to nourish her creative growth all the time, so if you are interested, Zura of Creative Clown (a very inspiring website) has set up a new website where all kinds of on-line classes are listed.  Fantastic.  What a brilliant idea.  Pop over and take a look!  Some time on August first she'll be hosting a grand opening with a give away and lots of other fun things.  You may find me there too!

And finally Mystele has a free class starting the evening of August 1.  You can take a look here.