“If you’re not failing now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”
The Thanksgiving weekend edition. I’m thankful for all the creative artists who inspire us.
- Floral quilts from the International Quilt Festival.
- Published books that started out as NaNoWriMo manuscripts.
- Sketching in India.
- A fun quilt challenge.
- The Kyiv City Ballet company stranded in Paris.
- Wrap presents in fabric instead of paper this year for all the sewers on your list. Your quilting friends will love cotton prints and solids.
- The healing power of art. If you’re hurting, harness art as a way to work through it.
- Very interesting Instagram page. Most entries are videos; watch them to get the full effect.
- Amazing students. I had some like these back in the day.
- Need some book recommendations?
- Impressive cardboard sculptures.
- 200 bass guitarists performing under pressure.
Note from Andrea: I goofed. This article was supposed to appear tomorrow, but when I turned on my computer today, I forgot what day it was; I thought it was Friday instead of Thursday and I expected to see Creative Juice up on my blog–so I went to my future-scheduled posts and edited this to publish immediately, and it wasn’t until afterward that I realized my mistake. So, I’m sorry–I’ve got nothing for tomorrow; I jumped the gun today.
Why not spend an hour exploring these 12 wonderful articles?
- Witnesses to history. I cried at the story of Princess Diana.
- Just in case you didn’t see the sand sculptures on ARHtistic License’s Facebook page. (By the way, you can follow ARHtistic License on Facebook for more creative content.)
- Amazing appliquéd quilts from the International Quilt Festival.
- For parents of school-aged little ones—a recipe for homemade playdough.
- Matisse exhibit at MOMA. More Matisse.
- For the dog and cat lovers. LOL.
- The art of letter illumination.
- Artist Sandy Allnock’s Instagram page.
- Striking sculptures made from saplings.
- Franz Kline: breaking the rules of painting.
- A heartwarming book about an exceptional man, Joey Moss.
- Yuko Shimizu’s illustrations.
Lots of gorgeous photography this week.
- Beautiful embroidery.
- What a neighborly thing to do!
- What happens to Ukrainian culture during the war?
- I found this article about different kinds of teas to be very enlightening.
- Writers: establish a pre-writing routine to help usher yourself into a flow state.
- Five ways to improve your poetry.
- A museum in Barre, Massachusetts, has returned 150 sacred items to the Lakota Sioux peoples, some of which were stolen after the massacre at Wounded Knee.
- Moss-covered trees.
- Amazing photographs captured by accident.
- The photographs of Robert Frank.
- Sketching at a festival of Indian dance.
- Do you love Ann Voskamp? Then you’ll love her inspiring Instagram page. It’s worth joining Instagram for.
In researching Paul Gauguin’s life for this post, I came across these four lovely videos from the National Gallery of Art, which tell Gauguin’s story much better than I could. Each is short; altogether it takes a little over half an hour to watch all four.
The Tahitian paintings are the ones that come to mind when I think of Gauguin, but many of his earlier paintings are very charming and more realistic.
I think Paul Gauguin was not a very nice man, at least not toward his wife. They had four children, but Paul was always going off and leaving them and his wife behind. In Tahiti, he took 3 child brides.
And now we go to Tahiti.
I love all of these paintings. Gauguin is considered one of the leading Post-Impressionists. He was a major influence on Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque, among others.
I’m using the Twinchietober prompt today. The pattern is Heart Stack by Barbara Duel Johnson.
I only managed to make six drawings for Inktober this year, mostly because I started late. Nevertheless, I’m glad I jumped in, because I did more drawing than I would have without the challenge.
I played with one of the patterns from Twinchietober, Champ by Antje Romers:
Some pretty things, some scary things, some tips for fiction writers, and more.
- Some of these cats are cute, and some are behaving badly.
- Writing prompts for Halloween.
- Halloween illustrations from children’s books.
- Jack-o’-lanterns with literary tie-ins.
- Beautiful steps.
- HBO’s The Gilded Ageincludes authentic characters of color.
- Free quilt patterns from Riley Blake Designs.
- For the fiction writers: chapter management.
- Whether you’re an author, an artist, or an inventor, if you’ve been thinking about starting a newsletter, prepare yourself.
- For the bloggers: ideas for blog posts.
- More for the fiction writers: developing characters.
- And yet more suggestions for developing your characters.
- Ghosts of the great artists.
Tangle Pattern D-D-D by Barbara Duel Johnson. It reminds me of wrought iron scrollwork.
Today’s prompt is fairy.