Most of this week’s articles include beautiful things to look at, but there’s also one tutorial and 12 savings strategies.
- Writing during the pandemic. The crisis is winding down, but the experience detailed in this article from a year ago still resonates.
- Yawn. Red lipstick? How boring.
- Wartime sketch journal.
- For the writers: silencing your inner critic.
- Some pretty quilts.
- A fun, easy, and beautiful art piece to make with your kids. Or by yourself.
- Parents’ example inspires their children to be lifelong creators and learners.
- I love this artsy Instagram page.
- I love watching Suhita sketch.
- I’ve never seen actual glow worms before.
- A sculptor discusses two ceramic deer.
- Increase your savings account by spending less. Easier said than done? Here are 12 strategies that might work for you.
Don’t spend one more day not knowing about these things:
- Taking some of the mystery (and fear) out of hardanger.
- Did you know Salvador Dali did illustrations for Don Quixote?
- Am I the only person not housecleaning during the quarantine?
- This is a NaPoWriMo poem. The prompt was effusive compliments.
- Everything you ever wanted to know about ouzo.
- Noticed while running.
- Beautiful free stained glass quilt patterns.
- How poetry grows on you.
- Your social media practices can have unintended consequences.
- The amazing ceramic fashions of Li Xiaofeng.
- In a random related story, the art of the “plate thief.”
- How to defeat distraction.
First CJ of 2020!
- Three-dimensional murals.
- Art everywhere in Basel.
- An artist discusses figurines.
- You must have been a beautiful baby—not.
- Scroll through these photographs. There are some surprises here.
- Beautiful Zentangle stars.
- A children’s book illustrator shares some of her favorite illustrators and illustrations.
- A trip to Bucharest, Romania.
- How a gorgeous quilt came to be.
- Maria Popova is one of the best-read people I know of. In this article she shares the wisdom of ten writers.
- This artist has a lovely Instagram page.
- Want to kick off your 2020 reading with sci-fi and fantasy? Here are some recommended choices.
A feast for the eyes, a banquet for the heart.
- An amateur artist goes pro.
- Knit-look sculptures made from ceramic circles.
- Traveling by train in Europe.
- Green ideas.
- Yes, life is full of disappointments.
- Ready for some fall quilting?
- Gorgeous photos of mama and baby birds.
- Do you have these five qualities of the creative?
- Would you like to be more productive?
- Pablo Picasso was an amazing artist and a crappy human being.
- Now I want to go to Morocco.
- What Mary Oliver said about interruptions.
A collection of creative genius.
- The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck.
- An artist discusses fragments of ancient Egyptian sculpture.
- Developers should be building these earthquake resistant homes in California.
- I love how Suhita Shirodkar captured this car show.
- You could be a stock photo model! But wait, there’s a downside. . .
- One way to recycle electronics.
- Antonio Salieri was not the scoundrel Amadeus made you think he was.
- Debbie Ripath Ohi first landed on my radar in the 1990s when she ran a wonderful email newsletter for writers. She’s also a marvelous illustrator and kid lit advocate.
- A textile designer insists on sustainability.
- When I was a teen and young woman, I loved watching The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau on television. That world is mostly dead now, and it’s the fault of human beings. These artists are drawing attention to underwater disaster.
- Ceramic glazed donuts.
- May 25th was National Tap Dance Day and I missed it.
Lots of gorgeous stuff here.
- This artist’s work reminds me of the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr.
- For autumn people. I’m a summer person, so I like the before pictures better. (Except the Central Park one.)
- For all the writers: here are the rooms where twenty famous authors wrote the books readers love.
- Magnificent Spanish cathedral. Follow the author’s link to find out more.
- Do you like to read Young Adult novels? Maybe your next read is on this Teens’ Top Ten list for 2018.
- Interesting photographs of miniature scenes constructed from stuff you probably have lying around at home.
- Gorgeous purple quilts honoring Prince.
- These vintage Halloween costumes are kind of creepy.
- Fabulous essay on the creative life.
- Where do authors get their story ideas?
- A printmaker who designs napkins and wrapping paper.
- Amazing ceramic representation of a coral reef.
A dozen articles to inspire you to new heights of creativity:
- Portrait photography.
- Before Picasso painted modern art.
- Aren’t you glad the internet didn’t exist when these classic books were written?
- Extraordinary painted rocks.
- Cool places to park your bike.
- Whimsical ceramics.
- An example of how social media helped a poet gain an audience.
- What happens when you invite an artist to a wedding.
- Some beautiful quilts.
- How to read at a deeper level.
- What to do with leftovers.
- Make this for your favorite shutterbug.
Today’s Inktober prompt is Chicken: