Closing out the year with a dozen creative articles.
Fourteen servings of beauty and creativity:
- Animated photos.
- These houses are for the birds.
- Beautiful quilts by Diana McClun.
- Two-dimensional reclaimed wood portraits.
- An interesting glimpse at Da Vinci’s genius, and two more books I want to read.
- A sculptor talks about the Period Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Oliver Sacks said imitation and mastery of form precede creativity.
- Embroidery beyond the hoop.
- Nonfiction reading list.
- Illustrators celebrate Christmas.
- This Christmasy blog post is just so pretty I had to share it.
- A quick trip around the world in photographs.
- Some lovely menorahs.
- An artist’s (slightly twisted) process for writing a Christmas book.
Your weekend dose of inspiration:
- A different kind of travel photos.
- Amazing photographs of spiders.
- Surreal murals.
- 25 free quilt patterns.
- How and why to read daily.
- Artist workspace.
- An orthodontist who’s also a very successful cartoonist.
- What to read next?
- Symbolism in a Renaissance painting.
- Unbelievably beautiful photographs submitted to National Geographic contest.
- Lovely Christmas ornaments to make by hand. Gift idea!
- A federal program to give work to artists? What a revolutionary idea!
A dozen after-turkey articles to motivate you to create during this holiday weekend. (By the way, I’m thankful for all the people who read Creative Juice.)
- The Other Art Fair.
- What if life really is just the dress rehearsal? I never thought of eternity in quite this way before.
- Can you determine whether a poem was written by a human or a computer? (I missed two out of three.)
- Rituals and memories.
- Why a painting by Manet shocked his contemporary audience.
- Need some inexpensive gift ideas? Be sure to watch the video of the grown-up fidget spinner.
- Here’s an alternative advent calendar you create yourself.
- Christmas decorations you can make yourself with paper.
- Beautiful quilting. Be sure to click on each image for the enlargement.
- Why it’s good to try your hand at different arts.
- Marvelous photographs by Cig Harvey.
- Psychologist Dean Simonton writes: “On average, creative geniuses aren’t qualitatively better in their fields than their peers, they simply produce a greater volume of work which gives them more variation and a higher chance of originality.” Author Thomas Oppong says, “If you want to be prolific, stop judging yourself.” (I don’t totally believe that—you have to judge yourself somewhat if you want to put out excellent work. But this article gives creatives much to think about.)
A dozen inspiring articles to spark your creativity:
- Beautiful Jersey City and Paterson, New Jersey.
- Two of my favorite things: quilts and limericks.
- Art dolls.
- Can creativity be taught?
- These new books sound great. Hollywood thought so, too.
- This article about Picasso summarizes: “Not only has massive chunks of our culture been created by specific men who abuse women but also that so-called ‘Western culture’ in its entirety has been marked and in many ways defined by systemic and institutionalized misogyny that has chewed up women for art and discarded them en masse.” Some things never change. Or can they?
- Do you like potato chips that look like faces, and clouds that look like other objects? Then this quick video will make you smile.
- How to draw a fox.
- Some beautiful tangles.
- What the blank spaces in a painting convey.
- Inexpensive copies of art masterpieces you’ll use every day.
A lot of incredible photography this week. And some other stuff. Enjoy!
- Sunset in.
- Unfortunately, most of the things I make are like something I’ve seen. How do we acquire the courage to experiment with an original design?
- I <heart> NY!
- This would be a fun art project to do with kids.
- Three friends travel through Europe, following Van Gogh’s footsteps to gain insight into his art.
- “Illustwriter” Hallie Bateman talks about inspiration.
- Gorgeous quilts!
- Amazing photographs of birds.
- Just 30 seconds of Christmas decorations at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
- Liquid rugs.
- How does this happen? People in art museums blending in with the artwork…
- Dizzying photographs of a Chinese library.
A dozen articles to spice up your creative life:
- Ursula LeGuin on the difference between cats and dogs, among other things.
- Taking Zentangle to the next level.
- Sorry to be punny. Food memes.
- Seeing this wall of mini-quilts is making my fingers itch. I want to make a couple dozen so I can have a wall like this one.
- Here’s a fun Halloween face-painting
- I want to go on a guitar retreat like this one!
- I was afraid this article was about manipulating people. It’s not.
- This is the best short story I’ve read in a long time.
- This new television series looks wonderful.
- A different kind of patchwork.
- Everything I know about Richard Feynman I learned on Big Bang Theory—until now.
- Check out these awesome mask kits.
Sharing twelve artsy articles to juice up your creativity:
- Street art.
- A sculptor turns a fallen tree into a sculpture.
- Super Converse kicks!
- The truth about corsets.
- What happens when Helen Keller goes to a dance studio? No, I’m not making a tasteless joke. Martha Graham was a friend of Keller’s.
- This one might make you cry. It’s about the death of a mother. Skip it if you must.
- Amazing award-winning quilts.
- If you have the ability to snap a picture of your pet doing something silly, you may want to enter this contest next year. If not, you can still enjoy this year’s finalists.
- Pages from a Zentangle sketchbook.
- Shipping containers never looked so good.
- How a unicorn makes music. (Because I’m dedicated to bringing you all the unicorn stories I can.)
- Quirky ceramics and a podcast.