Creation is bringing something new into existence. Formula is re-creation of what has been. Through a repetitive series of steps, it seeks to gain similar results by duplicating what’s worked in the past.That’s great for a muffin mix. Not for creating something original.~Allen Arnold, on Facebook at The Story of With
Halloween is coming soon. . .
- Day of the Dead quilts.
- Amazing 3D murals.
- Some writers have strange working habits.
- What one must do to fresh rice to prepare it for cooking—Mozambique style.
- For the bloggers: strategies to get more writing done with less pressure.
- Printable Halloween bookmarks. Easy craft for kids.
- The true value of the jewelry you buy.
- Legendary portrait photographers.
- About the letters of Vincent van Gogh.
- The essence of an old quilting bee.
- Awesome piñatas.
- Can your Halloween display top this?
Beautiful things to look at, and hints for the creative lifestyle.
- They don’t make things the way they used to. Manufacturers purposely make goods with a limited lifespan so that we have to replace them and they can make more money. How do we combat the throwaway lifestyle?
- Photogenic pets.
- For the writers: set your daily intentions.
- Parenting is hard! Action points for getting through the tough spots (i.e. every day).
- Doodling on the piano.
- Internet romance.
- Write a novella for NaNoWriMo.
- How are quilters like athletes?
- 3D embroidery.
- How to draw and paint a mushroom, step by step.
- Watercolor streetscapes.
- I’ve been following Amy Cowen on Instagram for years. I love the faces she draws.
Necessity is the mother of invention.~English proverb
Every artist has all the tools he needs at his disposal.
Oh, if only that were true.
No matter what your medium is, you need physical supplies: a drafting table, paper, canvas, needles and thread, ink, music stands, computer programs . . .
And beyond the tangible implements, you also need the intangible: education, life experience, time, a spark of inspiration . . .
But in a way, having every possible requirement for your art could also be a hindrance. Too many options can make it hard to focus. Which shiny idea do you work on? Oils or acrylics? Fiction or poetry? Modern dance or ballet? Butterflies or toads? Having every advantage can be a curse.
Don’t you admire the people you know who are able to do remarkable things with very simple materials? Your friends who can make an impromptu dinner out of the odds and ends in their pantry. The guy who finds an old broken dresser next to the road on garbage day and turns it into a glamorous bathroom vanity. The child who delights the neighbors by painting whimsical designs on rocks and hiding them in their yards.
The challenge of making something out of what you have at hand can unlock your creativitity.
Here is what some people have made with found objects:
- Musical instruments.
- Sculptures. Scroll down. You can click to see 99 additional pages.
- Kid’s art projects with minimal supplies. These ideas were dreamed up during quarantine last year. (Suitable for creative adults too.)
Read an interesting article on the power of limitations.
I challenge you to make or write something with the resources you have on hand today. Don’t wait until you get that expensive tool or that elusive inspiration. You have enough. You are enough.
A lot of interesting articles this week.
- Cats in stores.
- I never really understood how vital the bison had been to the ecology of the prairies. Read how Native Americans are spearheading the effort to reintroduce bison to the wild.
- Don’t you just hate it when you’re writing a scene in your novel and you get stuck? Here’s three ways to get unstuck.
- Are you tempted to throw in the towel? Here’s why you should persevere.
- Children’s book authors: when you submit a picture book manuscript, do you show where the page breaks are? It’s a controversy, but I like this approach.
- A stroll through Jersey City, including a couple of awesome murals (be sure to scroll to the end).
- Crap. I think I may be the friend that all my friends lovingly tolerate. I recognize myself in this poem.
- The search for authenticity.
- Oooo. More artistic people to follow on Instagram.
- Yellow Submarine means different things to different people.
- Connecting our Natural Worlds is an art quilt exhibition. In addition to photographs of the quilts, the website has links to videos of the artists talking about their creations.
- How to write fiction about drug abuse when you have no clue.
The best articles I’ve read this week.
- Gorgeous zendalas.
- Photography on the farm.
- Writing is like making music.
- A young man becomes paralyzed and learns to draw with his mouth.
- A village school in Mozambique.
- Iroquois healing ritual.
- Best sewing advice for quilters and garment makers.
- Photographs that are out of this world.
- Dentist tracks down and reproduces vintage national parks posters.
- The role of the studio dog.
- For the fiction writers: creating a scene list for your novel.
- Need some inspiration? Here are nine wonderful free printable quote posters.
I didn’t set out to make this week’s offerings photography-heavy; it just turned out that way. Enjoy, shutterbugs.
- Photographs of the sun and the moon that will knock your socks off.
- Extraordinary wildlife photographs.
- Why writers (and other creatives) should have professional photos.
- The more you practice, the better you get, as these pictures show. Actually, I wish I could draw as well as some of the beginning efforts here.
- For those who are prone to senior moments.
- For the bloggers: “Create to connect to those who need you.” This quote comes toward the end of the article. I think it might be my new motto for ARHtisticLicense.
- Excellent tips for photo portraiture.
- I am definitely going to make this quilt. A good way to use up those miscellaneous odd pieces of fabric.
- A new museum focusing on Edvard Munch is opening in October in Oslo, Norway.
- The story of Franz Marc, an artist who inspired Mary Oliver.
- I lived in New Jersey for the first half of my life and never knew there was an art museum in Newark. It’s fabulous! I must see it the next time I’m in the Garden State.
- Photos of Montmartre in Paris.
Pretty things and practical advice.
- The backstory behind a beautiful quilt.
- I love to stroll through Jersey City with Nathalie.
- Wonderful fingerstyle guitarist.
- Oscar gowns from decades past.
- For the writers: a pep talk.
- Are you having trouble sleeping?
- Amazing flora and fauna on this photographer’s Instagram page.
- I kinda want this hairstylist.
- Don’t you hate it when you know you have the perfect art tool for a project, but you just can’t find it? Or when you come across a special pen or marker or paint that you bought years ago, but it’s now dried out because you forgot you even had it? This article on organizing your art supplies can help you store your stuff so that you can easily find it.
- How to paint bees.
- Sketching at the farmer’s market.
- Books that can give you new insights.
All sorts of info to inspire your artistic brain.
- I know the common green mantises; I didn’t know they have diverse cousins.
- Flip through Nathalie’s art journal.
- How things get done in Mozambique.
- Lovely photographs of ordinary objects.
- Funny and amazing animal videos.
- Natural poses to suggest when you’re taking photographs of groups of people.
- Teeny tiny paintings.
- This artist’s quilted portraits celebrate Black life. Be sure to click on the link at the end of the article to see more. (Actually, you have to click on the little box that appears when you click the link.)
- For the writers: mining memories for your memoir.
- Incredible photographs of endangered species.
- For the artists: open calls, grants, residencies, and fellowships.
- The Presto from the Summer concerto from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons played on a big honkin’ organ.