The issue is less what you’re doing to finish a project than who you’re becoming through the creative process. That’s what the art reflects. ~Allen Arnold
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever. ~John Keats
- I’m not sure these balls are actually embroidered. I think at least some of them are very expertly wrapped with threads.
- An open-air museum in Japan.
- Prize-winning birth photos. These made me cry. Warning: nudity.
- I love watching cranes—they’re so graceful.
- How to encourage your children to be creative.
- Do you travel? Do you take photographs when you’re out of town? Enter this contest.
- Amazing tangles.
- Photographs by Linda McCartney.
- Ancient technology.
- Amazing quilts.
- I’m a sucker for a kid who can dance like Michael Jackson.
- Ice cream cones as art.
Spend the weekend reading to inspire your art.
- Beautiful paintings.
- Photo essay about Nara, Japan.
- Beautiful tangles.
- I love reading an artist’s story.
- Quotes about reading and thinking. When was the last time you read an article that included the work peradventure twice?
- An encounter with gorillas.
- Lessons in creativity.
- We all have bad days. We need to develop resiliency to hang on during difficulties, learn the life lessons therein, and move on to the next thing with a little more wisdom.
- Someday I’m going to take some of these free online courses from Ivy League universities.
- What it’s like to be a graphic designer.
- Pre-drone aerial photographs taken by German pigeons in World War I.
- Ways to prod your creativity.
Just in time for weekend reading:
- Embroidered portraits.
- What can you learn from Mozart?
- An interesting science connection to Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
- Life advice from an old barber.
- I can see me living in this houseboat.
- I thought maybe it was the mushroom, but that’s not what the mantis was high on.
- For anyone who shudders at the thought of public speaking.
- How to get stuff done. I’m fascinated with this guy’s daily schedule.
- Kyoto, Japan, seen through an artist’s eyes.
- Gorgeous tangles.
- Lovely sketchbook.
- Take a bird’s eye tour of Shanghai.
May these offerings be like a spring breeze to your spirit:
- Award-winning quilts.
- Is it wrong to dress up and pose your dog?
- Handmade glass.
- Gorgeous tangles.
- How Spike Jonze works with dancers.
- If everything had rhyming names…
- A sweet patchwork-pocket apron to make for a little girl.
- If you love choral singing, you need to watch this. If you’ve ever wondered why people like to sing in choirs, you need to watch this.
- Where can you find some fresh inspiration for your art?
- For the museum nerds. (That’s a good thing, I promise.)
- These new books look fabulous.
- An hour of calligraphy practice before a watercolor session?
Orson Scott Card is a prolific writer, perhaps best known for Ender’s Game. He is a master wordsmith. Here are some examples:
- Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.
- There’s a reason why every human society has fiction. It teaches us how to be ‘good’, to behave in a way that is for the benefit of the whole community.
- The education that prepared me was my general education classes, which I tried to avoid when I was a stupid undergraduate, but which gave me the foundation of general knowledge that makes a career as a writer possible.
- “Music isn’t just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction. It’s a need, a deep hunger; and when the music is right, it’s joy. Love. A foretaste of heaven. A comfort in grief.
Is it too much to think that perhaps God speaks to us sometimes through music?
How, then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message?”
- “If desire did not dim the brain, nobody would ever get married, drunk, or fat.” (from Ender in Exile)
- “The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.” (from Xenocide)
- “Happiness is not a life without pain, but rather a life in which the pain is traded for a worthy price.” (from Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus)
- “For children love is a feeling; for adults, it is a decision. Children wait to learn if their love is true by seeing how long it lasts; adults make their love true by never wavering from their commitment.” (from Pathfinder)
- “When you have wisdom that another person knows that he needs, you give it freely. But when the other person doesn’t yet know that he needs your wisdom you keep it to yourself. Food only looks good to a hungry man.” (from Xenocide)
- “The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven.” (from Xenocide)
- “Do you know why Satan is so angry all the time? Because whenever he works a particularly clever bit of mischief God uses it to serve his own Righteous purposes.”
“So God uses wicked people as his tools?”
“God gives us the freedom to do great evil, if we choose, then He uses his own freedom to create goodness out of that evil, for that is what He chooses.”
“So, in the long run, God always wins?”
“Yes, in the short run though it can be uncomfortable.” (from Ender’s Shadow)