They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it. David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals (2 Samuel 6: 3-5).
Are you ready for a baker’s dozen doses of inspiration?
- Have you noticed how everything is coming up Wonder Woman? (Haven’t seen it yet. Probably should.)
- Here’s an interesting reading list.
- Octopi as art objects with function.
- Cute quilt show. I encourage you to click on the photos so you can view enlargements.
- What making art does to your brain.
- Are you nostalgic about electric guitars?
- Prize-winning dog photographs.
- Art in the elementary school unnecessary? I think not.
- Here’s a cool way to celebrate your pregnancy.
- I love that this artist sketches at concerts.
- I wish I lived close enough to the Whitney Museum to see this Alexander Calder exhibit first hand.
- Gorgeous animal photography.
- Terrific summer activity for kids (but it’s okay to try this if you’re an adult)!
A baker’s dozen of inspiring ideas to enhance your creativity:
- What a Pitti—artist inspired by Renaissance masterpieces.
- I love this artist’s blog. This post is from April, hence the Easter eggs; but there was so much good stuff in it I had to share.
- Everyone should have a dragon in their yard.
- Writing exercises.
- I love Ann Voskamp’s blog, because she puts a lot of ordinary beauty into it. Here’s her take on creativity.
- Yeah, college is great; but it’s not for everybody. Better yet is being a lifetime learner using virtually free resources.
- This is why that package you were waiting for took so long to arrive.
- Soap sculptures.
- The once-thriving AIR recording studio is now in ruins.
- If you want to be creative while you’re traveling this summer, put together a little kit like this one.
- How to throw a medieval birthday party for your kids. (I’m so bummed my kids are too old for this. Maybe I’ll throw one for my next birthday.)
- A good reading list.
- What Debbi Ridpath Ohi can do with broken crayons. Look how expressive the faces are.
When I saw this week’s theme for the Tuesday Photo Challenge, I thought, “What a great theme! If only I could think of a shot to take.”
You see, I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in music education. I taught elementary general music for twelve and a half years in two different centuries and two different states.
I sighed and glanced around my very messy study. This is what I saw:
Then I went to the living room, where my piano resides.
Photographs by ARHuelsenbeck.
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In April, my daughter, Carly, visited from Brooklyn, New York. She mentioned she’d like to go to the MIM.
The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve been there at least five times since in opened in 2010. I’ve written other posts about The MIM.
Here are some of the sights we saw on our visit (click on the smaller pictures to enlarge and reveal captions):
The mariachi exhibit:
A tapa from Oceania, a textile made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree:
Grand piano made for Czar Nicholas I of Russia:
Pretty cool, huh?
What about you? Have you been to MIM, or to another musical instrument museum? (I know there’s another in Paris, and maybe elsewhere.) Share in the comments below.
“The ARHtistic License Creative Goals Challenge for 2017” is quite a mouthful. I’ve created a shorthand nickname for it. Let’s use the Twitter hashtag #ALCGC2017 to tweet about our goals.
Another month down. How are you doing on your creative goals?
I missed a few days of Scripture reading. I’m back on track now.
I haven’t gotten a handle on the clutter in my study. ARG!
I’ve written no poetry in National Poetry Month.
I’ve done no artwork.
I’ve focused on getting a month ahead on my blog. I’m close.
I finished my rewrite of The God of Paradox into a Bible study, just working on it on Saturdays since the first of the year. I’m planning to test-drive it with my Bible study group, when we finish our current book (Hebrews).
I’ve made good progress on rewriting The Unicornologist this past month.
And I received two paychecks for articles this month—my first writing paydays in seventeen years. “How to Hold a Writers Retreat” is in the May-June 2017 issue of Christian Communicator. (I forgot about that one—submitted it eighteen months ago.) And Primary Treasures bought my article, “Putting on Full Armor” for a future issue. (I originally wrote it twenty years ago. I’ve been spending my Sunday writing time rewriting and submitting manuscripts in my file cabinet from back in my freelancing days.)
I’m up to page 42 in Essential Elements for Guitar and Unit 12 in The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book. Making slow but steady progress on guitar, recorder, and piano.
So, I’ve had some successes and some failures this month—par for a creative’s life.
If your progress this year has been mixed, it’s okay to reevaluate your goals and adjust them. I set ambitious objectives this year, and I’m not doing as much as I think I’m capable of, but I am working my little buttinsky off.
Now it’s your turn. ARHtistic License was created to help foster growth among the creative community. I’d love to know how all of you are doing so far in 2017, so I (and ARHtistic License readers) can encourage you. Don’t be shy! If you’re keeping accountable on your blog, paste a link into the comments below. Or if you don’t have a blog, just tell us your successes and your challenges this past month. Check in on June 1, 2017 to share your progress during May.
“There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration. This guest (inspiration) does not always respond to the first invitation. We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.”
― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky