Articles to inspire you.
- My husband doesn’t have the board game gene. I have no one to play with. Sigh.
- Why we will miss Sue Grafton—what she did to the mystery genre.
- Mount Fugi seen from the air with clouds streaming by.
- Quilt guild show and tell.
- Do you want to keep your resolutions this year?
- 16 thoughts for creatives.
- 50 interesting books.
- It’s not too late to join this daily art challenge for 2018.
- Are you still making the same old fried eggs for breakfast?
- Beautiful photographs of animals, people, and exotic locations.
- I am so jealous of this artist’s journal. She’s so talented.
- I dislike big box churches. Why aren’t there more churches like this one in the United States? A church should be beautiful. Give me arches any day.
First dose of Creative Juice for the New Year!
- I can hear you.
- Eco-dyeing paper.
- Beautiful art quilts.
- The beauty of the American Ancients.
- What? You don’t have a 2018 calendar yet?! Print out a template, and decorate each month to suit your fancy! Lots of ideas here.
- Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe you could borrow some of these.
- Because I enjoy listening to Christian contemporary music, I was interested in this writer’s 25 best Christian albums of 2017. I’ve never heard of any of these artists other than Jeremy Camp.
- The best Christmas story I read in 2017. I know we’re done with Christmas, but read it anyway. It had me rolling on the floor.
- And yeah, I know, but here are some excellent suggestions for Christmas reading next year. You might want to bookmark this article.
- The art of political cartoons.
- I love these beautiful Zentangle designs.
- Now that New Year’s has come and gone, what do the words of Auld Lang Syne really mean?
Closing out the year with a dozen creative articles.
- Biological illustrations.
- Gorgeous quilts.
- A little goes a long way.
- Thinking of trying embroidery?
- I’ve always wondered how the Sesame Street puppeteers make their Muppets move.
- Funny animal photographs.
- Dressing up thrift store shoes.
- I love to see the colors artists use in their palettes.
- A collector of photography shares his 64 favorite pictures of 2017.
- What happens when you cross the love of animals and knitting?
- Nature makes the best art.
- Crafter uses stamp with fabric paint to decorate an apron.
Some inspiring examples, and some silly stuff.
- Merging wood and glass.
- Masterful quilts.
- An artist’s process.
- End of the year reading list. Hurry up.
- Lovely embroidery kits.
- So it may really be true that you know stuff in your gut.
- Berlin is on my bucket list. Is it on yours? Here are the best places to take fabulous photographs.
- I love this artist. Sketches from Portugal.
- Beautiful photographs of birds.
- Quirky graffiti artist goes to Bethlehem.
- Christmas photography project.
- And one last silly Christmas-themed photo collection.
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!
Thank you to Melanie J. McNeil for this awesome guest post. For more quilting inspiration, check out her blog, Catbird Quilt Studio.
Today I’m off to present to a guild. I love preparing for these meetings! Each time is a treat: the audience and space is new to me, the way I think about my quilts evolves, and I get to pet my quilts as I choose which ones to bring.
One of the things I enjoy about choosing my quilts is seeing how much they have changed over time. The differences might not be apparent to other people, but I can tell. In late 2012, a mere five years ago, I made the first quilt I think of as from my “medallion period.” (If Picasso can have a “blue period,” surely I can have a medallion period!) It was for my dear Jim, made at the end of a year that was hard for both of us. I always include this quilt in my trunk shows, for sentimental reasons…
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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.