My offerings for the Tuesdays of Texture Challenge:
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My offerings for Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge. Click on the image to enlarge and read description.
My neighbor grows vibrant geraniums.
Red, white, and blue quilt I made for my church’s quilt ministry.
Beautiful Bulgarian folk dancers.
A pomegranate suffers a violent fate.
Sculptor Richard Tucker
Sculpture by Robert Indiana
Mustang I rented while attending the Maui Writers Conference in 2004.
Electric guitar at the Musical Instrument Museum.
Photos by ARHuelsenbeck
Fourteen more articles to start your Friday creative streak:
- Melanie McNeil shares the quilts she made in 2016.
- I think you may be obsessive compulsive if you do this, but I love the results. I may have to try this idea…
- Nostalgia time. My husband had one of these in his classroom to help his students improve their listening skills.
- Are you jealous when you see all the creative things other people are doing?
- Combining loves of ballet and reading.
- The illustrations of Hanna McCaffery.
- I think a dragon is the perfect subject for a quilt.
- A grandfather posts a drawing a day for his grandchildren on his Instagram account.
- Um, some of these one-of-a-kind Etsy finds are examples of creativity gone awry.
- Scrap paper sculpture.
- Joel Kioko, a young ballet dancer from Kenya.
- The embroidery of Humayrah Bint Altaf
- Norm 2.0 is known for his Thursday Doors photography posts, but here he combines doors and street art.
- How do you do free-motion quilting at a retreat? Like this.
A new year, a new set of aspirations. Join me in setting goals for your creative pursuits in 2017. This year I’m trying to schedule when I’m going to work on each goal. Some of these goals are simply continuing things I’m already doing. These are my intentions:
- My life functions more smoothly when I’m centered in the Lord. One of the best ways to stay in God’s will is by reading the Bible daily. Probably the best time for me to read and reflect on a chapter of scripture is when I first sit down at my writing desk in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I often skip this twenty-minute discipline because life intervenes, I get to my desk late, and I’m afraid I won’t get around to writing. This year, I am going to rededicate myself to the simple, but vital, practice of daily Bible reading. No excuses.
- Book projects. On Thursdays and Fridays, work on finishing and submitting The Unicornologist. On Saturdays, work on rewriting The God of Paradox.
- ARHtistic License. Work on my daily posts Monday through Wednesday. I schedule at least one post every day, working about a month ahead. Enter some challenges. (More about challenges coming January 17, 2017.) Fine tune the blog (maybe I’ll post a survey and solicit reader feedback). Grow to 350 followers by December 31.
- Previously written pieces in my file cabinet. On Sundays, rewrite promising pieces as necessary, and submit them.
- On odd-numbered days, write a poem before doing the work of the day.
- On even-numbered days, before doing the work of the day, spend 15-45 minutes on a small (or part of a large) piece of art, either zentangle, calligraphy, coloring, sketching, watercolor, or oils.
- About once a week, schedule a fun activity away from home. Visit an art exhibit, or go to a concert, or take a photography walk. Maybe get a blog post out of it.
- Continue working with the Gethsemane Piecemakers on the first and third Saturdays. In the intervening weekends, finish ministry quilts, but also work on my own personal projects.
I will continue to:
- Practice piano each evening; maybe switch out with guitar or recorder on Sunday nights.
- Folk dance on Tuesday nights and Wednesday mornings.
Now it’s your turn. Take the ARHtistic License Creative Goals Challenge:
- If you haven’t already, determine your creative goals for 2017.
- Post your goals on your blog, and leave a link in the comments below. Or if you don’t have a blog, list your goals in the comments. Now, the entire world can see them and hold you accountable. (No pressure. Really. Everyone who reads my blog is really supportive.)
- Put a copy of your goals in your workspace where they can be a reminder of what you want to accomplish.
- Let’s agree to meet back here on the first day of every month to reevaluate our goals and our progress. It’s already on my calendar.
2017 photo from creativity103.com.
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