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Creative Juice #310

Creative Juice #310

A lot of articles that will stimulate your thinking this week. And some pretty stuff.

  1. Wonderful woodworking projects.
  2. I’ve never gone to a county fair. Have you?
  3. I never knew sea grass was so interesting.
  4. Dreams may be the key to your creativity.
  5. Feedback hurts. How to accept it in stride, and how to give it constructively.
  6. Habitat for Humanity in Phoenix is trying out 3D printed homes.
  7. Extraordinary photos of ocean waves.
  8. Just the thought of tattoos makes me cringe, but these are amazing.
  9. James Rey Sanchez discusses his process and how he broke into illustrating children’s books.
  10. A painter discusses Paul Cézanne’s still lifes. More about Cézanne.
  11. Halloween is less than two months away. There is no better time for writing horror. Here are thirteen tips.
  12. Whatever the art, you’ve got to put in the time. Every day.

#ALP: Bird

#ALP: Bird

What’s your favorite bird: humming? owl? robin? parakeet? Big Bird?

  • Use this prompt any way you wish—for a poem, memoir, painting, short story, photograph, no limits. Enjoy!
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  • Be sure to visit at least two other participants to see how they interpreted the prompt.
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Creative Juice #72

Creative Juice #72

Fourteen servings of beauty and creativity:

  1. Animated photos.
  2. These houses are for the birds.
  3. Beautiful quilts by Diana McClun.
  4. Two-dimensional reclaimed wood portraits.
  5. An interesting glimpse at Da Vinci’s genius, and two more books I want to read.
  6. A sculptor talks about the Period Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  7. Oliver Sacks said imitation and mastery of form precede creativity.
  8. Embroidery beyond the hoop.
  9. Nonfiction reading list.
  10. Illustrators celebrate Christmas.
  11. This Christmasy blog post is just so pretty I had to share it.
  12. A quick trip around the world in photographs.
  13. Some lovely menorahs.
  14. An artist’s (slightly twisted) process for writing a Christmas book.

Creative Juice #56

Creative Juice #56

This very special edition of Creative Juice features posts from My OBT, one of my very favorite blogs. Every day, Donna shares something beautiful—or not so beautiful. I include at least one of her posts in CJ each week, but I have so many in reserve I thought I’d bless you with a whole bunch today. If you enjoy them, you might want to subscribe to My OBT so you never miss a single one.

Video of the Week #87: Painstaking

Video of the Week #87: Painstaking

Tempe Festival of the Arts, Fall 2016

Tempe Festival of the Arts, Fall 2016

If you are in the Phoenix East Valley area this weekend, head down to Old Town Tempe for the Festival of the Arts. I had the pleasure of spending three hours there today. I took lots of pictures and bought some stuff. I’ll share a little with you, but you should go see for yourself. It opened today, and it runs through Sunday, 10 am to 5:30 pm.

The first thing I saw was this blue grass band. They also brought along extra instruments so people could jump in and jam.



After Leah Kiser (below, right) illustrated her brother Seth Ode’s children’s book, Morgan the Ox, she looked for a new project. Her little daughter dressed a toy dinosaur in a doll tutu, and that became the inspiration for the painting Black Swan (second photo below, right).



Dana Robbins makes amazing art glass. I especially love the knobs in the second picture below.



Bob Reynolds uses different kinds of woods to make beautiful inlaid cutting boards.


Elizabeth Jenkins weaves cloth. Some of it she then further designs by removing some of the pigment. She makes unique scarves and shawls and throws–and coats!


Art below by Deborah Haeffele.




Joshua Seraphin reverse paints on glass.




Darryl Cohen and Kevin Frosch make decorative items out of glass. I fell in love with the mirror on the left.


James Floyd builds, sells, and plays hybrid instruments. Here he is playing some sort of guitar/Dobro/tambourine. In the second picture, an instrument has a mechanical arm for holding a harmonica while you strum.




Brian Smith spent five years driving around the country in an RV, taking photographs of things that suggested letters to him. He will help you put images together to spell words that hold special significance for you.



John McDonald’s glass art reminds me of Chihuly. I especially like his “Yard Sticks” below.



Tom Deitenbeck makes beautiful pottery. I love the knitting yarn bowl in the second picture below. I bought one of his napkin holders.


Rick Murphy welds together found objects to create curious creatures.




Bob Cuthbertson plays a Chapman stick. I got to hear him play the Bach Toccata and Fugue. Awesome!


And, finally, Jocelyn Obermeyer on Irish harp and Nathan Tsosie on Native American flute.


I hope what you’ve seen, a small sample of the more than 350 booths, will entice you to attend, too. And if you’re there on Sunday, you might even see me. I saw a gorgeous jasper necklace by Jean and Maya Montanaro that my husband said he’d like me to have for Christmas. Best Husband Ever.

Shaker Design 

Shaker Design 

In 1774, an Englishwoman named Ann Lee traveled to America with eight followers to found the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly referred to as Shakers due to the dancing that characterized their worship.


Adopting celibacy, the Shakers traded traditional family life and personal ownership to live as brothers and sisters in a community where everyone was considered equal and all property was owned communally. Believing that “Mother” Ann Lee was a manifestation of the returned Christ, her followers strove to live a life of perfection in service to others. Their movement grew to six thousand adherents by 1840, all converts. Today, their number has dwindled to a mere handful of members at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine.


The dwelling house at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Main. Photo by TimPierce.


Dormitory-style bedroom in the Centre Family Dwelling of Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Photo by Tom Allen.

The Shakers trusted that God was evident in the excellence of their craftsmanship. The furniture they made by hand was world-renowned. Becoming prosperous by supplying quality goods, they shared generously with the less fortunate. They even invented such useful items as clothespins and the circular saw, and shared their designs.


Shaker man crafting a round box.

Simplicity and utility were the hallmarks of Shaker life, and also of their designs. Probably the quintessential item of Shaker furniture was the ladderback chair. They were made with horizontal slats on the back, which facilitated hanging them from a peg rail to free floor space when they weren’t in use. (Click on smaller photos to enlarge and see credits.)

Today, interior designers still employ the simple lines of Shaker style cabinetry. Copies of Shaker furniture abound, though actual examples of pieces handmade by Shaker artisans are highly sought and prized.


Photo by Doug Coldwell.

Do you like Shaker furniture? Are you interested in the Shakers? Here are some related articles:

From the Creator’s Heart #67


They made the table of acacia wood–two cubits long, a cubit wide, and a cubit and a half high. Then they overlaid it with pure gold and made a gold molding around it (Exodus 37:10-11 NIV).


Video of the Week #56: The Intersection of Sculpture and Utility

Video of the Week #56: The Intersection of Sculpture and Utility


Wooden Quilts?!?

Wooden Quilts?!?

Thanking guest blogger Donna for this incredible post.



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