Archive for the ‘Artist Date Inspiration’ Category

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Made ornaments for activity time during Silver Lake‘s annual Christmas celebration.

Hesitant artisans young and old soon found that they could transform raw materials into artistic creations to adorn Christmas tree or decorate outdoor bushes to feed happy birds. No templates were used, just a few scrap materials and old fashioned imagination.

For tips on how we created these ornaments using pine cones, acorns and birdseed, visit the education page or download library.

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Kevin Abraham-Banks, a Sioux Falls, S.D., trucker, likes to knit

From the WSJ: Kevin Abraham-Banks, a Sioux Falls, S.D., trucker, likes to knit while passing the time on the road. Here he makes a sweater for his wife.

Here’s some inspiration for an artist date: try out some textile arts.

A recent Wall Street Journal article, “Idle Pastime: In Off Hours, Truckers Pick Up Stitching: With Less to Haul, Drivers Try New Hobbies; Quilting in the Cab,” features truck drivers who spend their downtime quilting, sewing and knitting.

The fact that you can take strands of thread and basically make something out of it, that’s awesome I think,” he said.

That’s one of the amazing things I admire about the arts: you can take ordinary things and make something extraordinary.

Another trucker in the article said,

Quilting, he said, “gives you a little bit of ownership. You’ve actually accomplished something with your time off.”

I recently started crocheting again while on vacation. The time passes anyway, why not have something to show for it?

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Anne LammotThe April 2010 issue of Sunset Magazine published Time Lost and Found, an article by the writer Anne Lammott, in which she talks about valuing finding time for creativity:

I begin with my core belief—and the foundation of almost all wisdom traditions—that there is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder. But the good news is that creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.

Then I bring up the bad news: You have to make time to do this.

Reading the whole article online on finding time on Sunset.com.

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Fela on BroadwayI’ve been hearing nothing but rave reviews about this show since last year when it was in its pre-Broadway run. I finally got to see it last night on Broadway. (Bonus: we had discount tickets for being fans of the show on facebook.)

I knew it had to be fabulous. (With Fela’s music, it’d be really hard to screw it up.)

Fela Ransome Kuti, was a Nigerian musician and composer, who holds the accolades of being the father of Afrobeat music. His music is infectious (try sitting still), distinct, and political.

The only two things I wish: that it were longer, and that it was in a venue where we (the audience) could have gotten up to dance!

What I love about Fela on Broadway is that it illustrates the points that I try to make about the value of the arts:

Fela on BroadwayIt is one of the best lenses to view history. Music, fashion and visual art featured in the show took the audience right back to era in which Fela lived. And both he and his music are examples of how the arts serve as a means of nation building, as they were and are sources of both individual and societal Yoruba and Nigerian pride and self worth.

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Excerpt from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

An artist date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committing to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist. In its most primary form, the artist date is an excursion, a play date that you preplan and defend against all interlopers. You do not take anyone on this artist date but you and your inner artist, a.k.a. your creative child. This means no lovers, friends, spouses, children–no taggers-on of any stripe.

For my artist dates, I love to go to the beach, listening to the ocean waves, the seagulls squawking, footsteps pounding on the sand as someone scurries by, the quiet swish-swishing sounds a turtle makes as it clears a space to get comfortable for a nap, and the bubbly quick giggles of a child empowered with a pail, shovel, cup and water in hand.

Or to a coffee-tea place, in the late morning, post rush hour, when the “regulars” come in, and I get to be visually and aurally introduced to a mixed cast of the newly retired, strategizing salespeople, brain injury or developmentally challenged adults keeping themselves socialized, caffeine and adult conversation starved stay-at-home mommies, freelance writers, and a sprinkling of other character studies.

Or to a museum to sit, breathe, stare, and reflect.

Where are some of your favorite places to go on your artist date?

The Artist's Way

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