Imagine it New

I'm heading to an illustration workshop this weekend, and we were assigned Erin Eitter Kono's "Caterina and the Perfect Party" to re-imagine and illustrate a scene. Because it's already in print, I decided to refrain from peeking at what was already done, not wanting to muddy my creative thinking or get pulled towards someone else's style. 

Time ran out, and here's the illustration I submitted for the exercise:

To do it again, I might shorten Caterina's torso to make her feel younger and more playful, and I might paint the entire scene more loosely. However, I like them as mockingbirds, and am pleased with Leo's inquisitive interest, Caterina's list making and worrying, and the way she dreams of her party, as well as the unscripted cat. 

Now I'm ready to get a copy of Kono's book to see how she imagined this scene, and I look forward to seeing how other illustrators tackled the assignment. 

Sometimes it's fun to imagine things in new ways. 
There are so many ways to portray similar things, and words can 
create a different picture and perception for each person.


Target Practice

Have you noticed that some people are fountains of ideas, while others are ultra focused on mostly one thing, whether their own or supporting someone else's idea? Those of us whose ideas come in gushes can have a hard time catching just one good one and making it happen. Each idea finished and executed uniquely can bring amazing results. 

Whether you're the type of person with daily thoughts of "I could do this..." or "Someone should invent that...." or whether you tend more to act on 1 idea at a time, the most important thing is to be acting on the one that you're most passionate about, with clear focus, aligned with your highest goal, until it's done. It's great to keep catching ideas for later, but once you've aimed, keep your eye steady on the target you've set. 
I've been away from blogging for awhile while focusing my creative energy in a new direction and towards expanding a fuzzy idea. I'm excited and look forward to further refining, enjoying, and completing this work. 
Each of your creative targets, focused on and executed well, 
can be a unique expression of you and your gift to the world.



"The secret of genius it to carry the spirit of the child into old age, 
which means never losing your enthusiasm." Aldous Huxley
What are you feeling enthusiastic about today? 
If you're not, why not? 

Maybe it's time to take a break, play and splash, or otherwise reconnect with what makes you feel most spirited. When you do, you may find this enthusiasm will bring new life and energy into all you create today- even if all you're creating is how you enjoy and get through today. 


De-clutter to Free-create

If you're anything like me, it could be your To-Do List gets longer and there's seemingly never enough time to create all that you'd like. I've recently started eliminating clutter to free up more time and space for what's most important. 

To chip away at it in focused spurts, I've begun with the attic, as it seems to be filled with stuff I don't need and can't even recall. The result so far after 1 hour of attic cleaning is I've freed up about a third of the space and thrown away many non-essentials that once seemed important, including things ranging from 8th grade swim-meet awards to patent plaques and mouse-nibbled sundries; I've gathered a burn pile of old bills and tax records (in pre-digital years we needed to keep these papers for 7 years; in my case, it's been closer to 37 years); And I've set aside a smaller interesting pile to look at more closely. These include my very first book that I wrote and "published" when I was about 9; a copy of my medical school application which made me sound ever so focused (when in fact I didn't even want to go and left after a year in good standing); and some notes from my grandmother and children. 

I've suffered a few side effects since my de-cluttering kick began. 
One is that I can't help but wonder why I kept all I did, 
and am very curious as to what other people keep. 
What sort of junk would come flying out of my 
neighbors' homes if all the roofs blew off?

Another side effect is that I feel re-energized and want to free more space for my current creative projects. Admittedly, filtering and clearing through years of keepsakes will be an ongoing process, but beginning is the first step. I've been asking, "Is this important? If so, why? And, do I need or want to keep this?" 

My big take away from looking at mementos accumulated along my weaving path is that all the little sidesteps were what have brought me to who and where I am. It's not the stuff we keep, but how we move along our path that helps us create our best today.

What can you let go of to make more space to focus your creative dreams?


Set, Go!

What is waiting for you if you'll just go for it? 
When we were children, we didn't let anything interfere with what we were doing or creating. 
We didn't over think each move, but took what came with spontaneity, enthusiasm and a spirit of exploration. 
We learned and created by making a move, seeing what happened, integrating what we learned towards the next idea, and moving again. 

Here's wishing you lots of momentum towards moving creatively. If it doesn't work out, try a different move. Most importantly, don't let anything get in the way of your creative dream.