Are you fooling around or wHat?
It turns out that human beings need to explore in a mindless way, where the process is more important than the product.
In human English we call this PLAY.
Why is play healthy? It turns out that studies show, and you know how we love to have reSearch to back up our own deepest desires, that children and young adults, who have unstructured play are more optimistic, refreshed, have less stress and anxiety. Children, who have extended time in free play in groups, have less tendency to narcissism are more interdependent in families and the greater community.
My personal and professional recommendation is that in addition to drinking lots of water, getting your vegs and moving, be sure the children in your life and you get your four squares of free play every single day.
You’ll be a better person for it.
You’ll help build a better community.
An attitude of everyday wonderful demonstrates an ancient truth, the wonder that money just can’t buy –
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Island Dogs, art dog sprites for each of you.
It is always fun to meet and play with other artists and creative types. My art buddy Ellen is one such person. She not only knows how to kick business and publicity, she is a fiber fairy of the first order. Additionally, my friend, Terry, is amazing with drift wood, carving and painting. The Thursday Painting Group at St. Luke's is a lifeline for the rural isolate like myself. I love all of these people and the ones at the side.
It was a whole new experience for me to meet people in Stephanie Levy's Creative Courage. Not only are the people incredibly talented, they are also so generous.
I want to mention a kind of courage that is hard for a lot of people, especially art tribe members, who may be going against their family's wishes and do not want to show any crack. The most courageous act is to ask for and receive help. I'm glad I reached out and I want to encourage each of you on a creative journey to make a nest and invite others into play and listen, while you craft your dreams.
Share the love,
Some days or even weeks feel like slogging though deep wet mud. And the flow of creativity seems to wane. Other times it seems to be like the rush of waters over Burney Falls. For me the overwhelmed and over extended times are not times of despair, but reminders that I have to take care of me. I have to be mindful that I have limited energy and that in the 3rd/half of my life I want to fill my life with creativity and positive people. If you feel a tiny bit over done, these callas are for you. Under each one is a dog sprite, who is here to encourage and protect your creative self. For me creativity is like a waterfall continuous, generous and life giving. Share the love.
A six week design self challenge using various grounds, media and color ways. I want to be experimental and stay fresh in my art expression, media and tools.
So, first thoughts include:
1, Black pen and sketch paper,
2. charcoal and newsprint perhaps colored pencil highlights,
3. Markers on found papers,
4. watercolor watercolor paper and pencil,
5. acrylic on canvas board,
6. oil on a hard ground,
7. fabric/ paper collage,
8. fimo clay,
9. found objects,
11. stick on wood, photo alterations
13. dropped paintg
14. assemblage...lots to think about for my self-challenge.
If you want to join me, just start your own self-challege design project. Be sure to keep me posted.
We were so blessed that, when we finally grew enough good melons for our restaurants, 15 deer came in and took a bite out of each melon. They evidently decided none of them were quite ripe. There is always the irritation and the unexpected in life anywhere, finally I have just decided to make it all a party and eat cookies in the sun by the shore rain/ shine/ sleet/ freezing rains, blizzards or lightening striking in the nearest field. Mostly because I am surrounded by generous and totally underserved gifts of everyday wonderful that swells my heart and calms my brain. So,like the girls called up in the U.K, during WWII, I've become a LAND GIRL too. If you love the land, cooking with fresh local foods, making/ talking/ breathing/ reading/ creating stuff, vintage, laughing too loud and being with cool creative people, then we are in the same tribe, art tribe of Land Girls.
Scary Farmhouse is my home in rural Vermont, but I am not a Vermont Artist. I was born in Virginia, but spent most of life moving across California. I am a Westerner, who like wide vistas, open hearth and laughing out loud. I live and create in this rattle trap 1856 Greek Non-revivial with twodogs and Fussy Boy. Mail, internet and phone service are problematic and the results of miscues can be hilarious. Delay and alternate routes have become my middle names, while mailing or receiving anyghing. So, if if take a little longer, remember I live on the border of Canada, post 911 security conscious Canada, and have the best local rural mail delivery, BUT the road the packages traverse contines to lengthen incrimentally. It all goes on a slow boat, our only option within 20 miles.