The idea of creativity invokes arts, crafts and design. We usually use it to describe an individual or small group of collaborators who create something with sensual impact like a musical composition, a knitted shawl or an innovative ad campaign. … Continue reading
Mason Currey’s book Daily Rituals describes the work habits of artists, writers and thinkers. It offers entertaining reading, but also insight and affirmation for creative people.
Amy Tyler’s talk on Sunday at Ontario Handweavers and Spinners biennial conference gave me pause to reassess my creative process. For a brief introduction to Amy, read the previous post. The term “creative process” has a pompous air about it. … Continue reading
Designer Amy Tyler invokes the Petoskey stone, an important symbol of creative thinking for many artists.
Satisfying work is teaching me a new lesson about the need for relaxation. Some days we just need to come unplugged.
I have contemplated few mysteries as much as, “Why do I write?” It’s right up there with, “Why are we here?” Recently my pal Toni Radcliffe invited me to participate in a blog hop addressing this very question. My first … Continue reading
Rituals are valuable. They help us focus and remember what matters to us. But we must not become slaves to activities that make us unhappy. If habits turn into ruts, we need to change paths. First thing in the morning … Continue reading
I finished the 2013 WordCount Blogathon! I blogged every day of the month of June. Thanks to Michelle Rafter and her virtual assistant, Jan Udlock, for organizing this invigorating and educational event. Today is “word cloud day”, when we make … Continue reading
February is the month in which I feel naturally most inclined to write poetry. I noticed this pattern in early years. The output always spikes, sometimes dramatically. Almost every year since 1995 I have written more poems during the shortest … Continue reading
I bought the teapot last May at the Potters’ Market, an annual Guelph craft festival, in hope of revitalizing a morning routine. I have other teapots, but this was a gift to my creative self. Ever since, it has served … Continue reading