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On creativity (pt I of probably a whole series)


This might become a post which is partly “everyday-philosophy”, partly gratitude related.

I am in the very lucky Situation to have not only amazing friends per se, and also, there is a deep exchange about creativity. A wonderful day spent at my Long-time friend U.’s house yesterday, 7 hours of crafting and talking and happy-sighing lies behind me time wise but is still present in my heart. A talk to my friend A. a few days ago about how it feels to do creative activities, how you define creativity and how often you want creativity in your life keeps ringing in heart and head, too. Both talks make me deeply grateful and inspire me in ways I can hardly put in words. Ideas spark ideas, and I am well advised to Keep a paper and pen attached to my Body. Very deep written into my soul’s interests are Tara Leaver’s thoughts on creativity – you can read them in her amazing book “Creative Spark” and her blog.  

Am I an exception there? No. And here’s my theory:

If you make room for creativity, if you make creative Actions a Habit in your every day life, even if it’s “only” for ten minutes a day, you will notice a Change in your thinking. Maybe even more, if you commit to a form of Meditation, this is a particularly personal take on things and also said with grateful experience. I started a morning Habit of sitting Meditation in April 2012 and have kept to it ever since, days having missed out I can count on my two hands. After having found about Tara’s take on artmaking, I found myself several times a week, drawing, sketching, etc. on index Cards, in sketchbooks, or being inspired by wonderful Susannah Conway and Journal my heart out, or girly with masking tapes and Stickers to decorate away happily.

But sketching, drawing, writing and decorating are just a few examples of creativity, or, they are the outside result of a creative Soul pursuing her need to act out on ideas. The creativity takes place inside and you take Actions. Here is a list (a list, imagine that, dear freuqent Reader ^^) of things I personally consider as creative, although These things might turn very left brained, too, admittedly.

The things many People agree to call creative:

  • Collage
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • sculpting
  • sewing
  • writing short stories/poetry/fiction
  • land art
  • film making
  • photography  …

You get the Point, right?

A bowl of veggie soup a way to make someone feel home. Works for me.

A bowl of veggie soup a way to make someone feel home. Works for me.



Something very sweet  I read in Tara Leaver’s Creative Spark and on her blog:

baking or cooking. She suggests that when you turn away from easel or desk and you feel uncreative, yet you feel like bringing Forward something, cooking a simple recipe might be a very good thing to do.

What do you do when you bake a cake or cook a veggie Rice recipe for example? You Combine. You measure. You decide. lots of things involved in every creative process. Quod erat demonstrandum. 🙂

What I would like to add to a creativity list:

  • decorating the Apartment
  • developing a concept for a particular purpose
  • planning a Party
  • simply Setting a table
  • plucking flowers and arranging them to a Bouquet
  • organizing your day with our without day planner (not the right blog post to get me started on the creative use of my filofax ^^)



Please feel invited to add to this list, as it’s far from being enough. And I am so curious. Looking forward to hearing from you all.


Let me add this wonderful blog post in case you feel the list bit curious about making time and space for creativity in your life:


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Counting down the days until October 1st!

Brush bouquet

Brush Bouquet

More or less exactly a year ago I was counting down the days as well for at least two reasons:  First, for fall break, which meant 2 weeks off work :), and second, for the start of the Ecourse “Creative Spark” by Tara Leaver, which turned out to be beyond bliss. In case you’re interested in this, go to The same Tara Leaver (and I might be allowed to add that by now I am the very happy and proud owner of one of her original artworks) is my very – sorry for the woo woo word – Guru of creative Inspiration. Why am I telling you this? (Because it’s my blog and I could even write about my neighbour’s goldfish and there wouldn’t be anything you could do about it ha ha, no) Because – in this jungle of free here and free there, and “oops, yes, it’s free but you migh need a sum of 130 $ to get your art supplies” and gorgeous Workshops who somehow went unnoticed – this one I am going to link here is for someone interested in creativity like 200% candyland. It’s the structure, and I can tell you after having experienced Tara’s amazing ability to connect people, it will be about the encounters and the exchange as well. Go to Treat yourself. Best to all of you –                                                                                                      wpid-IMG1560.jpg – Nic                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Allow yourself to be you-as-a-child (…and get the crayons out)


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Creative Spark e-course. Watch the wonderful, wonderful clip Tara made

If you only slightly consider to get more into (re-) discovering your creativity…then Tara’s ecourse and also her book are the most inspiring source to go to! She has a very integral approach to creativity and I cannot really imagine that any of you who is just reading this  – how much or little time you have spent with any kind of creative activity so far – could not enjoy Tara’s Creative Sparks!


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A real goodness has arrived this morning by mail!


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Worth adding layers – finished my first (of probably several) buddha-face-painting

So here’s the Thing. I love to sketch meditating Buddhas. Or Buddha faces… Next step was wanting to paint one for my ‘breathing room’. Well…It took…let’s say…a while. Underneath the visible layer there was  – besides other things – a Lotus flower and I am happy the shape can still be perceived. So happy it turned out to be a painting I actually like 🙂


Buddha painting # 1

Buddha painting # 1

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The sky and a poem


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Here are  few photos of last night’s beautiful sky.. maybe you even see shapes in the clouds –

  still one of my favourite Imagination exercises here and there

And there is another of Poem by Neruda I just felt like adding – inspired by the photos.

Possibly a good painting-inspiration:

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Ode To Enchanted Light


Under the trees light

has dropped from the top of the sky,


like a green

latticework of branches,


on every leaf,

drifting down like clean

white sand.


A cicada sends

its sawing song

high into the empty air.


The world is

a glass overflowing

with water.




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Back from the arts supplies store. Ready to play : ) … and introducing Michael Nobbs “Drawing your life”

New toys. horray!

New toys. horray!


Just getting back from the Arts supplies store (before that: a visit to the farmers’ market including Caffe Moccha and rhubarb streusel cake, buying fresh flowers for the Loggia-slash-studio and multicoloured veggies)

So a good part of today’s noon to early evening will be spent mixed media-ish… not only on the canvas, but by mixing a new tape to accompany the painting, painting with lots of other things besides brushes (well, like old toothbrushes, rugs, fingers, old credit cards….)

This post is quite inspiring today’s plans:

And today, after having listened to “Cerulean” by Ben Leinbach for about 10 times… we’ll see what happens

A Quote came up today, too…’s really mixed media all over:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anaïs Nin

Big and courgeous words to me.

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Here Comes a more everyday-life but yet very very unique way of approaching the Topic of art:

Let me introduce Michael Nobbs to you.

Michael Nobbs, well, his blog Kind of popped up… somewhere….I do not even remember where…but it’s amazing it did. He released a book  he developed during a time with low energy. he was diagnosed with this “chronic fatigue Syndrome” and had to rest lots. That’s when he started drawing, there, right in this bedroom. As he had not too many possibilities to get around, he draw everyday things.

That’s where he got me! I love the Magic of simplicity, the beautiful of your personal still lifes like just a Cup of tea on a coaster or something…just imagine your favourite Cup on your favourite spot and you can probably already tell that there are colours, shapes and generally impressions mixing right there!







Here you can get a Little taste of what it is like to get into Michael Nobbs’s world of ideas. I was happy to read that he refers to Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” and very curious about a book called “The Zen of Seeing” by a dutch author I am yet to check out.

In the Video Clip you can see that the book is for drawing, doodling, scribbling in it. 🙂 Fun to be had!

One of my favourite pages is a double page, where he says “treat yourself to a breakfast in a Café” and then you are to draw your table and condiments and then your breakfast on the next page.

With my dearest Inspirations at the Moment, namely the book “Creative Spark” by Tara Leaver, as well as looking at her online Gallery or reading her Poems, Flora Bowley’s Approach to Artmaking, Michael Nobbs’s way of cherishing the simple everyday life through painting… Susannah Conway’s take of photography …all this Closes the circle between my Intention to find different ways to practice mindfulness and making art. why?

I pay Attention to the very treasures in the very present and just where I stand or sit.

Partly this leads to taking photos or drawing.

Which again might lead to a painting.

All this keeping me quite in the very Moment.

Which is intense.

And fulfilling.

And emotional.

And so worth it!

Let me Close today’s post with a Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote which happens to make me feel Kind of adventurous:

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and  leave a trail.”

Ralph  Waldo Emerson

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“Soul poetry”: even more reasons why I am happy having discovered Tara Leaver’s inspiration! What a treasure / Noch mehr Gründe, warum, ich froh bin, Tara Leaver’s Inspirationen entdeckt zu haben. Was für Gaben!!

First of all, as you may notice, I am getting bilingual. Because. Yes. Well. Maybe add French occasionally, too.                                      IMG_1697 (332x535)

Ersteinmal, das wird schon aufgefallen bin, werde ich hier zweisprachig. Darum. Ja. Vielleicht kommt gelentlich noch Französisch dazu (aber das wird dann eher Comedy)

And to add some design and some code, I decided to write the English green and the german blue, so the outcome might shimmer turquoise-ish.:)

Und um ein wenig Design zu ergänzen (oh, elegant formuliert) und ein wenig Orientierung zu bieten ;-), beschloss ich das Englische in grün und das Deutsch in Blau zu schreiben, so dass das Ergebnis etwas Türkisschimmerndes ist.

Just last Weekend, I came across this wonderful Artist, Tara Leaver, from Brighton, UK (hello, Tara!).  Reading around in her blog is like finding treasure after treasure. And how literal this can get I am going to Show you in a Little bit.

Erst vergangenes Wochenende habe ich diese wunderbare Künstlerin entdeckt, Tara Leaver, aus Brighton, UK. In ihrem Blog zu lesen ist so als ob man einen Schatz nach dem anderen findet!! Und wie wörtlich das zu nehmen ist, werde ich gleich noch zeigen.                DSCF0910 (600x800)




Tara did/or does.. a wonderful thing which I am very eager to try out as soon as possible: She collects Stones from the beach, draws and writes lovely things on them and then puts them on benches or comparable places in public for People to find them. Imagine! You sit down, having a few dreamy minutes outside, breathing fresh air and find a beautiful Little Stone with a unique writing or painting on it!

Tara hat etwas Wunderbares gemacht, und ich bin ziemlich scharf darauf, das so bald wie möglich auch auszuprobieren: Sie sammelt Steine am Strand (oh Moment, also muss ich bald ans Meer! Ja gerne! …) und schreibt oder malt etwas Schönes darauf. Danach setzt sie die Steine irgendwo draußen auf eine Bank. Stellt euch das mal vor! Du bist draußen an der frischen Luft bei einem Spaziergang, setzt dich auf eine schöne Bank und neben dir findest du so einen hübschen Stein mit einem einzigartigen kleinen Ornament oder einem schönen Spruch darauf!

I won’t Keep you waiting much longer.

Jetzt werde ich euch nicht länger hinhalten.


Please, dear Reader, if you have done/heard of something similar, you are very welcome to comment!

Best wishes to all of you – I hope you enjoy following the link.

Die besten Wünsche für euch alle – ich hoffe, der link gefällt euch.




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