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Some of the latest contributions for 31 days of playful drawing Day 8 and 11

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This daily drawing Project started out with one new sketchbook – but I soon decided not to fix it to one drawing surface and rather  go with whatever material and surface feels right.

You see here the finished contributions for Day 8 “favourite item of clothing” and Day 11, “still life”.

my pencil drawn collection - going Polaroid and Wood optic

my pencil drawn collection – going Polaroid and Wood optic

 

Red chalks for drawing a reference Image I found on Pinterest - "A coffee and writing still life" - two things which are right up my alley actually

Red chalks for drawing a reference Image I found on Pinterest – “A coffee and writing still life” – two things which are right up my alley actually

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On creativity (pt I of probably a whole series)

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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 ..as a way to make someone feel home. Works for me.

A bowl of veggie soup ..as 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 ^^)

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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:

http://taraleaver.com/2014/10/how-to-find-time-for-art-in-a-busy-life/

 

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Day 6 of ’31 days of playful drawing’ – kitchen love

Today’s prompt is an ever-favourite. Kitchen! Yes, I am in love with my kitchen,

  • the wooden cinnamon coloured cupboards I bought from the Family who had this Apartment before me,
  • the “latte macchiato”-coloured wall facing the cupboards,
  • the windows looking out on my other very favourite room, the Loggia and even further to the back gardens with their beautiful old trees.
  • the fact that there is always a gentle scent of coffee in the air
  • the fact that I could do a “Cup Party” with lots of People, as I do have …well…lots of mugs and teacups. Each has a history, really each.
  • the big kitchen table who today met sepia ink. It took it quite well. 🙂

On another note: Yes, I am happy to have 2 weeks of fall break, it’s a bliss. For this reason I dedicated 3 hours of this afternoon to drawing and colouring today’s prompt, kitchen.

Translated: I drew and coloured with a considerable amount of concentration…and dedication, so, put love and energy into something which means a lot to me, which makes me happy and grateful: the coffee with chocomel, a Cup of verbena-lemongrass tea at night, candle light, fairy lights and so much more…

The result? Feeling accomplished and grateful, even more as I like the outcome but it wasn’t even the most important Thing. The process, the positive thoughts while being engaged, this is just so good, so nourishing that I want to practice it as often as possible.

Thanks heavens there 25 days of october left, and then: repeat 🙂

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Welcome, October – and welcome, “31 playful days” with a huge thank you to Tara Leaver

Day 2 - reminiscing the love for blind contour drawing the way Tara's taught us... and doing a happy Memory timetravel as I was so reminded of our Creative Spark course.

Day 2 – reminiscing the love for blind contour drawing the way Tara’s taught us… and doing a happy Memory timetravel as I was so reminded of our Creative Spark course.

Day 1 - favourite coffee mug. The Cup which "stood model" is similar shape wise, but intuitively I went with how the Cup and the yummy coffee inside makes me feel. Cosy, warm, at home, Content... Besides that, it was fun to experiment with loads of texture.

Day 1 – favourite coffee mug. The Cup which “stood model” is similar shape wise, but intuitively I went with how the Cup and the yummy coffee inside makes me feel. Cosy, warm, at home, Content… Besides that, it was fun to experiment with loads of texture.

This year, welcoming October could hardly be easier, for so many reasons:

-It’s warm and sunny, the sun turns everything into Gold here and I Keep admiring the red beech and a maple tree in front of the window, and how much Beauty they have to offer

    • -I purchased 2 new Memory Cards for my camera and cannot stop taking photos of the treetops and the deep blue sky
    • -It’s my fall break – hip hip hooray
    • -The long awaited new novel by Rachel Joyce, “The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy” has been released – at the beginning of my fall break, how happy am I?  (This will take an extra blog post sometime today or tomorrow)
    • -last Wednesday, “31 playful days”, Tara Leaver’s generous and amazing drawing Project started. Again: how happy am I? (Very)

This morning is a rather grey-ish Sunday, and – oh happy fallbreak – a perfect reason to catch up with Tara’s blog. Next week will be the Creative Spark anniversary, means, it’s a year ago that I took part in Tara’s first ever online course (see related blog post) and not only did I create drawings and paintings I hadn’t before, I also met the most amazing People, and made amazing friends, way beyond social media !! One of many reasons to keep going back to Tara’s ever-inspiring blog, especially without jumping up for desk work or other chores.

   The latest post is a very precious gem in Terms of learning about creative process, intuitive artmaking, Living a creative life, Inspiration to get the art supplies out! Not to speak of the artwork added in the photos!! Go see yourself:

http://taraleaver.com/2014/10/creative-process-blog-hop/

October might also be a Blogging-intensive month here – as I plan to Keep you updated about 31 playful days. Day 1 and 2 are up there, well, obviously :), and here are Day 3 to 4. Day 5 is yet to be born.

Day 4 - A Way To Travel Everyone who knows me just a little won't be surprised with this choice.

Day 4 – A Way To Travel
Everyone who knows me just a little won’t be surprised with this choice.

Day 2 - reminiscing the love for blind contour drawing the way Tara's taught us... and doing a happy Memory timetravel as I was so reminded of our Creative Spark course.

Day 2 – reminiscing the love for blind contour drawing the way Tara’s taught us… and doing a happy Memory timetravel as I was so reminded of our Creative Spark course.

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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 https://theartoflivingintheverymoment.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/sparks-pointing-to-the-most-different-directions-all-of-them-creative/ 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 http://taraleaver.com/2014/09/you-are-invited/ Treat yourself. Best to all of you –                                                                                                      wpid-IMG1560.jpg – Nic                                                                                                                                                                                           

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The August Break – Day 1 to Day 10 – catching up, being happy…

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Lunch at Anne&Max in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. http://www.annemax.nl

 

 

 

 

The August Break - Day 2 - Pattern  Went for a natural pattern  of beautifully textured tree bark....

The August Break – Day 2 – Pattern
Went for a natural pattern of beautifully textured tree bark….

 

the August Break - Day 3 - window

Café-houseboat belonging to Anne&Max, Alkmaar, NL (ahemm, anyone knowing me just a teensy bit will not be suprised to hear that I payed this place a second visit…actually even a third ^^)

 

Orange - well, it figures, right? :)

Orange – well, it figures, right? 🙂

 

the August Break - Day 5 - three

“Three” – taken at the dutch coast while cosily resting in a beach chair, considering to book the next (short) vacation right before even finishing this one 😉

 

The August Day - Day 6 - reflection

Reflection of the fairy lights in the Loggia window, almost heart shaped …

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the August Break - Day 8 - selfie

Selfie with picmonkey filters – yep, bad hair day all over ^^

 

the August Break - Day 9 - in my bag

Revealing a bit of my love for colours of the aqua-Family. Just a teensy bit 😉

 

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coffee from my favourite Cup – I even love the Sound it makes when putting the Cup on the saucer (nerd? yes) – then two of my yummiest coffee pads, the Hema regular coffee pads and then my vanilla flavoured ones (best enjoyed with chocomel in it ^^ again: nerd? oh well)

 

So this what I would call proper catching up. The first ten days of The August Break which is just as much fun and fulfillment – at minimum – as it was last year. What makes it so Special this year is that I know myself accompanied by wonderful friends from Germany, France, England, Australia, Canada who are doing this year’s August Break, too.

Sherry Galey, I wouldn’t want to miss for the world having met you through photo Blogging just one year ago…thought it seems so much longer!

Up from tomorrow, it’ll be less overwhelming for you guys, as I’ll shift to a day to day posting Habit 🙂 –

 

Happy Sunday everyone – and happy August Break !!

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Sparks pointing to the most different directions – all of them creative!

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Before this year ends I am coming around with a look back on 6 very Special weeks of this year –  from mid-october to late November. 

Tara Leaver, whose art and Website I have introduced in other blog Posts yet, for many good reasons, had developed the Creative Spark Ecourse.                          

Now, what is that ?

Official answer: it’s an online course which Tara – with a lot of wisdom, empathy, experience,                

passion and love for the very detail created to make People develop or re-kindle their creativity.               Tara herself is a visual Artist but she approaches creativity in such a deep, holistic way,                

she encourages to embrace “non-creative” phases by suggesting what to do and offers                

the most diverse sources for creativity. Believe me. I’m a witness.

I will never forget These 6 weeks, as they were one of the 2-3 very Highlights of this year which is going to end in just a few hours.

Tara had a post waiting for us each weekday during this six weeks, but this was only one example of her being present. In the closed Facebook Group she installed for the Exchange between us happy People taking part she always knew JUST the perfect word to say, the perfect hint to give.

Speaking of our Group: We just met for this Ecourse experience …and within shortly we developed a Group Spirit which went beyond my Imagination. This means, the conversations between us were deeply soaked in Support, understanding, interest and open-mindedness. Every time I logged into this Group I had a Feeling of bliss. Tara – thanks to her a zillion times and more – held it all together. I felt like I was in England, in Australia (especially!), in Canada, Scotland and the States because we all seem(ed) to be so Close together, I had the inner visions of an artstudio community constantly welling up talking to these wonderful ‘Sparquettes’ (we found a whole new language-code around the word spark).

As to the paining? I do paint, draw and sketch, it wasn’t a first but everything I have done so far has mostly been rather chaotically self-taught (yet very enjoyable) Never in this world would I have thought possible to develop such experience in “just” six weeks! Although I really did have the most positive attitude doing this course I can imagine. To give you a visual Impression of the six weeks let me take you on a stroll:

Week one  - blind contour drawing of this lovely autumn leave. Or is it a starfish maybe?

Week one – blind contour drawing of this lovely autumn leave. Or is it a starfish maybe?

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One of the first things I did in week 1 – blind contour pen drawing.

Blind contour drawing - graphite pencil  of rabbit Finn

Blind contour drawing – graphite pencil of rabbit Finn

The "Velveteen Rabbit"- this drawing and the conversations with the Group introduced me to this tissue-intensive beautiful childrens book

The “Velveteen Rabbit”- this drawing and the conversations with the Group introduced me to this tissue-intensive beautiful childrens book

Blind pencil drawing - with occasional cheating for the face I admit - coloured in

Blind pencil drawing – with occasional cheating for the face I admit – coloured in

Week 2

Week 2 was dedicated to shapes - here's an example of a treasure hunt trophy photo I took :)

Week 2 was dedicated to shapes – here’s an example of a treasure hunt trophy photo I took 🙂

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Week 3

Spent 4 hours or so on a very rainy sunday - drawing and painting withi graphite pencil and watercolour pencils.

Spent 4 hours or so on a very rainy sunday – drawing and painting withi graphite pencil and watercolour pencils.

Greece memories coming to life

Greece memories coming to life

coloured in

coloured in

Week 4 and 5

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Print of a coloured clingfilm

clingfilm to smoosh around colour on a gesso or matt medium surface. So-much-fun! Wonderful effects!

clingfilm to smoosh around colour on a gesso or matt medium surface. So-much-fun! Wonderful effects!

Collage Background. Yet to be worked with ...

Collage Background. Yet to be worked with …

Worked on a clingfilm print

Worked on a clingfilm print

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Circular clingfilm print. Love this one

Worked on clingfilm print. It's about taking time and looking what Comes up - due to shapes and colours. A very good way to connect with your intuition

Worked on clingfilm print. It’s about taking time and looking what Comes up – due to shapes and colours. A very good way to connect with your intuition

Week 6 – the final painting – in stages

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What happened during these 6 weeks:

I found my love for Ensos, thanks to all the wonderful Exchange in our Sparkgroup:

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I found myself having not one, not two, no THREE sketchbooks due to developing the main interests – again thanks to wonderful exchanges with those amazing People in our Group. And the Special Thing is: Joanne, my friend from Australia and I started a sketchbook cooperative. She started a yoga sketchbook while I started a Buddha art sketchbook.

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thank you, Tara!

thank you,  dear Sparquettes!

My best wishes for a happy and healthy, fulfilled and beautiful new year to everyone reading.

Namasté, Nicole

https://theartoflivingintheverymoment.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/soul-poetry-even-more-reasons-why-i-am-happy-having-discovered-tara-leavers-inspiration-what-a-treasure-noch-mehr-grunde-warum-ich-froh-bin-tara-leavers-inspirationen-entdeckt-zu-haben/

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Look at this amazing blog about Art Journaling. (and get your art supplies as well as a sketchbook ready if you feel like it.)

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Painting is stillness to me - as I mostly paint without Music or audiobook in the background (unlike sketching for some reason...) Just the very gentle sounds which are being created by putting colour on canvas/paper.

Painting is stillness to me – as I mostly paint without Music or audiobook in the background (unlike sketching for some reason…) Just the very gentle sounds which are being created by putting colour on canvas/paper.

 

 

 

http://artjournaling.blogspot.de/

 

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Kitchen (my favourite room) – blind contour drawing is fun :)

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‘Art’ and ‘authentic’ start with the same letter. Makes sense to me. :)

English: A palette of watercolours and a brush...

English: A palette of watercolours and a brush. Deutsch: Wasserfarben und Pinsel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good Sunday morning to you.                 

While I am doing the countdown for my art therapy college Training to start, I am looking into Websites and books about artmaking, preferredly the intuitive, authentic Approach.

After having come across the Website www.createmixedmedia.com

Today I have read a lovely article about uniqueness, which I am dropping here for you to enjoy:http://www.createmixedmedia.com/blogs/art-and-paint-layers-and-life-be-authentic

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Maybe Sundays are your “taking hours for creative activity”-days, too.

But whatever you do, have a good day.

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