This is your brain…on ART

This is your brain…on ART

“I work all day at NASA, then I go home and make art.  And while I’m making art, my brain is solving all of my work problems.” That’s an observation by artist, Karen Friedt, about why she makes art.  I had the pleasure of listening to her “Art Talk” last night at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. And there is oh-so-much truth to what she is saying.  Artists often get in “The Zone” where a lot of...

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A Helium Hand?

A Helium Hand?

Don (my husband) says that I have a Helium Hand. He has observed that whenever someone asks for a volunteer, my hand goes up… all on its own. He was definitely on to something there. The first part of a solution is identifying the problem. And to be honest, after his comments, I got a lot better about saying no to all the volunteer opportunities that are flung my way. (He just agreed when I told him I was blogging about this topic.) A more...

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If you have no goals…don’t bother reading this.

If you have no goals…don’t bother reading this.

SMART is an old acronym for goal setting. But with my art class next week it’s going to take on a new meaning!  We’re going to make smART goals! Have you been procrastinating on something lately? Come to my class next Wednesday and break through the block so that you can get it done. We are going to apply ART to your goal, and capitalize on all the mental power that ART contains! You already know (from last week) that “the car goes where...

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Who is the Master of Words?

Who is the Master of Words?

Every January, The Artists Gallery holds an exhibition called Fabulous Forgeries.  It is my favorite!  Our task is to copy a master’s work, create a new work in the style of the master, or add some sort of twist when we copy the original. When your medium is altered book art, which is a relatively new art form, there are no old masters to copy!  What is a person like me to do? I turned to the book world and pondered the great masters of...

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Procrastination (This bad habit ain’t going nowhere!)

Procrastination (This bad habit ain’t going nowhere!)

Procrastination.  This is a good topic for this time of year, when we have lists of 100 things to do and we put off most of it! Do a search on that word and here’s what you’ll get: a couple of definitions several websites devoted to the psychology of why we procrastinate about 30 more websites by business coaches and productivity experts with tips on how to stop this awful time-waster The general consensus is that procrastination is...

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Give the Gift of…

Give the Gift of…

“Not more stuff.”  That’s what my mother says around Thanksgiving time each year.  “We have enough stuff.”  My sister even threw her hat into that ring.  She and her family are planning a year of globe-trotting, and most of their belongings will be in storage.  So for her girls?  Just not more stuff. Christmas shopping becomes an exercise in creativity when your gifts shouldn’t be stuff. Thankfully, Parade...

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Grow Your Soul (Kurt Vonnegut style)

Grow Your Soul (Kurt Vonnegut style)

I was recently reminded about five students who wrote to the author Kurt Vonnegut in 2006, trying to persuade him to visit their high school.  Vonnegut didn’t visit the school, but he did write back to the students (the only author to do so).  The letter and story has been shared on social media, etc., so it may sound familiar. What I find so remarkable about this story is the message Vonnegut chose to convey… considering the entire...

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Halloween–the Holiday of Creativity

Halloween–the Holiday of Creativity

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. In my mind, it’s a celebration of creativity—we get to come up with outrageous ideas and then play them out at costume parties or while walking around with our kids… or on a 10K race-course. Tomorrow some friends and I will be donning our costumes to run our eighth annual Wicked 10K here in Virginia Beach. Each year we come up with some sort of group costume. The brainstorming sessions...

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Wish you were more creative?

Wish you were more creative?

Good news! Creativity is nothing more than a TOOL, and with practice, you can hone your skills. Here’s an exercise for you. All you need is about 10 minutes and a timer (such as a smart phone). For this exercise, you will look at a scribble of lines for about 2 minutes and try to make something out of it. Just like what people do when they are gazing at the clouds. You’ll try to see if it could be made into a face, a building, and animal, a...

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Feeling Lucky (Part 2)

Feeling Lucky (Part 2)

Last week I introduced you to Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, who has spent a decade researching “Lucky” and “Unlucky” people. He studied them through interviews, diaries, personality testing and questionnaires, looking for common threads and then ran experiments to test some of his theories. (Reading that post will help the rest of this make sense.) In one experiment, he raised the importance of finding the...

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