To Live a Creative Life….

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This is one of my favorite quotes about creativity, or ever, actually. This design is also one of the most girly, whimsical and pretty things I’ve seen. Who doesn’t love when words and design collide to create something like this? Brilliant.

Here are some more quotes about creativity to remind us that a creative path is the only path. Use them as needed.

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense” – Pablo Picasso

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss

“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found” – Eckhart Tolle

“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it” – Dee Hock

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

There is no use trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts” – Rita Mae Brown

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” – Ray Bradbury

“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural channel to open.” — Shakti Gawain

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” — John Maynard Keynes

“From 30,000 feet, creating looks like art. From ground level, it’s a to-do list” – Ben Arment

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” – Pablo Picasso

“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star” – Nietzsche

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” – Albert Einstein

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” – Osho

The Cast of ‘Anything Goes’ is Beautiful.

There are moments when I think the theatre community at large is full of crazed ego maniacs who make dumb choices based on silly ideas and negotiations. I ask myself why I’m in a business that treats me like a dollar sign, an object and a pawn. I think about all the skills I have, the education, and wonder why I don’t just get up and do something else! Start my own business, work for a worthy cause, or finally start focusing on creating a family of my own.

Then a video like this comes along. It changes my whole perspective and gets me out of my rut. in the few minutes it took me to watch this, within the first 10 seconds actually, I was reminded of the power of art. Of song and dance. That power, mixed with passionate people and great talent, really does have the ability to change the world.

In my moments of frustration I try to remember that the theatre community, as crazy as we are, is continuously spreading a message of love and light. It’s what keeps me coming back for more.

I saw Anything Goes on Broadway last year. I can confirm that this is an incredibly talented group of people. It’s nice to see that they are also eager to spread a positive message and share the magic of heart and music.

Let me end this by saying that Joel Grey is perhaps the cutest thing since my grandfather.

Enjoy the magic.

This One Is For The Little Birds

I love Dallas Clayton and his story. His books are a must for any home with children, as well as anyone who appreciates a little inspiration, and is a child at heart.

I have to say, It think a lot of Dallas’ pieces would be perfect as art work on kid’s bedroom walls. They’re beautiful and always contain a wonderful message.

I thought this was a fitting post for the little ones during Poetry Month. Thank you, Dallas!

Find out more at www.dallasclayton.com

The Beauty All Around Us

I tend to be someone who walks down the street and I’m either looking at the ground or I’m daydreaming. Either way, if I’m not careful I miss out on all the beautiful things around me, in my neighbourhood, and right in front of my eyes. I know this about myself so I have to make an effort to pay attention. To focus on what’s is happening in the moment instead of what happened yesterday or what’s on the schedule for tomorrow. I think it’s my type A personality, but that’s no excuse!

The artwork of Kelly Rae Roberts is one of those things that makes me stop in my tracks and relish the moment. There is something about her pieces that grabs my imagination and  focus. I think it’s a combination of the beautiful, detailed art and the words of wisdom that often accompany the pieces. I can look at her work for hours and not feel guilty about it. It reminds me that art has the power to change lives (including the life of the artist herself), evoke great and creative thoughts, and quite simply brighten our darkest days.

Go outside for a walk, look ahead, look up, find the beauty and art all around you, take pictures, and don’t look at the ground even once. You don’t want to miss anything.

Collaboration. Thank You, Susan Black!

I had an idea, an opinion and vision of what I wanted my blog to look like. Susan Black took my idea and created one of the most beautiful banners I have ever seen. I am so grateful to have found someone who understood what I wanted and was able to make it come to life.
We all have different creative strengths and it’s amazing what can happen when you collaborate with the right people…with the right creative counterpart. No egos, no confusion, no comparing or putting down. Just two people working together to create something special to share with the world. If only all creative endeavours could run as smoothly!!
Make sure to check out Susan’s full blog post here. Her work is beautiful and you might just find the inspiration you’ve been looking for!

The Inspiration of Oswaldo Guayasamin

While I was in Quito, Ecuador recently, I had the luck to go to the Guayasamin museum. I immediately felt a connection to his paintings and his home where the museum resides. I feel so lucky to have discovered him. Although at first glance his paintings might feel a tad depressing, you quickly begin to see the hope and love he had for the indigenous people of Quito. Continue reading

A Dallas Clayton

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I still freakin’ love Dallas Clayton!

Adventurous Little Bird

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I’m loving this.

Kelly Rae Roberts: An Artist

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These are pieces of art by Kelly Rae Roberts. I discovered her work in a little store in San Diego, CA and stood in front of the display for what seemed like an hour, admiring the pieces and at the … Continue reading