Artful Living

February 21, 2015

Space is the breath of art.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Artful Living | creativity in motion

When I saw that Seth Apter put out a call for his new online collaboration Living with Art, I thought taking a virtual tour into artist’s homes and spaces to see and learn how they live with art was a fabulous idea!   Every Thursday over on Seth’s blog The Altered Page, a group of different 7 artists are featured with a photograph that captures his inspiring concept.

  The project just revealed its second week of artists (including yours truly!) and it’s already been so exciting to see what each artist has contributed and the artful living surrounding their physical space.  Whether it’s personal art, collected art, found & curated objects, or how works are displayed within the room, on a wall, shelf, furniture piece, or frame…. it is a beautiful and creatively stimulating sight to behold…. each celebrating a unique creative style & incarnation.

You can take in the series for yourself here.  And….if you are interested in contributing your own Living with Art capture, the project is still open to new submissions.

Expanding on the theme of Artful Living, here are some my favorite musings that also inspires this:

44 Stunning Art Studios That Will Inspire You to Get Back to Work

Does Your Therapy Office Support Your Creativity?  How Your Office is Like An Artist’s Studio

Reflections on Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Neuroarchitecture: Exploring the Relationship Between Neuroscience and Architectural Design, or How Our Bodies React to the Spaces We Inhabit

I’m eager to see (and continue to be inspired by) more Living with Art artists & their captures as new posts in the Altered Page’s series goes live every week!  Thank you Seth and all the participants- I wish we could do a real-life tour of all these spaces! :)

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Trauma, Transformation & Growth

February 15, 2015

This past week here in NE Ohio at Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus’ Gallery was the Exhibit Opening for The Transformative Image: Post Traumatic Growth & Art Therapy.

This exhibit featured a strong range of creative expressions (paintings, installations, drawing, textiles, ceramics, mixed media, photography & more) inspired by personal experiences and the concept of Post Traumatic Growth (PTG).  PTG filled the gallery everywhere with images & artistic representations that transformed extreme struggle, adversity, or trauma into positive, internal growth deep with re-connection to purpose, attachment, and empowerment:

Trauma, Transformation, & Growth | creativity in motion

Exhibit Opening: The Transformative Image- Post Traumatic Growth & Art Therapy

 

Trauma, Transformation, & Growth | creativity in motion

Butterfly Art Installation for adding hopes, dreams, & wishes

 

Trauma, Transformation, & Growth | creativity in motion

My Own Beautiful, Altered Brain

Here are a few interesting reads to check out & learn more about PTG:

  • Resilience and Post Traumatic Growth: Learn some creative tips via Lani Gerity’s blog on how to cultivate and practice resilience in when faced with stressful life circumstances.

If you’re going to be/in the NE Ohio area, The Transformative Image: Post Traumatic Growth & Art Therapy Exhibit is on display until March 6 at the Tri-C East Campus Gallery:

Trauma, Transformation, & Growth | creativity in motion

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Creative Deed 365 January Offerings

February 6, 2015

January went super well for Creative Deed 365!  Keep making art everyday +  giving it away as a gift of creative goodness = win, win for kicking off 2015!

Creative Deed 365: January Offerings | creativity in motion

 After I make my Creative Deed for the day, I keep the art with me so I can “gift” it in a place that will hopefully inspire someone to claim it as their own and appreciate or be surprised by the spirit of the project.

During this cold and snowy weather, which can sometimes become exhausting & full of blah, leaving Creative Deeds in various public places has been nice to spark some extra fun & excitement.  Since my last update, I’ve added car windshields, post offices, copy machines, and greeting card aisles to my list of Creative Deed drop offs.

Here are a few of my favorites from the rest of January:

Creative Deed 365: January Offerings | creativity in motion

Day 19 Creative Deed

 

Creative Deed 365: January Offerings | creativity in motion

Day 21 Creative Deed

 

Creative Deed 365: January Offerings | creativity in motion

Day 23 Creative Deed

Below is another January found Creative Deed that I received a kind note about- this one I pinned on a school bulletin board…. I’m happy it was found and appreciate the thank you e-mail from Mara to let me know:

Creative Deed 365: January Offerings | creativity in motion

I decided that since I am giving away all the 365 art I am creating for this project and won’t have a growing physical collection, that doing a short video each month would be a nice way to document everything.

Behold Days 1-31 & January’s offerings:

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The Creative Deed 365 Group continues to be an inspiring, daily art gathering & doses of creative goodness that are being made, shared, and given away all over the world with artists & creatives who have joined me in this adventure! Check out this post from earlier in the week by Petrea Hansen Adamidis, an Art Therapist in Toronto who is also enjoying the project.  It’s going to be great to see what the next 11 months bring for us, all the creative deeds out there, and their finders!  :)

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Creative Goodness on the Move Again Downunder

February 1, 2015

Originally posted on 6 Degrees of Creativity:

The past month has been quite the adventure for our Random Acts of Art pouch, currently traveling in Australia for stops #41-44.  After almost a month in delivery transit from Queensland to New South Wales, the creative goodness safely arrived to Fiona in Sydney- Whew!Creative Goodness on the Move Again Downunder: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity BlogIt was such a relief to see Fiona’s photo of the pouch and know it was received OK and finally in her creative hands!

Creative Goodness on the Move Again Downunder: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity BlogInspired by the intention of this project, Fiona worked on a series of Permission Cards that she intended to leave in places around her neighborhood (!):

Creative Goodness on the Move Again Downunder: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity Blog

Creative Goodness on the Move Again Downunder: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity BlogIt was also wonderful to see this page spread and message that Fiona contributed to the Creative Passport that accompanies the pouch (to creatively document each destination on its journey):

Creative Goodness on the Move Again Downunder: Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity Blog

This week the Random Acts of Art Adventure started its travels to Sarah in Woodford, NSW for stop #43.  Sending good thoughts for a…

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20 Creative Quotes on Passion & Inspiration at Work

January 20, 2015
20 Creative Quotes on Passion & Inspiration at Work | creativity in motion

In the spirit of my 2015 Spectrum workshop offering, I’ve been thinking about creative work, passion & inspiration and how these concepts influence and affirm one another. In my own work and interests, whether this is as an art therapist, professor, trauma consultant, or artist; passion & inspiration are core to what continues to motivate me, serve as a guide, and sustain my energy to give to others or myself…. both in times of challenge and success.

I decided to go on a quote hunt and explore what artists, writers, designers, & others think about this relationship or have said about these concepts. Here is what I gathered…. Behold, this collection of 20 creative quotes about passion and inspiration at work… Enjoy (!):

  • Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. ~Bo Bennett
  • Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. ~Pablo Picasso
  • Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture. ~Ken Robinson
  • There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. ~Martha Graham
  • The desire to create is of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. ~Elder Uchtdorf
  • Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. ~Yo-Yo Ma
  • When the creative impulse sweeps over you, grab it. You grab it and honor it and use it, because momentum is a rare gift. ~Justina Chen
  • The worthiest works of all often reflect an artful creativity that looks more like play than work.  ~James Ogilvy
  • Innovation is creativity with a job to do. ~John Emmerling
  • Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing.  It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things . . .  ~Osho
  • I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart. ~Vincent van Gogh
  • Stay inspired, work hard and be proud of what you do. ~Andria Sato
  • Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way.  ~Joichi Ito
  • Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. ~ Earl Nightingale
  •  Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.  ~John Updike
  • The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.  ~Auguste Rodin
  • Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth
  • To create art with all the passion in one’s soul is to live art with all the beauty in one’s heart. ~Aberjhani
  • If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. ~Marc Chagall
  • When passion and skill work together, the end result is often a masterpiece. ~Marc and Angel Hack Life

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     What are some of your favorite creativity quotes or sayings that bring passion & inspiration to your work?

 
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For Spectrum 2015, come join me and my art journaling workshop Creative Covenants to explore the values you believe are core to the way you create, practice, and live as a creative and artful being.

Spectrum 2015: Online Holistic Creative Circle

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Creative Deed 365 Artful Beginnings: Creating It Forward in 2015

January 15, 2015

Today I am celebrating the first 2 weeks of my Creative Deed 365 Project- Yay!

It’s gotten off to a good start! I remember last year when I started my new 365 project, it took me a little while to get use to it– not the making art everyday part, but just finding my rhythm and connection with beginning something new and different at Day 1 again.  This 2015 creative daily practice is a departure from the 365 art I’ve worked on the last 2 years, in that I am not keeping what I create or cultivating a collection from each day, but instead giving it away in the spirit of hope & paying it forward through random acts of creative kindness.

Creative Deed 365 Artful Beginnings: Creating It Forward in 2015| creativity in motion

Handful of Peace | #creativedeed365 14/365

This is a process I’ve really been enjoying a lot!  I continue to value the time I make daily to create and the wonderful bonus is it’s so liberating and fun to release and gift this art into the world. Another part of the fun are the other almost 100 creatives who have joined the Creative Deed 365 Group on Facebook to share their own process, art, & drop offs, as well as contribute to creating an encouraging community to support our art-making adventures.

Creative Deed 365 Artful Beginnings: Creating It Forward in 2015| creativity in motion

Yours to Keep | #creativedeed365 12/365

So far I’ve left my creative deeds in a variety of places when I have been out and about: outdoors & inside of stores, parking meters, left behind at local coffee shops or eateries, a college I was at for a speaking engagement, and I’m starting to use the mailing list of individuals who would like a Creative Deed randomly sent to him/her sometime this year.  The giving away act of this 365 project is very exciting and challenges me with curiosity about where, when, and how to leave the art behind…. and what it’s new life & home will be….

Creative Deed 365 Artful Beginnings: Creating It Forward in 2015| creativity in motion

Every Moment | #creativedeed365 6/365

I’ve been using mostly gel pens, sharpies, stamping or distressed ink and stain with magazine photo collage words to create my creative deeds. Each piece of 3 x 2.5 art continues to be labeled, dated, and signed on the back and is enclosed in a small plastic bag.

Creative Deed 365 Artful Beginnings: Creating It Forward in 2015| creativity in motion

Creating It Forward | #creativedeed365

This week I had my first encounter with someone who discovered one of the Creative Deeds I dropped off inside a local Starbucks (Yes!) .  I was delighted to discover the find through searching the creative deed hashtag on Instagram:

Creative Deed 365 Artful Beginnings: Creating It Forward in 2015| creativity in motion

Creative Goodness Found! | #creativedeed365 11/365

As always, I am curious to see how this new project unfolds over the year…..!  You can follow this project and activity on social media through #creativedeed365 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you’re interested in getting your own daily dose of creative goodness. For more inspiration, you can also read about other art therapists who have taken on 2015 creative practices:

2015 Aspirations | ArtHeals Austin

#108 Out of 1000 Ways to Have a Happy Artist’s Life: Gift Your Art | Lani Puppetmaker

Transitioning Into 2015: Journals and Creative Deeds | Symbolic Projections

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Holistic Creative Circle :: Introducing Spectrum 2015

January 12, 2015

I have some exciting creative news to announce today! 
Introducing Spectrum 2015….. :)

Spectrum hosted by Hali Karla Arts is a multi-media online Holistic Creative Experience guided by 25 artists, healers and visionaries devoted to awakening, exploring, deepening & celebrating your innate Mind-Body-Spirit Nature, Wisdom and Connection. Spectrum is for anyone interested in enhancing intuition, strengthening courage, celebrating wholeness & diversity, widening perspective, developing deeper relationships, and who wants to offer her own gifts to the world, guided by personal awareness and creative living.

This creative circle integrates visual journaling into an experience about so much more and I am so excited and grateful to be part of this year’s Spectrum Teaching Collective to offer my new workshop, Creative Covenants.

Online Holistic Creative Circle-Spectrum 2015 | creativity in motion

Creative Covenants @ Spectrum 2015

​Your creative covenants are values that you believe are core to the way you create, practice, and live as a creative and artful being. When you know your own creative values, you can activate them to empower your creative life.  How would you define your creative covenants? In this workshop, you are invited to create an inspiring book made from a series of permission tags that honor these promises to our creative self and practice. Content in this workshop will also be nurtured through a series of prompts exploring what celebrates, challenges, and empowers the creative goodness in each of us!
Creative Covenants | creativity in motion

What are your Creative Covenants?

Spectrum will be available completely online with workshop videos and PDFs that can be accessed at your own pace and on your own schedule– anytime & anywhere in the world… and also includes special membership and on-line meet up opportunities to connect with others in the Spectrum community. Whether you are just beginning an art journal practice, or looking to enhance & spark a seasoned one– or simply looking for a fresh way to explore the rivers of your Mind~Body~Spirit~Nature experience – Spectrum will take you on a journey that will enhance your understanding of yourself and impact the way you engage and relate in all aspects of your life.

Join me and the other inspiring contributors & art offerings for 6 months of creative discovery and community celebrating the empowerment of creative ritual, the freedom in uninhibited expression, body as guide and ally, art as intuitive oracle and medicine, and nature as provider of love, lesson, peace, abundance and belonging.

Spectrum 2015 Teaching Collective

Spectrum 2015 Teaching Collective

There is so much creative goodness here!  I can’t wait to meet everyone who experiences this creative community of art & awareness with us… I hope you’ll consider participating in this 2015 adventure- Check out what Spectrum has to offer!

*** Meet the contributors, workshops, and access the discounted early bird sale here ***

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Creative Manifesting Mojo

January 10, 2015

This week I finally finished this year’s revo’lution book! Yay!

2015 revo'lution | creativity in motion

I used another children’s board book as the book’s foundation with a combination of acrylic paint, watercolor, gel pens, stamping ink, and text transfer sheets on each of the pages.

2015 revo'lution | creativity in motion

The intentions I chose for this year are Patience, Readiness, Agility, Faith, & Sincerity:

2015 Revo'lution | creativity in motion

revo'lution 2015 | creativity in motion

This past week I also enjoyed facilitating a fun evening of revo’lution art-making, where the room was filled with creative manifesting mojo, hot chocolate, and good company! It was bitterly cold outside (brrrrr!), but inside lots of creativity & good intentions warmed the space!

2015 revo'lution | creativity in motion

It’s always a pleasure to share & experience this art-making with others who are also interested in inviting new energy & possibility into their life, work, relationships, & more!

I hope that you are also able to work some creative manifesting mojo into your New Year as well! :)

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2015 Random Acts of Art Adventure Travel Update

January 5, 2015

Originally posted on 6 Degrees of Creativity:

Since the last travel update of the Random Acts of Art Adventure, the canvas pouch has arrived to two more countries!

The project spent the final month of 2014 in Singapore with Karen before heading to Shana in Australia:

Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of CreativityLots of creative goodness received from Tia and her students in India (!):

Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity Stop 40: Bukit Batok, Singapore with Karen

The pouch then traveled over 3,000 miles to spend time with Shana in Sunrise Beach, Queensland, Australia…

Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of Creativity

Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of CreativityShana used the creative goodness she received from Karen to create an artful gift of kindness for a friend:

Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of CreativityAs 2015 gets underway, the Random Acts of Art Adventure now has only 20 stops left!

Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of CreativityThe pouch will continue its tour throughout Australia and is currently on its way to Putney, New South Wales:

Random Acts of Art Adventure | 6 Degrees of CreativityIn 2014, the Random Acts of Art Adventure traveled to 6 different countries, in addition to many US Midwest &…

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Introducing: Creative Deed 365

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I am excited to introduce my new 365 Project for 2015… Creative Deed 365!

Since 2013, I’ve completed two 365 projects with 730 pieces of daily art as part of my own creative daily practice. This year I am making small pieces of art (3 x 2.5) to randomly gift to others as acts of kindness and to spread creative goodness to others in the spirit of 6 Degrees of Creativity’s 2014 Creative Deed Project.  I want to dedicate 2015 to sharing this process with others and give all the art away with year long positive messages of hope, inspiration, and possibility.

Creative Deed 365 | Creativity in MotionI invite you to participate and become a part of this new creative adventure with me:

  • I’d also love to send you some of my Creative Deed art sometime in 2015!  If you’d like to receive a piece of this project sometime throughout the year, please send a mailing address to creativedeed365@gmail.com.

You can make your Creative Deed art with whatever materials, media, and supplies you want!  I am using mini index cards with a label on the back to briefly described the intention of the project. I’ve also purchased (at the local craft store) small ziploc bags to help safely protect the 365 art in the process of gifting to others– whether this be through the mail, outdoor or indoor places & spaces, etc.

Today’s first Creative Deed 365 offering I decided to leave outside of a store I was visiting:

Creative Deed 365 | creativity in motion

Here’s to new creative adventures starting! I can’t wait to see how this project unfolds and what develops throughout the year!

Together, we can make every day of the year full of creative goodness….  :)

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