20 Creative Quotes on New Beginnings & Growth

March 27, 2015

20 Creative Quotes on New Beginnings & Growth | creativity in motion

Springtime can be a great time for exciting growth & new beginnings!  This week I went on a creative quote scavenger hunt to find inspiring words that connect to this spirit of the season….  Enjoy:

  • True creativity often starts where language ends. ~ Arthur Koestler
  • Every artist was first an amateur. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Beginning with audacity is a very great part of the art of painting. ~Winston Churchill
  • The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.  ~Ezra Pound
  • After you’ve painted a couple of thousand paintings, then you can begin. ~Carl Rungius
  • I don’t go into the studio with the idea of ‘saying’ something. What I do is face the blank canvas and put a few arbitrary marks on it that start me on some sort of dialogue.  ~Richard Diebenkorn
  • Carry the beginning to the last stroke. ~Kevin Weckbach
  • Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.  ~Marianne Williamson
  • In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin; A grass-blade’s no easier to make than an oak. ~ James Russell Lowell
  • Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. ~Arthur Ashe
  • There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. ~Pablo Picasso
  • The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.  ~Walt Disney
  •  The beginning is the most important part of the work. ~Plato
  • You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens. Just wait for the birth, for the the hour of the new clarity.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Beginnings are always messy. ~ John Galsworthy
  • First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. ~Napoleon Hill
  • Individuality of expression is the beginning and end of all art. ~ Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The important thing is somehow to begin.  ~Henry Moore
  • Start a painting with fresh ideas, and then let the painting replace your ideas with its ideas.  ~Darby Bannard
  • Never begin the day until it is finished on paper. ~Jim Rohn

 Do you have a favorite creative quote that inspires your growth?

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Creative Arts Therapies Week 2015- March 15-21

March 16, 2015

Originally posted on Art Therapy Alliance:

 Creative Art Therapies Week is March 15-21!

To recognize the next 7 days, the Art Therapy Alliance is re-launching a mini version of this Art Therapy Challenge over the next week to have a little bit of social media fun & promote the field of art therapy on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest!

You can participate in this week’s challenge by commenting on & sharing the different challenge prompts that are posted on ATA social media sites each day….

Creative Arts Therapies Week 2015 | Art Therapy Alliance

In addition, some helpful resources from the Art Therapy Alliance to also promote and spread the word about art therapy and the work of art therapists can be found here:

Creative Arts Therapies Week 2015| Art Therapy AllianceLearn more about art therapy, the qualifications & credentialing of art therapists, as well as resources to connect to art therapist websites, news, and more here.

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Springtime Creative Happenings & Goings On

March 13, 2015
Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring. ~Terri Guillemets

Creative Deed 72/365:: “Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring.” ~Terri Guillemets

Hooray!  Springtime is just around the corner— After this cold, cold winter I can’t wait for warmer weather, fresh spring air, more sunshine, and longer & longer days full of light…. Bring it on!

I wanted to share some of the springtime creative happenings & goings on I’m excited to be a part of over the next few months…as well as offer a First Day of Spring Giveaway to readers of this blog!

Human Trafficking in Art | creativity in motionUntil April 25-  Human Trafficking in Art, an art exhibit at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River, Ohio features art created at the Renee Jones Empowerment Center with survivor’s of human trafficking and at-risk teens I’ve been working with involved in the Center’s Project Red Cord.  You can also read more about the exhibit here.  On April 19, I’ll be speaking at WSUU’s Morning Forum to talk about the benefits of trauma intervention through art therapy to help trafficking survivors.

April 2-  Strengthening Emotional Resilience through Art Journaling Workshop with The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County Staff as part of their Employee Wellness Program. This offering of art-making and creative expression will focus on creating a small, mobile art journal that can serve as a tangible reminder of emotional resilience, support and the importance of self-care for the work providers do in service & care of others.

April 18- As part of the Cleveland Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Spring ConfereSpringtime Creative Happenings & Goings On | creativity in motionnce, “Creating a Peaceful Environment in a High Stressed World”, I will be facilitating the afternoon breakout session, Peace Begins with Me: Creating Peacemakers through Creativity.  This session will introduce strategies important to facilitating group work that focus on peacemaking themes with children who have been exposed to domestic violence, bullying, and relational aggression. Content presented will help participants gain a trauma informed understanding about how these strategies and interventions promote safety, emotional expression, and coping.  Registration is now open here.

OpeniSpectrum2015ng May 1: As I announced earlier in the year, I’ve been invited to participate as part of this year’s Spectrum Teaching Collective with 25 other artists and creative offerings dedicated to celebrating your Mind~Body~Spirit~Nature through art…. and I can’t wait! I am looking forward to introducing my new workshop, Creative Covenants to explore the values that are core to the way you create, practice, and live as a creative and artful being and meeting everyone coming together in this community!  Learn more about Spectrum here.

Random Acts of Art Adventure- Spring 2015:  This 6 Degrees of Creativity Project and canvas pouch filled with art making stuff & traveling all over the world just wrapped up its tour in Australia!  Next stop on its creative travel itinerary is New Zealand and then the adventure will be returning back to the states later this spring for its final 12 destinations!  Yay!

Creative Deed 365:  The beginnings of this year’s 365 Project definitely has helped bring some fun & more creative goodness to my (and hopefully others!) winter landscape, but I am realllly looking forward to leaving my creative deeds out & about without having to wear gloves and in more outside locations!  :)  You’re invited to spring it forward with creating it forward by joining us in the Creative Deed 365 Group on Facebook to contribute your own art in the spirit of this project.

And…A Special Springtime Giveaway: To celebrate spring approaching, I am doing a give-away for a complimentary registration to this year’s Spectrum with free access to all the workshop offerings:  25 contributors, 26+ workshop invitations, 6 months multi-media online community starting May 1 and running to the end of the year. To enter this special giveaway, please leave a comment below with what you love about spring!  From these responses, I’ll put everyone’s names into one big collection & randomly pull one winner to announce on the first day of spring.  Be sure to enter by Thursday, March 19 at 12noon (EST) to participate!  I will directly contact the winner with the e-mail associated with your comment posting profile. Good luck!

Enjoy the beginnings of this new season…..!

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Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland

March 8, 2015

Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland | creativity in motionBack in November, my friend Lori and I decided to take on this Hot Chocolates to Try in Cleveland Top 10 List published by Scene Magazine.

Over the last 5 months we’ve paused our days to meet up almost every other week to take on one of the destinations featured (with the exception of Angel Falls Coffee Company in Akron, which we chose another Cleveland stop instead). Not only do I loooove drinking hot chocolate to keep warm in the winter, I’ve really enjoyed this adventure as a catalyst to slowing down, enjoying good company  & conversation, as well as a great reason for me to get out and about more during these cold, exhausting months to visit some familiar places and get to know some new ones.  Every stop was worth the trip!

This week-end Lori and I finally enjoyed our 10th stop, bringing this hot chocolate tasting tour to a close. Below are my reflections, rankings, and take-aways from each stop we made throughout our chocolate journey:

Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland | creativity in motion

Root Cafe, Lakewood

The Root Cafe in Lakewood was an early December stop on this adventure.  I’m pretty sure I have had the Root’s hot chocolate before when meeting there for special projects and work stuff, but this time I was taking in the experience through our hot chocolate challenge taste buds.  I would suggest trying the Mexican Cocoa (Lori’s choice!) with cinnamon, cayenne, and vanilla for a kick in your cup!

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Blackbird Baking Company, Lakewood

Mid December was our trip to Blackbird Baking Company, (also in Lakewood)!  Blackbird’s hot chocolate had a dark chocolate taste to it, which I think prepared me up for future stops on our agenda!

Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland | creativity in motion

Fear’s Confections, Lakewood

Another Lakewood destination, Fear’s Confections kicked off our tour in November right before Thanksgiving.  I loved  the gourmet homemade cinnamon marshmallow that came in my hot chocolate!  Yum!

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Civilization, Tremont

 In mid January, Lori and I took on a Hot Chocolate Double Header and did two tastings in one day! Sugar high! One of those stops was at Civilization in Tremont, where I enjoyed this mug of chocolate goodness….Definite bonus points on the ranking system for whipped cream!

Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland | creativity in motion

Dewey’s, Shaker Heights

The finale of our adventure took place at Dewey’s in Shaker Square, which was a super comfy and inviting place to enjoy our creamy hot chocolate next to their fireplace!  This cocoa was cinnamon good!

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Bonbon, Ohio City

In January, we also visited Bonbon Pastry & Cafe in Ohio City who served up a really good cup of milky hot chocolate with friendly service… I also left a couple of my Creative Deeds there for finding on my way out!  :)

Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland | creativity in motion

Chocolate Bar, Downtown Cleveland

Towards the end of our tour, we visited Downtown Cleveland’s Chocolate Bar, which was a.maz.ing.  With a hot chocolate menu of over 10 flavors, it was hard to choose just one.  We went with our server’s recommendation of the “Extra Dark” for the absolute chocolate experience and it did not disappoint, topped with thick whipped cream, chocolate stick, and shavings.

And here’s my Top 3:

Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland | creativity in motion

Sweet Moses, Gordon Square Arts District

Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District was our first stop after the New Year started, and the first and only tasty hot chocolate on the tour that came with whipped cream and a marshmallow square!  Yes!  I reeeaaallly enjoyed their vintage hot chocolate recipe and their overall drink presentation was classic!

Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland | creativity in motion

Phoenix Coffee, Ohio City

Our stop to Phoenix Coffee in Ohio City was a super snowy day in early February, which was perfect timing for hot chocolate drinking and worth braving the snowbanked street parking— this heaping cup tasted awesome! Phoenix also receives an honorable mention for the best looking hot chocolate on this list!  And…. this came with a separate cup of real whipped cream for my perfect hot chocolate drinking experience….Win, win!

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Lilly Handmade Chocolates, Tremont

We added Lilly Handmade Chocolates as a random substitute and part of our Tremont Hot Chocolate Double Header in January and boy, I am glad we did!   Wow— their Signature Drinking Chocolate, an European Style blend of milk, dark, and white chocolate with cream and Aztec spices was sooooo creamy good and rich.  It tasted like old fashioned chocolate pudding, hot off the stove in liquid form.  Even without whipped cream I adored it and savored each drop-! Love!

This challenge was so much fun! Thanks to all the places we visited throughout this winter and to Scene Magazine for the inspiration– a great way to support and get to know more local businesses in Cleveland area neighborhoods in the spirit of hot chocolate drinking!  And support some emotional resilience related to the winter around us….

Image: Keep Calm Studio

Image: Keep Calm Studio

Now that our hot chocolate adventure has ended, Lori and I are seeking a tasting tour for the spring/summertime that we can embark on next.  I’ll keep you posted…. :)

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Human Trafficking in Art: Expressions of Truth, Courage, Resilience, & Recovery

March 3, 2015

This week launched the local exhibit opening of Human Trafficking in Art on display in Rocky River, Ohio.  The exhibit is hosted by the West Shore Allies Against Human Trafficking Taskforce and includes a variety of work dedicated to giving a voice and awareness to this important issue and the work of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center (RJEC).

The photographs of Carla Carter Lovejoy and Don Iannone were on display (read this article about their photos when they were at Notre Dame College this past fall), telling a powerful visual narrative behind the truth of human trafficking, as well as a story of help, hope, and healing.  Also on exhibit were awareness posters created from middle and high school students in NE Ohio as part of efforts of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, as well as art from the art therapy groups I have been facilitating at RJEC with survivors and at risk youth as part of Ursuline ArtSpace Outreach.

The exhibit was a beautiful, moving display of truth, courage, hope, and recovery.

Human Trafficking in Art | creativity in motion

On display March and April 2015

Human Trafficking in Art | creativity in motion

It’s hard to believe that it has almost been a year since art therapy group work started at RJEC. Over the last 10 months our group gatherings have been a creative journey & artful testimony of raw emotions, coping, growth, and resilience. I am grateful and humbled by the women and teens who have shared their experiences through their art, as well as the incredible support of art therapy received from Renee Jones, Sr. Cecilia Liberatore and the many, many advocates of the RJEC’s work.

Human Trafficking in Art | creativity in motion

Pictured with Sr. Anne Victory (Collaborative to End Human Trafficking), Carla Carter Lovejoy, and Don Iannone

If you are in the NE Ohio area in March or April, I recommend taking the time to visit this exhibit and learn more about human trafficking through the photos and images on display.  The exhibit runs through April 25 and is open to the public.

For resources, help, and how to get involved with national advocacy efforts, visit the National Human Trafficking Resource Center here.  You can also support important local NE Ohio initiatives through the Renee Jones Empowerment Center.

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Creative Deed 365: February Offerings

March 1, 2015
Creative Deed 365: February Offerings | creativity in motion

Creative Deed 365

In the thick of the winter here, it’s been really wonderful to keep engaging in a little bit of Creative Deed art-making everyday and then releasing the art and its message into the world (snow, ice, sub zero temperatures, and all)!   This month’s Creative Deeds I have left at gas stations, grocery stores, on the street at newspaper stands, banks, my local art supply store, through the USPS mail, and more!  I hope that the expressions I’ve made throughout February warm the hearts of their finders as much, if not more than me….  :)

Here is a quick look at days 32-59 of Creative Deed 365:

The Creative Deed 365 Group and project contributors there and on social media (using the #creativedeed365 hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) continue to be a.maz.ing as well— Full of beautiful art, kindness, creativity, & support!  It’s fun to get multiple doses of creative deed art and intention from everyone that is making, sharing, and commenting in connection to this project….

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#creativedeed365 on Instagram

Artfully onward to March’s creations & discoveries!

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Catch up on past #creativedeed365 posts here:

Creative Deed 365 January Offerings

Creative Deed 365 Artful Beginnings: Creating It Forward in 2015

Introducing: Creative Deed 365

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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:

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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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