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What’s Your Art Story?

April 26, 2015

What's Your Art Story?  | creativity in motion

This semester’s Art Therapy Studio class I’m teaching again for Ursuline College’s Art Therapy and Counseling Program is quickly winding down. Our time together over the last few months has been another series of artful Saturday morning gatherings!  It’s a pleasure seeing students take time to create their own art and strengthen the important role of personal creative practice as artists and soon to be art therapists.

One of the requirements of the class, even before I started teaching the course has included students telling their “Art Story” through the media of digital storytelling (DST). This assignment provides students an opportunity to use (and learn!) digital video making and create a creative piece of work reflective of their identity as an artist.

According to Lasica, (2006) “Digital storytelling is a craft that uses the tools of digital technology to tell stories about our lives…. and can be a powerful, evocative, and emotional way of communicating themes and stories, often touching us in deeper ways than one-dimensional videos…”

 The final videos and stories that students reveal in class are always delightful, inspiring, and grateful to view. Here are a couple of videos (shared with permission!- thank you!) created by students in this semester’s course about their journey as an artist:

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Kristie:

Want to tell your Art Story?  Using tips from this TechSoup tutorial, I recommend these steps and considerations to help guide students in the process of putting their stories together:

  • Step 1: What is your Art Story?  I encourage students to brainstorm ideas about the story they want to tell about their journey as an artist, which will include showcasing their art work through the years.
  • Step 2: Collect materials to help tell your story– This can include images relevant to the art story you want to tell that is inspired by memories, creative milestones, keepsakes, and meaningful items, objects, and photographs. Art expressions and work can span from childhood, undergraduate, graduate, and also include historical pieces and periods of art or travels that have influenced this journey.
  • Step 3: Draft your narrative/script for voice over– Start working on what the voice narrative of the story will be in association with the images and visual content chosen.  The story should have a beginning, middle, and an end.  It is normal to be anxious about adding and hearing ones voice as part of the story, but it is important to have confidence in the words you speak.  The inclusion of ones voice I believe is an important element to telling and claiming the story as your own in an authentic and natural tone.  Reading your script to a friend or classmate for feedback can also be helpful.
  • Step 4: Prepare equipment– You’ll need access to a computer, laptop, or tablet that you can use movie making applications, such as iMovie (for Macs) or a program such as Windows Movie Maker Live (for PCs).  Basic movie making programs are often already installed on many computers or can be easily downloaded for free.  Newer computers often have a built in mic that you’ll need for the voiceover.  Other equipment that will  come in handy includes a scanner and a camera to capture your art in digital form.
  • Step 5: Try storyboard planning – The TechSoup tutorial recommends creating a storyboard with index cards to plan out what happens in your story and in what order.  Using index cards makes it easy to move the sequencing of content around as you work on matching the visual material you’ll be using with your voice over script.
  • Step 6: Digitize material & media– This often involves scanning or digitally photographing art and images you will be using in your story, as well as cropping and sizing them appropriately.  If you have art photographed on slides, some scanners have special attachments for converting them into digital form or your local photo developing store often can help.
  • Step 7: Record your voice over– Find a quiet and interruption free space to record the voice narrative of your story in natural, conversational voice that is clear and easy to hear.
  • Step 8: Add music– The addition of music will often inspire the emotional feel and rhythm of your story. Music that is without vocals and instrumental in nature works well.  I recommend that students explore the site Free Play Music to find a genre or type of music that fits for their story.
  • Step 9: Edit, Add transitions & effects – For this assignment, students have the challenge of making sure their digistory is between 1 1/2 – 3 minutes, which I think is a good size.  During this step, all the content (visuals, voiceover, music) start to come together in the movie making program. It’s also a good time to start adding transitions and effects between frames, as well as titles or text overlays.
  • Step 10: Share – It’s time to produce!  Saving or exporting your movie project into a video form (often a m4v, mp4, or wlmv, wmv) will make it easy to share with others on video sites such as YouTube or Vimeo.  Often raw movie files are very large and difficult to send through e-mail, but can be saved on USBs or dropboxes for easy archiving.

Some other resources:

What’s your Art Story? Where would it begin and what would you include to tell your story?

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Social Media & Creative Motivation

April 9, 2015

Social Media & Creative Motivation | creativity in motion

This week I stumbled upon this 2012 Brainzooming post, 61 Online and Social Media Resources for Motivating People to Create.  Mike Brown’s content inspired me to take stock on my own relationship with social media, creative motivation, and to reflect more about leveraging online and social media resources for inspiration, connection, community, and more.

How does social media inspire/motivate my creativity and interests to create/make things/do creative stuff in my daily life, relationships, work, and play? 

Here are my Top Takeaways from Brown’s amazing list that I really resonate with and how each one has encouraged my own creative practice:

  • #1, #2, #19, #22, #38- Finding Connection, Community, & Support– This probably is my top reason I enjoy social media… Social media has the power to bring artists (and art therapy of course!) together, create connection, decrease isolation, etc…..on so many levels.
  • #35- Learning Artistic Skills– Whether it’s a how-to video tutorial on YouTube, a new art technique to try out from Pinterest, or engaging in an online art workshop, there are soooo many social media tools & resources to build your creative skills as a beginner or seasoned artist!
  • #41, #43Exploring Creative Environments and Adapting your Environment to Better Foster Creativity– Online projects such as The Altered Page’s Living with Art, Spaces & Places: Where We Create, and even this blog post I recently contributed for the National Institute for Loss in Children, all explore and provide new ideas and a peek into the creative intersection of our life/studio/work surroundings for inspiration, daily practice, or self-care.
  • #6, #7- Engaging in Online Exchanges & Creative Adventures– One of the many things I enjoy about the online world is being able to engage in art exchanges and creative experiences that originate through social media.  It’s amazing fun whether it is a mail art endeavor or working virtually together on a common project.
  • #9, #20 #21- Following Creative People– I find Twitter a dynamic place to easily follow people, trending topics, organizations, and news about all things creative that I enjoy, whether this be the visual arts, film, writing, crafting, technology, art therapy, and more. Twitter has connected and introduced me to some amazingly creative individuals and projects!
  • #26, #60, #61- Learning New Tools to Express Creativity– Social media and technology online is constantly evolving with new apps and creative tools to use. Over the years (and now!) I’ve enjoyed experimenting with and using free programs such as Wordle, Tagxedo, Kooleido, Animoto, Polyvore, and so many more to create, share, and play with. Recently I enjoyed trying out the online program ArtPad, a virtual canvas painting program with a small group of art therapists I virtually meet up with to try out different computer based ideas. I enjoyed thinking about the creative possibilities inspired by the application’s features to not only make art, but invite others to participate too!
  • #17- Sharing Creative Work Online– While Facebook is definitely an active social media site to share art and artsy happenings online with friends, family, & colleagues, I really enjoy how Instagram has become a wonderful online source to follow artist work, activity, and captures.  Whether it is a work in progress, final piece, snapshot of someone’s work space, studio, or tools of the trade- it is a visual delight to simply see (without all the Facebook distractions) when I tap into my newsfeed there.
  • #7, #15- Enjoying Global Creative Experiences with Others– It’s awesome to bring people together from all over the world to work on or be a part of a common creative project or initiative through social media.  I love this and the creative friends I’ve made around the globe through our love of art, making stuff, and encouraging our artsy selves!
  • #5- Allowing Yourself to be Pointed to Creative Places Online Based on Others’ Social Media Links– Yes! Take in and enjoy Artful Link Love!

There are also some ideas from Brown’s list that I would like to try or do more of:

  • #45- Organize a “Creativity Orientated” Music List to Listen To— I often listen to a variety of Pandora stations or Spotify when creating, but it would be neat to organize a playlist dedicated to “creating time”.
  • #46, #52- Share Examples of Overlooked Creativity in Your World (and being more open to wonder, play)–  There’s always room to play and wonder more– on and off line!   I also think taking a mindful look at how creativity surfaces around you in different ways would be an interesting adventure and discovery to embark on!

What about you….How do you use or would like to use social media to motivate your creativity?

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Creative Deed 365: March Offerings

March 31, 2015

“Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!” ~Lawrence G. Lovasik

Creative Deed 365: March Offerings | creativity in motion

March is coming to a close, and with that so is another month of art-making for my Creative Deed 365 Project!

Here’s a short video featuring the pieces of art made for Days 60-90:

This month I’ve continued to leave my art in various public places (craft stores, gas stations, community bulletin boards, bus stops, and more), as well as mailing a few more through the USPS mail to friends and from my #creativedeed mailing list started at the beginning of the year.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I am eager to leave my creative deeds out & about without having to wear gloves and in more outside locations, which is slowly starting to become a reality as a (little) more spring weather arrives.

It’s also always a pleasure to visit the Creative Deed 365 Group each day to see and learn more about what other artists are making and leaving out in the world in the spirit of creative goodness! So much kindness translated into small pieces of art for the taking….

And…. from the web: here’s more about what others are doing with their creative deed creating so far:

365 Days of Art | The Light of the Heart- A Community Art Therapy Project

Friday is Creative Deed Day! | Musings of an Art Therapist/Artist

28 Days of Creative Deeds | Symbolic Projections

I’m an Art Rebel | Drawing the Self Out

It’s awesome to see this project growing and carried through in various places with different ideas, materials and reflections….. Feel free to join in with your own creative contributions– You can begin anytime!  :)

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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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Springtime Creative Happenings & Goings On

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Starting Soon…. Spectrum 2015:

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We begin May 1, 2015

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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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….

Creative Deed 365: February Offerings | creativity in motion

#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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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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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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