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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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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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Through a Grateful Lens: Love & Light from the Spring Sky Above

May 9, 2013

I continue to take more light photos, emerging from the spring sky above me:

Light Photos

Spring days have finally arrived here, after a slow, patient wait… and with this comes gratitude for the renewal and growth that continues to unfold…with nurturing energy of love & light…

“Pay attention to the beauty surrounding you.” ~Anne Lamott

Through a Grateful Lens: Spring Light Simplicity

April 13, 2013

These photos of early spring light I’ve taken with Instagram throughout the last few weeks bring me to a place of quiet simplicity…

Through a Grateful Lens: Spring Light Simplicity

Spring Light

 The photos reflect captured reminders of the nourishing and warm light that continues to surround me (and us all), even on those days where the air is still chilly and the sky is covered in dreary cloudiness.

Spring Light & Me

Springtime is slowly (sloooowly) arriving on this end… which makes the light’s radiance during this time of renewal even more sacred and precious to honor with gratitude.

Spring Forward Art Making

March 8, 2013

There’s been lots of art-making happenings right about now with the anticipation & energy of spring starting to grow!  It’s almost time to “spring forward” with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time this week-end and to begin breaking out of winter hibernation.

Creative Pay It Forward: March

Earlier this week, I sent off March’s Creative Pay It Forward goodies to Erin, a paper stash of colorful and printed papers for her to play and create with! I also recently joined in on a Spring It Forward Mail Art Exchange organized by Art Therapist Christine Scott Hudson, focusing on the theme of spring to “flower power” our mailboxes this month.  A dozen participants signed up for us to make art for and in return, we’ll receive art back.

Spring Forward in progress

I decided to use a collection of old library book cards I received in a paper stash last fall (thank you Amy!) for the foundation of mixed media art I created with distress ink, stain, and magazine photo collage (including some from Lani’s Creative It Forward uppercase magazine art seeds I received last month- TY!).

Spring Forward

Creating these cards for this exchange was very fun- I experimented with using my bottles of distressed ink as a media for stenciling the circles around the cards.  I also used my SMASH stamp to currently date each piece, just like the various cancelled inked dates already stamped on the card.  I hope each one arrives safely to their new home in California, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, and Colorado.

Spring Forward Mailing Art Exchange

There’s a couple of more artsy projects in the works for the rest of this month as winter continues to slowly thaw out.  I also have one more opening left for anyone who would like to participate in the 2013 Creative Pay It Forward fun we’ve been having!  Check out the link to claim your spot! Spring It Forward with some creative goodness!

Get Ready to Play! 21 SECRETS Goes on Sale March 14

March 3, 2011

Over the last few weeks I have been working on getting things together for my workshop that will be part of this spring’s 21 SECRETS.  I can’t wait to share it with you soon!

As announced in January by Dirty Footprints Studio, 21 SECRETS is an online, self guided, art journaling workshop where participants will receive the opportunity to learn different techniques, methods, and approaches to art journaling from a group of 21 artists.  And all for only $59.00!

21 SECRETS goes on sale March 14 and begins April 1 through the end of July.  More details here soon on how to register, my “secret”, and the reveal of the other secrets being taught this spring.

I hope you will make plans to join us!   More coming soon…

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