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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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Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash

My Creative Spaces, Places & More #wherewecreate

February Warm Up With Winter Fatigue Art

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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Where We Create: Wonder, Inspiration, Motivation, Connection

May 31, 2012

Today marks the last day for the art therapy photo documentary Spaces & Places: Where We Create, an online project that Magdalena Karlick and I launched back in February inviting art therapists, art therapy students, and art organizations to submit digital pics and descriptions about the creative spaces they work & create in, as well as favorite or common materials and media used.

Over the last 4 months it has been a pleasure to see this project unfold…with wonder, inspiration, motivation, and connection.  Over 200 photos from Italy, India, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, the US, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Australia were shared via The Art Therapy Alliance community on Facebook, through Flickr, and posted on the go with Instagram.

I’ve enjoyed experiencing through with project and its collection of photos where art therapy happens, art materials that are offered, and the creative spaces we make our own art.  Equally enjoyable  for me has been the connection the photos have inspired.  Through the power of social media, there’s been many supportive exchanges & interactions in the form of sharing, tweeting, liking, or commenting  that have helped foster community, connection, and creativity.

More to come soon from Magdalena and I on the Art Therapy Alliance’s posterous, as we share our reflections and thoughts regarding Spaces & Places: Where We Create.   A big thank you to Magdalena for co-organizing this project with me, the project’s endorsers, and to each and every art therapist, art therapy student and organization who contributed photos and shared their Spaces & Places.  I invite you to take the time to view all the photos, comments, and connection inspired by Spaces & Places: Where We Create here on Facebook.

I wanted to make my final photo contribution to Spaces & Places: Where We Create with some pics of the art therapy space I worked in today: my art therapy office (below from my previous #wherewecreate submission) where I facilitate individual and group community based services with youth.  In this space today, it was the last session of a children’s trauma and loss art therapy group that I have been meeting with over the last 8 weeks:

Art Therapy Office Space

Art Therapy Supply Stash for Groupwork

For many of my last group sessions, but especially for this children’s trauma & loss group because it helps reinforce themes related to resiliency, I like to spend some time focusing on an experience I introduce as “Stones of Strength”. Each child has the opportunity to select their own personal stone to embellish, make his/her own with permanent marker and by writing one word on the surface that brings him/her feelings of comfort and safety.

The stone can then be used as a tangible, creative, and personalized reminder to keep and use for coping in times of worry, stress, or  difficult days.

A batch of stones from the photo below were creatively developed & dedicated by this group of 6-12 year olds for kindness, love, friendship, and hope, to  just to name a few.

Stones of Strength

Group Strategies & Interventions with Traumatized Children and Adolescents | Online Course Now Available

January 14, 2012

When I started working in the social services field over 15 years ago, my first job was as a residential care youth worker.  The unit I worked on included 10 pre-adolescent boys struggling with severe emotional and behavioral needs as a result of abuse, early childhood abandonment, and neglect.  One of my first memories of beginning this new adventure was introducing purposeful and structured group time focused on general art making for relaxation, positive interaction, and self-expression. The programming was well received by the boys, my co-workers, and agency administrators, so much that they wanted more.  This setting is eventually where I was fortunate enough to start my art therapy career, have the opportunity to develop the agency’s first art therapy program, and start to better understand some of the benefits and challenges related to group work within a partial hospitalization program.

Fast forward about nine years later when I transitioned from the residential treatment setting to work in a shelter with youth impacted by domestic violence, as well as work within a bereavement program with grieving children and teens, where I started to learn more about and become better skilled at trauma informed group work.  A lot of this experience was obtained through great support and supervisors I was lucky enough to have in these settings, as well as the commitment I made to become certified as a Trauma Specialist and Consultant through The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC).

I am very grateful that during the last eight years I have been able to serve and focus most of my art therapy work on trauma informed groups for helping at-risk children and adolescents, whether this includes youth in crisis from exposure to domestic violence, adolescents in foster care, children and teens in shelter coping with homelessness, or grieving youth who have experienced traumatic death loss.

Inspired by this journey, I am excited to announce my new online course , Group Strategies & Interventions with Traumatized Children and Adolescents being offered through TLC.  My course focuses on the benefits and considerations important to facilitating group work with traumatized youth and introduces participants to themes, sensory based activities, therapeutic books, games, and creative interventions to implement in the group setting with traumatized youth.

Course content includes:

  • Benefits of Group Work with Traumatized Youth
  • Trauma Informed Group Structure
  • Facilitator’s Role
  • Group Themes
  • Developmental Considerations
  • Strategies & Interventions
  • Using Art in Trauma Group Work
  • Resources

To learn more and register, check out information about the course here.  6.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available.

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