Monthly Archives: June 2013

Remember the Rhino Theory

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Here’s a little start-to-your-weekend post.  I just finished my rhino pencil sketch.

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This was a real challenge to sketch – rhinos are difficult! I’m ok with how it turned out, but definitely not my favorite. I won’t be doing anymore rhinos for a while.

Why a rhino you ask?  One of the best pieces of advice from my dad was the saying, “remember the rhino theory.” This is my motivational phrase.  When things were really tough, my dad always told me to remember the rhino theory.  It has a catchy ring to it too; it is my mantra.

To delve a little deeper, really think about the rhino.  It’s most well known feature is it’s horns.    When times get tough, put your head down and keep right on charging.  Like a rhino:). Hopefully this little saying gives you some motivation to plow through the tougher times.  Happy Saturday everyone – it’s the weekend!

“Creativity is contagious…

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Pass it on” -Albert Einstein

When I was younger, my mom always encouraged my creativity.  There was not much TV or computer time allotted in my childhood days.  Friends would come over and the options were play with your toys, go outside, or do a craft.  Whenever I was bored, the options stayed the same.  Along with playing in my make-believe fairy tales like any child, I was given a lot of opportunities to create my little 8-year-old masterpieces of art.

From ironing beads together, threading beads together to make animals, jewelry making, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, foam, designing holiday ornaments, to a multitude of other little crafty projects my mom could think of, there was always some sort of creation in progress at home.  I thrived off of it.

Looking back on those days at the kitchen table now, I realize how important it was for me and how it has influenced me today.  I was always doing something.  It taught me to be creative, resourceful, and manage my time.  It also instilled a love for productivity at an early age.  Now I look  at the computer games, television shows, and video games the kids do to occupy their time and it just wastes away the hours.  Before you know it, the day is gone.  But, I guess perhaps that is the goal; to occupy the kids until it is bedtime.

In our fast-paced society, people have moved away from the little projects that are more like hobbies at home.  They don’t introduce creativity to their children, and they have lost the time in their own days for little projects.  Picasso summed up my thoughts perfectly with his quote on creativity:

Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

 I believe it is an important aspect to have hobbies on the side, even if it may seem childish.  It gives you something to look forward to, to be proud of, and makes the day a little more interesting.  Always keep encouraging your creativity, it is worth it:)

Gettin’ Crafty

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As a part of this blog, I am aiming to try a bunch of different crafts.  Two ideas I have for the near future are making homemade cards as well as bookmarks.  I just discovered the amazing potential of the local recycling center: supplies for free!  It is encouraged to take what you will use and after this first experience, I will be back for more for sure!

Crafting Materials - It's a start!

If you have a recycling center near you, check it out!  Above is the start of my crafting stash.  Hopefully over the next couple weeks I can build up my materials.  Time to start getting crafty!  Here is a little bit of what I have done so far:

They are nothing special, just starting off simple.  I didn't have a lot of time today, but it was fun:)

They are nothing special, just starting off simple. I didn’t have a lot of time yesterday, but it was fun:)

Everybody Loves a Good List

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Good morning to you all.  Deep down inside, everybody loves a good list.  It’s in our human nature.  It helps to give structure where there is little.  When you think about it, we make lists often, but the most famous is the to-do list.  Now this has a bit of a bad reputation because most people instantly think of a list of things they know they need to do, but really don’t want to.  Making lists can be quite enjoyable actually.  Your morning mission for the day if you choose to accept it is to make a list.  It’s ok, everybody needs a little break from the cubicle on a Tuesday morning!

List of things to make a list from:

  1. Bucket list
  2. Places to visit
  3. Projects to do
  4. Places you have been
  5. Recipes to cook
  6. Adjectives that begin with “a”
  7. 100 facts about you
  8. Things you like
  9. Things you dislike
  10. Favorite books/movies/songs

Making lists gives your brain a chance to really think.  It sometimes can lead to some pretty creative ideas or help you realize things you never knew.  Perhaps you never knew you had that many places you want to travel to.  My list for the morning: List of animals I want to draw.

  • Elephant, rhino, giraffe, donkey, kookaburra, corgi, cockatoo

Now that you have the list, take action.  It will make for a pretty accomplished day.  And think, it’s still only the beginning of the week:)

That First Step…

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As a wanna-be-artist, there are many challenges that must be faced.  The most daunting I find is that first step of a project.  The blank page, empty canvas, or in my case, the unpainted hubcap:CIMG1172

You never know how it is going to turn out.  Will it be something worth showing people?  Or will it be an absolute flop?  I always have this vivid image of the final piece in my mind, but to replicate that idea is definitely a special skill.  Looking at it from a the opposite perspective, why do I feel that little bit of anxiety when I first pick up the brush or the pencil and commit to the idea?  That is all you are doing, committing to an idea.  Ideas change, and no one else can see your idea except you.  I must always remember, starting a project is about the journey.  It promotes more creativity and lets ideas evolve.  It does not matter what others think, as long as you enjoy the process is what matters.

On that note, I am embarking on my first major project as a result of this blog.  I am painting a hubcap with the aim of finishing it by next weekend. We will see how that progresses!  As a result, I am definitely becoming a bit more blog-savvy!  Check out my other two pages I added and marvel at the semi-decent formatting of this blog:)  I am getting the hang of this, and I like it!  Today, a blogger has been born.

Goal #1

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Week 1 of my blog project: I need help choosing my goal for the week! I will upload my most recent success soon. Set a craft goal for your week too… Get motivated!

Let the creative juices flow!

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You know that familiar feeling. An insatiable itch to produce something. It drills down into our primitive human nature where we were designed to make things. Designed to invent, create, engineer, and build. The brain never stops thinking, planning, working.

I get these impulses often. They are so strong, I’ve been compelled to cook, bake, draw, sculpt, or create something on a whim. In a world consisting of intangible work, there is something innately satisfying with producing something with your own bare hands.

This blog is a result of yet another one of those impulses. But, it will be a way to channel the inspirational successes and failures as I explore the creativity of my mind. There is nothing more self fulfilling than looking back on an accomplishment a couple days later and still thinking it looks good. Still believing it came out exactly the way you planned