I’ve attended workshops & classes, read books & blogs on writing, and even get emails full of writing advice. Most of it is very helpful. And most of it boils down to one very important exhortation: just do it. Practice. Use those writing muscles often. Keep the creative juices flowing or they’ll start to clog the system — and no one wants that.
Today, I’m grateful for a new pad of acid-free translucent paper.
In my desire to experiment with Eric Carle’s painting and collage techniques, I’ve bought myself a pad of thin tissue-like paper. I’ve tried painting a few already. The pad has fifty pages and promises lots of trial-and-error learning and lots of fun. 🙂
We visited The Eric Carle Picture Book Museum in Amherst, MA, the other day and learned a lot about Carle’s illustration techniques. His work is fascinating. And it inspires me to want to try new creative projects. (The picture here is of a car painted in honor of the 50th birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It was parked outside the museum.)
Today, I’m grateful for the stretch setting on my sewing machine.
You may find it hard to believe, but in thirty-plus years, I’ve never bothered to figure out how to use it. Wanting to make face masks out of old t-shirts motivated me to learn. All I had to do was pull out the machine’s instruction booklet and do a little reading. And the best part of all? It worked as well as it was supposed to. It just goes to show that we’re (I’m) never to old to learn something new. 🙂
Each month, the facilitator of my local library’s Poetry Circle challenges us with a new poetry form to try. This month, we’re to write a Triolet. It’s an eight-line poem with some repeating lines and a few rhyming ones. A good poetry challenge really works the brain and gets the creative juices spritzing! If you want to try one, check out the Writer’s Digest explanation of the rules. Have fun!
Today, I’m grateful for the time and energy for a small landscaping project.
This strange season of relative isolation due to a global pandemic has left many of us at home with time on our hands. Sometimes it’s hard to focus and channel our energy into being productive (or creative). There are projects, large and small, on our wish lists. One of mine is to upgrade an area under a tree in my front yard where nothing grows well. The project is finally begun! 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for the online seminars in creativity that I’ve been able to take in the last few weeks.
So many free or inexpensive offerings of classes and workshops can be found online right now. And each one I’ve attended has left me with a new nugget (or two) of information to help me on my creative path. So, I’m thankful to our local libraries, as well as online writing gurus, for these opportunities. 🙂
What are you grateful for today?
PS: What’s a Gratitude Spiral?? See how it all began, here.
Now that most of our adult children have moved out, we have a few unclaimed bedrooms. One of them, I’ve taken as my craft/ everything room. I can paint, write, sew, meditate, work on photo & video projects, dream, & create, all in this one room. 🙂