WHY CREATIVITY?

l believe creativity is good for all people. I believe most people start out instinctively creative. Little by little the world either criticizes them or they get older are encouraged to think of something more practical.  

While the arts are considered a risky career it is interesting how the moment we have spare time we run to a concert, to a museum, to a movie, or we lose our selves in a novel. All this entertainment is the result of great creativity. Imagine how sterile our lives would be if no one had taken the creative path. How little we would know about our history. We are lucky we that this need to create is part of our DNA and that some followed this path.

While there are those devote their lives to creativity there are others who yearn for some internal creative freedom. They wish to be expressive and they just don’t know how. Most of our education and our working lives train the left hemisphere of our brains. Our left hemisphere is verbal, it is detail oriented, it is analytic, linear, sequential and it is concerned with the past and the future. It is critical of all things that are not practical and efficient. It is usually the captain of the brain.  

When I teach people to paint, my goal is instruct but more importantly I wish to inspire people to find courage and to have an authentic experience. By learning a new creative language this strengthens the right hemisphere of your brain. This is the visual, more intuitive part of ourselves that is creative, empathic, it sees the big picture and it revels in the present. It is where connection and happiness resides.

While it is true that both parts of our minds are endlessly working together in our daily lives. However, by doing intentionally creative activities the Right hemisphere gets stronger and more nimble. It is like going to the gym and being able to walk further as a result of exercising. By learning a creative language you allow the Left brain to move from captain position to co-pilot with the Right brain. As a result you have what Daniel Pink calls a “Whole New Mind”.  You begin to see the world through a new lense of possibilities.  New perspectives, ideas and solutions become available.

My students tell me that after taking painting classes they seem to appreciate the magic of the present moment in a whole new light. They see and experience life differently. Life is a bit amplified. I knew a doctor who decided to take painting class. One day she looked up at a painting in her home that she had disliked for years. Suddenly it was as if she saw a whole new painting. She loved it and appreciated so many new levels of its beauty that she could not previously see! She marveled at how different life seemed.

So I ask you what is it that you are curious about but don’t have time to discover. Keep it small, chip away at it. Pick up a pencil or pick up that instrument that has not been played in a while. Cook a new recipe or maybe sign up for a class you are curious about. It does not have to be perfect. Go for it! Your authentic self is ready for a new journey. MG

SPOTLIGHT - Carrie Barron, Interior Designer

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I would like to highlight my friend Carrie Barron. She is a fantastic interior designer here in Dallas who works tirelessly for her clients. We recently agreed at how important it is for the art community and interior designers to support eachother.

As a fine artist I have enjoyed collaborating with interior designers. Carrie is a great advocate of the arts she has consistently put me in touch with fabulous clients over the years. I am grateful to her.

Carrie is currently the Texas ASID Dallas Design Community Chair. She is an Allied member of The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

*See Carrie Barron’s work here:
http://www.carriebarroninteriors.com

The Blank Page

Today I sat under a palm tree listening to the cicadas filling the summer air with those reassuring sounds of summer as I contemplated what it means for me to stare into my journal of at the start of each day. Why do I do it and what does it bring?

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Each morning I start my ritual: coffee beside me, pen in hand and I face the blank sheet of paper that seems to ask me what lurks in my mind and soul. Each day is new. Each day is a surprise as I capture my dreams, my worries and as I organize my thoughts or goals for the day. Often I stare blankly onto the page as my mind reaches into the void with nothing to say or to download. This is when my daily journaling gets interesting. So I sit and wait for a thought to emerge with calm anticipation. Eventually ideas tumble out from some mysterious regions of my unconscious mind. Often new and inciteful solutions arise as if from a wiser version of myself. Sometimes what erupts is a suppressed thought or clarity that finally comes up for air. This ritual of journaling allows me to get through the mundane and finally reach the shimmering nuggets of truth that beg to be discovered…if only I can be quiet and patient long enough to hear the tiny voice that seeks to be heard. Marianne

Less Is More

Less Is More

This past fall my family moved to Boston for a semester. We packed our bare necessities, and drove 1800 miles to an unfurnished apartment for the next six months. We had no dishwasher and shared a laundry machine with the landlord. We borrowed furniture and shopped at thrift shops to finish out our temporary home.We were on an adventure...

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Move Boldly In The Direction Of Your Dreams

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Dear Friends, 
I am excited to be embarking on a new journey of sharing my thoughts with you through a newsletter/blog. I will share some of my inspirations and ideas around how to sustain a habit of creativity. I wish to bring you along with me on my creative explorations. I hope to inspire you to dig deep and find your authentic voice of creativity and freedom. 
Marianne

 

INSPIRATION 

Creative Confidence by the Kelly Brothers.
Last Fall I read a great book by the Kelly brothers that inspired me to lean into the directions of my dreams. Rather than spend most of my time planning out a perfect entrance onto a stage that has no dress rehersal. I decided to just move boldly in the direction of my instincts. I started to actively learn, change, create and repeat in this direction. The Kelly Brothers talk about rapid innovation and growth. If you have a project in mind forget working on it alone and waiting for that perfect moment … as you might be creating your ideas in a vacume. Simply start on a project even if it is rough. Improve the work through continual communication, assessment and innovation.  This process has helped me grow tremendously.

So I ask you what dreams have you been holding back for the perfect moment to arrive? The moment is now! Wake up and start your day journaling and brainstorming whatever is on your mind. By the last page I bet you will hear a little voice pointing you in the direction of your dreams. Go for it!

The Year My Vision Changed

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I am always amazed how the course of a life can change directions through a random conversation with a person and how often we are unaware that the direction of our path is dramatically affected by this moment in time...

It was the mid-80s and I was about to enter high school when my neighbor mentioned to me that I must take a class with an art teacher named Mr. Bartman. Little did I know that this random advice had put me on a path that would dramatically influence my life.

INSPIRATION - The Year My Vision Changed

The first day I walked into Mr. Bartman’s art class, jazz was playing through the sound system. Mr. Bartman, my new high school art teacher, was reading quotes and displaying inspirational images of famous artists. Art was everywhere. I immediately noticed the huge poster boards with lists of challenging art assignments. The goal of all our projects was to help us see in new authentic ways. We were expected to fill an entire sketchbook every semester! There was always a huge crazy still life in the middle of the room created with random objects  that looked like they were dragged out of a fisherman's boat. Cables, boxes, rusted traps, buckets and more. In that hour of my high school day time stood still and the doors of freedom instantly flew open. I learned to stop and smell the roses, to see differently... I was hooked.

Mr. Bartman, my dear teacher, continues to teach and paint every day of the year. He takes groups to paint outdoors - in the fields, in the snow, on the coast. He urges his students to not make descriptions but to create poetry. I am grateful that he encouraged me to create, to push through the struggle to find beauty in the ordinary so that I can express the invisible through the visible. Marianne

*See Walter Bartman’s work and workshops here: http://www.yellowbarnstudio.com/bartman.htm

Bales of Hay Day One part 2

Bales of Hay Day One part 2

So Today I just blocked in the lights and darks. I tried to not get caught up with any details  and to focus on blocks of color and composition. The  canvas was wet ...this is a great opportunity to wipe away the lights and keep it fresh. It was a whirwinded day and the movement of this painting reflects this.MG

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Autumn

Autumn

I am done with this painting. today i carved the trees. Found surprises in the great sky. I love creating those grey faded trees in the background. Hope u find a bit of inspiration in your day.

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