Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind. Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the ‘what if – what then’ approach to writing and illustration. ~ Chris Van Allsburg
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw
Today I probably should have been creating schedules for our faculty as we are going to head back to work soon. Yet, instead I took advantage of one of my last days of vacation and finished knitting a baby bonnet (I have a lot to make, as there seems to be a massive amount of babies currently on the way)! I put a movie on and I started to knit. It was so wonderful to be able to zone out and enjoy my day, while creating something at the same time. It felt so good to finish the project and know that I have something very concrete to demonstrate my productivity today.
I find that being creative, whether it is knitting, quilting, drawing, dancing, playing and instrument, acting, etc. is a great way to rejuvenate. Being creative is a form of freedom (as long as you can be creative AND turn off your self-critic). When I am creating, I am given a break from the stresses of day-to-day life – it is a gift.
Today, 209, days ’til 40, I am thankful to carve out some time to be creative – I hope you can too!