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Featured: Melissa Dinwiddie – The Creative Sandbox Way

(Re-posted from my website World of Magnifica)

The past few weeks, I’ve colored some images designed by other artists – I just couldn’t resist. 🙂 What amazed me, though, was that colouring their designs “felt” very different from colouring my own. I had never realized how much we are affected by other people’s creative energies!

This is just one more reason for discovering our innate creativity and for staying true to ourselves: Every person, every artist, every colourist is unique. It’s exactly our uniqueness – warts and horns and all – that makes us essential and irreplaceable pieces of the whole puzzle of Life.

Anyway, colouring these pages gave me an idea: I want to start a new series of Featured Artist posts.

Once or twice a month, I’ll color a design by someone else, and post it here [on World of Magnifica] with a short introduction about the artists and their work. This will also give me the opportunity to supplement my own designs with inspiring work in different styles and from different perspectives.

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Colouring page from The Creative Sandbox Way – coloured by MariaH (see *footnote)

I can’t think of a better artist to begin with than Melissa Dinwiddie, who is in the middle of the launch of her book

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life.

I met Melissa over a year ago at a workshop and so I’m acquainted with some of her work since then, but when she sent me an advance copy of this book, I was awed! It’s is so full of energy and life, just reading it made me smile. 🙂

Although Melissa has included many pages and quotes and doodles for colouring, The Creative Sandbox Way isn’t a colouring book as such, more an interactive, playful self-help book for creatives and non-creatives alike: It’s a path to living a full-colour life.

Amongst other topics, it includes great tips on how to deal with various types of life-energy sucking Gremlins (our inner critics) or a drawer full of UFOs (Un-Finished Objects), original and inspiring doodles and pages for mindfully mindless colouring-in (including a Gremlin Family Tree), memorable quotes or very doable and enjoyable daily practices and writing prompts.

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From the introduction of The Creative Sandbox Way – highlighted and coloured by MariaH

My favourite “tiny and daily” practice is the Week of Crappy Doodles – exactly what my Perfectionist Gremlin fears so much that it makes him implode like Rumpelstilzken. 😉

But my probably most important takeaway is for me the insight that creativity is the act of overcoming resistance, doubts or negative self-talk – that creativity starts exactly at that point where I often feel like stopping or sometimes even giving up.

Launch Week Bonuses 15th to 21st November!

You can order The Creative Sandbox Way directly via Amazon.com, (or just read the description and the impressive list of endorsements!) but, as it’s Launch Week, don’t miss out on the tons of extras, bonuses, and an incredibly generous prize (sort of the dream of every colorist) that Melissa has prepared for those who buy the book between 15th and 21st November 2016.

And if you are on Facebook, please come and join us in the private Creative Sandbox Way Readers & Doers group, there’s even more going on!

Hope to see you there!

Maria

By the way, the Foreword is written by Patti Digh, author of “Life is a Verb! (See also my previous post with an excerpt from Walking into this new day. in the Huffington Post.

*Footnote in case you’re wondering how I did it: I used simple coloured pencils and markers for kids. The background is frottage over corrugated cardboard, and then I added the mock-up “mat and frame” digitally with Gimp.

Don’t fight, don’t resist, don’t struggle – bury the old and Go Create instead

Excerpt from Walking into this new day. in the Huffington Post, by Patti Digh Author of “Life is a Verb,” founder of Life is a Verb Camp, and blogger at 37days.com

Be generous with your energy to create a world that is fair and equitable and just for all. Don’t spend your energy pushing against something, spend it creating the world you want for your family, your community, your friends, and all people. What we resist grows stronger; don’t resist. Don’t spend energy fighting against, but name what you want to create instead, and go create it. Create it in community with others, and make sure that community is diverse. Be creative, because creativity will get us there and will save us on the journey.

Whatever we do, in our own little worlds, creates ripples and affects everything.
What can you do – today, now, every moment – that makes your little world a little bit brighter, sunnier, lighter?

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Sunrise over barley field – Image by kangbch via pixabay

Image source: kangbch via pixabay

Update: See also the next post about The Creative Sandbox Way by Melissa Dinwiddie, to which Patti Digh has contributed the Foreword.

The Enermazing Weekly Ticker (17) 28th November – 4th December2011

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Just a quick note today…the last few days I had limited computer access time, which I used mostly for catching up with comments on other blogs. There was no time for browsing or research of anything, and I’m already in a hurry to get off the computer again.

Kathy (Pocket Perspectives) passed the Liebster Blog Award to me – thank you so much, Kathy! I’ll nominate “meine 5 liebsten Blogs” (my 5 favourite blogs) some other day, once again a difficult decision…

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Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee:Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Rabindranath Tagore

The Enermazing Weekly Ticker (16) 21th – 27th November 2011

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Nearing the end of NaNoWriMo with less than 10k, the best tip I can give you this year is not to stop – November may be over soon, but life goes on.

In case you are over 40k, you can still catch up (my last year’s experience). Go and get your certificate! 🙂

If not, consolidate. Take stock of what you’ve learned during the past 27 days, about writing and about life, about creating new habits or at least shaking up old ones.

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During this past week, I’ve hardly been on the computer. My email inbox is overflowing with unread blog subscriptions, I haven’t written a single comment, not browsed or surfed or “researched”.

What have I done instead? Increased my body awareness, with special emphasis on the senses of hearing and smell. Did you know that a slipper, a book and a computer cable produce different sounds when being chewed? Did you know that you can train your olfactory sense to make out directions and locations, instantly, the moment the origin of the smell is being produced? I didn’t, until ten days ago, but then again Bob and Scamp were already about three months old when we found them and ready to be house-trained. When we found the puppy last week, it was so young that didn’t even know yet that it had teeth, and now it’s experimenting with how it can put them to use. (Eating is not a problem – weight increase is 40% in 7 days.)

Wolfy-Stop-It! (which is his new name) is teaching us a lot of things, including taking play breaks when we didn’t even know we wanted them, and certainly living in the moment – using every opportunity, however small it may be, to get some of our daily chores done while avoiding to trip over him, or to wipe up another little mess while he tries to help us 😉 I hope that as soon as he discovered all dimensions of his body (including his rear end) he’ll realise that not on all occasions it’s sufficient to have all four paws on the newspaper…

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When things go wrong, you’ll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start to go right they often go on getting better and better.

C.S.Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

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My word count the past week: I’ve lost track with all my different wordcounts and what I updated or not. The only one I’m certain of is Magnifica, at about 8,000 total…

The Enermazing Weekly Ticker (15) 14th – 20th November 2011

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When things seem difficult or even hopeless, take another step. If you don’t know which direction to go, let the flow carry you on, just a little bit.

Don’t rely on the obvious, on what you think you see, hear, feel. Thinking blocks the flow, your strong invisible currents which carry you in the right direction with ease.

The last week of NaNoWriMo has begun; I haven’t written more than a few pages for the past two weeks – “the obvious” would be to call my this year’s NaNoWriMo experience a failure and to give up.

Under the surface however that voice, telling me that NaNoWriMo is just one little ripple in the context, has become much stronger: “Stop fiddling with details – trust in the context instead.”

Even if during week three you’ve discovered that your novel is going nowhere, or in the wrong direction, take it from there, do your best for the rest of November and trust in a writing life after NaNoWriMo.

If you’ve come to believe writing is not your thing at all, accept that for the time being. You may be right, or you may be wrong, but dissappointment is certainly the wrong time to make decisions.

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As I mentioned last Tuesday in my post “Playful Professionalism” I’ve been thinking lately about the value of playfulness. In fact, I was wondering how I could bring some more joy and playfulness into my life.

I’ve also written about “dogs”, the stubborn, insistent inner terrier and the inner Schweinehund, both of which bear no resemblance with our two real dogs, Bob and Scamp.

Relieved that I didn’t have to think about a blog post, I sat down early Wednesday morning and wrote two pages, but strangely enough I couldn’t concentrate, without any reason I could think of. After another half page, my husband arrived back from walking the dogs. On his arm was this:

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Wolfy - day one

With interruptions like someone gnawing at my toes, it’s already taken me one and a half hours to write these few lines, I’ve got to leave for work now… I’ll write more later, as soon as I get the opportunity…

For now just let me say that the dog rescue centers are overflowing. Yesterday we resigned to the fact that we’ve got a third dog and named him “Wolfy” 🙂

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A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.
Frank Herbert, Dune

Grant me the sanity
to know that my first draft will suck;…
Sara Toole Miller

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My word count the past week: blog : …  – novel: 4 pages

The Enermazing Weekly Ticker (14) 7th – 13th November 2011

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See the quote below for what Winston Churchill has said about NaNoWriMo 😉

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Well, at least I managed to keep up “one post per day” – sort of, in the beginning writing in advance and scheduling, now dragging a day behind.

Not even halfway through the month, I have already discovered that for me it is far easier to do a bit of daily fiction or my usual notes/random journal which no-one will see than get something ready and out – I’m not surprised I was never tempted to become a professional writer…

But then again, some professional writers might be horrified by the idea of having to do 7 meters of traditional Cretan macrame fringes (these two links lead to two macrame blogs) before Christmas 😉

“Each to their own” is what creates variety and balance – our task is to live our own life the best way we can.

Sorry if I haven’t commented on your blogs for a week or more; I’ll make up for it as soon as the number of blog posts returns to “normal”.

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If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

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Tired of writing – or reading about it? Try these for a change:

My word count Day 13: blog : 280  – novel: 0

Btw: You can still join the Writing Buddies :) – and it’s not too late to sign up for NaNoWriMo 2011, either ;)