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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.

How Does Synchronicity Affect Our Lives?

This post consists of a comment I wrote onSynchronicity: New Age Fantasy or Face of the Future?, a brilliant article by Earthpages.org – the comments are well worth reading, too 🙂

Over the last years, synchronicity has become normal to me, but sometimes it still feels “weird” to talk about it.

It began with remembering certain “coincidences” which led to asking “could I possibly repeat this”, testing, trust, conviction and regular use – which, for me, confirms and reinforces further that synchronicity is “real”.

During the past few months I’ve noticed a rapidly increasing number of people, locally and on the internet, opening up to this concept, and once they open up they begin to experience.

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What does synchronicity imply?

So how does synchronicity manifest on a larger than personal scale, that is collectively for communities, countries, globally, universally? Combined with taking responsibility and choosing trust and peace over fear and fear-mongering, a lot has been accomplished; a few examples: the Wall in Germany coming down 1989, the peaceful (at least on the side of the “rebels”) Egyption revolution this spring, the Belgians doing very well without a national government for about 500 days already. (see also: “Political” and “Politics” | Definition | Etymology)

Looking at synchronicity from a theoretical point of view, the trend converges towards Zero Delay = Now = instant connections and exchange. In our time-dependent system (including our experience of time being linear) we may still be heading towards Now, but acknowledging the small now’s (= every moment) is part of the whole, already.

Collective consciousness consists of individual consciousness-es contributing to the whole – or put simply, sticking one’s head out takes courage, but the more people share our opinion, the easier it gets to talk about it, and the more “normal” and accepted it becomes. This happens with every technical or artistic invention, every scientific or philosophical insight which contribute to the “pool”.

What next?

What I’m wondering about is: What is the next stage, what does synchronicity imply? What do we need to learn in order to cope with synchronicity on a grand scale? In my mind, this comes down to learning how to choose and focus on how we want our world to be – rather than stating or complaining about (and thus focusing on) what we don’t want.

What do you think?

Maria

Knitting With Glass – Impossible!?

Making the “impossible” possible is creation and creativity at its finest. Creation starts with an idea or vision – but it takes determination, endurance and resilience to bring it into being, to realise what formerly existed only in our mind.

I’ve been a textile crafts addict for thirty-plus years, and although the technicalities of the textile world fortunately 🙂 still bear lots of surprises and challenges for me, it takes a lot to stun my mind into time-out.

Which is exactly what happened a few weeks ago when I came across artwork which I would not have believed possible:  “Knitted Glass” by Carol Milne.

Cakewalk 7" x 11" x 11" by Carol Milne - Kiln-Cast lead crystal knitted glass

Cakewalk 7" x 11" x 11"

What intrigued me just as much as “How can this be possible?” was the context in which Carol sees her Knitted Glass (see Carol’s statement below). I contacted her immediately to ask whether I might feature her work on my blog, and as you see she said yes 🙂

Knit Wit by Carol Milne - Self-portrait in knitted glass and knitted copper. 19" x 10" x 12"

Knit Wit - Self-portrait in knitted glass and knitted copper. 19" x 10" x 12"

Here’s Carol’s brief statement about her work:

I see my knitted work as metaphor for social structure. Individual strands are weak and brittle on their own, but deceptively strong when bound together. You can crack or break single threads without the whole structure falling apart. And even when the structure is broken, pieces remain bound together. The connections are what brings strength and integrity to the whole and what keeps it intact.

Darn by Carol Milne - A fraying, knitted glove with a pun for a title. 10" x 18" x 13"

Darn - A fraying, knitted glove with a pun for a title. 10" x 18" x 13"

I found it very difficult to choose only a few photos from Carol’s amazing site, so here three more.  The last one is E.D.’s favourite – I wonder why… 😉

Bustle by Carol Milne - Kiln-Cast lead crystal knitted glass

Bustle 7" x 16" x 16"

Quadrille by Carol Milne - Kiln-Cast lead crystal knitted glass

Quadrille 5" x 11" x 11"

Eddy by Carol Milne - Kiln-Cast lead crystal knitted glass

Eddy 5" x 11" x 11"

Thank you, Carol 🙂

An inspiring “real world” example for “knitting with glass” – or knitting society by making the “impossible” possible:  Blood-lines of action – Butterfly Effects for Change by creatingreciprocity

Image sources: all photos courtesy Carol Milne www.carolmilne.com

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Have-Your-Say-Day (4)

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  • Questions?
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Anything goes, but maybe you prefer a prompt? How about the…

…Topic of the week: Consolidation

Vincent van Gogh: Dirl in the Woods - drawing

Vincent van Gogh: Girl in the Woods (drawing, 1882)

But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought.
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Vincent van Gogh: Girl in White in the Woods (painting, 1882)

Vincent van Gogh: Girl in White in the Woods (painting, 1882)

Image Source: via wikimedia.org drawing, painting

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Featured: “Save Somali Children from Hunger” – an eleven-year-old boy wants to raise $13 million

The East Africa Drought

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"drought" - not only a natural phenomenon, but also a state of deprivation of Heart and Mind

Compassion, choice, determination and action know no age restrictions. Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, 11, wants to raise $13 million for his cause. Read how a Ghana schoolboy launches solo famine fundraiser (Associated Press via yahoo.com), and the related article on modernghana.com.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming: “We estimate that a quarter of Somalia’s 7.5 million population is now either internally displaced or living outside the country as refugees. The drought is compounded by prevailing violence in southern and central parts of the country.”

Source of the quote and more on the Horn of Africa famine and how you can help: http://www.unhcr.org/4e16da4d9.html

How do you choose to act?

Maria

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