Does something like making bread by hand “count” as expressive art, or craft? Should it? Here’s why my answers are, yes: I believe that everything we create by hand is an expression of our deepest soul, our aesthetic, and of who we have chosen to be as a human.
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“Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.” –Oscar de la Renta
I’m not a good gardener despite reading and trial and many errors. But I’ve always liked messing around in the dirt, being witness to one of the most remarkable miracles that still exist (thankfully): seeds sprouting into plants which we can then nurture to harvest. Continue reading “Life in the Garden” →
In early 2014, I took a weekend painting course with the goal of overcoming a painting block. I really missed painting, something I used to do quite a lot, but which I had stopped doing over the course of a deteriorating marriage and in the aftermath of a bad divorce.
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I was relieved to learn that I am not damned by my life-long fear of being discovered to be less intelligent than everyone else. According to “Wired to Create,” by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, a cognitive psychologist, and the scientific director of the Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and Carolyn Gregoire, a Huffington Post writer, you don’t have to have a high IQ to be creative, to be an artist:
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