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|Banging On the Doldrums by Michelle Fairchild|
Nina Wise is known for her provocative and original performance works. Her pieces have garnered seven Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards, and she has received, among other prestigious honors, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Her written pieces have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Nina lives in San Rafael, California.
|From top left clockwise ~ Dia de Los Muertos Madonna painting, a glowing Owl Pumpkin,
Cosmic Skull Girl, and tasty Spiced Pumpkin Muffin Owls.
Creativity can express itself in many ways. Yesterday my creativity had a chance to express itself via the culinary arts. I baked a vegan pumpkin pie, then darling vegan spiced pumpkin muffin owls and followed that up with vegan pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon icing. Today we had a family pumpkin carving party in the front yard and my parents even came from out of town to join in on the fun. My husband’s abnormally large pumpkin turned into a child eating monster and my own overgrown pumpkin found its inner owl. Yes there is a bit of a theme of pumpkins and owls carrying on in our neck of the woods.
What forms of creativity have you been expressing lately?
Next up this week is one of our family’s favorite holidays – Halloween! We will be dressing up in costumes and I will be figuring out how to transform my face into that of a zebra. Wish me luck! Last year I was a parrot, the year before that our whole family was decked out as Sugar Skulls for a special Dia de Los Muertos gathering and art show. Other forms I have taken in the past have been as a Killer Bee, Fire (with my husband as Ice), a Pink Flamingo, the Ocean, Half Devil – Half Angel, Dolly Parton, a male biker and the list goes on. Halloween has a long tradition in my family and my mom who celebrates her birthday on October 31st, always dresses up as a witch, because she says it is her true alter ego.
Do you ever dress up for Halloween?
If yes, do share about your costumes, past and present.
Photos sharing is highly encouraged too!
I love the creativity that Halloween inspires in people. Costumes can be such a fun way to express oneself, to get wild, and try out playing a character or new role. Costume parties are often the funnest kind, as people who might normally be shy or reserved, find themselves being more extroverted and free, because for a night that can try out being someone or something different.
Fashion and the clothing we choose to wear are also another way we can get creative and express ourselves. Clothing can change the way we move. Clothing can change the way we see ourselves. Clothing and outfits can even make us feel differently, if we let it.
Some people may find dressing creatively to be intimidating and may not want to draw so much attention to themselves. In our Cosmic Cowgirl Tribe we have encouraged members to at least try on various outfits or costumes to release their inner Legendary self. Our amazing Chief Laughing Cloud has even written about how one day she realized that she was being overtaken by the “gray” and set her intention to pull out her more sassy and wild clothing in order to spark creativity and a bit of rebellion.
Do you ever put on an outfit that makes you feel different?
Sometimes I get into a clothing rut. My creativity lags and I just go through the motions of picking out clothes to wear to work or on the weekends. However, I have noticed that if I my creativity is Sparking, or if I remember to let my clothing express my inner creativity, or even my inner wild woman, well those are the days I am reaching for long feathered earrings, jeans with glitter, tears and writing on them, or high black boots and a dress with a slit up the side.
I know that we women can get very self critical about our appearances and our bodies and that we can let this restrict our clothing, fashion and costume choices. As a woman who has been a variety of sizes, from very thin when I worked out 7 days a week for three hours every day, to very overweight, and lots of places in between, I must tell you that size does not matter. It really doesn’t. Even in my larger times when I dress fun and fashionably I have still received compliments. The way we carry ourselves, the way we see ourselves, the way we strut and hold our heads high, is so much more influential than some realize. If you can see the beauty, and the sexy in yourself, that is going to shine out into the world.
No matter our size all of us women also face growing older, if we are so lucky in this life. We will see our bodies change. Perhaps gravity will take its toll and certain parts will begin to sag, wrinkle, and change. We may adjust to such changes gracefully, or we may choose to wage a battle against it with some tucks and tightening here and there to firm things up a bit.
Whichever route we take though we will still have choices on how we choose to present ourselves in the world. Some women as they grow older state they begin to feel invisible. They look around and see a media world obsessed with youth and beauty. It is refreshing when you see someone take notice of style and beauty that is of a more mature nature. Photographer Ari Seth Cohen roams the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. He share this: “Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing of two about living life to the fullest. Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”
You can visit Ari’s Advanced Style web site by clicking here.
There is also an Advance Style documentary about the women he has been photographing in New York and this is the very fun and short film trailer to inspire you to get more creative in your own closet!
There is something so refreshing and fun about creativity and whimsy in nature. I spotted a fun photo on Pinterest and followed the link back to the creator of the above signs. The website where this image can be found is called Fresh Picked Whimsy and the blogger is artist Lori. Her original post about how this sign came into existence can be found here.
What I loved seeing is how this project started off with a creative idea and a pile of old wood. The photo to the left shows the pile of unused wood that was just waiting for a creative artist to come along.
The simplicity of taking what is already readily available and turning it into an adorable garden art piece is brilliant.
Look how simple it was to create in the following images. First pick out some pieces. Next paint them.
Lastly, add locations that have meaning to your life. If you want to add the distance, simply look it up on google maps or some other on-line mapping program. Have fun with the lettering. Lori did a beautiful job on these by using white and black to create some dimension to the letters. I also loved a suggestion on Pinterest that stated you could also include dates for when you visited these various places on the back.
What are you waiting for, go forth and create whimsy!
“Promoting health without encouraging others to seek wholeness is an exercise in futility. Not until we realize that our bodies are mirrors of our interpersonal, spiritual, professional, sexual, creative, financial, environmental, mental, and emotional health will we truly heal.”
My dear friend, Dr. Lissa Rankin of OwningPink.com – a brilliant, creative and succulent Medical Doctor – has found scientific evidence to prove that creative health is every bit as important to your body as good nutrition, daily exercise, and regular check-ups.
It supports what I’ve taught for YEARS – expressing yourSELF creatively isn’t just some fun luxury pastime. It’s vital to living a healthy and joyful life!
She teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment. She is leading a revolution to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, fostering self-healing, reconnecting health care and spirituality, empowering patients to tap into the mind’s power to heal the body, and encouraging women not to settle for being merely well, but to strive for living vital, joyful, authentic lives full of “mojo.”
When not spreading the word, she chills out, paints, does yoga, and hikes in Marin County, CA with her husband and daughter.”
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Here is an excerpt from What We Ache For:
“I experience the greatest resistance to writing when I am beginning a particular piece, writing a new poem or short story or starting a new book. As the day and time I have set aside to begin approaches, I feel a strange but familiar dread, a slight tension in my chest, a barely perceptible agitation in my arms and legs. If I sit with this sense of uneasiness, I discover a wide range of not particularly unique or fascinating fears: the fear that I have nothing wrothwhile to say; the fear that this time I will not be able to find the end of the thread that will take me into an effortless flow of words; the fear that the writing will simply be bad–unclear, uninspired, awkward, tedious. But beneath all these is the fear that the creative process will affect me in some unpredictable way, requiring changes in my life that will be at best uncomfortable and at worst truly risky. This latter fear is probably the strongest, and it has a basis in experience. Creative work, because it cannot be separated from our spirituality, inevitably connects us to that which is larger than us, and experiencing the sacred center of life can create a shift in perspective, can bring new insights and understandings that demand something of us.”
Here is an excerpt from The Dance:
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