Do you take enough time for yourself? I don’t mean relaxing on the beach or snoozing by the pool. I mean time to relax but be aware and really look around.
My kids think we went on a walk for physical exercise. Nope. We went on a walk to explore. To see what was around us. To smell the pine needles and see the wildflowers up close. We chatted and laughed. We saw butterflies and heart shaped leaves. We worked on filling up our visual dictionary.
Creativity is so downplayed. Just having the time to be creative without expectation, without explanation, It’s such a necessary part of me. So when I take little excursions I use every moment to look around. I listen. I touch.
Inspiration comes from many directions. It comes from experiences big and small. Where do you draw your creativity from?
When your son walks in frustratedly exclaiming he broke his g-string and your husband happily tells him that he has extra your mind goes off in weird directions.
The assignment; collect trash from three areas over a span of four weeks. Catalogue the types of litter. Review the collected data. Create a bulletin board to explain the findings to a target audience.
A great lesson that involves predictions, data collection, analysis, drawing conclusions, and reporting what was found.
As I take a picture of student work I hear, “Mrs. Blackwell, get my nails in the pic!”
Forgive me feminism for I have failed.
It would seem that karma has reared her beautiful head.
It took 17 years but something about my son getting a job washing dishes and taking out trash is just so….beautiful?…poetic? Whatever it is I will savor it for a bit.
Oh, and he likes to drink my coffee…
Actually working with a purpose today…sort of. Peace and love, lkb
I found a way to keep myself very busy. I love being able to lose myself,for hours, and just listen to the universe and freely create. It’s a journey with many possible directions and no road map. Peace and love, lkb
Just a doodle as I sit with my little artists (and my biggest fans). I must have water on my mind.