The Importance of Creative Community

March 20, 2011

There are forces for destruction all around us everyday: mass-produced crap, rudeness, shitty moral values, ugly buildings, toxic jobs, toxic relationships (in addition to the usual things like death, age and taxes) and for all people, everywhere, there needs to be some sort of antidote or you.will.go.crazy.

For people who consider creativity an important part of their lives, the antidote must include something that feeds it. This is where creative community comes in. People who get it…who get YOU. Who are positive forces for creation. Who can laugh at the idiosyncrasies of others, like them, who love odd things and odd people. People who share an appreciation for color, texture, shape, ideas. People to cheer you on in a world where this is rare.

Break out of your comfort zone. Feed your soul.

I do, every Sunday night, at a little community bar/restaurant, with like-minded folk and I come away feeling a little bit healed and a little bit nourished and a little more able to deal with the rest of the week and its attempts to tear me down.

And if you can’t find your community, make your community. Its important, it really is.

Artist: Pam Kravetz

March 15, 2011

I did an internet search on topsy-turvy dolls, a style of doll that’s been around for as long as I can remember. I wanted to see different ways of attaching arms and legs and generally to see how they are constructed. Well, I didn’t find any of that here at Pam Kravetz’ website, BUT I really liked these dolls and she is making them very much in the spirit of the transformative doll class i’m taking (which I am SO glad I signed up for).

Dollmaking as a Transformative Process

March 6, 2011

My birthday present to myself this year was taking the above class (sign-ups open until March 15th) from an artist who’s work I have long admired, Pamela Hastings (in conjunction with another artist, Barbara Kobe). I will share small bits and pieces here as they fit in with my larger explorations.

This is the body of a doll and some pieces I am playing with.

Online: Ruby Mag

February 17, 2011

Ruby Mag showcases international artists and photographers in an online slideshow with links to their respective websites. I especially like work by Ana Albero (Spain/Germany). &nbsp

and Ky Anderson (USA)

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Artist: Maya Bloch

February 9, 2011

Lost at E Minor is a creative website that sends a weekly newsletter that often introduces me to new artists that I really like. I thought what they said really captured my response to Maya Bloch.

“Maya Bloch’s richly textured and moody paintings really mesmerize me. It’s amazing to see those eyes glaring at you from the blobs of swirled color.”

Google Art Project

February 2, 2011

A local company, ArtMedia, emailed a link to this really cool project Google has undertaken with some major museums. I love how you can see the works zoomed close up and you can save multiple views with notes and share them. There are still a few minor glitches with the interface but overall an amazing accomplishment.


One of my favorites is this amazing beaded piece, “No Woman, No Cry” by Chris Ofili at the Tate Museum. Be sure to zoom in and to look at the night version, too.

Thing-A-Day February Creative Sprint

January 24, 2011

My recent project for the Dolled Up show made me realize that it helps sometimes to have a short, intense time devoted to creating to get you sort of jump-started. This looks to be just that kind of thing. It is a communal commitment to create a thing (or piece of a bigger thing) every day during the month of February and post it on the site. Most likely I’ll be posting mine here also. Do it. It will be fun.

Doodling as a Coping Skill

January 19, 2011

Doodling is a major coping skill for me. It helps me deal with anxiety and allows me to bring humor into situations that are difficult for me. In almost every circumstance there is a way to doodle. I have “doodled” in sand with my toe, in grass with piles of grass “clippings”, on fogged up windows. Anywhere or anyway that you can make a mark you can doodle. This was done on the back of a receipt with a pen I had with me.


There are many approaches to doodling. Mine tend to be freeform with lots of creatures, text snippets and personal patterns developed over the years. I would definitely have done math doodling like this if I’d known about it (and maybe would have even learned a thing or two in my math classes). There are also more structured approaches like Zentangles. These are good to get non-doodlers started and add to doodling vocabulary for those who already doodle. They try to get people to buy kits but most of the information is available for free in their newsletters.

Pics from Dolled Up Show

January 17, 2011

I still haven’t uploaded the other pics I have, but here are some of my dolls/prints from the Gualala Arts Center facebook page.

Artist: Stephanie Metz

January 11, 2011

My friend, Nan, mentioned this artist and I thought I had seen her work but upon going to her website I realized I hadn’t seen any of the recent stuff. I love the abstractions series; I am very attracted to the combination of the wool and hair and the abstract figures that reference animal aspects.