Thursday, July 28, 2011

This I Know....


Creativity Doesn't Sleep
sometimes it drives you completely crazy,
sometimes it's heaven

& when you see something completely beautiful,
something that takes your breath away,
you know someone's vision, in their own minds, has made it possible,
they wouldn't accept anything less than what they envisioned.

no matter how difficult to actually design &amp build,  they remained determined.

when I saw the image below, at first I thought it was a painting, looking closer I knew it wasn't.

imagine actually building this.

or the person who conceived this incredible installation art,
hanging Chinese lanterns at the Montreal Botanical Gardens,
October 2004

or this...
beautiful & perfect little tree house,
oh yes, we must know that someone determined to complete it with
perfection was harassed by their own creativity until it was complete.


or the art director who styled this photo shoot,
featuring bedding, actually had to build this platform in toto
and then had to wait for the perfect moment, when the mist & fog
made their entrance, to actually  photograph his creation.

an old boat, ruined by time, imagined as a sitting area in a garden...
then digitally made it the colors of the story they were telling.

or this, a few years ago this would have been thought impossible,
but a gymnast, dancer, someone,  envisioned how dramatic it could be,
and worked 100's of hours to make it happen.


An Article by Jan Phillips for the Huffington Post, 2010

"Have you ever had the thought,  "I'm not creative. 

I can't even draw a straight line"?  If so, you're not alone. 
Many people think that there is some essential relationship 
between creativity and the ability to make art.
 If they can't paint like Picasso, sing like Josh Groban, or sculpt like Henry Moore,
 they don't dare claim to be creative. 
It feels like an arrogant thing to say about yourself, if you're not an expert, 
not making a living from your creations, not well-known and 
publicly acclaimed for your imaginative gifts.
Why, when creativity is our very birthright, do so few of us feel creative? Why, when we're asked to think of someone creative, do we rarely think about ourselves, but of the public figures that have defined creativity over the years? We think of Monet, Mozart, Jackson Pollack, Martha Graham, Ansel Adams, always the figureheads, when the real truth is that every one of us is a born creator. That's the hallmark of being human: the ability to create, to turn something invisible into something visible, to forge a poem out of a feeling or a song out of a sorrow.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, says that creativity doesn't happen in our heads but in the interaction between our imagination and our social context. It's a matter of experience and response, a matter of relationship to others and a commentary on the significance of our encounters. Creativity is the vivid expression of who we are in the world--our imagination begets our thoughts, our thoughts beget our words, our words beget our actions, our actions beget our experience, our collective experience and expression begets our culture. Each of us is contributing to the creation of the cultures we participate in.
The world is not divided into two groups of the creative and the uncreative. If there's a distinction, it's between those who are creatively productive and those with unexpressed potential. We're creative by default. We're genetically predisposed to create. Each of us, to varying degrees, is intrinsically motivated to create, to be original and to solve challenging problems. The question to ask is not, "Am I creative?" but rather, "What inspires me to create?"
Personal creativity is not about intelligence or information. 
It's about inspiration, from the Latin spiritus, meaning "breath, courage, the soul.
" Creativity is about being fully alive, living courageously, or as the painter Joan Miro´ says, "Expressing with precision all the gold sparks the soul gives off." When is the last time you felt fully alive? What is it that calls forth your courage and trumps your fear of sharing your soul? Knowing this is the key to discovering the creativity that is waiting to be expressed through you."

I love this philosophy.  I know every endeavor is creativeness.
Think about medicine, advertising, business development, system integration,
hardware, software, setting a table, gardening, teaching school, etc.
(maybe not politics or lawyering)

Everything begins as an idea.  
Tell me, what do you think about this?

 The precious little sign
Creativity Never Sleeps 
is from an Etsy artist, you will find the shop


posted from the hill country of Texas where one has
time to think...


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Young at Heart said...


Anonymous said...

we ask ourselves about creativity, as if it's tangible, that we can go pick it up at the store and bring it home but the truly creative know it's something that has a life of it's own..our job is to feed it and let it grow and spring forth...
fabulous post..

bee bon said...

Wow! Marsha you have done it again!! but more so. What do I think of this? The most special moments I remember or most beautiful sights are usually 'for me' simple and pure and usually involve 'love'

Christine said...

Marsha, you nailed the creativity blessing and curse on the head! It seems to be a persistent brain-call to action. 'Creatives' are wired with only an "on" button. Dreams in technicolor, constantly evolving ideas, nagging again and again; baffling to others who lack the same "on" button...but don't you love it?! Life is never dull!

Love this post!

Pondside said...

I know that I think of myself as not being creative, but I take satisfaction in my garden and in needlework. Neither is particularly original, but each is an outlet for me.
Very thought-provoking.

La Petite Gallery said...

Very inspiring post Marsha.
Now I have to get the breath,
strenth and courage to clean up this house. Company is gone and I have some art shows ahead, and my Fall party for the Artists.I want to take a minute to say You have a ton of talent.. yvonne
sure is empty here now everyone left. I miss my dog..

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Creative post, my dear Marsha! You certainly have a creative and precious soul!
xo Yvonne

under spanish moss said...

Marsha, the images here are a perfect example of someone’s creative mind at work and not stopping until their vision was complete. It would be fun to hear about their creative thinking process. Have a great Friday!
Angela and Renee

under spanish moss said...

Marsha, the images here are a perfect example of someone’s creative mind at work and not stopping until their vision was complete. It would be fun to hear about their creative thinking process. Have a great Friday!
Angela and Renee

quintessence said...

What do I think? I think you're so very right, as is Jan Phillips. Every field has its own form of creativity. Scientists can be just as creative as painters - it's just a different expression and output. I do think some are more gifted in their ability to find an outlet for their creativity that is meaningful to others. That is the hardest part!

Lola said...

I love your selections here. They are so whimsical and beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday! -Lola at

Andrea Reh said...

I would love, love, love to sleep on that bed - exquisite.

Andrea x

Rebekka Seale said...

Wow, thanks for this very, VERY inspiring post!

Anonymous said...

The images are stunning. I love the Victorian tree/play house...and the boat as a sort of arbor ~ genius. Have a wonderful day ~ Alexandra

The-Countrypolitan said...

Wonderful post Marsha!

I think one's ability to tap into their creative side has a lot to do with how one is conditioned during their childhood.

The images are wonderful! Wouldn't you love to have one of those tree houses!


Marydon said...

Oh, Marsha! What breathtaking photos.
Have a beautiful PS weekend ~
Marydon said...

Marsha, Thank you for reminding us how creativity is in the eye of the beholder. We are all creative beings in some form and the pictures you provided are beautful reminders. I am with Sherry with Design Gives Back and hope you join the MiracleMakeover reveal Party August 12th-18th for an inspirational story to warm your heart.
So nice to meet you! Happy Pink Saturday!

Michele said...

beautiful photos and wise words about creativity! it is our birthright! continue to enjoy doing all the good things you were made to do. HPS! xo

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said... agree I am with you,dear Marsha;-)*

Absolutely great article you shared here and all you choisec of photos very nice!!!
Yes,''creativity dosn't sleep''-realy good:-)))*

Love and XXX,

Pat said...

You're quite right - creativity doesn't sleep. It keeps me awake at night or awakens me early in the morning...

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Amazing images! I loved the bed hanging in mid air and the Chinese lanterns. Maryanne;)

Boomer Times said...

Marsha, I actually wait for midnight to see what is next from you. You have made the Internet come alive with some of the most beautiful photos and ideas that I have ever seen. I am a publisher of a magazine in South Florida and wish you lived down here so we could collaborate. I do want to buy some of your items and in response to your questions about the lovely things you have shown us, the prices are very fair and it is much nicer to shop with your special choices of music. You could teach so many artists how to develop a stimulating and appealing blog/website. Thanks for all your work. Anita