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Thoughts on Creativity

September 4, 2014
Bon Voyage 4 - collage, 8x8

Bon Voyage 4 – collage, 8×8″ on 11×11″ backing

This morning a friend posted this wonderful quote about creativity on his facebook page:

To Fit Together
Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art
is to fit together and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating—whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.

Corita Kent
Source: Learning by Heart

This quote stayed with me today. I sometimes feel I’m fitting puzzle pieces together in every aspect of my life, but especially when I allow the pieces that are my “art” to fit in and around the rest of my life. It’s all creation, after all.

And speaking of fitting it all together . . .

I’ve been recovering from a hectic but fun week with the grandchildren here. We were going to do art, but never got around to it with all the other things we did. It would have been pretty difficult with River, a two-year-old who is all boy and a tornado of activity, along with Piper, the insatiably curious and intense five-year-old. It would have been like herding cats, as the saying goes. They forgot all about the art, but they had tons of fun anyway. Maybe “art” will happen next time.

They did pick a big watermelon out back and we ate that. Surprise — it was a yellow one inside!

First yellow watermelon

Then they picked great big butter beans . . .

Piper picking butter beans

River picking butter beans

. . . and spent an hour afterward helping shell them. And then they ate some! I called these beans “edamame” because I knew Piper likes that. I cooked them the same way that soy beans would have been prepared for edamame, drained them, let them cool, and the kids popped them into their mouths.

Piper and the beans

Another day, we baked bread. Piper did everything, except figuring out how much of everything to measure out. But measure she did — even perfecting how to level off a spoon and a cup. Then she put the dough hook on the mixer and was fascinated with the kneading of the bread. Then she shaped the loaves (like playing with play-dough) then snipped the little slashes on top with scissors, and painted them with the glaze and sprinkled on the seeds. Then she watched it rise, then bake.

Piper's bread

 Her brother River helped. He was up on a step stool right beside her watching us the whole time.

So as I have said many times before — it’s all creation!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 4, 2014 6:42 pm

    The children are adorable Martha. I am sure they had a wonderful visit, art or not….
    Are butter beans Lima beans? look like them.

  2. September 5, 2014 8:29 am

    I have that book and it is one of my favorites! I lean heavily on it inspiration for lessons for middle and high school students, and when I need to remember why I make art. I highly recommend it! Bread looks lovely, and the children are beautiful!

    • September 5, 2014 9:45 am

      Oh Cindy – I’m so glad to hear that recommendation from you. I will get it. Glad you liked the kids and the bread!

  3. September 5, 2014 9:16 am

    forgot to mention I really liked the collage Bon Voyage.

    • September 5, 2014 9:46 am

      Thanks, Pat. I enjoyed doing that series — there are four or five of them. Maybe I’ll do more using text mixed into the design.

  4. September 14, 2014 3:46 am

    Nice story, thanks for share with us. I likes your creativity. I am a painter and I have a campaign on outdoor art work. See it here

  5. September 30, 2014 2:46 pm

    Martha, I don’t know the name of the book that quote came from, but the author’s name was Sister Mary Corita, a nun. Her work was popular in the late ’60’s and early ’70s. I loved it. Large abstract brush strokes and hand lettered sayings. Seems it would be a nice compliment to your work. Her name is Corita Kent, and this is her website: / Am enjoying your blog.

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