Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Musings: How else do we create

Welcome to your Sunday Musings

Wow, we've come to the last Sunday of November entering into the last month of 2016. Always seems a quick year at this point, so much done and still feeling like so much to do.

We talked about what writing keeps us from doing, but that doesn't mean we don't do other creative activities. Here's to the other ways we're creative:

I have been a photographer for approximately 20-25 years now. I have studied, and will continue to study painting, especially egg tempera painting, as used by Medieval/Renaissance artists, on real parchment. I would also like to someday learn sculpting. And what will I do with all of this? Maybe nothing. Maybe something. But in the meantime I enjoy the creative process. In this case (I am about to butcher a well known saying) the adventure is truly in the journey rather than the destination. The destination, however, can provide great satisfaction regardless of what happens at the destination (painting sold, photograph sold, sculpture sold, etc.). Oh yes, and of course, my primary creativity is that of being a writer.

I love drawing and painting but it's some time since I picked up a paint brush or a pencil. In the past, I have painted scenery for productions in the school where I worked, such as a Victorian workhouse for Oliver Twist, as well as an Egyptian mural in my bedroom. Nowadays, I enjoy photography and don't often leave home without my camera, so I suppose you could say I like to create pictures, either in words, or painted,drawn or photographed. 

When I need a creative break from writing, I’ll color. There’s something both freeing and controlled with coloring for me. No one’s running around judging my artwork, but there’s still a level of self imposed control through staying within the lines and taking my time. And, honestly, for someone like me, who’s going full speed ahead most of the time, it’s a forced time-out, adult style.

I write at work (they know), so I don't do much of it at home. Instead, tinker with new versions of the rules for pen and paper role-playing games, or draw floor plans for my settings in a home remodeling program, or The Sims. We also go out to one of those paint classes from time to time. These are open classes for people to follow step by step to create a small painting. I've done six now, and there are three I'm not completely ashamed to show.

Currently, writing is it in terms of formal creativity.  Many years ago, I used to do a great deal of needlework and crocheting, but when I moved from my parents' home to my own condo, I had household chores as well as an increasingly more responsible job and ever-present book demands to fill my time.  Having an active, playful young cat who thought of balls of yarn as gifts to him from Bastet herself put the final end to that.

Dear reader, thank you again for joining us and we’d love to hear from you. Keep smiling and have a fun week. Never stop believing. See you next Sunday…nothing better than being cozy in bed with some Musings.

If you have a question or comment you’d like us to muse upon, do not hesitate to contact me Christine Steeves-Speakman  at

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