Tag Archives: inspiration

Over 60

13 Aug

Award winning artists…Over 60!  These paintings are outstanding.  I especially like the portrait with the sewing machine…what an amazing heirloom for the family.  From still life to rugged landscapes…congratulations to all the artists.

https://www.artistsnetwork.com/magazine/must-see-works-from-artists-over-60/?k=JF9pK0dZPT7LKrTZ%2BHEL8L%2BxX6Pwh%2FAPOsZKUhmW8kU%3D&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=arn-cja-nl-180813&cid=DM62989&bid=644553416

Seven Global Concepts

10 Jan

Seven Global Concepts…inspiration for the New Year?

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/amp/7-cultural-concepts-we-dont-have-in-the-us?__twitter_impression=true

By Starre Vartan Dec 30, 2014

Very thoughtful blog post, beautifully illustrated concepts

Friluftsliv              Norwegian being outside is good for mind and spirit

Shinrin-yoku       Japanese forest bathing

Hygge                      Denmark togetherness, coziness

Wabi-sabi              Japanese embracing imperfections

Kaizen                     Japanese continuous improvement

Gemutlichkeit     German means more than cozy (peak in winter)

Jugaad                   Hindi innovative fix (frugal)

I read about “forest bathing” in the American Way magazine (Dec 2016).  https://americanwaymagazine.com/woodland-cureThey claim 25 percent of the Japanese population walk in wooded areas. The author forecasts doctors writing a prescription to get outdoors…instead of blood pressure medication!

Being outdoors:  good for the mind and spirit…I think of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, understatement-walking the Appalachian Trail. This same article refers to wabi-sabi which finds beauty imperfections. (Growing up, we called it “character”.)

The Kaizen concept is familiar to me thru my career in manufacturing. I like the “jugaad” notion. Many times that comes up when you least expect it trying to extend the life of clothing, furnishings, appliances, etc.  https://www.graphicproducts.com/articles/what-is-kaizen/

Explore the links included.  Great information.  Happy New Year!

 

Friday Photo: I Ching No.35 Prospering

4 Dec
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria 2012

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, March 2012

Wikipedia sites the design of Neuschwanstein inspired both Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella’s castles.

Intriguing IChing Inspiration

9 Feb

I thoroughly enjoyed WordPress’ Photography 101 (Nov 14).  The challenging assignments were provoking because the best responses I had were not new photos.  I posted from my albums anyway.  The experience reminded me of the challenge in 1999 from a workshop inspired by IChing.  The purpose of the workshop was to create a collage.  To continue the study (of a subject I knew nothing about) I made more collages.

One thing leads to another…I wondered if I had photographs that could be a reasonable images for IChing readings….YES!  Now Friday Photos will feature “IChing Inspired” in addition to “Alphabet/Alliteration” subjects.

Because IChing is an obscure subject, I added a new page to this site that chronicles my study and references for inquiring minds.  Check it out!  Are you familiar with IChing?

Storytelling inspiration

16 Mar

Names of Paint colors:

    • Coral cove
    • Chocolate turtle
    • Sunburst
    • Tropical mist
    • Pacific beach
    • Paris green
    • Bunny’s nose
    • Baby bunting
    • Icy Bay
    • Iceberg
    • Steel city
    • Birthday cake
    • Divine
    • Sand trap
    • Golden straw hat
    • Evening surf
    • Moon glow
    • Swiss mocha
    • Caribbean green
    • Treasure isle
    • Tropical holiday
    • English ivy
    • Blue whale
    • Dover Straits
    • Cool lagoon
    • Stained glass
    • Remembrance
    • Egyptian pyramid
    • Alaskan blue
    • Godiva cream
    • Cricket field
    • Melody
    • Wind mill

There is a lot of potential in this list.

“Homemade is hip.”

3 Dec

Found in the Indianapolis Star, November 30, 2012.  “For many women, crafting becomes a business” by Amanda Bell.  Love this!

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012212010310&nclick_check=1

  • Personal stories of 4 local crafters.
  • Diverse sales strategies
  • Links to websites
  • Calendar of related events
  • How to!

Inspiration the old-fashioned way!  Newspaper 🙂