Welcome to the final week of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood by Lucy H. Pearce which has been Amazon.co.uk’s Hottest New Release in Motherhood for the past week!
Today’s topic is The Creative Process. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants.
The creative process one of the most important life lessons that you really can’t learn. You have to figure it out for yourself I think. Kids are creative by nature and when given a safe environment to make art in the form they choose whether it’s with paint or legos or food or music or dance or found objects or stories or whatever they flourish! They’ll develop and change and refine and reinvent their creative process just like us all as they learn and grow and figure out what they like and what they don’t. I like music while working some may want complete silence. Some may not mind an audience I would though. My creative process begins with listening to my muse (which takes some practice) and then getting the coffee ready and then diving in. The messier the better. If it’s snowing I want classical music while I work, that’s right this ole hippie mom digs Bach and Mozart and powdered wig guys while it’s snowing I don’t know why it’s my process lol. Otherwise I’ll be playing Dylan or George Harrison or 10cc love my music! One idea flows into another and another and another. I have to be comfortable in what I’m wearing and I’ll usually change my hair from braids to head scarf to loose in the process of making art, it’s weird but it’s my way and it usually doesn’t vary that much. My daughter needs silence so she can concentrate while weaving and doesn’t appreciate distractions while my son likes to use his erector set to build intricate machines getting so involved he doesn’t hear a thing going on around him. I didn’t teach them a ritual to get started I just said find something that moves you, something that sparks emotion that captures you and pulls you in. Something that you wake up wanting to get started on. The creative process just naturally follows suit hopefully with some Harrison or Dylan or Rolling Stones! I make art for a living, it’s who I am and what I do and I am so very Thankful for growing up around people who let me do it my way. I used to draw laying on the living room floor or sitting at the coffee table as a child. Then I got an easel but I couldn’t get comfortable at it so I went back to the coffee table. Now I use two tables by the window and my process begins with coffee and music and the muse. Given time and support kids will find their own creative process. Give them some space, some freedom and some supplies and let them find their way…~Peace<! — START BOTTOM CODE –>
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- Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud looks at the common lies we tell ourselves about creativity in The Eternal Summer of the Creative Mind.
- Caitriona at Wholesome Ireland – from start to new beginnings.
- Hannah M. Davis writes about Unleashing Your Authentic Voice. So many of us would love to write a life-changing book. How do you get over the blocks and barriers that hold you back?
- Sylda from Mind the Baby compares her creative process to a maelstrom of weather warnings.
- In “As an Artist”, Lucy Pierce at Soulskin Musings offers a poem about how the creative process beckons her through many of the archetypes of womanhood.
- Jackie Stewart at Flowerspirit.co.uk talks about how creativity is opening up a space for the unknown to reveal itself to you in ‘Creativity Flourishes in the Sacred Unknown’.
- Alex at Art of Birth shares some practical tips on how you can unlock your creative goddess within!
- Nicki at justlikeplay shares a love letter to her muse.
- Marija Smits has a conversation with her muse and reflects on the difficulties of catching and creating from the Goddess of Inspiration.
- Zoie at TouchstoneZ reflects on her creative process.
- Licia Berry, Illumined Arts “Creativity and Healing are Ideal Partners”. The creation of visual, musical, or expressive arts is the quickest, most effective and painless way to heal.
- Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak – My creative process and how to break creative blocks.
- Ali Baker talks about connecting
with the call of the wolf when she cries to us to do so means giving
our time and permission to honour the creative process within all of us.
- Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush reflects on her creative process.
- KatyStuff thinks that projects need time to mature, that is why she is a fabric and craft hoarder.
- Aimée at Creativeflutters goes into her creative process and looks at what makes things tick or flop in “Spontaneous She – How to Keep Your Muse at Work”.
- Kae at The Wilde Womb muses about her common creative blocks as a parent and how she systematically breaks through them.
- Angela at Peach Coglo tries to get comfortable with her own creative process.
- Biromums write about their creative processes.
- Dawn at The Barefoot Home believes the creative process can’t be taught it has to come organically and at its own pace.
- Tara at Aquamarine Art began uncovering her lost inner artist over 5 years ago and shares her experiences and inspirations in “From Spark to Bonfire: The Evolution of A Creative Process.”
- Georgie at Visual Toast explores what the creative process looks like for her.
- Creative Woman at Creator’s Corner is not concerned with the end product or the outcome but with the process and all the richness that it brings.
- Jennifer’s Art Blog explores what the creative process feels like for her.
- Fiona at Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers reflects on her creative process.
- Sharron at Adventures on the mindful path writes and creates in between (and sometimes while) chasing two little boys and a puppy.
- Trying to discover her own methods to the creative process, Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl, digs deeper to find what it is that really triggers her creativity.
- Jessica F. Hinton shares why finding creative spaces as a mother is important and what her space looks like.
- Laura at Authentic Parenting reflects on her creative process.
- Ingrid at My Peace Tree says Creativity as a living thing – and examines ebb and flow, expectations vs. realities (our own and other people’s), inspiration and how to find it.
- Darcel at The Mahogany Way examines her own creative process.
- Woman’s Art celebrates her own creative process.
- MammaBloom at Breathe and Bloom reflects on her creative process.
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