April 17, 2014

The Need to Create

This seemed like a random post perfect for Cindy's Really Random Thursdays.

While looking at images on Pinterest today, I was struck by the overwhelming wealth of creativity in the world. There are amazing things being imagined and made by thousands and thousands of people.

The sheer volume of creativity is enough to both inspire and, at times, even discourage. And I will admit I do sometimes feel discouraged. But much more often I am inspired. Inspired not only by what I see, but by the simple, basic fact that so many many many others are compelled to create and share their creativity with the world. Visual art, music, writing . . . you name it.

Today I was simply struck by the deep need, the absolute need, that I and so many many others have to create. To dream. To envision. To make with our hands. To give voice through our music and writing. To express ourselves by being creative.

I live in a house filled with creativity . . . we use drills to carve pumpkins . . . we make snow art . . . who knows what we'll use this year to dye Easter eggs.

I am a designer . . . a decorator . . . an artist . . . a quilter . . . a collector of fabric.
Beautiful gorgeous prints and intense saturated colors.

My husband is a graphic designer . . . an art teacher . . . a mixed media artist . . . a junk collector
See what crazy creative things he makes here.

My daughter is a jewelry artist  . . . a photographer . . . a writer . . . a collector of all things beautiful.
See her stylish, beautiful jewelry here.

My son is going to be an engineer. He will use his creativity to design, build, imagine solutions.
He is also a musician . . . creating in his own way.

I have always felt the passion, the desire and the need to create through visual art.
I am a better, happier, more content person when I am creating.
I live it . . . breathe it . . . and yes, even dream it.

So today I say thank you to all you creative people out there dreaming, making, sharing your art with the rest of us. Together I believe we truly make the world a better, more beautiful place. These are my random thoughts on living the life I love.

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  1. What a great post. Acknowledging the beautiful artwork we are all contributing to our lives is a good reminder to not take things for granted. Thank you.

  2. Sometimes there's a very fine line between inspiration and intimidation!!
    You have such an amazingly creative family - keep up the great work!

  3. You really do have such a creative family! Great job! I love that snow sculpture, by the way. We can't make those here.

  4. You are so right that sometimes seeing all the creativity out there can make me feel like, oh well--whyshouldI? But I loved seeing your family and the fantastic creative expressions from just one group of related folks (and loved that fork), so it makes me think that perhaps more creatives in the world will make it a better place, with more music/beauty/style and make us all a lot happier!

    Looks like you and I are working in the same zeitgeist!


  5. I'm so glad you wrote this beautiful post. It is always a treat to see your beautiful quilts, even the ones I'm familiar with. I LOVE the violin art. It reminded me to order some jewelry from your daughter. And I love the picture of your son.

  6. How wonderful to be part of a family which love to create and appreciate beauty. You must be an encouragement to each other and understand each other more because of it. Love your saturated print quilt - you have worked those prints beautifully Anne.


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