creative practice one: summer edition

Take me back.

This week, I have been thinking about my running friends. In 2014 and 2015, we ran a 200+ mile race between the twelve of us, relay-style in California from San Francisco to Napa Valley. For most of us the best part of the trip wasn’t the race itself, it was the brewery and inn we stayed at afterward in Calistoga. 2015 was extra memorable for many reasons and I will never forget that trip and all of the people that I made connections with. I’ll never regret having a beer and cheese tasting for dinner or staying up late drinking wine from tasting in Napa with good chocolate in the beer gardens after they were closed.

It is memories like this that bring a smile to my face and lend me the fuel to create something to remember my trip by. For my creative practice this week, I painted a wooden beverage coaster.

Before:

After:

This was rather simple and I had all supplies already on-hand.

I took an unfinished wooden coaster and painted it with a pointillism technique using Q-tips. After that dried, I went over it with a fine tip art pen. I will be slapping on sealer when it’s totally dry and enjoying a cold beer on a hot summer day here in SoCal while I think back fondly on my Napa trips with my friends.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mandy

 

arts & compassion: week six

. . . c r e a t i v e  p r a c t i c e . . .

Holiday greetings! In the midst of cleaning up Thanksgiving dinner, I was thinking of what I would create this week and what kind of music I would listen to while engaged in my art focus. Most days when I’m completing coursework, I turn on the same playlist that I’ve labeled homework jams. For my creative practice this week, I wanted something different. Something more upbeat from my favorite childhood movie, Matilda. Matilda was a little girl who could do magic and make something out of close to nothing. She made her own life better by her own free will and was very independent. Growing up, I probably watched that movie several hundred times. My favorite song from the movie is Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root. This is a song that brings me back to a time of less worries, less responsibility, and allows me to gather inspiration for more whimsical creations. I figured it was fitting for my desire to create art during the holiday season, without listening to Christmas music.

After much time and thought, I realized I was really stumped on what to do this week. Finally, I decided to just start filming myself digging through my art supplies in my Mobile Art Lab (MAL) and came up with the idea to make something out of paper.

Please enjoy my short film below to find out what I created this week…

Thanks for stopping by,

Mandy

arts & compassion: week five

. . . c r e a t i v e  p r a c t i c e . . .

     A topic I am not familiar with but am interested in learning more about is Judaism. Being that I have many Jewish friends, I feel as though I should know more about the foundation and simple structure of a faith that I know very little about. This week, we learned about compassion and how it relates to spiritual practices. One aspect of this week’s material that really stuck with me was Rabbi Shai Held’s contribution to the topic of compassion. Rabbi Shai Held said that, “Judaism’s ideal in any case remains clear at all times- the full integration of my heart and my hand, of caring and acting in this world tangibly and concretely to help people in pain” (Held, 2014). Held spoke about how the basis of Judaism is kindness and compassion. “To take Judaism seriously is to grow in compassion; to refuse compassion is to refuse Judaism” (Held, 2014). Hearing this, I am thinking about how I can integrate my heart and my hand in an effort to be more compassionate and kind to others in all aspects of my life. With my compassion project in the works, I took photos this week of heart shaped crayon in the palm of a small child’s hand. The photo below is my creative practice contribution for the week, as photography is one of my favorite art mediums. Another quote from Rabbi Shai Held that I will keep with me is, “In order to grow in love, we have to embrace our vulnerability, rather than seeking a bypass around it” (Held, 2014). How true this is for all relationships in life. This is what my idea of compassion looks like:

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Camera: Canon Rebel EX

Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L USM

Editing: stock iPhoto editing software

Thanks for stopping by,

Mandy

 

References:

Held, S. (2014). Compassion and the heart of Jewish spirituality. ELI Talks. Retrieved November 19, 2016 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6WWQkEzWZk