Hoofer: noun. Slang. A professional dancer, especially a tap dancer. (Dictionary.com)
When I did my Fosse imitation a few weeks back, Karina, one of our commenters, suggested that I try to do a Gene Kelly imitation. I’ve tap danced before, I thought. No big deal. Continue reading Hoofer→
I spend a lot of time upside down. It increases the blood flow to the brain, so it really helps your creativity.
We’ve already talked about photography in the mundane, but how about photography from another angle? What if you took pictures of the mundane and did it while being upside down? For example, it’s easy to photograph a table, but have you ever tried from being underneath it?
One of the issues that plague a lot of writers is the feeling that everything you write is terrible. And that leads to not writing from fear. Brienna talked about this a few weeks ago, and what applies to poetry, applies to writing.
One thing I’ve learned from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (besides having “crappy” first drafts), is to just do short assignments in order to get into the habit of writing. Now don’t cringe – these aren’t awful homework assignments but writing prompts. A major problem that many of us face when it comes to writing is just sitting down and doing it. Writing prompts are meant to pull you from that slump and just have fun with writing.
Remember how fun craft time was when you were a kid? There was something so wonderful about being able to pull out the paint supplies and go wild, without any pressure to create a fantastically beautiful piece. Today’s art burst is about recreating that feeling.
As I mentioned in last Friday’s post, my paintings tend to look the same as they did in kindergarten; however, I do love the feeling of a brush in my hand, so for today’s post, I decided to paint rocks. This is a pretty flexible activity since paints and brushes aren’t hard to find at Target or Michael’s and little stones are scattered all over the place. (I dug mine out of the snow in front of the dorm.)
Did you love face painting as a child? Were you one of those kids at the fair who begged your parents to pay for a tiger-face paint job? Did you get into your mom’s make-up when you were little?
If you’re like me in that you like to use paint, but you’re terrible at it, then this short art burst is for you. Using your face as a canvas is a lot easier than paper. Plus, you can use your fingers. Double bonus.
Do you know someone who is going through a hard time right now? Are you trying to find ways to encourage them? Have you considered looking at crafting in the creative arts?
Crafts can sound childish, but they can be highly effective in giving someone a little extra love. I have a friend who is going through a bit of hard time right now, and since it was her birthday yesterday, I decided to create a unique sort of card, not only to say happy birthday, but also to remind her how much I love her.
Is it just me, or does everyone seem to be talking about Sherlock Holmes lately? The first few episodes of season three have been aired recently, and all of my BBC nerd-friends have been talking non-stop about it.
Okay, maybe I shouldn’t sound so pompous. I like watching Sherlock too. 🙂 Anyway, in honor of our American love for all-things-English, I decided to make some scones for today’s short art burst.
Do you ever watch dances that you love and wish you could perform? I know I do, particularly when I see a well-choreographed Broadway number or a cool So You Think You Can Dance clip. I have a lot of favorite dances, but a most of them are too professional for me to imitate them completely. However, that doesn’t mean that I can’t do something similar.
No, I’m not talking about eating a novel or munching on a paragraph. I’m talking about writing a 26 word story. One day in my fiction writing class, my professor encouraged us to write (in about three minutes) a story, or an idea, in 26 words or less. We all looked at her for about 30 seconds in confusion before our pencils hit the paper. Since I have been prone to ramble, I wrote my “story” about three times before I got it under 26 words. Here’s the result: Continue reading Need a Taste of a Story?→
Whenever I think of music, one of the first instruments that pops into my head is the piano. Now, I’m not a piano player, but I do love its sound, so for today’s short burst of art, I decided to try to play the piano. Granted, I didn’t have any music and I couldn’t remember where Middle C was, but that’s okay. I just sat down at one of the pianos at school and began to play. I’m not sure that it sounded exactly like music, but I’d like to think that it sounded a little better than just some girl banging on a piano.