My Current Creative Adventure: Vintage Art & Wine

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You may have been wondering why I have been relatively quiet here at Creative Adventures. My quietness does not reflect the adventure I have been on these last six months.

Last fourth of July, while out on the boat at Lake of the Woods Resort in Southern Oregon, my friend said to me,”Let’s teach art at wineries.” To which I replied, “That sounds like fun.” Out of this conversation, and many more over beers and buffalo wings, Vintage Art & Wine was born. This is a long story made short. Six months later, with six art lesson plans and many long-lasting relationships with winery owners established—we are still just at the beginning—of one wild ride.

For the full story, head over to and see what it is all about. Below are a few little inspirational photos that lead to Vintage Art & Wine.

PSX_20140507_155645Oregon colors and wineries and water.

2014-08-14 07.11.01My business partner Tara.

IMG_1871My sculpted watercolor paper flowers.

DSCN1383My garden.

IMG_1077Abstraction and paint and pattern and color.

IMG_2279Love of paper and crafting and teaching.

Head on over to my new website for Vintage Art and Wine to learn more. Maybe you will want to take a class…

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7 Creative practices based on quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

While Martin Luther King Jr. seemed like a political figure, really—he was not. He was a pastor. All his quotes and speeches were based on what he had learned from God. When I ponder that, I think, what creative mentor could be more creative than God?

1. Take the first step:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


No creative person has ever seen the whole ‘staircase’ before starting a project. Creatives are just regular people taking one step at a time until brilliance happens. Don’t be afraid to take that first step.

2. Hope trumps disappointment:

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


Creative people accept failure. We get up and try again. Hope drives one further. Hope gives energy, where disappointment does not.

3. Lack of passion equals a silent creative:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


What are you passionate about? What matters? Your creativeness should be fueled by what matters to you, to your family, to your friends, to your community and beyond. Don’t be silent. Use your creativity to affect the world around you.

4. Don’t wait for consensus to tell you your creativity matters.

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


Use your abilities to shape the world. Meditate on how you can make the world a better place. Creativity is a gift that should be shared and there are many ways to share it. Find your way.

5. Don’t be selfish:

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


As a creative person, we can sometimes hide our art (or ideas) in a closet. Be bold. Share. Let your light shine and those that receive, will be blessed. The rest does not matter.”

6. Make time:

“The time is always right to do what is right.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


If you are creative, you need to make time to produce. Schedule time for yourself to take a walk, ponder, daydream, paint, create. The time is always right, yet if you don’t take the time, you will not produce.

7. Share with others:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


Out of all these quotes, I believe, this is the most important. If you are creative then you MUST share your gift with others. Seven is a special number. Number seven represents perfection and completion. Perfect and complete; who does not want that? I have found that the one thing that makes me feel perfect and complete (in addition to God) is to serve others. Wow, how simple, If you have a gift, please share it.

Creativity can be expressed in many ways. For me generally people see my art as my creative outlet, but really, serving others is my creative outlet. It may be through teaching art or cleaning toilets. Both serve people. A listening ear is another way to serve others. Find your way. As Martin Luther King Jr. said: Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” Make sharing your talents persistent and urgent and I believe you will find creative fulfilment.
Holly Herick: Creative Adventures

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7 Creative Quotes and Practices: Inspired by Thomas A. Edison

When I think of creativity, I love to think of Thomas A. Edison. He was quite possibly, the most creative person who ever lived—and no—he was not an artist.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Thomas A. Edison


Many people are afraid of creativity—thinking of it as a special gift, given at birth to only a few. I believe there are ways to exercise your creativity. Here is my list of seven creative quotes and practices inspired by Thomas A. Edison.


1. Never Stop Learning.

Combine your current knowledge with new creative ideas. Pretty much anything you want to learn, you can find on the internet for free these days.

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”

Thomas A. Edison


Kinda cool how he made up a word there
“Stick-to-itiveness.” I gotta love that about Tom.


2. Be Curious.

Have you ever heard of Google? I thought so—If you want an answer, go find it. But  be sure to check multiple sources. Not everything you read is factual and there are many ways to go about doing things. Find what works for you.

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

Thomas A. Edison

3. Trust Your Ideas.

You may be one step away from success.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas A. Edison

4. Find Creative Friends.

Creative friends will support your crazy ideas and want to do creative activities with you. My friends are happy to listen to my creative adventures. They are also willing to help implement them.

“I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.”

Thomas A. Edison


5. Don’t Worry About Other’s Opinions.

If you spend time thinking about what everyone else thinks, you may drive yourself crazy. People will be happy to agree with you. Why? Because if you do whatever you want and fail over and over, people might think you are strange, but you just might create the new light bulb.

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Thomas A. Edison


6. Take a Nature/Photo Walk.

Get outdoors or even just out of your office. I enjoy carrying a camera along to take photos of sidewalk cracks, trees, bark, flowers, clouds etc. Get close up, enjoy things from a different perspective.

“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”

Thomas A. Edison


7. Schedule Creative Time.

Shut off the computer, the cell phone, and the TV. You may leave on your radio. I believe listening to music while working is the only distration that can improve creativity. Schedule time in the studio to create, to write, or practice your creative skills.

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas A. Edison


So there you have it. Thomas A. Edison, one the most inspiring creative people I have ever studied—It would have been fun to know him.

What do you think? Who inspires you?


Holly Herick: Creative Adventures


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6 Simple Reasons to Get to Know Someone with Special Needs introduces Gabe, an artist with special needs.


Watch this video and we will show you why the list below is true.

  1. That person will make you laugh.
  2. That person will impress you.
  3. That person will impress you, AGAIN.
  4. That person will teach you something new about yourself.
  5. You will make a new friend.
  6. Your heart will be so happy.


The list is much longer than six; I encourage you to add to my list. You can leave a comment below.

If you have more interest in people with special needs I encourage you to visit and join the mission to support artists with special needs. I believe so strongly in these differently abled people that I have started a mission to encourage them—and those who love them. is a community that celebrates developmental and physical disability within our world. Discover more at