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 vintaeartandwine.com 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…

Stay in touch,

Holly

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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?

Sincerely,

Holly Herick: Creative Adventures

 

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I am Super-De-Duper excited about my latest Creative Adventure!

I am in the process of putting together a new Business Plan and I am super excited.

“Every artist is an ENTREPRENEUR and every entrepreneur is an ARTIST.” – Dr. ‘E’ (Dr. Elliot McGucken). It is true, both entrepreneur and artist create. With that being said, I cannot help but start a new business adventure. If you have been following my blog for any time now, you know that I value creativity and that helping people of all abilities create art is a passion of mine. How it all unfolds is in the works. If any of this sounds interesting to you then sign up and be the first to know when my new business launches.   P.S. there will be some free art goodies once I get whole thing rolling.

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Stay tuned,

Holly

Blocking or Unlocking Your Creativity

Blocking or Unlocking Your Creativity:

Block It:

No. 1. Fear of Failure: What if you fail; then what? If you make a mistake, don’t crawl into a hole, learn from it.

No. 2. Fear of Success: What if you could not fail; then what? What if your wildest dreams come true, are you ready to handle it? Remember, No fear?

No. 3. Self Doubt: What story do you tell your self over and over? Is that story reality, or is it a “story” your play over and over in your brain. You may be limiting your own creativity.

No. 4. Too Much on Your Plate: What is more important to you than your creativity? Do you keep yourself busy in order to avoid creative time?

No. 5. Unwillingness to Change: Are you set in your ways, maybe even lazy? Are you willing to move ahead, take the next steps?

Unlock It:

No. 1. Schedule time to create things: Nothing will happen if you do nothing.  Even 15 minutes a day, maybe even two or four hours will make a difference. Schedule it.

No. 2. Set a weekly and monthly goal: Plan ahead with one step goals and long  term goals. What can you do this week? What is attainable in a month?

No. 3. Find an accountability partner: Someone you can relate to will keep you accountable to your goals. You will learn from holding them accountable  to their goals also. It is hard to avoid your goals when your friend  is questioning you about what you accomplished this week.

No. 4. Turn off the TV and turn on the radio. Maybe even dance a little. Enough said.

No. 5. Take a walk: Do you know how your brain reacts to physical activity?  Its like your brain is on drugs. Amp it up with a walk. (or dance)

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Are you a “Scanner” or a “Diver”?

Scanner vs. Diver as referred to by Barbara Sher in “Refuse to Choose”

I had a lightbulb moment today while reading “Refuse to Choose”—I am a Scanner. What is a Scanner you may ask. Well, in order to fully understand you may need to read the book, but I will try to explain.

In our American culture since about 1950, Divers have been valued, Scanners, not so much. (Long story—read the book). Scanners are people who love to learn anything and everything all at once; they find it hard to commit to a specialty. Divers are those that easily commit to a subject and specialize in it, they are the experts in their field.

It is okay to be a Scanner—despite what our culture tells us. I would rather be Scanner of the world than a Diver of one thing. The pressure starts early with, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and “What are you going to major in?” Nobody asks, “Do you want to keep studying your whole life, looking for new opportunities and ideas, inventing things and creating the future?” Even the comment, “Find what you love and make a living at it”—is still asking you to focus on something.

Many Scanners are very creative, example, Leonardo da Vinci. Inventors are often Scanners, example, Ben Franklin. Scanners were never questioned in the past. People were free to discover many things and not criticized for it. Scanners were valued and they will be again in the future. Most entrepreneurs are also Scanners. What would our world be without all the dreamers?

So, now I know why my creative life is so scattered and my blog is about EVERYTHING creative. It is an adventure, a Creative Adventure! I am a Scanner.

Giving credit where credit is due: “Refuse to Choose” by Barbara Sher.

Are you a Scanner? Are you a Diver? Comment below.