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Imagination hand activity (super fun, even for adults!)

August 21, 2015



“What if” your fingers could become something else anytime you wanted them to…but then after you use it, it looks like a finger again?!!

Here’s a fun activity you might want to try…or let your students or kids try….

hand activity

Even if you don’t actually draw anything, it’s still fun to think about what 5 things you would choose for yourself.

It would be a fun verbal activity around the dinner table with your family as well.  You might be surprised what “you” come up with for yourself…

and surprised what others around you come up with.

This activity helps you see what things you use the most in your lifestyle or what things you wish you had.

If you are someone who looses the key to your house often, you might want to make that one your finger choices…..just saying.

Have fun!


Think about it….

August 19, 2015


A very simple statement.

I saw this demonstrated “once upon a time” years ago while working for a greeting card company.  America was heading to war in Iraq…called Desert Storm.  This company wanted to do something to encourage our troops going over into such a dangerous unknown place.  But it meant that cards that were usually made in six months time, would HAVE to be made in two weeks.  Everything.  Ready to be shipped out so that soldiers could get cards from their families and friends.

It was amazing to see several hundred people in this company move together like one big team and make this happen.  I would actually call it “miraculous” knowing how long large companies take in the normal process and all the red tape and changes that happen to do most anything.

But no one cared about their own agenda or reputation or schedule….our soldiers needed encouraging and that was the total focus.  Everyone was so focused!  Hardly anyone took breaks…where the norm was to linger in the break room and talk and be sluggish to go back to your desk.  The whole company was like an ant hill teeming with people doing things quickly and doing them well so that the next person would have what they needed to do their part.  Meetings made record breaking time with how “short” they were…decisions were made in a moment’s time instead of the usual weeks (and sometimes months). There was a higher purpose and this rocketed people into doing the impossible.

That was the most spectacular 3 weeks of the entire time (21 years) that I worked there.

And, after the war was over….guess what happened?

Business as usual.

What higher purpose would change the way you do things in your life?  Is it possible for you to find something in your life that is worth that kind of focus?

There is.  There is.  There is something more.


March 12, 2013

Do you realize that you are the most creative visually when you’re unconscious! DREAMS! You’re Creator has made you so creative, you don’t even have to try…you just do it without thinking (literally)!

card_march band

Making Patterns (out of simple shapes)

August 29, 2009

blog_pattern_1To begin making a pattern…and I had no idea how this would look at the end…I drew 4 random shapes.

From these 4 shapes, I played with how they were placed to each other until I got something I liked.  I did this for three different creations.  This gave me 3 creations to choose from.  I decided on creation 2.

blog_pattern_pg 2I played with how I would stagger creation 2 and decided it looked best (to my liking) to go diagonally.  Then I repeated the same row over and over until the page was filled.  Once it was filled, I duplicated the whole pattern on a seperate layer in photoshop and played with moving it over the top of the first layer making different patterns.  I liked their unpredictableness and somewhat randomness eventhough I began with a pretty symmetrical pattern look.

Let’s play with color now….

blog_pattern_3Pretty self explanatory…but to show you how photoshop can help you (as an artist or designer) to play with variations and go to color places you wouldn’t normally….

blog_pattern_4Time for you to play….!  Yeah, technology…this really is it’s strength to help you design and be able to try many more options that you normally wouldn’t have to time to try traditionally.  But the strength of traditional art needs to be in the equation also…the spontaneity of hand done things and the freshness it brings will make the strength of technology produce some unique things quickly and able to alter or adjust again from that point.


February 23, 2009

The many colors you see below are colors I used to paint some recent pieces of art for a client.  Each time I mixed a new color with my palette knife, I clean the knife off by wiping it across a pad of paper towels.  I was not trying to do art….I was merely cleaning my knife.

But look at the beauty of those “random” strokes of color placed one on top of each other over a period of two weeks.  Beautiful!

I wonder how many circumstances in my day I count as “random”…when in reality, God, the Master Artist is using them to make something beautiful….paint-dabs-web

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