Quote…Imagination Or “The Wisdom of a Child”?

Imagination

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all  we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”                                                                                                          Albert Einstein                 

(Quoted in interview by G.S. Viereck , October 26,1929. Reprinted in “Glimpses of the Great”(1930).)

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Motivation!

Sometimes life events can bog us down and make us fearful to take anymore steps…                      It is like holding your breath…                                                                                                                                                                        You are not moving backwards…                                                                                                                                                        But, you also are not moving forward…It is more like being in limbo.                                

Stuck in PlaceThis time can be a time of rest…                                                                                                            a time of recharging…                                                                                                                                      or time of incubating new ideas.                                                                                                But, with time, there is a need to move forward… 

Many creative ideas may swirl @ in our heads but the motivation to take that    first step of action is lacking…                                                                                                            Like being at the end of a diving board…                                                                                           and as much as you want to dive in…                                                                                                               you just can’t let go and jump.                                            

 I was stuck for quite a while…                                                                                                     I would make lists…research ideas…and experiment with new techniques.                    But, when it was time to move forward, I would feel too tired to begin.

One day I picked up a  book entitled, Make Your Creative Dreams Real, A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day, by SARK (2004). SARK’s suggestion to take micromovements, or very small actions, to break out of procrastination spoke to where I was.    

                      Micromovement                           Making micromovement felt less overwhelming than considering a large project all at once. She says one option is to “complete your micromovement and go take a nap.” (SARK, p. 89)

I did one micro action. At the end of a chapter in SARK’s book, I found a website, Right Brain Business Plan,  listed that caught my interest. Author Jennifer Lee was announcing a free 2-week video summit on this subject, which was just starting. For 2 weeks I looked forward to interacting daily with people who spoke and understood my language. From this action, I took more micromovements…                                                                                      and slowly tried new things and moved forward…                  

Stepping Forward

 Today in the studio, I am in the process of creating a 12” art quilt. I may choose to donate it to the Studio Art Quilter’s Associaton’s (SAQA) Benefit Auction, which is held in September.           

12" Art Quilt In Process

This quilt will be an expression  of the idea of the sunlight and bright blue sky that is always above the dark clouds…whether we can see it or not…

After piecing the hand-dyed and commercial batik fabrics, I will use

free-motion quilting to add texture and detail to the piece. 

After a time of being stuck, it feels good to experience the movement of the creative process again!                                                                                                                         New possibilities seem to open up…                                                                                                     a sense of positivity is regained…                                                                                                                              and hope is renewed…

♦Are there micromovements you would like to take before your next nap?  🙂  

Lifeweavings: A Creative Journey

Today I am beginning this new blog…It’s good to have you here to begin this journey with me!

I believe we are all weaving our own individual lives as we meet the challenges and joys of

Transitions#3:Lifeweaving #1, (c)2006JoniBeach
Transitions#3: Lifeweaving #1. (c) 2006 Joni Beach.

each and every day. Whether we are artists by trade or of life, creative problem-solving is a helpful tool. In our complex times, simple answers and solutions are not always available and exploring many possibilities is required.

For example, in artistic endeavors a craftsperson takes the tools of their trade and experiments with materials, improvises with techniques, and plays around with many different ideas. It is not always easy to explore multiple options because change is not always what we prefer. Our comfort many times lies in the familiar and our impatience may tend to settle with the first answer we find.

In this piece, fabric appears to be woven and quilted together. The colors represent the stages of life I have so far experienced, beginning with blue for infancy through purple–middle-age. The black symbolizes the life challenges and struggles we face daily, which in turn contributes to our strengths…