Archive for Play and Creativity
“This is how I show my love,
I made it in my mind because…
Maybe I’m a different breed,
Maybe I’m a missing link…”
This little character just blurted itself onto the page in pure joyous celebration of that song and those lyrics Inspiration comes in the most surprising moments from the most surprising things.
I’ve always thought babies have all kinds of insights and wisdom to share, but just not in the way we’re accustomed to taking in information. I imagine that if we could intuitively communicate with them, and actually listen, they might have a lot of answers to help us along the way:)
Holding babies whilst they’re sleeping peacefully is a lovely feeling. I imagine it feels wonderful to the babies as well. Sometimes I imagine I’m big enough to rest on the top of the earth and then imagine what it would feel like to be held by the earth. It seems to give me a very peaceful feeling as well.
From where I’m standing, sometimes it’s fun to peek out at the world and wonder what we’re all doing and why. It’s an interesting world, what happens in it doesn’t make sense sometimes…but we keep going along all the same…I can hear a lot of birds singing at the moment outside my inner city dwelling. That’s pretty cool, singing birds are uplifting.
This morning I had a chat to a friend of mine. As a result of that chat, I started thinking about what kind of conversations we could have with animals if we could converse with them. I imagine frogs mights have a lot to say if we were able to listen and comprehend what they were saying.
I drew this picture whilst talking to Shaune Clarke on the phone about writing books. I was trying to figure out the process of writing as it relates to our mind and consciousness. In my experience, this is what happens;) Writing focuses and concentrates diffused consciousness, or light, and sparks a fire in the soul.
Cue music now…There’s a fire burning in my soul…
Sometimes, it’s really good to stretch…actually, that sometimes
means everyday. And I mean stretch in every sense of the word. Both physically stretching our bodies like doing yoga, and mentally
stretching our minds and creative capabilities. I haven’t mastered
the art of stretching myself in every way, every day, but I can see
the benefits of doing so.
Sometimes, I over stretch in some areas & atrophy in others, that’s
not very helpful to my whole health and well-being. But I guess I’m
getting closer to getting it figured out with every mistake along
The joy of self expression is undeniable. We can feel it bubbling up from within and it bursts forth in a happy little babble of creativity.
It’s very easy to see children enjoying themselves as they express their creativity. They’re far more open and uninhibited than we are as adults in this way. This inherent joy in creativity and self expression is quite infectious, so if you need reminding of this, spend some time with children:)
Michael Leunig has had a great influence in my life and my creative expression. Anyone who knows his work can most likely see the influence in my work. There’s a cartoon he made called, “How To Get There.” It may be one of the most overlooked master pieces of all time.
In the cartoon, he tells us to go to the garden gate, open it and walk out towards the horizon. He says to sit down and have a rest now and again. But then get up and just keep going. That’s how to get there.
Any of my accomplishments in life can be largely attributed to just following this simple but magnificent piece of guidance. Thank you Michael:)