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Being Creative – Know Your Enemies

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Being Creative – Know Your Enemies

Argggh, Matie. cheap China Jerseys Be ye friend or foe? Being Creative is a six-part series on the a subject of creativity. This is part three. Identify Your Enemies There are creative enemies without and within. A question or comment by a casual observer can send you spiraling down and rethinking your entire project and could even send you over the cliff and trashing it altogether. Individuals who are not in the fray battling the demons of creativity don’t understand the challenges, obstacles, techniques, etc, that are required to succeed. They are not qualified to make those comments and therefore are not valid critics. Don’t take their comments seriously. They are not your creative friend. They may be a friend in your casual world, but they are not a friend to your Baratas Replicas Ray Ban creativity. Identify Your Friends. On the other hand, know your creative friends. There are those who understand your work and those you can trust to Cheap Jerseys critique it. If you truly trust these individuals, then take their words to heart. It doesn’t mean that you will change your course or redo something just because they said so, but it does mean that you should mull over their ideas. If after evaluating the project you then choose to stick with your ideas or vision, then you will proceed with stronger determination. You will be able to articulate the reasons you like what you are doing and you will feel more confident in your choices. Dilly-dalliing and self-doubting are two other enemies that live within us. When these monsters begin to raise their ugly heads, identify and defeat them. I have had students at retreat spend two days cheap football jerseys pick out out fabric, choosing their path, changing their mind, picking out different fabric, changing their mind, and not getting anywhere. The root of dilly-dallying is simply fear. We are all unsure of how to proceed, but in order to create you MUST proceed. Time is far more valuable than the fabric you are afraid to cut into. So…. get going! Self-doubt can relate to dilly-dallying, but if self-doubt frequently rises up within you, look to the source from whence it cheap jerseys came. No doubt there have been external influences that my have even happened during your formative years that have you feeling doubtful of your abilities. One thing to remember is that we all start somewhere. Don’t compare yourself...

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Dec 27, 2014 | 8 comments

Being Creative – Create for YOU!

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<img class="size-large wp-image-665" src="http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/RT-BerinaBlog-2-sm-1024×1024.jpg" alt="It's not being selfish to create for yourself. If you are trying to please others, expect plenty of disappointment along the way." width="1024" height="1024" srcset="http://rickytimscreative prix viagra generique en france.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/RT-BerinaBlog-2-sm-1024×1024.jpg 1024w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/RT-BerinaBlog-2-sm-150×150.jpg 150w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/RT-BerinaBlog-2-sm-300×300.jpg 300w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/RT-BerinaBlog-2-sm-48×48.jpg 48w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/RT-BerinaBlog-2-sm-186×186.jpg 186w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/RT-BerinaBlog-2-sm-184×184.jpg 184w” replica oakleys sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /> It’s not being selfish to create for yourself. If cheap football jerseys china you are trying to please others, expect plenty of disappointment along the way. Being Creative is a six-part series on the subject of creativity. This is part two. One of the biggest traps any artist can fall into is the trap of creating art to please others. You will never please everyone, and creating work attempting to please others is not only risky (it’s possible they won’t like it), but it’s not generally as rewarding on a personal level. Now don’t get me wrong. If grandkid #1 would love a cared wooden train or grandkid #2 would love a pink quilt with Hello Kitty on it, then yes by all means do it! That’s using your skills or talents to make something for the joy of seeing a bright face on a loved one. de I’m talking here about your creative voice and your pursuit of your artistic dreams. It’s nice to have a pat on the back and no doubt if feels good. Enjoyment is gained when accolades are given, but seeking them should never be the goal of an artist. The pursuit of accolades is no different than a politician saying what they think they should say in order oakley outlet to win the vote – rather than saying what they feel is in their hearts to be right. Create what makes you happy. If someone else likes it, great, you score! Trust me, there is no art that everyone likes. Learn to expect there will be those who simply don’t care for what you do – and that’s okay! Recently I queried a group of quilters on Facebook about things that beginning quilters needed to know. Other than basic skills and knowledge were replies such as: “Do it for fun!,” “Don’t let the quilt police get to you!,” and “Pick fabrics you like!” It’s natural for us to want approval, but trust me, working on a project you don’t like – a design you don’t like – or using a technique you don’t like will simply be a chore. Life is Wholesale NFL Jerseys...

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Dec 20, 2014 | 5 comments

Being Creative – Know Who You Are!

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Being Creative – Know Who You Are!

I’m not confused. It’s a good place to start when you want to know who you are. Being Creative is a six-part series on the subject of creativity. This is part one. Creativity Lives Inside of You! When a person speak their thoughts through art, they are putting their ideas, concepts, skills, and creativity on the line for others to evaluate. The slightest negative comment can devastate an artist who has not developed thick skin. Even if there are a multitude of people who like the work, one negative comment will outweigh the long list of encouraging words. I present week-long quilt retreats in La Veta, Colorado. I should call them “creativity retreats” because much of what we focus on is the inner-personal journey of the creative individual. I give morning talks that are followed by journaling exercises to help oakley outlet the students examine who they are, how to establish goals, and how oakley outlet to overcome their personal demons that prohibit or interfere with their ability to be creative. Many of these insights I share have come from talking to hundreds of individuals. Every now fake ray ban sunglasses and then it Síria, is important to stop and evaluate the creative journey, to understand the creative spirit, to confront obstacles (both external and internal), and to outline what it takes to achieve individuality. Know Who You Are! Don’t try to be someone else. Artists are influenced by other artists. That’s natural – and good! As a matter of fact, a great book that proves the point is a NY Times best-seller you might want to check out. It’s Steal Like and Artist by Austin Kleon. But, trying to be “like” another artist does not allow you to share your own personality. If you like structure and precision, then do projects that foster that and enable you to meet that challenge. If you are a free-spirit, improvisational work using flexible techniques Cheap Jerseys would be better suited for you. If you like things that are delicate, decorated with beads, lace, or the like, then stay true your personality and stay on that path. If you like tradition, do things the old-fashioned way le viagra est il en vente libre en pharmacie. If you like modern art, leave cheap nfl jerseys tradition behind and create what inspires you. Here is an older post relating to creativity and how fragile it can be. Take a moment to reflect on...

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Dec 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Music Expressed with the X-Factor

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Music Expressed with the X-Factor

I took this photo in the Fall of 2012. I called it Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light). It was a magical moment. For me it has the x-factor. I tried to reproduce it the following year and it was impossible. Music! Yes, Music! There’s music at the end – so keep reading. How blessed we are to have it in our lives. It comes in so many varieties and can be used for so many different occasions. Music can make us happy and get our toes to tapping. Some music will get us on our feet for dancing yet other music will soothe us when we are anxious. Some music will lull a 2017 baby to sleep and yet other music will help to heal us when we grieve. Music is but one of many artist creative expressions, but music is what prompted me to write these thoughts. The creative person understands the language of artistic expression. There are orators who have the gift of using their voice to eloquently speak and express their feelings. There are others who can do the same thing by putting pen to paper – or should I say fingers to the keyboard? But for many artists, saying what they think and feel doesn’t come out with words. These are artist that express themselves through dance, painting, sculpting, singing, composing, carving, and the list goes on and on. You are a creative individual. You have been blessed with certain forms of creativity. I know, some of you will try jordan sale to deny it – or try to convince me that you are inadequate at being creative. You will fool yourself into thinking that because someone is better cheap oakleys than you at a particular thing that you (and therefore what you do) is not really important – or that good. But, listen to me. What you have to say is important. If you cannot express your heart’s deepest feelings in words, then you must do it in another way – and you can! Art allows you to be ‘out of body’. Being out of body you can be courageous and fearless. By this I mean, when you feel very strongly about something, some passionate message you wish to shout from the mountain top, you must let your artistic voice do it for you. Your message can be broadcast to the world via your artistic and creative expression. There will...

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Dec 9, 2014 | 7 comments

52 Weeks of Photos Finished!

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52 Weeks of Photos Finished!

<img class="size-large wp-image-611" src="http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/17-abandoned-1024×683.jpg" alt="Ghost em Church in south eastern Oklahoma. This cheap oakleys outlet abandoned church photo was my favorite form the 52-week challenge.” width=”1024″ height=”683″ srcset=”http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/17-abandoned-1024×683.jpg 1024w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/17-abandoned-300×200.jpg 300w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/17-abandoned-140×94.jpg 140w” sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /> Ghost Church in south eastern Oklahoma. This abandoned church photo was my favorite form the 52-week challenge. Whoo-hoo! I have completed the 52-Week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 51 was special lighting effects. I chose to paint Justin in a long exposure with a laser pointer. For week 52 we were asked to post our favorite image from the year. I chose the Ghost Church from Oklahoma for mine. I hope you might take a moment to just browse all the images I took for the challenge. <a href="http://www.blurb.com/b/5824032-horizontal" cheap oakley sunglasses target=”_blank”>I’ve put them into a Blurb book titled Horizontal: and 51 Other Weekly Photo Challenges from 2014 and you can preview the entire book here. I create these books more for my personal archive than anything but I ordered a few for family and friends (it’s Christmas soon you know). Although nfl jerseys cheap I can’t imagine anyone else buying a hard copy, they are for sale directly from Blurb. And, an eBook is also available for you iPad users. It’s cheap – only $9.99. A long exposure photo of Justin painted with a laser pointer. The photos are the result of a 52 week photography challenge. The challenge was organized by Michelle Tardiff and Gerald Stephens from Canada. We were a small group of photography enthusiasts and the challenge was well organized and fun.  Meeting the challenge goal by the submission deadline each Sunday night was often a greater challenge than the challenge theme itself. It was my personal goal to never miss a week and never miss a deadline. I met that goal no matter where I was or what was going on that could potentially keep me from succeeding. <div id="attachment_612" style="width: 310px" Cheap Football Jerseys class=”wp-caption alignleft”> The post apocalyptic image is red neon reflecting in a water puddle. One particular example of how close I was to missing a deadline relates to the photo for week 20. The challenge theme was water. I had been in Paducah, KY that week for the AQS show and contest. It’s one of those weeks that is so intense that getting away with a camera and looking for water – or setting up a...

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Dec 7, 2014 | 3 comments

Prezzi levitra 10 mg And So It Begins!

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<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-590" src="http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LQT-announcemnt-small.jpg" alt="LQT-announcemnt-small" width="2082" height="1442" srcset="http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LQT-announcemnt-small.jpg cheap nfl jerseys 2082w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LQT-announcemnt-small-300×207.jpg 300w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LQT-announcemnt-small-1024×709.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 2082px) 100vw, 2082px” />   … or did it begin long ago? You know I’ve been promising an online 52-week Photography Challenge Class for several months. What you didn’t know that this new blog (Ricky Tims Creative) was just the first phase of a bigger undertaking. For several months now, a new website has been under construction. It is called LetsQuiltTogether.com. It will be my home for teaching online classes. I truly cannot explain my desire to teach (and hopefully inspire). This new site allows me to do just that. You can take the class at your own pace and do it anytime day de or night. The classes are yours to keep – the access never goes away after you register for a class. The goal was to launch in early December so those interested in the 52-Week Photo Challenge Class could sign up and do their pre-homework before we start on January 4th. This is the only class I plan to create where we all move and progress at the same pace, so it was necessary to get the site rolled out. You’ll notice that the site is primarily for quilting classes but the framework of the site is perfect for our photography class. A seed was planted and it has sprouted. I hope it will grow to become a mighty oak, but fake oakleys for now – it is just a tender sprig with a few leaves. There are two classes ready for quilters. Frosty Forest Placemats was created just in time for the holidays and Scribble Appliqué Flower is something that will help you spread your wings wholesale jerseys (or should I say be a renegade) by creating project that violates most quilting laws, but  fits right in the self-expression and artist’s playtime. May I ask you to just go browse the site to see how it is laid out. Check out the trailers in the classes. fake oakleys Scan through the supply lists. If you see any hiccups – let me know. The 52-Week Photo Challenge Class has an early bird registration of $59.95 through December 20th. After that it will be $99.95. Be sure to read all the necessary requirements before registering. There’s a cheap nfl jerseys lot there to review before you commit. I’m looking forward to seeing you in class – whether it be for photography – or quilting...

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Dec 5, 2014 | 3 comments

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