Alex Woodard chronicles his journey with his horse and healing as he writes songs.

Breathe the Sky in Alex Woodard’s Book and Album ‘For the Sender’

The Meaning of Alex Woodard’s Music

When have you enjoyed a song so much that you went to search for the story behind the song? When the song played your heart strings and you wonder if your story has anything in common with the songwriter’s inspiration. This book is meant for you, to really join in with the song and the story.

Alex Woodard’s ‘For the Sender’ is an album of heartwarming love songs emerging from the shadows of life- shooting, death, wounded animals and human nature. I read the book first- the stories that the songs are written about. And they were emotional and made my eyes dusty. The music is a little folk, a little country, and a lot inspiring.

Alex Woodard Breathe The Sky

Read about Alex Woodard’s collaboration on Breathe the Sky with New Found Glory’s frontman on Billboard and watch the movie. It will give you a small taste of the music-book combo.

And then I listened to the songs while flipping through the book I had just read. And then I could feel the vibration of feeling through the music while reading the poetically written book, the stories behind the songs, and cried all over again.

This is a book and CD for healing through letting go, through allowing life to unfold and to be what it is. Alex’s journey with horses and surfing, with a very southern California flavor, intersects with the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary when he meets Scarlett, mom to Jesse, who was shot at age six, saving his friends. Stories of loved creatures and loss.

Art Love Light Book Review: For the Sender Love is (not a feeling). Alex Woodard.

Art Love Light Book Review: For the Sender Love is (not a feeling). Alex Woodard.

I didn’t really understand the book until I had heard the songs, and when I heard the songs, I felt them so much more deeply, having read the book. This little book and album is a treasure.

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I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience

Bannock is a native american, in my case CREE, scone type bread.

How To Make Blueberry Bannock

Egg Free Bread with Blueberries bannock recipe.

My Mom’s Bannock Recipe

Bannock is a bread that my mom makes. I am under the impression it was the quick bread best suited to the ingredients the government gave out. It’s like scones, and it has no egg (which I am allergic to). So if you are allergic to eggs, you’ll enjoy this too. Most Cree / Native / First Nations / Native American / Indigenous people have had this at one time or another. It also goes by the name ‘fry bread’ and sometimes is made in a frying pan. This is the one I grew up with.

Here is a photo of my mom's bannock cooling on a rack in my kitchen. You can see Morro Rock in the distance.

Here is a photo of my mom’s bannock cooling on a rack in my kitchen. You can see Morro Rock in the distance. This one is a little flat because of the shortening we used. Butter and Tenderflake will make your bannock fluffier.

My mom makes this every week and brings it to the food kitchen. They call her Bannock lady. She made it for after school snacks, and some of my friends (comment if this is you, it makes me happy) still remember eating it at our house when we lived in the same town.

It took me so long to learn how to make it. When my husband and I were visiting at Christmas two and a half years ago, she made it every morning, so this last visit I made sure to learn how to make it too, so that we could have it when we missed home. And because Jeremy kept raving about how he wanted to eat it more often.

My mom mixing blueberries with flour and sugar before adding them to the bannock.

My mom mixing blueberries with flour and sugar before adding them to the bannock.

Why are Blueberries in this Recipe?

Blueberries, small and dusty blue with kiwi-green centers, grow wild in northern Saskatchewan, where my Cree family lives, especially around Lac La Ronge. So they are a food that is totally abundant – on the reserve industrious people fill up their freezers. A blueberry bannock can also be smothered in blueberry jam (which is more like syrup filled with whole blueberries.) You can’t buy any blueberry this delicious anywhere else in the world. Maybe New Brunswick has good blueberries too, but northern Saskatchewan is still amazing. For 10 grand I suppose I could show you these wild blueberries. Otherwise you are best served by going to the farmer’s market or what have you in your area.

I should have gotten to the camera before we started eating this bannock.

I should have gotten to the camera before we started eating this bannock.

What can You Add to Bannock?

Pretty much anything. When I was little I liked chocolate chips, but not so much anymore. Jeremy has put in a vote for chocolate-covered açai berries; I vetoed it. Raisins, cranberries, dulce de leche … this could all work. Whatever is local and in season or in your kitchen. If it’s a berry, add flour so that your dough doesn’t get too soggy.

OK, Here is the Bannock Recipe

Here are all the ingredients you need to make bannock : flour, lard, salt, baking powder.

Here are all the ingredients you need to make bannock : flour, lard, salt, baking powder. Blueberries are optional.

Start with 4 cups of flour in a large mixing bowl.

Start with 4 cups of flour in a large mixing bowl.

Add a pinch of salt. Like a teaspoon.

Add a pinch of salt. Like a teaspoon.

Two tablespoons of baking powder. Or a bit more.

Two tablespoons of baking powder. Or a bit more.

Mix all the dry ingredients together.

Mix all the dry ingredients together and then add in the shortening.

Cut in 1/2 a cup of shortening. I like butter because it stays softer longer. My mom says use tenderflake lard.

Cut in 1/2 a cup of shortening. I like butter because it stays softer longer. My mom says use tenderflake lard.

Two cups of water to make it a dough.

Two cups of water to make it a dough.

Pour those two cups of water into the center of the flour and mix the flour in from the sides. Think of erosion.

Pour those two cups of water into the center of the flour and mix the flour in from the sides. Think of erosion.

Your finished bannock dough. Now its time to add blueberries or some other delicious thing. Or not.

Your finished bannock dough. Now its time to add blueberries or some other delicious thing. Or not.

Roll your bannock out on a floured surface. I cheat by flouring the pan I use to cook the bannock.

Roll your bannock out on a floured surface. I cheat by flouring the pan I use to cook the bannock.

Mix a 1/4 of flour and 1/4 cup of sugar with 1 cup of blueberries. The flour keeps the blueberries from making the bannock soggy.

Mix a 1/4 of flour and 1/4 cup of sugar with 1 cup of blueberries. The flour keeps the blueberries from making the bannock soggy.

Put all your blueberrys into the bannock dough.

Put all your blueberries into the bannock dough.

Fold/Roll up the bannock so the blueberries are in the middle.

Fold/Roll up the bannock so the blueberries are in the middle.

Bake for about 45 minutes at around 400.

Bake for about 45 minutes at around 400.

Home made blueberry Bannock.

Home made blueberry Bannock.

 

tl;dr Here is the recipe all in one image.

How to make your own blueberry bannock.

How to make your own blueberry bannock. (Native American Scones)

Childrens authors and illustrators inspired by the little ones.

How to Write A Children’s Book And Get It Published

A parent reads a child a book every night, and the child enjoys it. One night, the child falls asleep and the parent thinks, “That’s a good book.” The next night, the parent closes the book and thinks, “I wonder if I could write something like that?” A third night, after reading a different book at bedtime, the child falls asleep obviously happy, yet a parent marvels, “How did this book get published at all?

This is what children’s book author Simon Rose thought, when he first considered how he could become a published book author. And many children’s authors have similar experiences that propel them into writing for children; specifically, their own children. He is approaching his 75th book this fall; one of the many milestones on his literary calendar. Since Simon started ten years ago, his published books have made him a requested speaker at universities. While he didn’t set out to teach people how to write a children’s book and get it published, when they kept asking, he responded. The lessons he teaches in his classes now make their way into The Children’s Writer’s Guide (which I recently reviewed) where they can benefit a wider audience.

Creating a Career out of Writing

Sometimes teachers oversell to their classes when Simon comes to visit and talk about his work at a school. The teachers imagine writing to be a much more dramatic or glamorous job than it really is. But Simon counters, “There are many ways for an author to make money besides writing a bestseller. From freelance articles, stories for anthologies, and teaching classes about writing” one needn’t go big or go home, but a steady and prolific career is possible.

He also advises, “Everything I write would be fine to share in the schools where I teach.” While this statement made me laugh, it also reminded me of that moment in Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women‘ when Professor Bhaer denounces the pulpy newspaper stories as unfit for children, and Jo blushes, ashamed at the realization that she has sold out her values for a few dollars, even though she does so under a pseudonym. And indeed, in this day and age, nothing on the internet is truly anonymous. It just takes some digging. Its shady people who hide their tracks, after all! So while Simon takes jobs unrelated to children’s fiction, such as article writing, editing, or researching, he stays in good character and advises other children’s authors to set a similar good example.

Childrens authors and illustrators inspired by the little ones.

Childrens authors and illustrators are inspired by the little ones.

Getting Started as a Children’s Author

After Simon first realized that he wanted to write a children’s book, although he felt encouraged that books below his skill level had been published, he also realized he needed to hone his craft. About fifteen years ago, he signed up for a reputable outfit, an investment of about $500. They helped him get started, and made recommendations about writing short stories for children’s magazines.

But he thought, “this is the advice every children’s author gets,” and chose to skip the queue by going direct to a publisher. And now, he also knows how to self-publish using platforms like Amazon’s Kindle and CreateSpace, which are suitable for books aimed at adults. He still prefers traditional publishing houses for children’s books, because he observes that middle grade students don’t use their tablets and mobile devices for reading, at least not yet. If that should change then he may also self-publish children’s books.

Avoiding Post-Book Depression

When an author completes a book they often wonder how to get it published. Simon advises an awareness of the publishing calendar, from book tour seasons to awards season. A book lasts about a year in the public eye, and if it wins awards, it may last longer. After the excitement is over, an author may wonder what to do next.

Author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert points out, “It’s exceedingly likely that anything I write from this point forward is going to be judged by the world as the work that came after the freakish success of my last book, right? I should just put it bluntly, because we’re all sort of friends here now — it’s exceedingly likely that my greatest success is behind me.”

And if the book doesn’t sell, authors can get discouraged. Simon advises his own technique, a balance between steady forward motion of breathing life into ideas old and new, and maintaining forward motion, perhaps not with writing, but with a hobby or uplifting project, and then when balance is restored, writing again.

How to Write A Children’s Book

Decide on the type of book you’re writing. If you’re an illustrator, you may want to write a picture book. If you’re not an illustrator, you can always commission illustrations for your book before you approach a publisher or literary agent, which will make it easier to sell. If you aren’t ready to work with an illustrator, than you will want to write for middle grade children.

Pick up a copy of The Children’s Writer’s Guide which includes many chapters about how to come up with ideas for your children’s book. While some ideas may arrive and be written down with ease immediately, others may take longer to be ready to write down. The longer you’ve been writing, the more ideas you’ll be generating. And, since ebooks are delivered instantly, you can become a children’s author in the amount of time it takes you to pick up your copy!

Colorful mint salmon and lemon spirograph.

Spirographing. How That Spirograph is working Out

I draw the spirograph patterns by pinning one wheel or shape to the board then spinning a circle gear with a pen.

I draw the spirograph patterns by pinning one wheel or shape to the board then spinning a circle gear with a pen.

I recently was gifted a spirograph, which I absolutely love. I like making the circles in each pattern, and watching the pattern appear. I have been using the circle wheels until my pen ran dry. I am going to experiment with pens. I want a nice dark line that applies smoothly and doesn’t puddle or spot (when the pen leaves white spots in its wake I have to fix it in Procreate). My pen did both but for what I had, its nib fit in the Spirograph discs so I used it anyways. Mine is vintage, and from the looks of the ugly bulky colored not clear plastic modern ones, I am very lucky to have it. I guess parents don’t want toys that come with dozens of tiny push pins. I don’t blame them; Jeremy has already punctured his thumb after picking up what he thought was a small green bead off the floor.

Here are the Rainbow spirograph shapes all together.

Here are the Rainbow spirograph shapes all together.

My Super Spirograph set comes with a little cardboard surface. I lay out my paper – I like more than one layer of paper so my pen doesn’t fall in a pin hole and puncture my paper. Then I pick the larger shape and pin it to the cardboard. This is the one the circle will spiral inside or around.

Now I can repeat these spirograph patterns i

Now I can repeat these spirograph patterns in any drawing I like.

Triangle Spirograph with an interesting darks on light transition. This is what happens if I don't clean up the contrast before making a brush.

Triangle Spirograph with an interesting darks on light transition. This is what happens if I don’t clean up the contrast before making a brush.

Then the circular wheel, with pen shaped holes spiraled around the disc. These are where the pen goes in and turn the gear. Its a little bit of a steampunk craft, with the little gears revolving around a shape and laying down a pattern.

The process reminds me of this drawing machine.

eske rex: drawing machine from designboom on Vimeo.

(edited to add: my friend Alan let me know my previous link was not working and adds, “Caveat: the device above is not recommended for small apartments or those with nervous cats…” Ha! :D )
Have you ever heard of the Spirograph nebula IC 418? It is so named because its patterns are complex and lovely, too.

The Spirograph nebula named after the toy phot from NASA.

The Spirograph nebula named after the toy phot from NASA.

Eske Rex: Drawing Machine from thisispaper on Vimeo.

Spirograph custom Procreate Brushes i created for my illustration work.

Spirograph custom Procreate Brushes i created for my illustration work.

I import the spirograph designs into my digital illustration app, ‘Procreate’ and edit away the texture of the paper. Then, I transform the drawing from pen and ink to black and white, suitable for creating custom brushes in Procreate.

Spirograph mandala creation.

Colorful mint salmon and lemon spirograph.

Colorful mint salmon and lemon spirograph design. Available on Light Love Art Etsy

Looped spirograph.

Looped spirograph design available on Light Love Art Etsy.

How to Cleanse Your Energy Now

Refresh And Revitalize Your Energy!

7 Ways to Feel Better now and take care of yourself spiritually. I use all of these methods myself according to the occasion.

1. Meditate (free)

Taking a few moments to calm your mind and focus on emanating loving-kindness from your heart will clean the negativity in your energy and project positive energy, attracting positive things to you. All you need to do is close your eyes- or, you can download over an hour of free meditation music from Sounds True, Inc. or click this button for a 10% off. banner

2. Listen to Mary Malinski’s Free Protection Shield Meditation (free)

Guided Meditation will help you calm your mind and protect it from the energy of other people. I have found it very effective on public transportation when there are a number of people around who have a wide variety of energy.

3. Get A Distance Reiki Session

Reiki provides the safe, loving, relaxed space you need to release fear, anxiety, and tension from your energy body and invite in the energies of positive abundance and healing. When I begin your session, I cleanse the space with White Sage and use the Reiki symbols to connect with you. The crystals I use are intuitively selected, always including at least one crystal per chakra. (ie. rose quartz for the heart chakra and so on). Or, if you are a Reiki practitioner, give yourself Reiki using these hand positions.

 reiki treatments

4. Smudge With White Sage or Incense

Light a White Sage bundle or cone and waft the smoke over your body and allow it to fill the space. The smell will neutralize the air around you and cleanse your energy body, allowing you to feel more peaceful and relaxed. If you don’t have white sage, use lavender or good-quality incense.

5.  Use EFT (free)

If you are holding negativity in your energy, tapping your meridian points in the way the free EFT guide recommends will clear negativity and fear from your energy, allowing energy to flow where there was once resistance. This is the method I used to dramatically reduce and eliminate my fear of spiders over four years ago.

6. Use Donna Eden’s 5 minute Energy Routine (free)

You will find this five minute energy routine will change the flow of your energy and increase your health. Flowing energy is cleansed energy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gffKhttrRw4

7. Enter A Sweatlodge (By Donation)

The ceremonial chief or person pouring the sweatlodge acts as the liver. It’s the time to “come alive” and get it all out.Expect to spend an afternoon experiencing authentic, cleansing, ceremony and come away feeling cleaner inside and out. The only challenge with this is finding one with a positive reputation in your area.

 

Blue Escape. Photo by JRD photography of Sidhe Etain.

Candy Cute Crazy at Ohio State Reformatory

“The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.”
― Neil GaimanAmerican Gods

A pretty mother and her child have good days and bad days; watching the birds fly, looking out the window, laughing and playing together. Or so mommy thinks. Her baby is a creepy, crumbling doll, and their home is the asylum, whose other residents have long since moved on. And then it dawns on you: ‘mommy’s’ sweet face hides a world of crazy. Photographer Jace of JRD Photography shows a glimpse of that fantasy world inside the haunted building, following her with his camera as model Grace Nuth  plays in the Ohio State Reformatory ruins, oblivious to the reality around her.

Photographing Fantastical Narrative

Grace,  model and creator of Domythic Bliss, loves anything with a narrative; becoming a part of a story is what she does best, and the more fantastic and mythic the better. Her many fans and friends follow her posts because of the magical worlds she shares with us, and even more, we love seeing her face become part of those stories. She says, “And the more surreal or fantastical the story, the better.”

Photographer Jace, who travels from Ohio to Florida shooting his subjects, and who has been a professional photographer for many years now, is at his most creative with variety, so their collaboration at the OSR event was a perfect match.

The Best Laid Plans: Improv in Photography

Jace, a consummate professional, is a master of improv, from his proficiency as a jazz musician to walking into a set and ‘seeing’ the photographs he can take- with a sweeping glance around the room, his mind immediately says “there’s a shot, there’s another shot’ where a less experienced mind may require time to plan and execute, Jace is ready to roar.

But that immediacy is preceded by great imagination and preparation, from spending hundreds of dollars on props, everything from skulls to dresses, to imagining the story he wants to tell. For this shoot, he was inspired by Isla Fisher’s crazed character in Wedding Crashers whose prettiness hides her insanity – revealed when she threatens with wide, crazy eyes “but if you ever leave me!”

'Bad Baby' Photo taken by JRD photography at OSR 2014.

‘Bad Baby’ Photo taken by JRD photography at OSR 2014.

In this shoot, the character is all sweetness and candy cute, with a demented edge. Grace’s expressive face becomes this character; perfectly transforming into this beautiful yet deluded woman who convinces herself her baby is real (but not we frightened viewers). For Jace, this is creativity, where he sells fear instead of products or the perfect wedding day.

Photographing the Ghosts At Ohio State Reformatory

OSR is a gathering of creative genius, networking via Facebook, scheduling models with photographers, who then meet on the day of the shoot to collaborate. It is an incredible place to shoot! Grace explains her involvement, “I was lucky enough a few years ago to find a group of photographers, models, and creatives in the local area whose goals and artistic ideals synch extremely well with mine. In 2012, my dear friend and phenomenal artist Ellie Lane went to the annual OSR group shoot, as did Kevin James of Red Generation Photography, and several other people whose opinions I valued. I saw the amazing results of this single day shoot in an amazing location, and I knew I had to go! OSR 2013 was my first year attending, and I shot three concepts with three photographers. ”

Baby Dream photograph at OSR

Baby Dream – JRD Photography and Grace / Sidhe Etain

 

 

 

Say Yes To The Dress

Jace and Grace had only a limited time to shoot, so JRD took great care to make sure it would go smoothly.

With a bit of sleuthing on Facebook, he purchased the dresses Grace loved (in her size! Despite the sizing difference between the UK and US!) “This is how I like to woo my model” he explains, and it paid off in spades.

Grace says, “This year I shot SIX concepts with six photographers. It’s a whirlwind, but it’s so very worth it!” Unbeknownst to Jace, one of the dresses she had for one of those other shoots was completely unusable. So not only did Grace look amazing in the two dresses from Jace, but it also lessened the sting of not being able to wear that other dress. “When [the dress from Jace] did fit, i was in love!” She says.

Jace says, “She just lit up when she saw the dresses!” As every girl knows, having the right dress can make a world of difference between a photograph you love and ones where you untag yourself on Facebook (or is that just me?)!

Blue Grace. Dress by, Flower by artist Katana Leigh.

Blue Grace. Dress by, Flower by artist Katana Leigh.

Creative Collaboration

I love these gorgeous photos, the dresses look smashing on Grace, and so of course I was delighted to see the flower barrette I sent to Grace accessorizing. Purchase Grace’s dresses from Lindy Bop, or get yourself her blue flower barrette (handmade by me).

If you would like to collaborate with either of these two wonderful creatives, Grace can be found on Model Mayhem and Facebook.  Jace’s photography can be found at his portfolio JRD Photography .

 

how to paint realistic art step by step

How to Make Realistic Art Step by Step

Let’s be honest – has anyone ever created a better series of realistic art painting videos than Bob Ross? He’s so cheery and warm, with deft brushstrokes that are so effortlessly explained that anyone can follow along to acquire techniques to allows you to paint practically anything realistically.

Bob Ross’s realistic art style reminds me of laying on my great grandparents’ couch at age six, looking at their paintings and thinking, “I could totally do that.” Even though I had never picked up acrylic at that point and my faces still didn’t have noses. He just makes it look that easy. And he’s right!

First, pick up all your basic beginner’s Acrylic Painting supplies. 

Then, learn how to make realistic art step by step by Subscribing to BobRossInc’s YouTube Channel and discover the Joy of Painting all over again! Even the most seasoned artist will feel encouraged and creative blocks lifted with Bob Ross making realistic art step by step with you.

 

Bob Ross is my hero!

rainbow northern lights starfield

See the Northern Lights From Space


Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? One cold winter night in Manitoba, my friend and I were driving back to our small town from Winnipeg – an hours’ trip – and we pulled over on the side of the road to watch the Northern Lights move slowly across the dark, starry sky. It was magical.

Earth's Magnetic Field causes the Aurora Borealis Northern Lights.

Earth’s Magnetic Field causes the Aurora Borealis Northern Lights.

When I saw these photos of the northern lights I was amazed. It looks like the aura of Mother Earth – green for her heart chakra – dancing across the atmosphere. Just as the snow looks like her inhale and exhale (click here to see the Breath of the Earth Mother)

How to Paint the Northern Lights

Inspired? This Classic Bob Ross video shows you how to paint your own northern lights. I think he is using oil, which allows for so much blending before the paint dries. Use an acrylic medium or extender to get the same effect.

Cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation

Nelly Furtado’s Big Hoops Video Featuring Native American Dancers

Nelly Furtado Big Hoops Native American Dancers

I love the title of the song, big hoops, big nineties hoop earrings, or big hoops of the dancers. This is a wonderful music video! A lot of Native American young people love hip hop and rap because of the similarities and connections they feel to the music and lifestyle, so its beautiful to see those two elements (Indians and hip hop) combined so perfectly, culturally inclusive without appropriation- a line many, including Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, and Kesha, have crossed.

Native american shawl dancer Violet Duncan (Cree/Taino) in Nelly Furtado Big Hoops

Native american shawl dancer Violet Duncan (Cree/Taino) in Nelly Furtado Big Hoops

Canadian Nelly Furtado Big Hoops culturally appreciating Native Americans.The Bigger the Better, Tony and Kevin Duncan (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/San Carlos Apache)

Canadian Nelly Furtado Big Hoops culturally appreciating Native Americans. The Bigger the Better, featuring dancers Tony and Kevin Duncan (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/San Carlos Apache), Tony is  Violet Duncan’s husband.

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Adrienne K of Native Appropriations says, “Do you know how rare and exciting this moment is? A mainstream music artist used Native influences in her music video, and I HAVE NOTHING NEGATIVE TO SAY!!!! … Basically, this is going to go down in history as my example of how to incorporate Natives without crossing the line into cultural appropriation.

Indian Country Today says, “The video for Nelly Furtado’s single Big Hoops (Bigger the Better) has been released, and for fans of hoop dancing it’s a great tribute to the skills of champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan and his brother Kevin (both San Carlos Apache/ Arikara/ Hidatsa). Also making a surprise (to us) appearance is Violet Duncan, Plains Cree/Taino, performing a fancy shawl dance. Violet served as Miss Indian World 2007.”

Powwows.com explains, “Furtado practising with world champion Native American hoop dancers, directed by director Little X, who previously worked with her on the video for ‘Promiscuous’. The video premiered on May 3, 2012 in Much Music and on May 7, 2012 on VEVO.”

Furtado talks about the lyrics here: explaining her song as an ode to the R&B /hip hop  soundtrack of her life as a teenager.

Shawl Dancer and storyteller Violet Duncan is the author of “When We Dance” and Native American Music Awards Artist of the Year Tony Duncan is her husband.

 

The Lyrics:

You’re a hundred percent right, Chris!
(Time to release the fresh)
Time to release the fresh!
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The better the bigger
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The better the bigger
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
Tonight, it’s the jam, I’ll be there ’til dawn
I’m going down, I got my big hoops on
Pant leg so wide, I got my backpack on
I’m going to hear my favorite song
Hey, hey, hey, what’s the scenario?
That boy keeps passing me by
I said no diggity, no doubt
I thought I told you I was fly
Yeah, he and all of his friends, they
They got that hair like high five
I don’t want to talk about sex
Want to express myself tonight
I can go fast
I can go slow
I can go places nobody else goes
I can move fast
I can move slow
I can go places nobody else goes
Everybody, say hey
They going at it all night and day
Everybody, say hey
They going at it all night and day
I bet you never seen something like that (Like that)
Like that (Like that)
I bet you never heard something like that (Like that)
Like that (Like that)
I bet you never seen something like that (That, that, that)
That boy going to feel my poison
I know he can’t stand the rain
I want to be down with you, baby
Back and forth, back and forth
Back, back, back and forth
You got my rump-rump shaking
I’m another bad creation
All real and I never have to fake it-fake it
You know I got to move quick
And I got to move slow
Guess, there ain’t no ending no more
I can go fast
I can go slow
I can go places nobody else goes
I can move fast
I can move slow
I can go places nobody else goes
Everybody, say hey
They going at it all night and day
Everybody, say hey
They going at it all night and day
I bet you never seen something like that (Like that)
Like that (Like that)
I bet you never heard something like that (Like that)
Like that (Like that)
II bet you never seen something like that (Like that)
Like that (Like that)
I bet you never heard something like that (Like that)
Like that (Like that)
I bet you never heard something like that
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The better the bigger
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The better the bigger
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
You know, I thought this song was over
Nope
It ain’t over, yet
I can go fast
I can go fast
(I can go fast)
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The better the bigger
(I can go fast)
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
(I can go slow)
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better
The bigger the better

This is my new favorite book about creativity.

Quantum Creativity: Eureka Moments For Everyone

Quantum Creativity: Think Quantum, Be Creative

Quantum Creativity: Think Quantum, Be Creative

When I conceive of an artwork or drawing or painting in my head, it’s shimmery and beautiful. The likeness of a face is always exact, the corners of the mouth forming an expression that practically moves on the page. The light is perfect, every highlight making the illustration sparkle.

And with each line and mark on the page, those possibilities collapse and vanish. The actuality of an illustration does not always achieve the heights I imagined in possibility.

Sometimes, after taking the idea onto the page, the magic is lost. And other times, all the possibilities unite in that magical AHA moment where I know I have created the best possible drawing or illustration I possibly could have, where everything I have ever learned comes together at one inexplicable moment that absolutely exceeds the possibilities I knew about before. That is where the creativity arrives- that inexplicable moment.

This is my new favorite book about creativity.

This is my new favorite book about creativity.

Inexplicable – unless you’ve read this book. It’s not a dry science book, it’s lush and readable and fascinating, which makes me reread the complex explanations, which are broken down to be completely understandable. It explains creativity with reality, the way that Jonah Lehrer wished he could (I’m referencing that recalled book of his).

I have to say all the superlatives to say about this book. The best book about creativity I’ve ever read; if you have ever felt like you weren’t creative, you have to read this book; if you are creative and want to understand what makes you so, you have to read this book. If you want to really understand the difference between avant-garde and a remix, you have to read this book.

You know what, you have to read this book. It’s brilliant.

The stories and anecdotes are enlightening, the musing is poetic, the science is solid, and it’s written for humans with creativity, whether they believe it to be blocked or they have the muses on speed dial.

I absolutely recommend this book. It made me smile, it made my tear up, and it definitely made me go ‘AHA’ – I read it all in one day and then started again.

It is my dream to create illustrations that visualize the invisible, to combine what I have seen with what I feel and experience and know and imagine, to make someone who sees it, go, “Ah, yes, that is that feeling, or that is what that mystery looks like!” At my art show on Friday, I achieved that – looking at a painting of a dream, someone said, “Yes, that is like my dreams, too.”

I can’t say anymore about this book! Spoilers might collapse the possibilities of your experience with this book. I’m definitely going to be rereading it to get a better understanding of the concepts. I hope you’ll read it to, and tell me about it.

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I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.