Value of creativity and creative fall paintings

Creativity is a very valuable feature. Creativity can save us in bad times and help blossom in good times. I have noticed that people either are creative, or they believe they do not need creativity. These who can buy everything ready-made, do not usually bother too much with being creative.

Creativity is frequently inherited: no child should grow up being only as creative as the computer or cell phone screen allows. The genuine creativity does not need much; it often uses just a small idea, a guess that we could make something out of nothing. By repurposing and recycling old things, we create a new life for them. That is a very interesting process on its own, and these old things become so adorable by adding just an artistically creative touch.

Creative brain is actually flexible, resourceful and very active brain. It tries to explore every potential, possibility and probability. It skips the surface and looks deeper: what if something useful is hiding there?

Most people are not born with a need for creativity or being addicted to a creative self-expression. It is possible to live long and happy life without ever having an idea what that is.

I do not like the pre-printed greeting cards because they take away from me the creative freedom: there is no space for my own poem or words I want to say to that particular person. I prefer to create my own greeting cards.

I have noticed a huge decline in human cognitive function just over the past 7 years. The decision making ability has decreased abnormally.

While most people can type, how many can still do hand-drawing or hand-writing? I hear you: who needs the handwriting or drawing when one can get everything done much faster using the touch screen? Well, our brain does. Nobody has cancelled the fine motor skills, and the more one excels at drawing from life, the more active brain they will have for a long time.

Art is definitely totally underappreciated as a recovery tool from cognitive slow-downs. The benefits from doing art and being creative are many.

Most people believe that perfecting drawing or painting skills is necessary only for artists, however, the regular artistic activities are the best brain booster ever, just to mention journaling, sketching, sketchbook keeping, writing and illustrating diaries, creating decorations or gifts.

One should not put it off until the moment when sharp decline in cognitive function is observed. Daily practicing is certainly the best: the more exercise we give the brain, the better our eye-hand coordination, memory and visual perception becomes.

Art classes do not require being an artist, but these who just picked up the pencil or brush should be also aware that art does not happen in 1 hour. Never. Painting a wall takes some skill, but painting images on that wall will certainly take a lot more skill.

Creativity can be developed and boosted, but the main thing is the willingness to be creative. That means thinking creatively, making unexpected decisions, finding answers to new questions and practising a lot.

I am very patient. I can works for years on a painting until I take it there where I want it to be.

The cheapening of art and the fact that everything is called art is really hurting me and artists who take art seriously. If I paint for 3 weeks every single day, I am not willing to sell such painting for 50 bucks. I am not. I also sometimes like some painting so much that I cannot detach myself from it. That passes over time, but there is huge attraction sometimes.

There are certainly people who produce art: use one template, the same set of colors and tools and just make out more and more of the same. That is art production.

We worked on sponge and acrylic project last week. I personally use sponge with acrylic paint a lot because that allows implementing under-painting or first layers much faster, thus, giving more time for top layers.

To learn using sponge with acrylic paints, you can apply for live art classes if you are in Durham region, Ontario: https://inesepogagallery.com/classes-workshops-schedule/

Retouched grey fall barns

Prints

Fall paintings grey barns
The grey fall barns creative fall paintings

The afternoon birch forest

Prints and art products with prints

Value of creativity, creative fall paintings, birch forest
Afternoon birch forest, creative painting

The birch forest path

Prints and art products with prints

Value of creativity, birch forest path painting
Birch forest path

Enjoy!

 

The art of giving gifts 2: traditions, colors and symbols

This is the time of giving, forgiving and showing our love and gratitude to people who are in our lives, to people who we know and to everybody who we don’t even know, but believe they need some Christmas mood lift.

The Latvian proverb goes like this: Dear God! Help us be so well off that we could give others generously and not beg them kindly. Giving generously involves giving gracefully, with pleasure and beautifully.

The ancient Latvian proverbs, folk songs and fairy tales were given verbally from one generation to the next one for many thousands of years, and they carry the Latvian moral and ethical code. They always emphasize that it is not a big deal to have much of golden money because much bigger deal is to have a golden heart. Well, we know how it is in reality: we need both, and yet, we need the latter one way more.

Many centuries have passed by and life is not the same, obviously. The Latvian Christmas was initially mixed with the celebration of winter solstice, and we have so many superstitions and traditions regarding this time of the year! Thousands! Did you know that it is not a coincidence the Christmas or Advent wreath is round? This shape symbolizes the year and the human lifetime: the end meets the beginning, so our children pick it up where we left things.

The circular shape of the wreath also represents God, with no beginning and no end. Circle means completeness and abundance; and it is also related to the eternity. The evergreens in a Christmas wreath are used to share the message of the eternal life. The tips of a fir-tree branch remind a shape of a cross, which means this wreath is going to protect us from everything evil.

The Western world got its first wreath around 16th century, in Germany. Latvians were using wreath and circle shaped ornaments and decorations ever since they existed. The solstice is the time to call the sun back, and it needs to know the place where to return. Latvian wreaths and ornaments initially symbolized the eternity, the divine and the Sun. Whatever, it’s meaning and whatever it means to us, the Christmas wreath is a beautiful thing. So are all the decorated gifts. Adding greens from the backyard adds so much freshness. We love the green color because it symbolizes the life and everything what is alive.

Christmas gifts Wrapping ideas

It is important to be generous, not only at Christmas time, but always. We think giving a gift is a small gesture of kindness, but in fact, it’s much more. Small or large gifts, they all have to be wrapped up nicely because that shows we care about the person who is receiving our gift.

Christmas gifts wrapping tips

I kept my show gifts in the traditional colors: heart red, evergreen green and added some gold, silver and some blue.

Tips Wrapping gifts

An idea wrapping up round objects: make it look like a vase with blooms of ornaments and pine cones.

Roll up a tube of a firm paper. It has to extend the length of the gift item. Tape one edge of paper to the back of the gift object. Wrap around the wrapping paper. Tape one edge on the back. Fold in the bottom nicely and secure with tape. Fold in the upper edges. If needed, secure with tape from the inside. Wrap ribbon or gift string around the object. Add a bow or leave loose ends. Fill the upper part with tissue paper or some other light paper in any suitable color. Add some branches, pine cones and some small ornaments at the top.

Holiday gifts

It looks like winter vase with Christmas flowers! This takes practically 5 minutes when we have some materials and greens.

Painting as a gift

Flat and square objects are easy to wrap up.

Holiday gifts sale

I decorated some painting and book this time. The smaller gifts are coffee and herbal tea packs.

Gifts in traditional colors

Sets of gifts look nice and they also speak to the viewer with enhanced beauty.

Christmas gifts

Traditional and very attractive colors warm up our hearts.

Christmas gifts inspiration

We start with the base and place the gift face down. Tape with transparent tape or tape in a matching color. Use some ribbon or colorful strings; once again we start that placing the face side of the gift downwards. Add some bow or roll up the ends with the blade of scissors. They become curly and add look very artistic. I like splitting up large surfaces, just as with painting, so I’d use everything what’s around. Gifts are wrapped for a short time, so we don’t need to worry about the durability of our construction. Its main purpose is to say “Merry Christmas, I love you!”

Santa Claus and holiday gifts

Santa was helping me, as well. I also listened to beautiful music, and gift wrapping is a huge pleasure for me, in fact, always has been!