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Nourishing the Creative Within: A Wishcasting Post

wishcastingIt's another dreamy Wishcasting Wednesday with the ever-inspiring Jamie Ridler. Today she asks, "How do you wish to nourish the creative within?"

The timing on this is absolutely perfect because yesterday I unblocked my creativity with Jamie and some other wonderful women.

Periodically, Jamie hosts Creativity Coffee. It is an hour in which she gets on live video and leads creative play for whomever wants to come. Each person brings whatever supplies they want to create anything they want.

During that hour, participants can chat with Jamie (by typing) and Jamie responds to those comments.

It was my first time there and I LOVED it.

I don't do much drawing or... um... art-ing, but I enjoy it. On the rare occasions I draw, I wonder why I don't do it more often.

Anyhow, I set myself up with a notepad, colored pencils, and soft pastels.

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Listening to Jamie, I set out to work. I had an idea of drawing myself looking at a night sky speckled with stars.

Before I'd even finished drawing the background, I decided to instead draw my toddler looking at the sky. Then I didn't want him to be lonely so I added a duck (because that's what I do).

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Because I don't have a lot of art experience, I ran into two snafus. The first is that the last time I played with art supplies (more than a year ago), I had written some of my core values in watercolor pencils. Those pencils on the previous page of the notepad left indentations on the next page (the page I was drawing on this time around), so as I ran the pastels across the page, those words seeped through like a leaf rubbing. (Remember those? I think almost everyone does leaf rubbings in elementary school.)

I could have flipped the page and started again on a fresh page, but as the words appeared, I liked the way they floated in my sky like magic.

The second snafu was that I couldn't make stars. I tried a white colored pencil which I thought might look crisp against the pastels. That didn't quite show up, so I tried a white pastel. That didn't show up very well and was much more spread out than I wanted. (If you look close at the upper left corner, you may see some of my star attempts.)

At the end I decided to forego stars. After all, I have those magic words.

I'm really happy with the result.

By the time my drawing was finished, the Creativity Coffee hour was over. I, however, wasn't done. I went on to create a dreamboard that is full of energy and symbolizes to me that I still have a lot of creative work to do, as well as connecting to creatures great and small.

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And then I went on to have a dance party in the kitchen with my toddler.

Jamie has a way of getting me through blocks. There is just something about her gentle, nudging nature.

Now, back to Jamie's question. I wish to nourish my creative within through more art play. I wish to pull out art supplies more often, to sketch, and play with color. I wish to give myself a chance to create something. To allow myself to... you know... art... (why can't I think of a better word than that?) more often than once a year.

How do you wish to nourish the creative within?

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On a different note, I have a post up at Searching for Superwomen about my first experience at Comic-Con (with pictures!). Please visit me here:

Searching for Superwomen is a great site celebrating geek women, fictional superheroes, and real-life ones, too. Good, good stuff.



  1. I love this! And what a great experience it must have been to participate in Creativity Coffee! As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you as well.

  2. Cute picture of your son looking at the sky. Enjoy your art play, it sounds so creative. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

  3. I LOVE your dream board! Thank you for sharing your energized creativity and dreams. ;-)

  4. So lovely! As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you too!

  5. Awesome! As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you as well.

  6. Creativity Coffee sounds like a wonderful concept. Glad it worked for you. I too love the words floating in the sky. It's very fitting that they're your core values. :-)


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