The Gift of the Artistic

The artistic are gifts for humankind. They are light bearers among us. They are light bearers among us. They show us the way through creative expression: Wrap truth with words Paint the imagined so we can see Sculpture an idea so we can touch Artistic expression also unveils the dark side of human nature: Shattered …

Refrain from the Identical, the Book: Excerpts, Artwork, and Feedback

I’ve decided to feature some excerpts, artwork, and feedback from my book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics. The following excerpts are from Chapter 1: “Some people are blankets made out of one solid piece of material, while others are quilts with a whole bunch of pieces sewn together.” -Andrea Luna A Tendency …

Equity Rescuing: Pushing Towards Completion

I’m a lover of projects. As a creative eclectic in pursuit of various art forms, I get soul satisfaction from diverse challenges such as creating a mixed media collage piece, writing a book chapter, or inserting just the right photos into a blog post. For me, creative growth often occurs when I set aside time …

A Modern Day Tragedy

“A writer uses words, a musician notes, an artist visual perceptions, and all need some knowledge of the techniques of their crafts. But a creative individual intuitively sees possibilities for transforming ordinary data into a new creation, transcendent over the mere raw materials.” –Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain I work in …

Reconciling with “the Day Job”

Many of us artistic types envision working all day at what we enjoy. Our fantasies consist of becoming the next famous writer or musician or painter. We toy with the idea of traveling the world dispensing our wisdom and talents to those who listen with the fascination of children gazing in toy shop windows. Then we crash …

Day 58 The Eclectic Blogger

"In Search of my Blogging Identity Quest" will round month nine at the end of September with the first post dated January 1, 2010. This journey began from a desire to find out what kind of blog I would like to have. I knew this decision would result from my personal identity exploration.    I find a definite identity emerging. …

The Dance of Delight

The genre of memoir captivates me and the desire to push forward in exploring this style steadily grows. Yet, I have so much to learn about writing that at times my mind enters a temporary paralysis of thought: fiction techniques to enhance my nonfiction, writing a nonfiction book proposal…the list seems endless. I must resist the …

Day 12 In Search of my Blogging Identity “The Land of the Little People”

"Behold, The land of the Little People…of which I am just one!"        When I was a young mother, my children, niece, and nephews used to gather around as I told them make-believe stories. Fascination glowed from captivated faces. Otherwise squirming bodies calmed as together we set out on adventures into a magical land of little …