78 – Creativity *

Special thanks to Resa for providing the photos. Resa is in the Canada and I encourage readers to visit her at 1) Graffiti Lux Art & More, 2) Art Gowns, and 3) her professional site. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. Resa’s work is copyrighted by Resa McConaghy.

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Creativity is a powerful word – so are related words create and creative. These words of similar meaning, but create is the verb, creativity the noun, and creative the adjective – but today I think of these words as a collective.

My first thought is about those creative with their hands – sewists, quilters, crafters, 3-dimensional artists as potters, sculptures, woodworkers, and others. These are not my strengths, but people can learn these skills.

To some, creative people can draw and paint. Whereas some people are naturally gifted with this skill, but nope again, not my strength.

I think of an art teacher who once told me that anyone can learn to draw because there are four things to do – draw straight lines, draw curved lines, establish the proper proportions between them along with the correct angles. His words opened the world of drawing to me because I could now see the world through a different lens – a world that I did not know.

Did that improve my creativity? Oh yes, but I still don’t draw well because I didn’t practice, yet, there are times I look at something in terms of straight lines, curves, proportions, and angles – and yes – I see them!

Creativity and expression are two artist aspects, but they are different. However, some artists are very creative with their expression.

One aspect of creativity is the ability to think outside the box. A different way that others don’t. Now that is something I can do. While some see the solution as choices A, B, or a compromise of the two, creative thinkers are the ones discovering a new solution beyond those choices.

An architect told me that he has to have at least one architect in his office that is creative in his designs. Not necessarily abstract or modernistic looking – but one finding a creative solution that meets the client’s wants and needs. A skill that not all architects have. But for those who have visited La Sagrada in Barcelona, Spain, Gaudi’s creativity is unique.

Sometimes architects are ahead of their time – but as time moves on, those designs transition into the mainstream. In some cases, even out of date.

Design engineers think ahead about future generations of their products. That would be true for a vacuum cleaner – but also something as complex as a jet engine. Creativity is an essential ingredient in innovation and improvement.

For scientists as Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, and countless others, thought outside of the box to develop their laws and theories. In general, physicists have a knack for creative forward-thinking.

Trade workers as carpenters and plumbers are always problem-solving. They face problems daily requiring a creative solution – and they seem to do it.

The creativity of musicians is impressive. Mozart composed music with many notes that can be too busy for some to hear. Think about how many types, styles, and genres of music that creative musicians have created through the ages.

Creativity is also a gift for writers and poets. The creativity they share through novels, short stories, poems, and more.

I think about Albert Einstein explaining logic taking us from point A to point B – but imagination taking a person anywhere. Said another way, whereas imagination can go outside the real world, creativity is imagination at work in the real world. So if creativity relies on imagination, does imagination rely on creativity?

Let us not forget nature’s creativity. It’s changing shapes and designs to optimize efficiency. I see the designs, shapes, and colors in the shells on the beach that I walk. The creative ways different organisms capture food. After all, not all beaks and bills of birds are the same because they are specialized for different purposes. Yes, nature’s creativity at work.

I think about the left brain-right brain concept. Each of us favors one side over the other, but each side is within each of us. Everyone has creativity – so the question is, How will it emerge? After all, creativity can show itself in many ways – even the unexpected.

All of us have a creative side – but do we use it? Do we develop it? Do we recognize the creativity of others? Then again, creative is what creative does.

Unlike the beach that I walk, creativity has no boundaries. Nonetheless, I enjoy walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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162 thoughts on “78 – Creativity *”

  1. My Father was a jeweller, and he often had to have creative juices flowing if a customer wanted a ring or some other piece designed. Then it would go to the goldsmith…I have a few of his sketches. Talented in that way he was, but he couldn’t draw faces! He did some paintings, and tried for many months to do one of my mother…to no avail! He had lots of fun with doodles, though…my younger son has that talent as well….and now he does work as a structural engineer, designing/repairing bridges.
    Sometimes at my work, I have to be creative to deal with those with dementia…they need lots of specialized care, esp those whose issues are hallucinations and delusions. Its great when we can see that we have reached into their present reality, and are able to redirect them to more purposeful activity. The therapists and activity peeps I work with truly use their innate creativity all their working hours with those kinds of residents.
    I can’t draw either…just stick figures, LOL! But I do like to make cards for others such as the ones you see posted in my blog, as in memorial cards, etc. They take time and effort, so I actually stopped making the very many I did, now I just do the memorial ones.

    I do think we all have a certain amount of creativity built in, but its the tapping into that resource that makes it thrive and grow into making us who we are.

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    1. Ingrid,
      What a wonderful comment about your family. There is no doubt in my mind that aspects of creativity are genetic (as the link between your father and son) and that creativity is NOT limited to the arts (as in the example about yourself). After all, creative problem-solving in any field is appreciated. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Oh, exactly right, my friend, creativity knows no bounds and how wonderful to have Resa’s creativity on the spotlight! She’s the perfect example of boundless creativity! Wonderful post my dear Frank! Yamas!

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    1. Marina,
      Absolutely agree … creativity has no bounds. Resa wanted to share here but couldn’t find a topic – then I suggested creativity because of was thinking of the range between her drawings and gowns, plus the various murals she captures. I almost requested the pic of her wearing your leggings! 🙂 … but I held back. Yamas!

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      1. I’m so glad you did this. It was a wonderful collaboration, Frank. I can never get enough of Resa’s creativity!
        Ah ha ha, the leggings 🤣 and she looks gorgeous in them! 😉
        Yamas!

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  3. One very wonderful thing about creativity (and there are many) is that it’s unique to each individual. I remember realizing this when taking art lessons….walking around the room seeing everyone’s canvases when we were all painting the same still life, brought me to that conclusion. I guess I always KNEW it, but now I could SEE it. It also happens with writing as you and everyone who sees “Poetry Thursdays” knows – one photo – a hundred different poems. We all truly are creative in our own way.

    Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Thank you for sharing a wonderful statement about creativity. There are so many forms – actually, applicable to many more situations than not. We think the arts, includes writing, As you eluded, all the responses to all the blog challenges is a great example. … and the examples of human creativity can go on and on.

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  4. My mother and I were once in deep conversation about what we were leaving behind. My mother said that she was not creative as she could not paint or write. I reminded her that she had raised three healthy and productive children that contributed to society. I reminded her that she used to throw sought after parties that everyone enjoyed. Creativity is not confined to the arts but it permeates our entire lives. Creativity makes our lives more full, more receptive. In my humble opinion.

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    1. This is something that came to my mind too. You can be a creative spouse or parent. There are so many ways to be creative that might not be what the world sees as creative but create a better, more loving environment for people and should be cherished as a very special kind of creativity. To be able to really listen, to give good yet not too much advice–these things are example of creativity, things that create a better relationship/world but aren’t common.

      As for Resa, she overflows with gorgeous creativity. ❤ Thanks for some really good musings today, Frank.

      janet

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    2. Pam,
      I agree. When thinking about creativity, I imagine the first thoughts of most people go to the arts. But as you mentioned, creativity comes in many forms – including parenting. Actually, most (if not all) of us are creative at something. Maybe creativity is part of being human. Thanks for sharing your outstanding thought.

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  5. This was a very interesting post. I also like to think about creativity and creative people in all their forms. I’m glad you included some scientific creativity along with artistic creativity. I am not too scientifically oriented myself, but my Dad is an inventor. I’ll have to share the pi song with him.

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    1. Susan,
      A wonderful comment! Thank you. I would think that creativity is a big part of inventing. Ask him about his thoughts about the role of creativity in his tasks. Thank you for also noticing the music around Pi because (to me) it is very much about several forms of creativity.

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  6. I love Resa’s creativity. She is so talented and original. She has a very special way of seeing that transcends traditional notions of creativity as it flows into fruition in the lines and folds of fabric, through her scribbles rendered into sketches, and with her camera she uses to share her appreciation of other peoples’ creativity when she wanders streets and alleys in search of colorful treasures. She see’s beauty in what other discard and creates beauty out of what others throw away. The sound of Pi is cool, too.

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    1. Tim!
      Thank you for your kind and flattering words! xo
      LOL… due to lack of pencils, and that the construction crew is working 24/7 all weekend (yay not), I took the insanity out of me by scribbling with ballpoint pens. I just went nuts with blue, black & red. I did Holly and Marina in scribble gowns. I wanted to do Tartan gowns and still will, however I’m still working on technique to try and define the Tartan feel. It is also a massive study of woven lines. There is a huge discipline involved here. I have more respect for Tartan, than I did before.
      It’s difficult to concentrate with the construction, so I will be scribbling Dale, Shey & Gigi this weekend’s evenings!

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      1. Relief is on the way, but I’ll bet you are doing wonders with ball point pens. It’s amazing what you can do with things at hand.

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      1. Ah, my Art Director! I’ll be scribbling you up, too.
        Tim sent me some decent art pencils. They should get here soon!
        In the meantime, scribbling with ballpoint is working!

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  7. Let’s hear it for creativity, which runs like a bright thread through life. While we can’t all be great artists, we can all bring creativity to our lives. Just think what a world we would have if we combined creativity, wit, and persistence with compassion.

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  8. The Greek word poiesis comes to mind, Frank. I admire your prolific advocacy of fellow creatives, as well as your own creativity. I’m also reminded of my favorite but controversial architect, Frank Gehry. Resa was introduced to me through Marina, and you have introduced us to so many fantastic photographers and artists. This blog post is no exception. Thank you!

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    1. Mary, I also met Frank through Marina. Then I met Dale through Frank. It does tend to mushroom.
      Oh what a perfect mesh we weave, when through blogging we receive!

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    2. Mary Jo,
      I like the way you used “poiesis” and applied it to blogging. The connections in blogging are amazing. I’ve been a blogger for many years, established many connections, and have seen people come and go for a variety of reasons. Thanks for your kind words about me. Oddly, I don’t see myself as creative – but I knew the meaning of poiesis. 🙂 … PS: Which gown do you want to wear?

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      1. Of those you’ve included in your post, I really like the Mondrian inspired gown by Resa. But one of my favorites from her Art Gowns collection is Spring Rhapsody from her March 23rd post. These are polar opposites from one another, but what they have in common is art!

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  9. I like that you pointed out that everyone has some spark of creativity, and that it is not only in the arts that we find creativity.
    Resa’s designs and art are definitely creative and unique.

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  10. Frank,
    Thank you for having me over for a colab beach walk post. It’s lots of fun here.
    Your reflections on creativity are spot on. It flows through everything.
    Watching the guy with the giant backhoe through my window, I see him make creative decisions along with skilled technical performance. It sounds like he**, but is a ballet to watch. There are other machines and workers moving in and out. Forklifts, mini backhoes, giant dump trucks, buzzsaw guys, welders, all moving in a tandem of sorts, and no one gets in anyone’s way, in this ballet of the mechanical beasts.
    Again, it’s such a pleasure to be here. Thank you for having me over! xo

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    1. Resa,
      This has been a wonderful post. The images of your creations and the photos of the murals you capture are a treat for all. I am honored to promote you here and thank you for interacting with interacting. I also appreciate your application to construction workers because I very much agree. As I’ve mentioned many times, creativity comes in many forms. Thanks for also mentioning the Pi video because I’m not sure how many saw the connection.

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  11. Resa – you continue to inspire us to seek peace, kindness, compassion. You remind me of Vincent Van Gogh’s words: “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Thank you for sharing your creativity with the world!

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    1. Rebecca,
      Thank you! It’s true, I do love many things. I have a lot of fun creating. I had a creative career designing in film, bringing others’ visions to life.
      Now, semi retired (The virus made that real) I am free to Create what I want, for me. The fact that I can share this with all my blog pals is a HUGE bonus. There is much creative energy out here, to enjoy. I just wish I had more time to visit everyone a lot more.
      Okay, now the dishes, then work on the new Art Gown for awhile!

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  12. Frank, I think all of us are gifted with creativity — in some shape or fashion — but sadly, I think too many “lose” it over time. Perhaps the rote drills of education hammer it out; or maybe they decide creativity doesn’t pay as well as other professions. Regardless, I find it refreshing when a person, sometimes after many years, “discovers” anew his/her creative outlet!

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  13. Frank this is a delightful post! I always look forward to tagging along on your beach walks and this is such a special treat! Hello dahling Resa! You’re talent and gift of creativity and ability to bring these beautiful visions to life are breathtaking.
    You are a true artist! xoxoxo

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    1. Daling Holly, RR, PBH and Boogapony,
      Thank you for your kind sweet words! It’s poetry to my ears!
      xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
      Did RR in ballpoint pen scribbles last night. (waiting for my swear jar pencils) Did Marina, too. The construction is going 24/7 this weekend. So scribbling wildly got rid of a lot of frustration, and whaddya know? They turned into Art Gowns. Be scribbling more tonight. I’ve got the AGM’s lined up!

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      1. Dearest daling, it was such a joy to find you at the beach with Frank. A beautiful sight. You’re sketching those lovely fingers to the bone and I can’t wait to see the creations. The AGM’s wait , ready to soring into action at the flick of your wrist. Sending lots and lots of love dear Resa.
        xoxoxo Holly, PBH, Boogapony, and of course RR❤️

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  14. Ahhh… A super collaboration. Resa is the PERFECT fit for a post on creativity. She has that in oodles and spades!
    I remember when I once thought I had no creativity because I couldn’t paint or draw like my father. Eventually, I realised my creativity shows in my cooking, writing and photography!

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    1. Dahling AGM Dale,
      ⚡️💥
      Will be scribbling you up in an Art Gown tonight!
      So, I’ve read your writing, seen your photos (even photos of your food creations).
      Still, one day maybe I’ll get to taste a dish!
      Thank you for the sweet words!

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  15. Hi Frank, Interesting thoughts on creativity accompanied by Resa’s vibrant images make for a terrific post. The creative flow is fascinating to explore and is a wonderful feeling when it happens when creating art.

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    1. Jane,
      I’m glad you saw this post and thanks for sharing your thoughts about creativity. I know you have an eye for it as I see it in your photos. However, while I see a final product, I don’t see the other takes that didn’t accomplish what you wanted. One question – which of Resa gowns catches your eye?

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  16. Really, really good. Let’s not box in or strictly define creativity. Part of my profession is being an event planner. I pride myself on my on-the-fly creative problem solving. Problems happen, solving them so no one notices is the win.

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    1. LOL! AGM Shey! Thank you!
      Drew you in scribbles last night! Ballpoint pens, NO erasing available! Will send you a pic today, and finally answer your last mail to me. That was a very neat MacPiece you sent me. I’m so happy your love of history ended up in Historical Romance! xo

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    2. Shey,
      Welcome first-time commenter to the friendly sands of my beach. I get the impression you visited rom Resa’s reblog. You know her wide range of talent, but I have to ask – Which of the gowns would you wear? Thanks for coming over and I invite you to return.

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  17. I really like Resa’s work, and it goes so well with this exploration of creativity. I agree with others in that I think we all have a creative spirit and find our way to coax it to the surface. Nice post, Frank.

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    1. Dan,
      Thank you. Oh my … I like that … finding our way to coax it to the surface. Well done. I know you are an IT guy, which many people may think as cut and dry. But I’ve got the feeling there is more creativity involved than the rest of us think. Of course, I also imagine the difference in creating and maintaining in our world.

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    1. Margie,
      Glad you enjoyed this walk and Resa’s visual view of creativity. Creativity comes into play much more in everyday life than most of people realize, so thanks for reinforcing that thought. BTW – I know your province is quite large, but Resa is in the same province as you.

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  18. Hello Frank, everyone, I too am a fan of Resa’s artwork and photography. Having chatted with her, Resa has helped me think of myself as much more of an artist than I had given myself credit for. I design “laser swords” and post images of them on my site which I set up after winning a contest run by a company that makes/sells lightsaber props from the movies. I hadn’t realized that I may have inherited any talent from my late grandfather who was a Master Arts and Craftsman in the 1940’s-70’s (this was the highest accolade/qualification a person could acquire for art and craft in the UK). He was a painter, sketched, sculpted, was an accomplished wood and metal worker – he even did gold leaf work and owned his own toy factory – but I was late developing any “arty” instincts. Or so I thought. I was more musical in my youth but Resa pointed out that a lot of what I do as a 3D modeller is a form of art and that linked me to my grandfather. So I can attest to the fact I think we all have some skill, sometimes it’s just a little bit disguised and needs pointing out to us! Thank you Resa and to you, Frank.

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    1. Tyeth!
      Nice to see you here. I always enjoy hearing about your talented grandfather. There is huge agreement here that creativity is a part of everyone and everything we do in life. I like what you say about sometimes it just a bit disguised. Sometimes we just need to stop and smell the roses!

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      1. Hi Resa and thanks for drawing my attention to Frank’s Beach Walk Reflections. When I read his musings and he mentioned inherited or in-built creativity it rang a bell for me and reminded me of my Grandfather. I am certain now more than ever that I may just have a few of his genes.

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    2. Tyeth,
      Welcome first-time commenter to the sands of my beach. I’m guessing you came over from Resa’s reblog. Thank you. What an interesting comment! Your connect to Resa is one thing, but the link to the creativity gene via your grandfather is very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Where are you located on our planet?

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      1. Hello again and thanks for the warm welcome. I live in the UK on the east coast so I am not far from a few beaches myself. I did indeed follow Resa’s reblog as there is always good stuff to view on her pages, be it her own work or recommendations on other people’s. I wish I could have met my grandfather but sadly he passed about six months after I was born. However I learnt a few things about him including the toy factory he owned, his famous horse and cart beach rides he operated (he constructed the carts himself) and the work he did at the nation’s fairgrounds and theme parks building, repairing and painting the rides. I like the idea I might have inherited just a little of his abilities! Thanks again and I will be back for another walk on your beach soon.

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        1. Resa and I have been connected for many years – so a friend of hers is a friend of mine. A have a few bloggers from the UK here … and some are collaborators. I’m in Cincinnati, Ohio – which is far from a beach – but when I go, I like to write. Thanks for sharing more about your grandfather. I’ve got the feeling that if your lives would have crossed, you would have been working with him.

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    1. Thank you!
      The thing about my Art Gowns is that they are made from unwanted fabrics, sold in bins on the sidewalk, or covered in dust at the back of the jobbers. I will only spend $2-$4 per yard. I recycle, repurpose other old clothing, up-cycle (often by painting a piece of old fabric), etc. I embellished one Art Gown with 300 wine corks.
      I’m still looking for a perfect catch phrase. Best I’ve come up with is Trash to Treasure.

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      1. My gosh, I Love it, Resa! So brilliant! Yes, the word trash doesn’t quite work, does it, though I love the alliteration. “Down to Gown”? Haha. Maybe not that either. I’ll come check out your blog!

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  19. A creative expression on the nature of creativity! There are many ways to be creative but so many of these ways are overlooked because we tend to focus on the obvious such as music, painting, writing, science, etc. People can be creative in the most trivial of things, such as the way we approach cleaning our house, arranging furniture and organising our possessions.

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  20. Wonderful post about creativity. And Resa is a perfect example of creativity in action, not only in her own work but in her appreciation of others. “Einstein explaining logic taking us from point A to point B – but imagination taking a person anywhere. ” He was fascinating and had such a vivid sense of possibility. Loved this post.

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    1. Wallace,
      Welcome first-time commenter to my sandy beach. As one with a science background, I appreciate you Einstein quote. Such a brilliant mind – but from what I know about him, he was creative. Given your assessment of Resa, I presume you came over from her reblog. Thank you. She and I have been blog buddies for many years, and besides creative, she’s a wonderful person. In what part of the world are you located?

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      1. Hi Frank! Gigi is from Chicago! We’ve been blog pals for several years. She is one of the AGMs! Art Gown Mademoiselle Emily is named after her cat, and dedicated to Gigi!

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  21. An absolutely wonderfully creative collaboration, Frank! Thoughts and walk and art – love Resa’s art and photos. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” And – Creativity is intelligence having fun…these are on the walls of my two children as well. Einstein got it so right in many ways – and this post is realizing it.

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    1. Ann-Christine,
      I’m so glad that you saw this post. What is interesting about these images (at least to me), is that some are Resa’s photographs of the work of others (murals and garage doors) but others are photos of her own work. Thanks for sharing a wonderful Einstein quote. I’ve read enough about him that I believe he was brilliant and creative.

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  22. I like anyone who knows he or she is creative and does his or her own thing because of it. Probably why so many of us got into personal blogging to begin with. I like that Einstein quote btw. So true.

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  23. Great photos, Frank 🙂 🙂 The ability to create music always amazes me. How you can pluck notes out of the air and blend them together into a harmonious and memorable sound… I can supply words but never music.

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    1. Jo,
      Musicians that can write is a world all to its own. No doubt that it is a skill – but their creativity is special. Complex music such as symphonies – wow – I have no idea how that happens. Your comment reminded me of Elton John and Bernie Taupin – one writing the lyrics, then the other writing the music to those lyrics. Amazing!

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  24. I am not visually creative, and I’m not particularly musical either, but I’m quite happy to discover talented artists and to spread the word, and you make quite a team. Thanks for sharing, and although I’m not sure I’d be the right model for any of the designs, I’d sure love to try!

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