In Elizabeth Gilbert's latest book, Big Magic, she writes that A creative life "…it’s all kind of amazing—what we get to do, what we get to attempt, what we sometimes get to commune with."
When I read these words they struck about a thousand chords within me. I'm sure I am not the only artist who knows this to be true. Yes! It is all kind of amazing--all of it. The truth is, when you are living from your core & tapping into the Creative Energy that is always at work in the world, even the moments of failure and struggle hold the potential to amaze & open you up to parts of yourself & the world you never knew before.
Once a week I get to experience all kinds of amazing in the art class I teach. Every week I get to help 12 out of 29 k-5th grade brilliant elementary aged little artists tap into their creativity at a local United Methodist Church After School Program. I absolutely love it.
Yesterday we talked briefly about Wassilly Kandinsky, then got lost in circles & pastels. We had a blast! There was one moment when I was helping each artist tile their set of 6 squares that I literally pinched myself to make sure I as not dreaming.
Seriously, yesterday was magical.
I love the little artists. Being their art teacher is the best.
This past Saturday I had the honor of photographing the Katherine's Breakfast for Survivors and Fashion Show. It was my first time photographing a fashion show & I loved every single minute. The pieces worn on the runway were created by emerging designers from The Art Institute of Houston. They were amazing!
Hats off to Karena Poke & her team. What a lovely day of celebrating life!
Photographing the event yesterday fueled, challenged, surprised & inspired me as an artist & woman.
Photographs from the whole day can be viewed at Katherine & Everett Robinson Foundation facebook page. Katherine & Everett Robinson Foundation promotes positive youth development, encourages families to live healthy lifestyles & works to plan quality experiences with underserved families in Houston. Click HERE to view photographs & learn more about the work of KERF.
Below are some of my favorite captures & pieces from the collection that came down the runway. Like I said, I had fun.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
The past three weeks have been a true creativity whirlwind and I have loved it!
Since mid-Sept I have gotten to create a variety of art encounters (art exhibition, group canvas painting, art as prayer workshop & 3 abstract self-portrait classes) with adults and/or children in Houston. It has been so fun!
At each experience I was inspired by the participants' courage and willingness to try something new as they entered into the process. I especially enjoyed watching some of the participants push past the boundaries of paper & even my directions to them, creating stunning artwork beyond anything I had imagined when shaping the experience, each piece bearing the unique mark of the creator.
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Lanecia A. Rouse Tinsley