Secrets

There is a superstition surrounding “The Scottish Play.” It is believed that Shakespeare used real witches’ spells when he was writing the tragedy, and the play is cursed. Stories of violence and death surround its productions throughout history. If anyone speaks the play’s real title in the theatre, or quotes any of the lines, the curse will be unleashed.

If you don’t know which play I’m talking about, please look it up elsewhere. I will not take any chances here! I never say the play’s name aloud no matter where I am. 🙂

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Shakespeare isn’t the only artist to have secrets in his work. A painter might have a symbol he blends into all his paintings. An actor often has a secret on stage that he doesn’t reveal to the audience until the end of the play (if at all). When an author builds characters, there are often histories and subplots she never shares with her readers.

All these layers contribute to interesting, complex creations. On this day of mischief, I am wondering…do you have any secrets in your artwork?

 

Good Enough

Okay.

Today we’re going to talk about creativity for the sake of creativity—

creativity just for oneself—

without the requirements of a perfect result—

because I want to tell you about one of my favorite painting experiences—

even though it is clear I have no talent in this area of the arts!

There is a space in our kitchen where our old landline was installed. Remember landlines? We had two ugly outlets that stood exposed, and they were the first things you would see when you walked into our kitchen. For years this space would glare at me, and I couldn’t figure out how to cover it.

I needed something that could be mounted over the outlets that would also blend in with the rest of the kitchen. I shopped different home stores, catalogs, and online. For years (YEARS! I am a terrible shopper…) I searched, but I could not find the right solution.

Then one day, I had a vision of a simple picture with flowers. Something soothing…. Continue reading