This year my daughter will be 10! It's not until August. Summer birthdays are wonderful and horrible all at the same time. I know, I have one. You never get to have cupcakes at school,most of your school friends are off on vacation and the weather is less than desirable. SO... we had a Harry Potter themed 9 3/4 birthday party and painted the Hogwarts Express at a studio here in town. Since the train is accessed through Platform 9 3/4 we felt it was an appropriate time to celebrate being ALMOST 10!
It's calledThe Photo-a-Day Mommy Moments Challenge and it challenges you to capture different moments in your day leading up to Mother's Day. There are themed prompts for each day if you'd like a guideline. Best part is that you could win TONS of STUFF, an even better part it will stretch your creativity and get you "shooting". Prizes will be given out at the end of the period.
They are looking for creativity and originality ladies! You don't have to be a professional, cell phones and point-and-shoots are perfectly acceptable! You'll need to post your photo submissions to your blog and then link up to the photo challenge linky. All the details can be foundhere. The challenge and linky officially goes from April 16th - May 11th. I'll be posting my entries here in the next couple of weeks. Make sure to let me know if you participate so that I can keep an eye on my competition!
Does everyone have the ability to be creative they just haven't allowed themselves to find that part of them? OR are some people born with OR without the ability to be creative? I just came from one of those drink and paint places for my daughter's birthday (we drank izzies). They sketch the basics of the painting for you and then an instructor takes you through step by step how to paint whatever painting you may be trying to create. Most of the girls were 10ish and had a pretty good grasp of what was going on. I watched my 4 (and 3/4 - she made me put that) year old tackling the Hogwarts Express Painting (not a beginner piece). She was doing amazing. Following the guide and following directions. Then I took my eyes away for a second and she had gone nuts! She followed some inner-voice and her Hogwarts Express became this unique abstract of a train. It's amazing and it got me wondering about creativity.
I've always believed that everyone can be creative. You may need to practice a bit and figure out how to allow yourself to be creative, but everyone can be creative in their own unique way. Watching my daughter made me realize, YES everyone can be creative but there are those innately talented people that are creative in spite of themselves. They can't help it. My daughter held it in as long as she could and then she HAD to let it out. I wish all parents would give their kids, or themselves for that matter, the chance to let it out, some really incredible things seem to happen when you do.
If you've ever had the question run across your mind... "Am I ordering too much take out?!" this will make you laugh out loud.
I also wanted to brag a little bit. I'm currently in an art show and I sold my first piece yesterday. I'm excited. Artists put a little piece of themselves in everything they create. It's hard to put yourself out there on display. I am pretty excited. If you want to see the other amazing artists in the show here they are...